Virginia’s 1st medical marijuana processor opens in Bristol

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s first medical cannabis processor has officially opened to patients.

Dharma Pharmaceuticals held a grand opening Saturday morning in Bristol. It’s one of four pharmaceutical processors approved in the state to produce medical marijuana, according to reports.

Lisa Smith and her daughter Haley made the trek to Bristol from Richmond earlier this week to receive the company’s first fill of medical cannabis oil, WJHL reported.

Smith, whose daughter has a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome, lobbied at the General Assembly for a change in the state’s medical marijuana laws.

“It’s kind of surreal that it’s happening,” Lisa Smith said.

In order to enter the building, patients must first get a recommendation from a medical provider and register as a patient with the Board of Pharmacy.

“We’re excited to finally be serving patients at our facility,” Jack Page, co-founder and chief operating officer of…

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