NEW YORK: Two more companies seeking state licenses to grow medical marijuana have announced plans to open dispensaries in the Syracuse area and one of them is promising free medical pot for patients who cannot afford it.
Citiva Medical, a company that wants to grow medical marijuana at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus and open a dispensary in Cicero, said it will set aside 2 percent of its annual profits to help patients in need pay for their medical marijuana.
Citiva estimates the cost of treatment for a typical patient will be at least $250 a month based on experience in other states. Health insurance will not cover the cost of medical marijuana. Citiva said its charitable program will be administered by Strains of Hope, a nonprofit started by the company’s founder and medical marijuana entrepreneur Josh Stanley, who helped develop a strain of medical marijuana used to treat epileptic children.
The company said the donated money will be used to provide free treatment to any family with a child diagnosed with intractable epilepsy with income less than 500 percent of the federal poverty level ($121,250 for a family of four).