Three Rochester firms vie to be medical marijuana producers

A medical marijuana growing room in an unspecified location outside New York.(Photo: Photo provided by Butler Evergreen)

Hoping to plant a seed and grow a thriving business in western New York, at least three Rochester-area companies plan to seek state approval to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana.

Under the state law that will allow physicians to prescribe marijuana-based medicine to treat select illnesses beginning in January, five companies are being chosen to provide that medication. Applications are being taken through June 5.

"We are focused squarely on creating a world-class biopharmaceutical company," said Mark Doherty, project manager for Butler Evergreen, which is applying with a plan to locate a growing and processing facility in the village of Wolcott, Wayne County.

Dozens of firms are expected to vie for the potentially lucrative designation, and three from this area say they'll be in the mix:

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