Up in smoke: Sunset Park marijuana dispensary snubbed, state officials say

Gone to pot: Sunset Park probably won't become home to Brooklyn's first state-licensed pot dispensary, according to state officials.
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Talk about a pipe dream.

Members of Community Board 7 voted 27-3-9 on Feb. 15 to support Napenthea LLC’s quest to score a state-issued license to sell medical marijuana in Sunset Park, but Albany is not considering the company for one of the five new permits it will hand out this summer, because the company did not rank high enough in the Department of Health’s evaluation, according to a rep from the state.

“Nepenthea LLC is not one of the applicants that the department has reached out to and is not currently being considered for a license to manufacture or dispense medical marijuana,” said state Department of Health spokeswoman Jill Montag.

That didn’t stop the company’s chief operating officer from making his pitch to Community Board 7, though — as far as he knows, Napenthea is still in the running.

“I’m not aware of that. I have no communication that states that,” said Christopher Etts. “We were told that we could put in an updated application with new locations because of the five new licensees. I can’t speak for the Department of Health. I can’t assume what the [Department of Health’s] process is. That’s all I can say.”

In 2015, the state evaluated Napenthea and 42 other companies licenses that would allow them to sell doctor-prescribed ‘dro, according to state records. The agency reviewed each application and scored the companies out of 125 points based on a variety of factors including financial standing, geographic distribution, and product manufacturing, according to the Department of Health’s website.

The top-five ranked companies scored 90–97 points and nabbed one of the five coveted pot permits in July 2015. Now the state is issuing five more licenses and is reaching out to the next-five highest scoring applicants, according to Montag. But Nepenthea is nowhere near the next batch of companies the state is considering — it scored 71.35 and is ranked 34 out of the 43 applicants.

Sunset Park would have been home to Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana joint if Napenthea managed to snag a license. The shop would have sold liquids and oils for vaporization, as well as oral capsules, but not smokable or edible versions of cannabis, which is still federally illegal in all forms, according to Etts, who visited Community Board 7’s health committee on Jan. 30 and was present during the general board meeting on Feb. 16 to explain the company’s plans.

The state isn’t currently considering Nepenthea, but the company could be eligible for a license years from now, officials said.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joe from Greenpoint says:
Stop with this nonsense. There is virtually no "medical" MJ law in NY. Cuomo is too corrupt for even that.

Stop showing jars of weed, when the reality is pills or oils that don't get you high and you can't get unless you are on your deathbed.
Feb. 20, 2017, 11:01 pm
Mike L from Kensington says:
Pathetic. There's 100s of liquor stores throughout the well as 1000s of places to buy cigarettes. ..yet people aren't free to choose to smoke, eat, vape an herb that has proven medicinal benefits beyond so many pharmaceutical drugs. Colorado, California, Washington etc. Has the right idea in giving out medical cards to people who need this medicine and they're making a killing in the taxes. NY is ass backwards
Feb. 21, 2017, 4:30 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Lol at all the liberal snowflakes, demanding the right to engage in illegal behavior. Perhaps there are so many liquor stores because alcohol is, you know, legal?!? How states are permitted to flout federal laws is beyond me. I was hoping Attorney General Sessions would have dealt with this by now. I expect he will soon.
Feb. 21, 2017, 1:20 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Just worry about wagging your cane at those dang kids on your lawn!
Feb. 21, 2017, 4:51 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I'll be too busy laughing at all the stoners getting hauled off to jail once again to care about kids on my lawn.
Feb. 21, 2017, 7:01 pm

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