Medical marijuana dispensary hosts grand opening in Wareham

By Meghan Neely | May 31, 2018
Photo by: Meghan Neely Artist Robert Bank gives free glass blowing demonstrations at Verilife's grand opening.

Verilife, the first medical marijuana dispensary to set up shop in Wareham, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday night with a party in Besse Park.

The public was invited to attend the event and ribbon cutting ceremony, which included free food and live music. In the works for some time, the opening was delayed by the state's complex and lengthy application process. Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2012. Recreational marijuana was approved by a state ballot question in 2016.

“This evening has been five years in the making,” said Pharmacannis Massachusetts, Inc. Executive Director Shelley Stormo. “So it’s pretty surreal for us.”

Artist Robert Bank gave glass blowing demonstrations inside the Verilife tent. A raffle to benefit programs for Wareham seniors was also held. Prizes included Red Sox tickets and gift certificates from local restaurants.

“We really want to support the local community,” Stormo said. “For us, it’s all about serving Wareham.”

Selectman Alan Slavin was also in attendance at Thursday’s event, though he was hesitant to comment on Verilife’s future.

“It’s a new and interesting business,” Slavin said. “They have some of the best qualifications, so we just have to see where things go from here.”

Verilife currently holds one of Wareham’s three recreational licenses for marijuana and plans to begin sales once it becomes legal to do so this summer.

Stormo said that Verilife already had a successful soft opening with medical marijuana patients the week before on May 24. It’s anticipated that Verilife will serve 2,000 individual patients within its first year, many of whom are 55 and older.

“A lot of the people we work with are thankful that they don’t have to drive to Brookline or Brockton anymore,” Stormo said. “Medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but we have a huge problem with patient access.”

Members of the Verilife team took time to talk with attendees one-on-one, many of whom were interested in medical marijuana.

“I have fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, and scoliosis,” said Barbara Carroll. “I’m in a lot of pain, but I don’t like taking pills all the time.”

Carroll said she’s a firm believer in what Verilife is doing, and hopes that one day marijuana won’t be so stigmatized.

“It’s a legitimate thing,” Carroll said. “And I hope Verilife helps a lot of people.”

Attendees at the Verilife grand opening check out raffle items and essential oils for sale. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Comments (5)
Posted by: Peaches0409 | Jun 01, 2018 08:39

I personally am ok with the sale of medical marijuana. I know it helps those who suffer with chronic pain and I guarantee it's a lot better for them than a hand full of oxy. Best of luck to this business.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Jun 02, 2018 06:20

It says they also hold a recreational license. Will there be a second location for recreational?

Posted by: Unapologetically_me | Jun 02, 2018 09:53

Steve, Verilife well operate on a medicinal level and a recreational level at the same facility. That leaves two more permits for dispensaries in Wareham. The latest in the news is that a dispensary is looking to move into the Navionics facility, as they are moving to New Bedford. I haven't heard anything or read anything about the 3rd permit yet.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Jun 03, 2018 22:42

Steve Holmes I guess you missed that entire town meeting. Recreational in one door, medical out the other.

Posted by: sadie | Jun 04, 2018 07:26

the narvionics one is going to be a processing plant which will hire 41 people no retail just growing and processing so the other 2 permits are still available


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