Marijuana dispensary locations announced by state

The names and locations of the first six dispensary facilities in Connecticut that will be authorized to sell medical marijuana have been announced today.

They will be in Bridgeport, Branford, Bristol, Hartford, South Windsor and Uncasville, and should open this summe

According to a release from the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), the selected dispensary facilities will be eligible to receive their licenses upon payment of a $5,000 license fee and submission of certain final documentation, which must occur within 30 days.

Could open this summer

The facilities then will begin construction (as needed), hire and train staff, and develop educational programs and materials. All are expected to be ready to open and serve patients by the time marijuana products are available from licensed producers sometime this summer.

State law now allows for the palliative use of marijuana for patients suffering from one of 11 specific debilitating illnesses, in situations where doctors believe that such treatment is appropriate.

The six locations

The specific locations are:

Bridgeport:  D & B Wellness, 2181 Main St.

Branford:  Bluepoint Apothecary, 469 East Main St.

Bristol:  The Healing Corner, 159 East Main St.

Hartford:  Arrow Alternative Care, 92 Weston St.

South Windsor:  Prime Wellness of Connecticut, 75 John Fitch Blvd.

Uncasville:  Thames Valley Apothecary, 1100 Norwich-New London Tpke. (Route 32)

‘Safe and secure source’

These are the facilities that may legally dispense Connecticut-produced marijuana products to seriously ill patients who have been certified by their physicians as potentially benefiting from the use of medical marijuana, and who have registered with the state’s medical marijuana program, according to the DCP release.

“With the selection of dispensary facilities, all necessary pieces of the medical marijuana program are in place and we are poised to provide patients with a safe and secure source of needed medicine,” said William M. Rubenstein, DCP commissioner.

“As retail points from which products are dispensed and educational materials are provided to patients, the dispensary facilities will be the public face of Connecticut’s medical marijuana program, and therefore, careful thought and deliberation went into selection of the most qualified applicants,” Rubenstein said.

Competitive process

Like the four medical marijuana producers that were awarded licenses in January, the six dispensary facilities were chosen through a competitive process, from 27 applicants that responded to a request for applications in November 2013.

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.