While many types of businesses can get started and thrive without the assistance of specialized professionals, cannabis operations are rarely so simple. Due to the considerable financial investment and strictly regulated industry, the guidance and services provided by Canna Business Services prove invaluable. We advocate and protect the best interests of entrepreneurs and cannabis business owners, getting you started, keeping you on track and accelerating your long-term goals. For consultation and services specific to Connecticut, reach out to us at (888) 526-2088.

Marijuana Business Licensing in Connecticut

Originating and growing a successful medical cannabis operation in Connecticut involves strenuous licensing and compliance requirements. The laws, protocols and directives specific to the state present a costly, difficult and ongoing challenge. Gaining any momentum can prove impossible. Position yourself for success by reaching out to Canna Business Services. Our team of informed cannabis consultants include a diversity of specialities and experience, such as federal procurement, state and city procurement, law and non-profit, education and engineering.

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At Canna Business Services we work with you from structuring an application process to expanding and marketing a branded operation, combining customized, sustainable solutions to turn vision into reality. We remain updated with industry changes and compliance and provide an experienced source of dedicated support. Schedule an appointment and draw from our expertise, recommendations and certainty in an emerging market.

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, 2022 (nonlottery)
  • Retail (dispensaries): Feb. 3rd, 2022; 12 licenses available
  • Micro-cultivation: Feb. 10th, 2022; 4 licenses available
  • Delivery service: Feb. 17th, 2022; 10 licenses available
  • Hybrid retail: Feb. 24th, 2022; (can sell to medical marijuana patients and adult-use customers), 4 licenses available
  • Food and beverage manufacture: March 3rd, 2022; 10 licenses available
  • Product manufacture: March 10th, 2022; 6 licenses available
  • Packaging: March 17th, 2022; 6 licenses available
  • Transportation: March 24th, 2022; 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!

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