Aug 14, 2023 - Business

Despensary opening second THC, CBD spot on Ingersoll

The future store front for The Despensary's second location on Ingersoll Avenue

The new location of Despensary on Ingersoll Avenue. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Despensary — a popular shop selling CBD and THC — is opening a second location at the former Badowers site at 2817 Ingersoll Avenue.

Driving the news: High customer demand at the original downtown location prompted the need for a second, larger store, Sabrina Bergloff, Despensary's chief operating officer, tells Axios.

How it works: While recreational marijuana is illegal in Iowa, state law allows hemp-derived products as long as the THC is capped at .3%.

  • Since then, Delta-9 products have popped up in Iowa shops. The THC in them is produced from hemp instead of the cannabis plant, making them legal under a federal loophole.
  • THC is the psychoactive chemical that gets people high.

State of play: The new store is around 3,500 square feet and will offer THC and CBD products like gummies, drinks and tinctures.

  • The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals regulates consumable hemp and has a list of approved retailers, which includes Despensary.

What they're saying: Employees will be able to help new customers with health or wellness questions who are wondering if THC or CBD can help, Bergloff says.

  • "We're trying to change the face of what the stereotypical stoner looks like," she says.

What's next: The store is expected to open in the next two months.


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