A young man wearing a button-down shirt and tie met the customer at the locked door at just after noon on Saturday. The customer had his identification out and in his hand as the locked door was opened and he entered EcoCann, a cannabis dispensary on F Street in Eureka.
The customer could have been going into one of the other dozens of businesses located in Old Town Eureka but this time he was there to purchase marijuana.
“We have had very little push back,” dispensary CEO and president, Jeff Poel, 58, said. “It’s been a very positive reception. I’ve spoken with the people at Mazzotti’s, Jorge with Amigas Burritos said he’s seen an uptick in customers and we probably attract 10 more people per day down here who are eating lunch or purchasing a T-shirt.”
Poel opened the doors to the dispensary in September 2017 in anticipation of Proposition 64 going into effect in January. It wasn’t easy finding a storefront in downtown, and Poel said the opening was delayed because of the struggle to find a retail space.