Middletown Wants to Stop You from Getting Medical Marijuana Before It’s Even Legal

Wesleyan’s passion for pot has been noted tons of times already, but how important of an issue is it?  Apparently too important for the Middletown City Planners to ignore. They’re considering an amendment to restrict places where pot can be sold, even medical marijuana, to buildings that are an “over 50-bed hospital, a pharmacy, or a medical clinic with more than five practitioners.”  Plus, whatever such place will have to be at least 100 feet from residential areas unless an exception is made.

But wait…not even medical marijuana is legal in Connecticut.  The Deputy City Planning Director says they want to prevent pot abuse preemptively because:

the planning department staff believes that Middletown could be ripe for such dispensaries, citing Wesleyan University’s ranking as 18th in the “Reefer Madness” category of the Princeton Review’s 2009 college guide and Middletown landing in the 39th spot of the Daily Beast’s list of the nation’s 40 most pot-loving communities.

Still, they already voted against banning any marijuana, including medical.  Ah, the priorities of Middletown.

[Source: The Middletown Press]

8 thoughts on “Middletown Wants to Stop You from Getting Medical Marijuana Before It’s Even Legal

  1. Alum '99

    The Middletown Eye has a good in-depth discussion over the past couple months about the various zoning proposals.

    As to the sarcastic reference to the “priorities of Middletown”, there is a legitimate need to come up with zoning ordinances before the state legalizes medical marijuana. If the city government waits until after the state-wide legalization, any business that begins distributing medical marijuana in the interim can make a legal case for being grandfathered in. Based on the strong support for legalized medical marijuana in Connecticut, the city is simply being pro-active.

    Members of the community did advance a zoning proposal to ban all sales, but this proposal was wisely voted down by commissioners who recognized the arguments supporting a complete ban were based on unfounded fears.

  2. Alum '99

    The Middletown Eye has a good in-depth discussion over the past couple months about the various zoning proposals.

    As to the sarcastic reference to the “priorities of Middletown”, there is a legitimate need to come up with zoning ordinances before the state legalizes medical marijuana. If the city government waits until after the state-wide legalization, any business that begins distributing medical marijuana in the interim can make a legal case for being grandfathered in. Based on the strong support for legalized medical marijuana in Connecticut, the city is simply being pro-active.

    Members of the community did advance a zoning proposal to ban all sales, but this proposal was wisely voted down by commissioners who recognized the arguments supporting a complete ban were based on unfounded fears.

  3. anon

    Mmm, city planners are using the Princeton Review as a basis for their decisions? No wonder our standardized test scores are so low.

  4. anon

    Mmm, city planners are using the Princeton Review as a basis for their decisions? No wonder our standardized test scores are so low.

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