By Alyssa Schnugg
The city of Oxford has possibly its first state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary.
Hybrid Relief received its privilege license on Monday from the Mississippi Department of Revenue’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Bureau of Enforcement.
The Hybrid Relief dispensary will be located off West Jackson Avenue behind the Hemp Ville CDB store.
Both Hybrid and Hemp Ville are owned by Tony Barragan and investors.
The location had previously housed Joysticks Gamers Lounge, which was a temporary “holder” business until the Medical Cannabis Act was passed.
“We started construction on what is currently Joysticks for our dispensary with a full commercial kitchen to manufacture our own edibles and other products in 2021; however, after the Supreme Court overturned Initiative 65, we had a lease to abide by so we created Joysticks to pay the rent.”
The Mississippi Senate approved SB 2095 – the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act. Gov. Tate Reeves signed the bill into law on Feb. 2.
Hemp Ville CBD has been open for more than three years. Barragan said he knew Mississippi would soon have a medical marijuana program and began training his employees for what was to come in the medical marijuana industry.