Sen. Tony Hwang praises Newtown’s Proactive Rejection of Marijuana Distribution in their Community

July 2, 2021

NEWTOWN – On July 1, 2021, the very same day that the state’s newly signed cannabis legislation went into effect, the Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission held a meeting and voted 4-1 to to ban all cannabis establishments including medicinal dispensaries and gave Newtown residents an opportunity weigh in on marijuana legalization since June 22, when Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law legalizing marjuana use and distribution in CT.

Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) submitted testimony to the Newtown P&Z Commission explaining his grave concerns about legalizing marijuana ahead of the hearing and shared his thoughts on the outcome:

“The amount of courage and care that Newtown’s leadership has shown is commendable. In times where local control is being threatened on all fronts, this town has stepped up and exercised their right to act in their community and their resident’s best interest. 

“Just as Connecticut chose to break from federal law and decriminalize marijuana, the representative leaders of Newtown were brave enough to exercise their power in saying ‘no’ to having to be rushed into managing this drug and the impact on the lives of residents and visitors.

“I stand with Newtown and any other community in Connecticut who refuse to let state law supersede their responsibility to protect the people they represent.”