Stratford seeks public input on first proposed cannabis store

STRATFORD — The public will have one more chance to weigh in on plans to open the town’s first hybrid dispensary to sell recreational and medical marijuana.

The Stratford Zoning Commission will once again listen to opponents and supporters of the  proposed store during a meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22. The public hearing, which began last month, was continued after several residents called on the panel to vote down the facility

Verano, a Chicago-based company that operates more than 100 dispensaries across the country, is proposing to convert an old bank at 1151 Stratford Ave. into an adult-use cannabis retailer. 
 
The company is the first to apply for a chance to open a hybrid cannabis store in Stratford since state lawmakers legalized recreational marijuana in 2021. The first adult-use retail sales began earlier this year and have generated more than $12 million in sales, according to the Department of Consumer Protection.  

But the store has sparked concern from some residents who told the commission last month that they believe the store could encourage an increase in vehicle traffic near the South End site and harm the quality of life for residents in the surrounding neighborhood.

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