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4 medical marijuana producer licenses granted in Conn.

The first four medical marijuana producer sites in Connecticut have been named.


Governor Dannel Malloy and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein made the announcement in West Haven Tuesday afternoon.  Last summer, the planning and zoning commission approved an application from Advanced Grow Labs in Fairfield to grow medical marijuana in West Haven. 


Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions, LLC will open a facility in Portland, Curaleaf, LLC will open in Simsbury and Theraplant, LLC will open in Watertown.


Officials expect to award licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries by April.  Malloy said 1,684 patients have been certified for the state's medical marijuana program.  424 are from Fairfield County, 108 from Litchfield County and the remaining from the six other counties in the state.  Last year Malloy signed a bill into law allowing licensed physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for adults suffering from certain debilitating medical conditions.


Rubenstein says medical marijuana licenses won't be granted to businesses if the applicants don't have approvals from the local communities where they want to locate.  The agency anticipates granting three producer licenses and three-to-five dispensary licenses. 


There were 27 applicants for the state's new dispensary license, including one from D&B Wellness in Monroe, and 16 applicants for the producers' license.  All but one of the producer applicants were from Connecticut. The lone out-of-state applicant, Breakwater Production Facility, listed a New York City address.

In Monroe, a proposal was made for a marijuana production facility at a vacant industrial building.  But the town's planning and zoning officials in September were considering a moratorium on dispensaries as they figure out Connecticut's new state medical marijuana law.

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