Nine new medical marijuana dispensaries are set to open up in Connecticut, bringing the total in the state to 18.
The State’s Department of Consumer Protection announced the locations of the new facilities Tuesday as part of Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana Program. The program has been expanded since 2012 when the a medical marijuana bill was signed. In 2014, medication became available to patients.
Today, there are over 30,000 patients with medical marijuana cards for 31 conditions. In 2016, there were about 8,000 patients.
One of the new locations, Affinity Health and Wellness, will be at 1351 Whalley Avenue. For those who live in New Haven and have a medical marijuana prescription, this is a game changer.
“This will be a blessing,” Rochelle Jacobs told News 8. She and Maxine Jones both have medical marijuana cards.
“I have back problems and some problems with pain in my legs,” Jacobs told News 8.
“I have a torn rotator cuff and arthritis in my back and knees,” Jones added.
The two women will no longer have to travel all around the state to get their medications. Now, their doctor’s office is right next to the future home of the medical marijuana dispensary.
“I don’t have to go to so many different places like Meriden or Wallingford,” Jacobs said. “It’s on the bus line too.”
“A lot of people it’s helping and it’s good,” Jones continued.
Tommy’s Tanning will be neighbors with the dispensary.
“Compared to all of the other states that have legalized marijuana, there revenues have gone up ten fold,” Majla Isaku said. “They use all that extra money to go back to the state, education, fixing roads, I think all that extra money from the dispensaries could help the state a lot.”
The area around the new location is residential and full of families and children which raises some concerns. For the most part, neighbors are on board.
“There are people right here with a family – right next door to me – I’m not sure if that would cause any issues for them,” Rebekah Basquette said. “I think it’s okay. I know they’ve had successes in California and other states, so it’s going to be a busy corner.”
Here’s a list of the nine, new locations. There is no time frame for when they will be open.
|Bhadra Seva, LLC||2280 Berlin Turnpike||Newington|
|GR Vending CT, LLC||78 Plaza Court||Groton|
Willow Brook Wellness, LLC
|1371 East Main Street||Meriden|
Tedra Health, LLC
|1768 Storrs Road|
C-3 Ventures, LLC
|3568 Winsted Road||Torrington|
Arrow Alternative Care #3
|806 East Main Street||Stamford|
Bluepoint Wellness of Westport, LLC
|1460 Post Road East|
FFD Central, LLC
|1548 West Main Street|
Affinity Health & Wellness, Inc.
|1351 Whalley Avenue||New Haven|