Medical marijuana dispensary 'Harvest' opening second Valley location in Scottsdale

Posted at 3:12 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 20:19:23-04
A former Scottsdale bank got a million dollar makeover.  But it won't be dispensing cash to customers. Instead, medical marijuana.
Harvest Scottsdale opens to the public Wednesday. The 6,800-square foot medical cannabis dispensary on Hayden Road near Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. is the second Harvest location in the Valley, the other is in Tempe. The facility has patient advisors and a doctor with office hours to educate patients.
"There will be an open house.  People with or without patient cards can come to the facility, tour it and hopefully leave with an appreciation for what the medical cannabis community is about," Harvest CEO Steve White said.
White said Harvest Scottsdale stands out from the crowd because of its investment in making sure the customer has a positive experience.  It has 11 check-out terminals, a spacious shopping area, plus offers various programs for patients and caregivers.  
Scottsdale resident Bevin Barrett has been going to Harvest Tempe to get medicine for her 7-year-old son Xander, who has epilepsy.  She said the support group that Harvest offers, Harvesting Hope, was reason enough for her to bypass the many other dispensaries in the Scottsdale area. Now, that won't be necessary.
"This is only about 15 minutes from my house, versus 35 minutes (to Tempe), so it's definitely much more accessible to us," Barrett said.
There are also programs for people suffering from chronic pain, cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Glaucoma, and a number of other diseases.
“Our goal is just to make everyone comfortable using medicinal cannabis,” said White. “We hope that with the new Harvest of Scottsdale facility we created an inviting environment where patients feel comfortable addressing their medical needs.”
IF YOU GO: Open house Sept. 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 15190 N. Hayden Rd.