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Earlier this month came the big news that five companies were awarded licenses to operate a total of 20 medical marijuana dispensaries to the state.

One, as Town & Village previously reported, will be heading to 212 East 14th Street. This is good news for a number of reasons.

First, the market is opening to an alternative medicine in a city dominated by chain pharmacies hawking pricey prescriptions.

To be fair we don’t know yet what the medical pot will cost — and also it’s pretty tough to qualify to be eligible to purchase it. Still, any new business in the neighborhood that contributes to its identity as an area thick with medical institutions is always welcome. As are the jobs it creates.

And perhaps even more importantly, it isn’t a chain pharmacy, bank or a 7-Eleven.

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