Philly's 1st Medical Marijuana Dispensary opens in Fishtown

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on May 30, 2018.

The first medical marijuana dispensary of Philadelphia opened its doors Wednesday morning in the city’s Fishtown neighborhood.

Restore Integrative Wellness, a spa-like facility on the 900 block of Frankford Avenue, opened its doors to at 11 AM on Wednesday.

Around 20 patients stopped in to Restore to buy medicinal cannabis in Philadelphia, for the first time ever.

According to Vip Patel, co-owner of Restore, the medical marijuana dispensary has 30 people who gave a cost-free 30-minute consultation to the first-time patients to help them find the best medical marijuana strains and administration methods for their conditions.

Restore features simplistic decor and a large foliage backdrop behind the front desk. The dispensary has been made greenery to help the patients to feel comfortable and relaxed.

“We feel fantastic – we made history today,” said Vipul Patel, Restore’s chief operating officer, who attended the opening ceremony of the dispensary. “It’s a great day for us. We hope it’s a great day for Philadelphia,” he added.

Like dozen other medical marijuana dispensaries that have opened since Pennsylvania legalized medicinal cannabis in April 2016, Restore will sell different kinds of supplies like cannabis concentrates, tinctures, capsules, and vape pens and cartridges.

Products range in price between $20 and $90.

To buy medical marijuana, you must suffer from one of 21 serious conditions and obtain a state ID card.

Only those patients suffering from 21 serious health ailments including cancer, autism, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis will be allowed to use medical marijuana products after applying to the state Health Department for a patient registration card and getting a certified recommendation from a state-approved doctor.

Restore will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m and eventually add evening and Sunday hours.

Appointments with pharmacists can be made on the official website of Restore or by calling 215-999-2980.

Restore plans to launch the second dispensary in Elkins Park within three months.

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