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Middletown's Greenbelt Hopes to Secure 1 of 3 Medical Marijuana Licenses

The Fairfield-based firm has applied to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection to become a licensed producer of palliative marijuana.

Fairfield-based Greenbelt Management is hoping to become one of three medical marijuana producers granted a license from the state of Connecticut and set up shop in a North End factory owned by the city of Middletown.
Fairfield-based Greenbelt Management is hoping to become one of three medical marijuana producers granted a license from the state of Connecticut and set up shop in a North End factory owned by the city of Middletown.

Greenbelt Management today announced its application submission to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection to become a licensed producer of medical marijuana. 

“We are proud of our application to the Department and of the team of professionals we have assembled to meet the needs of Connecticut’s patients,” said Jason Nickerson, president of the Fairfield-based company that hopes to set up shop in Middletown's Remington Rand factory. 

“If we are fortunate enough to be selected, we have the experience, the resources and the track record necessary to successfully begin production and meet all of the department’s deadlines,” Nickerson said. 

Greenbelt is hoping to become one of three medical marijuana producers granted a license from the state and open in a North End factory owned by the city of Middletown.

The company was founded in 2012 by brothers Jason and Matthew Nickerson, New Hartford natives. Greenbelt was established to develop a highly efficient medical marijuana production facility.

In August, Middletown's common council became the second municipality in Connecticut to green-light a lease for the palliative marijuana 15,000-square-foot grow house at 180 Johnson St., contingent on the firm being awarded licensure.

According to Greenbelt, its application reflects a attributes it says makes the company well-positioned to serve the medical marijuana market in Connecticut, including being entirely self-funded by its principals.

Jason Nickerson is director of Development for Torrington-based C.H. Nickerson and Company, Inc., a general and environmental contracting firm established in 1939. 

Company partner Denver Relief Consulting is the consulting arm of the second oldest and one of the largest production and dispensary operations in Colorado, according to Greenbelt, and offers expertise in cultivation, management, security and other medical marijuana industry services. 

“Success in the construction field often boils down to meeting specifications and hitting deadlines,” said Nickerson. “I am proud of my background with a Connecticut general contracting firm that has decades of solid performance in both of these respects.  

"Connecticut’s medical marijuana market is only going to be launched once, and we know we can get it right,” Nickerson says.

Kayvan Khalatbari, principal at Denver Relief Consulting, says his company has participated in the launch of medical marijuana markets in Vermont, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

Marijuana edibles could also be in the future for North End bakery NoRA Cupcake Co., as Greenbelt is looking into the possibility of collaborating with them to create medical cannabis-infused treats.

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