Trulieve Cannabis Corp., the largest cannabis multi-state operator in the U.S, has opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Sabraton, a residential neighborhood in Morgantown in West Virginia. It is the first medical cannabis dispensary in the state of West Virginia.
The dispensary will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Other locations in the state are also poised to open soon.
Trulieve is a vertically integrated cannabis company operating in 11 states in the U.S and is a market leader in the states of Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
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The company launched its operation in Florida in 2014 and is the first medical cannabis company in the state. Trulieve began its expansion policy into other states in 2019.
It has, as of now, about 900 products to its credit, some of which are the company’s own brands while others are those which they produce in collaboration with other companies.
The company is totally focused on giving increased access to quality cannabis to those who need it for medical reasons. Trulieve trades on the CSE under the ticker symbol TRUL and the OTCQX under the symbol TCNNF.
Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve, said that being the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state of West Virginia, and thereby giving patients access to marijuana, was an incredible achievement for his company. He added that the company’s team had done a fabulous job and they were very excited to continue serving the patients.
The use of medical marijuana was legalized in 2017 in West Virginia, but there was a two-year delay in getting the program implemented. This in turn delayed the opening of cannabis dispensaries.
The concerned authorities in Monongalia County, the county to which Morgantown belongs, was insistent that the dispensaries should be located at least 1000’ away from day-care centers and schools, as required by the law of the state.
The Board of Health was so strict on adhering to the law that one application for a dispensary was rejected because the chosen location was only 921’ away from a day-care center.
Monongalia County was among the last counties to give permission for the opening of dispensaries. However, the dispensary in Morgantown has made it the first county to have a dispensary.
County Commissioner Tom Bloom, who was present at the opening of the dispensary, said that he was excited to see the first dispensary open and remembered that his mother had cancer but had no access to medical marijuana.
He also added how important it was for pain relief and that 80% of the people were supporting the new idea of easy access to cannabis. Del. Danielle Walker said that the opening of Trulieve’s dispensary in Morgantown was an occasion that symbolized freedom and liberation.
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The website of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources provides a list of medical conditions for which marijuana is considered a good pain relief remedy.
These diseases include HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, cancer, epilepsy, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with an objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, post-traumatic stress disorder (PSD), and many more. People suffering from all these diseases qualify for the use of medical cannabis.
Ron Frye, a Purple Heart recipient army veteran, who became the first person to buy medical marijuana in West Virginia emphasized how desperately many people like him needed this medication.