Proposed cannabis store in Hartford hits roadblock

Plans to open a cannabis store in Hartford is moving forward, but another store is hitting a roadblock.
Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 4:12 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2022 at 6:35 PM EDT
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) - Plans to open a cannabis store in Hartford is moving forward, but another store is hitting a roadblock.

On Tuesday, the planning and zoning commission approved the request for a special permit to build a cannabis store on Park Street, right by Parkville Market.

The other proposed pot store location is on Arch Street behind the Blind Pig Pizza Company. The location would be right by the Convention and Science Center.

Some city residents and employees say they want to see more marijuana dispensaries in Hartford.

“Someone doesn’t have to see a drug dealer to get what they need. They can get it medicinally basically. That’s very important because then that way nobody can mess with it and put stuff in it that somebody doesn’t want anyways,” says Presta.

The Capital Regional Development Authority is opposing those plans. The group wants to keep the area family friendly.

“For those who have families, to have your children interact in that setting, might be the cause of why for me is the reason I would say no,” says one member.

Some Hartford residents say they agree.

“Because you have people who come in for different values, the come for different functions or occasions and they’re from out of state. it might send the wrong picture,” says one resident.

In a statement the Capital Regional Development Authority says it will “Continue to work with the master developer, HB Nitkin, and local businesses to identify opportunities for family-oriented restaurants and entertainment through Adriaen’s Landing.”

The next Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission meeting is scheduled for August 9th at 6 pm.