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Photo by Dean Moses
Curaleaf celebrates launch of city’s
fi rst-ever legal marijuana gummy
BY DEAN MOSES
Nestled amongst a bustling shopping
district in Forest Hills, Curaleaf, a medical
Photo courtesy of Curaleaf
Curaleaf launched its new CuraChews
product on Feb. 21.
Photo by Dean Moses
Curaleaf customer William
cannabis dispensary, debuted its latest
product on Feb. 21 in hopes of off ering
Queens residents a more manageable and
therapeutic prescription option.
Lemon-fl avored CuraChews are an edible
designed to alleviate pain and discomfort
while also being eff ortless to digest.
“Th is is the fi rst chewable gel in New
York state,” said onsite pharmacist Dr.
Stacia Woodcock. “We are really excited
about these chewable gels from an
accessibility standpoint. Th e majority of
our patients are baby boomers, some
of whom are not familiar with inhaled
dosage forms or tinctures. We also have
patients with Parkinson’s disease, multiple
sclerosis, things like that and they
don’t have the motor coordination to
use a dropper or a vape pen. So, this is
something that they can chew and swallow
Th is new medication joins a laundry
list of other products available at Curaleaf
— located at 107-18 70th Rd.
— including the likes of mints,
lozenges, vaping pens, topical
lotions and more. Yet it is
the CuraChews that’s sparking
intrigue from patients, an intrigue which
was on full display as numerous customers
fl ocked to the dispensary thanks to
promises of comfortable consumption.
“Th e chewables fi t my routine better. It
can take a while to work, so I can plan my
day around that and just have an overall
better experience. I have trouble sleeping
and I experience chronic pain in my feet
— it’s a perfect two birds one stone scenario,”
said William Acosta, a 22-yearold
In addition to physical aches and
pains, psychological issues such as PTSD
and anxiety are also aided by the drug,
according to longtime patient 49-year-old
Jolyn Kitzer. Due to severe kidney issues,
Kitzer’s body is unable to handle most
traditional prescriptions, making it diffi -
cult to treat her mental health.
“I’ve been wanting to try the chewables
because I have trouble with vapes; it’s too
much like smoking and I can’t do that,”
Kitzer said. My doctors approved me taking
this because it’s not as dangerous. I
fi nd this treatment much better than having
to take all of those drugs. I prefer it.
It’s very helpful for nightmares and anxiety,
and I have been feeling better.”
Customers of Curaleaf require a prescription
in order to purchase medication
and must present a New York state certifi
ed medical marijuana card in the foyer
to be granted store access.
Curaleaf ’s Forest Hills location
is one of four dispensaries the
company operates in New
York. Th e other locations are
in Carle Place, Newburgh,
and Plattsburgh. The
was the company’s
fi rst in the state, when
it launched in March
Curaleaf employees show off CuraChews, the store’s newest product.
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