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New medical marijuana dispensary licenses approved in Conn.

9 new dispensary facilities will be licensed by the state’s Medical Marijuana Program.  There are already 9 other dispensaries, including one in the Stony Hill section of Bethel.  Only 4 producer licenses are part of the program. 

The state Department of Consumer Protection says the Medical Marijuana Program has grown significantly since the last time new facility licenses were awarded in January of 2016. At that time, there were 8,200 patients enrolled, while today there are more than 30,000.

Originally, there were only 11 conditions that would qualify adults for medication. Today, there are 31 conditions for adults, eight for patients under 18, and over 1,000 certifying practitioners.

The 9 new dispensary facilities were chosen from 73 applications received by the agency and will be located in Torrington, Stamford, Westport,  Newington, Groton, Meriden, Mansfield, Windham, and New Haven

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