Manhattan’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors January 11 in Union Square. The Columbia Care flagship dispensary was designed by RPG, a New York City–based design and build firm.
Selected to design a branded experience for dispensaries, RPG produced a space focused on professionalism, care, and education. “Each patient is empowered with education and information via visuals, videos, and tablets, all geared at removing the stigma commonly associated with medical marijuana while bringing the highest standards of professionalism and dignity to therapy,” RPG explained.
In the center of the space lies a table for one-on-one consultations with pharmacists, and large photographs line the walls to “convey the beauty and wellness properties of various cannabis plants,” the firm said.
“RPG took Columbia Care’s vision to create a consistent but unique patient experience by balancing our compassion, medical mission, and connection with one of nature’s most powerful medicines,” Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care, said. “Their collaborative approach resulted in a design and final product that exceeded our expectations. Columbia Care will continue to value its relationship with RPG and looks forward to expanding this partnership nationally.”
RPG is currently designing nine other Columbia Care dispensaries, which will open their doors in the following months.