WINCHESTER — It won’t be legal to buy or sell marijuana in Virginia until Jan. 1, 2024, so what’s the deal with that new store at 326 S. Braddock St. that has marijuana leaves painted on the windows?

The answer: It’s a hemp store, not a pot store — at least for now.

Tiauntia Green, owner of the new Celebrity’s Hemp Dispensary that opened Monday in the downtown building that formerly housed Pine Motor Co., said she hopes to become licensed by the state as soon as legally possible so her business can become Winchester’s first recreational marijuana dispensary.

“I’m trying to get my foot in the door,” Green said on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Celebrity’s is selling products derived from legal cannabis plants that only have trace amounts of THC — the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana that makes users feel high — but are high in another cannabinoid called CBD, which delivers medicinal benefits.

Green, who is Winchester’s first state-certified hemp producer and processor, said CBD has been proven effective in easing pain, nausea, insomnia and the symptoms of a variety of neurological and psychological conditions including ADHD, Parkinson’s disease and depression.

“It’s for a little bit of everything, basically,” she said.

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