Tuesday March 11, 2014
Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Gifts and Art Gallery Open in Salem OregonBonnie King Salem-News.com
First Choice Cannabis is Open for Business!
(SALEM, Ore.) - A new art and glass gallery and medical marijuana dispensary hosted their grand opening last weekend in South Salem. First Choice Cannabis is owned and operated by Amy Zimmerman. This store is open to the public, featuring the only “live” glassblower in the capitol city.
“The community needs to come together like this, we have common goals,” said Amy Zimmerman. She believes patients should have a high quality selection of medicinal cannabis, and that means cooperating with other people in the industry.
“We are happy to be less competitive and more team-like with other dispensary owners and farmers, and artisans. This store is the culmination of years of preparation. I think we’re offering a good deal of what patients want at a store, and a dispensary, and it’s a lot of fun to come here.”
That was absolutely true last weekend. Three DJs kept the tunes coming through the afternoon and into the night. Hot food and cold beer were available under the tent, and raffle winners were grinning from ear to ear.
There were several causes and businesses represented including PGTB (PitGearTuffBull), a charity to help rescued pitbulls; Mariah Miles with Dread Beads for the Soul; Katy Watson of Homegrown Betty’s, and Sun Rays Gallery & Boutique.
Entering the store is fun in itself, as the glass blower, Left Coast TR, is immediately on the left and offers a unique show of skill that can be found nowhere else in Salem. Glitter tattoos were fun to watch be applied to waiting arms and faces, and the selection of colorful jewelry, clothing, artwork and home accessories kept the appeal of dozens of anxious patrons.
First Choice Cannabis is an original concept, in that it’s a public gift shop that is open seven days a week to all ages, and it also has a medicinal marijuana dispensary located in the back of the store, and “OMMP Members only” is strictly enforced. They do not charge a membership fee.
Most dispensaries have no waiting area for friends and family, and a very limited one if anything. First Choice Cannabis means to change the way the “canna-business” industry is perceived.
“This is a legal establishment that is very committed to being a dependable member of the community. We hope every one will stop by and see our wares, and ask questions, so that we might learn more about each other, and alleviate any misconceptions about medical marijuana,” said Amy Zimmerman, offering an open invitation to come to First Choice Cannabis and take a look.
“I think people will be pleased with the products we have here, and find our people easy to talk to and very well informed.”
First Choice Cannabis is located at 4142 Liberty Street S., Salem, Oregon (between Friendship and Chase).
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Bonnie King has been Publisher of Salem-News.com since August '04. She is a photographer and video producer, writer, editor and mother, which she considers her greatest position. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER).
Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers and readers alike. An lifetime activist for just causes, she continues to strive to present facts that support Truth, Justice and Peace, as we are in the world to change the world for the better. "TJP"
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