Oregon: Marijuana Dispensaries Report Massive Recreational Sales
By Steve Elliott
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon remained busy throughout the weekend after opening their doors to recreational customers on Thursday. The Oregon Legislature approved tax-free recreational sales through medicinal cannabis dispensaries through the end of the year.
Many of the shops opened at the stroke of midnight Thursday morning and were greeted with long lines of excited customers, reports Ted Shorack at The Bend Bulletin. Those lines continued all weekend, with thousands of customers checking out the shops.
"It was amazing," said Ben Hebert, owner of Dr. Jolly's in Bend. "We were totally busy all the time. I think we had a lot of happy people coming out of here."
Sales reached $55,000 on the first day alone, according to Aviv Hadar, cofounder of Oregrown Industries, which has a dispensary in Bend. As many as 2,000 customers shopped at his dispensary on the first day, according to Hadar.
"Our day two is bigger than most people's day one," Hadar said, reports Reed Andrews at KATU News.
Brothers Cannabis in Portland was one of the shops which opened at midnight; co-owner Nyno Thol said the shop is serving 600 people a day, about 20 times more than they usually do. "We're getting a lot of out of town folks and from Vancouver," he said.
Green Front in Portland stays open 24 hours a day to capture more of the market in a competitive field. More than 100 dispensaries are operating in Portland, and more than half of those are licensed to sell to recreational customers.
"Everything went really smoothly," said Mat Walstatter, owner of Pure Green in Portland. "It's been awesome!"