ESSEX, CT — At the November 9th Essex Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) meeting, PCZ application #21-9, a proposed text amendment regarding the prohibition of marijuana dispensaries and production facilities in the town was discussed as part of a public hearing.

Long time Essex resident Roger Kern, who took out a large, full-page advertisement in the Valley Courier Newspaper for the November 4th issue, with a headline of “Don’t Let Essex Go To Pot,” spoke first at the hearing Tuesday night, citing reasons why he is so vehemently opposed to allowing a marijuana dispensary or production facility in Essex.

“Marijuana is a harmful substance and we should not facilitate its distribution,” said Kerns, who based much of his factual information about the substance on an article he said he read recently, on the subject, in Connecticut Magazine.

He added that he was concerned about the character of the town and thought that it was “unlikely” that there would be any economic benefits from this type of business for the town and it was “unlikely” that people who came to town to purchase marijuana products would stay to browse shops and frequent local businesses.

Three other residents voiced their opinions in favor

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