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:
|Bloomfield Industries Inc.||Manufacturing||Queens|
|Columbia Care NY LLC||Manufacturing||Monroe|
|Empire State Health Solutions
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.