There's a new place you can get medical marijuana in western Massachusetts.
Insa in Easthampton is the first dispensary in the city that also cultivates too.
It opened its doors Friday morning after five years in the making.
Tucked away in between the old mills of Easthampton is a 30,000 square foot medical marijuana dispensary.
"Today is a great day, this has been five years in the making," said Insa CEO Mark Zatyrka.
Insa, which used to be Hampden Care Facility, is a name unique to the type of cannabis.
The company sells eight strains which range in price based on what's inside.
"We're figuring about 50 patients on average per day, obviously today probably a bit more but about 50 per day is what we're looking at," Zatyrka added.
Patients with a state-issued medical marijuana card and valid ID will show it to a camera outside the entrance and be buzzed in.
They'll be greeted by staff and brought inside for a one-on-one experience.
"A sales associate will walk them through the entire process for the one-on-one and they'll talk about the different accessories and different edible products, concentrates, and different flower varieties and pre-rolls," Zatyrka explained.
Insa has already employed over 50 employees and Zatyrka said that they will continue to grow.
"Whether or not we'll get into the recreational use, we're still waiting to see what the regulations look like from the state and the local level before we can make an educated decision," Zatyrka noted.
Insa's message to all of the people who are opposed.
"I know some people have a misconception about the patients we serve here. If anybody spent one day at this dispensary and the stories that we hear, I think that stigma will certainly go away because of the way we're affecting people's lives," Zatyrka said.
There is also a medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton, but Insa is the first in Easthampton.
Statewide, there are now 19 registered medical marijuana dispensaries and more than 45,000 registered patients.
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