Medical Marijuana Business Setting Up Shop in Wildwood Medical Center in Bethesda

Medical Marijuana Business Setting Up Shop in Wildwood Medical Center in Bethesda

Co-owner of RISE Bethesda says business could launch in next couple of weeks

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The Wildwood Medical Center building in Bethesda

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A medical marijuana dispensary called RISE Bethesda is hoping to open over the next couple of weeks in the Wildwood Medical Center, according to one of the business’s owners.

The business is affiliated with RISE Silver Spring, the 7900 Fenton St. business that hosted a ribbon cutting Tuesday. Rebecca Brown, a co-owner of RISE Bethesda, said the dispensaries are separately owned, even though they share a brand name.

Brown said she grew up in Bethesda and is excited to begin supplying local patients with medical marijuana from the roughly 1,500-square-foot shop at 10401 Old Georgetown Road. The leased space has been remodeled and is ready for opening, she said.

The store will employ a manager and about five to seven patient-care representatives. It will sell a variety of products, including flowers, topical creams and transdermal patches, she said.

RISE owners have installed security cameras and an access control system for safety, she said.

“We have taken security really seriously. We want our patients first of all to feel safe and want our neighbors to feel comfortable with us. We don’t want them to think of us as anything other than a provider of medicine,” she said.

Brown said she owns RISE Bethesda with her sister and family friends.

Other Montgomery County dispensary locations have been announced just off Darnestown Road near Rockville, around the corner from the Silver Spring Metro station and at a shopping center on Twinbrook Parkway.

Fully licensed dispensaries in the state are waiting on the release of the first batch of medical cannabis products, which must undergo lab testing before they can be sold.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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