Portland pot dispensary opens quietly

March 29th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

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Portland pot dispensary opens quietly

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — The city’s first medical marijuana dispensary, in a nondescript brick building at the end of an alley off Congress Street, opened for business Wednesday.

Wellness Connection of Maine’s new marijuana dispensary in Portland is in a nondescript brick building at the end of an alley off Congress Street, behind the Local 188 restaurant.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Dipensary Director Diane Schinella and Executive Director Rebecca DeKeuster of the Wellness Connection of Maine in Portland on Wednesday.

Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

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The dispensary, behind the Local 188 restaurant, is a well-lit, modern facility with bright green walls, light wood floors, a coffee and tea bar — behind a counter that will soon hold marijuana pipes and rolling papers – a “community area” for patients, and rooms for acupuncture and reiki treatments.

Plans to mount birch tree halves to a wall, similar to a decoration in Wellness Connection of Maine’s dispensary in Hallowell, ran afoul of Portland’s fire code and had to be abandoned, but a white outline of trees is painted on one wall, awaiting the artist’s finishing touches.

Rebecca DeKeuster, executive director of the nonprofit company that runs the dispensary, said the

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