Town Supports Medical Marijuana

By Mark Gerlach
Two medical marijuana companies that want to set up local growing operations received letters of support from the Town of Newburgh this week.
Both companies, Hudson Health Extracts and Medigro Organics, are vying to be selected by the state Department of Health for one of about five state medical marijuana licenses.
Patients that suffer from cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other sicknesses could obtain medical marijuana, according to the state Department of Health website.
“The medical marijuana would have some medical benefits for people with different illnesses,” Newburgh Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadio said Thursday. The town council voted to approve the support letters during a Monday night meeting.
Hudson Health Extracts is eyeing a 170,500-square-foot industrial building on 12 acres of land at Stewart International Airport Business Park, located at 40 Governor Dr. The manufacturing facility estimates to bring 100 construction jobs and 125 permanent jobs into the area, according to CEO Ethan Ruby, who made a presentation to the town council. The investment would cost in the ballpark of $10 million, Ruby said.
“Safety and security are paramount at this facility,” Ruby said.
Ruby is also at the helm of a medical marijuana facility in Watertown, Connecticut called Theraplant. The facility is secured with 130 cameras, on-site guards, biometric security systems (e.g., fingerprint and retina scanning) and other security measures. Similar precautions would be taken in Newburgh, he said.
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