Connecticut accepts adult cannabis licenses

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection announced Wednesday that it has begun accepting applications for certain adult-use cannabis licenses.

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Lottery applications for adult cannabis retailers, non-lottery applications for growers located in a disproportionately affected area (DIA), capital joint ventures, non-lottery applications for marijuana grower conversion medical to expanded producer and non-lottery applications to convert Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Hybrid Retailer will be accepted online at

“This is an exciting step toward opening up the adult cannabis market,” said DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. “We want to remind all interested applicants to be thorough and complete their applications carefully and thoughtfully, and to be patient as we move through the lottery and application review process.”

The department said applicants are encouraged to submit “the fullest and most complete application possible” when applying for cannabis licenses and not to rush through their application. Lottery applications will not be reviewed until the application window closes, the department said. The application period will be open for 90 days.

Descriptions of each type of license are available at to help applicants determine which license is appropriate for their business. Individuals identified as funders associated with the Cannabis Establishment Application must also complete an Application as a Funder prior to the close of the application window to ensure they are considered part of the application. .

Lottery entry periods for microgrowers, delivery services, hybrid retailers, food and beverage, product manufacturers, product packers and carriers will be accepted at later dates.

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