Medical Marijuana Sales Begin At Dispensaries After Long Wait

Nearly two years after it was legalized, the first sales of medical marijuana were rung up in Connecticut Monday, ending more than 80 years of a wide-ranging ban on the substance.

More than two dozen customers flocked to The Healing Corner in Bristol, one of the six licensed dispensaries in the state, beginning at noon to purchase medical marijuana. At 4 p.m., six customers were still queued up in the lobby, the dispensary’s owner said.

Sales also got underway at Arrow Alternative Care on Weston Street in Hartford Monday afternoon.

The first deliveries of medical marijuana Monday from Theraplant in Watertown meant the end of a long wait for patients like Daniel Gaita of Bethel, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple tours of military duty overseas in the 1990s.

“I don’t have to hide something that helps me,” Gaita, 41, said. “It will enable me to treat my symptoms without feeling like a criminal.”

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