On April 11, 2016, Vireo Health of New York, one of the five licensed medical marijuana providers in New York, announced that it had invited all five presidential candidates—former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump—to tour its medical cannabis cultivation and lab facilities at Tryon Technology Park in Perth, New York.
If any of the presidential candidates accept Vireo’s invitation, Vireo will provide an opportunity at the tour’s conclusion for the candidates to make public statements clarifying their positions on medical cannabis.
Vireo’s invitation coincides with the GOP and Democratic primaries taking place in New York on April 19.
“New Yorkers—and all Americans—have the right to know exactly where the candidates stand on resolving the conflicts between federal and state laws on this crucial issue,” said Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of New York, in a press release. “Patients struggling with debilitating and life-threatening diseases like cancer, ALS and HIV/AIDS should not be forced to choose between continuing to suffer and violating federal law.”
“If you are unable to visit our facility before New York’s upcoming primary, we ask that you make a public statement on this issue in advance of April 19th,” Hoffnung wrote in the invitation. “Patients, physicians, and countless New Yorkers want to know what actions you will take as president to protect and ensure the long-term success of our state’s medical marijuana program.”