A total solar eclipse will occur on August 21st in Oregon. The cannabis friendly state is expecting a lot of stellar enthusiasts to visit them and not just for the eclipse. Oregon is one of the eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Voters approved legalization in 2014 and it became fully legal in 2015, but while the state has generated a considerable amount of revenue, it has been “overshadowed” by the state of Washington and Colorado.
Fortuitously though, the first total eclipse to reach the continental United States since 1979 is occurring in Oregon next month and it is drawing a lot of attention. Sales for legal marijuana are expecting to jump considerably with the million or so people expected to visit Oregon. Dispensaries are featuring the Moon Puppies strain as eclipse spectators are looking to make the eclipse a very special experience. Have you planned a vacation yet for the month of August?
MILWAUKIE, Ore. — With the estimated one million extra people headed for Oregon during the total solar eclipse, the demand on liquor and marijuana stores will be at an all-time high.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is even urging stores to stock up early, so their deliveries don’t get stuck in traffic.
Oregon liquor sales have been climbing year-over-year anyway, and this solar eclipse could break the record. Especially for small towns where the path of totality will pass through, and there’s only one liquor store. It’s big money for the state budget, but only if the product gets there in time.
The OLCC is expecting anywhere from a 20-40 percent increase in sales surrounding the eclipse. Because the state controls all liquor sales, and it makes up a large stream of revenue for the general fund budget. That means a lot more money for schools and state police.
Meanwhile, marijuana shops are having some fun with astronomy-inspired products, such as the strain Moon Puppies.
“It’s Chem Dog crossed with Lemon Skunk, it has a wonderful smell on it,” said Leigha Christensen of Oregon’s Finest.
The shop on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard expects double or triple the number of sales thanks to curious tourists. Growers themselves can’t do much to make the plants produce more, but Oregon’s Finest is ordering 25-percent more product, and plan special packages of pot and eclipse glasses.
“I think events like this overcome that stigma because we get to talk to more people and provide that education that is really needed,” she said.
Both the OLCC and marijuana shops will be closely watching for fake IDs and visibly intoxicated people during this mad rush. It’s one of the big worries by emergency personnel; thousands of intoxicated people outdoors in the peak of fire season and on the roads getting to where they’ll watch the eclipse.
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