First medical marijuana dispensary opens downtown - Tucson News Now

First medical marijuana dispensary opens downtown

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In just a few hours the first medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Tucson will open its doors.

Tucson News Now spoke with one of the owners and was able to get an exclusive walk-through before its opening. 

This new dispensary is expected to be one of, if not the busiest dispensaries in Tucson due to where it is located, on Sixth Avenue near Sixth Street.

The dispensary will have medical marijuana for those with prescriptions, according to co-owner Jerry Workman, but will also focus on education and services for people to sign up for the medical marijuana program.

Reception on the dispensary from neighbors has been mixed; the owner stated he wanted to dispel the myth that dispensaries are a target. 

According to Workman, studies conducted in Colorado actually show that there is less crime around dispensaries.  With that the downtown Tucson dispensary will be proactive when it comes to protection.

"We certainly have security like anyone else would.  Like a jewelry store or a bank.  We are going to, too," said Workman.  "But it is not excessive, an alarm system, a camera, and a safe room to lock stuff up."

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