Portland Oregon To Consider Letting Cannabis Shops Sell Regular Food And Drinks

The City Council is scheduled to vote today

When Mark Barnett opened Higher Grounds on Wharf Street in Portland in 2017, he knew that someday he may be able to sell marijuana alongside locally roasted coffee, organic teas and apothecary products.

Now Barnett’s dream of offering customers a “full suite of plant alternatives” hinges on an amendment to zoning rules proposed for marijuana retail establishments in Portland.

“I would have to shut that down completely based on their initial rules,” the 35-year-old Auburn resident said of his current product line.

The City Council is scheduled to vote Monday to establish zoning rules that will cover everything from the size and location of marijuana grow to testing and retail stores. The current proposal from the staff prohibits marijuana retailers from selling any food or drink that does not contain marijuana. And that doesn’t sit well with some councilors and budding marijuana entrepreneurs looking for ways to stand out in what’s expected to be a competitive market.

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