Pendleton’s green rush is well underway.
A third, unnamed recreational marijuana retailer is applying for a conditional use permit from the city, which will be considered by the Pendleton Planning Commission at a meeting Thursday.
The applicant — Michael Ekblad of Hermiston — wants to open the store at 2003 S.W. Emigrant Ave., formerly a Tom Denchel Ford dealership.
Ekblad’s proposed store is in close proximity to Kind Leaf Pendleton, another prospective pot shop at 1733 S.W. Court Ave. that was recently approved by the commission.
City staff considered whether Ekblad’s store would be in violation of the city’s zoning rules prohibiting marijuana facilities from being located within 1,000 feet of each other, but their measurements showed that a little more than 1,200 feet separates them.
In addition to Ekblad’s store and Kind Leaf, Pendleton Cannabis at 816 Southgate is also seeking to open a marijuana retailer. All three will have to obtain licenses from the city and state before they can open.