Ashland man trying to open medical marijuana dispensary

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Wed, February 26 2014 at 11:06 PM, Updated: Wed, February 26 2014 at 11:30 PM

Medford, Ore.-- In less then one week people will be able to apply to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon.

People like Bill Ericson from Ashland. He has terminal cancer and said without medical marijuana he'd be dead.

"It helps my energy and I'm much stronger then I was before."

He wants to share what he says eases his pain with others and now that medical marijuana dispensaries will be legal in Oregon starting March third. He's ready to open up shop in Ashland.

"I want it to be clean and have different medical options like juicing."

But he says it's not a simple process. The online application has a four-thousand dollars price tag. Then there's a background check and although Ashland will allow dispensaries in certain areas, Ericson said many landlords don't want them.

"The realtors are okay with it but the business owners don't want it because they're afraid it'll bring a bad element."

Ericson said if it wasn't for that he'd be online first thing Monday morning to apply. But the law says you have to have a location first.

According to a story in the the Mail Tribune, Ericson is just one of some ten people looking to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Ashland. And Ericson said his desire to be a dispensary owner goes beyond business. 




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