Medical Marijuana Takes Next Step In Connecticut

"The department intends to award three producer licenses and between three and five dispensary facility licenses by early 2014.

CONNECTICUT: When the smoke cleared in the state Department of Consumer Protection on Friday, 21 prospective growers and 16 dispensers had made their pitches to start the state’s budding medical marijuana industry.

Now the agency will spend at least the next few months culling through the proposals, which include multiple plans totaling 26 dispensary locations.

“The department intends to award three producer licenses and between three and five dispensary facility licenses by early 2014. These license awards will be publicly announced,” said Consumer Protection spokeswoman Claudette Carveth.

While the names and locations of various interests were released by Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein late Friday afternoon, it doesn’t necessarily mean the proposed growing and dispensing facilities would be located there.

For instance, D&B Wellness LLC of Monroe is located on Main Street in that town, but a one-year moratorium on marijuana-related businesses would preclude a location there, should the business win one of the dispensary licenses.

Another dispensary proposal by Thomas A. Macre of Racebrook Road in Orange could be prevented in that town, which is also considering a moratorium.

But overall, businesses throughout the state, from Greenwich to Hartford and Bridgeport to Barkhamsted, delivered their proposals.

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