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At least 4 western New York groups look forward to permissions to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in the state of New York. These include two Cheektowaga eye surgeons, a dentist from Amherst, a tomato grower from Niagara and a medical entrepreneur who has partnered with the founder of the Tanning Bed chain.

These people are submitting their applications to the state Department of Health. However, they are not alone. They are among 100 to 350 enterprising groups that are expected to apply for the right to become medical cannabis suppliers. The ones whose applications are selected will be permitted to provide marijuana in forms of pill, oil or vapour to patients diagnosed with a “severe, debilitating or life-threatening condition,” such as cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.