Medical cannabis company outlines health mission
RAVENSWOOD — Mountaineer Integrated Care, the medical cannabis company that will soon grace the streets of downtown Ravenswood, shared its mission to improve the health of West Virginians on its Facebook page.
As a business that grows, processes and dispenses medical cannabis in West Virginia, the mission is to “advance the health of West Virginians by providing targeted medical cannabis treatment to those suffering with serious medical conditions.”
Made up of West Virginia natives and executives from the East Coast who have many years of experience with medical cannabis, Mountaineer Integrated said it “believe(s) in putting patients first and have the expertise to provide them with high quality relief.”
The patient community serves as a number one priority for the business as well as providing an economic boost to the state.
“As we work to fulfill that mission we are excited to create jobs and contribute to economic development in the communities we serve,” Mountaineer Integrated said. “A portion of the tax revenue generated will be allocated to the Fight Substance Abuse Fund, grants for local law enforcement, and much more.”
So far, Mountaineer Integrated has dispensaries opening in Ravenswood and Fort Ashby in Mineral County.
“Our dispensary in Ravenswood is our connection to the communities we serve. There we will interact with patients directly in an environment which is similar in some ways to a pharmacy,” Mountaineer Integrated said. “What led us to Ravenswood was tremendous community support and a belief in the potential of the area.”
Ravenswood Mayor Josh Miller said he has been impressed with the company since they first contacted him about opening the dispensary.
“They’ve been very proactive and they’re very serious about their objective. They have been sincere the whole way through, they came down here and explained everything to the public,” Miller said. “I’m excited to continue to work with them and to have them as business here in the community. They take that responsibility very seriously, they’ve been nothing but professional from the first day.”
It is believed that not only will cannabis dispensaries create jobs, they will help take money from criminals and put it back in the economy, Mountaineer Integrated said.
“It is an alternative doctors can use instead of prescribing opioids for chronic conditions. And most importantly, it is a natural non-toxic treatment for people with cancer, Parkinson’s, PTSD, intractable seizures, and other severe illnesses that are some of the most debilitating conditions known to man.”
Miller said he is interested to see how stepping into the medical cannabis industry will change health care in the state.
“It’s a great opportunity to push forward and show folks that medical cannabis is a true form of treatment, that’s something that I’m looking forward to,” he said. “In the future, I think you’ll see policy change.”
As of now, employment opportunities are not yet available but they will be shared when the need arises.
Candice Black can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.