State backs off effort to close medical marijuana dispensary

      EUGENE, Ore. - A battle between a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Eugene and the Oregon Health Authority is over - for now.

      OHA had sought to revoke The Greener Side's license after getting tips the dispensary was within 1,000 feet of a school.

      Lane County Public Health said that data was outdated, so OHA stopped their effort to shut them down.

      Chelsea Hopkins, the director of The Greener Side, said she is "cautiously excited" about the news but added that the cannabis indusry is contstantly changing.

      Hopkins said the rule about being at least 1,000 feet from a school is hypocritical in the first place.

      "There are bars around schools that kids don't get into. There's pharmacies around schools. To say that cannabis is worse than any of those is hypocritical," she said.

      But Lane County Public Health said the rule reduces marijuana access to kids.

      Back in 2012, a self-reported poll by the health department found was 75 percent of 11th graders in Lane County think it's easy or very easy to get marijuana.

      Up to 27 percent said they had used the drug in the last 30 days.

      Nearly 15 percent of those claimed they got it from a medical marijuana cardholder.