Second Corvallis dispensary OK'd by state – Corvallis Gazette Times

A second Corvallis medical marijuana dispensary has been approved by the state, the Oregon Health Authority announced Friday.

The Agrestic Green Collective, 1666 S.E. Third St., got the green light this week after receiving provisional approval earlier. Provisional licenses are granted to dispensaries that have yet to put approved security systems in place but otherwise meet state standards.

It will legally be able to begin dispensing cannabis to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders once it receives its state registration certificate in the mail.

The Agrestic was one of 11 dispensaries approved by the state this week, bringing the total number of licensed medicinal cannabis outlets to 43. Another 22 received provisional approval, and 14 were denied for reasons ranging from submitting incomplete applications to being too close to a school or another dispensary.

Another Corvallis dispensary, High Quality Compassion at 1300 N.W. Ninth St., was among the first wave of 14 approvals announced by the OHA on March 28. As of Friday, however, it still had not opened its doors.

The Agrestic’s good news presumably is bad news for Beatnick’s Finest, which had applied to operate at 118 S.W. Avery Drive, just a few hundred feet away. Under state rules, dispensaries can’t be located within 1,000 feet of a school or each other.

Beatnick’s Finest owner Jeremiah Kelley has previously said he would apply to operate in another location if the Avery Drive site was rejected.

At least two other applications have been filed by would-be dispensary operators in Corvallis.

The Healing Center, at 300 S.W. Second St., could run afoul of the 1,000-foot rule because of its proximity to the CSC Youth House, a vocational program for teens at 536 S.W. Second St. that may meet the state’s definition of a school.

Nature’s Better Health Center, 220 N.W. Second St., does not appear to have any such concerns. Co-owner Sonny Wallace said he’s still waiting to hear back from the OHA on his application, which was filed after the initial rush and has not yet been processed.

“We know we’re in a good zone,” he said Friday.

Wallace said renovations on his 1,800-square-foot space are proceeding on schedule, and he hopes to open the retail portion of the premises by April 23 even if he has not yet received a license to dispense medicinal marijuana.

“Until we get our license, we just won’t bring in any (cannabis) product.”

Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program has now processed 213 of the 313 applications received since the state started accepting them on March 3.

Contact reporter Bennett Hall at [email protected] or 541-758-9529.

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