MEDFORD, Ore. — SONORML may have closed its doors, but the former executive director is now at a new Medford clinic.
Southern Oregon Community Center and Clinics opened two weeks ago on Bennett Avenue. Staff at the clinic say this facility will do more than just help patients.
Patients entering those doors will have access to strictly medical care, but SOCCC plans to branch out to provide other alternative treatment options. Though the former executive director at SONORML, Lori Duckworth, is facing an upcoming trial, she plans to be actively involved at SOCCC.
“We do have a board, and that board is made up of myself and a few other individuals. Lori Duckworth is no longer on the board. She has stepped down, but she will remain as an advisor and trusted friend to this facility,” explained SOCCC Board Member Tim Schoeneberg.
SOCCC is forwarding the same causes Duckworth brought to SONORML, by helping women and the hungry, and even bringing community members to change medical marijuana legislation.
“We have an activism room and we’re very involved in legislative change, what needs to take place at the local level as well as the state level,” said Schoeneberg.
This clinic has been in the works for a while. SOCCC board members say the clinic will be a welcome relief for patients and staff alike.
“This community needs a place like this – a safe, clean environment to come to be treated professionally, and looked at, not as a hand out, but someone who needs help,” Schoeneberg said.
Lori Duckworth is still facing charges for selling marijuana for profit, possession of substantial amounts of marijuana, and three counts of money laundering and racketeering.
Her trial is set for July of next year. Her husband, and another person involved in their business are also still awaiting trial on similar charges after the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team served eight search warrants on local medical marijuana store fronts and residencies in May.
The clinic can be contacted at 541-779-1448. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.