Booze to buds: Marijuana dispensary to open in former ABC store in eastern Henrico

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The Cannabist Co. is planning to open a new medical marijuana dispensary at the Laburnum Park Shopping Center in eastern Henrico County. (BizSense file)

An eastern Henrico storefront is trading bottles of booze for marijuana buds.

The Cannabist Co., which operates as the Richmond region’s lone legal medical cannabis provider, is planning to open a marijuana dispensary in the Laburnum Park Shopping Center next year, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday.

The company has leased the D suite of 4320 S. Laburnum Ave. for its new shop, a 5,500-square-foot space formerly occupied by an ABC store. The shopping center is across from White Oak Village.

Taylor Long Properties recently announced the lease. Robert Marshall and Ellen Long represented the landlord in the deal.

Major tenants in the center include Gold’s Gym and Dollar Tree. Among the other tenants are Cookout, Taco Bell and an Atlantic Union Bank branch. The majority of the center is owned by Vienna-based Westover Apartments LLC, which acquired its portion of the center in 2017.

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The storefront at 4320-D S. Laburnum Ave. was formerly occupied by an ABC store. A Cannabist medical marijuana dispensary is now planned for the space. (Jack Jacobs photo)

Cannabist, which was formerly called Columbia Care, currently has three medical dispensaries open in the Richmond metropolitan area. Two of those operate under the company’s gLeaf brand at 11190 W. Broad St. in Short Pump and 401 Southpark Blvd. in Colonial Heights. It operates a Cannabist-branded location at 3100 W. Cary St. in Carytown. In South Richmond, there’s a gLeaf-branded cannabis growing and processing facility that also features an in-house dispensary.

The dispensaries sell joints, tinctures, marijuana buds, edibles and other products to patients certified by healthcare practitioners as part of the state-approved medical marijuana program.

Cannabist controls two of the five medical cannabis operator licenses in Virginia, which are awarded by the state government. The licenses allow the holders to operate up to five satellite dispensaries in addition to a single pot growing-and-processing facility within the borders of each license’s associated health service area. The growing facility is able to be home to an on-site dispensary as well.

With the eastern Henrico location secured as its fourth store the region, Cannabist has the ability to open one additional satellite dispensary in the area.

The approved operators in the state’s medical cannabis program are currently the only legal sellers of pot in Virginia. The Old Dominion doesn’t have a legal recreational cannabis market. It is legal for people in Virginia to consume, possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use.

Cannabist controls the licenses for Health Service Area 4 (the Richmond and Petersburg areas) and Health Service Area 5 (which covers the eastern part of the state and Hampton Roads). Its expansion into the Richmond region was facilitated by its purchase of Green Leaf Medical in 2021. Green Leaf became fully integrated into Cannabist’s structure this year.

Cannabist rebranded from its previous name Columbia Care in September, according to a news release. The company is in the process of rebranding all its retail stores portfolio to the Cannabist name.

Cannabist’s plans for an eastern Henrico expansion follow the termination of a deal by Chicago-based competitor Cresco Labs to acquire the company. The deal fell apart this summer.

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The Cannabist Co. is planning to open a new medical marijuana dispensary at the Laburnum Park Shopping Center in eastern Henrico County. (BizSense file)

An eastern Henrico storefront is trading bottles of booze for marijuana buds.

The Cannabist Co., which operates as the Richmond region’s lone legal medical cannabis provider, is planning to open a marijuana dispensary in the Laburnum Park Shopping Center next year, a company spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday.

The company has leased the D suite of 4320 S. Laburnum Ave. for its new shop, a 5,500-square-foot space formerly occupied by an ABC store. The shopping center is across from White Oak Village.

Taylor Long Properties recently announced the lease. Robert Marshall and Ellen Long represented the landlord in the deal.

Major tenants in the center include Gold’s Gym and Dollar Tree. Among the other tenants are Cookout, Taco Bell and an Atlantic Union Bank branch. The majority of the center is owned by Vienna-based Westover Apartments LLC, which acquired its portion of the center in 2017.

4320 laburnum storefront scaled

The storefront at 4320-D S. Laburnum Ave. was formerly occupied by an ABC store. A Cannabist medical marijuana dispensary is now planned for the space. (Jack Jacobs photo)

Cannabist, which was formerly called Columbia Care, currently has three medical dispensaries open in the Richmond metropolitan area. Two of those operate under the company’s gLeaf brand at 11190 W. Broad St. in Short Pump and 401 Southpark Blvd. in Colonial Heights. It operates a Cannabist-branded location at 3100 W. Cary St. in Carytown. In South Richmond, there’s a gLeaf-branded cannabis growing and processing facility that also features an in-house dispensary.

The dispensaries sell joints, tinctures, marijuana buds, edibles and other products to patients certified by healthcare practitioners as part of the state-approved medical marijuana program.

Cannabist controls two of the five medical cannabis operator licenses in Virginia, which are awarded by the state government. The licenses allow the holders to operate up to five satellite dispensaries in addition to a single pot growing-and-processing facility within the borders of each license’s associated health service area. The growing facility is able to be home to an on-site dispensary as well.

With the eastern Henrico location secured as its fourth store the region, Cannabist has the ability to open one additional satellite dispensary in the area.

The approved operators in the state’s medical cannabis program are currently the only legal sellers of pot in Virginia. The Old Dominion doesn’t have a legal recreational cannabis market. It is legal for people in Virginia to consume, possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use.

Cannabist controls the licenses for Health Service Area 4 (the Richmond and Petersburg areas) and Health Service Area 5 (which covers the eastern part of the state and Hampton Roads). Its expansion into the Richmond region was facilitated by its purchase of Green Leaf Medical in 2021. Green Leaf became fully integrated into Cannabist’s structure this year.

Cannabist rebranded from its previous name Columbia Care in September, according to a news release. The company is in the process of rebranding all its retail stores portfolio to the Cannabist name.

Cannabist’s plans for an eastern Henrico expansion follow the termination of a deal by Chicago-based competitor Cresco Labs to acquire the company. The deal fell apart this summer.

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Bob Wilkus
Bob Wilkus
7 months ago

Meanwhile the backward out of touch Chesterfield administration clutching their pearls “But but but it’s illegal!”. Henrico continues to show how running a county is done.

John Logins
John Logins
7 months ago

This is still one the “medical” places where the state extorts the public to spend money to buy a prescription to purchases something voters approve to be recreational. If you are turned down for some reason they refund the fee.

More over when you do this, the swampy law bypasses state taxes. So the state will make no money from cannabis sales because Republics ignored the will of the people, again.

VA still has no lawful recreational market because of Republicans and our Governor.