Westchester Magazine interviewed Dr. Kyle Kingsley, the CEO of Empire State Health Solutions (ESHS), one of the five licensed providers in New York’s medical cannabis program. ESHS is part of Vireo Health, which is building a national platform to offer patients pharmaceutical grade medical cannabis and also operates Minnesota Medical Solutions (MinnMed), one of the two licensed providers in Minnesota, a state with a very similar, highly restrictive program. The interview addresses Kingsley’s background, how the program in New York works, how ESHS is differentiated from other providers due to its being physician-led, how the company’s experience in Minnesota prepares it to succeed in New York and how the company intends to address cash management challenges.
Medical marijuana has been on the minds of New Yorkers since Colorado progressively paved the way for the drug to be legally manufactured and distributed in dispensaries across the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York’s Compassionate Care Act into law on July 5, 2014, and now, Empire State Health Solutions (ESHS) finds itself just months away from opening its first dispensary here in Westchester. The ESHS has ambitious plans to define the industry in New York State, as well as redefine it internationally. The company’s CEO, Kyle Kingsley, MD, sat down with us to clear the air and discuss expectations for his company’s foray into one of New York’s most buzzed-about new industries.
Read “Q&A: Empire State Health Solutions Paves The Way For Medical Marijuana” by Jonathan Ortiz: http://www.westchestermagazine.com/914-INC/Q4-2015/Empire-State-Health-Solutions-Paves-The-Way-For-Medical-Marijuana-In-Westchester/