Hotbox Farms, one of Oregon’s largest marijuana dispensaries, is a name to remember as many states near recreational legalization for marijuana. Started by high school friends, Steven Meland and Jeremy Breton, Hotbox Farms is a vertically integrated cannabis company located in Ontario, Oregon. Their story is not just a great example of how far great entrepreneurship can go, but also the positive impact dispensaries can have on communities. 

It all started with Breton’s passion for growing cannabis. Although recreational use was not quite legalized in Oregon, Breton was growing for the medical industry until he decided he wanted to start growing cannabis for personal use. At a time when Oregon was inching closer to legalizing marijuana for non-medical cultivation, Breton contacted Meland for help to get full credentials to be able to sell legally. By 2016, the duo received all licenses, and HotBox was launched, becoming one of the first dispensaries to get licensed for recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon. 

When first preparing to open up the dispensary, both Breton and Meland wanted to get as close to the Idaho border. They settled on Huntington, Oregon, a small town with only a population of 353 people at the

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