Bristol medical cannabis facility gets final state inspection before opening

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BRISTOL, Va. — A project to convert part of the old Bristol Mall into a medical cannabis facility received its final inspection. Production is expected to start next month.

“We honestly never thought this would come to the state of Virginia in our lifetime,” Dharma Pharmaceuticals Chief Operating Officer Jack Page said.

Dharma Pharmaceuticals owners Shanna Berry, Jack Page and Michael Johnson are excited to see their passion project coming to life. If all goes according to plan, Dharma will be the first medical cannabis facility in the state.

It was months of work. They got one of only five licenses and renovated part of the old Bristol Mall.

“It’s been a very stressful process, a very daunting process to go through,” Page said.

Now, the Virginia Department of Health Professions has completed its final inspection. Dharma plans to start growing plants in about a month with medication available in May or June.

Once operations start, only employees will be allowed inside and only in the area they work.

They’ll be making a variety of THC-A and CBD lotions, patches, and pills treating a variety of conditions from pain to Parkinson’s disease.

“There are people out there who are dying from overdoses and everything else, so if we have the ability to save one life, everything we’ve done here has been worth it,” CEO Shanna Berry said.

There’s still more work to be done before the first person walks through the doors for treatment.

“I don’t know that I can,” pharmacist Michael Johnson said when asked to describe his emotions.

Once Dharma Pharmaceuticals opens, patients must first get a recommendation from their doctor and register with the state before scheduling a consultation with a pharmacist at the facility.

Courtesy WCYB News Bristol – https://wcyb.com/news/local/bristol-medical-cannabis-facility-gets-final-state-inspection-before-opening