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Monday, April 13, 2009

Dispensary Opens On Loveland Main Street

The Denver Channel
It's not often that a medical marijuana shop opens on main street Colorado but it happened Friday in Loveland.Rich Present and Drew McNeil told 7NEWS they had planned to open their dispensary near a cancer treatment center close to the hospital, but a neighbor complained and the landlord backed out."The stereotype of medical marijuana is still out there," Present said. "We want to change that."So Present and McNeil kept looking and eventually found a new spot on Cleveland Avenue across from the Safeway store."

After we were turned down by a few other places in town, the man who owned the Circle Moon cafe came to the rescue with a wonderful building here," Present said. "It's just so relaxing. It has a great vibe."The dispensary, called Nature's Medicine, also offers massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture and a variety of herbs and supplements. Several people came to the shop Friday to register.

Among them was Kirk Scramstad, who told 7NEWS he suffers a great deal of pain."I have degenerative disks on my back," Scramstad said.When asked what the dispensary meant to him, it touched a raw emotion.His voice faltering, Scramstad said, "It's important to me because I'm sick and tired of being scared of the police and of gangsters coming to my house because I chose to grow marijuana."