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Patients flock to West Virginia’s first medical cannabis dispensary

By Eric Cravey, Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Forty-one-year-old Sabrina Howland drove almost three hours Friday so she could ease her constant pain.

Howland, who developed neuropathy in her feet and toes about six years ago, drove 183 miles from Hurricane in Putnam County to Sabraton in Monongalia County to purchase medical cannabis from the first dispensary to open in the Mountain State since the state’s medical cannabis law went into effect in July 2018.

Howland was one of about 200 people who showed up Friday at 1397 Earl Core Rd. to buy medical cannabis from Trulieve Cannabis Corp., which has a license to open 10 dispensaries in West Virginia. The Florida-grown company, which is on track to post between $815-850 million in revenue in 2021 operates in 11 states.

“I decided to come up here because it’s legal now,” Howland said. “It will help me. I need it.”

Howland was originally prescribed the anticonvulsant drug gabapentin to lessen the spikes of pain she experiences in her feet and toes. The side effects became so bad that she had to quit work because she can’t drive due to the pain…

To read more: https://www.timeswv.com/news/local_news/patients-flock-to-west-virginias-first-medical-cannabis-dispensary/article_06d03ab2-4405-11ec-872c-5ffe2fd3f543.html

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