Newton native opens Watertown's first medical marijuana dispensary – Wicked Local Newton

After about two years of going through the complex licensing process with the town and the state and renovation of the space, Natural Selections, Watertown’s first medical marijuana dispensary at 23 Elm St., is preparing to open its doors to the public soon. The facility is just waiting for approval to commence operations from the state.

The business was founded by Newton native Aidan O’Donovan and Colorado native Brandon Banks in Colorado in early 2015. Tyler Vines, director of retail, has been with the company since it opened its first location in Colorado.

Customers of Natural Selections must have a Massachusetts patient identification card. To obtain a card, patients must first get certified from a physician registered with the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program who will certify if you suffer from a qualifying medical condition. Qualifying conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating conditions as determined in writing by a qualifying patient’s certifying physician. Visit to learn more about how to obtain a patient identification card.

General Manager Caitlyn Woodward-Samson said there is a thorough process the company will follow with every customer. When people come in to talk about their cannabis journey, the staff will ask a lot of questions. 

“It’s patient specific. We don’t talk about cannabis as a whole, we really want to treat the patient. It’s different strokes for different folks here. We make sure you leave with exactly what you’re looking for with the desired outcome that you want to achieve,” said Woodward-Samson.

All of the employees are extensively trained. Natural Selections sells 12 different strains of the flower. Each one is a little different. Other products include lotions, topicals, transthermal patches, concentrates, pre-rolls, disposables, fills and edibles.

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