Recreational cannabis sales to adults in Connecticut began this morning. In all, seven dispensaries opened as of 10 a.m. All adults 21 and older are now able to purchase cannabis products.
In the first day of sales, over $250,000 has been recorded, according to Biotrack, which is the inventory tracking system used to monitor the movement of cannabis products in the state’s medical and adult-use cannabis markets.
“We have had no reported issues at any of our retailers, and we are proud of the successful launch of the regulated adult-use market,” said Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull. “We continue to remind consumers to be patient as they make their initial purchases, and to use these products responsibly, including taking into consideration the delayed onset of effects some of these products can have.”
The cannabis industry is estimated to bring in $73 million in state revenue by 2026.
Recreational cannabis sales began days after a state law went into effect on Jan, 1 that erases thousands of low-level cannabis possession convictions. This law erases 43,754 convictions, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.
“Today marks a turning point in the injustices caused by the war on drugs, most notably now that there is a legal alternative to the dangerous, unregulated, underground market for cannabis sales,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement. “Together with our partners in the legislature and our team of professionals at the Department of Consumer Protection, we’ve carefully crafted a securely regulated market that prioritizes public health, public safety, social justice, and equity. I look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure that this industry remains inclusive and safe as it develops.”
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