It is estimated that medical marijuana dispensaries could be open in just over a year in Virginia. In the Hampton Roads area a clinical or industrial setting is being discussed. There have already been 51 applications submitted for dispensaries.
Some of the companies are outside of Virginia, the Pilot Online reports. Virginia is breaking the state up into five health care regions. Dispensaries will be assigned to a specific region based upon the location provided in the application.
Delegate Glenn Davis said, “This isn’t the recreational stuff taken to an enterprise level. This is significant technology going into helping to maintain a quality and consistent product” for those with medical needs.”
Some applicants have received letters of support in the areas they wish to serve. It is estimated that only five businesses will be granted conditional approval.
When those approvals are handed down, the dispensaries have a year to establish themselves.
The state’s program will be heavily regulated and restricted. Anyone planning to be in contact with or using the marijuana oil has to be registered with the state.
Jenn Michelle Pedini of Virginia NORML said, “It will be exciting to have a regulated cannabis industry in Virginia that will also put their lobbying power behind more robust common-sense reform.”