Tru Source, a black-owned medical marijuana dispensary, opened in Olive Branch this week. It is the first of its kind in North Mississippi.
Clarence Cocroft, the owner of True Source, says, “It does something to me to know we are now legally able to sell when it is so many of us that’s locked up.”
Cocroft says he was the first person to apply to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the State of Mississippi. His son, AJ Cocroft, says it took a while, but the family was determined to open the business.
“Why not make history being the first black-owned dispensary in north Mississippi in an area where it is already significantly challenging to establish black businesses,” AJ said. “Why not be the first?”
Only two percent of dispensaries in the country are black-owned. Cocroft says at one point, he never thought opening his own would be possible. “Now, it is a blessing to have the ability to be on this side of the equation,” Cocroft said. “So, I hope other African Americans will get on the legal side of cannabis.”
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“(1) Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming and addictive.”; (2) “Marijuana impairs concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under its influence.”; (3) “There are health risks associated with consumption of marijuana.”; (4) “For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.”; (5) “Marijuana should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast feeding.”