Story by A.J. Arias
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, members of the Town of Warwick’s Chamber of Commerce, and executives of the parent company iAnthus Capital and its New York branch Citiva, came together on Tues., Jul. 31 to break ground on a new medical cannabis growing facility in Warwick’s Tech Park. Located at the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, the $10 million building will be 40,000 square feet and hopes to bring 100 jobs and thousands of dollars in tax revenue.
Citiva will produce medical marijuana and cannabis that will be sold in dispensaries across southern New York. The medical cannabis grown at this site will first be dispensed in Brooklyn with a target of fall 2019.
iAnthus Capital CEO Hadley Ford thanked the people of Warwick as he made his remarks at the sites groundbreaking ceremony. Ford said that the symbolism of the site going up on top of a former prison was not lost on him. Ford continued that he wants to bring the medical marijuana industry “out of the shadows and into the light.”
Supervisor Sweeton said that the facility was “a perfect fit for Warwick” in regard to the Town’s concentration on agriculture. Lynn Allen Cione, the President and CEO of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, said that the facility puts Orange County and Warwick at the forefront of the medical field.
The new Warwick facility will be the sixth medical cannabis growing facility for iAnthus and the second of its kind in Orange County.