The Iowa Cannabis Co. has obtained a license to manufacture medical marijuana products at 5137 18th Ave. SW, the former site of Star Food Service Equipment & Repair in Cedar Rapids.
“We were issued our manufacturing license two days ago, so I’m looking forward to moving forward with that,” Aaron Boshart, director of operations for the company, told the Iowa Cannabidiol Board during a meeting Friday.
Boshart did not respond by text or email to additional questions from The Gazette about the Cedar Rapids manufacturing site or how the manufacturing license will work with the company’s dispensary in Waterloo.
Iowa law allows two manufacturers of medical marijuana products.
The first was MedPharm Iowa, which opened in 2018 in Des Moines. Iowa Relief, an affiliate of Acreage Holdings, was chosen in June 2018 to open a second manufacturing plant, this time in Cedar Rapids.
Iowa Relief built a 5,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation and processing plant at 1420 26th Ave. Ct. SW and started manufacturing a marijuana tincture there in 2019. But then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the number of Iowans participating in the medical marijuana program fell off temporarily. Iowa Relief closed its operation and turned in its license in early 2020.
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