Medical marijuana dispensary sought in Stamford
STAMFORD — Six years after the state legalized medical marijuana, the city may get its first dispensary.
Kind Care LLC is requesting Zoning Board approval for a special exception to operate a dispensary in the Clark’s Hill Shopping Plaza at 806 E. Main St.
The Zoning Board will hold a public hearing on the request at 7 p.m. Monday in the Stamford Government Center’s fourth-floor cafeteria.
The Planning Board voted last week to recommend the Zoning Board approve the dispensary, Land Use Bureau Chief Ralph Blessing said.
Zoning Board members will discuss the Kind Care application after Monday’s hearing, according to their agenda. If the board approves the application, it doesn’t mean there will be a dispensary in the shopping plaza. That’s up to the state Department of Consumer Protection.
“The state is giving out only a few licenses, so Stamford might not end up with any,” Blessing said.
Another company that was seeking a special exception to build a wellness center with a medical marijuana dispensary at 1086 Long Ridge Road withdrew its application, Blessing said. The Zoning Board was also scheduled to hear that application on Monday.
The Zoning Board requests come after the state Department of Consumer Protection said in January that it was seeking applications to open at least three more medical marijuana dispensaries, which would bring the total to at least a dozen. The deadline is April 9.
The state’s medical marijuana program is “incredibly successful” and “growing rapidly,” Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull said in a statement announcing the new applications. As of the end of last year, there were 22,411 registered medical marijuana patients statewide, the statement said.
The dispensary closest to Stamford is about 30 miles away in Bethel. The others are in Milford, which has two, Branford, Waterbury, Hartford, South Windsor,