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State Adds 2 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Serve Faifield County

The only medical marijuana dispensary in Fairfield County is in Bethel.
The only medical marijuana dispensary in Fairfield County is in Bethel. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Two new Medical Marijuana dispensary facilities will be opening on the Fairfield County border to better serve this population of patients, Connecticut Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris announced last week.

“With the addition of three new dispensary facilities, the state’s Medical Marijuana Program will be better able to meet the medical needs of the 1,941 patients in Fairfield County, and the 2,141 patients in New Haven County,” Harris said.

The new dispensary facilities are in Milford:

  • Arrow Alternative Care No. 2, 255 W. River St., Milford
  • Southern CT Wellness & Healing, 318 New Haven Ave., Milford

There is also a new location in Waterbury: Caring Nature, LLC, 237 East Aurora St.

There are 8,228 medical marijuana patients registered in Connecticut, and dispensary facilities are the only places in the state that may legally dispense medical marijuana to registered patients. To register with the program, a patient’s physician must certify that they have one of 11 approved conditions and that the potential benefits from the palliative use of medical marijuana are likely to outweigh the risks.

The facilities were chosen through a competitive process, from 19 applicants that responded to a Request for Applications. 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.

The selected dispensary facilities will be eligible to receive their licenses upon payment of the $5,000 license fee and submission of certain final documentation, which must occur within 30 days. The facilities will then begin construction, as needed, hire and train staff, and develop educational programs and materials.

All are expected to be ready to begin serving patients by early summer. The only dispensary currently in Fairfield County is in Bethel. Other state dispensaries are in Hartford, South Windsor, Uncasville and Bristol.

In Connecticut, medical marijuana can be prescribed for people with cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDs, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, intractable spasticity related to nerve damage in the spinal cord, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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