43 Companies Vying for New York MMJ Licenses

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The final tally is in: 43 companies, including several from outside of New York, turned in applications for the five medical marijuana business licenses the state will award next month.

View the entire list of applicants here.

Two of the most prominent names included on the list are Tilray New York and Mindful Medical New York.

The former is a subsidiary of Privateer Holdings, the marijuana giant that has cannabis business interests spread throughout the U.S. and Canada (along with Marley Natural, the brand that will feature reggae legend Bob Marley). The latter, Mindful, is a longstanding Colorado marijuana company with four storefronts scattered around the state.

Another, Empire State Health Solutions, is a partner of Vireo Health and is led by Dr. Kyle Kingsley, who runs Minnesota Medical Solutions, one of just two companies in Minnesota licensed to grow and sell MMJ.

Citiva Medical – run by MMJ pioneer Josh Stanley, who helped develop the Charlotte’s Web strain of cannabis – has applied for a New York license as well.

The five winners will ultimately be allowed to construct up to four dispensaries apiece, for a total of 20 statewide.

The number of applicants falls far short of what the New York Post reported at one point, when the paper claimed that roughly 300 companies had filed applications for licenses.