PZC issues a 6 month moratorium on cannabis business applications

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EAST HAVEN, CT – As the new cannabis law is complex and there is a lot to consider, the Planning and Zoning Commission has decided that it will not accept, let alone approve, an application by June next year at the earliest.

The law allows marijuana stores to be set up this spring. But many communities have chosen to wait longer before beginning the process of accepting, reviewing, and approving or rejecting pot shop requests.

The planning and development commission’s moratorium on even considering one application will last until the first week of June 2022.

What the Commission will do over the next six months is to train. City Attorney Michael Luzzi said the commission would speak to “individuals and organizations with specialized knowledge – in and outside of East Haven – about legal, planning and public safety issues” in connection with a cannabis business.

Luzzi said there will also be a joint meeting between the city council and the PZC to learn more about and review the cannabis law.

Then the next step would be for officials to ponder and then decide whether to allow “all cannabis uses” and begin the process of establishing a regulation. Then the community will be asked about their thoughts in a public hearing.

“The process will be thorough and considered,” said Luzzi.