Connecticut Medical Marijuana Market
Connecticut Shows Strong Support for Adult-Use Cannabis
Connecticut enacted a medical marijuana program in 2012 and started sales to patients in 2014. Canna Advisors helped a client win one of the first cannabis business licenses in the state. Cannabis is decriminalized in Connecticut and the governor and legislative leaders have signaled their support for legalizing and regulating cannabis — in fact, top lawmakers filed a legalization bill on behalf of Governor Ned Lamont in February of 2020.
A May/June 2019 poll conducted by Sacred Heart University’s Institute for Public Policy and GreatBlue Research showed that residents in Connecticut strongly support adult-use legalization and, even more so, the expungement of low-level marijuana offenses.
Self-education and beginning your pre-license positioning early will give you a competitive advantage in Connecticut should the legislature implement adult-use in 2020. Join and/or support the campaign for legalization, spread the word to friends and family, and call your representatives to start advocating for adult-use cannabis in Connecticut.
Contact our cannabis consultants today to discuss what you should be doing now to prepare for adult-use legalization in Connecticut.
Cannabis Business Guidance in Connecticut
Taking the time to put together a financial model and business plan before a state releases a Request for Applications will help position you to raise capital, secure property, win local approval, and recruit potential team members. Canna Advisors has assisted clients in 30 states. Those that put in the most preparation submit the best applications.
Market Conditions in Connecticut
Fourteen medical dispensaries currently serve the whole state of Connecticut. Only four cultivation operations supply these stores, though all are working to expand their facilities. If adult-use is legalized in the near future, more operations will be needed to avoid supply shortages.
Connecticut’s medical marijuana program is growing rapidly -- from 8,228 patients in January 2016 to 40,597 in March 2020. The state has now more than tripled the number of patient qualifying conditions from 11 at the start of the program.
Five new patient qualifying conditions were added in early 2019. Operating dispensaries in Connecticut are able to sell medical marijuana for 36 adult medical conditions and 10 conditions for patients younger than 18. Chronic pain is still under review to be added to the list, as there has been discrepancy about the language being too broad and generic for some lawmakers.
Stay up-to-date on cannabis in Connecticut
Cannabis legalization is changing quickly, and Canna Advisors can help your cannabis business evolve and expand with the industry. For the latest news and events about cannabis, visit our Blog and News and Events pages, and have a look at some of the following top articles on cannabis in Connecticut.
“Connecticut Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Governor’s Marijuana Legalization Bill” - Marijuana Moment
“Chronic pain should be a qualifying condition for medical marijuana” - Hartford Courant
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