Board Debates Future of Medical Marijuana with Commercial Sales on the Horizon

Workers cleaning buds at CTPharma. (CTNewsJunkie file photo)

Medical marijuana dispensaries have been operational for about a decade and state regulators anticipate that many will look to convert to hybrid models.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

With commercial sale of cannabis expected to begin in Connecticut later this year, state regulators said Friday they expect many of the 18 dispensaries currently serving medical marijuana patients to convert to hybrid business models that allow recreational sales.

There is not a medical marijuana dispensary in West Hartford.

During a morning meeting of the Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians, Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull said her agency would be assessing the medical dispensaries to ensure any plans to enter the adult use recreational market would not compromise services for the state’s medical patients.

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