Company that was looking to open Bridgeport’s first medical marijuana dispensary is still interested in the city

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – A company planning to open Bridgeport’s first medical marijuana dispensary isn’t giving up on using the city as the site for one of its 10 planned statewide dispensaries , according to a company official.

According to Firelands Scientific’s community engagement manager, plans are to find a place within the city limits of Bridgeport. At the moment, she said there was no timetable.

“We are absolutely still interested, and the goal is to definitely find a place,” Marti said. “Bridgeport is one of the cities we want to be in.”

Initially, it looked like it would. A special meeting of the city council and the Zoning Appeals Board (BZA) was held on February 10 for the company, which appeared as Mountaineer ReLeaf on the agenda, to provide information on its plans .

The plan was to use one of the company’s 10 retail licenses to open a dispensary in Bridgeport. After a meeting of about an hour, without opposition, the next step was to have the question approved by the BZA. The February 1 meeting included the granting of a special permit used at Mountaineer ReLeaf.

A few days later, a revised agenda was sent out for the BZA meeting. The revision was the removal of Mountaineer ReLeaf’s request, which ultimately had nothing to do with them wanting to be removed.

“The landlord retracted his lease, which happens in business,” Marti said.

The owner was Blake Enterprises. The dispensary was to be relocated to 4,000 square feet of the former 10,000 square foot Eastern Pet Supply building on Johnson Avenue, visible from Interstate 79. A city official had also confirmed the retraction of the lease, but did not know. not why.

Although it’s best to have visibility off I-79, Marti said the company hopes to find a location with easy freeway access. Bridgeport should be able to fit the space with an existing building or even land.

“Bridgeport is right off the highway, and it’s in an area where patients don’t have access to medical cannabis right now,” Marti said. “We would like to make it one of our homes if we can find the space.”

Marti said the Bridgeport site would have been one of the company’s largest. A dispensary in Huntington is smaller, she says, so the space doesn’t need to be 4,000 square feet.

The company plans to open four dispensaries this summer starting with Parkersburg and Huntington, followed by Charleston and Beckley. A Morgantown site could open this year, but if it doesn’t, it will see an opening in 2023, Marti said.

For those who might be confused about the various names involved, Marti provided a breakdown of the company’s setup. It is as follows:

HillFire Medical Cannabis and The Landing Cannabis Dispensary are the partnership of West Virginia Companies Tariff Labs (founded by David Heeter of Spencer, WV) and Mountaineer Relief (founded by Michael Clark of Pleasants County, WV) with Firelands Scientific (CEO Jeff McCourt of Huron , Oh). HillFire is our cultivation and processing facility located in Millwood, WV and is currently in operation. The Landing is the name of our 10 dispensaries that will be located across the state and will house our HillFire products.

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