NY licenses five new medical marijuana companies

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Minnesota regulators this year tightened state oversight of medical marijuana growers by adding a broader menu of sanctions and fines for violations and requiring that companies use "seed to sale" tracking software to monitor the whereabouts of their products.

But in an application submitted to the state two years ago, the company, also known as New York Canna, revealed plans to grow and process marijuana at 241 Farrell Road in a almost 200,000-square-foot building on a site formerly occupied by General Electric and Syroco Inc.

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 New York State Department of Health is committed to growing the state's Medical Marijuana Program responsibly", Zucker said Tuesday.

All five of the new companies will manufacture the product at facilities upstate, but have dispensaries in different parts of New York City and elsewhere throughout the state. It has yet to be sent to Gov. Cuomo.

A company that two years ago was denied a request to grow and manufacture medical marijuana in northern NY will be allowed to do so in Ulster County, the state announced Tuesday.

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According to the Department of Health, Citiva Medical's manufacturing facility will be in Orange County.

NY state has authorized five more organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana to improve patient access to dispensing facilities across the state.

The state Department of Health said Tuesday that there now are more than 25,000 certified patients and over 1,000 registered practitioners in New York's medical marijuana program. One of those companies, Citiva Medical, will reportedly open a dispensary in Chemung County. That company plans to grow marijuana in Orange County.

Since March, there has been a 72 percent increase in certified patients.

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.