Inside the second medical marijuana dispensary to open in Central Massachusetts

Medical marijuana patients now have another place to buy their medicine in Central Massachusetts with the opening of a dispensary in Oxford.

Curaleaf, located at 425 Main St., opened its doors to customers on Saturday. It’s one of 24 registered marijuana dispensaries in the state, according to the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program. In Central Massachusetts, Curaleaf is just one of two dispensaries, joining Cultivate in Leicester.

Maura O’Brien, dispensary operations manager for Curaleaf’s Massachusetts locations, describes the company as “friendly and medically-focused.” The national brand has dispensaries in several states throughout the northeast and in Florida.

“I’ve noticed that (medical marijuana) has overwhelming benefits, I’ve seen all kinds of patients walk through the door – brain injuries, cancer patients, even as small as insomnia, people who just can’t sleep – so it’s nice to see their journey along the way,” said O’Brien, who previously worked for Curaleaf in New Jersey. “Unfortunately a lot of times you do see sick people come in, but I’ve seen them improve, as well, which is amazing for the community.”

When a patient walks through the dispensary’s doors, they need to show their medical marijuana card and another form of identification to a security guard. Those IDs are then double-checked at an admissions window.

New patients receive a patient profile and educational material.

“We want to make sure every patient leaves here understanding the product they’re using,” O’Brien said.

Patients are then met by a consultant in the dispensary’s waiting room and brought into a private room for a one-on-one consultation. Afterward, they’re welcomed into the dispensing area where they can purchase marijuana, pipes, vaporizers and more.

Screens above the dispensary’s counter show a menu of products, from flowers and concentrates to edibles and topical salves. In the waiting room, a binder on the table has recipe printouts

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