Sales of medical marijuana in Connecticut are expected to begin next week as the first grower prepares to make shipments to dispensaries around the state, nearly two years after the state legalized the use of marijuana to relieve symptoms of some chronic illnesses.

“We are on track to make a Monday delivery,” Daniel Emmans, chief operating officer at Theraplant LLC in Watertown, said Friday. “Over the weekend, we will be arranging the deliveries at the dispensaries.”

Six dispensaries have been licensed by the state to sell medical marijuana, and those contacted Friday said it was likely sales would begin one day after shipments were received at their storefronts. That could put medical marijuana for sale as early as Tuesday.

So far, the state has registered 2,326 patients eligible to buy medical marijuana.

Initially, all the medical marijuana delivered by Theraplant will be in a form that can be smoked or used in a vaporizer. It will be packaged in 5-gram portions.

A survey of dispensary owners Friday showed that the likely cost for customers initially will range from $17 to $20 a gram.

But that price could go down as the three other growers — Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions LLC in Portland, Curaleaf LLC in Simsbury and Advanced Grow Labs LLC in West Haven — start shipping. All three are expected to begin deliveries by the end of the year, state officials say.

“Competition does add another spin to any business,” said Angela D’Amico, co-founder of Compassionate Care Center of Connecticut/D&B Wellness LLC, a dispensary in Bethel.

D’Amico estimates that prices could drop as much as 15 percent in the next few months.

“This is just a starting point, and it’s only going to get better for patients in terms of product variety and pricing,” said Brett Sicklick, director of operations at Prime Wellness of Connecticut LLC, a …read more