Connecticut Cannabis License Solutions

Our experienced team at Cannabis License Experts (CLE) will assist you in obtaining your Connecticut cannabis license quickly and with an unrivaled success record. Having to repeat your Connecticut cannabis license application procedure can set your business back by months and substantially reduce your earning potential. Book your free consultation today and let us show you how we’ll help you on your path to a Connecticut cannabis license and much more.

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With limited Connecticut cannbis license numbers and several political barriers to entry, the highly Conservative population of the Constitution State is one of the next emerging adult-use markets for 2022. As of July 1, 2021, recreational use of cannabis by adults over age 21 became legal in Connecticut. The 2021 law legalizes possession up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis and cultivation of marijuana by adults. The state will begin accepting Conneticut cannabis license applications for adult-use CT cannabis license types 30 days following the Social Equity Council’s final approval of technical assistance plans. Applications for certain adult-use cannabis establishment CT business licenses were made available as of February 3rd, 2022. ​​Still many facets of the law remain in process at both the state and local levels. Municipalities will have to determine how to define, regulate and implement new laws in the coming years as this program gets underway.

Book a free consultation today to learn more about how Cannabis License Experts can assist you and your team on the path to cannabis licensing within Connecticut

Licensing Requirements, Timelines, and Selection Processes

The first  Connecticut cannabis license application period for each license type will open for a period of 90 days beginning in March 2022. The DCP will hold two lotteries for each license type: a social equity lottery and a general lottery. Materials received outside the application process will not be considered and failure to abide by the RFA process could result in disqualification. Current oversight for regulation and licensure by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)


Note: As of February 3rd, 2022 the Connecticut cannabis license application for the below license types are available. Application windows will be posted on the website. 


  • Adult Use Cannabis Retailers – Lottery Application 
  • Cultivator applications for businesses located in a Disproportionately Impacted Area (DIA)
  • Equity Joint Ventures
  • Conversion from Medical Marijuana Producer to Expanded Producer
  • Conversion from Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Hybrid Retailer
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Retailer 6 6
Micro Cultivator 2 2
Delivery Service 5 5
Hybrid Retailer 2 2
Food and Beverage 5 5
Product Packager 3 3
Product Manufacturer 3 3
Transporter 2 2

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Some of the World’s Largest Brands have Trusted CLE to Support their Cannabis Journey.

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Matthew Caton Yield Cannab

Canna License Experts, and their team were retained by our company to help us along the way with a retail canna license. Brian Wolf along with Kalpna Mistry and their team of experts were there the entire way through the process. Thanks again to Brian and Kalpna for all you support from our family at YIELD Cannab Co.

Lin Yan GMLL Pharma

We have contacted a few licensing company before I decided to contact with Canna licensing Experts. So far I think I have made the right choice and I am happy with the work they have done for us. The team answer questions promptly and never leave us alone. Not to mention their charge are reasonable comparing the similar type of consulting company and quality of their job.

Joseph Dow Dow Testing Labs

Brian and Kalpna at Cannabis License Experts were very pleasant, informative, and knowledgeable regarding licensing. They helped us fill out all the forms needed and guided us through the entire process. I am sure that without their guidance our application would still be in process, or have been dismissed because of some missing information.

Financial Requirements Connecticut Cannabis

Financial Requirements

Many States and local jurisdictions require a certain level of liquidity, cash on hand, and /or CPA and/or Bank letters to ensure that cannabis license applicants have the financial wherewithal from the licensing process through to the initial 2-5 years of operations. Commonly a 3-5 year Financial Pro Forma is also required.
License Conversion FeesGeneralSocial Equity
One-Time Cultivation Application Fees
Initial Application $0
Provisional License $3,000,000
Final License $37,500
Lottery Cultivation Application Fees
Initial Lottery $1,000 $500
Provisional License $25,000 $12,500
Final License $75,000 $37,500
Adult-Use Cannabis Retailer License Lottery Application Fees
Initial Lottery $500 $250
Provisional License $5,000 $2,500
Final License $25,000 $12,500

License Types

There are 14 different cannabis licenses and registrations, listed and defined below: *90 day application open date
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Overall, the majority of the state has embraced the formal legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational use. It is expected that licensing of all cannabis operations will roll out at a reasonable pace once regulations are firmly in place.

Real Estate & Zoning

Consideration for regional and local zoning with regard to allowed proximity to certain business types, schools, and other prohibited areas should be researched according to local and municipal rules. Possession of real estate is often a requirement for licensing prior to application submission.
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When you partner with CLE, you are able to leverage our proven knowledge and best industry resources to provide you a complete Cannabis Business Solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cannabis cultivation is the process of growing cannabis within a regulated environment for the consumption via a medical or adult-use cannabis program. Generally cultivation refers to the agricultural activities associated with the propagation and growing of cannabis. Cannabis processing is when you manufacture finished cannabis products, packaging of dried flowers or manufacture and package cannabis-based products (i.e. extracts, edibles, and topicals). To be able to produce cannabis and cannabis derived products commercially a specific license is required, requirements depend on the state in which you are locating this business.

Currently only medical marijuana patients can grow up to 3 mature plants for personal use within the state of Connecticut. Adults over the age of 21 that don’t hold a medical marijuana card will not be able to cultivate for personal use until July 1st, 2023. To grow cannabis commercially within the state of Connecticut you must obtain a cultivation license from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. License applications for certain license types were made available as of February 3rd, 2022. Please reach out to the team at Cannabis License Experts to learn more about this application period and how the CLE team can assist your team in this process.

Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection began accepting applications on February 3, 2022 for the following license types: Lottery Applicant’s for adult-use cannabis retailers, cultivators located in a Disproportionately Impacted Area, Equity Joint Ventures, conversion from Medical Marijuana Producer to Expanded Producer, and conversion from Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Hybrid Retailer. Additional application opening dates can be found on the department website linked here.

The first step in obtaining a cannabis retail dispensary license in Connecticut is to apply for a license with Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection. The first application period for this license type opened on February 3rd, 2022 and closes on May 4th, 2022, this application process is a lottery based application meaning that all eligible applicants will have an equal opportunity to be drawn as the license winner. Equity Joint Venture and Social Equity Partner licensing pathways are not subject to the lottery based system and do not have an application closing date. 

A Micro Cultivator license is a specific license issued by Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection. This license type allows for the cultivation of cannabis for intended sale in the adult-use AND medical cannabis markets within Connecticut. The license permits between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet of canopy space with the ability to apply for an extension in increments of 5,000 square feet per year. The application period for this license type opened on February 10th,  2022 and will close 90 days from this date, the department anticipates opening a 2nd application period later in 2022.

No, the following licensing paths are not part of the lottery process. Medically licensed producers switching to an expanded producer license. Medically licensed dispensary facilities switching to a hybrid retailer license. Cultivators located in a Disproportionately Impacted Area (DIA). Additionally the license application for Social Equity Partners and Equity Joint Ventures will not be subject to the lottery process. 

To receive final licensure the applicant must be able to prove the right to occupy the space it intends on locating the business. During the initial application process and the application lottery it is not required to disclose the establishment’s location. 

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at the state level and new jurisdictions are consistently developing ordinance’s designing the framework for licensing at the local level.
CLE can develop a preliminary business and feasibility plan to help give an understanding of business viability within the local climate. We also provide you with insights and develop strategies with respect to facility design, construction, security compliance and digital marketing to get you sales ready.
In order to get started, reach out to one of our regulatory experts today to learn more about Cannabis Business Solutions.
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