All Connecticut Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Up And Running – Hartford Courant
Connecticut’s six medical marijuana dispensaries have all received their first shipments — and sales Tuesday were well underway at most of the locations.
“We are serving our patients, appointments every 10 minutes,” said Angela D’Amico, co-owner of Compassionate Care Center of Connecticut/D&B Wellness LLC in Bethel. “Happy to be doing what has taken years to accomplish.”
Prime Wellness of Connecticut, the South Windsor dispensary, had initially planned to launch sales Wednesday but moved up its schedule when the dispensary saw its competitors jumping right in.
Brett Sicklick, director of operations at Prime Wellness, said the dispensary opened at 1 p.m. and saw about 40 patients throughout Tuesday afternoon.
One obstacle is that the selection of product types is still limited to homogenized flowers, pre-rolled “cones” or joints, and “tabs” that can be smoked or vaporized, Sicklick said.
“We did the best job we could,” Sicklick said. “There’s wasn’t necessarily something for everyone. Once there is a bigger variety, we will be able to cater to a wider number of patients.”
Eventually, manufacturers in Connecticut are expected to provide oils, creams and tinctures; and baked goods such as brownies, bars and cookies.
On Monday, Theraplant LLC in Watertown Monday became the first of Connecticut four medical marijuana manufacturers to make deliveries. Some of those shipments arrived early enough so at least three dispensaries — in Bristol, Hartford and Uncasville — could make sales the same day.
Theraplant is likely to be the sole provider of medical marijuana, at least for the next few weeks.
Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions LLC in Portland said Tuesday it planned to make its first shipments by the end of the year. Advanced Grow Labs LLC in West Haven said it might not make shipments until the end of December or in January. Simsbury-based Curaleaf did not respond to calls or e-mails seeking comment.
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