The CT Post reports..
HARTFORD — In the first case of its kind since the state’s medical-marijuana program was approved by lawmakers five years ago, a North Branford man who owns the cannabis growing facility in Eastern Connecticut is facing charges of illegally diverting and distributing it in the company parking lot.
Andrew M. Bozzuto, 54, who is listed in state incorporation documents as the principal owner of Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions in Portland, has a court date Dec. 5 in Middlesex Superior Court on a variety of drug-related charges.
The judicial file is under seal, a routine procedure in cases of first-time offenders seeking pretrial diversion.
The case dates back to June 29, when the state Department of Consumer Protection, which runs and regulates the medical-cannabis program, received an anonymous tip that Bozzuto had taken marijuana from the facility — where thousands of plants are grown to maturity and harvested, dried and prepared for market — and given a quantity to another employee in the parking lot of the Portland operation, across the Connecticut River from Middletown.
“Our Drug Control Division acted incredibly quickly as soon as this incident was reported to us, and Mr. Bozzuto’s attorney confirmed within a day that Mr. Bozzuto would no longer be on premises at the facility,” Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said Wednesday.