ntrepreneur David Muller hadn’t even heard of the 120-acre vacant Windsor prison property seven weeks ago. Now he is promoting a plan to lease it from the state and invest $1.5 million in a laboratory to conduct testing in the fast-growing hemp and CBD industry.
Muller, a resident of Boston and Woodstock who has founded several medical device companies, is making the rounds of Statehouse committees this month in a bid to educate lawmakers about his proposal, which includes a hemp-growing cooperative and CBD processing operation based in Windsor.
The prison site, which includes 27 structures with a collective 86,248 square feet, has been empty since late 2017. State Sen. Robert Starr, D-EssexOrleans, said the state is spending close to $6,000 a week to maintain it.