Finally, buy some weed
After you’ve finished jumping through various governmental hoops, you can hit up Columbia Care for all the sweet, sweet Mary Jane you can ingest in any of the various non-smokable forms. Yep: only oils, tinctures, and capsules are currently legal. But vaporized options are good too: just call their 1-800 number to set up an appointment. If you qualify, it’s probably worth the effort -- these guys are serious about making some terrific stuff. "The quality of the product is very important to us," Vita says. "We use only organic growing methods and have high-quality standards -- everything is tested internally to ensure efficacy and consistency."
It comes in different strengths, which is cool
"We’re allowed to have five brands -- that’s five strains of flower that we grow," says Vita. "So we are growing multiple strains in Rochester. We have one form of the brand available now, an oral tincture, and that has two ratios -- one high CBD, which we’ve already released, and then one high THC, which will be available next week."
The most interesting part: because they’re making lab-weed, they can alter the ratio of THC to CBD in ways that "don’t exist in nature," as Vita says, like two parts THC to one part CBD.
However, none of this is covered by insurance
Which is incredibly, but predictably, lame of the insurance companies. Columbia Care, however, is a compassionate facility in multiple regards. "We do offer financial subsidies to patients who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford this," Vita says, noting that patient access is really important to him and his team.
So basically, Columbia Care is the coolest place that you hopefully won’t ever have to go to (at least, not until marijuana can be prescribed for some very un-serious conditions). Fortunately, in New York, calling your delivery service is still an incredibly easy option, and one that’s at least been decriminalized.
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