AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)- By January, medical marijuana will be dispensed in a corporate park in the Town of Amherst.
Among the five companies chosen by the NY State Health Department to manufacture medical marijuana is Pharmacann out of Chicago, which plans to put one of its dispensaries at 25 Northpointe Parkway, near North French Road.
A Pharmacann spokeswoman tells News 4 the company secured the Amherst location months ago in the hopes they would be chosen to put a dispensary there.
“From the Town perspective, we’re glad that there’s a dispensary that’s gonna be located within the town of Amherst. I think that’s a credit, not only to the community that we are, but our great police presence. I think the security measures that are gonna be part of this dispensary are pretty high level.” said Guy Marlette, Deputy Town Supervisor of Amherst.
By January, medical marijuana will be available across the state for those who qualify. “Cancer patients, ones that have extreme seizures, as a parent and a grand parents, I think that anything that helps along to soothe the symptoms is great news.” said Marlette.
Erie County is expected to get one other dispensary, but the exact location is unknown. Friday’s announcement by the NY State Health Department wasn’t as good for Niagara County.
“We needed something like that here” said Lewiston Town Supervisor Dennis Brochey. He doesn’t understand why the local company H2Gro was not chosen to grow medical marijuana. The huge 12 acre greenhouse could’ve been converted to grow medical marijuana by the January deadline.\
“They should’ve been right up there on top. I’ve been to their site two times and they do a remarkable job. It’s a gigantic place.” said Brochey. “And I understand that it cost them over a million dollars for all the planning and effort they tried to put forth on this project.”
Here is the list of companies who were chosen, and where they will either manufacture or dispense the drug.
|Bloomfield Industries Inc.||Manufacturing||Queens|
|Columbia Care NY LLC||Manufacturing||Monroe|
|Empire State Health Solutions||Manufacturing||Fulton|