The first batches of medical marijuana were being delivered for retail sale around the state Monday.

Theraplant, one of four manufacturers licensed by the state, began shipping medical marijuana to special dispensaries in Connecticut — the first producer in the state to do so.

The marijuana, available only to registered patients with a prescription, will be available in several forms, including a tablet called MedTabsTM, Theraplant said. Other forms are “homogenized raw flower” and “pre-rolled cones,” the company said.

Regulations written by the Department of Consumer Protection also permit tinctures, creams and oils; and banked goods, such as brownies, bars and cookies. Marijuana-infused beverages and candy are not allowed under the regulations.

Theraplant LLC is located in Watertown. The state has three other licensed growers: Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions LLC in Portland, Curaleaf LLC in Simsbury and Advanced Grow Labs LLC in West Haven.

Theraplant told The Courant on Friday that it was preparing to send out medical marijuana as soon as Monday. Dispensaries were expected to begin selling it shortly afterward.

Medical marijuana is approved by the state to treat 11 debilitating medical conditions: cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue in the spinal cord or intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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

The state has six dispensaries: Connecticut/D&B Wellness LLC in Bethel, Prime Wellness of Connecticut LLC in South Windsor, Arrow Alternative Care Inc. in Hartford, Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut in Branford, Thames Valley Alternative Relief LLC in Uncasville and The Healing Corner Inc. in Bristol.

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