By SUSAN HAIGH,  Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection commissioner says licenses won’t be granted to businesses involved in the state’s new medical marijuana program if the applicants don’t have approvals from the local communities where they want to locate.

William Rubenstein said Thursday the agency considers the views of cities and towns important as it considers applications for marijuana producer and dispensary licenses. The department anticipates granting three producer licenses and three-to-five dispensary licenses by early next year.

Rubenstein held a briefing for municipal leaders, including zoning officials and local police, at the Legislative Office Building.

He stressed the numerous restrictions the state is placing on the producers and dispensaries. Those include limits on how close a facility can be located near places of worship and schools, and restrictions on advertising and signage.
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