MERIDEN — Work to open the city’s first medical marijuana dispensary is progressing.
Mary Morgan, dispensary manager for Willow Brook Wellness, said this week she expects the dispensary will open mid-spring. This week, contractors performed electrical work inside the storefront in a retail plaza at 1371 E. Main St.
The dispensary was one of nine approved in December by the state Department of Consumer Protection. None of the nine have opened yet, according to DCP spokeswoman Lora Rae Anderson.
The plaza is located across the street from the future sites of Taino Smokehouse Prime and Huxley’s Bookmark Cafe.
The DCP added the nine dispensaries to address a growing demand for medical marijuana.
“(The program) has grown significantly since the last time new facility licenses were awarded in January of 2016. At that time, there were 8,228 patients benefiting from the program. Today, there are 30,448,” the DCP said in a December press release.
To qualify for DCP’s medical marijuana program, patients must be receiving treatment for one of over 30 pre-approved “debilitating medical conditions.”
The Meriden dispensary will “serve an underserved population within a half-mile of Middlesex County,” Morgan told the Hartford Business Journal last year. Willow Brook’s first-ever dispensary plans to hire at least three pharmacists, five dispensary technicians, and support staff, she told the publication.
“We are focused on serving patients with passion, respect, and trust while educating them on options and resources available to help them on their journey,” the dispensary’s website says.
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