Pot luck! Boro’s first medical-marijuana dispensary opens for eligible patients

Toke shop: Brooklyn’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened on the Prospect Heights–Park Slope border on Sunday.
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It’s high time!

Brooklyn’s first medical-marijuana dispensary opened across the street from the Barclays Center on Dec. 30, officially starting the sales of legal, weed-based remedies in the borough, according to a spokeswoman for the facility.

Qualifying patients registered with the state’s Department of Health will find the shelves at Citiva stocked with reefer-derived oils, vape pens, pills, and even topical salves designed to instantly soothe sore muscles, according to the company’s president Michael Quattrone.

The strains of medicinal pot sold at the facility are bred to produce a variety of effects, with some causing highs more physical than psychological, Quattrone said.

But customers who visit the store at 202 Flatbush Ave. between Dean and Bergen streets cannot purchase their Mary Jane as a plant or any wacky tobacky–infused edibles at the pot pharmacy, which is prohibited from hawking anything someone can light up and smoke under the medical-marijuana program state legislators enacted in 2014.

Customers must present their state-issued medical-marijuana cards to employees before entering the dispensary on the Park Slope–Prospect Heights border, which Quattrone described as more day spa than a smoke shop.

“We were kind of going for a modern-day apothecary with a Brooklyn vibe,” he said.

New York State’s medical-marijuana policy is much stricter than those of other states, and qualifying patients must suffer from diseases on a short list of debilitating illnesses — which include AIDS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic-stress disorder, inflammatory-bowel disease, and Parkinson’s disease — or be diagnosed with chronic pain.

The more than 100 borough physicians trained and certified to prescribe medicinal weed can also do so in lieu of prescribing opioids, which caused roughly 1,075 of the city’s 1,300 drug-overdose deaths in 2016, data shows, but are less deadly in states with medical-cannabis programs, according to the state Health Department.

But those Brooklynites sick enough to qualify for medical marijuana may find the drug too expensive to afford, because insurance companies will not foot the bill for it as long as weed remains illegal under federal law, forcing patients to pay out of pocket for pot-based pain relievers.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 7:16 pm, January 9, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Mike L from Kensington says:
It is high time that the federal law keeping cannabis illegal is changed to reflect the will of the people.. Which a majority of this country feel should be legal! And especially make way so that insurance companies will pay for medical marijuana!
Jan. 4, 2019, 11:48 am
Sara from Prospect Park says:
When are we going to see some intelligently written articles on the subject of cannabis? This journalist sounds like a baffoon with little to no intellect on the topic. He does a disservice to our community. You can have a sense of humor on the topic, but let’s elevate the conversation.
Jan. 4, 2019, 12:45 pm
concerned from Brooklyn says:
Legalize it, tax it, and fund public schools and infrastructure. I hear the MTA could use some funding. Just a rumor.
Jan. 4, 2019, 3:18 pm
BoB Marley from Kensington says:
About time!!!!
Jan. 4, 2019, 6:21 pm
Kimberly from USA says:
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 3 year ago at the age of 69. For several months I had noticed tremors in my right hand and the shaking of my right foot when sitting, as the disease progressed i totally lost balance. Neurologist had me walk down the hall and said I didn't swing my right arm. I had never noticed! I was in denial for a while as there is no history in my family. I used amantadine, Carbidopa/levodopa and physical therapy to strenghten muscles all failed. In 2016 a friend suggested Natural Herbal Gardens who have successful herbal treatment for Parkinson's disease, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I walk very much better now, no case of shortness of tremors or Anxiety since treatment. Visit Natural Herbal Gardens website ww w. naturalherbalgardens. com. This Parkinson's treatment is a miracle!!
Jan. 4, 2019, 11:43 pm
Humpolinah from Brookdale says:
What makes some people “eligible” and others “unworthy”? Who is the wizard of oz telling people that they’re less than, and that no! They cannot have! ????????!?!!!??????
Jan. 5, 2019, 1:42 pm
Greg says:
Humpolinah makes a good point - this smacks of discrimination.
Jan. 5, 2019, 3:26 pm
K. from ArKady says:
Oh, that name! Very NYC. But the storefront's a little off-putting, don't you think? It looks like I'm checking in at a Best Western. Where's all the flower? I hate to brag, but the fruits of croptober have cured and are hitting the market here in ArKady. 60 dollar ounces of 27% THC Blue Dream varietal, for example. Tax included. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Brooklyn.
Jan. 7, 2019, 12:41 pm
Dave from Downtown BK says:
What a joke. Cuomo is a joke. Trump should just legalize it already at the federal level and all this sort of BS would evaporate over night.
Jan. 9, 2019, 11:08 am
Reece mia from says:
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 3 years ago at the age of 59. For several months I had noticed tremors in my right hand and the shaking of my right foot when I was sitting. My normally beautiful cursive writing was now small cramped printing. And I tended to lose my balance. Neurologist had me walk down the hall and said I didn't swing my right arm. I had never noticed! I was in denial for a while as there is no history in my family of parents and five older siblings, but now accept I have classic symptoms. I am taking totalcureherbsfoundation com herbal treatment  and am about to start physical therapy to strengthen muscles.this herbal treatment has full get rid of my PD after 15 weeks of usage and it has reversed all symptoms.
Jan. 10, 2019, 3:17 am
ABDUL from USA says:
My mother has Parkinson’s disease She had taken levodopa for 2 years. But, October last year she had one injection of Apokyn (apomorphine) with bad side effects, the doctor wants her to take another one but I disagreed. 9 weeks ago a friend at work, introduced me to Best Health Herbal Centre, after telling her my mother’s problem. I ordered 2 bottles of Parkinson’s disease herbal formula from Best Health Herbal Centre, which my mother only used for 6 weeks and the result was extremely marvellous and my mother Parkinson’s disease was totally reversed. Am so happy to see my mother happy again.
Jan. 14, 2019, 1:37 am
Katie from USA says:
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 1 month after I turned 45. My grandma is 96 and had it since she was in her 20s. I have been on Copaxone, the first year was daily and now I am on 40 mg, 3 times a week. It made a tremendous difference for me. Although the fatigue is what really gets to me. When I do too much, I do start to feel weak. My MS got significantly worse and unbearable Last year, a family friend told me about Organic Herbal clinic and their successful MS TREATMENT, I visited their website ww w . organicherbalclinic. co m and ordered their MS Formula, i am happy to report the treatment effectively treated and reversed my Multiple Sclerosis(MS)), most of the symptoms stopped, I'm able to walk and eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly., I'm pretty active now and my attitude is extremely positive.
Jan. 21, 2019, 12:54 pm

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