Curaleaf Announces New Branding For All Connecticut Dispensary Locations

Curaleaf Brand Coming to Recently Acquired Arrow Alternative Care and Grassroots Dispensaries in GrotonHartfordMilford and Stamford

MASSACHUSETTS: Curaleaf Holdings, Inc., a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the United States, announced new Curaleaf dispensary branding for all of the Company’s recently acquired Arrow Alternative Care and GR Companies, Inc. (“Grassroots”) dispensary locations in Connecticut. Curaleaf is the largest national retail dispensary brand in the U.S., and a premium mainstream cannabis brand available in 23 states as well as across a wide range of innovative products and form factors.

Joseph Lusardi, Chief Executive Officer of Curaleaf, said: “Building on our market leading position in Connecticut, we’re pleased to bring the Curaleaf branding to all four of our local medical cannabis dispensaries in the state. The rebranding of these locations directly aligns with our strategy of building strong, national brands that are renowned for high-quality products, backed by science, that deliver exceptional customer satisfaction.  With our Curaleaf brand in health and wellness, and our Select brand ranked as the #1 cannabis oil brand, we remain focused on providing our products directly to an expanding range of Connecticut patients. Overall, we are extremely proud to be active partners within these local communities and we look forward to building long-lasting relationships with them.”

Curaleaf began cultivating and processing medical cannabis in Connecticut in 2014. Today, Curaleaf is one of four licensed growers in Connecticut and operates a 60,000 square foot cultivation facility in Simsbury that provides high-quality cannabis products to over 9,000 patients statewide through its four dispensaries as well as wholesale channels.

In April of 2020, Curaleaf achieved vertical integration in Connecticut with the completion of its acquisition of Arrows’ dispensaries in Harford, Milford and Stamford, three of the largest Connecticut metro-areas. Under Curaleaf’s branding strategy, all three former Arrow dispensaries have been rebranded as Curaleaf dispensaries. Strategically placed in key metro areas, Arrow established itself as a market leader in Connecticut, operating three out of the 18 total dispensaries in the state. The Hartford dispensary opened in 2016, followed by Milford in 2017 and the Stamford store opening to customers in January of 2020. Additionally, in July of 2020, Curaleaf successfully completed the acquisition of Grassroots, including the Grassroots Herbology dispensary located in Groton, which has also been rebranded as a Curaleaf dispensary.

Curaleaf’s Connecticut dispensaries offers a broad range of flower, extracted oil and edible products manufactured to meet the highest product quality and regulatory compliance standards. Connecticut recently added as a qualifying medical condition Chronic Pain of at least six months duration associated with a specified underlying chronic condition refractory to other treatment intervention, which has the potential to significantly expand the size of the addressable market. In June of 2020, Curaleaf expanded its line of Select brand products into Connecticut with Select Elite Live cartridges available at local medical dispensaries across the state. Select, America’s #1 cannabis oil brand, can be found in 14 states including ArizonaCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutFloridaMarylandMichiganNevadaNew YorkOhioOklahomaOregonMassachusetts, and Maine. As a recognized industry leader, Select is committed to meeting high quality control standards and testing transparency as well as delivering a smooth, flavorful experience with all products formulated with strain-specific terpenes.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Curaleaf dispensaries have been deemed an essential service in many states, including Connecticut. Curaleaf continues to serve patients and customers while implementing heightened safety and hygienic measures including increased cleaning protocols, social distancing, mobile pre-ordering, and curbside pickup for at-risk populations.

For additional information about Curaleaf’s Connecticut dispensaries please visit https://ct.curaleaf.com/

Connecticut: Regulators Expand Qualifying Conditions Eligible For Cannabis Therapy

CONNECTICUT:Patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis, spasticity disorders, and neuropathic facial pain are among those who are now eligible for marijuana therapy following a decision this week by regulators to expand the program’s list of qualifying conditions.

Under the just-announced rules, doctors may for the first time recommend medical cannabis to patients with the following diagnoses: spasticity, severe rheumatoid arthritis, post herpetic neuralgia, hydrocephalus, intractable headache, neuropathic facial pain, muscular dystrophy, and osteogenesis imperfecta (aka broken bone disease). Over 27,000 Connecticut are currently enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program.


For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.

Connecticut House Appropriations Committee Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill

CONNECTICUT: The Joint Committee on Appropriations approved a bill that would legalize and regulate marijuana for adults in Connecticut on Thursday, potentially setting it up for floor consideration before the end of this year’s legislative session.

regulate marijuanaHB 5394, which was introduced by the committee, would task the commissioners of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Consumer Protection and Revenue Services with developing regulations for possession and retail sales of marijuana for adults 21 and older. More details will be added to the bill as it moves forward over the coming weeks.

“This committee vote reiterates what most Connecticut residents already know: it is time to make marijuana legal for adults,” said Becky Dansky, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project. “The discussions that have taken place in the legislature this year have provided more than enough information to effectively move forward with legalization. Connecticut should stop punishing adults for using a substance that is safer than alcohol, and it has an opportunity to regulate marijuana before it starts losing tax revenue to other states in the region that have already started this process.”

There are nine states that have made marijuana legal for adults, as well as the District of Columbia. Neighboring Massachusetts is in the process of implementing its regulated marijuana market, and in nearby New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has made legalizing and regulating marijuana a priority this year.

poll conducted by Sacred Heart University in October 2017 showed that 71% of Connecticut residents support regulating and taxing marijuana for adults.

 

Connecticut Cops Told To Prepare For Legal Recreational Marijuana

CONNECTICUT: — Robert Ticer is no fan of legalized recreational marijuana.

And the Avon, Colo., police chief said Thursday that more pot in Connecticut’s future would increase challenges for cops on this state’s roads.

“It’s mind-boggling,” he said of marijuana’s spread through Colorado, speaking at the Webster Bank Arena as part of a traffic safety summit. “It’s crazy.”

Full legalization was approved as a Colorado constitutional amendment in 2013, and there are now 505 medical dispensaries and 322 retail stores selling recreational cannabis — outnumbering the 405 Starbucks stores and 227 McDonald’s — Ticer said.

Connecticut Gets 19 Proposals For New Dispensaries

CONNECTICUT: Off of news that the state would be adding as many as three new medical cannabis dispensaries, 19 different groups have submitted proposals to be part of the potential expansion.

No details on who the applicants are or where the proposed dispensaries would be located have been released.

Many speculate they will be located in the more populated New Haven and Fairfield counties. Combined, the two counties account for over 50% of the state’s patient medical cannabis registrations, but only 2 of the 6 currently operating dispensaries are located there.

“We think we had a great response,” Jonathan Harris, the department’s commissioner, said. “We have a healthy pool from which to do our analysis and make an appropriate selection of up to three.”

Feds Should Legalize Hemp Farming, Too

CONNECTICUT:  Federal authorities are way behind the bush on dealing with hemp, but an increasing number of states, now including Connecticut, have it right.

The General Assembly passed a bill this spring that legalizes industrial hemp. Hemp can now be grown, used and sold here. This is good news, because hemp is a remarkably versatile agricultural product, but it comes with a major caveat — it is still illegal under federal law. Should an enterprising Connecticut farmer plant a field of industrial hemp, federal agents could swoop in and pull up the (harmless) plants.

This is idiotic. Industrial hemp should be legal, period.

Hemp has been grown for centuries. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew it; it is one of mankind’s oldest cultivated crops. It has thousands of uses, from food, clothing and paper to body oil, horse bedding and biomass energy.

New Connecticut Law In Effect July 1 Legalizes Hemp Farming: 1st Step To Nullify Federal Ban In Practice

CONNECTICUT:  July 1 a new law takes effect removing the ban on industrial hemp farming in Connecticut, setting the stage to nullify in practice the federal prohibition on the same.

Introduced by State Reps. Melissa Ziobron (R-34) and Aundré Bumgardner (R-41), House Bill 5780 (HB5780) opens the door for a full-scale commercial hemp market in the state by treating it as any other crop for farming. It passed the House by a vote of 142-2 on June 2, and passed the Senate by a vote of 36-0 on June 3.  It became law without a signature from Gov. Malloy and goes into effect on Wednesday as Public Act 15-202.

The new law removes any mention of industrial hemp from the part of the criminal code that classifies marijuana as a banned controlled substance. From the official summary of the bill:

This bill legalizes industrial hemp by removing it from the state “marijuana” and “cannabis-type substances” definitions, thereby removing its status as a controlled substance. Thus, the bill allows industrial hemp to be grown, used, and sold under state law [emphasis added]

Medical Marijuana Patient Rolls Grow 13 Percent

CONNECTICUT:  The number of Connecticut residents registered to buy medical marijuana grew 13 percent in the most recent quarter, the state Department of Consumer Protection said Tuesday.

As of June 5, there were 4,097 registered patients, who must have at least one of 17 health conditions to be eligible. That was up from 3,635 on April 15, and 2,326 on Oct. 15, which was shortly after dispensaries began selling product.

New Haven County has 1,113 registered patients, while Fairfield County has 981 and Hartford County has 868.

Medical Marijuana: More Patients, More Products, Low Profile

CONNECTICUT:  Halfway through its first year, the state’s medical marijuana program has about 3,600 registered Connecticut residents, more than doubling from last fall — but still far below 20,000, by one manufacturer’s estimate, who could be served by existing medical marijuana manufacturers and dispensaries.

Manufacturers are shipping a growing number of products to dispensaries. The list started with what could be smoked but has expanded into oils for vaporizers, tinctures, strips that dissolve under the tongue and “edibles” such as cookies and cupcakes.

The state may add more conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana, and it already has eased its restrictions on raw buds. Buds up to the size of a dime can now be sold, a change in the initial requirement that they be ground up to ensure consistency.

 

 

Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Allowing Medical Marijuana For Children

CONNECTICUT:  Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would eliminate the age restriction on medical marijuana.

Several parents and their young children recently testified before lawmakers in Hartford on the need to remove the 18-year-old age restriction, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

The Judiciary Committee is now considering the bill. Rep. William Tong, the panel’s co-chair, said the testimony from some of the children suffering epileptic seizures was heartbreaking.