Connecticut sees rush of applications for recreational marijuana business licenses

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As a deadline looms in Connecticut for businesses to apply for recreational marijuana licenses, regulators say applications are flooding in.

With less than a week to go before the cutoff, the state consumer protection department – Connecticut’s marijuana regulator – has received 4,715 applications for the eight different businesses types, according to the New Haven Register.

Two-thirds of those applications are for retail marijuana licenses, with nearly 2,000 new applications arriving in the past week.

Applications are due May 4 for marijuana store licenses.

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The state plans to select via lottery an equal number of social equity and non-social equity winners for each of the eight permit types.

Connecticut officials say adult-use marijuana stores could open by late this year.