CARTHAGE, Mo. — The first cannabis dispensary in Carthage opened its doors Saturday and celebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting hosted Tuesday by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.
It’s the second Missouri dispensary opened by Blue Sage Cannabis Co., owned by LeAnne and Jess Dickerson. The company’s first dispensary opened in Lebanon a week and a half ago.
LeAnne Dickerson, an independent pharmacist in Harrisonville, said the company wanted to bring the medical marijuana option to residents of rural Missouri.
“Living in Archie and working in Harrisonville, we wanted to help the rural communities,” she said. “I see a real need in the rural communities because of the opioid epidemic. I see it every day, and I feel like medical cannabis is an awesome alternative to opioids.”
Dickerson said her husband found the building they’re using in Carthage, an old native rock barn at 429 Peachtree Lane in the south part of Carthage.
Seven members of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce came Tuesday to tour the new business, including the secure entrance, sales floor and private rooms where technicians can work with patients to determine what product meets their specific need.
Dickerson said her shop provides smokable flowers, edibles and drinks with cannabis in them for their patients. She said medical marijuana can be a substitute for the addictive opioid painkillers that have claimed thousands of lives through dependence over the past few years.
“We provide medical cannabis to patients with a variety of problems,” she said. “We’ve seen pain, we’ve seen seizures, we’ve seen sleep problems; there are so many different areas where medical cannabis can help.”
Because marijuana is still a federally controlled substance, credit cards can’t be used to buy medical marijuana products, but the shop has an in-house ATM so patients can