Connecticut’s First Adult-Use Marijuana Shops Are Officially Open

Connecticut’s First Adult-Use Marijuana Shops Are Officially Open
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Connecticut’s first adult-use marijuana sales launched on Tuesday—the latest state in the region where recreational shops have started opening their doors in recent months. This development comes about a month after the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) notified existing medical cannabis dispensaries that obtained a hybrid license that they’d soon be able to start selling to the adult-use market. DCP’s Social Equity Council voted last month to approve hybrid licenses for all of the state’s current medical cannabis producers to supply both markets. Six existing marijuana companies, with a total of nine locations, met the requirements to obtain hybrid licenses that will allow them to serve adult consumers—though a handful of them are not ready to begin recreational sales as of Tuesday. Adults are able to buy up to one-fourth of an ounce of cannabis flower or its equivalent per transaction. Medical marijuana patients are able to buy up to five ounces per month. “Today marks a turning point in the injustices caused by the war on drugs, most notably now that there is a legal alternative to the dangerous, unregulated, underground market for cannabis sales,” Gov. Ned Lamont (D), who signed legalization legislation into law, said in a press release. “Together with our partners in the legislature and our team of professionals at the Department of Consumer Protection, we’ve carefully crafted a securely regulated market that prioritizes public health, public safety, social justice, and equity,” he said. “I look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure that this industry remains inclusive and safe as it develops.” Ahead of the official launch, DCP officials issued an advisory to medical cannabis patients on Friday, encouraging them to stock up in order to “avoid long lines and traffic that may develop around hybrid retailers.” “While we hope there will be no…

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