Prospective recreational cannabis dispensary seeks downtown Hartford home – Hartford Business Journal

The CEO and founder of a Middletown-based homecare and behavioral health provider is leading a group seeking to open a recreational cannabis dispensary in downtown Hartford.

Derrick Gibbs, CEO of Change Incorporated, is part of a group seeking the city’s permission for a special permit to operate an adult-use cannabis retail store at 89 Arch St., formerly anchored by Blind Pig Pizza Co.

Gibbs and his partners are currently under contract to purchase the 2,500-square-foot building, which was put up for sale at the end of last year after Blind Pig Pizza closed. 

The Planning & Zoning Commission plans to hold a public hearing on the proposal June 14.

In an interview Tuesday morning, Gibbs said his partners in the venture are Hartford residents. He declined to identify them.

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Derrick Gibbs Jr. has a diverse background in sales, but he’s found a niche providing home and behavioral health care to the elderly and mentally ill.

He did say they’re applying for an adult-use cannabis retailer license as social equity applicants, but they won’t need to go through the lottery process, increasing the likelihood their business will get off the ground. 

Adult-use retail applicants can

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