Frequently Asked Questions
What is Central Ave Compassionate Care?
Central Ave Compassionate Care Inc. is a non-profit organization established to serve qualified patients registered with the Department of Public Health and suffering from debilitating conditions, such as Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Central Ave Compassionate Care, located at 31 Central Avenue in Ayer, Mass., is a Registered Marijuana Dispensary for the production and dispensing of marijuana for medical use. Products will be dispensed to only qualified, registered patients or their registered caregivers by appointment only, as permitted under state law passed in November 2012 and strictly regulated by the DPH.
Will the facility be open to the public?
Central Ave Compassionate Care is opened to qualified patients or their caregivers who are registered with the state Department of Public Health and who have a confirmed recommendation from their bona fide physician. The secure facility will be open to patients and caregivers by appointment only. It will not be open to the general public.
How will this benefit the community?
Central Ave Compassionate Care will provide a professional service to those in the community who are suffering from severe illnesses. It will relieve qualified patients from attempting to obtain marijuana for medical use by either producing their own or obtaining it through illegal means. Marijuana for medical use is for qualified patients who receive a recommendation from their bona fide physician.
As a non-profit organization, Central Ave Compassionate Care has pledged to provide grants for needs identified by community leaders, such as public safety, education, and senior citizens services.
What type of security will be at the facility?
Central Ave Compassionate Care is committed to the safety of its patients, employees and the general public. The facility will take safety precautions similar to or exceeding those found in a bank or a pharmacy.
The building at 31 Central Avenue is built with steel and masonry, and all functions will occur indoors. The facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art alarm systems and a comprehensive security system that documents all activities on the site. Management will work closely with local police and security experts.
What theft-prevention measures will be taken?
Central Ave Compassionate Care will limit production to meet the needs of its patients, as required by the Department of Public Health regulations. There will be no excessive inventory. There will be no more cash on hand than any regular business. All inventory will be controlled with a seed-to-sale bar-code system and reconciled weekly. All activities will be videotaped.
Who will be hired to work there?
Central Ave Compassionate Care will seek to hire professionals with backgrounds in medicine, food preparation, horticulture and security. The individuals will need to be registered with the state Department of Public Health to qualify to work in a Regulated Marijuana Dispensary. All employees will need to pass a criminal background check, also known as a CORI check, and agree to regular drug testing to enforce a zero-tolerance policy against illegal drug use.