One doctor has set up shop on Federal Street to certify patients for medical marijuana just as the state has provisionally approved a dispensary downtown.
Dr. Kwesi Ntiforo has opened DocsConsult Medical at 106 Federal St. in addition to his work as a part-time overnight hospitalist at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.
Ntiforo opened his office as the state provisionally approved a registered dispensary license for Patriot Care Corp. to run a facility at the American Legion Hall off Wells Street. At the same time, the state cleared the way for New England Treatment Access to move to a final inspection phase for its planned dispensary at 118 Conz St. in Northampton.
So far, Ntiforo has certified eight patients in Greenfield, who learned of his office through word of mouth.
Ntiforo has traditionally consulted patients for weight loss, and those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
His primary office is in New York, where he learned that many of his patients, particularly veterans, were illegally smoking marijuana to treat a variety of conditions from PTSD to chronic joint pain to depression.
“It’s something I had informally been accustomed to,” Ntiforo said. “A lot of veterans requested I become a clinician to certify them in New York.”
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