Katonah local earns dispensary license

Amy Peckham, of Katonah, owns one of the five companies that received a marijuana dispensary license in New York state.

Etain, Peckham’s company, is one of the five medical marijuana companies with state approval. “It’s a proud and humbling moment to be one of the five applicants to be chosen to carry out a true public service,” Amy said to Time Warner Cable News.

Etain is currently working on getting its facilities ready and intends to have the company up and running by the end of January.

“After 18 months of extreme effort, Etain is very proud to announce that we have been selected as one of the five organizations legally allowed to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana to the patients of New York State. This is a huge victory for us, for women-owned and family-owned businesses, and for New York State! Look forward to reading about us, and to the many many updates to come as we launch our start-up plans in the coming weeks and months! We are so excited to begin operations, and we owe our thanks to so many people,” the Peckhams posted on Etain’s Facebook page.

Amy founded the company with her two daughters, Hillary and Keeley, after losing her mother to ALS.

Eighteen months ago, Amy pitched her idea for Etain to her daughters and after the Compassionate Care Act was passed last year, the company has been working full time to earn a license, Hillary Peckham said.

Etain intends to “provide a secure and compassionate medical marijuana environment for registered patients in need,” Hillary said.

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo enacted the Compassionate Care Act in July 2014, the Peckham family began the long application process for the medical marijuana license. Etain will have four dispensary locations throughout the state. The processing facility is in Chester and the stores will be in Albany, Syracuse, Yonkers and Kingston in an effort to serve as many New Yorkers as possible, Hillary said.

In addition to providing medical patients with a medically approved alternative, Hillary claims that Etain will create 80 jobs if its application is approved. These jobs will be available in the production facilities and in the four different retail locations. “We’ve really taken on this effort as New Yorkers for New Yorkers to try and bring the best and brightest here and create an opportunity in the state,” Hillary said.

Etain is accepting applications for employees at its processing site.

Hillary said she hopes to change the misconceptions many people have about medical marijuana. People don’t understand how strictly monitored this product is, she said. The product is only available to those diagnosed with serious conditions including cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, and Huntington’s disease. The marijuana is being used as a medical treatment to alleviate the patient’s pain. “It’s really hard for patients to gain access,” Hillary said.

Etain, which is a women-run company in addition to being a family business, has ambitious goals.

“Etain really wants to set a standard for the rest of the nation and show that this is a credible medicine and that it can be done in a responsible way,” Hillary said.

About author
TinaMarie Craven is the Arts & Leisure editor. She previously worked as the editor of the Monroe Courier and the Lewisboro Ledger. She graduated from Ithaca College with a BA in Journalism and Politics in 2015.

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