Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris announced today the names and locations of three new dispensary facilities that will be licensed by the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. Currently, there are 8228 medical marijuana patients registered in Connecticut.

   Dispensary facilities are the only places in the State that may legally dispense medical marijuana to registered patients. To register with the program, a patient’s physician must certify that they have one of 11 approved conditions and that the potential benefits from the palliative use of medical marijuana are likely to outweigh the risks. 
   “With the addition of three new dispensary facilities, the state’s Medical Marijuana Program will be better able to meet the medical needs of the 1941 patients in Fairfield County, and the 2141 patients in New Haven County,” Commissioner Harris said.
The new dispensary facilities are:

Arrow Alternative Care #2, Inc.                
255 West River Street

Caring Nature, LLC                                      
237 East Aurora Street

Southern CT Wellness & Healing, LLC    
318 New Haven Avenue

   The three new dispensary facilities were chosen through a competitive process, from 19 applicants that responded to a Request for Applications. Each applicant was required to provide detailed information, including the applicant’s qualifications and experience, a business plan identifying the products and services it will offer, security features, and plans to provide benefits to the local community.
   The selected dispensary facilities 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.  The facilities will then begin construction, as needed, hire and train staff, and develop educational programs and materials.  All are expected to be ready to begin serving patients by early summer.