Next-Door Narc bothered by weed smell

When medical marijauna was legalized last year, many in the medical community and general population rejoiced. Finally, the state is mentally moving forward; or so we thought. Even as legislation has passed and dispensaries continue to take up shop in abandoned buildings, skeptics continue to do what they do best- complain.

Via News 9:

A metro business owner is upset over the smell coming from her neighbor. 

Jessi Lane owns Roc Animal Training and Behavior at Southwest 89th Street and Walker Avenue. She says occasionally her business is filled with a strong odor of marijuana.

About a month ago, a dispensary opened right next door. Lane is worried about what it could mean for business.

“I have families in and out of here with kids. I don’t want to lose business. I don’t want a mom coming in with her school age kids and they smell something, and they think I’m doing something,” says Lane.

It’s a little ironic to be on a high horse about smell when you run an operation which more than likely smells like animal assholes. Also, you don’t want them to think you’re doing something? Are you afraid people are going to assume your force-feeding animals some edibles you picked up?

Here’s more:

Lane has complained to the Medical Marijuana Authority.

The dispensary next door says it now uses a filtration system after hearing from Lane. The dispensary also got Lane special charcoal filters for her vents.

Lane says “Budz” doesn’t keep the filtration system on for long enough, but the owner maintains they only turn it off at night.

To be an equal-opportunity jerk, Budz sounds like the mating call for frat bros drunk off of canned, lukewarm Budweiser.

I think Lane is pulling Mr. Furley from Three’s Company. Except, instead of possibly catching people doing the dirty deed, she’s being a narc on a substance which has been legalized by the state. She complained to the people directly, she complained to the Medical Marijuana Authority, and now she’s complaining to the news.

Why not go the extra mile and shoo the store owners out with the back end of a broom?

I understand operating a small business is hard work and working next door to another business can be difficult. That said, you have to get along with those people. After going to the authorities and inadvertently putting them on the news, do you think they’ll help you if necessary?

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16 Responses


  1. Poor miracle plant has been wrongly deemed the devils lettuce for to many years and denying people the medicine that is. One reason because people don’t like smelling it well there are lots of other smells people don’t like as well like animal smells but they are not made illegal.


  2. If you own a business, doubtless you work very hard to help it thrive. Any sort of unpleasant scent is just that, unpleasant.
    Typically, people are less likely to choose to spend time somewhere if that place has an unpleasant odor.

    Is it not reasonable for one business owner to be upset if a new business moves in if the new one brings along with it an unpleasant odor inside the original? As far as I can see, this is not an issue of Mrs. Lane being anti-marijuana, but rather is simply her fear that a new unpleasant odor inside her business, which has nothing to do with her business itself, may impact her income, which is the primary income supporting her family. This is a perfectly reasonable concern for her to have and express.


    1. If the dispensary is not breaking any laws or ordinance then this is a tenant/landlord issue. Comes down to who will make the landlord more money. Neither will probably last.


      1. Depends on the municipality. In some, “offensive” odors can be a public nuisance. Not sure about OKC.


    2. K.: Thanks for the reasonable, well-worded post.


    3. Please help me to understand why would this woman refuse to install the filters that her new neighbor purchased for her? If her issue is the smell then why would you not?


  3. I would figure the skunk smell was dog fart. Any publicity is good publicity, no?


  4. She does have a valid and reasonable concern. Arrangements could be made between businesses, such as processing cannabis during her closed hours, which is likely early. Take note of how long smells linger and try to give reasonable time and ventilation around her reasonable hours too. Both businesses have a right to coexist and thrive. If doggy problems were creeping into their store, you’d be outraged the same.


  5. Scentsy much..? I mean.. I smoke some pretty dank nugz and I’ve never had any complaints from neighbors or guests.

    It was incredibly generous of Budz to provide her with charcoal filters. Kudos to them for being such thoughtful neighbors.


  6. I would shop at her business more because it smelled like weed… ! One persons oder is another Person’s incense! js


    1. Yes!!


  7. Pfft… her business has probably doubled since Budz opened.


    1. Yeah, I’m sure all the stoners are dropping their pets off for grooming while they’re busy shopping for budz. I had to sit next to a fart letting, skanky, B.O emitting person on a plane last week. An offer of a charcoal filter is not a viable solution.


      1. Stoners have pets too.


  8. Sounds like she needs free advertising.. Longing for attention huh? Lady… Too bad. Violins play a soft ,sad song for you.


  9. I wonder what she is smelling exactly. I would assume it’s not legal to smoke weed in the dispensary, kind of like drinking in a liqueur store. Or is it like a winery that has tastings? I dunno.

    If it’s the processing she is smelling, maybe a new vented enclosure could be built to contain that.

    But some people will gripe no matter what you do. Oh the horror of all those passed out druggies on the sidewalk with their dirty MJ needle syringes all over the place. I’m sure there are ignorant people who would think that.

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