Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries enjoy first day of legal recreational sales

A total of 245 pot outposts were approved to sell marijuana to patrons 21 and older starting Thursday.

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In total, 245 medical marijuana dispensaries were approved sell marijuana to patrons 21 and older starting Thursday.

It’s too early to know the actual sales figures, but owners reported a robust turnout.

[Rip City Remedies owner Tony] Merton and Matt Price, who owns two Cannabliss dispensaries in Portland, said they’ve done “10 times” the business of a typical Thursday.

“We didn’t have a line around the block, but we did out the door,” Price said.

(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)

At some dispensaries, consumers lined up at midnight like Black Friday shoppers.

Foster Buds in Southeast Portland opened at midnight and did brisk business until dawn, said budtender Justin Hames, 26. More than 100 people streamed into the shop in the early morning hours for $15 cannabis plants and dried flowers, which sold for $9 to $15 a gram.

In all, the shop sold about a pound of flowers and 20 marijuana plants between midnight and 5 a.m., said Hames.

“It’s been extremely professional, fun and organized,” said Hames, as customers browsed jars of flowers. The top selling marijuana strains came with names like: Galactic Jack, Girl Scout Cookies, Blue Dream and Tranquil Elephantize.

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

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