Former NBA players to open medical marijuana dispensaries in St. Louis – KSDK.com


Hughes is teaming up with his former NBA teammate Al Harrington and his cannabis companies ‘Viola Brands’ and ‘Village’

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis native and former NBA player Larry Hughes is opening up two medical marijuana dispensaries and a cultivation and processing center in St. Louis.

Hughes is teaming up with his former NBA teammate Al Harrington and his cannabis companies ‘Viola Brands’ and ‘Village.’

“I am honored to bring VMO to life in St. Louis. Over the course of my career in the NBA, and since my retirement, I have focused my energy and resources on being a positive influence in this community. I have championed efforts to break the stigma around mental health and spent a great deal of time helping to develop this city’s young leaders. VMO will serve the medical needs of our community, particularly those suffering with physically and mentally debilitating conditions, including PTSD. I see this next journey as a continuation of the work that we have already done and believe VMO will soon be a model business in our community,” Hughes said. 

Abe Givins, Hughes’ cousin and business manager will also be part of the business.

Alderwoman Cara Spencer said this will be the first and only Black-owned marijuana dispensary in Missouri. It’ll able be the first COVID-friendly drive-thru in the nation at its Cherokee Street location, Spencer said.

Congrats to Larry Hughes and the Viola Missouri team for opening the first and only black-owned marijuana dispensary in the state of Missouri. And soon to be the first COVID-friendly drive-through in the nation at their Cherokee Street location. It’s an honor to support you! pic.twitter.com/sol8KHlQba

— Cara Spencer (@CaraSpencerSTL) November 12, 2020

According to a press release, the

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