Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Mon, March 3 2014 at 3:32 PM, Updated: Mon, March 3 2014 at 4:17 PM
Medford, Ore. -- As medical marijuana dispensaries are now legal, applicants from all walks of life are looking to cash-in on the growing marijuana industry.
Shady Cove resident, Kathleen Payne is one of several hundred applicants applying to the Oregon health Authority.
"It is a lot of money but I still believe that there are patients that need it."
Payne's dream of one day helping others find alternative medicine hangs in the balance and it isn't cheap.
Before Payne can open her dispensary, she needs approval from the Oregon Health Authority and Jackson County.
She's already found a land owner who will rent to her.
Ultimately, it's the planning department who will decide if she's able to operate
at that location. If she's turned down, Payne will lose on the $1600 dollar non-refundable fee charged by the county.
Kathleen Payne knows she'll need a lot more money to follow through. After all, a security system, a safe and cannabis testing equipment don't come cheap. But she's hopeful her plan will pan-out. After seeing how medical marijuana has helped her mother who suffers from chronic pain, she insists it's worth it.
News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.
Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.