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First medical cannabis manufacturer in DeWitt open

The seeds have been planted but will take 90-120 days to fully grow.

Inside the new medical marijuana plant in DeWitt, you'll find six massive water tanks. That is the first part of the process to produce medical marijuana. Terradiol is the first manufacturer facility of its kind here in central New York.

CEO John Vavalo took CNYCentral on a tour of the project, which has taken more than three years to become a reality.

"In this facility, we're going to be growing the product, we're going to be harvesting the product, drying the product and producing the final product," Vavalo said.

Inside, the workers are required to wear special booties. His company was given the green light to build this 45,000-square feet facility back in August, with room to expand with increased demand. On Friday, they were given the approval by the state to officially start growing the cannabis plants. Some seeds have already been planted, but haven't sprouted yet. When planted, they will take 90 to 120 days to fully grow.

"Our objective is to bring in some new products that are not available today that patients have been asking for and requesting," Vavalo said.

The cannabis will come in several forms, such as vape pens, pills, and even sprays. The plants will go through several rooms during the growing process. The first room is where the baby plants are kept and put under specialized lights. They then will move to another room when they are matured, where they will eventually grow up to the ceiling.

Although Vavalo and his team are focusing on the medical side of this drug, they are paying close attention to the recreational side being studied.

"We're looking at it, we're watching it and we're involved in those conversations, but we don't know yet what direction that'll take," Vavalo said.

For now, they're focused on using the drug to treat things like cancer, epilepsy, PTSD and help manage pain.

"It's better than traditional pharmaceuticals, it's a natural product. There's no side effects, people aren't addicted to it," Vavalo said.

The transformation of these seedlings into lifesaving medicine is in the process, one Vavalo hopes can change lives.


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