After years of permitting and regulatory hurdles, Islanders will soon be able to purchase medical marijuana, tinctures, concentrates, and edibles in a cozy shop environment.
Fine Fettle Dispensaries, which purchased the majority of contracts and physical assets from Geoff Rose, CEO of Patient Centric of Martha’s Vineyard, in a landmark deal in March, is planning a soft opening this Friday, July 23.
Jay Deyette, general manager of the Fine Fettle dispensary, located at 510 State Road in West Tisbury, said the location will first be opening for medical cardholders only.
This means those who wish to partake in the soft opening will need to be a registered medical marijuana patient with the commonwealth, and must present their license at the time of admittance.
Deyette said the adult-use operation of the dual-function facility (both adult-use and medical) won’t begin until sometime in August.
Upon opening, the dispensary will serve medical patients Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 7 pm. Deyette stressed that there are no walk-ins allowed, and appointments are required for anyone looking to purchase marijuana. Registration for time slots will open the day prior to opening, and will be available throughout the day on Friday. Folks will be able to head to the Fine Fettle website, place their order, and select a time slot.
“Your order won’t be processed unless you actually select a time, so that’s important to note,” Deyette said.
Because they’re having a soft opening, Deyette said, they won’t be offering their full product line right out of the gate, although there will be a variety of options to choose from.
They will start by offering flower and prerolled joints, with marijuana edibles most likely about two weeks down the road, although Deyette said that may be a conservative estimate.
As early as November, Fine Fettle will also be offering marijuana concentrates for vape pens.
For customers who are interested in getting a medical card, they will need to start by applying on the state website, although Deyette added that Terry Kriedman is the only doctor on Martha’s Vineyard who is licensed to issue medical marijuana cards. Dr. Kriedman will be at the Fine Fettle facility on Friday to explain the process to individuals who are unsure of how to get a card, or how to use one to purchase marijuana.
Prospective patients can also apply and meet with a doctor via telephone or telemedicine. “It’s a super-exciting development, and it has been a long process, with the state especially. But that’s a good thing, because it means that the entire process is highly regulated,” Deyette said. He stressed how broad the medical application of cannabis is, and how much potential it has to help people.
“We are so proud to get this out and help people — that’s what Fine Fettle is all about. There is such a wide use for cannabis, and the technology has come so far in just the past couple of years,” Deyette said.
Under the current license agreement held by Fine Fettle, the dispensary can serve up to 24 people per hour.
Even though Fine Fettle is an off-Island company, Deyette said all the people who work in the dispensary and cultivation center are longtime Islanders, or washashores (like Deyette).
He added that the company is close-knit, community-oriented, and family-owned and -operated.
“We are all team players, and we really are just so excited to finally bring this amazing opportunity to the Vineyard community, and help as many people as we can,” Deyette said.
On top of the soon-to-open medical facility (later to expand to adult use, as well), Geoff Rose is looking to open his adult-use dispensary sometime in early to mid-August.
He congratulated Fine Fettle on its imminent soft opening, and said he is pleased that after so much time spent planning and working through regulatory barriers, a marijuana institution is opening on Martha’s Vineyard.
Just recently Rose, who was the owner of Patient Centric, was granted an adult-use recreational license by the Cannabis Control Commission for what he’s now calling Island Time, and has officially received a certificate of operation.
Now, Island Time, located on 15 Mechanic St. in Vineyard Haven, has requested a post-final license inspection, and Rose said he expects to hear from an inspector shortly to schedule one final appointment before the facility is good to go. “It’s possible that we could open sometime the week of August 2, but more likely we will open the week of August 9,” Rose said.
Rose said Island Time is all staffed up, and is actively training its budtenders and other dispensary staff.
The adult-use Island Time will be purchasing all its products from Fine Fettle, and is required by special permit to be by appointment only.
Upon opening, Rose said he will offer only adult-use recreational products, although he hasn’t ruled out eventually acquiring a separate permit for the medical-use option. “I am seeing lots of pent-up demand, excitement, and sometimes a bit of ‘I can’t really believe it’s going to happen,’’’ Rose said. “With 100,000-plus people coming here every week, I think those appointments are going to fill up pretty quickly.”