The Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to put a one-year moratorium in place on permits and applications for cannabis businesses as they look into the state law that would allow these establishments. Only four people spoke during the public hearing part of the meeting.
Commissioner John Katz says more information needs to be given to and discussion heard from residents. Commissioner Joseph Dowdell opposed the pause saying Ridgefield could be missing out on economic opportunities. Commissioner Robert Hendrick says there is a state social equity board that needs to give approval to any permit.
The Commission can lift the moratorium at any time. It covers 11 types of recreational cannabis-related business including producers, cultivators, retailers, manufacturers, delivery services and transporters.
One of the few people who attended the hearing was First Selectman Rudy Marconi backed a moratorium because of the short timeframe to institute a referendum by this Election Day. He says residents could potentially vote in May during the annual budget referendum. The Board of Selectmen plans to continue discussing the matter, including holding public hearings.