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New dispensary to open this fall along Pacific Highway

A new medical marijuana dispensary will open this fall in the location of the former Lil Brick Deli on Pacific Highway just north of Southwest Fischer Road.

While the property is surrounded by King City, it is located in Washington County and the Department of Land Use and Transportation on July 10 approved a change of use for the property, located at 16735 S.W. Pacific Highway.

The owner of the property is Chalice Farms LLC.

According to Clay Poppert of Willamette Construction, the project’s general contractor, Chalice Farms has worked with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on writing state regulations controlling marijuana use and is in the process of opening six or seven medical marijuana dispensaries around the metro area.

The first Chalice Farms store to open was in Dundee in Yamhill County, Poppert said.

The company is “vertically integrated,” Poppert said. “It owns the farms that grow the product and is on the cutting edge of the industry.”

Chalice Farms is a privately held company, Poppert said, and purchases facilities for cash. Currently, the Lil Brick Deli building and another one at 5333 S.E. Powell in Portland are in the process of applying for building permits to remodel them.

Chalice Farms already owns a 200-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary at the Powell location, Poppert said, but that site is too small so the company purchased the property next door to increase the size of the facility to 1,200 square feet. By contrast, the Lil Brick Deli location measures 2,000 square feet.

“The goal is to appeal to the person who really needs advice about what to purchase — it’s not about moving as much volume as possible,” Poppert said. “We strive to match the product to the person — it is an admirable business model.”

Poppert said that the goal is for the Lil Brick Deli location to open on Oct. 1, “although the permitting process is out of our control,” he said. “But unlike Portland, Washington County has an efficient planning process. We expect 50 people to be employed with the reconstruction at the Lil Brick Deli.”

Poppert stressed that Chalice Farms will lead to improvements in the surrounding area.

“Some (stores) are opening in blighted neighborhoods, and the surrounding businesses tend to improve once they open,” Poppert said. “As a homebuilder of 30 years who is transitioning to commercial building, I can’t say enough about how these facilities will improve store fronts around the area, and medical marijuana sales will be a boom in tax revenue to the cities and counties where they are located.”

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