Off of news that the state would be adding as many as three new medical cannabis dispensaries, 19 different groups have submitted proposals to be part of the potential expansion.
No details on who the applicants are or where the proposed dispensaries would be located have been released.
Many speculate they will be located in the more populated New Haven and Fairfield counties. Combined, the two counties account for over 50% of the state’s patient medical cannabis registrations, but only 2 of the 6 currently operating dispensaries are located there.
“We think we had a great response,” Jonathan Harris, the department’s commissioner, said.
“We have a healthy pool from which to do our analysis and make an appropriate selection of up to three.”
Harris continued, selection and approval of applicants will happen early next year and locations could open up for business in as early as June.
The state said these new locations will help meet the growing needs of a rapidly growing patient base, due to the expansion on the number of conditions the program covers.
As of Aug. 27, there were 5,357 registered medical cannabis patients in the state’s eight counties. New Haven has the largest number of patients at 1,399, followed by Fairfield, with 1,277.
Since the sale of medical cannabis began in Connecticut nearly a year ago, the number of registered patients has nearly quadrupled and is expected to eclipse 6,000 by end of the year.