The legislation will eventually allow doctors to prescribe marijuana by way of pill, vapors, oils or in edible form to proven seriously ill patients.
Lupardo says it will actually take about 18 months to get everything in place, because it will take a while to ramp up the program.
"We're going to provide five licenses for 20 dispensaries and all of the regulations have to be established for those licensees, plus they have to grow the marijuana in a secure indoor location at various sites across the state. Those sites have yet to be chosen," said Lupardo.
Lupardo says the argument will be made to have the Southern Tier as one of the growing sites.
She says some farmers have already expressed an interest.
She also expects the idea of allowing critically ill people to smoke marijuana to be revisited by the legislature.
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