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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Westporter’s Firm Chosen to Grow Medical Marijuana

A business owned by a Westport resident is among four companies announced today as authorized to produce medical marijuana for patients to use in accordance with state law.

David Lipton, CEO of Advanced Grow Labs LLC, said his company will produce marijuana at a facility in West Haven. It is where a news conference announcing the selected companies was held today by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other officials.

Lipton said his team was applying to run a dispensary as well. He said the building has 12,000 square feet of unused space that will be used to grow marijuana.

The business will initially provide around 15 jobs and occupy and clean up a property that has been vacant for six years, the company told West Haven officials.

“It’s just a very safe environment to work in and my partners are just very happy,” Lipton said. He said he and his partners would be investing “at least a few million dollars in investment and capital” in a “controlled agricultural environment.”

Other approved locations for medical marijuana manufacturing were Portland, Simsbury, and Watertown. The companies selected were chosen from a pool of 16 applicants.

The selection of four companies to grow marijuana is a key step in the development of the state’s medical marijuana program, created after a law passed in 2012 allowing people with certain debilitating medical conditions to use the drug.

The selection process for dispensaries to sell medical marijuana is underway and three to five are expected to be chosen in the next two months, according to the Department of Consumer Protection. There are 27 applicants.

CImirror.org contributed reporting.

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