Connecticut Tells Medical Marijuana Patients to Stock up Before Rec Sales Begin

All of the adult-use retailers launching sales are hybrid dispensaries.

Connecticut cannabis regulators have some advice for medical marijuana patients: Buy now before adult use sales commence Tuesday so you don’t run out.

A news release from the state Department of Consumer Protection urged Connecticut MMJ patients to “avoid lines, traffic” on Tuesday, Jan. 10, when recreational cannabis sales launch. That’s because the retail locations will all be hybrid dispensaries that will sell both medical and recreational marijuana, though some retailers will remain medical-only.

“While we hope there will be no disruption or inconvenience to patients, it is always best to be prepared,” DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull said in the announcement.

“Patients who can make purchases ahead of time, or have their medicine delivered, are advised to do so,” Seagull said. “Although many of the hybrid retailers will provide separate checkout counters or cash registers for medical marijuana program patients, they may still experience increased traffic, as well as crowds in and around the hybrid retailers in the opening days of the market.”

There are roughly 50,000 registered MMJ patients in Connecticut, the DCP reported, and patients can purchase up to five ounces of cannabis per month.

Sales are set to launch at 10 a.m. Tuesday, but customers will be limited to a quarter ounce of flower per transaction, the state previously announced. That’s to ensure that retailers don’t run out of supply.

The state has authorized seven retailers to launch recreational sales on Tuesday, according to CT Insider, and at least two more will join the recreational industry later this year. Connecticut has 18 medical marijuana dispensaries.

John Schroyer


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