CONNECTICUT — The state has launched a new website that is intended to provide Connecticut residents with up-to-date information about adult-use cannabis, which became legal in the state as of July 1 under a new law that signed last month.
Although the portion of the law permitting adults to possess and consume cannabis went into effect on July 1, there are several components that do not go into effect for another one to two years, most notably the establishment of retail sales, which are expected to begin toward the end of 2022 and will have a very specific licensing process and social equity requirement.
Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said: “This new website will be an important resource for consumers and interested business owners. We will continue to provide information about the licensing and application process as it becomes available, and we are committed to a clear and transparent process.”
The new law favors the assignment of cannabis retail operation licenses to social equity applicants, those people and communities who were most disadvantaged by previous marijuana laws. A new Social Equity Council will be formed to provide guidance and recommendations to lawmakers. Equity applicants will also be able to apply for technical assistance, workforce training and funding to cover startup costs. Licensing fees for social equity applicants will also be half of the norm
Gov. Ned Lamont explained that the new website is intended as a resource to provide Connecticut residents with the most up-to-date information about this ongoing process.
“We know the public will have a lot of questions about this process in the coming months, and this website will be an important resource for people who have questions about the new law or who might be interested in starting a new business in this market,” Lamont said.
The state DCP will be regularly updating the website with information on the Social Equity Council, the availability of license applications for businesses, information on public health and safety, and answers to frequently asked questions about the new law.