After Long Wait, Medford City Councilor Opens One Of The City’s First Dispensaries
By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection
On Monday May 9,, 2016, a new medical marijuana dispensary finally opened to serve the residents of Southern Oregon. Located in Medford at 1 W. 6th Street, Suite 104, the dispensary is a new addition to the businesses of the downtown area, and a welcome service to local patients wanting safe access to cannabis.
One of the dispensary partners is local Medford City Councilman Clay Bearnson. Excited to be open, Bearnson told OCC, “It has been eight months since the OHA received our application for this to come to fruition and we are glad to finally be a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.”
“We are a 100% locally owned and operated business,” said Bearnson. “Our focus is also going to be on local products as much as possible.”
Bearnson was the voice of reason on the Council and recommend they not jump the gun on implementation of bans. The bans covered licensing of recreational dispensaries and many ancillary cannabis businesses that support the cannabis industry, as well as proposed citywide bans and limitations on residential grows. Previously the city decided to allow only medical marijuana dispensaries, like Oregon Farmacy, which may serve only licensed Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients or caregivers.
Thanks to Councilman Bearnson, instead of bans, the Council decide to send a referendum to the ballot in November to let voters decide. (See the OCC article on the issue from November here.)
With an eight month wait, knowing exactly when you will get the final approval can make setting a firm opening date hard. Bearnson explained, “That’s why we’re going with just a soft opening this week… we still have a lot of stuff that we need to do before we do a grand opening.”
They hope to be a full-service recreational dispensary, but they must wait on the November election for the final outcome. Bearnson is looking forward to the election will a positive attitude.
“I am hopeful that the majority of Medford voters will cast their ballot on the right side of history,” he explained.
They still have work to do on their website, menu and a few other things, as well as adding to their varieties. They currently have a nice selection of flowers, concentrates and edibles. Look for their big grand opening sometime later in May. Their entrance is in the side of the building.
Visit them on their facebook page to keep up-to-date at www.facebook.com/Oregonfarmacy/
They are open from 11 am–7 pm Monday through Saturday, and 12 am–6 pm Sundays. Their phone number is (541)816-4620.
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