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July 12, 2022

Newington eyes cap on cannabis retailers, micro-cultivators

COSTAR Verano Holdings Corp. has also won local approval for a hybrid adult-use cannabis dispensary in town at 2903 Berlin Turnpike, Newington.

The Newington Plan and Zoning Commission will host a hearing later this month on a proposed cap on the number of retail and micro-cultivator cannabis establishments following a recent change to state regulations.

The state had originally limited by density the number of retail and micro-cultivator units in towns to one per 25,000 people. 

Town Planner Renata Bertotti said Newington’s proposal would limit the number of establishments to two, and it was triggered by the recent signing of Public Act 22-103 that eliminated the per-density cap for towns.

Currently, Newington has a medical marijuana facility, Fine Fettle, which has gained local approval for hybrid operations. Verano Holdings Corp., has also won local approval for a hybrid adult-use cannabis dispensary in town. Both are awaiting licenses from the state Department of Consumer Protection.

The intent of Newington’s proposal, Bertotti said, is for the Plan and Zoning Commission to consider whether the cap is appropriate in light of the state change.

Bertotti said there was no explanation given for the state eliminating the per-density cap, so the hearing will allow for some dialogue.

Commission members could adopt the proposal as is, make amendments or vote against the measure, which would mean Newington would have no cap on establishments, Bertotti said. 

The public can speak at the hearing, which begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 in the Council Chambers, Room 103 at Town Hall, 200 Garfield St.

The hearing will be a Zoom Webinar/Hybrid Meeting, and instructions on  how to attend will be posted on the town website at: https://www.newingtonct.gov/virtualmeetingschedule.

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