A cannabis dispensary will be coming to Charleston this summer.
Purple Leaf Cannabis Dispensary is planning to open on Bridge Road across the street from Bridge Road Bistro, where Cornucopia used to be. There is currently a Purple Leaf location in South Charleston.
Store owner Kristal Reeves told Charleston City Council at a Monday meeting that she looks forward to bringing her business to Charleston. Reeves said the store will focus on oils, vape accessories and have some edibles and drinks for natural pain relief.
“We’re looking to destigmatize what people think about cannabis,” Reeves said.
The products she sells contain CBD, short for cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from hemp. Reeves said most of her products contain THC, but are under the federal level, which is .3 percent.
Her store in South Charleston opened in July 2018. The South Hills shop is going to be a “select cannabis dispensary,” meaning it won’t have as many items as the other location. Reeves aims to open the shop in mid to late June.
In other news, Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin announced Monday the city will receive about $1.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funds and $624,726 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds for the 2019-20 program year. The funds will be used to fund several projects throughout the city.
Nearly $1 million of the 2019-20 funds will be dedicated to housing rehabilitation or home-ownership programs for low-to-moderate income families and individuals and to assist with the needs of the homeless, according to a news release.
Other projects include YWCA, Kanawha-Charleston Housing Authority and West Virginia Health Right among many others.
Council also made a purchase of 15 police vehicles for about $541,000. City manager Jonathan Storage said it was a routine purchase and the vehicles were ready to be replaced.
In past years, a need for cars with bullet-resistant doors has been brought up in council, Councilmember Courtney Persinger said at a finance committee meeting.
2013 was the only year council purchased cars with bullet-resistant doors because council found it was cost inefficient.