Since voters overturned the city of Ontario’s ban on recreational marijuana dispensaries in 2018, and the first one opened its doors in June of 2019, a total of seven dispensaries have established, two are on the way and there will be limits on how many more can open after that.
The most recent dispensary to get the required licenses from both the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the city is The Bud House on the corner of Northeast Second Street and Northeast First Avenue.
Once a dispensary opens in an area that meets all required 1,000 foot buffers from school’s and other dispensaries, it limits the area in which another dispensary can open within the city limits, which includes Ontario’s urban growth area.
Dan Cummings, director of Ontario Community Development, has previously referred to the buffer zones as “moving targets” because trying to determine what impact these buffers will have on the surrounding businesses is difficult to determine. If a school moves to another location, the 1,000-foot buffer zone with all of its regulations moves with it.
As such, the opportunity for more dispensaries to open is limited, and with current permits and applications, new shops are limited to the western portion of the city.
Cummings issued The Bud House its license on Thursday, he said during a phone interview on Friday. The dispensary had already received its state license prior to that, according to Cummings. However, due to cabinet work still being unfinished in the sales area, the dispensary only has a temporary certificate of occupancy, which limits sales to being done online or at the drive up, according to Cummings.
“There is a drive up and office or receiving area [inside], for people to pick