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Ansonia officials attempt to stop growing, selling medical marijuana in town

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ANSONIA, CT (WFSB) -

Town officials will discuss the possibility of the town having a moratorium on facilities opening in Ansonia that would grow or sell medical marijuana.

Connecticut is joining a growing number of states that have approved medical marijuana. This year, state lawmakers voted to allow marijuana to be grown and sold for medical treatments.

A special legislative committee will decide whether to approve a proposal that spells out the details of how the program will be handled in Connecticut Tuesday.

A meeting will be held in Ansonia Thursday night to create a moratorium that would not allow "the production, distribution and/or dispensing of medical marijuana," according to the agenda.

Ansonia city leaders said they haven't had any marijuana operators inquire about the area as a possible location. They said they're being proactive with this moratorium and want to wait at least a year until the state has more guidelines on how such businesses would operate.

Neighboring city Shelton actually passed a moratorium just last month.

Officials in Middletown and West Haven have already approved medical marijuana grow operations. Greenbelt Management will be able to grow up to 65 pounds of marijuana each month at the factory on Johnson Street in Middletown.

Both facilities would only be for growing and packaging and still need a license from the state before they start operations.

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection officials said the state plans to certify between three and 10 secured marijuana growing facilities.

The public hearing in Ansonia will be at 7:15 p.m. in the council chambers at Ansonia City Hall. Public comment is welcome.

Residents can pick up a copy of the proposed ordinance at Ansonia City Hall.

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