Fall River’s ‘New Leaf’ dispensary positively grows into the community
By Bailey Bisson
Since Dec. 27, 2022. at 12pm, the New Leaf recreational marijuana dispensary located at 2629 South Main street in Fall River has been serving the local community a variety of cannabis strains in the form of flowers, pre-rolls, vaporizers, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, and topicals.
New Leaf’s Director of Operations, Evan Darmody shares, “There’s another location that we are building right now, on 2nd street in Fall River.”
Locals may have noticed that since dispensaries have come to town, workers have begun to repair the potholes in the road, which local drivers have been cautiously avoiding for years. While this could be a coincidence, it is important to highlight that the cannabis industry taxes recreational marijuana users in order to bring the necessary funds back into the community to support local fire departments, schools, roads, etc. What was once considered a rundown city has been built back up to be the ultimate tourist attraction, thanks to tax dollars invested into Fall River by these dispensaries.
Photo by Bailey Bisson.
“I’m hoping that people will start to release the stigma around cannabis and recognize that it’s a force for good,” said Darmody.
With the help of a few local allies, including The Corky Row Neighborhood Association and Christ of the Rock Church, and Doors of Hope, Opportunity and Open Diversity, (D’HOOD), New Leaf has made a tremendous impact in such a short amount of time.
At New Leaf, customers can easily place orders online for pick-up, or browse in-store. Paper and electronic menus are available on-site.
Some popular items at New Leaf include infused edibles like hot sauce, salt, sugar, ramen seasoning, gummies, macaroons, and seltzers, as well as the highest quality chocolate bars made from Peruvian and Dominican chocolate. The recommended dosage for recreational edibles is 5mg.
“Start low and go slow,” Darmody said.
All cash at this dispensary is handled by a cash recycling machine, an anti-fraud system also good for the planet.
Photo by Bailey Bisson.
“Nobody has to keep track of a cash drawer. These machines take care of it all,” said Darmody.
New Leaf will often run in-store promotions for holidays and special events, similar to deals held during the grand opening week.
Order ahead on the website and pick up in-store anytime, from 8am to 10pm everyday of the week, or simply walk in and ask a budtender for assistance discovering some new tasty strains.
“At New Leaf, the price on the menu is the price you pay! All prices include tax.
2629 Southmain Street,
Fall River, MA
Phone: (508) 676-5323
February 23, 2023 at 12:29 pm
With all of the edibles now available I wonder how many young children will be treated for eating them. Small children are at higher risk based on their size and weight. Because edible products have very high amounts of marijuana, the symptoms are more severe …
February 23, 2023 at 1:41 pm
” Locals may have noticed that since dispensaries have come to town, workers have begun to repair the potholes in the road, which local drivers have been cautiously avoiding for years. While this could be a coincidence, it is important to highlight that the cannabis industry taxes recreational marijuana users in order to bring the necessary funds back into the community to support local fire departments, schools, roads, etc. What was once considered a rundown city has been built back up to be the ultimate tourist attraction, thanks to tax dollars invested into Fall River by these dispensaries. ”
The roads are TRASH all over this city and have been for decades. The pot industry isn’t saving this city. And the ” lets make it legal so there will be no blackmarket ” crowd was wrong. The black market is still going strong because most people aren’t paying the inflated price of dispensaries due to taxes from the state. And like Joanne Szala pointed out. Rash of children being admitted to the ER because they got into their parents edibles that are literally marketed to resemble popular main stream candies which children can’t tell the difference and irresponsible parents who leave them around so children can find them. The State doesn’t care one iota it’s getting the tax dollars and yet we’re still in the top 5 states deepest in debt.
February 23, 2023 at 10:15 pm
I am at a complete loss about how the dangers of fentanyl killing people in droves are not escalated by legal marijuana.
While it’s true that the vast majority of marijuana users don’t become opioid/heroin addicts, it certainly normalizes and exposes more people to the crutch that is a recreational substance, be it alcohol or marijuana.
You can’t drive around the city without smelling the stench of marijuana everywhere. When it wasn’t legalized, it wasn’t like this.
Put aside the danger that driving under the influence poses to the community, which the FRPD doesn’t seem concerned with, what about the quality of life issue of smelling and seeing people smoking marijuana everywhere?
Go to school dismissal, and you’ll smell it; go to Wal-Mart, and you’ll smell it; go to a drive-through, and you’ll smell it.
This is not how a society concerned with tackling addiction should operate.
February 24, 2023 at 6:54 pm
If you got-em, smoke-em.