David Robinson, Poughkeepsie Journal Published 3:45 p.m. ET June 27, 2018 | Updated 3:46 p.m. ET June 27, 2018
Curaleaf New York is opening its first medical marijuana dispensary for the state in Newburgh. It is also the first for Orange County. Video by Amy Wu / Poughkeepsie Journal Wochit
Michelle Bodner is the the president of PalliaTech NY, operates the dispensary under the brand name Curaleaf New York.(Photo: Amy Wu/Poughkeepsie Journal)Buy Photo
A new Orange County medical marijuana dispensary has served about 1,000 patients after a few months in business, illustrating demand in the Hudson Valley and the surrounding areas for cannabis-based drugs.
The Curaleaf New York dispensary at 8 North Plank Road, Newburgh opened March 30. It is the only medical marijuana dispensary in Orange County.
“Reaching this milestone so quickly shows how under served Orange County was prior to the opening of our Newburgh dispensary,” said Michelle Bodner, CEO of PalliaTech New York, which operates the dispensary.
Becoming an ‘integral and trusted member’ of the community
Yet, despite the early success in Orange County, Bodner addressed the unmet patient needs in New York’s medical marijuana program, which has struggled to register medical professionals and certify patients since launching in January 2016.
Dispensary is part of a program expansion underway, including the addition of more common eligible illnesses, like chronic pain, and new medical marijuana businesses.
“We are proud to have become an integral and trusted member of this community and look forward to serving thousands of more patients in the future,” Bodner said.
At the opening of the dispensary, Wallkill resident Darryll O’Brien, 42, said he has been suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis from childhood. Before the dispensary opened, he had been self-medicating with marijuana since he was a