Fall River’s 1st Medical Marijuana Dispensary opens

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on July 02, 2018.

Fall River’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened on Saturday. Five dozen people with medical marijuana cards entered the Northeast Alternatives on its first day in business to get help and hemp.

“Our first day went really well,” said Chris Harkins, the CEO of Northeast Alternatives, 999 William S. Canning Blvd. “We had 60 people come through.

“The patients we met have been really excited about being able to walk in to get medicine locally.”

Northeast Alternatives has a license to sell marijuana to the people who have been given state medical marijuana card following a recommendation from a physician.

After verification of the state-approved identification, the clients were allowed into the showroom, where they spoke with one of a half-dozen bud tenders on duty during the weekend — sales people who are trained to help provide the product that will be most helpful to the client.

Individuals can visit the company’s website - nealternatives.com – to know more about the company and the products available in the dispensary.

The website contains a menu for products for sale. Marijuana flower, oils, edibles and lozenges are available. Bud tenders will be able to advise patients on the product that is most likely to provide relief from pain, anxiety, seizures, cancer or a variety of other ailments that researchers say can be eased through one of the several strains of marijuana available.

The company, meanwhile, has an application before the state Cannabis Control Commission for a license to sell marijuana to the adults. But, they are yet to receive word on that application.

The next closest dispensary to Fall River opened six months ago in Fairhaven. However, more are scheduled to open through the state after getting license from the state Cannabis Control Commission.

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