Bridgeport restricts legalized pot to ‘adult entertainment’ zones

BRIDGEPORT — Despite efforts by state lawmakers to de-criminalize and de-stigmatize the recreational use of marijuana, Connecticut’s largest city is, for now, treating pot like porn and similarly relegating the new industry to the few neighborhoods set aside for adult entertainment.

“It’s absolutely asinine,” local state Rep. Steven Stafstrom said Thursday after learning of the decision. “These should be in our major commercial corridors.”

Stafstrom, a Democrat, is co-chairman of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee and helped spearhead passage in June of legislation legalizing cannabis for adults age 21 and up. He and other proponents have touted the economic benefits of a thriving marijuana industry that rivals neighboring states’.

“Bridgeport would be allowed up to five retail establishments – one per every 25,000 residents,” Stafstrom explained Thursday. “The city will receive a three percent tax on all sales at the five establishments.”

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