WEST HAVEN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that the state has chosen its first-ever producers for medical marijuana.

Malloy, joined by Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein, said that they have selected four applicants to produce medical marijuana to help seriously ill patients in the state.

The producers chosen from among the 16 applicants are Advanced Grow Labs LLC  in West Haven,  Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions LLC  in Portland, Curaleaf LLC in Simsbury and Theraplant LLC in Watertown.

“For years, I have heard stories from people considering the palliative use of marijuana to relieve their pain from a debilitating disease or illness, but who want to follow the law. This new law allows a doctor and a patient to decide what is in that patient’s best interest,” Malloy said. “We are carefully implementing this program with a number of safeguards in place to ensure that we avoid some of the problems encountered in other states. But let’s be clear, patients in these circumstances deserve our compassion and understanding, not arrest and criminal records.”

Rubenstein stated that Connecticut is now the first state medical marijuana program that is based on the pharmaceutical and medical model.

“Today we have selected four producers that embrace that clear vision and who will create state-of-the-art production facilities capable of assuring that pharmaceutical-grade marijuana in a variety of dosage forms is available to seriously ill patients whose doctors believe that this medicine is appropriate for them,” Rubenstein said.

The four medical marijuana producers will now need to establish escrow arrangements in the amount of $2 million and pay their annual license fee. They must also be operational within 180 days of licensure.

The state has received 27 applications for dispensary licenses and 16 for producer licenses. Consumer protection says 1,684 patients have been certified to participate in the program.

Under the regulations, the producers will only be allowed to cultivate and manufacture products containing marijuana, selling them for wholesale purposes.

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