Medical Dispensary Prepares for Recreational Marijuana Sales – NBC Connecticut


What does it take to run a recreational marijuana business? That is a question people who work at Connecticut dispensaries are considering with adult use sales slated to begin next year.

That means anyone 21 or older will be able to buy cannabis products from a dispensary without a medical card.

“At the end of the day, cannabis is another industry. It is a heavily regulated industry, it’s a fascinating industry, it’s a brand new industry,” Benjamin Zachs, chief operating officer of Fine Fettle in Newington, said.

Fine Fettle is one of the first companies in Connecticut on the path to selling cannabis recreationally. It has several locations: in Newington, Willimantic, and one soon to open in Stamford. The dispensary company is also operating in other states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

With welcoming lights, stocked shelves, and an extensive menu, walking into the Newington location is akin to entering a café

“Anything that you need we hope to have it for you. And if we don’t have it, and you want it, we try and get it for you,” Zachs said. “Cookies and brownies. We sell about 900 products within the facility.”

Yet, unlike a café, anyone who enters goes through a screening process.

“All patients and customers come through here to show their valid ID and medical marijuana card, to show that it’s valid and active. Then after we ensure they’re in compliance and the ID is valid, they come into the dispensary area,” Zachs said

The state approved the sale of recreational cannabis in July. In mid-August, Zachs says, Fine Fettle pitched selling recreational cannabis and got the green light.

“In both Willimantic and Newington, we were the first dispensaries to get our special permit for approval to operate as a hybrid dispensary, which means we can

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