Flower Power: Richmond Cannabis Dispensary Sells Dried Buds
After months of only being able to sell oil-based cannabis products like edibles and vape cartridges, the only licensed dispensary in the Richmond area can now sell a more traditional form of marijuana.
Green Leaf Medical (stylized gLeaf) last week kicked off sales of smoking marijuana, both dry whole flowers (also known as buds) and pre-rolled joints, at its South Richmond dispensary.
Adult use of smoking marijuana was legalized in Virginia in July, allowing Green Leaf to expand its offering. The company has previously sold its smoking marijuana in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio, where it also operates.
From its 82,000 square foot facility in Richmond at 2804 Decatur Street, the company now offers 18 varieties of whole dry flowers and pre-rolled joints for sale under its own brand. Green Leaf sells an eighth of an ounce of dry flower for $ 65.
Green Leaf co-founder and chairman Phil Goldberg said the introduction of smoking marijuana allows him to create a wider network for local customers, both those whose illnesses respond better to the new offering and those who illegally buy marijuana.
“A strain or product can work for one person and not work for another,” Goldberg said. “It is important that we provide many routes of administration, because we want to convert customers who buy from the illegal market to the legal market. “
Green Leaf is the only state-approved medical cannabis processor for Health Services Zone 4, which includes the Richmond area. It can only sell to registered and prescribed customers.
State law allows it to have up to five satellite retail dispensaries in the area to complement its dispensary which operates in the same Southside facility as its Virginia-based growing and production operations.
Green Leaf plans to open its first satellite location at Short Pump within two to three weeks, followed by a location in Carytown in 90 days, Goldberg said.
Colonial Heights is also on the bridge for a dispensary. Goldberg declined to share the exact location and said discussions with Colonial Heights officials regarding how cannabis fits within the locality’s retail zoning rules are still ongoing.
“We hope to work with Colonial Heights and explain where we see it differently,” Goldberg said.
The company has plans for a few more dispensaries. He explored the Midlothian and Ashland areas to supplement his licensed dispensaries, Goldberg said.
Green Leaf was acquired by New York-based cannabis company Columbia Care in a $ 240 million deal that closed earlier this year. Goldberg was previously CEO of Green Leaf.
Columbia Care holds the medical cannabis processing license for Health Service Zone 5, which covers eastern Virginia.