WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Connecticut grown, medical marijuana, is expected to be available for patients by the end of this summer. The state announced four firms will be growing pot at highly secure locations within the next few months.
Thirteen years ago, Ethan Ruby was struck by a car and suffered a severe spinal injury. Various prescription medications caused serious side affects in his home state of Colorado. He got relief from medical marijuana.
“It alleviates my pain enough that I can focus on the other things that I needed to do in my life,” said Ruby.
“This is the best thought out, best laid out plan existing anywhere. We don’t want to duplicate what we think are failures elsewhere and we’re not moving down the road to legalization,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut.
Tuesday, the Governor and the State Consumer Protection Commissioner announced that Ethan and four other applicants have been selected to grow medical marijuana.
Where consistent quality medical grade pot will be grown for patients like Ethan and others.
Ethan’s ‘Theraplant’ facility will be in Watertown other firms will be located in West Haven, Portland and Simsbury.
“We’ve worked hard for the last eighteen months to craft a program that works in the best interests of patients with serious, debilitating conditions,” said Cmrs. Bill Rubenstein, CT Dept. of Consumer Protection.
The commissioner announced Tuesday that more than 1,700 patients, like Ethan, have been certified by their physicians for medical marijuana therapy.
“Feel very fortunate to be in this situation now to be able to help other patients with similar conditions to be able to have access to safe medication,” said Ruby.
“Enable seriously ill patients to take part in the palliative use of marijuana while preventing marijuana from being misused or diverted from its medical purpose,” said Rubenstein.
The growing centers are expected to start producing by the end of this summer.
The state is now in the process of selecting as many as five operators to run medical marijuana dispensary centers throughout the state.