Managing medical marijuana’s growing pains

June 6th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

An empathy for people battling illnesses and an ability to navigate through controversy will serve Patricia Rosi well as she manages half of Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries.

Wellness Connection of Maine operates medical marijuana dispensaries in Portland, Brewer, Thomaston and Hallowell, and has 50 employees. The dispensaries offer about a dozen varieties of marijuana to treat specific illnesses, or the side effects of treatment for illnesses, such as cancer or glaucoma. Rosi, 45, took over as chief executive officer of the nonprofit last year. She grew up in France and came to the United States about 15 years ago, when her husband took a job in Maine. Rosi worked for Pierce Promotions in advertising and marketing, and took the top job at Wellness Connections after serving on the organization’s board and working in other roles.

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Patricia Rosi, CEO of Wellness Connection of Maine, says “People need help, advice and support. It’s not just a place where you come and get weed and go.” Logan Werlinger/Staff Photographer


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