Oregon marks 2 year anniversary of legalized pot


WATER BOTTLES. CHRIS: TODAY MARKS A MILESTONE FOR MARIJUANA IN OREGON. IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS SINCE RECREATIONAL POT BECAME LEGAL. OREGON HAS FOLLOWED COLORADO AND WASHINGTON, AND IT’S PROVEN TO BRING IN SOME BIG BUCKS TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY. ALL THOSE ADULT FLAVORS SELL SUPER WELL. CHRIS: BUSINESS IS BOOMING AT SHANGO MARIJUANA DISPENSARY IN PORTLAND. THERE ARE MORE PRODUCTS AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET THAN THERE WERE SIX MONTHS AGO. THERE’S MORE VARIETY OF PRODUCTS. CHRIS: MORGAN MCKEE IS THE DIRECTOR OF RETAIL OPERATIONS. SHE SAYS IN THE TWO YEARS SINCE POT HAS BEEN LEGAL, SHE’S SEEN MANY CHANGES, SPECIFICALLY SOCIAL PERCEPTION. PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE COME IN TO ENJOY THE EVENTS AND ENJOY THESE PRODUCTS AND LEARN, AND IT’S JUST REALLY COOL TO SEE THAT. CHRIS: AS FOR SALES, THE LATEST NUMBERS SHOW OREGON HAS COLLECTED NEARLY $75 MILLION FROM TAXES ON RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA. THAT NUMBER IS SEVEN TIMES THE REVENUE ORIGINALLY EXPECTED. A LOT OF EXCITED PEOPLE HERE. CHRIS: AND JUST TODAY, RECREATIONAL POT BECAME LEGAL IN NEVADA, MAKING IT THE FIFTH STATE IN THE NATION WHERE POT CAN BE LEGALLY PURCHASED. IT’S FINALLY HERE. IT’S BEEN A LONG FIGHT FOR US ALL, AND WE’RE ALL GLAD. CAN’T WAIT. IT IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BRING A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE ECONOMY, A LOT OF REVENUE. CHRIS: AND WHILE IT HAS CERTAINLY DONE THAT IN OREGON, MANY OWNERS SAY CHANGES IN REGULATIONS MUST STILL BE MADE, INCLUDING BEING ABLE TO BE A PART OF THE BANKING SYSTEM AND ALLOWING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO OPEN MARIJUANA SMOKING LOUNGES. I THINK THAT WE NEED TO HAVE A SAFE ALTERNATIVE FOR PEOPLE TO HANG OUT WITH THEIR FRIENDS WHO USE CANNABIS. THERE’S BARS ALL OVER THE CITY. YOU CAN DRINK WHEREVER, BUT THERE’S NOWHERE FOR PEOPLE TO GET TOGETHER AND CONSUME CANNABIS. CHRIS: I’M SURE IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME. ANOTHER QUESTION A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE IS WHEN WILL THE MONEY FROM TAXES BE DISTRIBUTED TO PLACES LIKE SCHOOLS OR LAW ENFORCEMENT? WELL, THE OLCC SAYS THEY HAVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER TO FINISH THEIR BUDGET, AND IT COULD HAPPEN

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