Connecticut medical marijuana dispensaries announced

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection announced the names and locations of the first six medical marijuana dispensary facilities, Thursday.

These facilities will legally disperse marijuana products, produced in Connecticut, to seriously ill patients. The patients will be certified by their physicians as potentially benefiting from the marijuana.

The facilities selected are the following:

  •  Arrow Alternative Care, Inc. at 92 Weston Street, Hartford
  •  Bluepoint Apothecary, LLC at 469 East Main Street, Branford
  •  CTD & B Wellness, LLC at 2181 Main Street, Bridgeport
  •  Prime Wellness of Connecticut, LLC at 75 John Fitch Boulevard, South Windsor
  •  Thames Valley Apothecary, LLC at 1100 Norwich-New London Turnpike (Route 32), Uncasville
  •  The Healing Corner, Inc. at 159 East Main Street, Bristol

“With the selection of dispensary facilities, all necessary pieces of the medical marijuana program are in place and we are poised to provide patients with a safe and secure source of needed medicine,” Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said. “As retail points from which products are dispensed and educational materials are provided to patients, the dispensary facilities will be the public face of Connecticut’s medical marijuana program, and therefore, careful thought and deliberation went into selection of the most qualified applicants.”

The dispensaries were chosen from 27 applicants. Applicants had to provide their qualifications and experience, a business plan, security features, and plans to benefit  the local community.

The Department of Consumer Protection said in a statement, “the selected dispensaries will be eligible to receive their licenses upon payment of the $5,000 license fee and submission of certain final documentation, which must occur within 30 days. Then they can begin construction, as needed, hire and train staff, and develop educational programs and materials.”

All are expected to to open and serve patients by sometime this summer.

Four medical marijuana producers were awarded licenses in January.

Connecticut’s is the first state using the pharmaceutical/ medical model for a medical marijuana program. The Department of Consumer Protection explains that model as “from physician certification, to production facilities operating as pharmaceutical manufacturers, to dispensing to patients by licensed pharmacists.”

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