Nearly three months after launching, Nassau County’s sole medical marijuana dispensary is still operating in a temporary space, officials said.
In late January, Bloomfield Industries opened a dispensary in an interim location at a Lake Success medical office complex, with the intention to soon relocate to a permanent space in the same building. However, the relocation is still on pause, since the permanent space is still occupied by the previous tenant, NYU Langone, officials said.
NYU Langone operates a gynecology office in Suite W75 at 2001 Marcus Ave., an NYU spokeswoman confirmed, adding that there are plans in the works to relocate. The spokeswoman declined to comment further.
It is unclear when Bloomfield will move out of its temporary office. A company spokesman said that they expect to begin building out the permanent space, Suite W75, by the end of April.
Bloomfield’s plan to occupy Suite W75, a 2,480-square-foot office space, has encountered numerous obstacles since the application was first submitted with the Town of North Hempstead in November 2015. The application was resubmitted three times until it was ultimately approved by the town Building Department and a permit was issued in late January, town spokeswoman Carole Trottere said.
Previously, town officials had said the permit lags were due to building code violations and that Bloomfield needed to supply more information about fire alarm systems, revised construction plans and other details. However, the first site inspection in late January failed because the current tenant had yet to vacate the space.
Bloomfield also operates two other dispensaries in New York, in Buffalo and Syracuse. It is still in the process of opening a fourth dispensary in Manhattan.
Advocates have said that patients are struggling to obtain medical marijuana, that the state’s program is challenging to navigate, and that there are too few patients enrolled.
As of April 11, 526 physicians are registered with the state’s medical marijuana program, and 2,675 patients have been certified by their doctors, according to the state Health Department.
The program officially launched Jan. 7, but months later, three of the state’s 20 planned dispensaries have yet to open.