April 24, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan
An Elmhurst medical marijuana dispensary began making home deliveries last week.
The dispensary, called Vireo Health of New York at 89-55 Queens Boulevard, first opened in January, and kicked off the first home delivery program in the state on Friday.
Vireo Health is one of only five licensed dispensaries in the state, and the home delivery program will allow homebound patients to receive medical marijuana delivered to their door.
“Day-in and day-out our goal at Vireo Health of New York is to provide the best possible care and service to our patients,” said Dr. Stephen Dahmer, Vireo Health’s Chief Medical Officer. “Home delivery will not only help us to improve upon current services, but also expand our reach to those patients who are unable to travel.
Deliveries are currently available throughout Queens, as well as in Brooklyn, Nassau, West Suffolk and Central Suffolk counties, but will soon be expanded to Westchester County, The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. The company also hopes to eventually expand to other areas of the State as well.
To ensure the safety of deliveries, all will be handled by two Vireo employees, and will have security measures such as GPS tracking.
“New Yorkers have increasingly come to expect home delivery and we plan on leveraging ‘last mile’ supply chain technologies to meet and exceed patient expectations,” said Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of New York. “We are grateful to the State’s public health and safety officials for their help making this Compassion Care Act program a reality.”