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?