Company proposes to build massive cannabis facility at former Warwick prison

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WARWICK – An Illinois company has proposed to build a large cannabis growing and distribution facility at the Warwick Technology Park at the site of the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility.

Initially, the company, Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, soon to be called Green Thumb Industries, would grow medical cannabis products to be sold in New York and if and when recreational marijuana is approved, to also provide those products.

The project would be part of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s Accelerator program and will seek real estate abatements, a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, as well as sales and mortgage tax exemptions.

Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton said the proposal is just what the doctor ordered for the site.

“If we can land these folks with high-quality jobs, with integrated process here, it will just cap it all off for us and it will be something that we can all be proud of,” he said.

Green Thumb would construct three new buildings., two at roughly 100,000-square-feet and one at 200,000-SF.

GTI’s Rebecca Brown told the IDA board last week that the company operates in 12 states with 50 stores and plans for additional growth across the country.