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Research Renaissance
CT Pharma grows cannabis for an FDA-approved study at its facility in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Courtesy Photo
RAW
onnecticut-based CT Pharma,
one of the four original
companies to receive medical
cannabis cultivation licenses in the
state, made headlines in 2019, when
it became the first state-licensed
operator approved by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration to grow cannabis
to be used in an FDA-approved study.
Until then, the cannabis flower and oil
used in FDA-approved studies had been
grown at the University of Mississippi
(the sole federally approved grower
in the United States until recently),
produced synthetically or imported.
46 Julu 2022 | MJBizMagazine
State-licensed cultivator awarded federal
approval to provide cannabis for research
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CT Pharma is collaborating with the
Yale University School of Medicine on
the study, which explores the efficacy
of cannabis-derived tablets to treat
stress and pain. Tablets are made from
cannabis flower produced at the firm's
facilities in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
" The fact that we're using material
from plants grown within a medical
program at a state level (for a federally
approved study), that's what makes
it unique, " said Rino Ferrarese,
CT Pharma's president as well as
executive vice president of the north
region for Illinois-based Verano
By Omar Sacirbey
Holdings. A Chicago-based multistate
operator, Verano acquired CT Pharma
in late 2021.
When interviewed by MJBizMagazine
in early 2020, Ferrarese predicted
that the study would result in an
FDA-approved tablet that would be
on the market by 2025. The COVID-19
pandemic greatly delayed the study,
but researchers finished the first
phase and are now recruiting subjects
for the second.
Asked whether he still believes CT
Pharma could have an FDA-approved
cannabis-based pain reliever on

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