Third medical marijuana dispensary opens in Hampton Roads region – News 3 WTKR Norfolk

WILLAMSBURG, Va. — The third medical marijuana dispensary in the Hampton Roads area opened off of Bypass Road on Wednesday morning.

Cannabist sells a variety of medical marijuana products, including vapes, flower, and edibles.

It joins two other dispensaries owned by Columbia Care to open in the area. The other two are in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

“We’re really celebrating the moment as we’ve expanded the footprint to the Peninsula, which has been really important to us in ensuring patient access across the entire region,” said Ngiste Abebe, Vice President of Public Policy of Columbia Care.

Marijuana is expected to be a big topic in the upcoming 2023 General Assembly session once again. During the 2022 session, lawmakers failed to reach any agreement on establishing recreational sales after legalizing simple possession in 2021.

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Democrats lost control of the House of Delegates to Republicans during elections in November 2021, but still maintain a slim majority in the State Senate.

During the 2022 session, there were discussions about beginning recreational sales at medical dispensaries while the regulatory framework for sales was established, but a bill that would’ve done that failed to advance

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