A medical marijuana dispensary in Williamsville has received the green light from state regulators to move 3 miles east in Amherst to a plaza along the Clarence border.
Renovations are underway inside the new location for the MedMen dispensary at 6850 Main St., at Transit Road, according to Amherst Building Commissioner Mark Berke.
It's not clear when the company will shut down its operations at 52 S. Union Road, just south of Main Street in the village, and move to the new site.
Bloomfield Industries opened the South Union Road dispensary in January 2016 in a former Stereo Advantage building that Iskalo Development Corp. has turned into medical and professional offices.
It was among the first wave of dispensaries that opened in New York after the state permitted the use of marijuana to treat chronic pain, cancer and other conditions. Today, just over 2,400 doctors and other practitioners were treating 105,000 patients in the state through the medical marijuana program, State Health Department data shows.
Los Angeles-based MedMen acquired Bloomfield Industries, and its dispensaries in New York, in February 2017. MedMen in May 2018 applied to the Health Department for permission to move its dispensaries in Amherst, Syracuse and on Long Island.
Documents provided to The Buffalo News by the Health Department in response to a Freedom of Information Law request did not offer a reason for MedMen's interest in making the move.
MedMen will take 2,500 square feet within the retail building, which is owned by Flaum Management of Rochester through a limited liability company. It's a 10-year lease with two, five-year options for MedMen, according to the agreement filed with the state.
The cost of the lease, site plan images and other details from the documents were redacted by the Health Department at the request of MedMen. The News submitted its FOIL in February and received the requested documents on Tuesday.
The Health Department declined further comment and referred a reporter to MedMen. Representatives of MedMen and Flaum did not respond to messages seeking comment.
The state granted approval for the moves last August but said MedMen still must provide further information, including specifics on how the move would affect patients and employees and how the company plays to safely transfer its drug stockpile between the locations.
Amherst's Planning Department approved the site plan in January and granted the building permit for renovations to the store in April, Berke said.
The company has not received a certificate of occupancy. Building inspectors have conducted nearly 20 site visits and construction continues with no date set for when MedMen wants to open the dispensary, he said.
MedMen's lease with Iskalo Development Co. for the dispensary at 52 S. Union Road is in effect through the end of 2020. MedMen has not informed Iskalo that it wishes to break the lease, said David Chiazza, Iskalo's executive vice president.
The company could begin operating from the new facility, continue to make its lease payments on the South Union Road location and remain in good standing, said Chiazza, who added he wasn't worried about finding a replacement tenant for MedMen.
"It's a great location," Chiazza said. "The Main Street corridor is in great demand."
The region is home to three dispensaries in all.
PharmaCann continues to operate a medical marijuana dispensary under its Verilife brand on Northpointe Parkway, off North French Road, in West Amherst. A third site, the Botanist, opened in November on Seneca Street in South Buffalo.