BRANFORD >> Almost 200 patients have been seen at Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut’s medical marijuana dispensary for consultations and will be able to buy the product as of Tuesday, according to owner Nick Tamborrino.
Theraplant, a marijuana-growing facility in Watertown, announced Monday that it was shipping out its products for the first time to five of the six state dispensaries, including Bluepoint.
“It’s coming in today at some point,” Tamborrino said Monday of the “raw flour or loose flour” he’ll begin selling Tuesday. A pharmacist, Tamborrino said he’s seen “a lot of cancer patients, a lot of spinal cord injuries,” and patients coming in in wheelchairs and on walkers who “want to try this alternative therapy.”
The General Assembly legalized medical marijuana in 2012. Connecticut is one of 23 states, plus the District of Columbia, to approve the treatment. Patients must register and have one of 11 diseases, such as epilepsy, glaucoma and Crohn’s disease, to be eligible to buy marijuana. It is not covered by health insurance.
Tamborrino said getting ready to open the dispensary at 469 E. Main St. has been “nerve-wracking,” but that he’s been moved by the people who have come in for consultations. “They’re really sick patients (who) want to try this alternative,” he said.
At first, he will have only the smokable form, which is made by pulverizing the plant into a powder. He said he recommends using a vaporizer as the safest way to consume the marijuana. He said a 30-day supply of the homogenized flour, one-eighth ounce, will cost $50 to $60.
Ethan Ruby, president of Theraplant, said in a statement, “After many months of planning and preparing, today we’re one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal of improving the lives of Connecticut residents suffering from debilitating illnesses by providing pure, natural, palliative medicine.
“We’ve been focused on developing and delivering the highest quality pharmaceutical-grade product possible, and have been strict about adhering to every standard that’s been put in place by regulators to ensure safety and effectiveness.”
There are three other growing facilities approved in Connecticut, including Advanced Grow Labs in West Haven. David Lipton, managing partner of Advanced Grow Labs, said his facility will have products available at the end of the year.
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