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February 5, 2019 / Brooklyn news / Downtown / Leaves of Grass

Boro’s second medical-marijuana dispensary opening on Court Street this spring

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The borough’s second medical-marijuana dispensary is coming to Court Street, inside the former home of a beloved office-supply shop that shuttered last year.

The owners of cannabis company Columbia Care NY last month inked a deal to take over the former Court Street Office Supply store on the border of America’s Downtown and Brooklyn Heights, where eligible patients can soon purchase the dispensary’s weed-infused tinctures, oils, and pills, according to the realtor who helped the firm secure the site.

“As the medical-cannabis industry has evolved, more and more communities have welcomed companies like Columbia Care, which provide a vital service to patients,” said Hector Rodriguez, a broker with Savitt Partners. “The Court Street space represents a first-of-its-kind facility in this neighborho­od.”

Patients seeking herbal remedies from the new Brooklyn Heights facility must possess a state-issued medical-marijuana card, and won’t find Mary Jane in its natural plant form, or infused in any edibles, both of which the dispensary is prohibited from selling under the medical-marijuana program state legislators enacted in 2014.

But Columbia Care does offer home delivery of its remedies to patients unable to pick them up in-store, and employs an on-site pharmacist for consultation and other services.

The Court Street facility will be the second medical dispensary to open in Kings County, after the first opened on Flatbush Avenue near the Park Slope–Prospect Heights border in December.

Columbia Care, whose two-level borough shop between Remsen and Joralemon streets should open this spring, according to a rep, also operates similar facilities in Manhattan and across the state.

News of the dispensary’s arrival comes weeks after Gov. Cuomo announced a scheme to legalize recreational marijuana use statewide as part of his 2020 Executive Budget, which could bring legal weed to local streets as soon as the 2024–25 fiscal year if the proposal makes it into the final budget the governor must approve on by April 1.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 8:26 pm, February 6, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Office Supply User from Fort Greene says:
This makes me sad. Nothing against the new store, but I continue to miss Court Street Office Supply.
Feb. 5, 8:42 am
Wonder Why from Brooklyn Heights says:
One has to wonder why this dispensary needs such a large space in the downtown area. This would appear to be the sort of service that would work well online, offering both privacy and door-to-door convenience for those who are ill and need the product. My sense is that this is a ploy by the company to market their product to the large crowds that frequent the area and create a growing demand for what they have to sell.
Feb. 5, 9:45 am
Pam Spantchowsky from Chicago says:
I don’t think I could feel safe walking around there as a woman knowing that all the Marijuana junckies will be grouping in the area. All we want is to feel safe!!
Feb. 5, 10:35 am
Will It Work from DUMBO says:
Excited to try this. I have asthma and I'm not getting great results from my inhalers recently, have read that cannabis helps but am not enthused about inhaling but want to try the pills or oils.
Feb. 6, 3:53 am

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