Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection licensed three more medical marijuana dispensaries last week.

Arrow Alternative Care #2 Inc. of Milford, Caring Nature LLC of Waterbury, and Southern CT Wellness and Healing LLC of Milford will join the original six dispensaries in Hartford, Branford, Bethel, South Windsor, Uncasville, and Bristol, in distributing medical marijuana to 8,228 registered patients.

To qualify to receive marijuana, a patient’s physician must certify that they have one of 11 approved conditions and that the potential benefits from the palliative use of medical marijuana are likely to outweigh the risks. 

“With the addition of three new dispensary facilities, the state’s Medical Marijuana Program will be better able to meet the medical needs of the 1941 patients in Fairfield County, and the 2141 patients in New Haven County,” Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said.

The three new dispensaries were chosen from 19 applications. They are expected to begin serving patients by early summer.