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Roanoke Valley's First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Ready To Open

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A medical cannabis dispensary is opening in Salem. 

RISE, which operates in multiple states, expects to have medication for registered Virginia patients available within a matter of days. 

Many patients in western Virginia have been buying it at Abingdon-based Dharma Pharmaceuticals.

Jack Page founded Dharma, and also serves as RISE’s market leader for Virginia.  He says a few more locations will be announced soon. “The legislation that was passed last year allows to have five off-site dispensing locations in addition to the dispensary in Abingdon.  So we will be opening a couple more this year," Page predicts, "and eventually we’ll have all five open.”

Dharma’s medications will also be sold in Salem.  Dharma merged with RISE’s owner, Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, earlier this month.   

Virginia currently has more than 27,000 registered medical cannabis patients, with other dispensaries located in Richmond, Abingdon, Portsmouth, and Manassas. 

Jeff Bossert comes to Radio IQ with over 20 years of reporting and hosting experience, primarily with NPR member stations, including WKNO in Memphis, and most recently, Illinois Public Media/WILL in Urbana, Illinois. A big advocate for professional development, Jeff served on the Illinois News Broadcasters Association Board of Directors.
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