OzaRX Botanicals officially opened on Saturday, Jan. 30. Located on 3800 W. Sunshine St., the dispensary aims to provide a range of all-natural medical marijuana products to customers.
The Cannabis drug is a psychotropic one, from which the Cannabidiol compound is derived. CBD is different from Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is what generates the “high” feeling when consuming a product and leading to a relaxed feeling throughout the body.
Kim Andrews, general manager, said the business spun out of her and her family investigating the uses of medical marijuana. They started the company after partnering with other investors in Springfield.
Andrews said getting a license to open through the City of Springfield was easy. Getting a license through the state of Missouri, however, was a longer process. After turning in “thousands of pages” of information 18 months ago, the state issued OzaRX Botanicals its license in early 2020.
However, Andrews said reliably sourcing products, dealing with COVID-19 and being closely monitored by the state all slowed down the opening. Though the business still draws in many customers despite having opened less than a week ago.
Andrews said her main focus in business is helping customers, no matter how much they know about the product.
“We are seeing both extremes,” Andrews said. “Somebody comes in where they are knowledgeable, they’ve used the black market for years and are finally able to come out and use it. Then, you have the other crowd, like the gentleman who came in and said, ‘I know nothing about this. I just have my medical card and I know nothing.’”
According to Andrews, OzaRX Botanicals is solely a dispensary, not a prescriber of medical marijuana. Prescribers officially license citizens to purchase medical marijuana products. Dispensaries require customers to show their medical cards to purchase the products.
“It’s not like going to the doctor’s office,” Andrews said. “We do not take medical information. But, we do have a nurse here on Tuesdays and Thursdays to meet with people. If somebody has a condition and is unsure if some of the medications they take are counteractive to cannabis, they can come in and visit with her.”
The store sells a variety of products, including rolling paper, THC sodas and gummies. There is even a section for flavored CBD treats customers can give to their pets. However, CBD flowers have yet to hit store shelves.
Larry Tarrant, Springfield resident, visited the dispensary for the first time ever on Feb. 3. He said the attendants were very “knowledgeable, professional and had good experience.”
Tarrant said he would make sure to return when more products hit store shelves.
OzarRX Botanicals is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. They can also be reached by phone at 417-404-0067.
When asked about a second location, Andrews said OzaRX Botanicals is “a couple down” on the seventh congressional district of Missouri’s list of possible dispensaries, and is hoping for a second location.
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