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February 7, 2023

First social equity cannabis retailer opening next month

HBJ FILE PHOTO Branded merchandise sold at medical marijuana dispensary Fine Fettle in Newington.

Connecticut’s first social equity cannabis dispensary is set to open next month, following state approval. 

Fine Fettle, a Connecticut-based cannabis company with three retail stores in the state, will open Fine Fettle Manchester, on Feb. 17. The company’s new recreational dispensary at 91 Hale Road will be the state’s first social equity joint venture to open.

The Social Equity Council on Tuesday approved Fine Fettle’s social equity plan, which was the final hurdle before the store could open. Hartford resident and social equity partner Kennard Ray is CEO of Fine Fettle Manchester, and the company hopes to open up five more stores in collaboration with Ray.

The new shop will be Fine Fettle’s fourth location in the state, with the others located in Newington, Willimantic and Stamford. Those three are hybrid dispensaries, meaning they serve both medical patients and adult-use customers. The Manchester location will sell to only adult-use customers.

In addition to Manchester, Fine Fettle has been pursuing an equity joint venture adult-use dispensary in Old Saybrook. The town gave zoning approval for that project earlier this week.

Fine Fettle also recently received unanimous approval in Bloomfield to build a nearly 46,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation and production facility, which will be the company’s disproportionately impacted area grow business also run by Ray.

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