Portland med-pot dispensary eyes late January opening

December 21st, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

After countless delays, the operator of Portland’s only planned medical marijuana dispensary says the Congress Street facility should be up and running by the end of next month.

“We’re hoping that we will have the city permits (this week), and if that happens we’ll be on track to open by end of January,” said Becky DeKeuster, executive director of Wellness Connection of Maine, which until last week was known as Northeast Patients Group.

“I’m not foreseeing any roadblocks to that happening,” she added.

Wellness Connection of Maine/NPG leased a roughly 6,000-square-foot space at 685 Congress St., behind Local 188, in September. In addition to the medical marijuana dispensary, the site will have administrative offices, wireless Internet and rooms for various other offerings that could range from massage therapy to 12-step programs.

“We want to connect with service providers in the neighborhood and in Portland, and offer our patients not just medicine but affiliated wellness services,” DeKeuster said. “It’s more than just about a medicine or a vitamin you take, it’s a lot bigger than that.”

Wellness Connection/NPG was one of five nonprofit companies awarded a permit to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Maine. But it was also the last permit holder to begin serving patients. Under state law, patients must have certain qualifying illnesses and a doctor’s prescription to be eligible for medical marijuana.

Dispensaries operated by companies other than Wellness Connection/NPG are open in Ellsworth, Frenchville, Biddeford and Auburn.

Wellness Connection has one dispensary open in Thomaston and expects to open its Brewer location early

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