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Bradley Jones’ Fabulous Functional Narcissism

Psychoanalysts often ask patients to tap into their past.

Dr. Bradley Jones is ready to tap into his own.

Which is appropriate. In his earlier life he was a tap dancer.

Get ready for an encore.

At Staples High School, Jones thrilled audiences in Players productions like “Guys and Dolls” and “The Wizard of Oz.” He tapped in “Oklahoma!”, while for “Dames at Sea” he taught the art to fellow teenagers.

After graduating in 1975, Jones rolled the dice on an acting career. He was soon on Broadway, as a soldier/tormentor/singer/dancer in “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

After a national tour with “My Fair Lady,” he was back on Broadway — big time. Jones played Greg Gardner, and understudied for Bobby in “A Chorus Line.”

Bradley Jones, 3rd from left in “A Chorus Line.”

It was a great 8 year-run. But he spent part of it while addicted to cocaine.

Jones stayed in the show, thanks to rehab and psychotherapy. That opened his eyes to the power of introspection.

When he injured his knee, he took stock of his future. His self-esteem was low. He was a gay man playing a gay character, getting older in an industry that celebrates youth. “I didn’t see a great future,” he says.

So Jones finally went to college. He enrolled at Fordham University — with the goal of becoming a psychotherapist.

Bradley Jones

After a master’s in social work from Hunter College, and a doctoral program in Los Angeles — with psychoanalysis 3 times a week, on the couch — Jones returned to New York.

That was in the 1990s. He’s had a flourishing practice ever since.

Two years ago, a friend asked him to be in a cabaret. “I got sick with the bug again,” Jones says.

Not cocaine. Performing.

Which is why he’ll perform “Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism” 3 times soon: twice in May, once in June.

The solo show is billed as

a madcap, thought-provoking story of how an eager-to-please theatre queen survived a decade in a Broadway hit, and overcame envy, grandiosity and even murder to become a respected psychoanalytic clinician … who still knows how to tap and sing!

It “mixes my 2 loves: psychoanalysis and theater,” Jones says.

Part of the show is educational. “I want people to understand narcissism,” he explains. “It’s hard to empathize with narcissists. But they’re in terrible pain.”

Yet, he quickly adds, “it’s done in a cute, saucy, sex, fun musical theater way.”

Jones crams narcissism — plus AIDS, and the real-life murder of his boyfriend — into an hour. Along with (of course) tap dancing.

In a promotional photo for his show, Bradley Jones gives advice to … Bradley Jones.

There are only 3 performances because, as a cabaret show, Jones must do most of the promotion himself. He’s still got a day job.

But what a great, fulfilling job that is.

And luckily, during his June performance, there’s a big psychoanalysts’ conference in New York City. He hopes to see many of them at his show.

I wonder how they feel about that?

“Dr. Bradley’s Fabulous Functional Narcissism” will be performed Friday, May 11 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, May 19 (1 p.m.) at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, and Friday, June 15 (8 p.m.) at Don’t Tell Mama. For Laurie Beechman tickets, click here. For Mama’s tickets, click here. The cover charge for all shows is $20. There is a 2-drink minimum — and Mama’s is cash only.

Medical Marijuana: A Dispensary Q-and-A

David Lipton is a lifelong Westporter. He’s part of Bluepoint Wellness, which this Thursday (April 19, 7 p.m., Town Hall) is on the Planning & Zoning Commission agenda for its applicaton to open a medical marijuana dispensary at the present site of Coco Spa, behind the old Pier One store at 1460 Post Road East.

Lipton is also CEO of Advanced Grow Labs. Based in West Haven, it’s one of 4 state-licensed producers of medical marijuana.

Officials have opened up a Request for Application for 3 to 10 new dispensaries statewide. They may or may not pick a Westport site. There are now 5 applications here.

Lipton offers this information about medical marijuana dispensaries not to advance his own application, he says, but to explain the entire process.

Who can enter a medical marijuana dispensary?

To enter a medical marijuana dispensary in Connecticut you must be a registered patient with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

Who is the DCP?

The DCP is the regulatory agency that controls the medical marijuana program, as well as all food and drugs manufactured and sold in Connecticut.  They oversee licensing all patients and their caregivers, all dispensaries, all producers, and all employees at the dispensaries and producers.

How do you become a registered patient?

To be a registered patient you must be diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

Adults: Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, sickle cell disease, post-laminectomy syndrome, severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, complex regional pain syndrome, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, irreversible spinal cord injury, terminal illness requiring end of life care, and uncontrollable intractable seizure disorder.

Patients under 18: cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, severe epilepsy, terminal illness requiring end of life care, uncontrollable tntractable seizure disorder.

So it’s not a traditional retail shop or pharmacy where anyone can visit?

To enter a dispensary, you must be registered with the state, and have both a DCP-generated ID and a state photo ID.

The Bluepoint Wellness dispensary, in Branford. Advanced Grow Labs is partnering with Bluepoint on an application for a Westport location.

How do you register with the DCP?

If you have a qualifying medical condition, your physician can register you with the Department of Consumer Protection on the DCP licensing website (biznet.ct.gov). As a physician-recommended patient you then register on the state’s licensing site, which asks detailed questions. You must provide proof of residency, a passport-style photo, and a $100 application fee. If approved, the DCP issues you a patient ID card, which you use to enter the dispensary. You must register with a specific dispensary in the state. You cannot go randomly to any dispensary.

How many dispensaries are there, and where are they located?

Currently there are 9 licensed dispensaries for the 25,000+ registered patients. There is an open RFA (Request for Application) to add 3 to 10 additional dispensaries so they are more readily available to patients throughout the state. Right now, some patients drive a long distance to access a dispensary. There are 2 in Milford, and 1 each in Bethel, Branford, South Windsor, Hartford, Bristol, Uncasville and Waterbury. The DCP may award just 3 new licenses, or up to 10.

I hear a lot about Westport picking 2 to 4 dispensaries. Will that happen?

This is part of the misinformation that has confused everyone. The answer is no. Westport does not select the dispensary. Westport approves the zoning for a dispensary through P&Z. The licensing is awarded by the DCP in Hartford after reviewing all the applications received. They are hefty applications, so this takes quite a bit of time. It involves a great deal of background checks, narratives, and details from the potential operators of the dispensary, who must prove to the state that they are highly qualified to safely and securely operate a dispensary.

So why are  people talking about 4 dispensaries coming to Westport?

Again, this is misinformation. The town population in Westport is 26,000. If at all, the DCP would only approve 1 dispensary in a town of that size — and they may not select Westport at all. But if they do, it means the applicant has proven to the DCP through their application that they are qualified to safely and successfully operate a dispensary.

Compassionate Care — a medical marijuana dispensary in Bethel.

How does DCP decide on how they will award a license?

The DCP uses a scoring system. The highest score is 2000; the minimum is 1500. It is a very competitive process. Applications often end up being more than 1000 pages, with detailed answers to very in-depth questions.

Will a dispensary damage the perception of how Westport is viewed?

No dispensary in Connecticut has brought any issues or problems to the towns in which they are located. In fact, they bring consumers to the towns who spend money at locations other than the dispensaries – restaurants, shops, etc. A dispensary sells merchandise just like CVS or Walgreens. They sell product that comes in an orange dram, sealed, just a prescription from your pharmacy. Everything is highly secure.

Will a dispensary disrupt the town of Westport or bring criminal behavior?

Again, this is misinformation. There has not been one incident of a problem in any of the towns where there are dispensaries. These are just patients, just like the people going to CVS to get medicine. They want to get in and out the door. It is just like any other errand by any other person.

Will it cause odor?

You won’t even know it’s there. There are no odors emitted by the dispensary. This isn’t like Colorado or California. All the medicine is packaged in drams or sealed in plastic bags. Nothing is open. There is no looking in jars at medicine. It just like the medicine you pick up at CVS. There won’t even be a sign that says “dispensary” on it. It is a very discreet operation.

 

Don’t Fence Jake In

When some of Jake McGillion-Moore’s friends learn he’s a fencer, they assume he builds fences.

Not quite.

The Staples High School sophomore is an athletic fencer.

But he does a lot more than parry and thrust.

Jake — who has dual citizenship — is on the Irish junior national team. This week he’s in Verona, Italy, for the cadet (Under-17) world championship.

Jake McGillion-Moore

He competes in Cancun, Budapest and Paris. This summer he vies for the US title in St. Louis. He’s already a 2-time state champ.

Not bad for someone who has been fencing for only 3 years. And who got into the sport only because his younger, “more athletic” sister Katie was doing it.

Jake is a well-rounded young man. A lifelong Westporter and Life Scout (his Eagle Scout project is renovating the backyard of Caroline House, the Bridgeport youth center where he volunteers 2 days a week), he also plays bass in the Staples orchestra (and classical piano).

But fencing has become an important part of his life.

Jake loves the challenges — mental as well as physical.

“You have to make fast decisions,” he explains. “You figure out what your opponent is going to do, and then manipulate him.”

You’d think upper body strength is important, Jake says that leg strength is  key. Fencers are in constantly motion, getting close to or away from their opponents.

At the Fairfield Fencing Academy Jake practices footwork and lunging, in high-intensity intervals. He also does weight training, and works on fitness.

Jake McGillion-Moore is ready to compete.

Fencing is not mainstream. It attracts “people looking for a technical sport,” Jake says. It also appeals to young kids. “They think it’s sword fighting. They realize pretty soon it’s a refined sport.”

Jake’s route to the Irish national team runs through his father, a Dublin native. Luke was born in the US — but, he notes, “my dad plays Irish music, and uses Irish words.”

Right now, Jake is competing for a world championship. There really are no words for that.

(Hat tip: Jennifer Jackson)

Marion Donovan, Trevor Noah And Disposable Diapers: Shafted!

Last Mother’s Day, “06880” gave a shout-out to Marion Donovan.

In 1949, the Westport mother invented the moisture-proof diaper. Two years later, she went a step further, creating the disposable diaper.

It took 10 months, but Trevor Noah finally got around to acknowledging this Mother of Invention.

The other day, the “Daily Show” featured our hometown heroine on “Shafted.” That’s the segment that — to honor Women’s History Month — highlights women who have been (metaphorically) screwed by men.

Figuratively, of course.

Marion Donovan

In Donovan’s case, it was paper company executives. All men (surprise!), they told her that disposable diapers were “not necessary.”

A decade later, Donovan’s idea finally led to Pampers. They’re credited to Procter & Gamble, and a guy named Victor Mills.

The “Shafted” segment — hosted by the indomitable Desi Lydic and Dulce Sloan — mentions Westport about 50 seconds in.

Men may have dumped all over Marion Donovan. But she went on to earn 20 patents. They include a hanger that holds 30 garments in a tight space; a wire soap holder that drains directly into the basin; an elastic zipper allowing women to zip up the back of a dress by pulling down from the front, and the Dentaloop (it prevents floss users from cutting off circulation in their fingers).

Not all those inventions were made in Westport. At some point she moved to Greenwich — where Donovan, who (of course!) earned an architecture degree from Yale at age 41, designed her own house.

Donovan died in 1998, at 81. In 2015 she was inducted posthumously into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Anyone who has changed a diaper since 1951 owes huge thanks to Marion Donovan.

No sh–.

(Hat tip: Brian Gold)

A Modest Proposal

As reported yesterday, neighbors don’t want 11 homes built on the site of the former Daybreak property off Main Street and Weston Road, near Merritt Parkway Exit 42. They cite traffic and environmental concerns.

And Westporters don’t want a medical marijuana dispensary on the Post Road either. Two proposed locations are too close to elementary schools.

The solution is obvious, and perfect: Instead of 11 homes on Daybreak, put a dispensary there.

Problem solved!

Main Street Merchant: “Being Here Is A Dream”

Last fall, when Annette Norton opened Savvy + Grace — a cool, funky place with unique gift items at all prices points underneath Tavern on Main — it was a dream come true.

She’d been in retail all her life. (Her great-grandmother opened a store in Scarsdale in the early 1900s.) She was aware of — and ready for — the challenges of internet shopping.

Annette loved Westport. She’d been coming here since she was a girl. “It’s one of the most beautiful towns anywhere,” she says. “To be here is a dream.”

The reality of owning a Main Street store is different than the dream. Shoppers do buy a lot online. Foot traffic is not always great. There are empty storefronts near hers.

But Savvy + Grace has developed a devoted following.

And Annette remains one of downtown Westport’s biggest boosters.

Savvy + Grace is on Main Street, underneath Tavern on Main.

“Part of me is disheartened,” she says. “It seems like a lot of Westporters don’t appreciate what they have here.

“But I’ve met so many phenomenal people. Our customers are great.”

She’s been heartened by the welcome she’s received online — on Facebook groups like Westport Front Porch and What Up Westport — and by word of mouth.

“In all my years of retail, I’ve never seen such warm shout-outs,” Annette says. “People have gone out of their way to make me feel good.”

Her message is clear: Westporters should not give up on Main Street.

“I hear the negatives: It’s all chain stores. Landlords charge too much. The parking is bad. The prices are too high,” Annette says.

And, of course: “There’s no reason for mothers to come, since the Y left.”

Annette has a solution to that last issue. “What about dance studios or tutoring centers in empty spaces?” she asks. “Mothers go anywhere their kids want. When their kids do things downtown, the moms could have a great time.”

She’d like to see a drugstore downtown (there used to be several).

As for parking, she envisions stickers that allow residents free parking, with metered parking for others.

Annette Norton takes a break at another locally owned business: Aux Delices.

“Give downtown a chance — you’ll be surprised!” she urges Westporters. “It’s not all big chains. There’s great honey at Savannah Bee Company, amazing chocolate at Le Rouge, and local clothing stores. All of them do special orders. They do whatever they can to make you happy. They’re all happy to be in this beautiful town.”

“This is such a great area. It’s unique. It’s viable,” Annette continues. “As retailers move out, there are opportunities for all of us to get better.”

Savvy + Grace is doing its part. Customer service — including gift wrapping, and the chance to pick up classy last-minute hostess and party items — is something online retailers can’t do.

So how is business? “I think it’s going to be great,” she says. “People who come in do come back. I just need more of them to come in.”

She bats away the notion that landlords are only trying to maximize profits.

“My landlord doesn’t want his places empty,” she says. “He meets with all of us in the building. He wants to keep us here.”

She returns to the idea that Westporters don’t appreciate downtown.

“I see people in my store from Maryland, Texas, all over. They’ve heard about Westport, and its beauty, and they want to see. But some days I get no one from Westport at all.” So out-of-towners buy her Westport-themed merchandise, like key rings and pillows.

“I’m so proud to be here,” she notes. “We all need to put our heads together, to get stronger as a downtown.”

Annette says, “I’ve traveled a lot. This is where I wanted my store to be. And I still do. I really, really believe in Westport.”

WWPT-FM: Powerful Info On Power, And More

Need to know anything about anything after last night’s nor’easter?

WWPT-FM (90.3) is the place to go.

As was the case during Hurricane Sandy, and our (too many) other natural disasters, the Staples radio station has been taken over for emergency broadcasts.

Nate Gibbons — Westport Fire Department’s public information officer — offers tips on everything from generators (don’t get carbon monoxide poisoning) to downed wires (be careful — they may be buried by snow).

He delivers it all in a calm, soothing — yet very clear and informative — voice.

Nate’s message is so good, you’ll want to hear it again.

Which is great, because it plays in an endless loop.

(Click here for a direct link to WWPT-FM.)

This tree on Partrick Lane was one of hundreds causing havoc in Westport today. (Photo/Martin Gitlin)

 

Early Afternoon Update: The Storm

The good news: The Bridge Street and Kings Highway bridges have been reopened.

The less good news: This update from 1st selectman Jim Marpe:

Westport has been significantly affected by yesterday’s snowstorm. Currently, about 1/3 of the town is without power. While restoration efforts by Eversource started at 6am this morning, there are dozens of outages and their crews are spread across Fairfield County dealing with widespread damage. At this time we don’t have any estimates on when full power restoration will occur, but given the severity of the damage, you should be prepared for several days without power. If you are without power, please be sure you’ve notified Eversource by calling 1-800-286-5000 or 1-800-286-2000. This is the fastest way to get on the repair list.

There are 3 warming and device charging centers open for residents without power: the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Imperial Avenue, Westport Town Hall, and the YMCA on Alan Raymond Lane are open to all residents who need a place to warm up or charge their devices.

I mentioned the widespread damage to the town’s power gird – it is critical that you keep well clear of any low-hanging wires or wires down in yards, streets and driveways. You and your family must be particularly vigilant as snow may have covered the downed wires. Look up, look down, look all around to ensure your safety. And please, do not drive over wires, do not drive under low hanging wires or trees, and do not move barricades or barrier tape and enter an unsafe area.

Also, this snow is very, very heavy. It is very challenging to shovel, and will strain even the fittest back and strongest heart. If you must shovel, work slowly, take small shovel-fulls and take breaks. The sun and warm temperatures today will help – let Mother Nature do the work.

For the latest information, Staples radio station WWPT, 90.3 FM will keep you informed.

It seems, however, that WWPT has been knocked off the air.

Big kudos, as Jim Marpe noted to the Westport Weston Family Y. They opened at the crack of dawn today. They’ve got showers, charging stations, and their usual wonderful services.

Of course, they’re not the only heroes. If you’ve got someone — a neighbor, the plow or tree guy, or a store or institution that rocked for you — click “Comments” below. Let the kudos start flying.

Finally, here’s a great line from alert “06880” reader Elisabeth Keane: “This snowfall should be measured in pounds, not inches.”

[UPDATE] Late Arriving Storm Stuns Westport

Over 3500 customers without power in Westport — and more than 100,000 in Connecticut.

Trees and utility lines down all over town. A woman severely injured by a falling limb on Sturges Highway.

The Bridge Street bridge is closed until further notice

And schools closed for a 2nd straight day.

That was the story after yesterday’s nor’easter — mocked for much of the day (including on this blog) barreled through, finally, at night.

Today is likely to be very messy. Cleanup will take a while.

If you’ve got news to report — road closures, places of refuge, emergency items you need, click “Comments” below.

Then keep checking the comments. We are all in this together!

Mothers Against Westport Dispensaries

Earlier this month, I posted a story about an upcoming Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. One agenda item: 2 applications for medical marijuana dispensaries, at the sites of the former Bertucci’s restaurant, and Blockbuster video store.

That story drew only 12 comments. Most were positive. A few were not. All were thoughtful and well-reasoned.

Similarly, a post last May about the P&Z’s upcoming meeting to discuss whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Westport drew all of 4 comments. Crickets.

Finally, however, opposition is brewing. A letter from “Concerned Westport mothers” is making its way around town, by email and on social media.

Full disclosure: I fully support medical marijuana. I have seen how much good it can do, for so many people. I find some of the arguments of “Concerned Westport mothers” to be tangential, unsupported, and perhaps a bit NIMBY.

However, this is “06880,” where all voices can be heard. So — in the interest of bringing this debate into the public square — I’m posting their letter.

Let the comments begin.

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Dear friends and neighbors:

We are a group of concerned Westport mothers.

We recently learned of several medicinal marijuana dispensary locations being proposed in Westport.  Two locations are currently being evaluated by the Planning & Zoning Commission. Both are highly visible, high traffic, large retail buildings located at 1505 Post Road East (currently DXL – Maple Avenue & Post Road East) and 833 Post Road East (formerly Bertucci’s restaurant – Post Road East & Long Lots Road).

The former Bertucci’s — site one of one of the proposed medical marijuana dispensaries. (Photo/Seth Schachter)

There will be a public hearing with the P&Z to discuss these locations on Thursday, March 15 (Town Hall room 203, 7 p.m.). We have spoken with P&Z and are confident they will approve these locations unless there is significant public opposition.

We banded together to raise public awareness of this situation in order to prevent the establishment of landmark retail marijuana locations in our town. Many of us believe in medicinal marijuana; however, all of us fail to see why “medicinal” dispensaries require large, prominent locations on the Post Road.

Very few people we have spoken with were aware of Westport’s recent dispensary zoning laws. Even fewer were aware of the retail locations being proposed. As a result, P&Z has received little if any opposition to date. If the P&Z commission does not hear any public opposition, they will allow these locations to operate.

We are fearful that having highly visible marijuana retailers will radically change the family nature of Westport. The size of the 2 proposed locations alone indicates the scale anticipated by the operators. The zoning laws in most of the surrounding towns do not accommodate marijuana dispensaries.

Westport’s P&Z voted unanimously in June to allow 2 dispensaries in our town (there are currently 9 in the entire state), and placed mild restrictions on where dispensaries may operate. Given the lack of zoning laws in the surrounding towns, it is fair to assume the majority of the traffic at Westport dispensaries will be from out-of-town patrons.

The former Blockbuster video store — now DXL – is the proposed site of the other dispensary.

It is naïve to believe that the operators chose these massive, high visibility, high traffic, high rent locations solely to provide medicinal marijuana to acutely ill patients. Those needs could obviously be met at significantly smaller locations with significantly less rent expense.

Medicinal patients know where to find medicinal dispensaries. Medicinal dispensaries do not require high visibility locations any more than cancer doctors do. We believe both operators chose prominent Post Road locations in anticipation of a day when medicinal or recreational marijuana is available to a much broader swath of the population. The marijuana industry is lobbying heavily in all state capitals to expand its recreational availability and Connecticut is exceptionally vulnerable given its fiscal condition.

We believe these prominent “medicinal” sites are simply placeholders until the current laws are relaxed – something we have seen play out in many other states. Imagine the traffic to the 2 locations if laws are relaxed and dispensaries are not zoned in the surrounding towns! Please act now if you do not want to wake up in a few years with a recreational mega-dispensary in your neighborhood or school district.

The letter includes the P&Z address (PandZ@westportct.gov), and asks to be CCed at CommonSenseWestport@gmail.com. It continues:

1505 Post Road East is barely outside of the 1000 foot zoning restriction from Long Lots Elementary School and shares a sidewalk with elementary school children who walk and bike to Long Lots each day.

Greens Farms Elementary School would be flanked on two sides by mega-dispensaries.

School buses on their way to and from Long Lots, Greens Farms, Bedford Middle School & Staples pass these locations each day. There is no question the signage and activity at each location will have an impact on curious young minds.

“Concerned Westport mothers” worry that students from Greens Farms and Long Lots Elementary Schools will be unduly influenced by medical marijuana dispensaries.

Ironically, the Westport Department of Human Services recently hosted an outside speaker, Dr. Ruth Potee, who outlined the correlation between exposure to recreational substances at a young age and the propensity for addiction down the road.

The 2 proposed addresses have approximately 18,000 square feet of retail space combined and are approximately 1.3 miles apart. For comparison, the dispensary billing itself as “the largest recreational marijuana store on the planet” is less than 16,000 square feet in Las Vegas. Does anyone believe that a family town of 26,000 people needs more marijuana square footage than the largest 24-hour, drive-thru dispensary in Las Vegas?

Dispensaries cannot accept credit cards and do not have access to bank accounts at Fed-regulated banks as their income is derived from activities in violation of federal law. Therefore they are all-cash businesses without the ability to deposit the cash in a bank, increasing the security challanges.

Regarding the Maple Avenue location, there are numerous child-focused businesses in the immediate area, including Willows Pediatric Group (one of the largest pediatric groups in the area /state); Zaniac (daycare and tutoring facility); Kidville (a preschool play gym); Sharkey’s (children’s hair salon), and Westport Music Center.

Sharkey’s is one of several “child-focused businesses” near the site of a proposed medical marijuana dispsensary.

There is a reason P&Z placed restrictions regarding where dispensaries may operate. Presumably the reason is to minimize the exposure that the public and especially the children of our town will have to the dispensaries. Given the prominence of these locations, we struggle to see how these locations are within the spirit of the zoning laws.

It is unfortunate that our town’s officials have gotten us so far along in this process without widespread public knowledge. Our elected officials are making decisions now that have significant potential future consequences. It is not too late to act.

We encourage you to attend the P&Z hearing. We need to represent how we view our town and preserve its existing character. The only way to convince the majority of the P&Z Commission members is by writing to the P&Z Commission and voicing our concerns at the meeting.

Lastly, it is important for us to note that we truly sympathize with severely ill patients in Westport who do not wish to travel 15 miles to Milford for medicinal marijuana. However, the operators of these locations are clearly not prioritizing the medicinal needs of Westport patients.

Genuine medicinal needs could be met on an entirely different scale than what is being proposed. If the sites were small, discreet locations off the beaten path, we would not feel compelled to take action. However, the way we see it, these operators are taking advantage of our town’s zoning laws and investing in what they hope will be a gold mine down the road – at the expense of our town’s character.