Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Chandler

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 23:26:28-05

ABC15 was allowed in for rare and exclusive look inside the first medical marijuana dispensary set to open in Chandler.

See exclusive look inside facility in video player above

The new facility is in place of the old Last Chance Saloon on Arizona Avenue near Hunt Highway.

The Herbal Wellness Center will officially open on Friday, but patients were already in line for the soft-opening Wednesday.

The company first broke into the Marijuana business in 2013 with a location in Phoenix.

Officials in Chandler had fought the dispensary's opening at first, but now those issues have been ironed out. 
"We are one of the first state of the art dispensaries in this area especially in Chandler all-around about 25 surrounding miles people are coming from all over," said Josh Huntington, Assistant Manager at Herbal Wellness Center.

Managers say you can look but you can't touch before you buy, due to legal requirements.

However, medical marijuana card holders can get any kind of bud, or pot potion they want.

Managers say the South Chandler location makes sense.

There are about 4,000 medical marijuana card holders in Chandler, and an ever-growing number statewide. The latest number is approaching 100,000.