Though the new dispensary in Queens, New York is Curaleaf’s fourth in the state, it’s their first to open downstate and the first to be relatively accessible to most of NYC. The Forest Hills location was chosen for its close proximity to a variety of subway lines and is set up to be a sterile, high-end environment with big glass windows to eliminate stigma.
Curaleaf already made big waves earlier this year by opening the largest medical marijuana dispensary on the East Coast in New Jersey; now they’re looking to make even more of an impression. The Queens location has been reported as being more health spa-like than what could be considered weed themed (the manager is a New York licensed pharmacist).
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The 3,000-square-foot dispensary is currently offering medical-grade cannabis capsules, tinctures and other state approved forms of cannabis concoctions. It will also soon have tablets to add to their list of treatments. On the first visit, a patient is sat down with a trained consultant and the ailments ranging from PTSD to the side effects of cancer and its treatment are discussed along with the best plan of action, form of medication and frequency.
The owners said that they wanted big, glass windows in the front because they don’t want people feeling embarrassed about getting their medicine. It’s a forward thinking approach that goes straight into the faces of paranoia and stigma and says, “See ya, have a nice day.”
The parent company of Curaleaf, PalliaTech NY, is only one of 10 entities that are properly licensed to manufacture and distribute cannabis in the state. PalliaTech is a company that clearly prides itself in its professionalism and thoroughness.
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“PalliaTech is a holding company with controlling investments in cannabis operations in eleven states,” reads the corporate website, “Its national network of operating entities leverages its extensive research and development capabilities to cultivate and process medical cannabis that sets a standard for safety, effectiveness and consistent quality. Through its Curaleaf™ subsidiary, PalliaTech is the first cannabis company to achieve Global Food Safety Standards (SQF-certified), which is a testament to delivering safe and quality products to patients across the United States.”
It does make it seem safe to say that the new Queens dispensary will operate on a high level that will likely attract many New Yorkers who are also medical marijuana patients. This latest Curaleaf is located at 107-18 70th Road in Forest Hills, accessible by the E, F, M and R lines.