WINDHAM — Benjamin Zacks, the chief operating officer of Fine Fettle Dispensary in Connecticut and Massachusetts, said that despite the stigma that has existed around the marijuana business, towns won’t turn down the tax revenue and job opportunities.

“I hope, rather than having a gut feeling, towns do their research in understanding what these bring to the town, and do their due diligence, rather than quickly saying no to this,” Zacks said.  

Some of the towns Fine Fettle is in aren’t turning down the opportunity. On Aug. 25 the Willimantic Fine Fettle location received a special use permit and zoning approval to convert its medical marijuana dispensary facility to a hybrid retailer at it’s existing location, the second one in the state after the Newington Fine Fettle.  Connecticut law defines a hybrid retailer as selling both medicinal and recreational marijuana.

Zacks said the Fine Fettle building was built with having eventual recreational sales in mind. Zacks also said the planning and zoning process in Windham went smoothly, talking about the influx of customers and handling security among other things.

However, there’s still other work that needs to be done. Mainly, that’s getting the license for selling recreational marijuana from the state. Zacks said the

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