The state Department of Consumer Protection plans to award licenses for at least three — and as many as 10 — new pot 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. The state is seeking applications for additional dispensaries.
“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 document applicants must submit to seek a dispensary license 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