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Connecticut seeking to expand the number of medical marijuana dispensaries from 6 to 9

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HARTFORD, Connecticut — Consumer protection officials in Connecticut are planning to expand the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state to keep up with growing demand.

Commissioner Jonathan Harris says the six current state dispensaries have been producing "safe, pharmaceutical grade products." He said that has led to a greater acceptance of the program among doctors and a rise in the number of registered patients from 1,683 in September 2014 to 4,097 this month. There are 222 doctors registered to prescribe medical marijuana in Connecticut.

The department plans to award as many as three dispensary facility licenses through the new round of applications.

The application deadline is Sept. 18.

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