Cannabis MSO Ayr Wellness has announced that Connecticut Cultivation Solutions was granted a provisional Disproportionately Informed Area (DIA) cultivator license in Connecticut. The company is co-owned by attorney Tiana Hercules and Ayr.
Ayr has partnered up with Hercules in order to share its cultivation knowledge, experience and capital access for Connecticut Cultivation Solutions. Ayr is a minority shareholder of the company.
Connecticut Cultivation Solutions is a non-profit organization that aims to help Connecticut’s communities, especially those most affected by the prohibition of cannabis. Ayr and Hercules are partners in a few social justice and equity projects across the state.
Hercules said of the new achievement, “Ayr’s commitment to social justice and social equity initiatives and commitment to the areas where they operate made them the ideal partner to work with. While I previously explored other social equity license opportunities, it became clear once I met Ayr that this partnership would enable me to accomplish my social equity goals. The experience they bring to the table in cultivation and access to capital are crucial to operating in a competitive landscape. I look forward to working with Ayr to build out our cultivation operations and subsequent retail locations in conjunction with this license.”
These initiatives include the support of the Bridge to Morehouse Program, which allows Hartford-based community colleges to seamlessly transfer to Morehouse College in Atlanta. A partnership with UConn School of Law and Capital Community College will allow for a free expungement clinic.
Ayr founder and chairman Jonathan Sandelman added, “Having the opportunity to partner with someone like Tiana is one of the most rewarding parts of working in the cannabis space. We’re grateful to be in a position to support her dream, while also expanding into a new state that seamlessly fits into our operating footprint. We look forward to working with Tiana as we build out the Connecticut footprint together.”