PORTLAND, Ore. — Not in my neighborhood.
That’s what one mom is saying about a medical marijuana dispensary set to open along Northeast Fremont Street.
The business just signed a lease in the Wilshire-Beaumont area at Northeast Fremont Street and 46th Avenue.
KGW went along with Michaela Santen on Wednesday as she canvassed her neighborhood with fliers. She has lived in the neighborhood for 14 years.
She said she’s concerned about what she just heard.
“It’s not fair to a neighborhood like this,” Santen said.
A medical marijuana dispensary is set to move in one block from Santen’s house. That did not sit well with Santen when she found out.
“If you open a bar, you have to put a liquor license, a public notice out so there’s public input and there’s a reason for that,” said Santen.
She likes that her three kids can play, feel safe and get off at the bus stop on the corner without any safety problems.
She worries about what her neighborhood will be like in the future.
“It’s a medical marijuana dispensary today but in two months when marijuana is legalized, it’s going to be a publicly opened pot shop,” she said.
Mom delivering fliers in Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood says no one asked neighbors about medical pot shop going in pic.twitter.com/zPbXcMon7n
— Erica Heartquist (@EricaHeartquist) September 10, 2014
KGW called the landlord, Timothy Ray with Fremont Commons, LLC. He said he would love to talk about it sometime in the future, but that right now, had no comment.
“I guess we’ll kind of withhold judgment until they move in and see what kind of clientele they have and what kind of operation they’re running,” said Greg Perrin, owner of Columbia Redevelopment.
Perrin leases space from the building next to where the dispensary will go.
“I can understand the concern, but it’s going to happen regardless whether it’s here or two blocks away. It’s going to happen,” said Perrin.
After I put out a few tweets about Santen and the fliers she was dropping off, about a hundred of you sounded off on Twitter. Most supported the dispensary.
Two other business owners who rent space in the Fremont Commons building said they do not want the dispensary to go in.
One said she’s thinking about moving her business, but neither would comment on camera or release their names.
As for Santen, she says she’s standing her ground.
“I don’t know why we need one on this street,” Santen said. “If you really need medical marijuana, there are 65 places in Portland where you can go to right now.”
Santen added, “We’re not bigots against people who use medical marijuana we just don’t think it’s an appropriate business for this neighborhood.”
The Beaumont Business Association is holding a public meeting on the issue at NoHo’s restaurant, next door to where the dispensary is going in at 46th and Fremont on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
The public is invited to attend.
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