STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The borough will be getting a medical marijuana dispensary, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday, as it is doubling the number of companies allowed to grow the plant for its medical marijuana program and doubling the number of dispensaries in the state.
It’s unclear yet where the Staten Island facility will be located, when it will open, or any other specifics about its operations.
Citiva Medical will manufacture the plant in Orange County, and have a dispensary on Staten Island, as well as in Brooklyn, and Dutchess and Chemung counties.
The drug is available in pill or oil form — there is no legal smokeable form in New York state.
Those diagnosed with one of more than a dozen debilitating ailments, like cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, are eligible for the treatment once they are approved by a doctor who has been trained in the treatment, and once the patient registers with the state and gets an ID card.
Insurance doesn’t cover the drug, and purchasing it out of pocket creates a