HUNTINGTON — So far, 100 medical marijuana dispensary licenses have been approved by state health officials, including six in Huntington and two in Barboursville.
West Virginia Kindness announced last week that the company has been awarded a dispensary permit and plans to establish a facility in Huntington. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health, Office of Medical Cannabis is handling the licensing.
Chris Visco, president and chief executive officer of TerraVida Holistic Centers — the largest women-owned, medical cannabis company in Pennsylvania — has independently funded the application for licensing and will have sole ownership of the company.
The company says the 5,000-square-foot dispensary will be located at 2018 3rd Ave., in Huntington, and will partner with local growers and processors to source product. The new dispensary is expected to create more than 35 jobs and is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to Visco.
“It’s been a long journey independently going through the application process as we’ve awaited licensing decisions, but our commitment to the West Virginia community has remained strong and our vision remains clear,” Visco said. “We’ve been given the opportunity to drive this movement by creating jobs, providing resources for cannabis education, and precipitating change so that we can ultimately create a lasting, positive impact on the West Virginia community and those affected by the opioid epidemic.”
Through West Virginia Kindness, Visco’s goal is to assist the local community by helping to combat the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.
“TerraVida Holistic Centers has seen a high level of success battling opioid deaths through the use of cannabis,” she said. “The year following the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, there was a 25%