ESSEX-– The zoning commission has approved a one-year moratorium on any permit applications related to the new state law allowing medical marijuana. The unanimous approval at a Dec. 16 meeting puts Essex on a growing list of more than a dozen Connecticut towns that in recent weeks have adopted temporary limits on medical marijuana related applications.
The moratorium, which was proposed by the commission and runs through the end of 2014, was approved after a public hearing where the temporary limit drew no objections. The commission will use the coming year to develop possible regulations for medical marijuana related growing facilities and dispensaries, and determine which, if any, zones in town such uses could be allowed under a special permit approval.
The panel also continued a public hearing on the prohibition of certain commercial uses in the downtown Essex Village District. The prohibitions proposed by the commission include check cashing establishments, tattoo and massage parlors, adult-themed stores, and head shops. The public hearing will resume at the commission’s next meeting on Jan. 27.