Connecticut DCP to Accept Cannabis Establishment Licenses in 30 Days
By OLIVIA KALENTEK
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Connecticut (WFSB) – In a month’s time, the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) will begin accepting applications for certain types of adult cannabis establishment license.
DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull says the work of the Social Equity Council is an important step.
“This work by the Social Equity Council is a critical step in the licensing process for the emerging adult cannabis market in Connecticut and will help ensure that the equity goals set out in the laws are met,” Seagull said. .
She adds that the initial batch of licenses will not be the maximum. Instead, Seagull says it will be a jumping off point for the adult cannabis market. She says it’s a way to open up the market in an efficient, measured and thoughtful way.
“We know people are eager to apply and see this market open up, and we hope that making this information available will help applicants begin to prepare for the lottery process,” Seagull said.
The DCP announced that the licenses will be distributed through a lottery process. According to the DCP, they will run several lotteries on a continuous basis. DCP announces that it will announce the number of licenses available before each application cycle.
“Reviewing and verifying the nominations once they have been randomly selected through the lottery process will be a huge task for the DCP and the Council for Social Equity,” says Andréa Comer, Deputy Commissioner of the DCP and President of the Council for Social Equity.
The DCP has already decided on the number of licenses that will be available in the first round of the lottery.
“Determining the number of licenses that will be available in the first round of applications is an important step in ensuring that the Council, as well as the DCP, can fairly and thoroughly review each application and issue licenses in a timely manner,” said Comer.
The DCP indicates that the application rounds for the eight license types selected through the lottery process will be opened on a staggered basis. The registration period for the first lottery round will remain open for 90 days.
The DCP says applications for social equity cultivator licenses in disproportionately affected areas will have a one-time 90-day application period starting February 3 and ending May 4. To see what is considered a disproportionately affected area, click here.
The DCP says that the candidates selected for the Social Equity Lottery are subject to a review by the Social Equity Council to confirm their social equity status. To qualify as a social equity claimant, at least 65% of the ownership or control of the business must be held by people who meet the income and residency requirements for the social equity application set out by law.
Once the social equity applications are selected through the lottery process and approved by the Social Equity Council, the DCP will organize a general lottery.
The DCP says all approved social equity applicants, as well as those selected for the general lottery, will be eligible to apply for a provisional license.
For more information on the lottery process, click here.
“We encourage applicants to be thorough and to complete their applications with care and thoughtfulness,” said Rod Marriott, DCP director of drug control.
“Applications for most types of license will be entered into a lottery. There is no benefit to applicants who submit their lottery entries first. Applicants should prioritize submitting the best possible candidates, ”says Marriott.
DCP plans to open a second lottery application period for most types of licenses in the second half of 2022.
The dates of the first application period are shown below:
The first application period for each type of license will open for a period of 90 days on the following dates:
• Farmer in the disproportionately affected area: February 3, 2022 (excluding lottery)
• Retailer: February 3, 2022
• Micro-cultivator: February 10, 2022
• Delivery service: February 17, 2022
• Hybrid retailer: February 24, 2022
• Food and drinks: March 3, 2022
• Product manufacturer: March 10, 2022
• Product conditioner: March 17, 2022
• Carrier: March 24, 2022
An equal number of licenses will be available for social equity and general applicants. The number of licenses available in each category during the first application round is shown below:
• Reseller: 6 general licenses, 6 social equity licenses
• Micro-cultivator: 2 general licenses, 2 Social Equity licenses
• Delivery service: 5 general licenses, 5 social equity licenses
• Hybrid retailer: 2 general licenses, 2 Social Equity licenses
• Food and beverages: 5 general licenses, 5 social equity licenses
• Product Packager: 3 general licenses, 3 social equity licenses
• Product Manufacturer: 3 general licenses, 3 social equity licenses
• Transporter: 2 general licenses, 2 Social Equity licenses
Applicants for cannabis establishments licensed under the following provisions are not subject to the lottery process:
• Currently licensed medical marijuana producers are converting to enter the adult cannabis market
• Currently licensed medical marijuana dispensaries convert to hybrid retailer license to allow sale of medical and adult cannabis
• Requests from social equity cultivators located in a disproportionately affected area who meet the requirements set out in article 149 of public law 21-1 of the extraordinary session of June 2021
• Applicants applying for a cannabis establishment license as a joint venture or social equity partner with a licensed medical marijuana producer or dispensary
• Social Equity Council micro-cultivator assistance program (to be developed by the Social Equity Council)
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