Riverside Wellness opened in the Kansas City, Mo., area in May, and already, the medical cannabis dispensary is exploring ways to expand patient access, including a drive-thru and home delivery services.

Co-owner and Chief Operating Officer Mary Ann Denzer is a Missouri native but worked at a testing lab in Colorado for two years after the state launched adult-use cannabis sales.

Denzer returned home shortly before Missouri voters approved medical cannabis legalization in the November 2018 election and joined a group of applicants who ultimately won a dispensary license in the state.

“We have a really lovely mix of trying to infuse the roots of cannabis with the future of cannabis, making sure we stay true to where we came from … but also [looking at] the future and how we can serve our patients in the most effective way possible,” Denzer told Cannabis Dispensary.

Riverside Wellness is a women-, veteran- and minority-owned company that Denzer said operates under three basic pillars: kindness, accountability and responsibility. The company launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, which got the team thinking about how to safely reach patients.

The dispensary opened with an operational drive-thru window and launched home delivery services earlier this month.

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