In the summer of 2021, Connecticut cannabis activists cheered the state's adoption of a framework for legal adult use sales and possession (medical use has been legal in the state since 2012). Now, some worry the formal introduction of that law (a license lottery began this week for prospective applicants) is being weaponized to target small private cannabis consumption events in at least one local town.
With a strong legal framework protecting homegrow and gifting of cannabis, coupled with a delayed, capped and problematic licensing process for smaller operators, private parties such as the High Bazaar in Hamden have quickly become the only accessible consumption spaces open to patients and community members.
Some local town officials, however, are not pleased, with City Attorney Timothy J. Lee telling a judge in New Haven Superior Court that such private parties "[pose] an unreasonable threat to the public health, safety and welfare" if they are not fully permitted and accompanied by "adequate police presence".
In turn, say the town, they want a temporary injunction (an order that would stop the events from happening in the short term) issued in an ex-parte manner (which is to say, issued without High Bazaar officials providing a formal response in court).