October is (almost) HERE!

Just days away, October’s magic is in the air! Twenty-one year olds and up will be able to walk into designated dispensaries and buy clones, seeds, and up to a quarter ounce of flower. It’s seriously about to happen – just months after legalization and before a single recreational store opens. Thank you Oregon! In this, you’ve been a bro. I think it’s most definitely safe to assume it will be tax-free until January 4th, so enjoy that, too. Seriously! Get stoked!

With all this hubbub and excitement, recreational users are still sort of in the dark about recreational and where to find it. The dispensaries that mentioned anything on their Leafly can be found here, but other than that, there’s no specific way to find which ones we’re allowed in. Except, maybe, going door-to-door and finding rejection or success every which way. There are enough dispensaries in Portland that you could feasibly do something of a bike tour just to find your recreational weed. It won’t take too long to find, I’m sure – most dispensaries will open to take advantage of the naive recreational buyers – but it may still be a bit of a wild-goose chase for us this first month. And a fun one at that.

Be on the look-out for local events that pop up on the first. It’s hard to find anything with details online, but Mary Jane’s House of Glass will be celebrating, at the very least at its Tualatin location. There you’ll find games and contests, live glassblowing, and more. Everything is advertised on flyers, so if you don’t see one, swing by your local shop just in case! (If you bring a non-perishable food item, or are a patient already, you receive a discount at the store).

The quintessential Portland head shop, “Third Eye Shoppe,” (famous for being founded by hemp God Jack Herer) will also be hosting glassblowers on the first, and some bonus giveaways. A total of 16 glassblowers are scheduled to be there, huge names and stores in the PNW like Trautman Art Glass and Jason Walker Glass Art. Not to mention, apparently most of the store will be around 25% off. October 1st is, after all, definitely a reason to celebrate! They’re near dispensaries in the area as well, so there should be a lot of fun hustle and bustle over on Hawthorne.

Ultimately, while things are still a bit confusing on the recreational front, it will be amazingly fun to usher in October with recreational marijuana in dispensaries. Keep your ear to the ground, and pay attention to flyers all around Portland, you never know what sort of celebration you’ll find.

Medical marijuana dispensaries closing for recreational prep

Options, as it turns out, are as of now in short supply, however. I was taking a look at Portland’s general dispensary map on Leafly and I noticed what I thought was a trend. There are some dispensaries letting its patients and caregivers know that they’ll be closed some days in order to prep for October, but after looking at almost all of the 142 dispensaries in the greater Portland area, I was a little surprised.

Here’s a little cheat sheet for which dispensaries will be closing for recreational prep and when:

Purple Organics (SW): Closed Mondays and Tuesdays 

The CDC (SW): Closed on Sundays 

Natural RXemedies (SW): Regular hours of operation, opening for recreational 

Vessel (NW): Regular hours, opening for recreational 

Portland Medicine Pot (NW): Regular hours, opening for recreational

Powell House Cannabis Club (SE): Regular hours, opening for recreational

The Grass Shack (NE): Regular hours, opening for recreational

These are all the dispensaries that mentioned October recreational sales. Only 7 outwardly say they’ll be involved in recreational, out of around 140. I was expecting to find more, but maybe dispensaries are approaching this in a word-of-mouth type way. Or maybe everyone is still unprepared for October – let’s face it, it’s going to be insane.

Dispensaries not updating their Leaflys seems like it’s not a big deal, but it’ll leave the rest of us without any clue where to turn. How many doors will we knock on to be turned away? It’s definitely good for the patients to have their dispensaries, so, dispensaries, is it unreasonable to ask for details? Right now the cannabis market is this crazy waiting-game, so sit back, relax, and – well – don’t get your hopes up just yet? 

Recreational Marijuana in Portland: Store wish list

It’s hard to believe September is almost here; that back-to-school dread is in the air again, and the kids are feeling it! But not us 21+ year olds…  While supermarkets and shopping centers gear up for Halloween and Thanksgiving, thousands of hopefuls are preparing for recreational marijuana in Portland.  We still aren’t exactly sure which dispensaries are opening up for recreational sale, but Portland has plenty to choose from, and everyone has a favorite! Based on years of experience (sorry, mom), I can tell you which of mine I’m hoping to walk into in October.

Nectar is kind of like your “every man’s” dispensary. It’s well-known in Portland due to the fact that there are 4 locations spread across the quadrants. There’s often a large menu selection, and good bud at a nice varying price range. I have never heard any complaints of budtenders or customer service in general; with Nectar you know what you’re getting. They’re especially good at updating their Leafly (links to NE 122nd location). This dispensary would be perfect for those first-timers or people getting back into the game after years of prohibition.

Natural RxEmedies, located in SW Portland, has impeccable customer service. For first time customers, they always offer some sort of discount or treat. For the flower fans out there, they have a large selection specializing in nice quality to top-shelf bud. In terms of concentrates, what they lack in variety, they make up for in affordability and quality. Another good place for curious first-timers, but also seasoned veterans. Their Leafly can be found here, and is as helpful as they are!

In NE Portland, Uplift Botanicals is a premier little spot at 33rd and Killingsworth. Here is their Leafly, and as a fan of all things concentrate, I can say that their selection is one of the best out there. You can find grams of oil at all sorts of prices, ranging from fairly priced to top-shelf stuff. First-timers are more than welcome at Uplift (they have a great staff with awesome customer service) but the stock is catered to those top-shelf fans. For that reason, their deals on flower sometimes aren’t the best, but you know you’re getting high-quality bud.

AmeriCanna Rx is a 24/7 dispensary. It’s on NE Sandy Blvd, and has plenty of flower to choose from. There you can find bottom jar grams sometimes as low as $3. Crazy, right? Not to mention their hours being 24/7 and their Leafly menu being regularly updated – they’re the perfect late night stop. This is a popular pot destination in Portland, however, and sometimes you may have to wait a bit for budtending.

Marijuana Paradise right off Barbur Blvd in SW is an up-and-coming dispensary. With a nice selection of oil at reasonable prices, this place is a little oasis. What’s really worth writing home about, however? Their selection of edibles. For those of us who don’t have medical cards, we’ve been missing out on insane medibles all these years. It’s all about the milligrams, baby! Whether you’re a fan of drinkables or edibles, this place has it all at ranging prices and milligram measurements.

October, man. It’s so close we can almost taste it. It’s like waiting to feel like a kid in a candy shop, and the anticipation is driving us wild! Those dispensaries above are just some of the “many” (hundreds) in Portland to choose from, and while I may sit here hoping that they open for recreational sale, they may continue to just sell to medical patients. And that’s okay, because what we do know? Is that recreational pot is happening in Portland, and it’s happening in mere weeks.