Preparations are underway for Grant County’s first medical marijuana dispensary.
Owners Haley Olson and Cindy Kidd said Rocky Mtn. Dispensary will focus on Cannabidiol (CBD) oils, topicals and edibles for humans and animals alike, and they hope to open the family-owned business as early as Jan. 1.
Olson said the county approved their proposed site on Wilderness Road near Mobile Glass of Oregon, and the business has applied for state certification.
The owners said they plan to build their business using local materials, services and labor. They emphasized selling locally grown marijuana, as long as it met set standards.
“We need something to spur the economy here and to keep people from having to travel out of the area, especially in the wintertime,” Olson said. “You’ve got cancer patients trying to make that drive in the wintertime, and it’s not safe.”
The dispensary will also regularly host traveling doctors from The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation so people can get their medical marijuana cards locally. There are roughly 150 cardholders in the county, according to Olson, and they hope to help more people acquire access to medical marijuana.
The building will feature hefty security measures mandated by state law. Product will be protected by multiple key-coded doors, comprehensive video surveillance and a well-lit exterior.
“It’s like a vault,” Kidd said.
The dispensary will answer to the Oregon Health Association, and all sales will be tracked by the state government.
They are also hoping to strike a blow to the black market and give those in need a safe place to purchase their medicine. Kidd also anticipates picking up customers from Bend as more of their dispensaries convert to recreational facilities.
“It’s going to create jobs and keep people from having to travel outside the area, and keep the revenue here instead of Bend,” she said.
The Grant County Court voted Sept. 28 to pass an ordinance allowing registered medical marijuana patients to purchase marijuana at dispensaries in Grant County. The amended ordinance only allows medical marijuana, not recreational, dispensaries.