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US (NY): Hudson Valley growers gear up for NY to open adult-use market

Under the sodium lights in a one-acre greenhouse, cannabis strains with names like Pink Lemonade and Fruity Pebbles grow from little clones to four-foot-tall plants in four months and are chopped down by the hundreds and stripped for their all-important flowers.

That is when the chemists and others at PharmaCann's 65-employee, seed-to-sale operation in Hamptonburgh go to work, extracting liquid from dried buds and turning their critical chemical into capsules, vaping cartridges, and other medical forms to relieve pain and the misery of debilitating illnesses. And out the door they go, the distilled and transformed products of once-illegal pot plants, packed into cardboard boxes and bound for state-licensed dispensaries around New York.

PharmaCann has been honing its operation in Orange County for five years and is poised to expand and ramp up production. Workers in hard hats are outfitting a second one-acre greenhouse, which the company hopes to activate by December, and excavators are parked out back to clear space for a third, already approved by the town planning board.

The third greenhouse will add 50,000 square feet to the 137,000-square-foot facility when completed next year. Even before then, the company expects to be harvesting as many as 1,500 plants per week.


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