When New York’s medical marijuana program launches today (January 7), only one of the four dispensaries planned for New York City will open its doors — a retail site near Union Square owned by Columbia Care.
Throughout the state, eight of the 20 planned medical marijuana dispensaries will open Thursday, with additional dispensaries set to debut in the coming weeks.
This week, all five licensed medical marijuana companies in New York will have at least one, but not all, of their dispensaries open. Other dispensaries in the five boroughs are planned for Murray Hill, Elmhurst, Queens, and the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.
Etain expects to open dispensaries in Kingston and Albany Thursday, with a site in Syracuse slated to finish construction within the next two weeks, according to a spokesman for the Katonah company. Etain is in talks with officials in Yonkers, where for months it has been looking for a new location for its final dispensary.
PharmaCann, headquartered in Illinois, will have sites open in Erie and Onondaga counties on Thursday, the state announced. Teddy Scott, the company’s chief executive, said the dispensaries will likely open this week, but final details must be ironed out. [Read more at Crain’s New York Business]