Business is going well at the two medical marijuana dispensaries that opened in St. Joseph during the summer, staff at both facilities said.

Jericho Heese, director of marketing for Fresh Karma Dispensaries, said he’s seen a recent boom in medical marijuana patients. The business has a storefront at 2221 N. Belt Highway.

“We’ve been open for barely over two months and the citizens of St. Joe have really kind of taken to Fresh Karma,” Heese said. “You see a lot of people around town wearing our merch and using our medical cannabis and stuff, so we’ve seen a major uptick in even how many medical cards are coming to this area.”

With more people receiving medical marijuana cards — 56,000 of which were issued statewide in the medical cannabis program’s last year — some are starting to believe that the negative stigma around marijuana is beginning to lose its power. Chris McHugh, CEO and president of Vertical, said he’s happy with the public response so far. The business has a dispensary at 908 N. Belt Highway and a manufacturing and cultivation facility at 3101 Townesouth Court.

“I think we’ve been given a great reception. I have been

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