Medical Marijuana Dispensary May Drop Bid For Avon Site, Instead Look To Fairfield County
Polaris Alternative Care, LLC was the first clinic of its type to seek a special exception for a medical marijuana dispensary in town.
The business registered in the state on March 28, one day after Avon’s planning and zoning commission approved new regulations to allow marijuana dispensaries and production facilities.
But less two weeks after filing an application here, the two physical therapists who founded Polaris Alternative Care said they are backing out. Their request for a dispensary, though, was still listed on the commission meeting agenda for a public hearing Tuesday.
Applicant Lowell Windon said there are “a lot of moving parts” tied to the process.
“It is unlikely that we will be moving forward in Avon,” Windon said last week, later adding he didn’t notify the commission of his modified plans before the agenda was released.
The clinic, however, doesn’t intend to rescind its April 9 application with the state Department of Consumer Protection, Windon said.
Polaris Alternative Care may be zeroing in on Stamford, where it’s also requested to operate a medical marijuana dispensary.
In total, 73 applicants statewide are vying for the three to 10 licenses that the DCP plans to award this fall. There are currently only nine legal dispensaries in Connecticut.
“Our No. 1 goal is to make sure it’s always the best medical facility possible,” said Lora Rae Anderson, a DCP spokeswoman. “We look at their site plan and their security plans. We also take a look at their business plan and their financial backing.”
In the scoring process, applicants can earn “bonus points” if they cite a compassionate care plan and ideas for giving back to the community, Anderson said. Polaris Alternative Care could fit the criteria, listing in its application plans for “educational seminars which will be open to the