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Affinity Health & Wellness Now Open

Affinity Health & Wellness Now Open

Affinity Health & Wellness officially opened at 1351 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, in the former Tommy K’s plaza on the New Haven/Woodbridge border.  It is the city’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary.  The dispensary consists of a fully renovated 3500 square foot facility with a large, comfortable patient waiting room, retail area, private consultation rooms, monitored entrance, and secured dispensary facility.  Affinity Health & Wellness is staffed with an experienced team of Dispensary Pharmacists and Dispensary Technicians to provide a full line of both products and expertise to all their patients.

Affinity Health & Wellness was developed by Dispensary Pharmacist Raymond Pantalena RPh.  A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BS degree in Pharmacy, Mr. Pantalena has a proven record of results-oriented successes in building five area medical related businesses from their inception to successful and profitable companies through his leadership and skills.

Brian Essenter, RPh, Dispensary Manager, is a graduate of Northeastern University and a registered pharmacist.  Brian is a former Dispensary Manager at one of the busiest dispensaries in Connecticut for almost 3 years.  He also worked 16 years for one of the nation’s largest national retail pharmacy chains in MA, NV, and CT.  Brian is the owner of MM Consult CT.  At MM Consult CT, Brian’s goal is to answer any and all questions regarding the benefits of medical marijuana.  He is also able to guide patients through the difficult process of navigating Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana program.  This can include suggested dosing and delivery methods appropriate for the patient’s condition, as well as desired results.  Brian has also been consulting for businesses in the cannabis industry and those interested in entering the industry.  He has also had the opportunity to speak to many different audiences regarding medical cannabis.

“We are proud to be the first company to bring a full medical marijuana dispensary experience to the New Haven community,” said Pantalena.  “We wanted to provide New Haven area patients with premium-quality medical marijuana products by opening a dispensary that was convenient, assessible, and in a comfortable environment.”

“Our primary focus is on patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions and to educate our patients to gain control of their lives,” added Essenter.  “We are committed to understanding our patients’ individual conditions and providing the therapy they need.  Our dedicated staff is here to work closely with the patient to understand their needs and recommend the proper type of medical marijuana.  In addition, we educate our patients fully on the effective use of our products to obtain the full benefits.”

Affinity Health & Wellness operating hours are Monday through Wednesday, 9am – 6pm; Thursday – Friday, 9am – 7pm; Saturday, 9am – 3pm.  The dispensary is closed on Sunday.

All patients are required to have a Connecticut medical marijuana program registry ID card, a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana, and a Connecticut driver’s license.

Patients may call 203-745-3823 to schedule an appointment or visit

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