Corvallis’ second medical marijuana dispensary set to open Wednesday

A second medical marijuana dispensary is getting ready to open its doors in Corvallis.

High Quality Compassion, 1300 N.W. Ninth St., will hold an open house from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, before any marijuana is available for sale.

The facility will begin dispensing cannabis to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders Friday.

Visitors to Wednesday’s open house will find information on how the state’s medicinal cannabis program works and the therapeutic effects of the weed, according to dispensary owner Brock Binder.

They’ll also have the opportunity to tour the 1,150-square-foot facility, which previously housed an insurance agency, and they can sample nonmedicated versions of some of the marijuana-infused edibles the dispensary plans to stock for OMMP patients.

“We know people are going to have questions about what goes on behind the doors, and we’re just going to shed a little light on that,” said Binder. “Hopefully, we can change the stigmas a little bit and bring everything to a good standing.”

The renovated office space was scheduled to undergo a final inspection today, but Binder received his state dispensary certification in March and was confident he would be able to open for business as planned Friday.

Regular business hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Binder said, although he hopes to add weekend hours as the new dispensary establishes itself.

High Quality Compassion will be open this Saturday, however, as part of a two-day grand opening.

In addition to 20 or more varieties of dried marijuana, the dispensary will carry salves, tinctures, concentrates and edibles. Young marijuana plants will be supplied “on request” to cardholders who want to grow their own, Binder said.

Eventually he’ll add hats and T-shirts with the High Quality Compassion logo, as well as other retail merchandise.

High Quality Compassion is the second state-licensed pot shop to open under Oregon’s new medical marijuana dispensary law. The Agrestic Green Collective opened at 1665 S.E. Third St. on April 15. At least three other applications have been filed to open dispensaries within the city limits.

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