First dispensary opens in McMinnville
McMinnville’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Thursday, according to its owner, the day dispensary-siting moratoriums went into effect in the county and eight of its other cities, all but Willamina.
Response so far has been positive, said Jim Galba, who is operating The Medicine Tree at 2046 N.E. Highway 99W, Suite #A, near JC Penney in North McMinnville. “It’s been a long time coming,” he said.
“Everything’s going real well,” he said. “Patients seem very happy to have a nice, quiet local place they can go to instead of having to travel.”
Galba said he had been working for months toward opening a dispensary in Mac — finding a building to rent, writing letters and testifying on both the city and the county levels. Finding a location took the most effort, he said.
“Luckily for us, the place we’re in now has met not only the state’s requirements but the city of McMinnville’s requirements,” he said. “That was a big plus.
“It’s really nice to be getting some local support. The property owners were very open to supporting us, and we’re grateful for that.”
He said he doesn’t expect the shop to have an impact on anyone except its customers.
“I just hope that the citizens of McMinnville realize what a good thing this is for people who need medical cannabis and try to separate the emotion out of it,” Galba said. “The citizens that … have no reason to use medical cannabis, it won’t impact their life at all; they won’t have reason to come down to Medicine Tree.”
The menu for The Medicine Tree can be viewed on a page on the website leafly.com.
The site also features a number of user reviews. They date back as far as four months — well before the legal dispensary start date in Oregon.
“Nice to have place closer to home,” one reviewer wrote. “I got oil & blackberry Kush witch both were great quality, I’m hoping that I will be able to go to this shop regularly in the near future.”
“I’m new to the scene and they were great at answering my questions. No medibles. It is nice to have a place close to home,” wrote another.
Another application is pending from Yamhill County, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Details about it are not yet available.