WAREHAM — In the shadow of Tobey Hospital on Main Street, medical marijuana dispensary Verilife (formerly Pharmacannis) opened its doors earlier this month with a community party at Besse Park.

With free tacos and ice cream from local vendors and music playing in the park, the event attracted members of the Board of Selectmen and town administration, as well as people who were just interested in finding out more about medical marijuana.

Raffles were offered to benefit the senior center and another patient raffle was offered for in-store vouchers and half price pipes and vaporizers.

“We had our ‘soft’ opening last week, but this is really our opportunity to introduce ourselves to the community,” said Shelly Stormo of Verilife, noting that the raffles for the senior center “was a choice to let people know we are here to be part of the community.”

The facility will currently be for medical marijuana use only but will also offer recreational pot sales when the state opens that up July 1.

“We want people to get to know us, a lot of the patients that are coming to us are over 50 and may not be familiar with marijuana,” said Stormo. “We want them to be comfortable coming here and know that we will help them find the right product that helps them. The beauty of the building is something that I think helps with making people comfortable too, it has a homey atmosphere.”

The reception area for patients is filled with photographs by Verilife staff member Veronica White. “Her work is beautiful and, with the high ceilings and beautiful big windows in this property, it adds to that feeling of comfort and home.”

Jason Wei, Verilife’s president for the East Coast region, said the company operates four medical dispensaries in New York (the company also operates three dispensaries in Illinois), where recreational marijuana is still illegal. “We see a lot of promise in the Massachusetts market,” said Wei, “with the opening to retail.”