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22nd Century Group Inc. adds strategic partnerships with expert commercial-scale cannabis plant breeders Sawatch Agriculture and Folium Botanical.

This region’s lone licensed cannabis products processor has a new owner. Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries announced Thursday its acquisition of Dharma Pharmaceuticals, its production facilities and dispensary on Watauga Road in Abingdon. The local firm, which initially operated in the former Bristol Mall, moved to its current location in May.

Hundreds of Virginians hoping to grow and harvest their own marijuana plants each took home a half-dozen seeds distributed in a Henrico County parking lot Thursday, the first day that recreational use of the drug was legal for adults 21 and older in the state.

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