PORTLAND PRESS HERALD – HARTFORD, Conn. — More that 15,600 applications were submitted before last week’s deadline for a chance to be awarded one of the first dozen licenses to open a retail marijuana shop in Connecticut.
State Department of Consumer Protection figures released Friday show that 8,357 applications were submitted before Wednesday’s deadline for the first six licenses that are reserved for social equity applicants – those located in mostly urban and low-income areas that were disproportionately impacted by the government’s war on drugs. The state received 7,245 license applications to the general lottery for adult-use cannabis retailers.
The first lottery for the social equity slots is expected within the next week. The winners will undergo an eligibility review before the general lottery is held, according to the department.