CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — The Landing Dispensary for medical cannabis held an open house at its new facility in Bridgeport on Wednesday.
The Landing will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday to welcome the public for the first time.
“Elevate Holistics will be on site doing recommendations so that people can get their cards. We’ll have a food truck from the Lunchbox here providing free food to everybody that comes during the grand opening, and we’ll have branded swag bags with Nalgene water bottles for the first 75 patients,” said Michael Clark, retail director for The Landing.
Providing the area with alternative medicine is The Landing’s main goal.
“Our mission is to provide patients with high-quality medicine. I’m a pharmacist with 20 years of experience in Ohio and West Virginia. I really like medical cannabis as an alternative for patients who haven’t been able to find relief with traditional pharmaceuticals for qualified conditions in West Virginia,” Clark said.
“Ultimately,” said Rob McCourt, vice president of sales for The Landing, “we’re hoping to give people the opportunity to find relief to some very serious medical conditions through an alternative pathway that traditionally might be treated with potentially harmful pharmaceuticals.”
Noting that the process to find the correct strain of medical cannabis can involve some trial and error, McCourt said the goal is to minimize that at The Landing.
“Unlike pharmaceuticals, where there’s a very prescriptive approach, cannabis treatments have much more trial and error. The team that we put together here is trained to try to reduce the amount of trial and error,” he said.
“I got into this business because my mom had ovarian cancer, and I saw her suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy and realized that medical cannabis could be a good choice — and it turned out to work well for her,” he said.
Once customers are provided with a medical cannabis card, they can receive help selecting the cannabis, which is all grown in West Virginia at a facility in Millwood in Jackson County, owned by West Virginian Dave Heeter, who founded The Landing and HillFire.
“Once a person has their card, they come in and they get registered with our reception area. Then it’s a one-on-one interaction with a patient care representative on the sales floor,” Clark said. “At The Landing, we put our patients first. We make it easy to select and understand our products in a stress-free, comfortable environment.”
Clark said HillFire Medical Cannabis and The Landing are owned by the same company.
“We’re the only West Virginia-owned grower, processor and dispensary,” he said.