Connecticut Announces Cannabis License Application Details

Connecticut is set to open it’s adult-use cannabis market, with sales expected to launch by the end of 2022.There’s a limited number of licenses available, and the 90-day windows open soon! We break down the basics about license types, requirements, and deadlines below. 


License Types & Deadlines

Connecticut is unique in that they offer 9 different types of licenses: cultivation, retail, micro-cultivation, delivery, hybrid retail, food and beverage manufacturing, product manufacturing, packaging, and transportation. Except for cultivation and retail, each license type has a different opening date, and are only open for 90 days. The list below indicates the date that the 90-day window opens for each license type. 


  • Cultivation in disproportionately impacted areas: Feb. 3rd (nonlottery)
  • Retail (dispensaries): Feb. 3rd, 12 licenses available 
  • Micro-cultivation: Feb. 10th, 4 licenses available
  • Delivery service: Feb. 17th, 10 licenses available 
  • Hybrid retail: Feb. 24th (can sell to medical marijuana patients and adult-use customers), 4 licenses available
  • Food and beverage manufacture: March 3rd, 10 licenses available 
  • Product manufacture: March 10th, 6 licenses available
  • Packaging: March 17th, 6 licenses available
  • Transportation: March 24th, 4 licenses available

License Availability

Each license category has a limited number of licenses available. And, 50% of each category’s available licenses must go to social equity applications. To qualify as a social equity applicant, you must meet income and residency requirements and have at least 65% ownership. According to the Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner, this is just a starting point and not a final cap. A second application round might happen later in the year. 

Connecticut is a small state, but still a competitive market due to limited license availability. The application windows are approaching quickly, and only open for a limited amount of time! Contact Canna Business Services for full-service application preparation for all Connecticut cannabis license types.