Queens residents hoping to find relief from chronic illness pain will now be able to purchase medical-grade marijuana in the borough’s first dispensary.
Vireo Health of New York, one of five companies in the state licensed to sell medical marijuana, opened up shop on Friday at 89-55 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst.
According to CEO Ari Hoffnung, patients who enter the dispensary will receive an experience that resembles a visit to a doctor’s office or pharmacy. Though there is still stigma related to patients who smoke marijuana for pain relief, he said, Vireo Health is trying to change that.
“The experience that patients will have here is fundamentally different than the images New Yorkers see from California and Colorado,” Huffnung said. “There will be no joints here, there will be no pot brownies.”