Cannabis dispensary sprouting in former Need Supply in Carytown

Green Leaf, the region’s state-approved medical cannabis operator, plans to open a dispensary in the former Need Supply storefront at 3100 W. Cary St. in Carytown. (Jack Jacobs photo)

A Carytown storefront is trading jeans for green.

Green Leaf Medical, which operates the region’s only medical cannabis operation in Manchester, has signed a lease to open a retail dispensary in the former Need Supply storefront at 3100 W. Cary St.

Phil Goldberg, Green Leaf’s co-founder, confirmed the deal Wednesday during Richmond BizSense’s “Future of Cannabis in Virginia” virtual panel.

Phil Goldberg

The 5,600-square-foot Carytown space was formerly home to Need Supply’s flagship retail store before the company shuttered permanently during the pandemic.

The Carytown location is Green Leaf’s second confirmed dispensary in Virginia. The other is taking shape in a former KFC storefront in Short Pump. Goldberg said Wednesday that the Short Pump location is expected to open in 60 days.

He said he expects the Carytown location to open in three-and-a-half to four months.

Goldberg didn’t respond to a phone message seeking further comment Wednesday.

Michael Morris, Jim McVey and Thomas Lynde of Commonwealth Commercial represented the landlord in the Carytown deal.

Green Leaf, as the only state-sanctioned medical cannabis processor in the Richmond region, is permitted to have up to five satellite dispensaries within its territory. That’s in addition to a retail dispensary at its 82,000-square-foot Southside facility, which also houses its Virginia-based cultivation and production.

Green Leaf (stylized “gLeaf”) makes cannabinoid oil-based products and sells them to registered and prescribed customers.

Green Leaf holds the state-approved license for Health Service Area 4, which includes the Richmond region. The company also has operations in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Last month, New York-based Columbia Care announced it sealed the deal on a $240 million acquisition of Green Leaf first announced in December.

Columbia Care holds the license for Health Service Area 5, which is in southeast Virginia. The company has its Virginia medical cannabis cultivation and production facility in Portsmouth. A Columbia Care vice president is among the governor’s picks for one of three boards of the budding Virginia Cannabis Control Authority.

Earlier this month, Columbia Care announced that Goldberg joined Columbia Care’s board of directors. He served as Green Leaf’s CEO until it was acquired by Columbia Care.

Editor’s Note: To see a full recording of Wednesday’s Future of Cannabis in Virginia panel discussion, click here for the BizSense video archive.

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Matt Merica
Matt Merica
3 months ago

state-sanctioned to charge 4X-5X what the actual “market” charges – great news for the consumer 🙁

Jackson Joyner
Jackson Joyner
3 months ago
Reply to  Matt Merica

Well, you can now grow your own, so that’s a great first step. This is the “medical” pricing. Just as in other states, the rise of retail operations will bring the prices down.

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
3 months ago
Reply to  Jackson Joyner

So these guys are a state sanctioned monopoly, to the detriment of the citizens of the Commonwealth, but at least its just for a while?
I, also, am glad it’s not permanent but it is still wrong.
It’s a lot of money heading out of state.

Last edited 3 months ago by Ed Christina
Jackson Joyner
Jackson Joyner
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed Christina

Don’t let perfect outweigh the good. It is not a monopoly. Retail sale of alcohol in Virginia is an actual monopoly. Every state in country sanctions the sale of cannabis on some level. I’m not understanding why this is a detriment to our citizens when we are no longer being arrested for possession and use. You can even grow your own.

Bernard Shakey
Bernard Shakey
3 months ago

What a joke

Stefan Calos
Stefan Calos
3 months ago

It went from Need Supply to Weed Supply.

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
3 months ago
Reply to  Stefan Calos

I wish i had more than one like to give you