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Bogarted! Brooklyn med marijuana joint passed over

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Brooklyn’s not dope!

The borough’s hopes for a new medical marijuana dispensary have gone up in smoke now that the state has refused to license two Kings County joints to stock the product, forcing Brooklynites to travel to Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx to fill their prescription — and prompting Borough President Adams to slam the state for once again bogarting his hometown.

“It’s just a consistent pattern that when it comes to innovation and support, the governor has been absent when it comes down to the borough of Brooklyn,” said Adams, a longtime supporter of legal medical pot. “Disappoint­ment is putting it lightly, but it’s expected when it comes down to their track record on Brooklyn.”

The Department of Health selected five companies to grow, process, and dispense prescription pot but didn’t say way far out places in Queens, Manhattan, and The Bronx are in, but the two companies with plans to open pharmacies in are out.

Mindful Medical, a Colorado company whose New York division is led by the former owner of Park Slope meat market Fleisher’s was looking to open its dispensary in Sunset Park, while Palliatech, a Long Island company, leased a space Downtown on Fulton Street in June.

Representatives of both companies could not immediately be reached for comment.

Both firms faced stiff competition in the reefer race, vying with 41 other companies for just five licenses to sling prescription pot in the form of tinctures and pills extracted from marijuana, not the buds themselves.

The state will allow each company that did make the cut to open four dispensaries around the state, and they should be up and running by January.

The Beep, an ex-cop, has been a booster for medical weed since his days as a state senator, a position he said he took after watching a sick friend battle chemotherapy symptoms with pot that the man’s brother had to buy illegally. The thought of his friend’s little brother risking arrest to buy medicine totally blew the pol’s gourd, and made him really reevaluate things, man, he said.

The state should have taken into consideration Adams’ early and vocal support for medical when picking which companies it would allow to operate and where they would open up shop, the Beep said.

“No other borough president has actively stated ‘Bring the commerce here,’ ” he said. “There has not been another borough that has been more supportive of this than Brooklyn.”

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Peter from Park Slope says:
Medical marijuana in NYS can not be smoked. "The borough’s hopes for a new medical marijuana dispensary have gone up in smoke" is obviously a bad metaphor, written by a poorly informed journalist.
Aug. 3, 2015, 11:58 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Hi Peter. John Wasserman. Nice day, isn't it?
If you don't mind, please keep your opinions to yourself regarding this article. I don't want to bore my readers and lesser people (such as yourself) with details on a busy Monday, but let's just say we do what we can and leave it at that.
Pardon the interruption.
John Wasserman
Aug. 3, 2015, 12:13 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
So, all the Brooklyn people in need and qualified to purchase this product must travel to Manhattan(Union Square) or will the State bring in the winners and persuade them to acquire distribution sites in Brooklyn to give more coverage and access to our large population?
Aug. 3, 2015, 3:07 pm
Pooter from Da Hood says:
I guess you could really call him a "pot brownie"!
Aug. 3, 2015, 4:25 pm
Steven from Cobble Hill says:
"John Wasserman" telling someone else what they should and should not say? Can't be the real one, unless he's suddenly become a self-righteous hypocrite instead of an egotistical bore.
Aug. 4, 2015, 11:08 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I'm just as God made me, sir. Perhaps it would be wise for you to concentrate on things that are beneficial, instead of wasting the time of our valued readers with these cowardly remarks (located just above). Hark, hark. I see a paper route in your future. Please rise - the Redcoats are coming.
Pardon the suggestion.
John Wasserman/Patriot/J-Wass Storm Door
Aug. 4, 2015, 12:38 pm
Steven from Cobble Hill says:
And maybe you should spend less time making your ridiculous pronouncements, or just limit them to time in front of the mirror and spare the rest of the world your myopic egotism.
Aug. 5, 2015, 11:37 am
Not Surpised from BJ says:
Is John Wasserman high? Is that why you have this almost creepy love of Eric Adams? Does smoking pot make you arroused when you see his flabby, old body?
Or is it just a regular thing for you?
Aug. 6, 2015, 3:48 am

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