Jefferson City’s second medical marijuana dispensary is almost ready to open.

Shangri-La Dispensary at 2118 Missouri Blvd. has an exterior that looks ready to attract customers, but it’s still expected to be a few days before the doors officially open. Nevil Patel, CEO of Shangri-La Dispensaries, which also has two locations in Columbia, said they have one piece left to finalize that he hopes to finish early next week in order to open.

Patel is not new to running a business, and he’s not new to Jefferson City. His parents once owned a gas station on Fairgrounds Road, where Patel helped out while he went to Lincoln University. His wife, who co-owns Shangri-La Dispensaries, is a Jefferson City native and graduate of Jefferson City High School. She’s also a physician, Patel said, which is why they really try to keep the focus of the business on medical care.

“We truly are medical-focused,” Patel said, explaining the company employs a “cannabis nurse,” who he described as “extremely knowledgeable” and ready to help patients as they explore the medical benefits of marijuana.

The company also has pharmacists available for patients, in addition to the front staff, who Patel said have been through an intense training process

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