Patrick MoussignacMay 24, 2018, 11:31 amMay 25, 2018, 2:34 pm

Warwick prison begins transformation into Marijuana processing facility

Residents say they’re excited to have a plant to keep drugs clean, safe

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WARWICK – The former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility in Warwick has begun its conversion into a brand new medical marijuana processing facility. According to the Warwick Valley Local Development Corporation, medicinal cannabis maker Citiva Medical LLC officially purchased the property earlier in the week and plans to start growing marijuana there later in the year.

Citiva is based in Manhattan and is a subsidiary of a Canadian private equity firm, iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc. The company is one of ten companies here in the state that has medical marijuana manufacturing licenses.

Residents of Greenwood Lake said they were excited about the news.

"It keeps the drugs controlled and gives the people that need them the opportunity to get them, and my husband is one of them,” resident Kim Gouldner said. "It helps with the pain. It helps with the PTSD. So, it's something that really works.”

The company purchased the 8.5-acre property for $526,000,000 and will soon break ground on a 40,000-square-foot location inside the Warwick Valley office and technology corporate park.

Company spokesperson Amy Holdener said the company will not only produce 4,500 pounds of marijuana flower but also employ 15 to 20 full-time workers.
"I mean, jobs are scarce out there, so anything that opens and gives anyone an opportunity to get further in life is a good thing," Greenwood Lake resident Katie Reas said.

The marijuana flowers that are grown in the facility will go to dispensaries in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Dutchess, and Chemung counties.

"Any move to make it more sensible, available controlled substance seems to me to be a healthy thing,” Greenwood Lake resident Dick Piazza said.

According to New York state law, medical marijuana has to be processed and can't be sold as buds or other plant parts.

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