Connecticut picks 6 medical marijuana dispensaries

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm •  Published: April 3, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Locations for Connecticut's six medical marijuana dispensaries have been selected, the state Consumer Protection Commissioner said Thursday.

The facilities in Branford, Bridgeport, Bristol, Hartford, South Windsor and Uncasville were authorized by the state's medical marijuana program to dispense Connecticut-produced marijuana products.

Recipients must be seriously ill patients who have been certified by their doctors as potentially benefiting from the use of medical marijuana and who have registered with the state's medical marijuana program. Backers of the law, which was enacted in 2012, say it will help people who have cancer, Parkinson's disease, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and other debilitating conditions.

The Department of Consumer Protections drafted regulations last year that state lawmakers approved.

"With the selection of dispensary facilities, all necessary pieces of the medical marijuana program are in place and we are poised to provide patients with a safe and secure source of needed medicine," Rubenstein said.

The dispensaries will be the "public face" of Connecticut's medical marijuana program and careful thought and deliberation went into selecting the most qualified applicants, he said.

Angela D'Amico and her partner Karen Barski, a registered nurse, have won approval to operate D&B Wellness in Bridgeport. The new venture is the "second half of our lives," she said.

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