Trumbull Sets 4-Month Medical Marijuana Moratorium

Trumbull has four months to come up with medical marijuana regulations before anyone can apply to open a growing or dispensary business in town.

"The phone has already rung several times" from potential applicants, said Jamie Bratt, Trumbull's director of Planning.

It will take at least 65 days to draft and approve regulations, she added.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the move.

Trumbull now joins two other communities, Shelton and Ansonia, in moratoriums. Shelton's is nine months. Trumbull's original proposal called for a year.

Zoning Board member Fred Garrity said a year would have been too long. "I'll never vote for that," he said.

Board member Tony Silber initially moved to reject the entire plan, saying the need for a moratorium was not proven. But he later changed his mind and voted for the four months.

Zoning Board Attorney Mario Coppola said the town should take a "prudent amount of time" to draft regulations. He said he was not fully versed in the state's recently-passed medical marijuana rules.

During the moratorium, "we can talk about medical marijuana as much as we want," Bratt noted.

Town resident Dave Anand, who wants to build a doctor's office on southern Main Street, said the town should not discourage entrepreneurs but should craft regulations. 
JR October 17, 2013 at 08:09 AM
When do the growers start taking resumes for the quality control department?


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