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Bridgeport Mayor Backs Proposed Marijuana Farm



    Bridgeport Mayor Backs Proposed Marijuana Farm
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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 7: Budtender Cody Blake handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next week. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered voters is needed to let voters decide on the issue in March, and until the number can be verified, the ban will not be enforced. . The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    After Bridgeport’s zoning commission rejected a proposal on Monday to open a medical marijuana farm in a warehouse, Mayor Bill Finch is saying the commission is moving too slowly to promote economic growth.

    In an interview with the Connecticut Post Finch said the Planning and Zoning Commission should be more pro-business.

    Rob Schulter, of Fairfield, wants to take advantage of Connecticut's recent legalization of medical marijuana and grow and sell pot wholesale. The business would be located at $50 Hastings St., according to the Post.

    The zoning board said there are too many unknowns and raised concerns about security and whether employees could steal the marijuana.

    Finch said the pot farm is a legal use and that officials should make sure business plans will not stall.

    The newspaper could not reach the zoning chairman for comment.