Massachusetts First MMJ Dispensary Opens for Business

Three years after Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approved medical cannabis use, the state’s first dispensary has finally opened. After receiving a final approval from state regulators, Alternative Therapies Group made the following announcement on their website:

“ATG is the first Registered Marijuana Dispensary to receive a Final Certificate of Registration in the state of Massachusetts. Our Salem, MA dispensary is scheduled to begin serving registered patients Wednesday, June 24th – by appointment only. ATG intends to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for our patients.”

During the launch, the ATG will only be offering medical marijuana in its flower form. A company statement, however, confirms that efforts “to include more strains and MIPs [marijuana-infused products], such as tinctures, baked goods, topical creams, salves and vaporizer pens,” are underway.

The dispensary’s cannabis is grown entirely in an off-site location that is off-limits to the public.

Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana treatment for several debilitative conditions — including cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease — in 2012.

Meanwhile, two marijuana advocacy groups have separately announced they will put the question of full legalization to Massachusetts voters in 2016.


Photo Credit: Martijn

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