Portsmouth's medical marijuana dispensary is now selling “whole flower” cannabis to customers

Whole flower cannabis is the bud of the plant, the part that you can smoke.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – You can now legally purchase and smoke herbal medical marijuana.

Pharmacies are allowed to sell whole flowers of cannabis: the bud of the plant, the part that people can smoke.

Hampton Roads’ only pharmacy, Columbia Care, started selling the product on Friday and people were lining up.

Columbia Care’s pharmacist in charge and market director Ray Hernandez said it was a big deal.

“It’s huge. It’s really huge for the entire Commonwealth,” he said.

So far, its cannabis sales have been limited to products made from the plant’s oil, such as THC or CBD oil products.

“Bringing out products like vape cartridges, gums, tablets, tinctures and things like that – anything that can be made from the plant’s oil,” explained Hernandez.

But now patients can buy the Bud themselves.

“It’s botanical cannabis,” said Hernandez when asked to describe the whole flower. “It’s cannabis in its natural form.”

For customers like Marie France, it’s a game changer.

“We have all been waiting for it. That was the moment, “said France.” Focus is fine, but a lot of people like to roll it up and see what they get. ”

And a lot of people were lining up to get it on Friday.

“I would say it was probably five times the normal pedestrian traffic we saw on a typical Friday day,” said Hernandez. “We had Portsmouth Police who helped with traffic about 30 to 45 people outside and in the parking lot.”

Hernandez said some people even brought lounge chairs to make it more comfortable.

Now that his pharmacy has the go-ahead to sell whole flower cannabis, he said they will be expanding their range of flowers.

“We came out the gate with eighths of an ounce, you will be seeing quarter ounces very soon, one gram and a half gram pre-rolls in single pieces and packages,” he said.

“Establishing the medical marijuana program was a tremendous first step, but the ability to sell botanical cannabis in its natural form is what patients want, it’s probably the most therapeutic for most patients. It’s a big deal. “

Hernandez said Columbia Care will continue to expand cannabis products for people who don’t smoke, such as tablets and lozenges containing THC oil.

Whole flower cannabis sales are restricted to those who have a medical certificate and medical marijuana registration card.

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