Bill Parker

(Willmar MN-) A medical cannabis dispensary is coming to Willmar. Leaf Line Labs is working out a lease for the former Payless Shoes building on South 1st Street, and hope to be open sometime around the 1st of the year. Leaf Line CEO Bill Parker says Willmar is the right fit for his company's 5th dispensary...

...Parker says they already have about 450 patients in the Willmar area. He says in renovating the Payless building to become a medical cannabis dispensary, security is important...

...Parker sees the medical cannabis industry growing several fold in the near future. He says right now there are 14 different conditions that qualify a patient to use medical cannabis including cancer, aids, seizures, PTSD, and the most popular condition, intractable pain. Users must see their doctor to get certified to be eligible for medical cannabis, then pay a state fee, and then they can buy medical cannabis. Parker says if laws are changed that allow cheaper methods of delivering cannabis to a patient, such as smoking it in leaf form, the costs will go down. Right now the plants have to be processed into an oil that is vaporized or taken orally. He also hopes someday it can be covered in medical insurance plans.