But don't expect to buy recreational marijuana in eastern Oregon anytime soon—at least at a licensed recreational marijuana merchant. A dozen Oregon counties, nearly all of them in eastern Oregon, have issued their own bans on recreational pot sales. Additionally, dozens of eastern Oregon cities have issued temporary bans on recreational pot stores.
There is one medical marijuana dispensary in Ontario, Ore., but the eastern Oregon community voted overwhelmingly against the pro-pot measure when it was put on the ballot two years ago.
- George Prentice
- Boise Weekly visited an Ontario medical marijuana dispensary in March 2011.
The Oregonian reports the new industry has created about 2,000 low- to moderate-paying jobs. Meanwhile, consumers are "flocking" to the regulated market, the Oregonian reports, with an estimated 2.9 to 3.7 tons of marijuana moved through the regulated state medical and recreational markets in June alone—not counting edibles and concentrates.