Cassville Dispensary is one of first medical marijuana dispensaries in the state to open
Dispensary should have cannabis products on Tuesday of next week.
CASSVILLE, Mo. – Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in the state are starting to open, almost two years after voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.
Dispensaries in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas opened to long lines over the weekend. Many in the Joplin area are still getting prepared to open.
One that is open in Southwest Missouri is Cassville Dispensary.
“I never used cannabis myself because I never could,” says Kim Tiede, an employee at Cassville Dispensary.
Tiede is a registered nurse who worked at Roark Family Health and Medical Spa in Cassville for a year before shifting to the dispensary.
“I received a diagnosis of MS. And so, I didn’t want to take pharmaceuticals, but my health was suffering,” says Tiede. “So to be able to not only transition my job and be able to educate people, I was able to be able to medicate myself.”
The dispensary, which is owned by Dr. Lisa Roark, has been open since the end of September. And they’re already seeing a lot of traffic, even though they don’t have marijuana on the shelves yet. Right now, they’re selling CBD, Hemp, and Marijuana accessories, as well as helping patients become more familiar with the process.
“We’ve seen the big long lines in Kansas City and St. Louis, and I’m sure there will be lines here too. But we wanted to make sure that people had as much time as they needed to ask the questions for their comfort level,” says General Manager Charlea Estes-Jones.
The dispensary anticipates having cannabis flower for sale on Tuesday, October 26th. But, Estes-Jones explains they were supposed to have it already.
“We were supposed to be in that first round as well. And there is definitely a supply issue. So when you have so few cultivators who are actually harvesting and in that phase. But, we’re very optimistic that it’s coming very very soon,” says Estes-Jones.
So for now, they’re going to continue helping patients in any way they can.
“People that need medication that cannot use opioids, that’s what excites me the most. Is that they are able to medicate with something that know is gonna work,” explains Tiede.
Even once they receive their shipment, they still won’t have edibles and concentrates because manufacturing facilities in the state aren’t fully up and going, explains Estes-Jones.
And yesterday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced an investigation into a complaint that a product purchased at a dispensary had mold growing on it.
You can read the full release from DHSS below: