No New Medical Marijuana Dispensary For Sunset Park –

SUNSET PARK, BROOKLYN — Sunset Park will have to wait a little longer for the first medical marijuana dispensary in the neighborhood.

Start-up Napenthea LLC, which had community board support to open a dispensary in Sunset Park, was not among the five businesses chosen by New York State in its next round of registration for state medical marijuana businesses.

The five businesses will open across the state over the next two years. It’s unclear if Napenthea would have another chance to open after that two-year period is over.

It was had planned to open at 4614 5th Ave., between 46th and 47th Streets.

The state’s Department of Health said in an announcement that it chose the “next five highest-scoring organizations” for approval.

“The Department is undertaking a phased-in approach to ensure their smooth integration into the industry,” a state Department of Health said in its announcement. “The approach includes performing due diligence, verifying their current financial stability and capitalization, and ensuring their overall suitability to participate in the Medical Marijuana Program in a manner that promotes public health and protects public safety.

“No other organizations or entities are currently under consideration.”

The five businesses that did get approved were New York Canna, Inc.; Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Valley Agriceuticals, LLC; Citiva Medical LLC; and PalliaTech NY, LLC. It was not immediately clear where they plan to open dispensaries.

The announcement was first spotted by Brooklyn Reporter.

Previously on Patch: Sunset Park Could Get Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Image: 4614 Fifth Avenue from 2013, via Google Streetview.

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