Where are medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon? Hint: Starbucks are … – OregonLive.com
Wednesday marks the day that it becomes legal for adults in Oregon to possess marijuana. But we’ve already seen a big change when it involves one facet of the legal cannabis business: medical marijuana dispensaries.
Since the state began licensing dispensaries in March of 2014, the number has mushroomed around the state. The Oregon Health Authority says it has issued 319 permits, although 50 dispensaries haven’t yet passed their initial inspection and are not open.
That leaves 269 dispensaries operating. Under state law, they are exempt from disclosure by the health authority, which has a voluntary list of 222 dispensaries on its website.
The dispensaries will likely to get a much broader class of customer on Oct. 1. A bill moving through the Legislature would allow adults to buy dried marijuana, seeds and immature plants at the dispensaries while the Oregon Liquor Control Commission gets its retail network up and running.
With all of that in mind, we’ve put together an interactive chart of the 222 publicly listed dispensaries in the state.
There are now more dispensaries in Oregon than there are McDonald’s restaurants or Starbucks, according to menuism.com, which tracks eating establishments.
The dispensaries are not equally distributed around the state. There are 91 in Portland but only two in Hillsboro and none in Lake Oswego. The Legislature allowed communities to block dispensaries for up to one year, ending May 1.
In addition, under a compromise bill going through the Legislature, cities and counties will still be able to ban dispensaries. In counties where at least 55 percent of voters opposed the Measure 91 legalization, a county commission or city council can vote to prohibit these businesses. In the rest of the state, local governments will have to refer any proposed ban to voters.
The temporary sales program, contained in Senate Bill 460, would last only until after the Oregon Liquor Control Commission establishes its own network of retailers around the state. As it happens, many dispensaries are expected to shift to the recreational market and become OLCC licensees.
Map by Lynne Palombo.
— Jeff Mapes