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Legal pot now a short drive for many Oregonians

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 8, 2014 at 11:45 pm •  Published: July 8, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Recreational pot is now on sale in Washington state, but actually getting that pot required some patience Tuesday for residents not only of neighboring Oregon but southwest Washington as well.

Freedom Market in Kelso, Washington — 45 miles north of Portland — was scheduled to begin sales at noon Tuesday, but the pot delivery scheduled for late morning got delayed, and then delayed some more.

Owner Kathleen Nelson said she offered water and pizza to the 50 to 60 dedicated customers who waited into the evening.

"The truck arrived! Yeah!" Nelson said after the shipment finally rolled in about 8:30 p.m. Then store workers scrambled to sort the 19 strains and stock the shelves so the first customers could make their purchases.

Did she ever consider canceling Tuesday's effort and waiting a day?

"We are not missing this date!" she declared. Nelson estimated the initial supply might sell out Tuesday night, but she planned to replenish her stock and have more available on Thursday.

Nelson estimated about 100 people had come to the store by noon, and the license plates were split about 50-50 between Oregon and Washington.

The closest legal pot shop to Portland opens Wednesday, just across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.

Law enforcement officials say there's nothing stopping Oregonians from buying pot in Washington. But the law bans them from bringing the marijuana back with them for use in their home state.

Also, authorities say Oregonians who drive home stoned could get busted, just like a drunken driver.

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