After a long road riddled with delays due to COVID-19 and state regulations, Dent County will open its first dispensary Tuesday. A grand opening is set for June 18.
Nature's Health and Wellness, LLC is a Missouri company formed by Missouri residents, according to a press release from Feb. 4. The business is named Trinity and will operate at 803 West Scenic Rivers Blvd Suite A in Salem. Hours of operation are 11 am. until 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
“Our company consists of a unique combination of Missouri residents with deep ties to the communities where we plan to operate, and experienced medical marijuana experts, all with a shared passion for medical marijuana and patient care,” the press release shared.
The press release detailed plans for its licensed dispensary locations in Rolla, St. James, and Salem. The company was initially the lone entity to receive dispensary licenses in either Dent County or Phelps County.
Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 by 65.5 percent in November of 2018. Medical marijuana dispensary sales began Oct. 16, 2020. As of late April, sales totaled $35,679,927.
Nature's Health and Wellness General Manager Adam Stacey resides in Springfield. The LLC will do business as Trinity in each of the three locations.
Around 30 jobs in Rolla, St. James and Salem are expected to be created in the first year, as around 10 employees will be hired at each of the facilities.
Local partners of the business are Wayna Woolman and Cathy Simpson.
Simpson shared her desire to help members of the community where she was raised.
“We were at the dinner table after the legislation passed. I said ‘I want to help people,’ and I feel I am blessed to be able to do it,” she shared.
Local contractors and construction companies have provided work on all three locations of Trinity.
Specific dispensary locations in Dent County and Phelps County are:
• 1421 Forum Drive in Rolla, which opened May 24.
• 803 West Scenic Rivers Blvd Suite A in Salem, opening Tuesday.
• 205 State Route B in St. James, opening later this summer.
See more on the story in the print edition of The Salem News June 15.