Dharma Pharmaceuticals, which had plans for a medicinal marijuana processing plant at the Bristol Mall, is exploring another location nearby.
The new proposed site is located adjacent to Wendy’s on property off Gate City Highway near the vacant mall.
Dharma has been granted a state permit to operate a medicinal marijuana processing and dispensary plant.
Still pending at the mall is a possible casino-resort venture, although mall owners, represented by a company called Par Ventures originally planned to lease part of the mall for the medicinal marijuana plant,
Bristol Virginia City Manager Randy Eads said, â€śItâ€™s still supposed to be within the JC Penney at the Bristol mall, however Par Ventures has applied for a special exception (to the lot) to put a pharmaceutical processing facility on that lot.â€ť
The Virginia Board of Pharmacy will have to approve the location change and already rejected earlier efforts to do so.
The board meets on March 26.