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May 5, 2023

Former New Britain football coach Cochran set to open CT’s first cannabis delivery company

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER A sea of cannabis flowers shown in Curaleaf’s Simsbury grow facility.

Connecticut’s first cannabis delivery company, owned and operated by one of the state’s most high-profile high school football coaches and multistate operator Curaleaf, will begin service later this month after receiving final approvals from the state.

Green Coach Delivery, a cannabis delivery service company founded by eight-time state championship winning high school football coach John “Jack” Cochran, announced this week it plans to begin operations May 25.

The company, listed as Nutmeg Delivery LLC in the state’s business database, is backed as an equity joint venture by Massachusetts-based Curaleaf. In addition to Curaleaf and Cochran, Massachusetts-based Eastbound Collective LLC, founded by former Curaleaf executive Patrik Jonsson in 2022, is listed as a principal.

In March, the state Social Equity Council approved the company’s workforce development plan. Tuesday the council approved its social equity plan, setting the stage for the Green Coach Delivery to begin operations.

The company said it plans to hire 25 employees to serve customers in Hartford County initially before it expands service to Fairfield, New Haven, New London, Windham and Litchfield counties. Customers can view menus and place orders online through Green Coach’s website. The products come from many of the state’s adult-use and medical marijuana dispensaries.

While Curaleaf is expanding cannabis operations in Connecticut, the company left other markets earlier this year. In January Curaleaf announced it was closing a majority of its operations in California, Colorado and Oregon. It announced, at the same time, it was closing one of its two cultivation facilities in Massachusetts.    

Also Tuesday, the Social Equity Council approved social equity status for two other equity joint ventures, Budr Holding 5 LLC and Sweet Spot Stamford LLC. Sweet Spot West Hartford LLC was denied social equity status because the partnering company has already received approvals for two, the maximum number of equity joint ventures allowed.

The council also voted to approve workforce development plans for Nutmeg Killingly JV LLC and Nutmeg Willington JV LLC, two other Curaleaf-backed companies. 

In addition to Green Coach Delivery, the council also voted to approve social equity plans for Budr Holding LLC, Connecticut Social Equity LLC and SFC CT LLC.

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