cadeucesHARTFORD: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be trying to arrest the increase in marijuana sales in states across the country, but Connecticut is seeking more Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.

There are currently 22,348 medical marijuana patients, and 807 certifying physicians and advanced practice registered nurses in the state of Connecticut.

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) has issued a Request for Application (RFA) for new Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facilities. The department plans to award at least three (3) new licenses.

“Our state’s Medical Marijuana Program is incredibly successful, and is growing rapidly,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “When there is a substantial increase in the number of patients, DCP can issue new RFAs in order to best meet the demand for medication, and continue our commitment to quality health care.”

If you want to sell pot you’ll be required to submit detailed information about your business plan, site plan, financial information, organizational structure, security plans, compassionate care program plans and more. Applicants have until April 9th, 2018, there is a $1000 application fee and the application must be hand delivered, perhaps based on a concern about Federal law.

Just across the border in Massachusetts marijuana became legal under state law for “recreational use”. Massachusetts residents can also grow their own marijuana under the Commonwealth’s regulation.

Applications are subject to the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Chapter 14 of the Connecticut General Statutes. The DCP says “an applicant, therefore, should specifically identify those particular sentences, paragraphs, pages, sections, data or information that the applicant believes to be exempt from disclosure under FOIA and each page containing such confidential information must contain a footer notifying the Department that the material on the page is requested to be Confidential.”

The department adds, “it will not be sufficient for applicants to merely state generally that the proposal is proprietary in nature and not, therefore, subject to release to third parties.”