The Orange Plan and Zoning (TPZ) Commission held several poorly attended public hearings on the proposal for locating a retail dispensary for legalized medical/recreational marijuana in Town. Commissioner Kevin Cornell, Esq. voiced disappointment at the low turnout. These hearings were not well-publicized. Residents deserve to be heard, as well as testimony from medical and public safety experts. It would be a welcomed reprieve if the TPZ Commission reinstated the moratorium and offered well-publicized hearings, with social distancing or on Zoom, before they render a unilateral decision. Rescheduled hearings would affirm the Commission’s due diligence in representing constituents.
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