Connecticut’s newest medical marijuana dispensary changed hands Monday in time for its grand opening.
Fine Fettle Dispensary, which began operating a marijuana dispensary in the Willimantic section of Windham in June, announced it acquired the medical marijuna dispensary license from Bhadra Seva LLC, and began sales Monday in the lower level of a commercial building at 2280 Berlin Turnpike. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The deal was recently approved by the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), which oversees the state’s medical marijuana program, company officials said.
Bhadra Seva LLC, led by Pinkal Patel, was one of nine applicants added to the state’s medical marijuana program in Dec. 2018.
The Newington location, just south of the municipal border with Wethersfield, operates under the Fine Fettle brand, a company spokeswoman said Monday. It marks the state’s 15th medical marijuana dispensary.
Fine Fettle CEO Richard T. Carbray said the 4,400-square-foot Newington dispensary has a “professional” environment that offers patients a “true retail experience and learning opportunity… .”
“With this new location in Newington, we will be able to serve an even greater number of patients in Connecticut and offer our unique brand,” said Carbray, who serves as pharmacy commissioner for the state of Connecticut. He also serves as a member of UConn Health’s board of directors and recently completed his four-year term as a member of UConn’s board of trustees.
Newington is one of several towns and cities in Connecticut that amended zoning regulations in recent years to allow marijuana distribution or production facilities.
There are currently 36,640 patients in the state’s medical marijuana program, 1,174 certifying physicians, 15 dispensary facilities and four producers in Connecticut, according to DCP.
Fine Fettle’s second dispensary in Newington is expected to serve patients from Newington, Wethersfield, Berlin, New Britain, Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford, Farmington, Simsbury,