|Hoodland’s first marijuana dispensary opens posted on 01/30/2016|
Smoke on the Mountain opened its doors on Friday, Jan. 22,
making it the first marijuana dispensary in the Hoodland community.
An online application for licenses to sell recreational
marijuana went live at 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4 through the Oregon Liquor Control
Commission (OLCC) and the first application was received at 7:15 a.m. As of
Jan. 25, the OLCC had received 96 applicants statewide for retail licenses –
including five in Clackamas County. There were 38 applicants for processor
licenses, 228 for producer and 31 for wholesale businesses – including three
for processor, 28 for producer and four for wholesale in Clackamas County.
“Despite the Portland Metro area being gripped by an ice
storm the day the OLCC began accepting applications, the online system didn’t
freeze up, and we’re continuing to receive a steady stream of submissions,” said
Mark Pettinger, spokesperson for the Recreational Marijuana Program in a news
The OLCC projects it will receive approximately 1,200
applications and issue more than 850 licenses in 2017.
Stewart Schmidt, owner of Smoke on the Mountain, started
preparations for his dispensary in January 2015 when he began leasing the
retail space at 23869 E. Arrah Wanna Blvd.
“This has been a year
in the making,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt noted the store currently offers 10 strains of
marijuana, but plans for more in the future. All of the marijuana is lab tested
for mold, mildew and pesticides as well as lab packaged and labeled to show the
breakdown of potency, including the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol
(CBD) content of each different strain.
“It is important to
me that people realize this is an upstanding local business,” Schmidt said,
adding the business is registered with the Oregon Health Authority and is in
complete compliance with all state and county regulations, including 24-hour
interior, exterior surveillance, window and door sensors and storing all of his
products in a commercial grade safe during non-business hours.
Customers must be at least 21 years old and have valid
identification to enter the premises.
Recreational customers may purchase up to seven grams of
product per day (prices range from $10-$14) and will be subject to the
temporary marijuana tax of 25 percent per the Oregon Department of Revenue.
Medicinal customers can purchase up to 42 grams per day tax
Cannabis concentrates and tinctures will also be available
to medicinal customers only. Schmidt hopes to include edibles in his inventory in
“I intend to have
only the best quality product I can find represented in my store,” Schmidt
said. “Oregon is world renowned for the marijuana it produces and I believe
that some of the best marijuana is grown right here on the Mountain. I want my
store to be a showcase of what the Mountain has to offer, as well as the finest
from Portland, Eugene and Bend.”
Schmidt added that purchasing marijuana from a legal
dispensary offers customers with a variety of product, quality control,
convenience and a knowledgeable staff.
Smoke on the Mountain will be open Tuesday through Saturday.
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By Fay Dunahoo/MT