There’s nothing unusual about a new business holding an open house so the public can meet employees and get a feel for the operation. So when Deep Roots Medical hosted between 400 and 500 people at its open house for Mesquite’s only medical marijuana dispensary on Friday, July 29, there wasn’t much difference.
Most of the visitors were over the age of 50 with some of them coming out of curiosity and others to determine the kinds of products the dispensary will offer when it officially opens. And, most of them were pleased to have a local facility that will offer medical marijuana products. Understandably, opinions by those in attendance were positive towards the dispensary.
“I think medical marijuana is wonderful as an alternative to health problems someone may be having,” Carla, age 62, said. “Some medications just don’t work for some people. This is just another choice. I think it’s wonderful for Mesquite as far as jobs and this is a great location for the dispensary.”
Frank, age 65 and whose son is a medical marijuana grower in Washington State, said “I thought I’d just come and check this out.”
Both of them were in favor of the November election ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana with each saying “I think it’s great.”
“If it brings tax money into town, that’s a good thing,” Mitch, age 57, said. His wife is a Deep Roots Medical employee. “It brings employment to the community that needs employment. We need industry in this town other than casinos and golf courses. It’s nice to see these two beautiful buildings being used.”
He’s also pragmatic about legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. “If it’s going to pass, we’ll just have to deal with it. Elections have consequences and if that’s what the majority wants then we have to get behind it and make sure it’s safe and legal. We need to get it out of the shadows.”
Deep Roots plans to open the dispensary towards the end of August after several more state inspections. While no products were on display or available at the open house, the dispensary will take up about 3,000 square feet of the cultivation facility. It has two rooms, one an outer waiting room and an inner room where patrons will be able to pick out the products they want with the help of an advisor.
Products will be housed in locked glass cases which were on display at Friday’s open house. That evening though they housed gifts and jewelry on loan from the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery who sold several art pieces.
Tamra, age 56, said “no problem at all” about having the medical marijuana dispensary in Mesquite. “It provides jobs. Mesquite is a retirement community with aches and pains and ailments. My husband has been diagnosed with early-onset glaucoma and is a heart patient. So we’re looking at non-smoking medical marijuana alternatives.”
She said that legalized recreational marijuana “is coming. It’s almost like alcohol. I have a son who’s 24 and smokes marijuana all the time. I know he gets stupid. He could be drinking alcohol but it doesn’t have medicinal qualities.”
Her husband David, age 61, sees medical marijuana as a viable alternative to other medications for his glaucoma. He’s also in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana as a means of “taking some of the crime out of non-legal marijuana.”
Keith Capurro, CEO of Deep Roots Medical, said “we were pleased and honored with the turnout at our open house and with the enthusiasm shown in support of our project. We appreciate the warm reception we’ve received from the Mesquite community and look forward to serving our customers well.”