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16 Social Equity Applicants move on in chance for cannabis Cultivator license

The Department of Consumer Protection has identified 16 Social Equity Applicants to proceed with the next steps in the application review process for Cultivators located in a Disproportionately Impacted Area.

They were approved by the Social Equity Council for meeting the requirements approved by the General Assembly to qualify for the DIA Cultivator license type, which is only available to Social Equity applicants.

Commissioner Michelle Seagull says her agency will review background checks for those applicants who received a vote of approval from the Council. Provisional licenses will be granted once the background checks are complete and selected applicants have submitted the required information and related fees. Licensees will then be able to move forward with setting up their business and applying for a final license.

The 16 applicants and their backers have been asked to submit additional information for the required background check. The background check is conducted by a third-party processing company and DCP’s review of the applications is expected to take several weeks. Once the review is complete, the qualifying applicants will be invited to pay the appropriate fees and move forward with the next phase of licensure, including establishing their business in a DIA for operation.


The DIA Cultivator License included a one-time application period of three months. Applicants for this license type were not subject to a lottery process, and there was no limit to the number of DIA Cultivator applicants the Social Equity Council could approve. The state received 41 applications for the DIA Cultivator license.

The applicants who were approved by the Social Equity Council and have been contacted by the Department of Consumer Protection for next steps are listed below.

CT Plant Based Compassionate Care LLC

Insa CT, LLC

Shangri-La Dispensary

Soulstar CT, LLC

Nova Farms Connecticut LLC

The Flower House LLC


The Yard Connecticut LLC

Quinnipiac Valley Growth Partners, LLC

Impact Initiatives LLC


Connecticut Cultivation Solutions, LLC

FRC Holdings LLC

River Growers CT LLC

Connecticut Social Equity, LLC

The Cannabis Garden LLC

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