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Bridgeport Puts Brakes On Medical Marijuana Dispensary Amid Concerns From Residents, Mayor

Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. (credit: Getty Images)

Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. (credit: Getty Images)

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BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (CBSNewYork) — The City of Bridgeport will wait at least a year before taking on a medical marijuana dispensary.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, Mayor Bill Finch is not happy his city was chosen as one of 27 sites in Connecticut to dispense medical marijuana.

All systems were go for setting up the dispensary in Bridgeport until the city’s zoning commission put a hold on it.

The move came after many homeowners in the area raised concerns about property values.

Finch also questioned possible risks associated with having a medical marijuana dispensary.

“We would like to see some of the other communities take on facilities like this. We are not sure there is a risk, but the uncertainty of this new untried type of facility should be tried somewhere else,” the mayor said.

Finch added that setting up a dispensary in Bridgeport amounts to experimenting in a city where a most vulnerable population resides, Schneidau reported.

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