Sep 222014
 September 22, 2014

connecticut medical marijuana testimonyMedical marijuana patients have been waiting a long time in Connecticut to get safe access to medicine. It appears that the wait is over. Late last week it was announced that the first crop of legal medical marijuana is ready for distribution. Per CT Now:

Sales of medical marijuana in Connecticut are expected to begin next week as the first grower prepares to make shipments to dispensaries around the state, nearly two years after the state legalized the use of marijuana to relieve symptoms of some chronic illnesses.

“We are on track to make a Monday delivery,” Daniel Emmans, chief operating officer at Theraplant LLC in Watertown, said Friday. “Over the weekend, we will be arranging the deliveries at the dispensaries.”

Six dispensaries have been licensed by the state to sell medical marijuana, and those contacted Friday said it was likely sales would begin one day after shipments were received at their storefronts. That could put medical marijuana for sale as early as Tuesday.

Prices for medical marijuana in Connecticut are expected to be between $17 and $20 per gram. To an Oregonian, where prices are less than half of that, I find those prices to be incredibly high. However, I’d like to hear from Connecticut residents to see if those prices are average for the area. Right now there is only one producer, so as more producers come on line, hopefully those prices drop. It makes me sad when price gouging occurs because this should be about patients, not profits.

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  48 Responses to “Medical Marijuana Sales To Begin In Connecticut”

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    Just received the pricing sheet from my dispensary. 3 strains, all priced the same. 5g = $95, 10g = $190, 15g = $270, 35g = $595. I have MS and have been waiting for this day for so long. It felt like a slap in the face when I first read the prices. From what I’ve been told, all product is from 1 producer at the moment as the others are behind. Nothing like profiting on the sick. Significantly cheaper to buy on the black market. I had to pay for my card almost a year ago despite there not being product until now. I’ll have to pay again for the renewal.

    I’m hopeful the prices will regulate. I was at least very impressed with the dispensary and the care of their staff.

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    I live in watertown and I’m very upset and dismayed that this pricing structure exists as it does , this should change soon unless we plan on being like New Jersey , the defacto worst medical marijuana state there is . Until there is change I plan on repeatedly calling the department of consumer protection and staying my complaint . Connecticut sucks enough as it is , and this pricing structure only serves to further insult the patients of this state

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    Not even close to black market prices. I’m a patient myself in the state

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    An oz on the street for ” Fire” is 250-375 depending on who you know! This is a slap in the face to a patient population of 2326! And to top it off it Homogenized. Yup pre ground!!!

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    We been waiting a long time for this…now we get garbage strains and a crazy price. I can get good med grade flowers thats been tested better than what we are offered at a cheaper price…so why would i spend more money on crap product that homoginized….it dont take a rocket scientist to know i will not purchase this bs

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    So disappointed on so many levels . 1. the CT. product from Theraplant was ground down to almost a power ,and in my opinion it could not have really contained the levels of thc or cbd as is was advertised !, perhaps the test flower did in its mint original shape , but not after it was grinded , handled , packaged in the manner that it was , No Way .
    2. There was No taste , No flavor, or poor taste at best and looked as if it may have even had leaf
    3. Joint tracked and smoked poorly because of the grind . . 4. No grow date on product , but all three strains from Theraplant seemed stale and old , certainly not fresh. again due to grind 5 and all this from a state run production facility , and a state run agency .
    and lastly . if price is going to be considered , it is an outright ripoff , at least 100% overpriced and for a product of the very lowest quality .. Let your voice be heard .

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    We do not get “Bud’s” we get ground up stale dust.

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    The state of Ct set it’s program set-up for failure!
    1st price gouging, (more than double Oregon) black market prices much better, and I buy higher end bud.

    2nd an inferior product, state had to get their fingers in the bud. If I am expected to pay more I would like to continue to get fresh product and higher (at least equal) grade bud than I can buy from the corner.

    3rd local dealers have been willing to negotiate prices, between local dealers, I am sure (now there is no need) that if dispensary prices were reasonable my guy would under price them! Using my guy I can get at least another 1/4 (7grams) for every ounce purchased from state, and still go to McDonalds for diner? How is that even right?

    4th why are they breaking it up? It gets stale and well guys we can’t really trust our government isn’t doing something else to our meds.

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    This is depressing news. I have my appointment set up for tomorrow at d&b wellness in bethel but I have faith that they will have better product than what has been discussed in these comments. I agree the prices are outrageous but I have no problem paying more for high quality.

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    The high prices is an attempt to limit sales . They can’t understand it doesn’t work that way it just encourages a black market. They’ll make more money through volume sales and encourage people to use the dispensaries . Instead of over charging and driving people away. Sort of the Chris Christie method of disable a system from the start then point to how no ones using it as valid point.

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      yea but they cant say that when they know we go to road island. ct buys most of ri stock. hell ri caregivers sells zips for 300 and they are supper expensive, they have wax to

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      It’s such a shame how many people don’t understand the process that’s happening in CT. The state has developed a very smart program. It is based on the federal and state drug classification. Marijuana is a class 1 FEDERAL narcotic (like heroin or LSD-an obvious fallacy) while CT (state level) has made it a class 2 narcotic (totally legal, more accessible, won’t lose your career, etc). That’s how drugs work. They move up or down by one class at a time. Vicodin just went up a class from a class 3 narcotic to a 2 (tougher to get). When marijuana is a CLASS 2 FEDERAL narcotic- this will be a memory!!!! And the program is easier in many ways for marijuana than other class 2 drugs (like Adderall or Percocet). People need to petition their Congress representatives. There are very few that support the reclassification of marijuana and that’s the biggest problem we’ve got!!!
      This program is in it’s infancy. There is only ONE grower that has product on the market. There is nobody yet competing against them. It’s a fantastic position for them to be in, BUT there are 3 more growers that have to bring product onto the market. That’s a lot more selection which drives prices down. We need to let this play out. There is NO limit in sales, just available product. PLEASE, educate yourselves on the program. It is working for a lot of very sick (often elderly) patients that would otherwise not have access to marijuana. Support!!!

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        Sorry only been working in and around medical cannabis since 1996. Relying on 3 or 4 growers even from the start is a bottle neck. Having just 1 is almost pointless. Problem is strain diversity. Not every grower will be successful with every strain. No single strain can address the needs of every patient. Any medical cannabis patient will tell you he didn’t go in buy a strain and bang it worked. Most will tell you that they had to try many strain till they found the right ones to address their medical conditions . With the emphasizes many strains. Frequently they have different strains for different situations and times of day.

        This was the lost post it showed up later. made some corrections and left it up. take care lol

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        Did a reply got lost or some such likely appear after I post this. Hate having a seizure mid post I’m a TBI survivor with some where around 15 or 20 major issues from blackouts to not being able to talk or type. bear with me. I think I was in last post trying to state that the need for many strains can’t be over stressed. I can tell you from experience the strain from one grower will not always equal to same strain from another. So often many just think cannabis is marijuana. Ones medicine the others street sales. The moving down the schedule class not likely to happen hopefully. It will tear down all current medical systems and end recreational status in several states if it went to class 2. No state can legally by federal standards reduce it’s class. Like I stated in my lost post have 18 years experience medical cannabis legally per say if such a thing existed. I understand your states new and trying to make it look as transparent as possible but over regulation can hobble the system to the point of stalling. My city doesn’t allow dispensaries but a deliver coop is in place with 4 locations to call. They work with the grower just this city alone has last count 47 growers to maintain a wide selection of strains. Most of the growers are small scale easier to keep secure. Most only working with a few strains. our coops try to vary their selections from one another each using different suppliers all together with near by cities and counties literally 200 strains available. Many think that’s over kill but other will tell you it’s barely enough. Cannabis strains are best described as in many cases completely different with the combinations of cannabinoids as aspirin to gabapentin . What I was pointing out is your states treating it like marijuana the street drug. Not cannabis the medication. No 4 or 5 or 10 or 15 growers will not likely meet the demand of strain diversity. Once they get too large regardless of what deals your state thinks it has with the DEA they will come knocking. Even if they don’t to many eggs in one basket causes more issues than smaller growers spread out over wider areas. Sorry for rambling brain injury fact is I’m not suppose even be alive.

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    So the quality isn’t even good? Supposedly they have a strain with 22.5 % thc called “dawg’s waltz” which is a decent thc level but from what I hear you guys aren’t even getting high from it?

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    Just picked up 5gs of “ms universe” looks decent not as ground up as the “Des tar” but both are 15% thc which is low compared to the 22.5% “dawgs waltz” which they ran out of the first day. I paid 100 for 5 gs that’s crazy IMO. Hopefully next week will bring better strains. Lovely staff over at d&b wellness though I must say.

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      wow. i don’t care how good it is i would NEVER pay those prices because I can’t afford that and my insurance doesn’t cover cannabis. the black market can be as cheap as $400 for a quarter pound in my area.

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        I totally agree with you man it’s rough. It doesn’t make sense that the sick should be paying almost double the street value when we already pay to be able to medicate legally by purchasing a card. I was told prices will drop soon and hopefully that is true.

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    UPDATE: so I sampled the “ms universe” strain last night and I must say it exceeded my expectations. The bottle wasn’t ground up into dust like people are saying. It contained quite a bit of little nugs with some nice traces of purple. It wasn’t stale like most people are saying as well. It didn’t crumble to the touch and broke up quite nicely. The medical effects were great and I didn’t use much at all. D&B Wellness will be my place of business from now because of their extremely welcoming staff and quality product so far.

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  15.  

    Can anyone clarify this for me? Maine and Rhode Island accept cards from other states…Do we need an additional doctor’s note on top of having the card? Does anyone know the prices?

  16.  

    What in the flying fuck are these prices? bring this sit down. $11 a gram is where shit needs to be

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    Well… like a fool with his money, I went back to try the new strain #4 and the “med tabs” from Theraplant with the hope that my first experience was a fluke .
    It Was Not ! !!
    The “med tabs” are a joke also . and yes I did find , a so called “nugs” in my pile of shit . the size of half a pencil eraser !
    To those who consider this as something to be pleased about , I say those folks have never seen , CA or COLO , or AZ ,or anywhere for that matter , and if you cant get there…. pick up a copy of high times and see what your missing ..!!
    Ct is selling shake. Its about as simple as that . It all overpriced , It all bullshit , and I really cant say much else.. except stay away and maybe supply and demand will win out … one day … good luck all

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      Same here dude I went and got the hybrid strain with supposedly a higher level of thc and it was worse than my original experience. Also it looked no where near 5 grams but I didn’t have a scale to confirm. I’ve spent over 300$ total and I’m feel like such an ass now. 318$ for 15g that’s crazy.

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        Were you not the same person that said the products “exceeded your expectations” ???? In any case
        As long as we continue to buy at these prices , they will continue to sell it to us at theses prices .. period
        But I will bet you that if all 2000 plus patients WALKED INTO their dispensaries , looked around .. and then said .. Thank You , But the prices do not support these this quality of product , AND THEN WALKED OUT .
        I will bet you in 8 weeks , prices will go down …
        BUT as long as they grind it ,,, they will always have crap . just a matter of price

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    bottom line last thought , I am Very Happy that we now have dispensaries !!! ,It has been a long time coming . and if we can not have the state change the grind up rule , then we can change the pricing . I do believe that in the long term , it will resolve itself , as the other 20 or so states have started the ball rolling , and CT will see that if money is an issue ( i’m guessing yes ) then everyone in CT will be a winner, as I for one would be happy to pay , the average price ,or higher ,If I was able to walk down to my local store , 6 days a week , and have 1.. a safe environment, 2 a large selection.of many different stains ,3. in full flower format, 4. at all price points .beginning at 1 gm 5. along with hash oils etc, . and I feel hopeful that if we write and contact the state and convey to the dispensaries , they are must also contact the state , because we are all in this new program together ( financially speaking ). that It should all work its self out within the next few years . Until then… I will use the dispensaries as a last resort ,And I have decided to try and be happy , that this is a starting point…
    that at least now , I have an option .

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    I can deal with the prices, but not destroying the product. Quite the travesty.

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      yes , we are the laughing stock for all the other mmj states. It is a shame. We are paying at least twice the price for what its worth.
      ( and its not worth much )
      If we could only get the same great products as say a CA or COLO , I would pay whatever the market dictated !

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