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Two Tigard pot shops plan for recreational sales Oct. 1

GEOFF PURSINGER - A sign outside of The CDC in Metzger alerts customers to changes on Oct. 1, when the medical dispensary will begin selling recreational marijuanaLater this week, medical marijuana dispensaries across the state will open their doors to everyone, whether or not they are members of the state's medical marijuana program.

Starting on Thursday, medical marijuana dispensaries can legally sell recreational weed to anyone over the age of 21.

But if you’re shopping anywhere in the Tigard area this week, your options will be limited.

The Oregon Health Authority, which oversees the state's medical marijuana program, has released a list of dispensaries that have been approved to sell recreational marijuana starting this Thursday.

There are two dispensaries in the Tigard area included on the list, but only one of them is open for business.

Click here for the full list of Oregon medial marijuana dispensaries approved to sell limited amounts of marijuana to retail customers 21 and older.

The Cannabis Delivery Company, 10015 S.W. Hall Blvd. in Metzger, is the only up-and-running dispensary in the Tigard area. According to OHA, The CDC will be able to sell up to one-quarter ounce of marijuana flower to anyone over the age of 21.

Don’t let The CDC's name fool you, though — delivering marijuana is illegal under state rules, but owner Judy LaParne said she hopes to one day be able to make that a reality.

Up the road, “The Herbary,” plans to open its doors soon.

The store had initially planned for a June launch, but a note on the shop's door said that there were "a few more items to tackle" before the store could open. Store employees say they plan to open this weekend.

"If you are driving by and notice an A-frame sign with a green cross out near Hwy 99, and/or see the neon 'Open' sign in this window ... we are ready to welcome you in," the sign read.

The Herbary is in the same building as George's s Giant Hamburgers, 11640 S.W. Pacific Highway.

Also planning to sell recreational marijuana is The Human Collective II, the former Tigard dispensary that operated from 2010 to 2012, when it was raided and shut down by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The shop re-opened in Multnomah County a few months later, now located at 9220 S.W. Barbur Blvd.

Tualatin has no dispensaries, thanks to strict regulations about where facilities can be sited. And there aren’t any in Sherwood either, though plans are in the works to open one in the coming months. The Sherwood City Council voted in September to ban dispensaries from selling recreational marijuana.

Dispensaries will be allowed to sell to recreational customers until Dec. 31. In January, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission — which is working to set up the state’s budding recreational marijuana program — plans to begin accepting applications for recreational stores. Those stores should be operational by October 2016.


By Geoff Pursinger
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