Boston opens 1st medical marijuana dispensary

BOSTON (WHDH) - The first medical marijuana dispensary in Boston opened Wednesday afternoon in Downtown Crossing.

The Patriot Care dispensary is one of seven now open in Massachusetts. Patients who have a state medical marijuana card are now able to legally purchase various forms of marijuana. Patriot Care CEO Bob Mayerson said they offer marijuana in edible and smokable forms, along with vapors.

The center opened Wednesday afternoon after it was blessed by a group of priests. Outside, a line of patients waited to get inside.

“You know you don’t have to worry about the stigma that it’s illegal,” said medical marijuana patient Mark Culhane.

Patriot Care said most patients use medical marijuana to relieve pain associated with cancer and other types of illness. Father Joseph Quinn, who is living with a painful terminal illness, told 7News that medical marijuana has been a huge help.

“I want to take advantage of being without pain for at least a little bit of each day and medical marijuana has certainly helped tremendously,” said Quinn.

Medical marijuana is not currently covered by health insurance, so patients have to pay for it out-of-pocket when they visit Patriot Care.

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