Conn. sees $2 million in cannabis sales within the first week of sales

Over $2 million in recreational cannabis has been sold in Connecticut within the first week of business.
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 6:14 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 11:26 PM EST
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Conn. (WFSB) - Over $2 million in recreational cannabis has been sold in Connecticut within the first week of business.

Dispensaries started selling recreational marijuana on January 10.

The Department of Consumer Protection, which regulates the adult-use cannabis industry, released the gross sales on Wednesday.

The highest day was the first day with over $350,000 reported. The slowest days earned a little over $150,000.

Sales reported by the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)
Sales reported by the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP)(DCP)

“More monetary gains from something as simple as low recreational weed, what’s the harm?,” said Ian Andino, a customer at Fine Fettle dispensary in Newington.

Ian has been coming to Fine Fettle for the past few years as a medical patient and leukemia survivor.

“For years its always been illegal so it’s refreshing to see the state finally open their arms and give it a chance. The turnout has been nothing but beautiful,” Ian said.

Over the last week he has seen more and more people show up.

“I been waiting for this for a long time, adult use. I think the revenue we are seeing is great for the state, for the towns that are in,” said Dennis So, Fine Fettle General Manager.

Dennis says these numbers are exciting but wonders about how much was raised in adult use taxes. The state pointed out the data released tonight do not include that money.

“There’s a state tax, a local tax and a tax based on potency for the product. So depending on how strong the products are there could be a higher or lower tax attached to it,” said Dennis.

Dennis hopes the momentum continues into the summer.

Cannabis was approved for adult use back in June of 2021.