9 new medical marijuana dispensaries opening in Connecticut

Nine new medical marijuana dispensaries are set to open up in Connecticut, bringing the total in the state to 18. 

The State's Department of Consumer Protection announced the locations of the new facilities Tuesday as part of Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Program.  The program has been expanded since 2012 when the a medical marijuana bill was signed.  In 2014, medication became available to patients.  

Today, there are over 30,000 patients with medical marijuana cards for 31 conditions.  In 2016, there were about 8,000 patients.  


Univ. of Connecticut to offer course on marijuana industry for a budding career path

Something that once could have gotten students in big legal trouble at college may now be a budding career path.

The University of Connecticut is in spring 2019 going to offer a new course on marijuana and what it takes to work in the industry. It is already causing a buzz.

“We ran out of seats before half of the university could register for the course,” Professor Gerard Berkowitz, who will be teaching the class, told the Hartford Courant. “There’s going to be more students taught in this one class than in my department, all the professors, all the classes they teach, both semesters."


University of Connecticut set to offer cannabis horticulture course

Legal weed is catalyzing changes in all sorts of areas, many of which operate tangentially to the primary, plant-touching industry. Increasingly, that includes education. More and more, students seeking a “higher” education can learn about cannabis as part of their university training.

Most recently, University of Connecticut announced that it will offer a cannabis cultivation course during the spring 2019 semester.


6 states without ballot initiatives where voters' choices will greatly affect marijuana legalization

We’re four weeks away from the November midterm elections, and obviously a lot in the political landscape could change on that day. Democrats could retake Congress, governor’s mansions could flip to a new party and so much more, writes Joseph Misulonas.


Connecticut adds eight new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

Now that Connecticut added eight new qualifying conditions for the state’s medical marijuana program, more people can access the medicine they need.

Connecticut recently underwent a potentially important round of changes to its cannabis laws. In particular, state lawmakers recently expanded the medical marijuana program.

Now, as Connecticut adds eight new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, officials expect to see an uptick in the number of patients joining the program.

Expanding the Medical Marijuana Program

Connecticut’s Regulation Review Committee, a group of lawmakers that oversees the state’s medical marijuana program, recently voted to expand the program.


Connecticut democrats announce support for marijuana legalization

After last week's announcement that the New York Democratic Party supports marijuana legalization, it appears more state parties are joining the cannabis legalization bandwagon, writes Joseph Misulonas.


Connecticut firms not weeding out marijuana practices, despite legislative setback

Seeing an opportunity for more business, Brown Paindiris & Scott is pressing forward with its marijuana law division.

The legislative session ended before Connecticut lawmakers considered a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana use, but law firms eyeing that practice area remain optimistic.

Hartford firm Brown Paindiris & Scott, for instance, still sees enough opportunity to launch and maintain a venture in marijuana law. Despite limited medical marijuana use in the Nutmeg state, and at least another year’s wait before legislators again consider the possibility of recreational use becoming legal, two Brown Paindiris lawyers will continue to focus on that business line.


Marijuana legalization effort in Connecticut is running out of time

Lawmakers have until Wednesday to pass a bill and the marijuana legalization effort in Connecticut is running out of time.

The marijuana legalization effort in Connecticut is running out of time, as this year’s legislative session winds to a close this week. Lawmakers have until May 9 to pass a bill pending in the House of Representatives.

But that doesn’t seem likely, according to local media. Both the House and the Senate have other bills more likely to gain lawmakers’ attention.


Connecticut to consider treating opioid abuse with marijuana

Doctors will gather in Hartford this summer to decide whether medical marijuana can be used legally as a treatment for opioid abuse and withdrawal.

The decision by the state Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians could be influenced by two studies published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which reported that states permitting medicinal use of marijunana have seen a drop in opioid prescriptions.


Scientists really don’t know why marijuana makes some people more productive

Cannabis use is usually thought to impair our ability to pay attention or organize efficiently (and a lot of scientific research backs up that assumption to some extent). But there are also plenty of people who say smoking up helps them focus and get things done, writes Calvin Hughes.

Addiction psychiatrist Larissa Mooney says she hears this a lot.


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