First medical marijuana dispensary in Worcester County opens

Worcester County’s first medical marijuana dispensary has opened in Leicester.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported that Cultivate Holdings Inc. cultivates, processes and dispenses medical marijuana from a 23,000-square-foot facility on 1764 Main St.

Cultivate officially opened to the public last Friday. The facility is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

The dispensary offers nine strains of marijuana with differing amounts of THC and CBD that can produce different effects, the Telegram & Gazette reported.

According to the company’s website, discounts are available for veterans, seniors and those with financial hardships. 

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The site allows users to find a certified doctor and register with the state to receive medical marijuana.

According to state law, patients suffering from a debilitating medical condition may possess a 60-day supply of marijuana prescribed by a Massachusetts-licensed physician. 

Last year, Massachusetts legalized recreational use and possession of small quantities of marijuana. In 2018, commercial marijuana shops are expected to open in the state.

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Prices at Cultivate range from $50 for an 1/8 of an ounce, to $350 for a full ounce of marijuana, the Telegram & Gazette reported. Cultivate has hired 20 people at the facility, and expects to hire 30 more in the coming months. 

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