Vote Yes and say No to cannabis establishments in Ridgefield

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State Legislature passed Public Act 12-1, which created a scheme enfranchising “Cannabis Establishments,” including farms, processing factories, and transport hubs. Medical dispensaries, already legalized, are not involved. The Legislature also permitted any Town to “opt-out” and ban Cannabis Establishments within its border.

Ridgefield’s Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC), on dubious grounds, recommended “Cannabis Establishments.”

The Office of Substance Abuse absurdly suggested that the illusory Town portion of sales tax might increase its budget for “prevention.”

The Department of Health disagreed and supports the “opt-out.” Neither Fire nor Police wants it. Board of Selectmen (BOS), after numerous public hearings at which substantial, peer-reviewed evidence was submitted, determined that Cannabis Establishments should be banned.

BOS has decided that its decision to “opt-out” and ban Cannabis Establishments should be subject to public vote. The decision will be made at a BOS Special Town Meeting scheduled for Sept. 7, 2022, at 7:30 PM, at the Town Annex, 66 Prospect St.

The Cannabis movement is a front for big business, including tobacco (Sabet, Kevin, Ph.D., “Smoke Screen” Forefront Books, 2021, foreword by Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy).

Cannabis has been scientifically and medically proven to cause mental illness, violence, and addiction (Berenson, Alex, New York Times reporter, “Tell Your Children” Free Press, Simon & Schuster, 2019). “Smoking Weed” is harmful (Becker, Kevin, Ph. D. “Whoa Dude” 2021, paperback, ISBN:978-1-7367521-0-4). Enfranchisement under the guise of “social equity” is a scandal waiting to happen (Google: Jack Abramoff). Does anyone want “cannabis tourism” in Ridgefield?

Data can be found at www.ridgefieldrecord.com. Need more proof? Watch Jeff Bridges' legendary portrayal of “The Dude” in the 1998 Coen Bros. film “The Big Lebowski.”

John Tartaglia