Company in Chestertown considers medical marijuana grow operation

CHESTERTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A new company wants to build a medical marijuana growing operation in Warren County.

The Chestertown board has scheduled an informational meeting on the proposal for Monday night. The company behind it is Etain LLC, and its looking to build its operation right across from the Peckham Industries site on Route 9. The property is owned by Peckham Industries — the CEO’s wife and his two daughters formed the company Etain LLC.

The company hopes to get the town’s support as they apply for a state license. The movement is part of the Compassionate Care Act, which will allow health care providers to prescribe marijuana for patients suffering from certain illnesses. The town supervisor says he’s looking forward to learning more.

“It certainly would mean jobs. They’ve mentioned 25 to 30 jobs, so that’s certainly something that attractive to us. Because the Adirondacks, the state has acquired so much of the land and put it off limits to any commercial or industrial businesses,” said Chestertown Supervisor, Fred Monroe.

Monday’s meeting is simply informational, with no vote being held. The zoning and planning board will need to review any plans, and a vote would follow that.

Another operation proposal is moving forward in Jackson. The town board is expected to vote on March 10 at 7 p.m. in that case, and the the county board will vote March 20 at 10 a.m.

The state will award just five licenses for medical marijuana growing operations. The program is expected to be in place by January of 2016.


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