HARTFORD >> While the move to legalize recreational marijuana in Connecticut has hit a speed bump, the medical pot program continues to grow, now topping 18,000 patients.
The number of medical marijuana patients in the state is at 18,071 as of May 5, according to the latest figures from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
There are 4,453 patients in Hartford County; 4,241 in New Haven County; 3,678 in Fairfield County; 1,943 in New London County; 1,114 in Litchfield County; 1,111 in Middlesex County; 872 in Tolland County; and 659 in Windham County.
There are 669 physicians registered to certify medical marijuana patients and nine dispensaries in the state where medical marijuana is available. The dispensaries are located in Hartford, Branford, Waterbury, Bethel, South Windsor, Uncasville, Bristol, and two in Milford.