Region's first medical marijuana dispensary opens in Leicester

Elaine Thompson Telegram & Gazette Staff @EThompsonTG

LEICESTER – Cultivate Holdings Inc. on Main Street is the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Worcester County.

The heavily-secured facility, located in a 23,000-square-foot former tool and die shop at 1764 Main St., has marijuana cultivation, processing and dispensary under one roof. The business is along the western portion of Route 9, one of the commercial zoning districts where medical marijuana facilities are allowed.

“We grow it here. We’re extracting it here and packaging and selling it right out the front door. It’s like farm to table, but in the cannabis world,” 24-year-old Sam Barber, company president, said Tuesday.

The business opened Friday, and is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Mr. Barber said about 40 clients from throughout the state visit the business each day.

“People in Worcester County are driving an hour to Northampton or to Newton, the nearest locations. And when they get there, they end up waiting an hour in line to be served,” he said. “We’re seeing people from all over the state who just want to check out the next new spot and see what new products are out there.”

The company, formerly called Natural HealthCare, offers nine strains of the cannabis flower that have varying percentages of THC and CBD that result in different effects. For instance, different strains are used for body relaxation, pain relief, better focus or improved creativity.

The company is working on 20 to 30 other product lines, including edibles, to be available in the next few months.

Clients must have current government-issued identification and a state medical marijuana license before they are allowed to enter the dispensary. Once they are inside, the business creates a profile of the client in their database.

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