June 19, 2018

Simsbury pot growers to sprout new facility

PHOTO | Curaleaf
PHOTO | Curaleaf
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A Simsbury-based medical marijuana producer is growing its operations at a new facility in town.

Curaleaf LLC, one of the state's four licensed cannabis growers, received a special exception from Simsbury's Planning and Zoning Commission Monday to move into a production facility at 34 Hopmeadow St., a planned area development. The commission voted 5-1.

Under the plans, Curaleaf will leave its 40,000-square-foot facility on Grist Mill Road and begin renovations this year at Hopmeadow Street for a targeted opening sometime in 2019, town officials said.

The company must seek local building permits and approval from the state Department of Consumer Protection before its transition, officials said.

"As the demand for medical cannabis in the state has grown, we have identified a larger processing facility in the same town that will allow us to expand our capacity," Curaleaf President Greg Schaan said. "We look forward to continuing to grow the Curaleaf business in Simsbury so we can better serve patients in Connecticut."

Curaleaf plans to renovate the interior of the production facility, previously housing Connecticut Light & Power, now Eversource Energy. Curaleaf will occupy 33.8 acres of the 60-acre lot on Hopmeadow Street.

The company began shipping medicine produced from cannabis in Oct. 2014, providing an assortment of edibles, extracted oils, vaporizer cartridges, capsules and concentrates, among others.

Curaleaf distributes cannabis products to nine dispensaries located in Hartford, Waterbury, South Windsor, Bristol, Milford, Uncasville, Bethel and Branford, according to its website.

The state's other pot growers include Watertown's Theraplant, CT Pharmaceutical Solutions in Portland and Advanced Grow Labs in West Haven.

The marijuana legalization debate has escalated recently in Connecticut, especially after Massachusetts and Vermont legalized recreational pot use.

The General Assembly during this year's legislative session did not vote on House Bill 5458, which would have allowed for the growth and sale of recreational marijuana to individuals 21 years or older.

Other bills calling to regulate the legalization of marijuana were also proposed by Democratic state leaders in February.

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