Light Up! Commercial Pot Sales Start Tuesday

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A Bridgeport location has not been approved for a cannabis dispensary, but that seems to be a matter of time. Tuesday morning the first approved commercial cannabis locations will open across Connecticut.

News release from Cannabis Chamber of Commerce:

After nearly 2 years of hard work by the Department of Consumer Protection, Social Equity Council, licensees, and stakeholders across the state; Connecticut’s long prohibition on cannabis has finally come to an end. The Department of Consumer Protection, the Connecticut Social Equity Council, and stakeholders across the industry deserve our thanks for their tireless efforts to bring about this historic occasion. The hybrid-retailers that are opening have been valuable members of their communities over recent years, and serve to spearhead an exciting time for all of Connecticut.

“This industry is going to create more than 10,000 jobs over the next couple of years, and hundreds of millions in new revenue that will be reinvested in the communities most hard hit by the war on drugs. Today is historic, but the real story is about the benefits to come that will transform lives and communities,” said Adam Wood, President of the Connecticut Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

“Starting today, communities most impacted by the decades-long war on drugs will be beneficiaries of revenue derived from this new and exciting industry,” said Deborah Caviness, Co-Founder of the Connecticut Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

“The economic opportunity being unlocked today is historic on a statewide level. While there are still regulatory questions to be worked out, the work done to bring this day to fruition is remarkable,” said Dan Glissman, Co-Founder of the Connecticut Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

Dispensaries opening January 10, 2023*:
● Affinity Health & Wellness, 1351 Whalley Ave., New Haven
● RISE (formerly Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut), 471 E. Main St., Branford
● The Botanist, 887 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Montville
● Fine Fettle Dispensary, 2280 Berlin Turnpike, Newington
● Fine Fettle Dispensary, 12 Research Drive, Stamford
● Fine Fettle Dispensary, 1548 W Main St., Willimantic
● Zen Leaf Meriden, 1371 E Main St., formerly Willow Brook Wellness.

Dispensaries approved, but opening adult-use sales at a later date:
● The Botanist, 105 Mill Plain Road, Danbury
● Still River Wellness, 3568 Winsted Road, Torrington



  1. Personally, it should be located on North Ave near Scruples, by the HI-HO tower. 🤣
    They should even develop that section of town for nightlife, a bar for white people. As you know the dangler in the wrinkled pouch use three colors of skin. So it is not all about the black and browns, and I am not talking about Moore’s Blackrock white liberals and their acoustic guitars either 🙂

    Rock bands/bar.

    They have some time though.

    Either way smoke up Johnny. Though I feel his pain. They haven’t let me participate in Christmas present extract in 20 years. Pricks, whatever color your foreskin is. 🤣🍆

  2. Good morning, Bridgeport OIB fans on this historic first day of recreational marijuana sales in CT!!! Adam Wood and Deborah Caviness??? WOW! I wondered where they drifted off to since the heyday, or rather my heyday in local Bridgeport politics. I don’t recall them being particularly enthusiastic supporters of my anti-Drug War platform for Bridgeport back in the day…(Salcedo for State Rep, 130th District, circa 2008 with the late Chico Rivera and the late Ezekiel Santiago), but good for them, and good for us now. Good jobs, safer neighborhoods, better school funding finally…I hope. At least, that was my pitch. Today, we’ll have zero MJ arrest and incarceration, wasteful tax dollars on TNT (Tuesdays and Thursday…tactical narcotics teams), buy and bust ops…now just buy (at the approved Cannabis C of C locations, and mellow out. Don’t smoke and drive. Is Bill Finch in on the Cannabis Chamber of Commerce gig also? Maybe a consulting job? YouTubers call it a “side hustle” I believe…for me these days, my YouTube is 100% “Back to Sicily”. Living “La Dolce Vita” on social security. Happy Sales, CT Cannabis C of C! I’ll stop by when our local Orange dispensary is open. Trying to keep it my shopping local. Lower carbon footprint.

  3. Oops! One more quick thought…I’ll wait for all the historic comments/histrionics (Jesse Waters at Fox News, or anyone else???) about Marijuana being the “gateway drug” to the harder drugs like heroin and cocaine. I’m watching the news, especially our local Channel 12 for live shots for any and all the potential protest “to save lives and protective children” (eg., anti-drug/just say no/Nancy Reagan-parent groups, law enforcement, TV mega-ministers, anti-drug educators, CT Republicans, CT Democrats (except Adam and Deborah, of course) against marijuana at any of the Adam Wood-Deborah Caviness-Connecticut Cannabis Chamber of Commerce approved sites today, and I don’t see a soul around. Huh? 40-plus years of the American-funded War on Drugs, at home and abroad, billions of tax dollars spent and wasted, and millions of lives ruined, jailed and derailed…and not a peep from the most vocal and TV-visible Drug Warriors of yesterday in front of news microphones today across Connecticut? I wonder what all the former Drug Czars like William (“I did not gamble away the family milk money”) Bennett, and General Barry MacCaffrey (omnipresent Mr. MSNBC consultant on any war, except the drug war) have to say. Another Vietnam, another Afghanistan, we just walk away from a former “threat to our national security of yesterday’s news.” Is it just me, or some Trump-like rebranding is going here…Marijuana is now Cannabis (sounds more artisanal and organic…it was always organic unless your grower/seller messes it up with other non-organic substances/stuff!) Heroin is now Opioids, sounds so clinically clean, Pharmaceutically simpatico and very suburban-like!!! Like Clean Coal.

  4. Will the cannabis industry be the next savior for jobs and tax revenue? I doubt it.
    What happened to Jai Alai and Greyhound racing?
    Let’s hope the pot-heads can support the State economy with their disability checks while living with their parents.


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