Luxury Leaf Lets Patients Guide Its Missouri Business With an Eye Toward Adult-Use Legalization: The Starting Line

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<![CDATA[Photos courtesy of Luxury LeafAdrienne Scales-Williams made history Jan. 21, when she opened Luxury Leaf, Missouri’s first Black-owned medical cannabis dispensary.Adrienne Scales-Williams made history Jan. 21 when she opened Luxury Leaf, Missouri’s first Black-owned medical cannabis dispensary.That’s just the beginning of the story, as Scales-Williams and her team plan to let patients’ needs guide the St. Louis-based business as it looks toward adult-use legalization, which could become a reality later this year as grassroots organizations work to send the issue to Missouri’s 2022 ballot.Scales-Williams entered the cannabis space in 2018, when she applied for a business license in Michigan. Shortly thereafter, Missouri voters legalized medical cannabis in the 2018 election, and Scales-Williams moved back to her home state, where she ultimately won a cannabis retail license.“It’s close … to home, so it seems like it would be a perfect scenario for me to work in the community I’m more comfortable with, knowing I can make a difference in the community and offer some alternatives to medicine,” she says. “We’re looking to give [patients] different alternatives in the healing process that they can get from the plant.”Jamila Owens-Todd, Luxury Leaf’s general manager, says the dispensary’s first day of operations last week was “a great success” with the local community—and also those from farther corners of the state—turning out on opening day.“It’s very much a boutique-style [dispensary], not just in its décor, but in its curated experience, where we walk with the patient throughout the entire facility,” Owens-Todd says. “It really is a concierge service, where the focus is surrounding the patient, maximizing patient experience and, obviously, providing a quality product. We’re hand-picking those products to be the highest quality products in the state.”With the store’s soft opening behind them, Scales-Williams and Owens-Todd are looking forward to an upcoming ribbon cutting with…

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