Chicago and Amherst, Mass., May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a national cannabis cultivator and dispensary operator dedicated to providing dignified access to safe and effective cannabis, will welcome the community to an open house and ribbon cutting on May 16 and will begin serving patients on May 21. RISE Amherst is GTI’s 13th dispensary in the nation with a total of 20 GTI dispensaries expected to be operating in five states by the end of 2018.

“This is a great day for the patients of Massachusetts and the state’s medical cannabis program,” says GTI Chief Executive Officer Pete Kadens, who will be speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Our goal at our RISE dispensaries is to provide the very best care to our patients while offering the the most effective and quality medical marijuana available. We are thrilled to join the Amherst community and look forward to serving our patients.”

Qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana in Massachusetts include severe pain; muscle spasms; PTSD; glaucoma; cancer; Parkinson’s; ALS; HIV / AIDS; hepatitis C; Crohn’s disease; multiple sclerosis; and Alzheimer’s disease. Patients can find complete information on the state’s medical marijuana program online at Mass.Gov.

“We are delighted to welcome RISE Amherst as a new business and new member of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce,” notes Chamber President Peter Vickery, Esq., who will be a guest speaker at the ribbon cutting event.

RISE Amherst is located at 169 Meadow Street in Amherst. The open house will run from noon to 3:00 pm with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 pm.  The dispensary will be open Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm starting May 21.

About Green Thumb Industries:

Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a national cannabis cultivator, processor and dispensary operator, is dedicated to providing dignified access to safe and effective cannabis nationwide while giving back to the communities in which they serve. As a vertically integrated company, GTI manufactures and sells a well-rounded suite of branded cannabis products including flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals. The company also owns and operates a rapidly growing national chain of retail cannabis stores called RISE™ dispensaries. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GTI has seven manufacturing facilities and 45 retail locations across six highly regulated U.S. markets. Established in 2014, GTI employs more than 300 people and serves hundreds of thousands of patients and customers each year. GTI was named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business.  More information is available at


Linda Marsciano