MEDFORD, Ore. — Mary Jane’s Basement is the first medical marijuana dispensary in the Rogue Valley to earn state approval from the Oregon Health Authority. The owner received the license Monday.
However, though they have the go ahead from the state, the city of Medford will still not issue Mary Jane’s Basement a business license under the city’s medical marijuana ban meaning they still cannot open legally.
Just over a month ago, Mary Jane’s Attic and Basement both had to close after the city revoked the owner’s business license for operating the marijuana dispensary under Medford’s dispensary ban. After an initial hearing, Mary Jane’s owner, Marlene Nuckols got the license back for Mary Jane’s Attic which was allowed to reopen as long as pot was not in the business plan.
Now the Attic is up and running selling other products, but the city says the Basement must stay closed.
Nuckols will appear in front of a judge later this week, and hopes that state approval will help sway the city to get her business license back.
“We’re going to keep fighting for patient’s rights here in Medford. We feel we all deserve a place that’s safe, that has quality medicine to go to, and that’s what we’re here to do, and we’re going to keep fighting for it,” said Nuckols.
If Medford does not issue Nuckols a business license for Mary Jane’s Basement, she is eligible to get any fees she payed for state approval back from the Oregon Health Authority.
Nuckols will appear for her next hearing Wednesday morning, when a judge will make a ruling on whether or not the city had the right to revoke the business license in the first place.