January 26, 2016

Medical Marijuana Update

The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) recently announced that it has approved applications for three new medical marijuana dispensary facilities: two in Milford and one in Waterbury. The new facilities are expected to be open by the summer. There are currently six dispensary facilities operating across the state.

There are over 8,200 medical marijuana patients registered in the state. The county with the most patients is New Haven, with over 2,100. To qualify, patients must have a qualifying medical condition and obtain a written certification from a physician.

The legislation creating Connecticut’s medical marijuana program was enacted in 2012. The implementing regulations were enacted the following year.  In 2014, DCP approved applications for the current six dispensary facilities and four producers.

Across the country, the number of states with medical marijuana programs has been increasing in recent years. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, all of the New England states have comprehensive medical marijuana programs. New York launched its program in January 2016.