Branford medical marijuana dispensary to begin sales in September
BRANFORD >> Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut, one of six state-approved dispensaries of medical marijuana, will be selling products in September, said its manager, Nick Tamborrino.
The site, situated behind Planet Fitness at 469 E. Main St., will open "probably around the last week in August," but only for counseling with the pharmacists on hand and to "complete all the necessary required forms," Tamborrino said.
Bluepoint Wellness and the other dispensaries will serve the 2,000 patients who registered with the state Department of Consumer Protection. The registered patients may legally consume products, including brownies, cookies, e-cigarette liquid and pills, made at the state's four wholesale growing facilities.
Bluepoint will buy its products from Theraplant in Watertown, at least at first. "They'll be the first to market," Tamborrino said. "Right now they're anticipating mid- to late September for the first supply."
Tamborrino, a pharmacist for more than 13 years who worked as a hospital pharmacist for eight years, said Bluepoint will appear more like a medical office than a retail store -- what Tamborrino calls a "hybrid model" -- and will provide counseling services from the pharmacists on staff in addition to selling cannabis products.
"It's not required by the state but it's something we plan on implementing to improve quality of care," Tamborrino said.
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