The introduction of new competition plans to help more and more New Yorkers afford medical marijuana.
Valley Agriceuticals, one of the companies that won approval Tuesday for an Orange County manufacturing operation, was among the rejected applicants two years ago, when it proposed manufacturing medical marijuana in the town of Wallkill.
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.
The five companies also will have dispensing facilities in 14 counties across the state.
The department made the announcement on Tuesday, that five new registered organizations will join the existing firms that sell, and grow medical marijuana. A proposal by a company called New York Growing Partners to manufacture medical marijuana in Saugerties was turned down at that time, but the state did approve a medical marijuana dispensary, operated by Etain LLC, at a site in the town of Ulster.
Ehlinger said the Health Department has received requests to permit medical marijuana for additional conditions such as autism, dementia and peripheral neuropathy.
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The news comes as Centrica posted profits before tax of £639m in the first half of the year. Such announcements are highly sensitive because they can affect share prices.
If you're a New York-based patient who receives medicinal cannabis as a treatment, you're in luck: as of Wednesday, five more companies are now allowed to produce medical marijuana in the state.
In its 2015 application the company said it picked the site because of its central location and proximity to Route 690 and the state Thruway.
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 company's dispensaries will be in Erie, Orange, Queens and Suffolk counties.
Valley Agriceuticals will manufacture in Orange County and have dispensing facilities in Kings, Oneida, Suffolk, and Dutchess Counties.
As of August 1, 2017, there are 25,736 certified patients and 1,139 registered practitioners participating in the program.
The number of certified patients has increased by 10,744, or 72%, since the Health Department added chronic pain in March to the list of ailments covered by the medical marijuana law. Once the new companies are up and running, NY will have a total of 10 manufacturing sites and 40 statewide.
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