MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Milford Mayor Ben Blake formally requested on Friday that the Department of Consumer Protection immediately review the license application for the proposed medical marijuana dispensary at 255 West River Street.
The proposed location for the dispensary is 738 feet from Cornerstone Christian Church, directly across the road from a tutoring/child care facility, and on the same street as Mathewson Elementary School. The license, he believes, conflicts with state law. In a press release and later in person, Blake outlined his point of view.
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“The state regulations that were posted on the Department of Consumer Protection website, they’re black and white,” said Blake. “They say that these types of facilities cannot be within a thousand feet of a school, a church, a child daycare and this particular application is not consistent with the state law.”
Blake also asked the Department of Consumer Protection to revise its licensing process and communications to officials. Last year, Milford officials said they were surprised to be notified about the State’s decision to locate two new dispensaries within the city on the same day that the press release was sent out.
“The licensing process would be much better if local and state officials teamed up and conducted an on-site field review for every proposed location. We need to work together,” Blake said.
News 8 reached out to officials with the Department of Consumer Protection about Blake’s concerns. In a statement they told us in part;
“The regulation cited in Mayor Blake’s press release is unfortunately incorrect. All current regulations can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.”
They also provided us with a link that shows in their words, the law “in its accurate form.” And while it does say their department’s commissioner shall take a number of factors into consideration when awarding a dispensary license, like its proximity to places of worship and schools, it doesn’t explicitly say those factors would prevent a license from being awarded.
We stopped by the neighborhood where the site sits and many who live in the area told us they’re still working to fight the dispensary from moving in. We also reached out to the owner of the company who wants to open the dispensary on West River Street and we’re still waiting to hear back.
To read the full letter the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection sent to Blake, click here.