NY licenses five new medical marijuana companies

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The announcement comes as the five current "registered organizations", as they are known, were due for renewal of their licenses, which are good for two years at a time.

Meanwhile, Florida's Department of Health has licensed two more medical marijuana treatment centers. The agency announced the new licenses Tuesday.

Several companies on the list plan to operate in Nassau and Suffolk counties, with as many as four new dispensaries about to crop up on the Island.

Citiva Medical is one of five companies that have been authorized by the state Department of Health to grow and distribute medical marijuana.

The fifth new registered organization, NYC-based cannabis oil specialist Citiva Medical, will steer clear of Long Island, manufacturing in Orange County and operating dispensing facilities in Dutchess, Chemung, Kings and Richmond counties.

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New York City-based medical-marijuana enterprise Fiorello Pharmaceuticals will manufacture in Schenectady County and have dispensing facilities in the city and in Monroe, Saratoga and Nassau Counties, according to the Department of Health. Once the new companies are up and running, NY will have a total of 10 manufacturing sites and 40 statewide.

The Boynton Beach City Commission voted Tuesday night to give staff direction to begin drafting an ordinance that will allow medical marijuana dispensaries. The lone exception is New York Canna, which will have its manufacturing facility in Onondaga County. As of August 1, there are 25,736 certified patients and 1,139 registered practitioners in the program.

These numbers show that the numbers of users has grown to 72% more since March (10,744 more patients).

Currently, medical marijuana can be used to treat only a handful of serious illnesses and conditions, including cancer, chronic pain, HIV and AIDS, Lou Gehrig's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, epilepsy, some spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis.

PalliaTech NY will manufacture in Ulster County and have dispensing facilities in Nassau, Orange, Queens, and Clinton Counties.