We visit one of the sites growing the first legal crop of marijuana in New York State in a century. A family owned business called Etain, is turning an old horse stable in the hamlet of Chestertown into a cultivation facility to grow & process medical marijuana, which will be available to patients suffering from cancer, ALS, and several other serious medical conditions beginning in January. One of 5 companies awarded licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana is a women-owned business run by Amy Peckham and her daughters Hillary and Keeley. They recently gave a tour of the new facility to the public, and talked about the personal story behind their getting into the medical marijuana industry. Amy Peckham's mother had ALS and suffered from debilitating side-effects of taking numerous medications to treat the disease. Her family says if medical marijuana had been legal a few years ago, they believe it would have greatly eased her pain and suffering.
The grow facility is also expected to hire as many as 60 workers in the coming months, which will be a huge economic boost to that part of Northern Warren County.