HARTFORD, CT — One sign of the success of the state’s medical marijuana program is the scores of businesses who want to be part of it.
Currently, there are nine medical dispensary facilities providing marijuana to Connecticut patients. In January, the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) announced that it would award at least three new licenses to serve the now more than 25,000 patients who have been prescribed medical pot.
The state received a whopping 73 applications by last week’s April 9 deadline, according to Lora Rae Anderson, spokesperson for the DCP.
Some of the 73 of include proposals for multiple facilities, Anderson said Monday. “The RFA allows us to select up to 10 locations for new facilities,” Anderson added.
“We hope to make a decision in the coming months,” Anderson said. “Last time we issued an RFA, applications were due in September of 2015, and we made a decision in January of 2016. At that time, we received 19 applications.”
In January 2016, when three new licenses were awarded, there were only 8,000 patients.
Anderson said that when