Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Prepare To Open Doors In N.Y.

NEW YORK: Armed with New York state medicinal marijuana licenses, dispensaries are gearing up to sell cannabis legally in the state in the new year.

The cannabis experiment continues as medicinal marijuana use becomes more widespread. New York state, as an example, has rolled out dispensary licenses and is getting doctors and patients on board. Startups are growing local product as rules require, and are preparing for consumer-facing dispensary openings next year.

In total, 23 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana use, according to industry watcher GreenWave Advisors. Four states and D.C. allow for recreational use.

One of New York state’s five licenses to operate was awarded to health startup Vireo Health New York, formerly Empire State Health Solutions. Employees are preparing several dispensary openings — in Queens, White Plains, Binghamton and Colonie, right outside of Albany.