2nd medical marijuana dispensary could be coming to Monroe County

New York licenses five new medical marijuana companies

The proposed locations of Terradiol's medical marijuana dispensaries have changed since it filed its application in 2015.

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. The company will have dispensaries in Chemung, Dutchess, Kings and and Richmond counties. They join the following five ROs, which have been operating since the program's launch in January 2016 and have been re-registered for another two years: MedMen, formerly known as Bloomfield Industries; Columbia Care; Etain; PharmaCann; and Vireo Health of NY.

The existing five companies were re-licensed for an additional two years, the state announced.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Robert Simpson, president of Centerstate Corporation for Economic Development, wrote letters two years ago to Gov. Andrew Cuomo endorsing the project.

Criminal charges were filed this year against two former executives with Vireo Health, the parent company of Minnesota Medical Solutions, for transporting cannabis oil from Minnesota to an affiliated company in NY.

As a result, the new organizations will open several new dispensing facilities around the state along with six in the city: two in Brooklyn, two in Queens, one in Manhattan and one in Staten Island. The medical marijuana company said in its application it planned to lease the site.

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.

These numbers show that the numbers of users has grown to 72% more since March (10,744 more 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.

The company now plans to open dispensaries in Erie, Orange, Queens and Suffolk counties, according to the state.

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