PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Pot is big business. In just a week, Oregon retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana, and on Saturday hundreds flocked to the Oregon Hemp Convention to find out more.
The issue of legal, safe access for those who want to sell and use marijuana was one of the main topics. Russ Belville of Portland NORML said one of the biggest concerns in the state is the rights of consumers and the disparity in availability between the east and west sides of the state.
In Portland, there are at least 100 regulated outlets to legally buy pot. But customers who live in Ontario, Oregon are at least 4 hours away from a legal shop.
Since marijuana is still illegal in most states, Belville said users still don’t have a place to smoke, can still be fired from their jobs, can lose their children and don’t have Second Amendment rights.
Belville said it’s important for users to be diligent and set a good example for other states who may be considering legalizing pot.