PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Community concern is growing in a neighborhood where a marijuana store is planning to move in next to a toy store and preschool.
A group of homeowners and business owners on Southeast 13th Avenue in Sellwood are trying to keep an Electric Lettuce pot store from opening near Malden Street.
Neighbors said they got a notice a few weeks ago telling them about their new neighbor. Many are contacting the mayor’s office and signing a petition.
They also have an attorney and said the way they read state law — a pot shop can’t be located close to a preschool that also houses a kindergarten.
KOIN 6 News check state law and it does ban marijuana stores within 1,000 feet of a public school for which attendance is required. The ban also includes private schools K-12. But Kindergarten is not required in Oregon — just schooling starting at age 6. There’s nothing to ban pot shops near preschools.
Some cities in Oregon have gone further, banning pot shops near any childcare center, library or public park.
The parent company of Electric Lettuce, Groundworks Industries, has not returned a request for comment about the location.
Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office provided the following statement about what some are calling a loophole in the law.
“We appreciate that the parents’ concern in this situation is being brought to the city’s attention. It’s commendable anytime parents care of their children enough to motivated them to seek a revision of current code.”
The mayor’s office referred any further questions to Commissioner Chloe Edualy’s Office, which oversees the city’s cannabis program within the Office of Community and Civic Life.