When Jerry Farrell Jr. was the state’s Department of Consumer Protection commissioner, he was responsible for ensuring that drug companies followed state laws governing the safety of their products.

Farrell is putting that regulatory background to work in a new venture, by leading a group of investors who have applied to operate a medical marijuana manufacturing facility in Meriden. Farrell, a lawyer who was the consumer protection chief from 2006 to 2011, believes his group has an edge over the more than 20 other entities who submitted applications with the state earlier this month to run to grow and sell medical marijuana.

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