State Allows Marijuana Growers In West Haven, Portland, Simsbury, Watertown

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File photo of a fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year’s day in Northglenn, Colorado

A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year’s day in Northglenn, Colorado, in this December 31, 2013 file photo. (REUTERS)

By William Weir, Hartford Courant

WEST HAVEN — The state has approved applications for medical-marijuana farms in West Haven, Portland, Simsbury and Watertown.

The four companies to win licenses are:

— Advanced Grow Labs LLC, for facility in West Haven.

— Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solution LLC, in Portland

— Curaleaf LLC, in Simsbury

— Theraplant LLC, in Watertown

Sixteen companies had applied for a producer’s license.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein announced the selection Tuesday morning at 400 Frontage Road in West Haven, the site of the Advanced Grow Labs proposal.

The state Department of Consumer Protection, which runs the program, expects to award licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries by April.

Also Tuesday, the department released the latest numbers on the Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program.

Patients certified: 1,684

Breakdown by county: Fairfield, 424; Hartford, 321; Litchfield, 108; Middlesex, 87; New Haven, 514; New London, 118; Tolland, 46; Windham, 66.

Applicants for dispensary: 27

Applicants for producer: 16

In 2012, the state legislature voted to legalize marijuana use for patients who get a physician’s certificate of need.

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