Elmhurst medical marijuana distributor will be making home deliveries this year

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Vireo Health of New York, a medical marijuana dispensary in Elmhurst, has been approved to launch a home delivery program.

The dispensary, located at 89-55 Queens Blvd., opened in January 2016 and is one of only five dispensaries in New York licensed to distribute medical marijuana.

The medical marijuana “from our greenhouse to your front door” home delivery program was designed by security experts, pharmacists and physicians to serve home-bound patients with life-threatening and debilitating diseases, such as cancer and ALS.

The program will be launched within 90 days and deliveries will initially be available in the five boroughs, Westchester and Long Island. Vireo Health of New York also has locations in Albany and Binghamton.

All deliveries will be handled by at least two Vireo employees and company-owned delivery vehicles will feature “cutting-edge safety features” including GPS tracking devices, Vireo officials said.

“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. Our team is excited to provide this service to all of our existing patients, and to have the opportunity to meet new patients in other parts of the state.”

Vireo Health of New York dispenses the marijuana in three forms: capsules filled with cannabis extract and coconut oil; a liquid form for those who have trouble swallowing; and a vapor form similar to electronic vaporizers. Prices for each form range by dose but can cost between less than $100 to more than $300.

Delivery pricing has not been released but those interested in signing up can visit the company’s website.