DANBURY – Two weeks before Gov. Ned Lamont signed Tuesday’s bill legalizing retail cannabis, Danbury leaders denied what would have been the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state to have a drive-thru window.
The reason had less to do with the unknowns in the 300-page recreational cannabis bill that was yet to be signed than it did with city regulations that ban drive-thru windows in most circumstances along a busy stretch of Mill Plain Road, zoners said.
“This commission just said ‘no’ to somebody … trying to sell doughnuts across the street,” Zoning Commission Chairman Theodore Haddad said during a June 8 public hearing, referring to the city’s 2017 denial of a drive-thru window for Dunkin’ Donuts that was upheld in state Superior Court. “We have to think about cause-and-effect. People will come to us if this petition is approved and say, ‘Hey, what about me?’”
The Zoning Commission’s denial of the drive-thru window request by the Bethel-based medical marijuana dispensary D&B Wellness does not affect the dispensary’s plans to move into a former bank building at 105 Mill Plain Road on Danbury’s booming west side.