Permit review underway for Charleston cannabis dispensary; Zen Leaf looking to open Sept. 1 – Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

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The Family Video store at 909 W. Lincoln Ave. in Charleston is the planned site for a retail cannabis dispensary. Permit application review for the store will now take place after the Charleston City Council approved a city license Tuesday.

Dave Fopay

CHARLESTON — A recreational cannabis dispensary could be open in Charleston in about a month, according to an official with the company planning the store.

The plan will proceed after the Charleston City Council approved a license for the dispensary on Tuesday.

The plan is for the dispensary to open in the current location of Family Video by Sept. 1, according to Chris Fotopoulos, executive vice president of Zen Leaf Dispensaries, the company planning the establishment.

However, he added, that plan is “aggressive,” as the company still has to finalize its lease arrangements with the owner of the building.

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The company’s plan calls for the dispensary to occupy the entire building, located at 909 Lincoln Ave.

Fotopoulos said the company chose to open a dispensary in Charleston because there’s no other nearby access

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