Connecticut Cannabis Regulator Predicts Adult-Use Delays

Connecticut’s Commissioner for the Department of Consumer Protection recently warned that the state’s roll-out of adult-use cannabis sales is likely to face delays.

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The Connecticut Commissioner for the Department of Consumer Protection said that the state’s timeline for adult-use cannabis sales may take longer than legislators first thought, according to The Connecticut Examiner. Commissioner Michelle Seagull made the comments to an audience at a breakfast hosted by the CT Chamber of Commerce. She told the Examiner at the event the anticipated timeline may be delayed.

“We’ve been suggesting that there will likely be sales by the end of 2022, and we’re still aspiring for that. Obviously, we have to see how things play out in the next few months.” — Michelle Seagull, via the CT Examiner

Seagull said unknowns like who will qualify for a social equity license could contribute to the hold-up—these decisions are yet to be made by the Social Equity Council, a 15-member group recently appointed by Gov. Ned Lamont (D) and state legislators tasked with developing a social equity application criteria.

In response to an audience question about how the state will weed out “large corporations trying to circumvent rules,” Seagull told the group the Council needs to “take a look at ownership and corporate documents to understand who truly controls the business.”

Attendee Kurt Smith, who owns a Massachusetts cannabis producer and works for Fuss and Neil, a grow-site designing firm, said the “capital-intensive nature of this business makes it difficult for these companies to start up.” Consequently, “the ancillary business market is going to see … a lot of opportunity here,”

Smith, a Connecticut medical cannabis patient himself, backed up Seagull’s predictions, telling the gathering, “It’s going to take longer than everybody thinks.”

“It’s not going to happen on that timetable,” he said, “because it always takes extra time to get these things right.”

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