State Health Department Adds New Organizations to Medical Marijuana Program

  • State Health Department Adds New Organizations to Medical Marijuana Program

State Health Department Adds New Organizations to Medical Marijuana Program

Minnesota's two medical marijuana growers received state approval Wednesday to continue supplying cannabis to patients, even though one was ensnared in a criminal case involving ex-employees who allegedly smuggled a half-million dollars worth of cannabis oil out of the state. The introduction of new competition plans to help more and more New Yorkers afford medical marijuana.

When state health officials first awarded licenses in 2015, Citiva Medical was one of the applicants.

New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said the five new registered organizations represent a carefully measured expansion of the state's medical marijuana industry.

Oneida County is expected to get its first dispensary operated by Valley Agriceuticals, another new medical marijuana company authorized by the state this week. The company planned to open its growing facility at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. The new licensees are mostly based in eastern NY.

Five new organizations have been approved to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana, the state Health Department announced Tuesday.

The two now serve an active registry of more than 6,000 patients with conditions such as glaucoma, cancer and intractable pain - and are expected to see more patients starting August 1, when post-traumatic stress disorder is added as a qualifying condition for Minnesota's program. The lone exception is New York Canna, which will have its manufacturing facility in Onondaga County.

Integrating five additional registered organizations into the industry utilizing a phased-in approach was a recommendation of the Department's two-year report on the Medical Use of Marijuana Under the Compassionate Care Act. Since then the number of NY patients certified for the drug has grown from 14,7992 to 25,736, a 72 percent increase.

Currently, medical marijuana can be used to treat only a handful of serious illnesses and conditions, including cancer, chronic pain, HIV and AIDS, Lou Gehrig's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, epilepsy, some spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis.

PalliaTech previously proposed a manufacturing operation near Plattsburgh and dispensaries in Newburgh, Brooklyn, Rochester and Utica.

Four of these sites will be located in Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island.