By Susan McMillan firstname.lastname@example.org
HALLOWELL — For nearly two years, Chelsea resident Deborah Hutchinson had to rely on the help of friends to procure the marijuana she uses to relieve spasticity from multiple sclerosis.
Now, however, she can drive across the river to buy medical marijuana at the Wellness Connection of Maine dispensary that opened in downtown Hallowell in January.
“It’s made it so much easier,” said Hutchinson, 58. “I don’t have to worry about where I can get it. Before I wasn’t sure when I could get it, so I sort of rationed it. Now it’s so easy to go over there and get it.”
In a little more than three months of operation, the Hallowell dispensary has served about 100 patients, according to Wellness Connection Executive Director Rebecca DeKeuster.
“Things are going really well,” DeKeuster said. “We’ve had good response from patients in that area, and we’re adding new patients all the time.”
Friday was 4/20, a day of celebration for marijuana activists and users across the country, with gatherings taking place on college campuses and in other public places.
Wellness Connection hosted small celebrations at each of their three sites, with treats and banjo music, DeKeuster said. At 4:20 p.m., they raffled off a marijuana delivery device.
Wellness Connection opened a dispensary in Thomaston last fall and another in Portland in late March. They have about 400 patients at