Lasa Extract is a Suffield-based CBD extraction business established by former jai alai player, arborist and woodworking-aficionado Rick Sotil and his wife Valentina. Located in a repurposed tobacco factory, Lasa Extract is one of only a small number of hemp oil manufacturers currently operating in Connecticut.
The company is capitalizing on the state’s emerging medical marijuana and hemp programs and focused on using a unique extraction process to produce the highest-quality CBD products on the market.
Connecticut legalized the sale of hemp products in May 2019 and in October Gov. Ned Lamont visited Lasa’s factory where he signed a bill updating state law to keep Connecticut hemp producers in compliance with federal requirements.
Lasa means “calm down” in Basque, and is the nickname under which Rick played jai alai.