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STAUNTON – Less than a month after Governor Northam signed the bill to legalize medical marijuana, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy voted to deny MedMen’s request for an extension and rescinded their conditional license to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Staunton.
The Board of Pharmacy voted to move forward with a Request For Applications with the timeframe to be announced, according to Virginia NORML’s website. This means medical cannabis companies can once again apply for a license in the state.
But this also means the location for the facility can be anywhere in our health service area. Staunton is located in health service area one, which encompasses the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville. The Staunton location was tied to the facility that was awarded the conditional permit in 2018. Originally, this facility was PharmaCann.
“As with the initial round of applications to the Board of Pharmacy, I hope Staunton is still a point of interest for other potential entities,” said Billy Vaughn, Staunton’s Community and Economic Development director. “Maybe the PharmaCann/MedMen site in Green Hills comes in to play.”
Back in August, PharmaCann held a Q&A for residents. Representatives from PharmaCann, the Virginia Medical Cannabis Coalition and the Greater Augusta Prevention Partners held the event to field questions from the public on the new medical cannabis dispensary PharmaCann in Staunton. During this time, it was said the facility would break ground soon and be able to serve patients by the end of the year, according to officials.