Medical marijuana patients on Long Island will be able to buy whole cannabis flower for the first time Wednesday.
Columbia Care’s dispensary in Riverhead is now offering the Sour Kush strain in whole flower form to patients registered with the New York State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program. And Curaleaf’s dispensary in Carle Place is now selling three strains of whole flower.
Publicly traded Columbia Care, which also has medical cannabis dispensaries in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Rochester, and publicly traded Curaleaf, which also has dispensaries in Queens, Newburgh and Plattsburgh, become the first two licensed companies to offer whole flower to New York’s medical cannabis community.
Previously, medical marijuana dispensaries in the state could only sell ground flower, along with vaping oil, oral products and topical applications, but with the legislation passed this spring that allows legalized adult use of cannabis, whole flower was added to the list of approved medical offerings.
Columbia Care’s Riverhead dispensary at 1333 East Main St. is offering Sour Kush in whole flower priced at $50 for an eighth of an ounce. At Curaleaf’s Carle Place dispensary at 255 Glen Cove Road, patients can now buy a Purple Empire indica for $50 an eighth ounce and a Skunk sativa at $90 for a quarter ounce.
Last month, Columbia Care received state approval to start cultivation and processing operations at its new Riverhead facility. Earlier this year, the company acquired a 34-acre cultivation site on Sound Avenue from Van de Wetering Greenhouses for $42.5 million.
Columbia Care expects its first harvest at the Riverhead facility before the end of the year. The company also plans to add four more medical dispensaries in the state, three of which will be co-located with adult-use, pending regulatory approval.
“We are New York’s home team, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Columbia Care continues to be on