A look inside the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Wareham
Five years after it was a first announced, a medical marijuana dispensary is set to open this month in a historic property on Main Street.
A grand opening for Verilife, 112 Main St., will be held in Besse Park (located across the street from the dispensary) on May 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. Officials from Pharmacannis Massachusetts, Inc., the company that owns and operates the dispensary, said the facility is tentatively set to open May 22.
“We’re super excited to start serving patients in Wareham,” said Shelley Stormo, executive director for Pharmacannis Massachusetts. “It’s been a pleasure working with the town and I anticipate that will continue.”
The opening will end a lengthy process that featured the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. Recreational sales were not part of the company’s original plan. However, in response, Stormo said Verilife will sell product later this summer. A date has not yet been determined.
In the meantime, Verilife will be focused on medical patients. The first floor of the building is nearly complete. During a recent tour, Stormo explained security measures, the patient intake process and sales.
Before a patient a walks through the dispensary’s doors, they must show a medical marijuana card and another form of identification. Patients are then buzzed inside where an employee will double check identification.
New patients are provided educational material and for those that want to receive one-on-one consultations in a private room. Afterward, they are brought into the dispensing area, which is also secured and requires patients to be buzzed in, where they can buy marijuana and check out a small selection of pipes, vaporizers and more.
Stormo said those products are sold for the benefit of patients.
“Many of our patients are 55 and older and may not be comfortable walking into a