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Ulster official proposes new use for prison annex

Jan 27, 2015 12:05 am
William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman the town supervisor in Wawarsing, Ulster Co., wants part of an unused annex at the Eastern Correctional Facility turned into a distribution center for medical marijuana. Leonard Distel said such a facility would create jobs in the community. He also said the location, off U.S. Route 209 in the hamlet of Napanoch, has advantages over distribution centers that would be in more populated areas. Under the law, patients with one of 10 diseases will be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug. Formal proposals for distribution sites, along with the $10,000 application fee, are being accepted by the state Department of Health. Applicants must provide detailed plans for infrastructure and operations. The licenses would last for two years.