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HOW TO OPEN A DISPENSARY IN CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection will start accepting adult-use applications starting February 3rd. With a 19-17 vote, the Senate passed SB. No. 1118 in June 2021 that would legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut, creating a new path towards adult use cannabis for the state. This will allow entrepreneurs to open a dispensary or become a producer within the state as regulations are being created. Connecticut currently has 9 registered medical marijuana dispensaries and 4 registered medical marijuana cultivators.

Recreational License Types in Connecticut

The Social Equity Council will start accepting applications for all license types less than 30 days after it decides on the proper documentation to accompany applicants.

On October 1, 2021, social equity applicants will be eligible to apply for the cannabis business accelerator program for each of the license types. The following year on July 1, 2022. The Social Equity Council will start accepting applications for licensees to partner with accelerator program licensees as long as they correspond to the same license type.

Licenses will be issued with a lottery system, social equity applicants will be first to receive eligibility for obtaining a license. They will hold a second lottery for the rest of the applicants and unsuccessful social equity applicants. The license types are as follows:

Dispensary Retailer License

For a retailer license, the fee to enter the lottery will be $500, the fee to receive a provisional license will be $5,000 and the fee to receive a final license will be $25,000. There are  6 general licenses and 6 Social Equity licenses available.

Hybrid Dispensary Retailer License

For a hybrid retailer license, the fee to enter the lottery will be $500, the fee to receive a provisional license will be $5,000 and the fee to receive a final license will be $25,000. There are 2 general licenses and 2 Social Equity licenses available.

Cultivator License

For a cultivator license, the fee to enter the lottery will be $1,000, the fee to receive a provisional license will be $25,000 and the fee to receive a final license will be $75,000. 

Micro-Cultivator License

For a micro-cultivator license, the fee to enter the lottery will be $250, the fee to receive a provisional license will be $500 and the fee to receive a final license will  be $1,000. There are 2 general licenses and 2 Social Equity licenses available.

Product Manufacturer License

For a product manufacturer license, the fee to enter the lottery will be $750, the fee to receive a provisional license will be $5,000 and the fee to receive a final license will be $25,000.  There are 3 general licenses and 3 Social Equity licenses available.

Food and Beverage Manufacturer LicenseFor a food and beverage manufacturer license, the fee to enter the lottery will be $250, the fee to receive a provisional 

license will be $1,000 and the fee to receive a final license will be $25,000. There are 5 general licenses and 5 Social Equity licenses available.

Product Packager License

For a product packager license, the fee to enter the lottery will be $500, the fee to receive a provisional license will be $5,000 and the fee to receive a final license will be $25,000. 3 general licenses, There are 3 general licenses and 3 Social Equity licenses available.

Delivery License

For a delivery service license, the fee to enter the lottery will be $250, the fee to receive a provisional license will be $1,000 and the fee to receive a final license will be $5,000. There are 5 general licenses and 5 Social Equity licenses available.

License Conversion Fee

The license conversion fee for a dispensary facility to become a hybrid retailer will be $250.

Licenses will be available for 90 days from the start date. Below are the dates that the Cannabis Control Commission will start accepting applications by license type:

  • February 3rd: Retailers, Equity Joint Ventures, Medical Conversions

  • February 10th: Micro-cultivator

  • February 17th: Delivery 

  • February 24th: Hybrid Retailer

  • March 3rd: Food and Beverage

  • March 10th: Product Manufacturer

  • March 17th: Product Packager

  • March 24th: Transporter

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Connecticut Marijuana History 

In April, 2021 Connecticut proposed SB 888, setting the framework to legalize adult use cannabis within the state. However the bill is in limbo due to disagreement within the senate body on how it should be taxed. If and when this bill is passed MJ Business Daily predicts that annual revenues can reach $725 Million by its fourth year.

February 6, 2020. The “Governor’s Bill”, a marijuana legalization bill, was introduced one day after Gov. Ted Lemont renewed his call for marijuana legalization during his State of the State address. The bill would allow the possession and purchase of a maximum of one and a half ounces of marijuana from a licensed retailer. The bill, if passed, would allow businesses to be licensed to cultivate, manufacture, test, and sell cannabis, aligning with the recreational market. The bill was not passed, but is expected to be revisited in 2021. 

November 7, 2018. Chronic pain resulting from spinal disorders is classified as a qualifying condition by the Regulations Review Committee of the General Assembly. This condition now qualifies a patient for the medical marijuana program in addition to a doctor’s certification.  

January 3, 2018. A request for applications is issued by the Department of Consumer Protection, aiming to award 3-10 dispensary licenses for the state, with a deadline of April 9, 2018. 

 

On May 17, 2016. House Bill 5450 is signed by Gov. Malloy, which allowed minors to qualify for medical marijuana and added 6 new qualifying medical conditions. 

 

June 1, 2012. Medical Marijuana is signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy, allowing for the possession and consumption of medical cannabis by registered patients. Legalization also allowed for a system to be set in place to provide access to licensed dispensaries. 

Estimated market size

Marijuana Business Daily projects that an adult-use market in Connecticut could generate $250 million in sales by its first full year and $725 million in annual sales by its fourth year.

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