Marijuana: Does Connecticut pot pioneer Ethan Ruby really own a Colorado dispensary?
Leaving the safely charted waters of the medical marijuana industry in Colorado for the great unknown -- the nascent MMJ industry in Connecticut -- sounds a little crazy, right?
From Ethan Ruby's Facebook
Well, it would be if you owned a medical marijuana business in Colorado -- which is something Ethan Ruby has reportedly been claiming as he attempts to open a grow facility in Watertown, Connecticut under the business name, Theraplant. But his Colorado roots aren't exactly showing at this point.
Ruby told Waterbury's Republican-American newspaper that "Theraplant has had a growing facility in Denver for 3.5 years, which employed 29 people at its peak." The paper reported that "the Denver plant is ceasing production so he can concentrate on the venture in Connecticut."
But according to the Department of Revenue's Daria Serna, "Ethan Ruby is not in the State's DOR system as owning a dispensary in Colorado."
Could this just be a glitch in the DOR system? After all, we know this kind of thing happens....
The Theraplant logo as seen on a form Ruby submitted to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
Signs point to no. Ruby told the Boston Globe in an article last October that he is planning to create an organic marijuana distribution center to cater to patients like himself -- and nowhere in the article does it mention Ruby currently owning a dispensary.
And Theraplant? As of this time, we could find no proof it ever existed in Colorado. There are a couple of business listings on sites like lookupbear.com and bizapedia.com, that show a business located in Plantsville referencing that name. The listings, however, are not complete and do not give any information regarding the business aside from its address -- 159 Nunzio Drive. Otherwise, the only other listing for "Theraplant" is for a dietary food supplement by Naturex and the flood of news stories that are claiming its existence.
We haven't been able to reach Ruby at this writing; we will update this post if he responds to Westword's interview requests. So for now, all we can do is speculate as to why he would claim ownership of a business that appears not to exist.
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