Dec 14, 2012 8:32 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Medical marijuana dispensary in Cochise County aims to give back to community

COCHISE COUNTY - Another medical marijuana dispensary is set to open this weekend in Cochise County.

Cathy's Compassion Center is the first dispensary in Cochise County scheduled to open at 8 a.m. on Dec. 15. It's also the first rural dispensary in the state to officially open it's doors.

"We're located in Southern Arizona but we will deliver anywhere in Arizona," said Cathy Mead, the owner of the dispensary.

Cathy Mead has had this in the works for years. As a cancer survivor herself, she first leaned about the power of pot in easing pain when her father was suffering from cancer.

"And back then I was like, no, no, no...like many people are about it...and I actually got to see firsthand, the difference that it can make," Mead told News 4 Tucson.

Mead's father has since passed away but she has made it her mission to turn this non-profit into something good for the community.

One of their patients, Steven Campbell said it's that mission that sets this dispensary apart from others.

"They have a lot of time and money invested in this, but I don't believe that they're in it for the money. I believe they are compassionate people," Campbell said.

For Mead, it's taken a lot of leg-work and planning to get to the point of opening, and although she says their facility is modest, she strives for it to become the best.

However, the biggest chunk of cash they'v'e spent on getting ready is preparing for security measures.

Mead has big dreams for the future, hoping to fund community projects through the Positive Attitude for Hope Foundation. She hopes to eventually give back to the kids throughout the community because it's something her father would have wanted.

"And the fact that we're going to extend to the community, everything that [my father] wanted...it's a dream come true for a lot of people," Mead said as she teared up.

A dream that Mead hopes will continue to blossom.


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