As a Fairfield homeowner I'm horrified that two medical marijuana facilities could open in our town. I don't' live near Post Road, where the facilities have been proposed, but I've got concerns and questions nonetheless:
Why is a Westport resident proposing to build a dispensary in Fairfield? Why not his town?
Why is the Fairfield Town Plan and Zoning Commission even considering the applications at all? Other towns aren't.
Don't these belong in medical offices instead of strip malls?
Fairfield is a terrific community. It's got great schools. It's beautiful. People are caring. If these dispensaries open, that's going to change. They will attract crime. They will increase traffic. They will attract people who want to get their hands on drugs.
That will damage the character and reputation of our town. It will put our citizens at risk. It will hurt all of our property values.
Last night a 16-year-old Fairfield student had the courage to speak up at the TPZ meeting to voice her objections. If they open, they'd be across the street from her home, and she was scared about crime and the little kids on her block. She wanted to know how she would keep them safe when she babysat.
What do we tell her? Our children are looking to us to make the right choices.
I hope all of our elected officials remember their constituents and join other Connecticut towns that have already said "no" to these dispensaries by adopting moratoriums. We've got too much to lose.