Connecticut officials officially started accepting applications for adult-use cannabis business licenses Feb. 3.

The State Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is taking applications for retail and social equity cultivation licenses, defined as those in disproportionately impacted areas, according to a report.

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The department is expected to hold a lottery to issue the licenses.

“There are several pathways in which people can apply for these licenses,” Andrea Comer, DCP Deputy Commissioner and chair of the Social Equity Council, told “Some will be applied directly to the lottery. Others will be applying directly to open a cannabis establishment.”

Applications for micro-cultivators, delivery services and product manufacturers will be available in the coming weeks, reported.

Connecticut became the 19th state to legalize adult-use cannabis when Gov. Ned Lamont signed a legalization bill into law in June 2021.

Under the law, adults 21 years and older may possess up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis flower or an equivalent amount of concentrate in public, and up to 5 ounces in their homes, beginning July 1, 2021.

Commercial adult-use cannabis sales could launch as soon as this spring.