MANKATO — Patients within the Mankato area with medical marijuana prescriptions not should drive to the Twin Cities for hashish merchandise.
A RISE Dispensary has opened on the east finish of Madison East Center.
“We’re excited to join the Mankato market. There hasn’t been a cannabis dispensary in Mankato, and we’ve had a lot of patients drive a long way to get their prescription at our Eagan location,” mentioned Sarah Lynch, business basic supervisor for RISE’s Minnesota operations.
RISE is a part of Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, one of many largest hashish corporations within the nation.
Communications specialist Maral Moldow mentioned Green Thumb operates 77 retail areas and 17 develop amenities in 15 states. “We have a few different retail brand stores with RISE being the biggest with 56 locations.”
Moldow mentioned simply over 33,000 Minnesotans are certified to get medical marijuana.
Late final 12 months Green Thumb acquired LeafLine Industries — one among two licensed medical hashish cultivators and distributors within the state.
While Green Thumb operates in a number of states that even have authorized leisure marijuana, the corporate mentioned they see potential development in Minnesota, the place solely medical marijuana is at present authorized. They mentioned extra training about and familiarity with medical hashish will present extra folks the advantages of utilizing it.
Lynch mentioned medical marijuana is permitted for quite a lot of illnesses, together with most cancers, ALS, PTSD, autism and extra.
Lynch mentioned folks can speak to their physician about whether or not they qualify for medical hashish after which register with the state. Once permitted, they will speak with a dispensary pharmacist about what kind of product would work greatest for them.
“We have vapes, sublingual spray, oral suspension drops, topical creams for pain, lozenges,” she mentioned.
Last 12 months Minnesota additionally legalized the smoking of medical marijuana.
“That’s been a great addition to the program because it opens up different forms of cannabis and different price points,” Lynch mentioned.
And beginning Aug. 1, it is going to be authorized for Minnesota dispensaries to promote edible gummies.
The Mankato location will host an open home 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’re offering discounts and we’ll have people on site to educate anyone interested in medical cannabis and how they can register for it,” Lynch mentioned.
Profits from the primary day of operation at RISE have been donated to Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota.
RISE Mankato, 1400 Madison Ave., is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to five p.m. on Sundays.
Rise has 5 different retail areas in Minnesota: Eagan, Hibbing, St. Cloud, St. Paul and Willmar.
Green Thumb, which is publicly traded in Canada, reported income of $556 million for 2020, a development of 157% in contrast with the 12 months earlier than.