NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Licensed hybrid cannabis retailers may officially begin selling cannabis products on January 10, 2023, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection announced Friday.
Retailers can sell products to all adults over the age of 21 and no earlier than 10 a.m. – or as local zoning permits – on January 10.
Sales will be limited to 1/4 ounce of cannabis flower, or its equivalent, per transaction when the market opens. However, different types and products may be purchased together to total 1/4 ounce. This includes:
- Up to 7 pre-rolled cigarettes that weigh 1 gram each, or 14 pre-rolled cigarettes that weigh 0.5 grams each. Or any combination of up to 7 total grams, which equals 1/4 ounce.
- Two to four vape cartridges, which come in .5 mL and 1 mL sizes.
- Edibles vary by type and size. A standard-sized brownie or cookie can be the equivalent of .08 grams of cannabis flower. One edible serving cannot have more than 5 milligrams of THC.
- A combination of different product types that collectively amount to no more than ¼ of an ounce.
Transaction limits will be reviewed over time and are in place to maintain supply for both adult-use consumers and medical marijuana patients. Medical marijuana patients will have a higher limit, with the purchase of up to 5 ounces per month.
So, where can you legally purchase cannabis starting January 10? The following medical marijuana dispensaries have completed the necessary steps for conversion to a hybrid license and will begin sales in 2023:
|Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut||Branford|
|Still River Wellness||Torrington|
|Fine Fettle Dispensary – Newington||Newington|
|Fine Fettle Dispensary – Stamford||Stamford|
|Fine Fettle Dispensary – Willimantic||Willimantic|
|The Botanist – Danbury||Danbury|
|The Botanist – Montville||Montville|
|Willow Brook Wellness||Meriden|
Although cannabis was approved for adult use in June 2021, the DCP has worked toward opening a regulated cannabis marketplace.
Nearly 100 applicants are at various stages of readiness. By summer, more storefronts will open.
The state estimates that it will collect more than $73 million in annual tax revenue from cannabis sales by 2026.
“The governor’s vision was to make sure this was an equitable program,” said Andra Comer, Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Consumer Protection. “So, for every one license, there has to be a social equity license, so there is one-for-one parity.”
Consumer protection officials say local zoning rules will dictate the hours of operation of these stores.