HARTFORD — A medical marijuana dispensary planned for Weston Street has its origins with Arrow Pharmacy, a Farmington Avenue drug store that opened in 1989.
Angelo DeFazio, owner and president of Arrow Pharmacy, was awarded a license to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 92 Weston St. The dispensary, Arrow Alternative Care Inc., will occupy three of the building’s 20 units, according to the application. Other tenants include wholesale and retail businesses, office space and storage areas.
DeFazio opened Arrow Pharmacy in 1989 and has since opened four other Arrow drug stores in the area, according to information on the company’s website.
He is leasing the property from the owner, Abelmarle Weston LLC. According to the application, the dispensary will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. It would be closed Sundays.
DeFazio did not return repeated phone calls and a store visit seeking comment about the dispensary.
According to the application, several of the pharmacy’s employees will work at the dispensary. The dispensary facility manager is a pharmacist at the Farmington Avenue drug store.
For the first year, the application said, the dispensary will sell only marijuana, paraphernalia for its use, and a “small assortment of wellness products” such as vitamins associated with the treatment of chronic medical conditions. Over time, however, DeFazio wants to expand the dispensary’s products to include nutritional supplements, the application said.
The dispensary will have a substance abuse prevention plan, in which the dispensary pharmacists will be trained in identifying signs of substance abuse. If any of the dispensary’s staff suspects abuse, fraud or diversion by a registered patient, the patient’s caregiver or the patient’s provider, they will immediately notify state officials, according to the application.
The pharmacy has committed to taking part in a research monitoring program with the Connecticut Pharmacists Association. The CPA is working with the Canadian Consortium for the investigation of Cannabinoids to “collect long-term data on the safety and efficacy of herbal cannabis used for medical purposes,” according to the application. With this information, clinicians will have more information about best practices for prescribing and using medical marijuana.
The state awarded licenses Thursday for six medical marijuana retail outlets in Branford, Bridgeport, Bristol, Hartford, Montville and South Windsor.
Arrow Alternative Care was one of six business awarded licenses to see medical marijuana earlier this month. Four businesses have licenses to manufacture medical marijuana products. Sales are expected to begin this summer.
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