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WV awards medical marijuana processor licenses; several go to MSOs

Published November 13, 2020

West Virginia regulators announced the 10 medical cannabis processors that will be receiving business licenses, with several going to multistate operators such as Columbia Care of New York, Holistic Industries of Massachusetts, Trulieve of Florida and Verano Holdings of Illinois.

According to Charleston TV station WOWK, West Virginia regulators said they awarded licenses to:

  • Armory Pharmaceutical (in Buckhannon)
  • Buckhannon WV Processing (Buckhannon)
  • Columbia Care WV (Falling Waters)
  • Harvest Care Medical (Bridgeport)
  • Holistic WV Farms I (Beaver)
  • Mountaineer Integrated Care (Fort Ashby)
  • Tariff Labs (Left Hand)
  • Trulieve WV (Huntington)
  • Verano WV (Beaver)
  • V3 WV GP (Maxwelton)

The state previously awarded 10 cultivation licenses, and at least three went to multistate operators as well as a number of out-of-state and West Virginia investors.

The next step in West Virginia’s relatively slow rollout of the MMJ program will be for regulators to score dispensary applications – the final permitting phase for the industry.

Once everything is in place, regulators are expected to begin issuing MMJ patient cards in spring 2021.

West Virginia regulators awarded 10 medical cannabis processor business licenses, including several to multistate operators.

West Virginia awards licenses to 10 medical marijuana growers

Published October 5, 2020

West Virginia regulators awarded 10 medical cannabis cultivation permits as one of the country’s slowest MMJ programs to launch took a major step toward a possible market start in spring 2021.

The cultivation license award winners included at least three multistate operators – New York-based Columbia Care, Illinois-headquartered Verano Holdings and Massachusetts-based Holistic Industries – as well as a number of out-of-state and West Virginia investors.

Still to be licensed are up to 10 processors and up to 100 dispensaries.

State records show that the MSOs also have applied for processor and dispensary licenses.

Voters legalized medical cannabis in April 2017, but the program has faced bureaucratic snags and opposition by a federal prosecutor.

A state health department official said earlier this year the agency is planning for product to be available in the spring of 2021.

The state has banned smokable flower and edibles, which are the leading sales drivers in other MMJ markets.

The other businesses that won cultivation licenses (with the location of the area code of the primary contact):

  • Armory Pharmaceutical, Maryland.
  • Blue Ridge Botanicals, Texas.
  • Buckhannon Grow, Ohio.
  • Harvest Care Medical, Maryland.
  • Mountaineer Holding, West Virginia.
  • Mountaineer Integrated Care, Pennsylvania.
  • Tariff Labs, West Virginia.

West Virginia regulators awarded medical marijuana cultivation licenses to 10 companies, including to at least three multistate operators.