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Online Petition Launched To Block Marijuana Dispensaries In Westport

A local group is looking to block a measure that would allow medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Westport.
A local group is looking to block a measure that would allow medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Westport. Photo Credit: watchdog.org

WESTPORT, Conn. – A group named Concerned Parents of Westport is looking to block a proposal that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to set up shop in Westport.

The measure has been delayed five times so far, but the Planning and Zoning Commission is set to vote on it on Thursday. If passed, dispensaries would be able to open in nonresidential areas that are 1,000 feet or more away from schools, public buildings, parks and places of worship, according to the Westport News .

The mission statement of the online petition says, "Westport is a family town--a kid-friendly town--and should not be somewhere where drugs can be purchased, regardless of whether or not they are used for medicinal purposes."

First Selectman Jim Marpe supports the measure, stating the need for the town to establish rules and guidelines for dispensaries instead of relying on the moratorium currently in place, the Westport News reported.

The business of medicinal marijuana continues to grow, but access to the medicine is still rather hard to come by for many Fairfield County residents.

To date, there are 3,678 medical marijuana patients in Fairfield County, but the only nearby dispensaries are located in Bethel and just over the New Haven County border in Milford, according to CT News Junkie .

Westport wouldn't be the first Fairfield County town to oppose medicinal marijuana businesses within its borders. Fairfield denied applications for dispensaries back in 2013 .

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