East Lyme — The former owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Montville has put in a proposal to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries in the town’s light industrial zone.

The zoning application came from resident Laurie Zrenda, former owner and manager of the Thames Valley Relief medical marijuana dispensary in Montville who wants to open a recreational pot shop in East Lyme. But first, regulations have to change to specifically add recreational dispensaries to the list of permitted uses in the zone.

The proposed change — known as a text amendment — passed its first hurdle this week, with the unanimous endorsement of the Planning Commission. Members found the proposal consistent with the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development, which outlines community priorities and is updated every 10 years to help guide local land use decisions.

Zrenda’s application goes next to the Zoning Commission. A public hearing will be held Oct. 7.

The move comes after Gov. Ned Lamont in June signed into law a voluminous bill legalizing recreational marijuana for adults that gives cities and towns discretion in regulating the drug. It also authorizes municipalities to reap a 3% tax from pot sales within their borders.

The light industrial zone generally encompasses an area between Interstate 95 and West Main Street

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