Connecticut To Allow 3 More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

HARTFORD — Connecticut plans to allow up to three more medical marijuana dispensaries, targeting New Haven and Fairfield counties, where there are the most registered patients and the fewest licensed sellers.

The decision to add to the state's six dispensaries comes nine months after the first medical marijuana sales by a fledgling industry in Connecticut in which both growers and dispensaries are still in a struggle to break even.

The Department of Consumer Protection announced Thursday that it would seek proposals for the new dispensaries because there has been "significant growth" in patient registration, especially this spring.


Connecticut Now Has 4000 Medical Marijuana Patients

Connecticut now has more than 4,000 registered medical marijuana patients, new figures from the state Department of Consumer Protection show.

The Medical Marijuana Program, which began last fall, had 4,097 registered patients as of June 5, up from 3,600 in April and 2,300 in September.

The number of registered patients, while steadily increasing, is still far below the 20,000, by one manufacturer's estimate, who could be served by the four medical marijuana manufacturers and six dispensaries.


Medical Marijuana Bill for Children Dies in Legislature

Some Connecticut families say they're running out of options after a bill that would allow children to use medical marijuana died in the legislature.

Seven-year-old West Tarricone is full of energy as she plays with her twin brother, Blake, but hundreds of times a day, seizures stop her in her tracks.

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"Her seizures are at the point now where she stops breathing. We have oxygen now," said West's and Blake's mom Cara Tarricone.

West was diagnosed with West Syndrome, a type of epilepsy, at just 11 months. Since then she's been in and out of the hospital and currently takes up to 18 pills a day, though her parents say it does little to help.


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CT committee OK's adding children to medical marijuana rolls

HARTFORD -- In a bipartisan move that's the last hurdle before debates in the Senate and House, the General Law Committee voted Tuesday morning to allow children to join the state's medical marijuana program.

Acting on an amendment from the state Senate, the committee approved a new section that would prohibit those under 18 from smoking or inhaling the drug's vapors. In liquid form, however, marijuana has been found to reduce childhood seizures.


Social media sites block Connecticut marijuana ad

MANCHESTER — A Connecticut advertising firm owner says his Facebook account is currently banned from posting videos because of an ad about medicinal marijuana he tried to post last week.

Kyle Reyes of the Silent Partner Marketing said the video was educational and not meant to sell cannabis on behalf of his client, Arrow Alternative Care.

“It was a series about Canna-Ed, about the education and the benefits of medical marijuana,” Reyes said. “It’s actually videos that the state had already approved and said, ‘You guys can go ahead and market these on social media.'”

But Reyes said when he attempted to upload a Canna-Ed video last week, Facebook blocked it.


Watch: Theraplant uses creative approach to producing medical marijuana for Conn. dispensaries

WATERTOWN–Medical marijuana is an up and coming industry in Connecticut.

Legalized three years ago, licensed facilities grow it and dispensaries sell the medicine to patients, all under heavy regulation by the Department of Consumer Protection.

On of the facilities licensed to produce medical marijuana, Theraplant, is located in a highly secure facility meant to protect the budding industry.

“We took painstaking steps to design this building to be as safe and secure as possible and grow the best medicine possible,” said Ruby.


4 Arrested in Connecticut Synthetic Marijuana Investigation

Police in Connecticut have arrested four people while investigating a batch of synthetic marijuana that sickened about a dozen people, including five who were hospitalized.

Willimantic police say they arrested a dealer of "K2" synthetic marijuana and three buyers Tuesday. Authorities wouldn't say whether the dealer suspect they arrested sold the drug to the people who got sick Monday.

All five of the people hospitalized have been discharged. Police believe they used synthetic marijuana laced with the hallucinogenic PCP.


Tainted synthetic marijuana sends a dozen people to hospital in Willimantic, Connecticut

× Tainted synthetic marijuana sends a dozen people to hospital in Willimantic

WILLIMANTIC – Police have issued a warning about tainted supply of K2, a synthetic marijuana that has sent a dozen users to the hospital.

Police said within the past 24 hours, they contended with nearly a dozen people who have ingested the synthetic drug which they believe was laced with another substance.


Inside a Medical-Marijuana Firm With a Sweet Tooth

WEST HAVEN, Conn.—Dain Colandro grew microgreens while working in New York City restaurants. He left that industry to run the medical-marijuana bakery here at Advanced Grow Labs.

In an industrial kitchen with Momofuku Milk Bar and Bouchon Bakery cookbooks on the shelves, the company prepares marijuana-laced peanut-butter cookies, brownie bites and chocolate-hazelnut French macarons. The company plans on adding honey as well as a hazelnut spread to its lineup.


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