Connecticut\u2019s medical marijuana program has seen significant growth over the past year and the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is requesting applications for additional medical marijuana dispensary facilities to serve the state. The request for applications (RFA) can be found on the department\u2019s website at www.ct.gov\/dcp\/mmp. The application deadline is Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. \u201cAs public awareness about the safety and quality of Connecticut-grown medical marijuana increases, we are seeing steady growth in physician and patient acceptance of the program,\u201d said DCP Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris. Harris said Connecticut \u201cwas the first state to adopt a true pharmaceutical model for its medical marijuana program; as a result, Connecticut patients are able to purchase safe, pharmaceutical-grade products from pharmacists at licensed dispensary facilities in this state.\u201d More registered patients in program Since last fall, when dispensaries first began selling medical marijuana, the number of patients registered in the program has more than doubled, according to Harris. Specifically, the number of registered patients rose from 1,683 in September 2014 to 4,097 as of this month. \u201cAs a result, additional dispensary facilities are needed, particularly in Fairfield and New Haven counties,\u201d Harris said. Currently there are six dispensary facilities and four producers serving medical marijuana patients in Connecticut. The department plans to award up to three dispensary facility licenses through this round of applications, and reserves the right to award more licenses if it concludes additional dispensaries are desirable. Awarded in competitive process If more licenses are not awarded during this RFA round, the DCP expects to issue an application request for additional facilities in other counties in the future, if the program\u2019s success continues. Dispensary facility licenses will be awarded on a competitive basis based on the RFA responses. All questions about the application or application process must be communicated by email only to email@example.com with the subject line \u201cMedical Marijuana RFA Question.\u201d Responses will be posted on the department\u2019s website.