MERIDEN — The city’s Board of Education is consulting with its attorney before weighing in on a proposed cannabis dispensary within 500 feet of a building that houses programs for teens and disabled adults.
Members of the city’s Planning Commission last week agreed to continue a public hearing on the proposed dispensary at 28 W.Main St. after members of the public raised concerns about the nearby programs run by the school district. The hearing is expected to resume next month.
City Council candidate Dan Zaborowski raised concerns about students enrolled in the program passing the dispensary on their way to the YMCA or other downtown locations.
Planning Department Director Paul Dickson initially said he believed the city’s approved regulations set a minimum distance of 500 feet between any dispensary and a public K-12 school, but agreed to look into the matter. The Success Academy and Community Classroom Collaborative programs are run by the school system and housed at 14-16 Church St., which is owned by the Meriden YMCA.
Attorney Dennis Cenevia, who represented Blue Leaf LLC/BGE LLC before the commission, noted during the public hearing last week that there was no opposing correspondence from School Superintendent Mark Benigni. He added there would be no signs on the building or windows