Construction is underway in Duncan at a new medical marijuana dispensary set to open in 2019.
This is all happening after Oklahoman’s voted to legalize medical marijuana earlier this year.
Cannawise is getting ready to sell medical cannabis in Stephens County. On north Highway 81, Duncan residents like Susan Mitcham said they are excited to see progress being made on the future home of Cannawise. Mitcham said medical marijuana helps her deal with chronic pain.
“Was touted for being an alternative to opioides which I had been on everything from Vicodin to Percocet and Fentanyl patches and medical marijuana just helps me so much more than the opioides and the other prescriptions,” Mitcham said.
Co-owner Daniel Ferguson said Mitcham’s story is common. He said he believes medical marijuana can also be live changing for those battling cancer, to people suffering from anxiety or depression.
“Everybody has a story about a person, family, friend. You would be hard pressed to find somebody that didn’t know somebody that could benefit from it,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson is joining forces with Bryan Alston in this business venture. Alston also owns a CBD and vape shop next door and said this was just the next step.
“We both are interested in medical marijuana. I was interested as a secondary revenue stream. He was interested in helping people through the passing of 788 and we just kind of went from there,” Alston said. “Couldn’t have imagined being any better having it in the city of Duncan. I was excited when the state passed and to have it here and accessible to patients like me it’s very very great,” Mitcham said.
With the grand opening date set for the first week of January, Alston and Ferguson hope they can help more people like Mitcham by providing medical cannabis as an alternative measure.
Stephens County actually voted no for the bill with nearly 55 percent saying they weren’t for it. But after the passing of the bill, there are currently three licensed dispensaries in Duncan.