Connecticut Opens Application Process for Retail Establishments

Prospective applicants have three months to file for entry into a state lottery.

Broadway, New Haven, Conn., Oct. 2016.
Broadway, New Haven, Conn., Oct. 2016.
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HARTFORD, Conn. β€” The Department of Consumer Protection has started accepting applications for certain adult-use cannabis license types.

β€œThis is an exciting step toward opening the adult-use cannabis market,” said DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. β€œWe want to remind all interested applicants to be thorough and to complete their applications carefully and thoughtfully, and to be patient as we move through the lottery and application review process.”

Applications can be found at elicense.ct.gov, and must be completed through the online portal. Information about what is required to apply for each license type is available at ct.gov/cannabis. Interested applicants can view a description of each license type to determine which license is appropriate for their business.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the most thorough and complete application possible when applying for a cannabis establishment license and not to rush their application submission. Lottery applications will not be reviewed until after the close of the application window. There is no advantage to submitting a lottery application early.

All individuals that are identified as backers associated with the cannabis establishment application must also complete a backer application before the close of the application window to ensure they are considered as part of the application.

Applications available as of February 3, 2022:

  • Lottery applications for adult-use cannabis retailers
  • Non-lottery applications for Cultivators located in a Disproportionately Impacted Area (DIA)
  • Equity Joint Ventures
  • Non-lottery applications for conversion from Medical Marijuana Producer to Expanded Producer
  • Non-lottery applications for conversion from Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Hybrid Retailer

All lottery application periods and the application period for DIA Cultivators will be open for three months. There is no closing date for conversion applications or Equity Joint Ventures.

The remaining 90-day lottery application periods will open on the following schedule:

  • Micro-cultivator: February 10, 2022
  • Delivery Service: February 17, 2022
  • Hybrid Retailer: February 24, 2022
  • Food and Beverage: March 3, 2022
  • Product Manufacturer: March 10, 2022 
  • Product Packager: March 17, 2022
  • Transporter: March 24, 2022

The department expects to open a second lottery application period for most license types in the second half of 2022. Applicants who apply in the first round of lotteries that are not selected and wish to take part in future lotteries, must reapply and pay the lottery fee in subsequent lottery opportunities.

Interested applicants with questions about the application process can email [email protected].

Cannabis was approved for adult-use in June 2021. Adult-use cannabis retail sales are anticipated to begin in the state by the end of 2022. For information about Adult-Use Cannabis, visit ct.gov/cannabis.

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