Medical marijuana dispensaries in Virginia, Shenandoah Valley

Medical cannabis patients in the Shenandoah Valley and northwest Virginia have been underserved for years. It looks like this is going to change.

On Jan. 1, the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority (CCA) assumed regulatory oversight of Virginia’s medical cannabis program from the state’s board of pharmacy. In doing so, the CCA is making Health Service Area 1, which includes the Shenandoah Valley, a priority.

“This area has been underserved for too long because litigation tied up the operation of the license there for several years,” said Jeremy Preiss, acting head and chief officer of regulatory, policy, and external affairs. “The litigation has concluded, and we will prioritize addressing that gap in the medical cannabis program.”

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