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Thursday, April 26 News

P&Z subcommittee tackles medical pot issues tonight

The implications of the state's recently adopted medical marijuana regulations on Westport and its zoning regulations will again be a topic of discussion tonight of a subcommittee of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in Town Hall.

When the P&Z imposed a year-long moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and production businesses in town last October, it established a subcommittee to review how the law applies to Westport.

To date, there have been no applications to open any outlets to either sell or grow medical marijuana in town. The state so far has issued only a few licenses to open facilities on a pilot basis, although one of the four licenses to grow medical marijuana was granted to Westport resident David Lipton, whose Fairfield-based business, Advanced Grow Labs, is to cultivate it in West Haven.

So far, however, there has been little public interest in the issue evident in Westport

At the P&Z subcommittee's last meeting on the issue, only one member of the public attended.

That prompted P&Z Chairman Chip Stephens to comment that he hopes there is a better public showing at the next session -- the one scheduled tonight.