DANBURY — Plans by a Bethel-based medical marijuana facility to expand into a former bank on the city’s west side have been approved.

The city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved the move by D&B Wellness to occupy a three-story building on Mill Plain Road, after several months of public hearings showed no opposition.

“Medical marijuana has transcended a lot of the negative connotations of the 1950s and 1960s,” said Neil Marcus, an attorney who represented D&B Wellness. “The old idea of the evil of weed is just out the window. The medical use of marijuana has significant acceptance because of its benefits.”

The approval clears the way for interior renovation to begin at the 60,000-square-foot former bank building at 105 Mill Plain Road. Plans call for a pharmacy-style store, with a second floor reserved for support groups and other complimentary therapies once group gatherings are safe again.

“There is a lot of security and overlay that needs to be done because these facilities are so strictly regulated,” said Carl Tirella, general manager of New York-based Acreage Holdings, which owns the Compassionate Care Center in Bethel and two other marijuana facilities in Connecticut. “It needs a complete overhaul.”

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