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Dutchess Will Get First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

A medical marijuana dispensary is coming to Dutchess.
A medical marijuana dispensary is coming to Dutchess. Photo Credit: File

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Medical marijuana is coming to Dutchess County.

The State Department of Health announced two medical marijuana dispensaries will be opening in Dutchess, following their authorization by the state.

"The New York State Department of Health is committed to growing the state's Medical Marijuana Program responsibly," said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. "The addition of these registered organizations will make it easier for patients across the state to obtain medical marijuana, improve the affordability of medical marijuana products through the introduction of new competition, and increase the variety of medical marijuana products available to patients."

Citiva Medical and Valley Agriceuticals will both have locations in Dutchess. An exact location has not yet been announced.

There are 25,736 certified patients and 1,139 registered practitioners participating in the program. The number of certified patients has increased by 72 percent since the addition of chronic pain in late March.

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