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CT: State Plans To Award At Least Three New Medical Marijuana Licenses

Ron Strider

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The state Department of Consumer Protection plans to award licenses for at least three new dispensaries to keep up with Connecticut's growing medical marijuana program.

There are currently nine dispensaries and four growers to serve the state's 22,348 medical marijuana patients, according to the department.

"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 licenses to meet demand, she said.

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

The document applicants must submit to seek a license says the state is looking to authorize between three and 10 new facilities. Applicants have to pay a $1,000 non-refundable fee.

Applications must include financial statements, a proposed location and site plan, a business plan, 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.

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.

Hartford County and New Haven County have the most patients with 5,513 and 5,280, respectively. Windham County has the fewest patients at 756.

To qualify for medical marijuana patients need to be suffering from one of 22 specific medical conditions including cancer, Parkinson's disease, Crohn's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additional conditions must be approved by a board of doctors that oversees the program.

In 2016, lawmakers approved opening up the medical marijuana program to children facing a half dozen medical conditions including chronic seizures.


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As it stands now the existing 4 production companies licensed in the state of CT cannot keep up with the existing 9 Dispensaries already in operation. Fixed income people are already severely restricted in most cases to 7 grams of AFFORDABLE cannabis per month despite a 2.5 ounce/month legal limit. Just what we need, more dispensaries putting further strain on limited supplies. Time to email the commissioner and let her know exactly what I think of this plan.
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