Weedology, a marijuana retailer, is holding a ribbon cutting at its Ontario location Thursday. The recreational marijuana store is the first dispensary to open in Ontario since the local ban on the retail sale of marijuana was lifted at the end of 2018.
Weedology will be the first recreational marijuana retailer to open in Ontario this week. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)
ONTARIO —Weedology, Ontario’s first dispensary, is scheduled to have a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 25, according to store manager Eric Lantz.
The recreational marijuana retailer has been in the works since Ontario voters repealed the local ban on the retail sale of marijuana products late last year. In early January, the city started accepting conditional use permit applications for weed entrepreneurs.
Dan Cummings, Ontario community development manager, currently has 14 applications from 10 operators. Weedology is the only store fully licensed to open, winning the race to be Ontario’s first dispensary, although Burnt River Farms LLC is close behind.
Cummings said Burnt River Farms LLC just received its city certification Tuesday, July 23, and is awaiting approval from the state. Two other dispensaries, Hotbox Farms and Chadcore Holdings 2 LLC, are in construction and one, East Lane Holdings LLC, has been approved for construction, but has yet to obtain its permit.
After receiving licenses from both the state and the city last week, Lantz said Weedology has been in contact with its various suppliers to get product on the shelves as soon as possible. With flower, edibles, tinctures and more being shipped “almost overnight” from Bend and Portland, Lantz hopes to have the store ready for sales for the ribbon cutting at the store Thursday.
The dispensary has been in development since January when the location, 591 E. Idaho Ave., was announced and Lantz started