This week the state of Connecticut began accepting applications for adult-use cannabis establishments.

The state Department of Consumer Protection is going to start accepting applications for some adult-use cannabis establishment license types.

It was last June that the plant became approved for adult use and retail sales are anticipated to begin in the state by the end of the year.

The Department of Consumer Protection will be holding multiple lotteries on an ongoing basis and will announce the number of available licenses before each application round.

They said the application rounds for the eight license types that will be selected through the lottery process will open on a staggered basis.

The application period for the first round of lotteries will remain open for 90 days and applications for social equity cultivator licenses located in Disproportionately Impacted Areas will have a one-time 90-day application period beginning Feb. 3 and ending May 4.

There will be two lotteries for each license type: a social equity lottery and a general lottery.

Applicants selected in the social equity lottery are subject to review by the Social Equity Council to confirm their social equity status.

The department expects to open a second lottery application period for most license types in the second half of 2022.

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