NY medical marijuana eyes union partnership
With some projecting New York state could award the first five licenses as soon as Friday for medical marijuana production, contenders for those licenses are scrambling to publicize additional reasons why they should be selected.
If it is awarded a NY license, Columbia Care’s plan calls for repurposing a chunk of the Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester to create a medical marijuana cultivation facility and dispensary.
Just weeks ago, another hopeful, Compassionate Care Center of New York (CCCNY), announced it had partnered with MedReleaf Corp., a Markham, Ont., manufacturer of medical-grade cannabis.
If CCCNY is awarded one of the licenses, MedReleaf’s team of growers and horticulture experts would travel to CCCNY’s planned manufacturing facility in Newark to ensure the company is ready to provide medical-grade marijuana in time for the state’s Jan. 5, 2016 deadline.
Public relations representatives for CCCNY contacted Buffalo media last week to set up tours of MedReleaf’s facility in Canada to get a look at what could be expected here in New York.