West Virginia's first medicinal cannabis dispensary opens in Morgantown – WV News

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — While there was a jovial atmosphere among the soon-to-be customers lined up outside Trulieve’s Sabraton location Friday morning, it was business as usual for Kim Rivers, company CEO.

Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers welcomes those in attendance for the grand opening of West Virginia’s first medical cannabis dispensary.

Staff video by Chris Slater

“Truly, we are all about providing patient access, and to be the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state of West Virginia is an incredible achievement,” Rivers said. “The team has done a fabulous job. And we’re very, very excited to serve the patients here today and in the future.”

Trulieve is headquartered in Florida, and is the first medical cannabis company in the state of Florida. Trulieve features more than 900 products from its own branded products, as well as national partners. The company began a national expansion strategy in 2019.

Ron Frye, an Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was Trulieve’s first customer Friday, and the first recipient of medicinal cannabis services in West Virginia.

Staff video by Chris Slater

It was a long time coming to get West Virginia’s first medicinal cannabis dispensary open. Medical marijuana was legalized in West Virginia in 2017, but the program only began being implemented in the last year. Monongalia County was one of the last counties to approve dispensaries, but the first to see one open.

The Monongalia County Board of Health approved 20 permits for dispensaries in October of last year. Applicants were required to manually measure their planned locations to ensure they were at least 1,000 feet away from day care centers and schools, as required by state law. One application was rejected, as it would have been

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