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Brookfield Zoning Commission issues ban on cannabis businesses

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Brookfield has been operating under a moratorium banning cannabis businesses since May 2022, but a ban is now in effect.



BROOKFIELD, CT – The Brookfield Zoning Commission has voted to ban cannabis-related businesses in the city.

The 4-1 vote came during the group’s regular meeting Thursday evening. The ban took effect on Friday.

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Brookfield has had a moratorium banning cannabis businesses since May 2022. The moratorium, which has been extended once, was set to expire this month.

Chairman Curtis Timmerman, Vice Chairman Anthony Papucci, Gwen Arment and Matt Grimes voted against allowing cannabis-related businesses in Brookfield. Commissioner Sean Turner was the lone dissenting voice, describing cannabis as “useful” and cannabis-based Brookfield businesses as inevitable.

“It will happen eventually. Why wait?” Turner said during the meeting. The money the companies brought to the city could be used to fund “mental health addiction services, the Youth Service Bureau and municipal youth review boards, and community engagement efforts,” according to the commissioner.

Vice Chairman Papucci agreed with Turner on the inevitability of cannabis in the Brookfield market, but disagreed on the timing.

“We’re not there yet,” Papucci said. “Brookfield has a character. People choose to live here, whether it’s prosperous, whether it’s quiet, whether it’s small — that becomes a part.”

Brookfield’s ban on commercial marijuana is not an outlier in the region. Ridgefield, Milford, Monroe and Bethel are among the many southwestern Connecticut communities that have put the brakes on recreational marijuana dispensaries, at least for now.