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BREAKING: First Marijuana Dispensary In Massachusetts Opens Today

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Three years after the state voted to allow legal marijuana, the first dispensary in MA will be open and running today: Alternative Therapies Group is based in Salem, MA.

Unlike many other states, NO marijuana will be grown on site, and most uniquely, no products will be on display – patients will have to choose their products via a computer screen.

So they wont be able to smell-test?

Capital Wired.com explains:

“The highly coveted license was approved on Friday and the facility will be operating in the neighborhood of Downtown Crossing. Patriot Care Corp. had already been approved to open such a dispensary in Lowell although provisionally. The corporation won the permit for a location in Greenfield as well thus becoming the only company that has been authorized to run three marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts.

State officials also stated that they are willing to allow another company to proceed with plans of opening such dispensaries in Northampton and Brookline. The decision to award Patriot Care Corp. the license has drawn sharp condemnation from a number of critics who claim that the company was being given a special kind of treatment.”

WCVB (ABC 5 in Boston) REports:

SALEM, Mass. —The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts is scheduled to open nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved marijuana for medicinal use.

Alternative Therapies Group’s dispensary in Salem is opening Wednesday and accepting patients by appointment only.

State regulators signed off on the final paperwork Tuesday allowing the dispensary to open.

Access to the dispensary in a converted factory building that houses other businesses will be restricted to patients with a state-issued marijuana registration card.

Police Chief Mary Butler tells The Boston Globe that patients will not see any products on display, but will make their choices via a computer screen.

No marijuana is grown or processed at the Salem site.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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