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Medical marijuana vote spawns Durant shops

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The Remedy, one of two new marijuana-related businesses in Durant. (KTEN) The Remedy, one of two new marijuana-related businesses in Durant. (KTEN)
CBD American Shaman is one of two new marijuana-related businesses in Durant. (KTEN) CBD American Shaman is one of two new marijuana-related businesses in Durant. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- Not even 48 hours after State Question 788 passed, two cannabis stores are setting up shop in Durant.

One shop opening this weekend on Main Street is called The Remedy.

"We wanted to get a head start on it, because we know there are going to be a lot of these pop-up shops," said owner Dustin Belvin, who plans to get a medical marijuana license from the Oklahoma State Health Department to start selling legal pot in his store.

"We're making CBD, and we're making cannabis more accessible, and that's important," he said. "It's doing a lot of good for a lot of people."

Belvin's brand-new competitor is CBD American Shaman on University Street. But owners Bob and Paulette Holldorf have a different business model.

"We have made the decision not to even pursue the legal marijuana," Bob said. "That is not the clientele that we are looking for."

His shop will focus on products containing cannabidiol, a component of marijuana that's already legal in Oklahoma.

"A lot of people don't want the stigma of getting high, and this will give you the relief of all of that," Holldorf said.

Mary White, owner of A&M Engraving and Trophies, said she's not happy with the new businesses.

"My customers have to walk a block and carry their big orders and they can't get any parking already," she said. "I think its going to be double trouble when we have all these people come and go and come and go."

Bryan County was one of many counties in Southeast Oklahoma that voted "no" to State Question 788, but Dustin Belvin said he aims to change some minds at The Remedy.

"I think that once people start to see what we're doing and they see the type of people that are coming in -- and that it's not the 'Reefer Madness' that everyone believes it is -- that opinion is going to change," he said.

American Shaman will have its grand opening on Monday; The Remedy welcomes customers on Saturday.

Medical marijuana will not be legally available in Oklahoma until some time later this year.

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