New York medical cannabis company Etain expanding into California

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One of New York state’s 10 medical cannabis companies is expanding into California with plans to enter the Golden State’s recreational market.

Etain Health, one of New York’s first five MMJ business license winners in 2015, is collaborating with West Sacramento Management Group, a licensed California cannabis distributor, the Sacramento Business Journal reported.

Hillary Peckham, Etain’s COO and co-founder, told Marijuana Business Daily her company initially will sell its products only in MMJ dispensaries but eventually will expand into the adult-use market.

The move could bolster Etain’s bottom line. New York MMJ companies have been squeezed by the state’s restrictive market.

The Etain expansion marks the second formal connection between the New York and California markets. Last year, California-based MedMen acquired Bloomfield Industries, another of the original five New York MMJ licensees.

The first product line that women-owned Etain will make available in California is cannabis oil vaporizers, according to the Business Journal. More products will be available by the end of the year.

West Sacramento Management Group will manufacture Etain’s products and distribute them from the California company’s new facility in Modesto.

Founder Cipriano Sulamo told the Business Journal he is creating a new company called Daily Green to operate that facility and will rebrand West Sacramento Management Group as Tree Bird.