Marijuana Dispensary in Connecticut
Marijuana Dispensary in Connecticut
Becoming a licensed Marijuana Dispensary in Connecticut takes skill and expertise.
Only producers licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection will be authorized to cultivate marijuana and become a Connecticut marijuana dispensary. At any one time, the number of licensed producers shall be at least three and not more than 10. The Department has established regulations that set out the qualifications for licensed producers and has issued Requests for Applications (RFAs). Among other things, any person applying to be licensed as a producer will have to demonstrate they have the financial capacity to build and operate a secure indoor facility that could grow pharmaceutical-grade marijuana and the ability to maintain adequate controls to prevent the diversion, theft or loss of the marijuana in their facility.
The State of Connecticut is not accepting applications for any Marijuana Dispensary in Connecticut at this time.
All materials that are in support of a potential applicant for a Medical Marijuana Producer or Connecticut Marijuana Dispensary Facility License must comply with all requirements set forth in the Request for Applications. The Department has established an application process that is transparent, unbiased, and follows a set process. Supportive material may only be submitted with the application. Applications and supporting material must be hand-delivered in accordance with the instructions in the Request for Applications, together with a $1,000 application fee. Any material received outside the application process will not be considered part of the application. Failure to abide by the RFA process could result in disqualification of an applicant.
Applicants do not have to reside in Connecticut, however, Applicants for a Marijuana Dispensary in Connecticut are required to provide certified financial statements for the period of time the applicant has been in existence and any pro forma financials used for business planning purposes. The security requirements for dispensary facilities are set forth in the regulations and all such security requirements must be met. Dispensary facility applicants are required to provide any pro forma financials used for business planning purposes.
The preferred locations in the RFA are Fairfield and New Haven County and having a site capable of serving one of these preferred locations is among the evaluation criteria. Dispensary facility applications, however, will be judged on a competitive basis with regard to how well the entirety of the application meets the full range of the evaluation criteria.
An applicant may submit an application for a Marijuana Dispensary in Connecticut pending zoning approval, on or before the submission deadline. If zoning approval is received after the submission deadline, that information should be immediately provided to the Commissioner in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the RFA. Such subsequent information will be considered, or not considered, as part of the evaluation process the same as all other information that is submitted subsequent to the submission deadline in accordance with the Terms and Conditions.
There are no requirements with regard to the use of an air treatment system. Applicants, however, will be scored based on their description of the air treatment or other system that will be installed to reduce off-site odors.
The regulations of a Marijuana Dispensary in Connecticut do not prohibit a dispensary facility from being located within 1000 feet of a school, church or similar organization. The regulations do, however, provide that DCP will consider “whether the proximity of the proposed dispensary facility will have a detrimental effect upon any place used primarily for religious worship, public or private school, convent, charitable institution, whether supported by private or public funds, hospital or veterans’ home or any camp or military establishment.” For this reason, the RFA requires that all applicants provide the location of schools, churches, etc. within 1000 feet of the proposed dispensary facility. As part of your application, you must provide “A map that identifies all places used primarily for religious worship, public or private school, convent, charitable institution, whether supported by private or public funds, hospital or veterans’ home or any camp or military establishment that are within 1000 feet of the proposed dispensary facility location.”
With regard to walk-in clinics and urgent care centers, if they are not a “hospital,” you do not need to identify them on the map. With regard to Kumon and Sylvan, if they are a public or private school such that education takes place on the premises, you should include their locations on the map. You are free to identify by name any locations you wish to on the map, beyond those specifically required.
You must provide the Department with the information required, including your “Proposed Marketing Plan.” Your proposed marketing plan must be complete and include all aspects of your plan.
Once all RFAs are submitted, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Affairs will disclose that information to the public.
For more information on creating or improving a Marijuana Dispensary in Connecticut, contact Denver Consulting Group, at: http://denverconsultinggroup.com/cannabis-consultants-in-colorado-washington-and-oregon/