Stamford coalition challenges Connecticut’s cannabis law
A coalition of Stamford residents, including the Stamford Neighborhoods Coalition, has initiated a lawsuit challenging the legality of Connecticut’s cannabis law, asserting it clashes with the federal Controlled Substances Act and violates an equal rights provision in the Connecticut Constitution. The lawsuit, which focuses Stamford’s Mayor Caroline Simmons and the city’s Zoning Board, requests an injunction to cease the operation of cannabis businesses in Stamford and across Connecticut. This comes on the heels of a judge in New York issuing a temporary restraining order to halt regulators from approving retail dispensary licenses.
Despite the legal disputes, Connecticut’s regulated adult-use cannabis market, which commenced in January of 2023, has witnessed a steady increase in commercial sales, accumulating over $13 million in July. The lawsuit in Connecticut seeks to stop not only the operation of current cannabis businesses but also the efforts by the city’s Zoning and Planning boards to establish regulations for retail locations within Stamford.