Ridgefield votes tonight at special town meeting on ordinance to ban cannabis sales

A budtender cuts the stem off of a marijuana bud while preparing an order for a customer at cannabis dispensary, The Green Cross, in San Francisco, California, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

A budtender cuts the stem off of a marijuana bud while preparing an order for a customer at cannabis dispensary, The Green Cross, in San Francisco, California, on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle

RIDGEFIELD — At a special town meeting tonight, residents will vote on an ordinance that would ban cannabis sales in town.

The vote will take place at 7:30 p.m in the Town Hall Annex in the conference room at 66 Prospect St. (next to Yanity Gym).

In April, the Ridgefield Board of Selectmen voted to prohibit cannabis business in town.

Previously, First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Selectwoman Barbara Manners said they believe cannabis businesses in town would detract from the work of Ridgefield’s Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse.

“We’ve worked so hard to try and keep (substances away from) our kids,” Marconi said. “I do think a store in our community, a dispensary, would certainly allow for a greater presence of it in our town.”

According to the ordinance, the town would prohibit cannabis establishments and commercial cultivation. The intent is to “prohibit the establishment, installation, creation, operation, or use of cannabis establishments in the town of Ridgefield.”

The ordinanceis also intended to prohibit commercial cultivation, whether associated with recreational use, palliative use, or any other use in Ridgefield.

The ordinance states its primary purpose is to secure and promote the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the town of Ridgefield by restricting the adverse impacts of the cannabis industry and preserving Ridgefield’s quality of life.

The ordinance becomes effective with an affirmative vote at tonight’s Town Meeting.

Additional items on tonight’s agenda include the following:

1. Expansion of Economic & Community Development Commission from seven to nine Commissioners and terms of service from one year to two years.

2. The contract between the Town of Ridgefield & Aquarion Water Company for the conveyance of a permanent pressure reducing facility easement and a temporary construction easement over a portion of the Scotland Elementary School property.

3. The allocation of $232,978 of ARPA funds as approved by the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance for reimbursement to the RVNA for expenses associated with the COVID Vaccination Clinic.