VERONA – Kids ask Keri Jones questions all the time. Jones is the Greater Augusta Prevention Partners coalition coordinator at the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth so she spends a lot of time talking to kids across the Valley.
“Kids ask me all the time if it’s true that soon their parents can buy loose leaf marijuana in Staunton,” said Jones.
Jones had a table set up at the Augusta County fair and said people were asking her questions about the difference between hemp CBD and medical marijuana CBD. There's confusion surrounding the letters C-B-D, which stands for cannabidiol.
For Jones, most people are confused about what is legal and illegal.
“Of course I explain the new laws around marijuana CBD oil but they are still confused,” she said.
As it turned out, a funny coincidence happened at the fair, she said. The table next to hers was a hemp CBD oil company selling products.
“It was a good opportunity for GAPP to talk to them and let them know about the new pharmacy coming to Staunton and also explain the difference to people who recognized the awkwardness of having our tables side by side.”
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The number one question Jones is asked is will medical cannabis oil show up on a drug test at work?
“Of course this answer is different for everyone,” said Jones. “Might depend on what type of test is being given, how long ago you used the oil, what percentage of THC is in the oil and is that percent actually correct regardless of what the bottle says.”
In an effort to diminish the confusion out there, Jones put together a Q&A meeting for the public to attend with PharmaCann's outreach and development manager.
PharmaCann is the medical cannabis pharmacy/dispensary opening in Staunton by the end of 2019. Called pharmaceutical processors, the state requires that PharmaCann grows, processes and dispenses all in the same location.
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“PharmaCann is eager to bring medical cannabis to the patients of Virginia,” said Jeremy Unruh, PharmaCann director of public and regulatory affairs. “We focus on highly-regulated, consumer protection-driven processes in order to ensure that we are promoting public health as the Virginia Board of Pharmacy expects.”
Open to the public, the meeting is 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the board of supervisors chambers at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona.
“We look forward to spending time with the local elected officials, law enforcement and citizens to educate them on what we propose to build in the Staunton community,” said Unruh
For more information, contact Jones at (540) 332-3806.
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