STAMFORD \u2014 Stamford will soon have a second shop that sells recreational cannabis. The Zoning Board voted 3-2 Monday night to amend the special permit of Curaleaf\u2019s East Main Street medical dispensary to also allow \u201cadult-use\u201d sales. The location will be Stamford\u2019s second hybrid cannabis retailer and the first Connecticut store offering recreational sales for Curaleaf, the world\u2019s largest cannabis company by revenue. The medical dispensary at 814 East Main St. has been open since early 2019. It has operated as a Curaleaf location since 2020, according to Meaghan Miles, the attorney who represented the corporation before the Zoning Board. Board members discussed the proposal at meetings on Jan. 9 \u2014 which was a public hearing on Curaleaf's permit \u2014 and Monday night. A total of seven dispensaries opened statewide Jan. 10 as recreational sales began in Connecticut. Fine Fettle Stamford, another converted medical dispensary, was the lone Fairfield County retailer in the first state-approved batch of shops. As of Jan. 17, the state\u2019s Department of Consumer Protection reported more than $2.02 million in gross sales statewide. In Connecticut, most applicants for cannabis licenses must be selected through a lottery. But according to state law, medical dispensaries may convert their licenses to hybrid retail provided they obtain local zoning approval and two plan approvals from Consumer Protection: one to prioritize sales and access for medical patients and the other as a workforce development plan approved by the state's Social Equity Council. They must also pay up a $1 million conversion fee.\u00a0 Curaleaf has now completed all of the necessary steps for conversion, DCP spokesperson Kaitlyn Krasselt said. The company and local officials now may coordinate to set a date for the shop's hybrid opening. In an emailed statement, Luke Flood, Curaleaf's vice president of real estate, said Curaleaf will add additional service terminals to the 4,913-square-foot layout for "smoother customer flow." "Medical patients will be given priority access in our dispensary through a separate entrance, experience quicker check-ins with a dedicated staff and will have a separate line for check-out," Flood wrote. "Medical patients will continue to have access to our Compassionate Care Plan, patient consult rooms and our outstanding pharmacy team in addition to exclusive access to high THC edibles." At the two Zoning Board meetings, members discussed the potential impact of recreational sales on the neighborhood around the existing medical dispensary. Concerns centered on the flow of nearby car traffic and safety measures. At the Jan. 9 meeting, Board member Gerald Bosak Jr. said the area, which connects with Route 1, experiences heavy commuter traffic during the afternoon and evenings. \u201cYou can\u2019t pass that area, at some points, from the top of the hill all the way down to the train,\u201d said Bosak, a Republican. At the city's request, Curaleaf provided a traffic study from SLR Consulting, a private consulting firm. David Sullivan, a firm representative, said the store\u2019s peak selling hour would happen after the peak of afternoon commuter traffic. He also said the parking lot has ample access points and spaces, which would alleviate stress on nearby streets. \u201cA lot of the friction you typically experience along an arterial like this is taking the left turns out in mid-block situations,\u201d Sullivan said. Board member Racquel Smith-Anderson, a Democrat, said her concern was how the addition of a recreational cannabis dispensary would affect residents near the facility, particularly families with children. The concerns were echoed by two residents during a public comment period. \u201cI frequent Dollar Tree with my two young kids. Yes, there is a park that\u2019s close by. Even though it\u2019s mixed use, there\u2019s a lot of families that frequent that area, and the high school is in walking distance \u2026 I\u2019m on the fence with this,\u201d Smith-Anderson said. Alejandro Knopoff, who has since resigned from the Zoning Board, noted that the area has been the site of a cannabis retailer for multiple years. \u201cIt\u2019s an existing retail. It\u2019s not changing the footprint. It\u2019s not changing the amount of parking available. It\u2019s not modifying the driving abilities or the streets, so, if it was any other retail, we wouldn\u2019t be reviewing this. I just want to make sure we concentrate on the fact that it\u2019s just a change of use,\u201d said Knopoff, who does not have a major political party affiliation. Miles said that the Zoning Board had similar concerns in 2019 when deciding whether to open the medical facility. She said that about four years later, \u201cthere\u2019s no concerns.\u201d Miles also touted the 3 percent sales tax that goes to the town or city where the sale occurs. In his statement, Flood said that Curaleaf is "committed to being a good neighbor in the communities (they) serve." "Our team works directly with the cities and towns to ensure our dispensaries comply with all required local and state regulations," he said. During Monday night's meeting, Bosak and Smith-Anderson voted against the proposal, while Chair David Stein and members Rosanne McManus and William Morris voted in favor. The Board made minor changes to the store's proposed hours, pushing back daily opening times to 10 a.m. while also mandating a revised traffic study. Additionally, all orders must be made online for the business's first four weeks of operations following the eventual grand opening. "I believe that with the right conditions that this application works. While there may be some initial congestion, it will die down, particularly when we have two of these dispensaries open and customers can be spread out between the two of them," Stein said.