STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A medical marijuana dispensary that has been in the works for Staten Island for more than two years will finally take shape this fall in New Dorp, the Advance has learned.
Sources told the Advance the facility will be located as 338 New Dorp Lane, a storefront that was recently up for sale and formerly housed In Phase Fashions, which went out of business in March.
State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), who championed both the medical marijuana legislation and to get a dispensary on Staten Island, confirmed it will be housed on New Dorp Lane and run by Citiva, which recently opened a dispensary in Brooklyn.
“This is the first time Staten Islanders won’t have to leave the Island [to obtain medical marijuana]. Certified users will have to register with that dispensary as a patient and then they would be able to purchase their medication there,” said Savino.
“As a person who wrote the law, I have been waiting anxiously for Staten Island to have the same access to treatment as the rest of the state,” she added.
While Citiva Medical didn’t immediately respond to Advance queries about the dispensary, they previously told the Advance it will manufacture the plant in Orange County, and it will be shipped to its dispensaries, including the one on Staten Island.
Since the program was launched in New York state in 2016, Staten Islanders who have become certified to receive medical marijuana have had to obtain their medication from Manhattan or Brooklyn dispensaries, or by delivery service.
As of July 31, 2019, there were 2,523 certified patients and 44 registered practitioners on Staten Island participating in New York’s medical marijuana program, said Jill Montag, public information officer for the New York State Department of Health