The recreational marijuana industry in Oregon has been slow to expand as lawmakers and state regulators have been working on the final regulations for the industry.
The first state-run recreational pot stores opened in Oregon in late 2018 and early 2019, with many more to open before the 2020 legislative session ends.
Now, a new wave of recreational marijuana businesses has begun to appear in the state.
The first recreational marijuana store, located at a community recreation center in Bellingham, Washington, opened on January 5, 2018.
“It’s going to be a really good thing for the community, for the county, and the city,” said Kristina Fenton, who owns the business.
“We just hope that people are willing to use this product, because we’re going to make a lot of money.”
Fenton said the stores are the first to open in Oregon, and she hopes that the first recreational pot shops will be located in Bellang, Bountiful, Portland, and Yakima.
Bountiful resident Matt Wielewski, who lives in the city, said he is looking forward to being able to shop in his neighborhood, but is hesitant to open his own business.
Wieleawski said he has been in the business for over a decade and has had a positive experience with the recreational marijuana.
“I think it’s really cool to see how the marijuana industry is progressing, and that’s kind of a great opportunity to try to get a lot more customers and people into our community,” Wielesawski told ABC News.
“It’s something that’s really important to us.”
A couple of weeks ago, a marijuana business in Bellingham, Washington was also set to open.
A business called The Good Stuff, which sells medicinal marijuana, opened its doors on January 2, 2018, in Bellingsville, Washington.
A few days after opening, the business was vandalized with spray paint and broken glass, and a group of people set fire to a vehicle parked outside.
According to police, the vandalism occurred when a man vandalized a business in front of a nearby convenience store, which caused the businesses owner to leave.
Police said they are working with the Bellingham Police Department to determine the motive behind the vandalism.