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OXFORD – The brand-new computers, minimalist modern decor and iPad check-in seem more akin to an Apple Store. But the security guard and the very slight sickly-sweet smell upon entering reveal the true nature of the new business on Main Street: It’s the region’s second marijuana dispensary and it celebrated its grand opening Wednesday.
“It’s surreal, to be honest,” Maura O’Brien, dispensary operations manager of Curaleaf, said of the opening at 425 Main St. “It’s amazing to work with the patients and be a part of their success … and it’s good timing that we’re here. It’s definitely an underserved area.”
Curaleaf operates a dispensary in Hanover and a state-of-the-art grow facility in Webster. It plans to open a third dispensary in Provincetown at the end of the summer. It opened its roughly 2,000-square-foot dispensary in Oxford on Saturday and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.
The facility joins Cultivate Holdings Inc., in Leicester, as the only medical marijuana dispensaries in Central Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program.
It is not the typical business opening on Main Street.
First, it takes two forms of identification to get inside – a government-issued photo ID and a medical marijuana ID card – both checked by a security guard and a receptionist.
Patients are allotted 10 ounces of marijuana every 60 days (although most come to pick up only an eighth of an ounce or an ounce at a time, Ms. O’Brien said) and an employee ensures that the patient is eligible to pick up their allotment before letting them into the facility.
Then the facility becomes like a doctor’s office.
New patients fill out paperwork in a small waiting room, receiving information about cannabis, then proceed into a private consultation room,