THE JOURNAL NEWS: MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY POISED TO OPEN IN WHITE PLAINS
WHITE PLAINS – A medical marijuana dispensary is poised to open in downtown White Plains on Thursday, but company officials concerned about negative perceptions used another name to describe the business: a neighborhood pharmacy.
“We’re not going to start selling joints on Thursday on the street corner,” said Ari Hoffnung, chief executive officer of Vireo Health of New York, the dispensary owner.
Hoffnung spoke Tuesday during a media tour of the dispensary at 221-223 E. Post Road. It is one of 20 dispensary sites across New York where patients will buy cannabis-based drugs under the state’s medical marijuana program, which officially launches Thursday.