Opening near for pot clinic

December 29th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Dispensary will see patients full time starting next month



HALLOWELL — A city medical marijuana dispensary started seeing patients by appointment before Christmas and plans to open full time next month.


Wellness Connection of Maine’s 2,400-square-foot dispensary, one floor above the Liberal Cup on Water Street, is scheduled to open by January’s end, according to the firm’s executive director, Becky DeKeuster.

Under state law, the dispensary will be the only one allowed in Kennebec County.

Earlier this year, DeKeuster had hoped the dispensary would be open by the fall. Renovations have held up the Hallowell dispensary’s opening, according to Jane Lane, senior vice president with Philip W. Johnston Associates, a Boston-based public affairs firm working with Wellness Connection.

“Becky loves her contractors,” Lane said. “But the fact is, we have to wait until the renovations are complete.”

DeKeuster said Wednesday that renovations are “pretty well finished,” with a few finishing touches remaining.

“It’s a very beautiful and serviceable location,” DeKeuster said.

The location has a parking area off Dummers Lane, with a winding handicapped-accessible ramp leading to a unmarked door with a keypad lock and a security camera overhead. Inside is a tidy, mostly empty space, with orange walls and a hardwood floor.

DeKeuster said she didn’t have an estimate of the number of patients who have already been seen. To receive medical marijuana, patients must have one of many state-approved qualifying conditions and get a recommendation from a doctor.

In 2010, Northeast Patients Group, a nonprofit organization that changed its name to Wellness Connection

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