Have A Heart Opens First Cannabis Dispensary In Oregon

OREGON: Have a Heart opened the doors of its first store in Oregon. The Salem location will bring 20 jobs to Willamette Valley, in addition to the company’s knowledgeable, friendly staff and vast menu of lab-tested and locally-sourced flower, pre-rolls, concentrate, edibles, and topical cannabis products.

Have a Heart’s Chief Executive Officer Ryan Kunkel and Chief Operations Officer, Ed Mitchell were on-hand for the store’s green-ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Our opening in Oregon makes history as the first cannabis retailer to complete continuity of the west coast from Washington to Hawaii,” said Ryan Kunkel, CEO of Have a Heart. “We have successfully executed on phase one of our plan to create the best service and top-shelf cannabis products at economical prices, across the nation.”

The new shop is located at 4618 Portland Rd. NE #110, just off the 99E, next to Dutch Bros coffee and a stone’s throw away from SunRise Espresso, the Original Pancake House and the Oregon Indoor soccer facility. The location provides easy access not only to local Salem residents and visitors but also the surrounding communities.

Founded in 2011, Have a Heart started 2018 with five operating locations in Washington state. Have a Heart was recently rated by High Times as one of the best cannabis dispensaries in the United States, and earned the distinction as Seattle’s top-selling cannabis retailer from the Puget Sound Business Journal. The company recently closed $25 million in series A financing, the largest private financing round for a pure-play U.S. retail cannabis company to date.

Have a Heart has retail stores across the nation including: Washington, Hawaii, Oregon and California, with additional stores opening soon in Iowa and Ohio. The company has more than eighteen applications pending, including in five additional states. In addition, it has more than twenty sites under negotiation with potential merger partners in another four states.

 

Demand Soaring At State’s Lone Marijuana Dispensary

MASSACHUSETTS:  The executive director of the state’s first and only medical marijuana dispensary said this week that in just two months of operation, it provided cannabis to 1,500 patients — the first measure of consumer demand for the product in Massachusetts.

That dispensary, Alternative Therapies Group in Salem,was granted permission by state regulators on Wednesday to expand its offerings, receiving permission to fill orders for first-time products such as marijuana oils and baked goods, which many patients prefer over smoking marijuana.

Regulators also moved Wednesday to allow a second dispensary to open. A Brockton company, In Good Health, was issued a temporary state waiver to sell cannabis that has not been fully tested for pesticides and other contaminants. Laboratories in Massachusetts are still struggling to complete quality testing required by the state health department under rules considered to be among the most stringent in the country.

 

Massachusetts First Legal Marijuana Dispensary Will Open Soon

MASSACHUSETTS:  Patients have been waiting to access marijuana for medical purposes for far too long. There is more debate in the press over the matter, rather than effective measures taken to cover the debates. A considerable number of states across US have passes a law by which marijuana consumption is made legal but few of them fully regulated the terms and conditions. Massachusetts’s first legal marijuana dispensary will open soon, provided it passes one more row of check-ups and regulations.

Salem will be the first US territory where people will be able to find a medical marijuana dispensary. The Alternative Therapies Group, as it is called, is expected to open soon, after receiving a temporary disavowal to sell cannabis that has not been entirely tested for pesticides or other harmful substances.

It seems that for the moment, laboratories in Massachusetts are not entirely able to complete the quality testing required by state health department rules, as the Governor Charlie Baker representatives declared.

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Dispensary Could See Extra Traffic

MASSACHUSETTS:  When it comes to medical marijuana, Boston’s loss could be this city’s gain.

The Department of Health recently announced that only 11 of the 20 medical marijuana outfits it had originally approved to open dispensaries across the state would actually be allowed to do so, after a verification process found problems with multiple applications.

It was good news for Newburyport-based Alternative Therapies, the dispensary that’s still on track to open at 50 Grove St. in Salem early next year. But local officials say it also means the dispensary could see heavier traffic than it had anticipated, at least temporarily.

Half of the state’s counties aren’t yet slated to host any dispensaries, and one in particular could boost visits to Salem: Suffolk. Two groups had applied for licenses in Boston, but both were eliminated — leaving the city without any marijuana dispensary.