The borough’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors Friday near the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst.
The Queens Patient Center at 89-55 Queens Blvd. began to provide clients with cannabis-based medication products, formulated to help patients suffering from pain associated with a variety of chronic and terminal illnesses such as cancer, Lou Gherig’s disease, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis.
“For the first time in 100 years, marijuana is being sold legally in Queens,” Vireo Health of New York CEO Ari Hoffnung said. “This time it’s in non-smokable forms like tinctures, oils and pills dispensed by licensed pharmacists. The images you see from California and Colorado will not be seen here. No joints and no brownies.”