Connecticut receives over 15,000 dispensary applications
Connecticut is almost ready to determine the lucky lottery winners to get permission to open the state’s first recreational cannabis dispensaries. Six licenses will be awarded to social equity applicants and another six will be awarded to general applicants. According to the State Department of Consumer Protection there were 8,357 applications submitted by social equity applicants before the deadline. General applicants submitted 7,245 applications to the lottery in hopes of receiving a dispensary license. That brings the total number of applications submitted in both lotteries to 15,602.
The number may appear high due to the fact that the lottery system does not prevent entities from submitting multiple applications. However, the state will not issue more than two licenses to any company. These lotteries have long been anticipated since adult-use marijuana was legalized by Connecticut lawmakers in 2021. The state plans to conduct the first lottery for the social equity applicants before the end of the month. Industry analysts predict that that the first adult-use dispensary may open in Connecticut by the end of 2022.