Neighbors of planned medical marijuana dispensary say facility is not welcome

(AP file)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Jack Haas is a resident of West River street in Milford who is not happy about a potential new neighbor hoping to move into an unoccupied concrete building near his home.

“This is a residential neighborhood,” said Haas. “This is a totally inappropriate location for a dispensary of medical marijuana.”

This past January, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection announced two new medical marijuana dispensary facilities had been approved to open up in Milford. One on New Haven Avenue the other on West River street.

John Skopp also lives on West River street. His main concern is that the dispensary will put the safety of his children at risk.

“There’s too many unknowns,” said Skopp.

The company who hopes to move in is called Arrow Alternative Care, they currently operate a similar facility in Hartford. Over the phone News 8 asked the owner of the operation, Angelo DeFazio, if he had anything to say about the concerns of some residents who live near West River street. DeFazio told us he had “no comment” about that but did say, “I know we help lives every single day.”

At Milford’s City Hall Thursday evening the (D) Mayor held office hours, a time for people to come and talk with him and (D) State Representative Kim Rose about their concerns. Many who turned out all wanted to talk about one thing, a medical marijuana facility on West River street.

When News 8 asked Representative Rose if she wanted the facility to moved she told us, “Personally it’s not my district, so it’s in a bad location.”

We looked it up, the facility is in her district. The mayor says he is talking with officials at the Department of Consumer Protection to find a resolution.

“I think that it should be in a more commercial area,” said Mayor Benjamin Blake. “It should be moved to a location that again is not in the middle of a residential neighborhood.”

News 8 reached out to officials with the Department of Consumer Protection about the concerns of some Milford residents, they sent us the following statement;

“The Medical Marijuana application process with the Department of Consumer Protection is incredibly competitive. Applications were reviewed by highly qualified professionals, and applicants were judged in multiple categories, including safety, security, and how they plan on working with, and giving back to the community. The three highest quality facilities were chosen in order to make sure patients in the state are given the best medical care possible.”

The facilities in Milford are expected to be ready to assist patients by early summer.

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