- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York company is harvesting its first crop of medical marijuana some two months before the state’s new medical cannabis program is set to begin.

Kyle Kingsley, a physician and CEO of Vireo Health, says Thursday that a few hundred plants have been cut so far at his company’s grow facility in Perth, 33 miles northwest of Albany. It’s the first legal marijuana harvest in the state in about a century.

Vireo is one of five companies picked by the state to grow and dispense medical marijuana.

Under the state’s new law, patients with a qualifying condition can get permission from their doctor to obtain non-smokable forms of cannabis.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday the program is still on track to begin in January.

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