SCAPPOOSE — Smoke it up, and down your pain. A new medicinal marijuana shop has opened in Scappoose.
Big River Cannabis Club, located at 50416 Columbia River Highway, opened on April 20, a day unofficially thought of as a marijuana holiday and even celebrated openly on some college campuses.
Cora Dreyer, owner of Big River Cannabis Club, wanted to open a shop locally that didn’t have a feel of the bigger shops in Portland.
“We wanted to be a friendly atmosphere inside the building,” Dreyer said. “We want it to feel more upscale than some other shops since some of the people who need it are upscale,” said employee Debra Haines.
Medical marijuana is used to treat medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, chronic pain and severe nausea.
The patient’s physician must conclude that medical marijuana will help with the condition. A medical marijuana card has a $150 yearly registration fee that is separate from the cost of treatment.
In order to receive the shop goods people must have a medical marijuana card from a physician, a photo ID to prove, and be a member of the Big River Cannabis Club.
All information is kept in a confidential file at the facility.
Nothing is bought or sold at the shop.
Members are given suggested donation prices for the requested item. Members can receive up to one and a half pounds. All donations go toward covering the cost of the company.
“If you come in trying to sell something, we will ask you to leave,” said Haines.
There are alternatives at the shop to smoking marijuana: marijuana butter, brownies, cookies, cooking oil and even a liquid you can use with a dropper; “Three liquid drops will not get you high, but will relieve your pain,” said Dreyer.
None of the items can be used while on the premises of the shop.
Dreyer said her main goal is to, “have a place to get items locally and legally.”
Big River Cannabis Club is opened Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m.