Conn. marijuana firm allowed to keep state license

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's consumer protection commissioner is allowing one of four medical marijuana producers to keep its license despite recently learning that its former production manager had previously lost a local license to run a marijuana facility in Colorado.

In a letter released Friday to David Lipton, the CEO of Advanced Grow Labs LLC, William Rubenstein (ROO'-bin-shtyn) said the agency determined after a "factual review" that the company's principals were "equally misled" by John J. Czarkowski.

Rubenstein contends the company had conducted a thorough background check on Czarkowski, who did not disclose to state officials that he and his wife were forced to shut down their Boulder, Colo., medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation facility in 2012 due to numerous violations.

Rubenstein credited Advance Grow Labs with immediately severing its ties with Czarkowski.

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