The number of patients registered in Connecticut's medical marijuana program has more than doubled since last fall when dispensaries began selling medical marijuana. Now the state Department of Consumer Protection is looking to add three new dispensaries to the six currently operating, including the one in Bethel.
Commissioner Jonathan Harris says applications must be submitted by September 18th in order to be considered.
As of this month, there are 4,097 registered patients.
Harris says as a result, more dispensary facilities are needed, particularly in Fairfield and New Haven counties. There are 980 registered patients in Fairfield County, and more than 1,100 in New Haven County. Harris says there are a lot patients in the Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport corridor but the closest dispensary currently is the one in Stony Hill. Harris says is not really convenient
But several municipalities have decided to adopted a moratorium on medical marijuana production or dispensary facilities.