The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center
In 2009, Rhode Island business owner Gerald J. McGraw, Jr. embarked on a journey to develop a dispensary that would serve as a model for safe patient access to high quality medicine. His interest in operating a dispensary stemmed from strong belief in the healing properties found in the cannabis plant. He also watched family members suffer from terminal illnesses without the benefit of legally acquiring cannabis from a trusted and safe place.
To develop his vision, Gerry partnered with Sigal Consulting to make his project a reality. Today, the Slater Compassion Center is the industry standard for regulatory compliance, safety and security, quality assurance, and most of all, patient satisfaction. Many of the principals and managers of the Slater Center have joined forces with Sigal Consulting to offer a full complement of dispensary-related services to clients throughout the region.
The Anita W. Compassion Center, Inc.
Proposed for Norwood, MA
After building a multimillion dollar retail telecommunications company in Massachusetts, local businessman Jonathan Waxman sought something more fulfilling. He closely followed the emerging medical cannabis movement in the state. His interest in opening a dispensary was driven by his mother Anita’s death from cancer. Jon watched his mother endure tremendous pain and suffering during her courageous battle. Doctors proposed the use of cannabis even though it was not yet legal under state law. She passed away without ever experiencing the relief her doctors proposed.
Motivated by his mother’s experience, Jon sought the expertise and guidance of Sigal Consulting for his proposed dispensary project in Norwood. Working with Sigal, Jon has developed a management team with a rich diversity of skills including health care management, dispensary operations, and law enforcement. Together with the resources of Sigal, he looks forward to honoring his mother’s memory with a dispensary that makes a real difference in the lives of those who are sick.
LB Compassion Center, Inc.
Proposed for Worcester, MA
For over 25 years, Bruce Berger has co-owned and operated a very successful retail travel company with offices in Needham and Newton. Bruce believed his extensive experience in retail sales was a natural fit for opening a dispensary. Upon further research, he realized his experience alone was just a small piece of making his project a success.
Bruce’s foray into the medical cannabis world began with his brother Lee, a nationally recognized attorney based in Oregon, who has dedicated his career to advocating for medical marijuana patients. Lee’s advocacy for countless patients seeking legal protection for medical cannabis use was important to Bruce, especially after hearing the stories of those who had died fighting for the opportunity to use cannabis as medicine. Lee’s experience humanized the plight many patients face for safe legal access to high quality medicine. Emboldened by his brother’s work, Bruce engaged Sigal Consulting with a goal of creating a dispensary as a haven for those seeking relief. The LB Compassion Center is named in tribute to the lifelong work of Lee Berger, and will serve as model facility for patients throughout Worcester County.
Timothy Walsh Foundation, Inc.
Proposed for Middleborough, MA
Middleborough resident Timothy Shaw has had a distinguished career in the Army, as a manager with a major telecommunications company, and most recently as the owner and operator of a chain of organic hydroponic farm stores. His resume makes him well suited to operate a medical cannabis dispensary; though his professional work was not the driving force behind his proposed dispensary project. For Tim, it was much more personal.
The Timothy Walsh Foundation was founded in honor of Tim’s mother who has lived with a debilitating form of Multiple Sclerosis. The disease has diminished her quality of life, significantly so it even robbed her of the ability to attend her son’s wedding. Watching his mother suffer drove Tim to seek alternatives to the powerful narcotic drugs that doctors prescribed to no avail. Mounting scientific research in Europe and changing medical marijuana laws in the U.S. presented Tim and his mother with an alternative. When legal protections for medical use were available to Tim’s mother in her home state, she began using tinctures and cannabis infused edible products to treat her pain and spasticity. The change in her quality of life was immediate and profound.
Buoyed by this experience, Tim enlisted the support of Sigal Consulting to turn his vision for a dispensary into a reality. With his mother’s experience as motivation, Tim and his team at Green Harvest Wellness look forward to making a similar difference in the lives of countless other patients.
Proposed for Northampton, MA
Proof of concept and deep local ties are the guiding principles of Hampshire Health. The non-profit organization was formed by a collection of Northampton-based professionals and civic leaders, all committed to serving the community they know best. Led by Brian Foote, a manager of a successful downtown retail store and head of the Northampton Arts Council, Hampshire Health believes it is best suited to operate an area dispensary because of its deep local ties. The team is comprised of professionals with diverse backgrounds, including a physician, a manager of clinical programs at noted Boston-area hospitals, the owner of a successful local brewing company, a marketing business owner and a noted local chef.
The Hampshire Health team sought a consulting partner with a proven industry concept, and they looked no further than Sigal Consulting. The team was impressed with Sigal’s experience at the Slater Compassion Center in Providence, R.I., a model they believe will be equally effective in their hometown of Northampton, M.A. Invigorated by the groundswell of support from area residents for their truly local team, Hampshire Health looks forward to being the most exceptional dispensary in Western Massachusetts.
Proposed for Newton, MA
Newton is a special community that wholeheartedly embraces the prospect of a medical cannabis dispensary. Lifelong Newton resident Kenneth Housman recognizes the sentiment that exists in his hometown and has responded with a plan to create a dispensary that will make Newton and surrounding communities proud.
Ken is an exceptionally successful local entrepreneur who has had senior leadership roles at his family’s manufacturing company Armatron, Inc. Inspired by his late mother Arlene who suffered severe chronic pain and glaucoma, Ken began the pursuit to make medical cannabis accessible in her honor. During Arlene’s life, doctors advised the family on the benefits of cannabis but cautioned against its use because it was not legal under state law. It was devastating to know there was relief available but not accessible.
Arlene passed before ever gaining any legal relief from cannabis. His mother’s plight guides Ken’s vision for a dispensary that will serve patients throughout Middlesex County. By working with the experts at Sigal Consulting, Ken can supplement his leadership and business expertise to create a dispensary that would make his mother proud.