Colorado man wants to build marijuana production plant inside former paint factory in Connecticut

WATERTOWN, Conn. - A Colorado man is proposing to convert a former paint factory in Connecticut into a large-scale marijuana production plant.

Ethan Ruby presented the plans of his company, Theraplant, at a meeting Thursday of the Economic Development Commission in Watertown, Conn.

A year ago, Connecticut adopted legislation to allow medical marijuana. To apply for a license, Theraplant would have to post a $2 million bond which the state would hold for five years.

The Republican-American of Waterbury reports that Ruby said the marijuana would be distributed in unmarked vans to state-licensed dispensaries where the product will be available to patients with a doctor's prescription and a state registration.

Ruby says the company has an extensive security plan that calls for 160 security cameras and guards on the site 24 hours a day.

Ruby says Theraplant has operated a marijuana-growing plant in Denver for more than three years, but it is stopping production so that he can focus on the Connecticut venture.

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