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:\u00a0 D & B Wellness, 2181 Main St. Branford:\u00a0 Bluepoint Apothecary, 469 East Main St. Bristol:\u00a0 The Healing Corner, 159 East Main St. Hartford:\u00a0 Arrow Alternative Care, 92 Weston St. South Windsor:\u00a0 Prime Wellness of Connecticut, 75 John Fitch Blvd. Uncasville:\u00a0 Thames Valley Apothecary, 1100 Norwich-New London Tpke. (Route 32) \u2018Safe and secure source\u2019 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\u2019s medical marijuana program, according to the DCP release. \u201cWith 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,\u201d said William M. Rubenstein, DCP commissioner. \u201cAs retail points from which products are dispensed and educational materials are provided to patients, the dispensary facilities will be the public face of Connecticut\u2019s medical marijuana program, and therefore, careful thought and deliberation went into selection of the most qualified applicants,\u201d 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\u2019s 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.