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Statement from Vireo Health of New York on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address Proposal to Legalize the Adult-Use of Cannabis

The following statement can be attributed to Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of New York, one of only 10 organizations licensed in the state to grow, cultivate, manufacture and sell medical cannabis:

“Governor Cuomo’s proposal to legalize the adult-use of cannabis signifies an historic step in ending the decades-long war on drugs that has unjustly targeted communities of color. It will also bring substantial tax revenues to the state in a challenging budgetary environment and create thousands of new good-paying union jobs at a time when an unprecedented number of manufacturing and retail jobs are being lost to other countries, robots, and artificial intelligence.

“As one of the only physician-founded, physician-led medical cannabis companies in the world, Vireo Health applauds the Governor’s proposal to create a Global Cannabis and Hemp Center for Science, Research, and Education at SUNY which would position the Empire State as a leader in cannabis research and contribute to the growing body of medical and scientific knowledge on its applications and safety.”

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 compassionate care. Vireo Health is a proven leader in the field of medical marijuana. In December 2015, Vireo’s products became the first to be certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. In addition to four dispensary locations in Queens, White Plains, Albany and Binghamton, Vireo Health launched the first medical marijuana home delivery service in the New York City area, now available throughout New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and parts of Suffolk and Putnam Counties. For more information, visit


About Vireo Health International, Inc. 

Vireo Health International, Inc.’s mission is to build the cannabis company of the future by bringing the best of medicine, engineering and science to the cannabis industry. Vireo’s physician-led team of more 400 employees provides best-in-class cannabis products and customer experience. Vireo cultivates cannabis in environmentally friendly greenhouses, manufactures pharmaceutical-grade cannabis extracts, and sells its products at both company-owned and third-party dispensaries. The Company currently is licensed in eleven markets including Arizona, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island.  For more information about the Company, please visit

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Albe Zakes
VP, Corporate Communications

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