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Medical marijuana dispensary approved as special exception use in Danbury retail zones

The medical marijuana dispensary run by D&B Wellness in Bethel could soon be relocating to Danbury. The City's Planning and Zoning Commissions have signed off on amendment to regulations that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary as a special exception in two commercial zones that allow retail activity. 

The amendment specifically excludes the sale of recreational marijuana within medical marijuana dispensaries in order to limit exposure and consequences for this potential new legalized use. 

The Danbury commissions found that the amendment allowing only two medical marijuana dispensaries in Danbury, coupled with the increasing needs of area residents to obtain medical marijuana products to manage debilitating illnesses and conditions, is consistent with the Plan of Conservation & Development as it provides for a revision of the land use regulations to accommodate growth without diminishing the quality of life of the City.

The amendment also limits the number of dispensaries in Danbury to two.  The approval process includes the vetting of proposed sites in a public hearing before the Planning Commission.  D&B Wellness would next need to go before the Planning Commission for a special permit once a location has been identified.

There are 17 licensed dispensaries in Connecticut, including three in Fairfield County, providing medical marijuana to 41,110 registered patients. 9,106 registered patients are from Fairfield County.

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