The Orange Plan and Zoning Commission, at its September 20 meeting, did away with a moratorium it had adopted about a year ago on allowing cannabis establishments in town, thereby allowing an applicant to submit a site plan. At the same meeting the commissioners, after lengthy discussion, denied an application by Stappa Vinyard owners to increase outdoor seating capacity.
The petition to amend the zoning regulations in favor of allowing a marijuana dispensary was brought forward by Southern CT Wellness and Healing LLC (SCWH), which is currently a medical marijuana facility operating on New Haven Avenue in Milford. Attorney Marjorie F. Shansky represented the applicant.
She said her client is interested in moving her business to the former TD Bank building at 175 Boston Post Road, a building that has been vacant for a couple of years. She assured the commission that the proposed use was in line with what is allowed in that zone under the town’s regulations, as well as being in line with the Plan of Conservation and Development.
Although currently purely a medical marijuana dispensary – which provides marijuana only to medical patients with tightly regulated conditions – SCWH would apply for a license