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New Connecticut Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses to be Issued

by Faith Fidura January 30, 2018

Additional Connecticut Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

The state Department of Consumer Protection plans to award licenses for at least three — and as many as 10 — new medical marijuana dispensaries to keep up with Connecticut’s growing medical marijuana program.

The Request for Application says the state is looking to authorize between three and 10 new facilities. Applicants have to pay a $1,000 nonrefundable fee.

Applications must include financial statements, a proposed location and site plan, a business plan and a marketing plan. An application will earn “bonus points” if it includes information about employee benefits, potential medical marijuana research studies and ways the business will help the community it is located in.

There are currently nine dispensaries and four growers to serve the state’s 22,348 medical marijuana patients, according to the department. The state is seeking applications for additional dispensaries.

shutterstock_1012211305.jpg“Our state’s medical marijuana program is incredibly successful and is growing rapidly,” said Michelle H. Seagull, the consumer protection commissioner. “When there is a substantial increase in the number of patients” DCP can issue new dispensary licenses to meet demand, she said.

Medical marijuana sales started in Connecticut in September 2014 and by August 2015, about 5,000 patients had registered with the program. The patient count reached 18,000 in June. There are 807 physicians in the state registered to write prescriptions for medical marijuana.

The nine dispensaries are located in Hartford, Milford, Branford, Waterbury, Bethel, South Windsor, Milford, Uncasville and Bristol. Priority will be given to applications that are not near existing dispensaries.

"We will evaluate the applicant’s proximity to other dispensary facilities and whether the location will improve patient access to the program,” according to the DCP application.

Some towns have sought to ban dispensaries from opening up in their communities through local zoning regulations. New Canaan had a two-year ban in place that recently expired and officials there are seeking a permanent ban.

Want to Apply for a Connecticut Medical Marijuana Dispensary License?

If you’re interested in applying for a license and don’t know where to start, download our Application Guide and Checklist for a detailed summary and checklist of all items you’ll need to complete before submitting your application.

The Dispensary Permits team is always here to help. Contact us by filling out our form or calling 602-621-0648.