Curaleaf, operating under the New York City-based company PalliaTech NY LLC, has finally completed the highly anticipated renovations to its Plattsburgh, NY dispensary location. Not only is the 345 Cornelia St. dispensary overhauled, but it has also doubled hours of operation.
Given the important role this location plays in the well being of the surrounding community, Curaleaf complete these renovations outside of normal business hours rather than close temporarily.
The only dispensary in Clinton county, Curaleaf is one of just twenty-two medical marijuana dispensaries currently open for business in New York.
Dispensaries are Scarce in New York State
As demand for medical marijuana continues to rise in up-state New York, the number of dispensaries has not risen accordingly. The scarcity of marijuana dispensaries is due to the fact that New York has only issued 10 vertically integrated licenses.
Where as other states have separate licenses for cultivators and retailers, New York licenses are non-divisible licenses that cover all functions from seed to sale.
With 67,581 patients in New York as of August 14th, 2018, New York’s medical marijuana program has more than enough patients to support additional dispensary locations. Aside from a small handful dispensary locations expected to open in the coming months, it is not expected for the scarcity to change any time soon.
What’s New at Curaleaf?
Intended to foster feelings of health and wellness, the upgrades at Curaleaf’s Plattsburgh dispensary include more wide open space and a new storefront including signage and a wall of eye-catching windows.
“We feel that it is very important for patients to visit a safe, secure and open environment. The new exterior signage and glass storefront that allows the community to see inside of the facility will hopefully invite the prospective patients into the dispensary to get information on how medical cannabis could potentially help them live better.” – Director of Dispensary Operations Mike Conway.
While Curaleaf was only open three days a week before, those hours have now been extended to 46 hours per week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
“We recognize that the restricted hours made it difficult for patients, especially those that are traveling great distances, to find time to get their medication.” – Director of Dispensary Operations Mike Conway.
Additionally, the center has brought on new pharmacists and dispensary staff to cover the extended hours and growing number of patients.
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