Peculiar Times In Our United States of Marijuana


We’ve got the President of the United States (sort of) saying smoking pot like he did as a kid is no big deal. And predictions of which will be the next five states will legalize recreational marijuana (two are in New England, but Connecticut isn’t among them). Meanwhile, a state lawmaker who represents Orange and Milford wants to make sure Connecticut’s new medical pot dispensaries don’t run afoul of the feds.

For your edification on that last point, here’s the full news release from Democratic state Rep. James Maroney:

In a recent letter to state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein, Maroney urged the DCP to consider proximity to schools and the protection of children when developing regulations for the locating licensed marijuana facilities.

“I wanted to congratulate the DCP’s staff on their diligence in implementing what I believe to be the strongest medical marijuana law in the country,” Rep. Maroney said. “But at the same time, I wanted to point out the omission in the language of the state law concerning a 1,000-foot buffer zone around schools, religious and other institutions.”

Rep. Maroney noted the regulations provide the DCP latitude when it comes to placement of facilities for those that need access to medical marijuana, and for the department to observe the federal law that maintains a 1000-foot buffer zone for marijuana dispensaries in their decisions.

“There is a possibility that if the buffer zones are not observed the federal government may step in and close dispensaries that are placed too close to a facility covered by the buffer zone,” Rep. Maroney added. “In fact, in Colorado and Washington the U.S. Attorneys actively engaged with state licensed facilities, to close down facilities that were within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, public housing and other areas.”

In the letter, Rep. Maroney asked Commissioner Rubenstein to honor the federal buffer zone when siting dispensaries.

Peculiar times indeed.