Medical marijuana dispensaries are starting to grow in the Beaverton area with the first to open in city limits soon.
Blooming Deal owner Tyler Walker thinks there’s a market in the suburbs.
Cannabis Nation, doing business as Blooming Deal, is awaiting its Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary inspection next week and expects to open once the ink dries on its state marijuana license and it gets a Beaverton marijuana license, Walker said.
If approved, it will be the first such dispensary in the Beaverton city limits, but there are others just outside city boundaries including Growing Releaf, a dispensary west of Oregon 217 near Southwest Canyon Road.
Walker, 29, can cite state and city marijuana regulations off the top of his head. This is his second dispensary. He and a partner owned a Portland medical marijuana shop but “went their separate ways,” he said.
Walker selected Beaverton because it was more welcoming than nearby Hillsboro.
“Hillsboro is pushing it completely out,” he said. And “Portland is saturated with them.”
By locating in Beaverton, Walker said, people from western Washington County can make the trip.
Walker said he is a tested entrepreneur. He has operated a property maintenance company and built off-road racing vehicles and motorcycles before he and his family decided to open the dispensary.
The store sits in what used to be part of Thailand Restaurant in a strip mall across Southwest Walker Road from Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s main campus.
While state regulations restrict such dispensaries from being within 1,000 feet of a school, there are no rules related to park and recreation facilities, according to the Oregon Health Authority. THPRD asked the city council in Oct. 2014 to require a similar distance from its parks, but the city council did not add that to its rules.
“I don’t care how far we are from (a school or THPRD),” Walker said. “Nobody under 18 is coming through that door.”
The store is well-lighted and modest with dark walls and light-colored wooden cabinets.
“We want people to feel comfortable here,” Walker said. “The general public expects it to be a dark and gloomy place. ”
People enter an alcove and must show their medical marijuana cards before being allowed to enter. They will not be allowed to use the cannabis on site, Walker said.
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