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.
But the state recently made a decision to authorize five more medical marijuana companies to improve access to the drug and drum up more competition.
State Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat who sponsored the bill creating the medical marijuana program, had mixed feelings about the expansion of companies.
The state's medical marijuana business is growing, with six new dispensing facilities coming to the city.
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.
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.
Eric Sirota, Fiorella's co-CEO, declined to disclose its planned Nassau site.
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"We are proud that Minnesota's medical cannabis program has become a model for other states, but there have been challenges along the way as well", Ehlinger said.
Sirota also added that the foundation of such facilities will "establish therapeutic marijuana as a mainstream medical treatment". The company said they didn't have a comment at this time.
Valley Agriceuticals will manufacture in Orange County and have dispensing facilities in Kings, Oneida, Suffolk, and Dutchess Counties.
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.
"The addition of these registered organizations will make it easier for patients across the state to obtain medical marijuana, improve the affordability of medical marijuana products through the introduction of new competition, and increase the variety of medical marijuana products available to patients", state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said.