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A new business is planning to move into the old Runnings building in the Lakeview Shopping Center. ‘Better Daze’, a medical marijuana dispensary, may soon be moving into the building after the owners recently got the storefront retail license approved by the Baker City Council.

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The City of Baker may see Better Daze – at least when it comes to a medical marijuana dispensary.

Jeremy Laughlin submitted an application for a storefront retail license and a growing or processing medical marijuana license May 19 for approval by the City Council.

It was approved by the council with the proviso that all city ordinances and state laws are followed.

According to Mayor Steve Zachmann, an ordinance was passed by the city in 2012 to allow two medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.

According to City Clerk Kevin Dukart, Laughlin has applied to place the dispensary in the former Runnings building at the Lakeview Shopping Center. “Jeremy has paid the fee for a storefront and for growing/processing.”

The mayor stressed the security requirements needed at the facility. He explained to the council that the medical marijuana business needs to be protected by a physical barrier with physical locks and an electronic barrier or alarm that is designed to detect entry by unauthorized people at any time, he read.

The dispensary would also need to keep any marijuana grown or stored on the premises after normal business hours in a security safe incorporated into the buildings’ structure.

Brandon Bertelsen told the mayor and the council that he was aware of the security requirements and he would be complying with them.

He added that the security systems would also include cameras. “It would report to me first, but it would also report to the police – and to the fire department if there was a fire. I will develop an SOP plan (Standard Operating Procedures) for you guys. I am willing to produce that for Kevin (Dukart).”

Among the changes that the business will make in the building will be blocking out all the windows in front. “Anything in there is going to have fire alarms, sensors on the doors.”

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