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Beacon Falls planners modify rules for pot production

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By Andreas Yelma Citizen News

BEACON FALLS – The Planning and Zoning Commission has amended its regulations for cannabis establishments in the city bringing pot production more in line with its rules for industrial uses.

The commission agreed to add and amend its bylaws to allow cannabis establishments in the city after it opened and closed a session on July 21.

The Cannabis Enterprises Working Group, made up of Planning and Zoning Committee members Harry Roscoe and Mark Brune, works with city planners to create regulations that fit the city.

“Uses have been divided into industrial, manufacturing and production versus retail and delivery uses,” said city planner Keith Rosenfeld.

Changes to zoning regulations to add Section 42 include the production and storage of hemp indoors, the Beacon Falls Police Department must review and approve a proposed security plan for the facility, and the production and storage of hemp must not create the emission of dust, odors, fumes, smoke, waste, noise, and vibrations The applicant must have received provisional license approval from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection to operate as either a hemp grower or manufacturer of hemp food and beverage, hemp producer, manufacturer of hemp products, and packaging of hemp products.

The effective date of the new regulations will be September 10.

“We focused the activities on being industrial in nature and in the industrial areas of the city,” Rosenfeld said.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in the state after Governor Ned Lamont signed a law legalizing cannabis use for people age 21 or older in June 2021. Individuals age 21 or older can legally own up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana with Extra 5 ounces secured in their home or car.

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