Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Klamath Falls

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, April 30 2014 at 4:22 PM, Updated: Wed, April 30 2014 at 11:44 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- The first medical marijuana dispensary in southern Oregon opened this morning in Klamath Falls.

Edward Medina, Jr. opened his dispensary at nine this morning.

Medina got his state license on Monday...

"Honestly, there was times I presumed that this would never happen."

While most customers wanted to remain anonymous, medical marijuana card holder Dale Barr is an exception...

"I've decided that I'm not going to be discrete anymore - and I'm really happy that this place is opening up."

Fellow card holder Robert Harris spoke before the Klamath Falls City Council, and the Klamath County Commissioners in support of allowing dispensaries...

"This is real good to our community.  It takes the black market out of the picture in some places."

But not everyone in Klamath County is in favor of dispensaries.

Darlene Cunningham recently testified before the board of commissioners...

"Are they going to be able to get it just like they do tobacco, and liquor?  Please, I beg of you - do not allow these shops to open."

The Klamath County Commissioners adopted a year long moratorium on dispensaries last week.

But dispensaries are currently legal in the city of Klamath Falls...which is all that matters to Dale Barr.

"To have a place like this, that i know is safe - that the people here I can trust - I know that they're following the law."

Nevertheless, Edward Medina says he's still nervous about his new business...

"We're just going to take it one day at a time."

There weren't any customers waiting for the dispensary to open at nine this morning...but by 11:AM, about 30 people had come in to visit the sales room.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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