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Columbia Care Subsidiary, Patriot Care, Opens Boston's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 Drug News J E 4
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Downtown Facility Enhances Columbia Care's Position as the Nation's Premier Provider of Marijuana for Medical Use

BOSTON, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Care LLC ("CC"), one of the nation's leading medical marijuana companies, announced today that its Massachusetts subsidiary, Patriot Care Corporation ("PCC"), will open Boston's first medical marijuana dispensary to qualifying patients on August 3, 2016.  The facility will be located downtown at 21 Milk Street.  This will be Patriot Care's second location serving patients in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts following the Lowell dispensary, which opened in February. 

"Being the first dispensary permitted to open in the City of Boston is a privilege for every member of our local and national organization.  Our mission of improving lives is at the core of everything we do.  Expanding access to this natural medicine will have the potential to improve the lives of thousands of patients and their families," said Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita. "We are grateful for and humbled by the support we have received from patients, our neighbors, the City of Boston, the State of Massachusetts and stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth.  Our organization is proud to provide access to the patients of Massachusetts and to be a community member of one of the most dynamic and historic cities in the United States."

With the opening of its Massachusetts dispensaries, Columbia Care continues to expand its national presence in highly regulated, medically-focused jurisdictions throughout the US. The Boston location solidifies Columbia Care's leadership position in the nation's largest cities including New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Phoenix.  Later this year, Patriot Care will expand access to qualifying patients in western Massachusetts by opening in Greenfield which will become the Company's third dispensary in the State.

Consistent with the Company's national, medically-focused operating model, Massachusetts dispensaries are designed with patient comfort and safety in mind.  All facilities are staffed by a dedicated team trained to provide the highest level of professionalism, compassion, confidentiality, and respect for patients and their conditions.  In the heart of Boston, PCC's facility will be accessible by the Red, Orange, Green, Blue, and Silver lines of The T.  In addition, delivery service will be available once the initial patient registration process and patient consultation have been completed on site.  All aspects of safety and security will be provided by professionals with law enforcement backgrounds utilizing industry-leading security measures.  

To access state-licensed facilities, patients must be deemed eligible by a certified physician and be registered with the State through the Department of Public Health.  After August 3rd, registered patients are welcome visit our Boston facility from 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Registered patients may visit our Lowell facility from 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Patients are encouraged to visit us online at www.patriotcare.org, www.col-care.com  or call (617) 500-1375 with any questions.

As is the case at all Columbia Care facilities nationwide, a variety of product formats and formulations will be available for purchase, including cured leaf from numerous strains, infused edible products and concentrates.  We expect to expand this offering by the end of the year to include our dosable pharmaceutical line of sub-lingual tinctures, concentrates for vaporization, and orally ingested capsules.

All products offered in Massachusetts begin with a bespoke, organic cultivation process that takes place in highly controlled micro-climates at the Company's industry-best production facility in Lowell.  Manufacturing and refinement processes follow strict quality control guidelines to ensure product safety and consistency.  All products undergo independent batch testing for a variety of measures to ensure the highest levels of purity. 

For more information on the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, including information on how to register, please visit www.mass.gov/medicalmarijuana.

About Columbia Care LLC

Columbia Care is one of the nation's largest and most experienced manufacturers and providers of medical marijuana products and services. The Company is licensed in highly selective and regulated jurisdictions and has completed more than 300,000 successful patient interactions since its inception.  Founded by two former Goldman Sachs executives, and working in collaboration with some of the most renowned and innovative teaching hospitals and medical centers in the country, Columbia Care is a patient-centered healthcare company setting the standards for compassion, professionalism, quality, caring, and innovation for a burgeoning new industry.

For more information on Columbia Care, please visit www.col-care.com.

For more information on Patriot Care, please visit www.patriotcare.org.

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/columbia-care-subsidiary-patriot-care-opens-bostons-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-300308152.html

SOURCE Columbia Care LLC

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