GOLD BEACH, Ore.-- The nation's first drive-thru pot shop, Green Life Oregon, was not open for 4/20, nor any other day since March 2nd.
Green Life Oregon's Chief Executive Officer James Rasmussen said the dispensary was open for just a little over a month in Gold Beach. Rasmussen said it invested more than $100,000 into the business, and is not too happy about this outcome.
"Yeah, it's definitely a bummer, our investors pretty upset about it," Rasmussen said.
The Oregon Health Authority, or OHA, said the reason for shutting down is because the dispensary is less than 1,000 feet from two schools.
Rasmussen said surveys had been conducted by multiple people, including some from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. He was told everything was fine, which is why the shop opened.
Some residents called the city of Gold Beach, asking why the dispensary was located right in between Gold Beach High School and Riley Creek Elementary. The city called OHA, and after further surveys, it was determined to be within 1,000 feet.
Central Curry School District's Superintendent Roy Durfee said the brick and mortar building of the schools are over 1,000 feet away, but the high school's baseball field is about 950 feet away, and the elementary school's farm is also under 1,000 feet away.
Rasmussen said after this ordeal, he is not too sure about opening in Curry County anymore, but instead, is leaning toward Eugene or just outside of Portland.