New York medical-marijuana firm expanding to the West Coast

Etain, a licensed medical-marijuana company with a dispensary in Murray Hill, is expanding to California. It plans to compete in the state’s medical and recreational cannabis markets.

The move marks the initial out-of-state enterprise for the Westchester-based company, which was one of the first five businesses to obtain a medical-marijuana license in New York.

Etain’s experience participating in the state’s tightly regulated medical-marijuana market will give it an edge in California, which recently introduced more restrictive standards for medical-marijuana quality, said Hillary Peckham, Etain’s chief operations officer.

“Our advantage is producing clean material that can pass testing regulations,” Peckham said. “The most restrictive standards in California don’t compare to the compliance standard in New York.”

Etain, which manufactures its products in Warren County, also has dispensaries in Kingston, Syracuse and Yonkers. Licensed since 2015, the company was founded by Amy Peckham and her

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