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Medical Cannabis Dispensary Plans To Open This Summer in Warwood

photo by: Shelley Hanson

The Zen Leaf signage is up for the future medical marijuana dispensary set to open in a storefront at the Warwood Commons later this summer. Large letters on its glass doors say “Opening Soon.”

A medical marijuana dispensary — Zen Leaf Wheeling — is slated open later this summer by the Chicago-based company Verano.

The dispensary will be located at a storefront located 231 Warwood Ave., which is situated in the Warwood Commons, the neighborhood’s newest shopping plaza.

Steve Mazeika, director of communications for Verano, said the dispensary will sell a variety of cannabis therapeutics, including flower, oil, topicals, tinctures, pills and vapes.

The company plans to hire between 10 to 15 people to work there.

“We are excited to welcome West Virginia patients at Zen Leaf Wheeling, which we anticipate will be ready to open mid to late summer 2022,” Mazeika said.

“Patients can learn more about Zen Leaf and place orders online for pickup at our current operating West Virginia dispensaries in Morgantown and Westover by visiting zenleafdispensaries.com.”

Mazeika said the dispensary will be a “safe and secure, yet welcoming environment.”

“We look forward to continuing our focus and tradition of creating a patient-centric experience that prioritizes hospitality, service and security when we open our doors at Zen Leaf Wheeling this summer,” he said.

He noted the Warwood location will be the company’s third dispensary to open in West Virginia.

“We look forward to continuing to invest, hire and grow in the Mountain State in the years to come, and are excited to welcome medical cannabis patients at Zen Leaf Wheeling when we open our doors to the community this summer,” Mazeika said.

The West Virginia Legislature approved the Medical Cannabis Act in 2017. The legislation called for allowing “cannabis to be used for certified medical use by a West Virginia resident with a serious medical condition and is limited by law to the following forms: pill; oil; topical forms including gels, creams or ointments; a form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, dry leaf or plant form; tincture; liquid; or dermal patch.”

According to the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis, “patients are not permitted to smoke medical cannabis.”

Mazeika said Vernano is always actively hiring for its various locations.

“We encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing an exciting career in the fast-growing cannabis industry to follow us on social media – particularly our LinkedIn page — and visit Verano.com/careers to check out the latest opportunities in West Virginia and other states where we operate,” he said.

Hours of operation have not been set yet for the Warwood location.

The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis states before receiving a medical cannabis patient card, a patient must be certified by a registered physician and have an applicable medical condition.

The state office is holding a public signup event 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednsday, June 29, at the Holiday Inn Express in New Martinsville. However, eligible patients can also sign up for a medical cannabis patient card at omc.wv.gov, where a list of registered physicians can also be found.

Locally, there are two doctors registered, Dr. Mathew Wood in Wheeling and Dr. Michael Wayt in Glen Dale. According to the office, more than 10,000 people have applied for medical cannabis patient cards in West Virginia.

Allison Adler, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, said medical cannabis contains THC, the part of the plant that causes what some call a “high” when used, and encourages patients to discuss with their health care provider how medical cannabis might fit into their overall health care plan.

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