Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus Endorses Physician-Owned Company for New York Medical Marijuana License
25 June 2015
This July, the New York State Department of Health is set to award five medical marijuana licenses in accordance with last year’s passing of the Compassionate Care Act. Just last week, a top Orange County official expressed his support for Integrated Scientific Herbal Advances, LLC, a leading applicant looking to secure a permit to grow and sell cannabis products.
Up until the May 29th application deadline, competition was intense. Among the hopeful candidates are a number of companies with strong ties to the medical and health communities. A Manhattan-based pain management specialist with nearly 30 years experience, Dr. Ramesh Sawhney is the holistic mastermind behind Integrated Scientific Herbal Advances. His team of physicians and scientists plan to bring much-needed relief to community members suffering from debilitating illnesses.
A Favorable Endorsement
In a letter to Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Zucker, Orange County executive Steven M. Neuhaus endorsed Integrated Scientific Herbal Advances in hopes of swaying the board. Having met with Dr. Sawhney, the Republican official says he is “impressed by the qualifications” of the company and the medical opportunities its researchers are pursuing. He noted that the proposed “Black Dirt” growing location contains nutrient-rich soil that may “increase and enhance the medicinal qualities of the marijuana produced in this area.”
Neuhaus was also enthusiastic about the fiscal benefits Orange County stands to gain if the state grants the company a license. He wrote, “The facility proposed by Dr. Sawhney, if approved, can bring important well-paying jobs and meet several of the stated goals of both Orange County’s and the Hudson Valley’s regional economic development plans.” He looks forward to Integrated Scientific Herbal Advances improving the region’s “science and technology, medical profession, and agriculture sector all in one application.”
When asked to comment on Mr. Neuhaus’ endorsement Dr. Sawhney said “I am grateful for the support of the county executive and remain hopeful that the department of health will recognize the importance of having doctors at the forefront of this medical marijuana process.”
With support from Neuhaus and the host town of Goshen, the organization’s prospects for a license look promising.
The Countdown Begins
If their request is granted, Dr. Sawhney’s medicinal marijuana company will convert a tract of land off the Pulaski Highway, making for easy transportation. The Goshen area has a storied history of agriculture with a workforce ideal for growing a high-quality cannabis crop. Wayne Gurda, a local farmer with over twenty years experience, will serve as the facility’s cultivation manager.
The State Department of Health will allow each license-holder a total of four dispensary locations. Integrated Scientific Herbal Advance’s chief security officer and VP of government affairs Eldridge Hawkins, a former mayor, says they plan to open facilities in locations where medicinal marijuana is in demand.
Hawkins goes on to say “under Dr. Sawhney’s leadership we have won the local governing body’s support in Goshen and now that of the county executive. These governmental leaders know their communities and the value ISHA will bring in terms of employment opportunities, medical advancements and tax revenue. We are grateful for their support and look forward to having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of New York patients.”
An Admirable Effort
On the heels of 23 other states allowing medical marijuana, New York is implementing a slew of regulations on its growth and sale. Contenders paid a hefty application fee, and if selected, they’re subject to rigorous training courses and product testing guidelines. Dr. Sawhney’s team is prepared to comply with all restrictions if it means bringing relief to patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and many other painful conditions.
The organization led by respected medical leaders is dedicated to providing cannabis for people who are entitled to it. Dispensary practitioners will be trained to certify buyer’s eligibility, ensuring proper distribution based on documented medical need.
Neuhaus praises Integrated Scientific Herbal Advances’ commitment to bringing natural, responsible pain relief to Empire State residents. “I believe Dr. Sawhney’s application proposal can bring a great benefit to Orange County, the Hudson Valley, and New York State, and trust that after you review this application you will agree.”