420Ville cannabis dispensary left out of Ontario marijuana industry

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 18:30:59-05

Fifteen recreational marijuana dispensaries will have the opportunity to open in the coming months after Ontario voters approved a new ordinance last fall.

However, 420Ville is one of two dispensaries thirty miles down the road in Huntington will not be able to open one one of the dispensaries in Ontario.

"I'm a little disappointed in Ontario," said Scott Matthews the owner of 420Ville. "It has been interesting, it has been confusing."

Unlike many of the other dispensaries who started buying up potential properties, 420Ville has owned a single piece of property since 1990, but when the city expanded the buffer zone to one thousand feet it blocked out a chance for 420Ville to open a dispensary.

"The attorneys are on the ball now, we had to resort to that but we hate doing that," said Matthews.

Ironically it was a fight with the city for a medicinal dispensary that led Matthews to Huntington, something he said he was grateful for because his dispensary has done very well there.

Matthews doesn't know what the future holds, but he did say with all the competition on its way to Ontario his business will have to adapt.

"The pie is going to get a little bigger and it is going to get cut up a little more," said Matthews. "We are prepared for that and I think we will be fine in Huntington."

Hotbox Farms the other dispensary in Huntington has four locations approved where they will be able to open a recreational cannabis dispensary in Ontario.