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The state of Connecticut's cannabis industry from 'Clean Slate' to equity joint ventures

Photos of cannabis plants sit on a retail counter underneath shelves of various cannabis related products at Fine Fettle dispensary in Manchester, Conn.
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Fine Fettle dispensary products on display In Newington, Connecticut October 17, 2022.

This hour on Disrupted, we're taking a look at cannabis in Connecticut after the first month of legal sales. We’ll talk with Ben Zachs and Kennard Ray— equity partners of Fine Fettle in Manchester. Their store is Connecticut's first equity joint venture cannabis dispensary, part of a program that offer economic partnerships to people who have lived in areas disproportionately affected by drug-related convictions and high unemployment. The location opened on February 17th. We'll also hear from Dr. Amanda Reiman of New Frontier Data. She breaks down the latest cannabis sales numbers in the state. Lastly, Helen Caraballo talks about her experience waiting to have her drug-related conviction cleared by the "Clean Slate" law after the implementation of the program was delayed.


  • Ben Zachs: COO of Fine Fettle
  • Kennard Ray: CEO of Fine Fettle in Manchester, founder of Full Citizens Coalition - an organization committed to civic engagement and restoring voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals
  • Dr. Amanda Reiman: Chief Knowledge Officer of New Frontier Data
  • Helen Caraballo: one of the Connecticut residents eligible to have their drug-related convictions automatically expunged when the Clean Slate program is fully implemented

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Wayne Edwards is a freelance producer at Connecticut Public contributing to multi-platform productions, including ‘Disrupted’, ‘Where Art Thou?’, and ‘Cutline in the Community’.<br/><br/>
Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show Disrupted. Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
Emily Charash is a podcast producer for Seasoned and Disrupted. She also produces branded podcasts for museums, cultural institutions, and businesses. Emily grew up in Newtown, Connecticut and loves UCONN women’s basketball!
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Wesleyan University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.
Meg Dalton is the deputy director of storytelling for Connecticut Public where she provides editorial support for the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.