Manhattan’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary: A Review

Columbia Care

Inside Columbia Care, one of New York City’s first medicinal marijuana dispensaries.

The Columbia Care shop is located on 14th Street right off Manhattan’s Union Square. The dispensary’s exterior is intentionally discreet, lacking marijuana plant designs so commonly seen around the country. There are five security cameras out front, and patients will be buzzed in after showing medicinal program cards. Once inside, customers are invited back to the pharmacy area.

The interior space is modern and warm, not sterile like a doctor’s office. But key larger questions remain including how many medical practitioners will participate in the program, and recommend medicinal marijuana to patients. Also, health insurance does not cover medical marijuana so patients will have to pay out of pocket.

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