NEW HAVEN, CT – Connecticut legalized recreational cannabis use for adults last year, and now the city government of New Haven is taking steps to prepare for the launch of retail cannabis establishments.
According to the New Haven Register, in an overwhelming majority vote, the city’s Board of Alders passed new zoning text amendments on Monday to specify where retail cannabis establishments will be allowed in the city. The state has not yet given approval for such storefronts to open but has indicated that it hopes to do so by the end of the year.
The amendments are necessary to ensure the city meets state requirements regarding the sale and consumption of cannabis. The new zoning regulations will allow for five cannabis retail establishments within the city of New Haven, which equates to one storefront for every 25,000 people.
Additionally, the text amendments specify the commercial and industrial neighborhoods in which retail cannabis establishments can be located and where they are prohibited.
With the majority vote, city officials have signaled that retail cannabis establishments will be part of New Haven’s promising future.