Jun. 11—MANSFIELD — The Mansfield Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing on the proposal of a nine- month moratorium on cannabis establishments has been extended to June 21.
On Tuesday, after a long public hearing on the Agbotic greenhouse project proposal, the PZC opened and almost immediately continued the cannabis moratorium hearing to its June 21 meeting, without hearing any public comment.
The virtual hearing is scheduled to begin after 7 p. m., however, two additional hearings will precede it.
Information about how people can participate will be posted on the agenda on the town website at www. mansfieldct. gov/ AgendaCenter at least 24 hours before the meeting.
Aside from Tuesday’s meeting running late past 11 p. m., another major reason the hearing was postponed was due to changes and uncertainty with the state legislation on cannabis legalization.
The legislation passed by the state Senate Tuesday was Senate Bill 1118, which was introduced by Democratic Sen. Martin Looney of the 11th District and Democratic Speaker of the House Matt Ritter of the 1st District.
” Quite frankly, ( we need) to see what the final legislation is going to be because it had been a moving target. Even what the Senate passed is different from what I looked at when I was doing my report last week,” Mansfield Director of Planning and Development Linda Painter said Thursday.
Senate Bill 1118 would legalize personal possession and use of cannabis by adults 21 and older and eventually launch a regulated commercial cannabis market in Connecticut, licensing growers, retailers, manufacturers and delivery services.
It may also authorize municipalities to prohibit cannabis establishments or establish restrictions on them.
Ritter previously claimed the House will pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in a special session, which will likely be called sometime within the next two weeks, according to the Connecticut Mirror.
Painter said the PZC needs to be careful when reviewing information, making sure they are always up to date on the latest changes and potential amendments that could be made with the state legislation.
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