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A community information session is being held by the Ridgefield Economic and Community Development Commission tonight about retail cannabis.  The Commission has been talking with counterparts in other states about the pros and cons of retail sales.  Policymakers and retailers from Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts will take part in the Community Information Session. 

The ECDC will make a recommendation on the economic viability of retail cannabis to the Board of Selectmen. 

ECDC Chair Geoffrey Morris says there are strong opinions on either side of the conversation and they want to take a wholistic look at retail cannabis and facilitate a data-informed conversation.  One goal is to better understand the economic drivers, tax revenue opportunities, and impact on commercial real estate.  They will also delve into its social and health impact, public safety matters, and learn what other resources may be involved in oversight.

When Connecticut legalized recreational use of cannabis, it was left up to local leaders to determine how their communities would approach retail sales. 

State Senator Will Haskell, Rural County Representatives of California Legislative Advocate Sarah Dukett and General Counsel Arthur Wylene, and Massachusetts-based Canna Provisions CEO Meg Sanders will participate.  Members of the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen and Planning and Zoning Commission will also participate.  The Zoom meeting is at 6:30pm. https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IJybz5LlSRW9HSImFBQH1w Questions may be submitted in advance or during the Community Forum via e-mail: ridgefieldECDC@gmail.com

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