Connecticut wants to protect medical patients during recreational launch
An advisory board in Connecticut recently met to discuss the future of the medical marijuana and how recreational sales could impact patient access. Members of the Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians shared their concerns that supply shortages and long lines could interrupt patients who rely on cannabis for medicinal purposes. Regulators predict that many of the existing 18 Connecticut medical marijuana dispensaries in operation today will apply to become a hybrid facility that can serve both patients and the general public.
Michelle Seagull, Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection told members that the agency will examine applications based on their ability to manage lines and protect patient supply. Commissioner Seagull also proposed caping the amount of cannabis that can be sold to recreational consumers per purchase if shortages become a problem. The number of patients enrolled in Connecticut’s medical marijuana program has risen to roughly 51,000 after a change in state law made it possible for physicians assistants to prescribe medical marijuana. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently predicted that the state is six months away from opening a safe equitable adult-use cannabis market while some analysts believe that it will take longer.