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West Virginia Opens First Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

West Virginia Opens First Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

A vertically integrated multistate marijuana company, Trulieve Cannabis Corp., opened Trulieve Morgantown on Friday, November 12, the first dispensary in West Virginia to sell medical marijuana to eligible patients. Yesterday, November 15th, the company opened its second dispensary in Weston, West Virginia. The grand opening comes just four years after Governor Jim Justice signed the state’s medical marijuana bill into law. Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers expressed in a press release, “We’re thrilled to be first to market in West Virginia and to continue building the foundation for West Virginia’s emerging medical cannabis market.”

She continued, “Our team is especially eager to leverage our first-mover advantage to bolster local economies by creating sustainable jobs and investing in marginalized communities.” As reported by the release, Trulieve secured four dispensary operation permits from the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis in early 2021. The Morgantown dispensary, located at 1397 Earl Core Road, will be open for business from Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Trulieve Weston, located at 137 Staunton Drive, will be accessible to the public on Mondays and Tuesday’s from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Earlier in the year, Trulieve became the first multistate producer “to commence cultivation in the state at its 100,000-square-foot Huntington facility.” Over the past few months, the firm scaled its farming capacity to meet patient demand, per the press release. Rivers said, “We look forward to serving the West Virginia patients, who have been patiently waiting for this day to arrive, with an unparalleled retail experience and the high-quality medical cannabis products they can rely on for safe and effective relief.” It’s incredible to see marijuana reform in full effect, with dispensaries being developed in states that are still skeptical about recreational use but can’t deny the medicinal benefits the plant provides.

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