Seneca Nation eyes next step in prescription pot

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jan 14, 2016

7 Eyewitness News has learned that the Seneca Nation is weighing the next step in potentially becoming a player in the medical marijuana industry in New York State. 

Seneca Nation President Maurice A. John Sr. tells 7 Eyewitness News Anchor Jeff Russo that leaders are moving forward in exploring both the production and distribution of medical marijuana. Work is being done internally to develop potential regulations into the medicine as a commercial enterprise. 

"We intend to proceed with it at the pace we need to get everything done," said John. "We are doing it properly and we are definitely going to be working at it to make it come about as soon as possible."

It was back in November that the Seneca Nation voted to approve a measure that would allow leaders to explore medical marijuana. 

New York State recently rolled out its highly regulated medical marijuana program. At this point the state has approved only five companies to produce the medicine. 

As for the distribution the state has approved twenty dispensaries. Seneca President Maurice John was asked if the Seneca Nation is considering a dispensary he says that is too difficult to answer because he says the process is "not that far along."




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