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ALBANY – Five organizations were picked Friday to be manufacture and dispense medical marijuana — including a manufacturing facility in Rochester and a dispensary in Ulster County and two in Westchester County.
The announcement comes as the state plans to make medical marijuana available for severely ill people, particularly children, by January. There will also be a dispensary in Broome County, as well as two in Erie County.
“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone in the implementation of New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program and keeps us on track to have the program up and running within 18 months of passage of the Compassionate Care Act,” health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement.
Each of the five winners can have one manufacturing facility and four dispensaries. There were 43 applicants.
The winners include Bloomfield Industries Inc. — which will manufacture the marijuana in Queens and have dispensaries in Nassau, Manhattan, Onondaga and Erie counties.
Columbia Care NY LLC will manufacture at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, pledging 250 jobs in Rochester and the surrounding region. The company plans dispensaries in Monroe County, as well as Manhattan and Suffolk and Clinton counties.
Empire State Health Solutions plans to operate in Fulton County outside the Albany area, with dispensaries in Broome, Albany and Westchester counties, as well as Queens.
Etain, LLC won a license to manufacture in Warren County in the North Country and have dispensaries in Albany, Ulster, Westchester and Onondaga counties
PharmaCann LLC, would operate in Orange County with dispensaries in Erie, Onondaga, Albany and the Bronx counties.
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, Broome County, said she was pleased the region received a dispensary but was disappointed that Salus Scientific wasn’t selected as a site for a marijuana manufacturer in Johnson City.
“I am happy to learn that a medical marijuana dispensary will be located in Broome County,” she said in a statement. “Patients with prescriptions from their doctors will receive relief for a variety of medical conditions. Unfortunately, we did not receive a license to grow medical marijuana in Johnson City, but I’m optimistic that Salus Scientific will remain committed to helping the area become a manufacturing hub for hemp and its numerous byproducts.”
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