Contact Stephanie Schuman,
Principal Counsel & Attorney-at-Law

CT Cannabis Licensing FAQS


What is RERACA?

The "Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis Act" was signed into law by Connecticut's Governor Ned Lamont on June 22, 2021. The RERACA legalizes and regulates adult-use (21 and older) cannabis beginning July 1, 2021. 

What is the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)?

The DCP is responsible for the licensing of cannabis growers, retailers, manufacturers, and delivery services in Connecticut. 

What types of licenses are available for cannabis businesses under the RERACA?

(1) Cultivator 

(2) Retailer

(5) Delivery

(6) Manufacturer 

When will the licensing application period open? 

The Department of Consumer Protection is not accepting applications at this time, but the department will be providing more information on the new application process in the near future. Nevertheless, legislators anticipate cannabis retail sales to begin before the end of 2022. 

                                                        ***Please keep checking back for updates*** 

Can a dispensary sell medical and adult-use?

Already licensed medical cannabis dispensaries may apply to be a "hybrid retailer" which would allow them to sell adult-use cannabis by submission of a conversion plan along with payment of a fee. 

Who qualifies as a Social Equity Applicant? 

Social equity applicants are defined as those individuals from communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition and enforcement. 

How will the Connecticut cannabis licensing scheme bolster social equity? 

RERACA contemplates that half of the cannabis business licenses will go to social equity applicants. Such applicants would be subject to lower licensing fees and receive a fifty percent discount for the first three years of license renewals. They may further receive startup costs coverage, workforce training, and technical assistance. Tax revenues generated from the legalization of cannabis will be reinvested into communities historically impacted by the war on drugs. 

How can applicants prepare now for the upcoming adult-use cannabis license application cycle?

The first step in preparing for your cannabis license application is to retain a cannabis business attorney.

Among other things, they will guide you through the steps of securing real estate, obtaining local approvals, developing your security plan, environmental impact plan, and quality control plan.

Why is a cannabis business attorney important? 

The lawyers at Leaf Legal, P.C. provide comprehensive and experienced legal counsel to Connecticut cannabis businesses in all aspects from the ground up to make sure clients are able to safely navigate Connecticut's adult-use cannabis program with an in-depth understanding of all integral elements of licensure and running a compliant business.

By understanding the complexities of Connecticut's licensure procedures, the attorneys at Leaf Legal, P.C. are able to diligently guide clients towards establishing state-compliant cannabis businesses. Leaf Legal, P.C. is fully equipped to assist your legal needs in Connecticut's rapidly expanding licensing and regulatory scheme. Contact the attorneys at Leaf Legal, P.C. to request a consultation.


The Truth About the Risks

Know for sure whether your business is in compliance with state and local cannabis regulations.