Milford Planning and Zoning Board approves Marijuana Dispensary

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on April 06, 2016.

The Milford Planning and Zoning Board on Tuesday night approved a site permit for a medical marijuana dispensary at 255 West River Street, whilst the debate continued on local zoning laws guidelines for medical marijuana amenities more restrictive.

Arrow Alternative Care II, which also runs a medical marijuana dispensary in Hartford, won site plan approval after some members of the PZB tried to derail the approval on technicalities.

With the approval, Angelo DeFazio, the owner of the proposed dispensary can apply and obtain a zoning permit to "fit-out" the interior of the building and eventually open the dispensary.

DeFazio, who also owns Arrow Pharmacy, stated after the vote that he looks forward to “bringing care” to people who are sick, some with debilitating illnesses.

However, some concerned residents of proposed site, who have launched a strong campaign against the facility, vowed to continue their fight against marijuana businesses and said they would push for stronger regulations in the future. They were primarily worried about potential crime, violence and traffic problems in their locality.

Neighbors put up a fierce fight to the plans. Lawn signs scattered the residential area. But even though the vacant building sits just feet from their neighborhood, it is zoned for commercial use. So the medical marijuana facility is permitted under existing regulations.

Notably, there are 11 approved conditions for which marijuana may be prescribed, including HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, cancer, glaucoma and Crohn’s disease. Six other conditions are in the regulatory approval process.

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