WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The New York State Department of health announced two companies will be given licenses to distribute medicinal marijuana in Westchester County on Friday.
Empire State Health Solutions and Katonah-based Etain, LLC were both granted licenses for dispensing in the county. In all, five companies were given licenses for both manufacturing and dispensing medicinal marijuana in New York. Forty-three companies applied for licenses.
"Today's announcement represents a major milestone in the implementation of New York State's Medical Marijuana Program and keeps us on track to have the program up and running within 18 months of passage of the Compassionate Care Act. I am proud that we are on course to provide certified patients with access to medical marijuana more quickly than any other state in the nation," New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement. "The five organizations selected for registration today showed, through a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process, they are best suited to produce and provide quality medical marijuana to eligible New Yorkers in need, and to comply with New York's strict program requirements."
The state hopes to have the program fully implemented by January 2016.
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