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Legal marijuana now available in Berkshire County

September 28, 2017 07:28 PM

GREAT BARRINGTON - It took Pittsfield resident Kellie Alexander 30 minutes to get to Theory Wellness Thursday.  Previously, the Stage Four Ovarian Cancer patient was driving close to two hours to fill her medical marijuana prescription.

"When you're sick, that's a long drive," said Alexander after completing her first marijuana purchase in Berkshire County.

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Theory Wellness sells pot - in smokable, edible, tincture, salve and vapor forms - to state-qualified medical marijuana patients.  They can choose from a menu, as different varieties are believed to better treat certain illnesses and conditions, and then leave with about a two-week supply.

"We've seen a paradigm shift over the past 5-10 years.  We are looking at 90 percent public support for medical marijuana and public sentiment for recreational marijuana has shifted as well," explains Nick Friedman, the CEO and President of Theory Wellness.

The average patient will spend $100 per visit.  Insurance doesn't cover medical marijuana but Theory Wellness does offer subsidies based on income.  Cash and debit cards are accepted.

"We try to price parallel to the black market so no diversion in either direction," added Friedman.

For Kellie, Theory Wellness provides the peace of mind and body that cancer took - closer to home.

"I wasn't eating.  I lost 30 lbs. so I'm the perfect one for medical marijuana use.  I did not use it for recreation, I did not like it before," says Alexander.

Recreational use marijuana is scheduled to become legal in July and Theory Wellness says it is prepared for that market, as well.

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Abigail Bleck

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