Connecticut's new medical marijuana program cleared the last major hurdle yesterday when the program's regulations won approval in a key vote that allows the state to move forward with licensing growers and sellers of medical marijuana.

William Rubenstein, consumer protection commissioner, said his department will file the regulations with the secretary of the state by next Tuesday. Within two weeks, he said, the department will begin accepting applications for producers and dispensaries.

The state is expected to award licenses to between three and 10 producers by the beginning go the new year. Rubenstein said that the current plan is to have between three and five medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, but that might change based on demand. As of Tuesday 881 patients have been certified by their physicians for medical marijuana use.