The day before the grand opening of the Shango medical marijuana dispensary in Hillsboro, co-owner Adrian Perte and his crew were still scrambling to get things ready.

The facility – the third in the Shango chain, which already operates two dispensaries in Portland – opens at 10 a.m. July 1, coincidentally the same day possession of recreational marijuana becomes legal under the Measure 91 law passed in November.

Perte said Shango has preliminary interest in entering the recreational market but is waiting on more direction from state officials about the regulatory process.

Shango co-owners Brandon Rexroad and Shane McKee partnered with Perte to open the Hillsboro location at 1775 S.E. Tualatin Valley Highway. Perte already owns Hillsboro Body & Paint, a nearby auto shop.

Shango’s aesthetics in Hillsboro echo the sleek design already on display at the Portland locations. Visitors who come through the front door will enter an open waiting area, where they’ll have to present valid identification and their medical marijuana cards.

They’ll then be cleared to enter the larger back room, where Shango’s selection of marijuana flower strains, edibles, oils and concentrates will be on display. Shango products are never touched with bare hands, according to a June 23 press release, and its “Private Reserve” collection is not available anywhere else.

McKee said in the press release that Shango will be Hillsboro’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Another proposed dispensary, Mahalo, won land-use approval from the city on June 16 to operate at 353 S.W. Walnut St.

Shango’s hours in Hillsboro will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

— Luke Hammill
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