WNY companies passed over for medical marijuana program

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP-Mod.) — Five companies have been picked by New York state health officials to operate the state’s new medical marijuana program when it begins next year.

The organizations announced Friday include one led by a Minnesota physician, a business started by a woman who lost her mother to ALS as well as companies that operate dispensaries in at least six states.

Each of the groups chosen by the state will be allowed to operate up to four dispensaries that will be scattered throughout the state. Two such dispensaries will be placed in Western New York. One, operated by Pharmacann LLC, will be located on Northpointe Parkway in Amherst

The five organizations, and the location by county of their intended manufacturing and dispensing sites, are as follows:


Company County
Bloomfield Industries Inc. Manufacturing Queens
Dispensing Nassau
Dispensing New York
Dispensing Onondaga
Dispensing Erie
Columbia Care NY LLC Manufacturing Monroe
Dispensing New York
Dispensing Suffolk
Dispensing Clinton
Dispensing Monroe
Empire State Health Solutions





Manufacturing Fulton
Dispensing Broome
Dispensing Albany
Dispensing Westchester
Dispensing Queens
Etain, LLC Manufacturing Warren
Dispensing Albany
Dispensing Ulster
Dispensing Westchester
Dispensing Onondaga
PharmaCann LLC Manufacturing Orange
Dispensing Erie
Dispensing Onondaga
Dispensing Albany
Dispensing Bronx


Forty-three organizations submitted applications, but no western New York organizations were selected.

Under a law passed last year, the state will have one of the country’s strictest medical marijuana programs. Patients with qualifying conditions like cancer, AIDS or epilepsy will be authorized to obtain only non-smokable versions of the drug.

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