The Department of Consumer Protection has provided an update on the number of people registered for the state's medical marijuana program. The state's medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy about three years ago. It allows licensed physicians to prescribe medicinal marijuana for certain debilitating diseases or conditions.
At that time, the state also approved four producers and six dispensaries, one of which is located in Bethel.
The latest numbers from the state are from mid April, and show overall there are more than 3,600 qualified patients. Fairfield County has 884 patients approved for medicinal marijuana, the second largest of all counties in Connecticut, behind only New Haven County. There are 994 patients in that county. Litchfield COunty has 235 qualified patients.