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Lincoln City days away from first medical marijuana dispensary

Medical Marijuana The Oregonian photo

Medical Marijuana
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Lincoln City is just a day or two away from having its first state and city approved medical marijuana dispensary.  The dispensary is named “Pipe Dreams” and is set to open any day at 1745 SW Highway 101, Suite C,  immediately west of the Tanger Mall, next to Vivian and Bill’s Restaurant.

Owned by Randy Mallette, Pipe Dreams, was launched in memory and honor of Mallette’s mother who died in 2009 from cancer.  He said although his mother fought valiantly against her cancer, it took her in a very short time.  But while she was alive she was allowed to use marijuana’s active ingredient to allow her to stop throwing up and actually keep food down, and her pain down as well.  He said her final months were far more civilized than they would have been, had she not had access to the plant.

Mallette says he’s grateful that the Lincoln City City Council allowed him to proceed with his dispensary which he says will allow others with not only cancer but other diseases such as alzheimers, to live out their days having a far higher quality of life.  Mallette says reputable medical studies have proven marijuana’s active ingredient slows down alzheimers’ progression in the brain, giving patients longer, happier lives than would otherwise be possible.

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Marijuana’s more common uses surround pain control.  Mallette says pain relief is one of marijuana’s more common benefits – from chemotherapy, arthritis, other forms of joint and movement pain, headaches, especially migraines and symptoms of aids.   He said research shows that strong prescription pain relievers are very hard on a persons liver and other organs making marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, a far better alternative for pain control.

Marijuana dispensing is also alive and well at a long standing dispensary at 41 Olalla Road, just outside Toledo’s north city limits.  Although Lincoln County Commissioners slapped a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries, in areas outside of cities, until commissioners could develop operating regulations for them, Going Green West Coast was grandfathered in because of earlier legislation setting up such dispensaries before greater numbers of them were recently proposed for approval.

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Here in Lincoln County, there are two recently approved new medical marijuana dispensaries.  Six others have been provisionally approved.  One application is being reviewed.  One has just been filed.  One has been rejected.  All told, 11 applications for dispensaries have been made in various areas of Lincoln County.

Around Oregon, 8 dispensaries have been given the green light in Bend, 2 in Corvallis, 5 in Eugene, 1 in Springfield, 1 in Medford, 35 in Portland, and 9 in Salem.

Around Oregon, the Oregon State Health Authority (OHA) has approved 77 new dispensaries, given 107 provisional approvals, 40 more have their applications waiting, 26 new applications are just now being reviewed.   89 have been rejected.  11 applications have been withdrawn due to local cities or counties initiating moratoriums.  Altogether there have been 363 paid applications filed with the state OHA.

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