Holy smokes! Bklyn’s first medical-marijuana dispensary opening on Flatbush Ave.

Pot Shop: Citiva, a new medical-marijuana dispensary, will open on Flatbush Avenue across the street from the Barclays Center in December.
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Dr. Feelgood is coming to Brooklyn!

Kings County’s first medical-marijuana dispensary is moving in down the street from the Barclays Center this December, and its head pot pharmacist can’t wait to help locals get high — and healthy.

“I love New York, I love Brooklyn, and I can’t wait to bring cannabis to Brooklyn,” said Michael Quattrone.

Quattrone is opening his Citiva dispensary at 202 Flatbush Ave. between Dean and Bergen streets on the Park Slope–Prospect Heights Border, where he plans to offer customers wacky tobaccy–packed oils, vape pens, pills, and topical salves to rub on sore spots across their bodies — but not edibles, or the plant itself, because New York State’s strict marijuana policy only permits the sale of concentrates, and prohibits hawking anything you would light up and smoke, much to some budget-conscious’ clients dismay, he said.

“We’re not allowed to sell the flower,” he said. “We wish we could, that would bring the cost down for patients tremendous­ly.”

The dispensary’s design will likely be nothing similar to those of the borough’s many smoke shops that hawk paraphernalia including gas-mask bongs, grinders, and blunt wraps, according to renderings, which show a sleek, sterile space that recalls a day spa, although Quattrone described it as a contemporary take on ye olde pharmacy.

“We were kind of going for a modern-day apothecary with a Brooklyn vibe,” he said.

Patients will have to show state-issued medical-marijuana cards to a Citiva employee before granted access to the shop’s showroom, which will be hidden from passersby by the storefront’s pane of frosted glass, according to Quattrone.

And once inside, the dispensary’s weed experts will help clients figure out the best type of marijuana-infused meds for them, suggesting various available pot strains bred to pick them up, knock them out, and yield various other sensations, he said.

But finding the right pot for each person is still something of a guessing game, according to the grass guru, who said factors such as body-mass index and other variables determine how the drug will affect an individual.

“There’s not a lot of science out there, so we’re going by our own experience and customer feedback on what works best for whatever ails you,” he said.

Unfortunately, New York State’s medical-marijuana policy is draconian compared to other states’ looser programs, and patients only qualify for it if they suffer from a short list of debilitating illnesses, including AIDS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic-stress disorder, inflammatory-bowel disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

And local doctors must undergo special training and licensing before they can prescribe weed, but the state Department of Health lists nearly 100 Kings County physicians across various disciplines, including gynecology, pediatrics, and general practice, certified to prescribe patients pot.

Clients’ insurance will not foot the bill for their medicinal Mary Jane, however, because marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 1:22 pm, September 21, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
“I love Brooklyn, and I can’t wait to infest your streets with drugs, filth, and crime.” Go back to Oregon, chief.
Sept. 21, 2018, 3:01 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I’m a narc with lots of public assistance and no employment prospects. Winning! MAGA!
Sept. 21, 2018, 4:55 pm
bing from bong says:
What kind of coward is afraid of weed?
Sept. 21, 2018, 6:02 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Hope it works out. Anything to bring down the abuse of opioids. This kind of thing is only criminalized because of the racist policies of the 60's and the profit hungry drug companies who are terrified that their money-makers will be made obsolete by an agricultural product and not a chemical lab creation.
Sept. 22, 2018, 10:41 am
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Take the $ from dealers who push other ——
Sept. 23, 2018, 2:16 pm
Annie from Kensington says:
Can we have an article about medical marijuana without all the juvenile humor? For patients with medical marijuana cards, this is legitimate medicine. Why do we have to snicker about it? It's not like people don't get high on opioids too.
Sept. 23, 2018, 3:48 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Not surprising that someone that fried their brain with drugs would not be afraid of drugs. Another druggie victim of the bong.
Sept. 23, 2018, 7:44 pm
Bing from Bong says:
^^^LOL, grow a pair you spaz!^^^ The evil weed is a gateway drug, Jeff Sessions told me so! Clutch the pearls much, Nancy?
Sept. 23, 2018, 9:36 pm
Brent from PPW says:
Seriously, what kinda sissy fagg is worried about weed? Henry you need to move to Connecticut ASAP!
Sept. 23, 2018, 10:51 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Nancy? I didn’t know illegal drugs also turns people into misogynists.
Sept. 24, 2018, 8:47 am
bing from bong says:
I didn’t realize you were such a pusssy. That’s not true, we all knew that about you. And you claim to be Brooklyn tough, LOL.
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:51 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Oooh, the gutless coward masquerading as an internet tough guy is also a closet misogynist. Probably got his ass kicked by too many women in his sad life as a noodle armed soy boy.
Sept. 24, 2018, 1:32 pm
bing from bong says:
Since when does an overweight incel care about women? LOL at the wimp afraid of weed calling someone else a coward. That’s some heavy irony, twink. I could beat you senseless while smoking a joint, you’d be so scared of a contact high that you’d run home to mommy.
Sept. 24, 2018, 1:47 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
So to wrap this up you are an overweight, cowardly incel, with delusions of grandeur from smoking weed. Keep projecting wuss, we know all about you now. If you ever grow a pair, show your face in public. Otherwise, keep embarrassing yourself here.
Sept. 24, 2018, 2:38 pm
bing from bong says:
Yes, you are an overweight, cowardly incel, twink with delusions of grandeur from living in your moms basement. You’re afraid of non white people and love cops. Keep projecting wuss, we always knew all about you. If you ever grow a pair, show your face in public. Otherwise, keep embarrassing yourself here and at moms doctors office while trying to grasp the big words in the Highlights book.
Sept. 24, 2018, 3:05 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Does this mean I’ll finally see you next Saturday?
Sept. 24, 2018, 3:08 pm
bing from bong says:
Probably not, your mom says you're not allowed upstairs and I usually leave around 9am. "He has the bladder control of an untrained puppy" -her words. However, if you put your ear to the wall you can listen in.
Sept. 24, 2018, 6:11 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Keep making a fool out of yourself, you sniveling coward.
Sept. 24, 2018, 8:15 pm
bing from banginyermom says:
You watch your mouth, boy. I'll have your mother change the wifi password. You also need to expand your vocabulary. You're boring me with your outdated and lame attempts at insulting me.
Sept. 24, 2018, 8:34 pm
Heather Williams says:
To everyone who is celebrating this - how will you feel when they open the medical heroin dispensary next to your house?! Or the medical crack store? Or guns for “medical purposes”? Prostitutes for sex addicts? The doctor says he really needs it! Are you happy??
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:49 am
Tyler from pps says:
That's a pretty stupid comment, Heather. Really stupid.
Sept. 27, 2018, 4:31 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Heather that really is stupid - a legit pot store is not going to offer blow or smack but your local dealer will And prostitution is not for’sex addicts’ maybe you should get a hello kitty personal intimate massage tool :)
Sept. 30, 2018, 5:10 pm

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