Eastern Iowa Getting New Medical Marijuana Facility
A new multi-million dollar medical cannabis facility is coming soon to Eastern Iowa.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that a warehouse once owned by ACT will be turned into Iowa's newest medical marijuana plant with products hitting the market by as soon as 2023. The building is located at 2727 Scott Blvd in Iowa City. The Iowa Cannabis Company will spend $10 million to turn the 120,000-square-foot building into a facility that produces products for Iowa's medical marijuana program.
The company was first licensed to manufacture its products in Cedar Rapids, but according to the Gazette got state permission last year to move to Iowa City. Iowa Cannabis owner Aaron Boshart and co-owner Kate Kapple are both Iowa natives. They started their business with recreational cannabis operations in Washington state and Oregon. Boshart stated, "we have never committed to a project of this scale before. As Iowans, we want to see the program continue to thrive."
The Gazette reports that the number of patients in Iowa that are certified to buy medical marijuana products has gone up for than 70% in the past year. The state of Iowa expanded its medical marijuana program in 2020, replacing a 3% cap on THC with a new cap of 4.5 grams per patient every 90 days.
The Iowa Cannabis Company currently has dispensaries in Waterloo, Council Bluffs, and Iowa City. Two other Iowa dispensaries, in Windsor Heights and Sioux City, are owned by Bud and Mary's.