Eureka’s First Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary To Open Soon

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EUREKA – Eureka’s first cannabis dispensary has cleared final regulatory hurdles.

Ecological Cannabis Organization or “ECO” was the only dispensary selected to operate in Eureka when the city passed its medicinal cannabis ordinance back in 2015.

More than two years and numerous public hearings later, the business was granted a conditional use permit by the planning commission on Monday.

Now the operators are busy getting the storefront on F Street ready for business.

ECO Cann President Jeff Poel said, “We’re going to be pretty low key and we’re going to follow the rules and we’re going to be good actors here in the community and try to have a positive impact on business. We hope that it’s going to bring in customers that visit us and are going to visit some of the other shops around us too.”

It won’t look like every other retail store in Old Town. The business won’t feature products in the windows. Customers will be let in through a locked door. Other measures include a six camera security system and an armed guard.

When Eureka Police drafted safety policies for cannabis businesses, they found that other cities that required enhanced security reported a positive effect on surrounding businesses.

Eco is expected to open in early September.