2 medical marijuana dispensaries face off in cutthroat fight for prime Portland turf

It can be a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to the 226 medical marijuana dispensaries that the state has approved for business.

Case in point? One Southwest Portland medical marijuana dispensary filed a $400,000 lawsuit this month against the owners of another dispensary, claiming the second business lied on a state registration application to "poach" the first business' clientele.

Oregon law allows only one medical marijuana dispensary per every 1,000 feet -- and that's a problem for the Portland Medical Cannabis Club, which is the plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The Cannabis Club is practically next-door-neighbors with its soon-to-open competitor, 420 Dank. When 420 Dank opens possibly as early as next month, the dispensaries will be just steps away from each other, in the 4600 and 4700 block of Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

"They aren't trying to take anyone's business," said 420 Dank's attorney, Brad Andersen. "It just happens to be in a prime...

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