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Medical cannabis is coming this year: how Richmonders can prepare now

As the processor licensed by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to serve medical cannabis patients across the region, Green Leaf Medical (gLeaf) has built an 82,000-square-foot facility located in Manchester designed to cultivate, process and dispense medical cannabis products to Virginia patients.

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Medical cannabis is coming to Richmond this year. If you’re looking to become a patient, you should get ready now to access treatment.

As the processor licensed by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to serve medical cannabis patients across the region, Green Leaf Medical (gLeaf) has built an 82,000-square-foot facility located in Manchester designed to cultivate, process and dispense medical cannabis products to Virginia patients.

Upon the opening of the Manchester facility later this year, registered patients will be able to meet with a pharmacist on site to discuss medical cannabis therapy. Individuals who are interested in becoming patients must register themselves with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to be able to access treatment at Green Leaf – which they can do now in preparation for the facility’s opening.

The steps to becoming a patient and accessing treatment in Richmond are:

  1. Visit a registered health care provider to receive a recommendation for medical cannabis
  2. Complete the online application with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy to become a patient and submit the required documents
  3. Receive the registration card in the mail once the application is approved
  4. Bring this card with you to the gLeaf facility to speak with a pharmacist about medical cannabis therapy

A step-by-step patient registration guide is also available here.

According to the Virginia Medical Cannabis Coalition (VMCC) – of which Green Leaf Medical is a member – Virginia’s medical cannabis program will undergo significant improvements as a result of this year’s General Assembly session. Legislation passed this year allows practitioners to evaluate patients through telemedicine, allows part-time Virginia residents to become patients and offers a clarified definition of cannabis oil, which will improve the way processors can implement treatment.

Additionally, because of the 2020 legislative session, each processor like Green Leaf Medical will be able to open up to five additional dispensing facilities, making it easier for patients to receive access to medical cannabis across the state. gLeaf is currently eyeing other Richmond-area locations to open the additional patient access points.

As a member of the VMCC, consisting of the processors of medical cannabis across the state, Green Leaf Medical advocates for medical cannabis patients in the commonwealth.

“We look forward to serving patients in the Richmond area and improving access to medical cannabis across the region,” said Philip Goldberg, CEO of Green Leaf Medical.

You can visit www.vmccoalition.org for more information on the Virginia medical cannabis program, becoming a patient and updates on Green Leaf Medical’s grand opening to area patients.

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New Ginter Park apartment community sells to local buyer for almost double assessed value

The Canopy at Ginter Park apartments, which sold for $83 million, was recently assessed by the City of Richmond at a value of $45 million.

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In their second such deal in as many years, a local real estate firm has picked up a Tennessee-based builder’s latest apartment development in the Richmond market.

Bristol Development Group sold its 301-unit Canopy at Ginter Park apartments for $83.75 million to Capital Square, the Innsbrook-based firm that just over a year ago bought Bristol’s 2000 West Creek apartments in Goochland County.

The Canopy sale closed Dec. 30, with Colliers’ Mid-Atlantic Multifamily Advisory Group brokering the deal. The sale price amounts to $278,239 per door, and represents a nearly $29 million windfall for Bristol, which finished the complex last spring at a cost of $55 million.

The latest city assessment valued the 15-acre property, at Brook Road and Westwood Avenue in Richmond’s Northside, at $45.6 million.

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Veteran baker to open brick and mortar bakery operation in Lakeside

Up All Night Bakery, a new brick and mortar for 20-year baking veteran Jonathan Highfield, will take over the former Pulp RVA space at 5411 Lakeside Avenue.

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Jonathan Highfield has kneaded dough for about 20 years, both in the employment of and instruction of others. This year, he’s baking a venture entirely of his own creation.

He recently signed a lease on 5411 Lakeside Ave., where he plans to open a production facility for his Up All Night Bakery by March.

Up All Night was launched as a part-time gig in late 2019, making croissants, breads, cookies and other baked goods that are sold at farmers markets and to a few wholesale customers around town.

Highfield currently bakes in the kitchen of the Early Bird Biscuit Co.’s Bellevue Avenue location during the business’s off-hours. He said he decided to move Up All Night elsewhere because he had outgrown the Early Bird space.

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Family of local freight and transportation company makes $2 million donation to children’s hospital construction project

The Children’s Hospital Foundation’s matching campaign effectively will double the gift to $4 million.

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A local freight and transportation provider has made a major gift towards the construction of the forthcoming Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU expansion. In addition to the company’s gift of $150,000, Estes family members committed $1.85 million to support the Wonder Tower, the new home for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s inpatient, emergency, and trauma services.

The two donations from Estes Express Lines and the Estes family were matched by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, maximizing the total investment in the Wonder Tower to $4 million. As part of the capital campaign to raise $100 million, the foundation is matching the first $25 million in gifts from the community.

“The support of Estes Express Lines and the Estes family is extremely meaningful. We’re grateful they’ve added their voice and support to our mission to build a world-class pediatric hospital in Richmond,” said Lauren Moore, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “They’re truly a values-focused company and family, and their gifts reflect the importance they place on protecting children and their childhoods.”

“We are a family-owned business that’s had the honor of working with thousands of Richmond-area families for nearly 90 years,” said Rob Estes, president and CEO of Estes Express Lines. “Children deserve the best possible medical care when they need it, and we’re proud to support Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, as a company, and as a family.”

As part of the donation, some areas of the Wonder Tower will be named in honor of Estes, including the hospital’s loading dock, a nod to their work as a freight carrier business. The gift includes additional recognition of the family’s generosity throughout the building.

Once complete in spring 2023, the Wonder Tower will bring world-class pediatric facilities to Central Virginia. Located in downtown Richmond, the 16-story tower will be home to CHoR’s Level 1 pediatric trauma center, emergency room, inpatient units, new operating rooms, increased imaging capacity, and family amenities — all in an environment created just for kids and their loved ones.

“The children’s tower is being built for and by our community thanks to generous friends like the Estes,” said Elias Neujahr, CEO of CHoR. “It will be a beacon of hope for kids and families across the Commonwealth while helping us attract and retain top talent so our children have access to be the best care, close to home.”

In 2021, Estes Express Lines will celebrate its 90th anniversary as CHoR finishes its centennial year. “Let’s all come together to support the Wonder Tower, a special place where all families and children can receive exceptional pediatric care, right here in Richmond,” said Estes.

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