Dr. Kyle Kingsley, CEO of Empire State Health Solutions and its parent company Vireo Health, is optimistic that as the program matures more dispensary sites will be added. Kingsley was one of the architects of Minnesota’s medical marijuana program, which he says is “almost identical” to New York’s. Neither program allows the plant matter to be smoked and covers fewer medical conditions than many other laws.
Empire State Health Solutions will be manufacturing in Fulton County and dispensing in Queens and Broome, Albany and Westchester counties. Kingsley said that his organization chose Fulton County as their manufacturing site because “they embraced” Empire and worked closely with them to ensure a smooth roll out of the project. Fulton is a rural county about 60 miles northwest of Albany.
The dispensary sites were chosen by Empire in an effort to “maximize patient access,” Kingsley said.
Empire’s close working relationship with Fulton County officials and their experience in Minnesota in has Kingsley and his team confident that their sites will be patient-ready by the January, 1 target date.
“Barring grow failure, natural disaster or some other catastrophic failure…we will be ready by the first,” Kingsley said.
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