The state has released the business names of the 16 applicants and their financial backers who were selected to be among the first to grow cannabis in Connecticut.
The applicants hail from Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, Manchester, Middletown, Southington, Stamford and Waterbury, but can choose to operate their grow facilities in any disproportionately impacted area in the state, which tend to be urban and low-income, and were identified based on past cannabis convictions and unemployment rates.
The state’s Social Equity Council gave initial approval to the 16 applicants last week. The applicants had to meet income, residency and ownership requirements set by the council in order to qualify for the social equity cultivator licenses. They must now undergo a background check and a review by the state Department of Consumer Protection, which is expected to take several weeks.
“Provisional licenses will be granted once the background checks are complete and selected applicants have submitted the required information and related fees,” DCP Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said in a news release Tuesday. “Licensees will then be able to move forward with setting up their business and applying for a final license.”
The names of the businesses are:
CT Plant Based Compassionate Care LLC