The Dispo pushing to destigmatize cannabis

November 6, 2023 | 12:10 am

Updated November 7, 2023 | 11:28 pm

Owners of The Dispo want to work toward breaking the stigma of cannabis locally and educate customers on healthy ways to consume their high-quality cannabis products.

The store at 1000 East 4th Street opened in May with some concern about their opening reception however, that was quickly overturned by the better-than-anticipated response.

“I think that also goes into the fact that we all do go the extra mile to get to know every person that walks through that door and wants to communicate with us, to come with questions. We answer all those questions; we take care of them just as much as they take care of us,” General Manager Tristan English said.

Going into business was something the group had been waiting for, all it took was legislation granting them the ability to. Prior to opening, the team spent years researching and having their own success stories for what legal cannabis can do for people and themselves.

Vice President Madison Burris said that he had an intense shoulder surgery and was prescribed opiates like OxyContin and Percocet that were supposed to help with the pain. However, he said he only saw himself getting more and more addicted to the drugs.

“I used to teach elementary school and I just felt like a zombie at the end of the day because I felt like I had to go home to take my next dose. At some point, I realized I’m taking this not because I’m in pain because I physically have to write and cannabis really helped me alleviate my pain and get my life back,” Burris said.

So now when it comes to the products they have at their store, which range from cannabis buds, vapors and edible versions to even non-consumable products like candles, bath bombs and pet treats.

All products, they said, are lab-tested and as organically grown as they can be. Co-Owner Rich Beam said that finding the products takes time, yet to ensure the customer receives a high-quality product, it’s worth it.

“A lot of farmers use improper farming practices by using chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers; all of our plants don’t have those types of practices,” Beam said.

The store is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12-6 p.m.

November 6, 2023 | 12:10 am

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