For Immediate Release
April 11, 2016
Media Contact: Jill Montag – (518) 326-6400 and (518) 852-8188
Vireo Invites Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, Sanders and Trump
to Tour Medical Cannabis Cultivation Facility
Company asks each presidential candidate to clarify position on medical cannabis in advance of Primary Day
New York, NY – Vireo Health of New York (“Vireo”), one of five companies licensed by the New York State Department of Health to produce and sell medical cannabis, is inviting all five presidential candidates to visit its cultivation and lab facilities at Tryon Technology Park in Fulton County, New York. At the conclusion of the tour, candidates will be asked to make a public statement clarifying their positions on medical cannabis.
“New York State is the 23rd state to approve the medicinal use of cannabis for the seriously ill. New Yorkers—and all Americans—have the right to know exactly where the candidates stand on resolving the conflicts between federal and state laws on this crucial issue,” said Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of New York. “Patients struggling with debilitating and life-threatening diseases like cancer, ALS and HIV/AIDS should not be forced to choose between continuing to suffer and violating federal law.”
Vireo is asking that candidates unable to visit the facility before New York’s April 19th primary make a public statement on the issue before New Yorkers head to the polls.
For more information, please see these invitations.
About Vireo Health of New York
Vireo Health of New York is a physician-led company dedicated to providing best-in-class cannabis-based medications and top quality patient care. The company provides a wide array of pharmaceutical grade cannabis-based products formulated from the highest quality, pesticide-free plants and utilizes its separation chemistry capabilities to create products with novel cannabinoid combinations. Vireo Health of New York is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vireo Health, LLC. For more information, visit http:/www.vireohealthny.com.
About the Tryon Technology Park
Vireo Health of New York is the anchor tenant in the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center in Perth, New York. This site was formerly the Tryon Boys and Girls Center (Tryon Facility), a juvenile detention center where Mike Tyson spent time as a child. The Tryon Facility was shut down in 2011 as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to consolidate state government services and boost the efficiency of the juvenile justice facility system. In 2012, the facility was transferred at no cost to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency (FCIDA) for redevelopment.
About the New York State Compassionate Care Act
New York State Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 5, 2014. It allows patients to use medical cannabis if they have been diagnosed with a specific severe, debilitating or life threatening condition that is accompanied by an associated or complicating condition.
The law identifies several severe, debilitating or life threatening conditions including: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and epilepsy. The associated or complicating conditions are cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or severe or persistent muscle spasms.
Physicians must complete a four-hour New York State Department of Health approved course and register with the Department to certify patients. Practitioners must consult the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program Registry prior to issuing a certification to a patient for medical cannabis.
Patients who are certified by their practitioners must apply to the Department to obtain a registry identification card in order to obtain medical cannabis in accordance with any recommendations made by the patient’s practitioner. During the patient registration process, certified patients may designate up to two caregivers, who must also register with the Department, to obtain and administer medical cannabis products on behalf of the patients.
Registered organizations may only manufacture medical cannabis products in forms approved by the Commissioner. Approved forms currently include liquid or oil preparations for metered oromucosal or sublingual administration or administration per tube, metered liquid or oil preparations for vaporization, and capsules for oral administration. The Compassionate Care Act expressly provides that a certified medical use of cannabis does not include smoking. For more information, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/.