One of Corvallis’ four medical marijuana dispensaries has closed but is expected to reopen soon in a new location.
Nature’s Better Health Center, 220 N.W. Second St., closed at the end of business on Monday for what owner Melissa Wallace said would be a temporary shutdown.
Wallace said she is negotiating for a new downtown location but declined to give the address because the lease has not been signed and because she’s waiting for the Oregon Health Authority to confirm that the site is not within an exclusion zone. State law does not allow a dispensary to operate within 1,000 feet of a school or another dispensary.
If her first choice turns out to be inside an exclusion zone, Wallace said, she has a back-up location in mind.
“We will have a little lag time,” she said, adding that she hoped to be up and running in a new space within 30 days.
Nature’s Better Health Center became the city’s third medical marijuana dispensary when it opened in mid-June, and Wallace said she has built a loyal following there.
“Business has been amazing,” she said. “I think it will continue once we are able to reopen.”
Wallace declined to specify exactly why she was leaving her current spot.
“Sometimes things aren’t meant to be,” she said.
One potential point of friction, however, appears to have been with the children’s resale shop that moved in next door in October.
Sherry Haywood, the owner of Mother Goose Resale at 210 N.W. Second St., said she had a cordial relationship with Wallace and does not oppose dispensaries. But she also said many of her customers stopped coming to her store after it relocated from First Street because they didn’t want to be exposed to cannabis.
“Our store, being next door, smelled like marijuana constantly,” Haywood said, possibly because of a problem with the ventilation system.
“I lost a huge amount of business because of that.”
Several patients who dropped by Nature’s Better Health Center for the dispensary’s last day on Second Street said they hoped Wallace would be open soon in her new location.
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