First Medical Marijuana Dispensary opens in Newton

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on November 17, 2016.

In a first of its kind, a medical marijuana dispensary has been opened in Newton city on Tuesday; four year after Massachusetts passed medical marijuana legislation in the state.

Garden Remedies, a nonprofit founded by Dr. Karen Munkacy, opened the first medical marijuana dispensary in the county, which is the ninth medical marijuana dispensary to open in Massachusetts state.

The dispensary is a long standing dream of Dr. Karen Munkacy, who survived from breast cancer. “We’ve all been working very hard to make medical marijuana safely and legally available for patients in Newton,” Dr. Munkacy said. “We’re very excited to serve the people in this area.”

“As a doctor, cancer patient in remission, wife, and mother, I have compassion for anyone who can be helped by medical cannabis,” Dr. Munkacy stated.

Located at 697 Washington St., the Garden Remedies celebrated the opening with the apropos cutting of a green ribbon. The dispensary features products grown and produced at Garden Remedies’ cultivation facility in central Massachusetts, under the approval of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The facility has a staff of growers, technicians, patient advocates and others, who will serve customers looking for pain relief alternatives. It offers multiple types of medical cannabis, including indica, sativa and hybrid, in a range of ingestion forms, such as vape products, flowers and tinctures.

Medical marijuana patients who have registered with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health can now make appointments online at

Garden Remedies' opening comes just one week after Massachusetts voters legalized the use of recreational marijuana with the passage of Question 4. Recreational marijuana shops are expected to open in 2018.

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