Oregon has twice as many weed shops as liquor stores and the regulators are overwhelmed

That’s the situation in my own state. However, even it has many more per capita liquor stores than Oregon. Also, I imagine those 266 liquor stores are concentrated around population centers in the west. Imagine how far one has to drive for an off premises drink in Oregon’s vast eastern desert.

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Yeah, this seems like a really stupid problem they created for themselves. I don’t care enough to look it up, but IIRC, other states have specifically allocated new dispensary licenses during the rollout. This is certain to encourage a lot of very bad actors to go with their worst instincts. Someone was asleep at the wheel.

OTOH, over the counter LSD!

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I’m all about driving down prices. The price of an eighth has doubled in the past 20 years where I live (still not legal). I get that modern strains are stronger but there really needs to be an actual price range, not just $50 and up. Can Capitalism at least give me back $25 eighths?

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If Texas ever goes legal (and that’s a big if) we are going to kill the market those snowy states have right now. I’d wager you’ll see ounces at < $50 pre-tax.

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Maybe the regulators are overwhelmed because they are understaffed? :thinking:

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Massachusetts’ recreational stores become legal as of July 1 (or close to it, as licenses are processed).

Unfortunately, despite 70% of the very liberal voters of my city approving recreational weed, our ancient aldermen have put an indefinite moratorium on it. They’ve agreed to reconsider on December 1 (which likely means another indefinite moratorium).

I remember going to a city hearing a few years back in which these same old men argued against approving a Mexican restaurant because “Mexicans get drunk and play mariachi music late at night”, so I guess it’s not surprising.

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I found out recently that Texas does allow medical marijuana at the very least but the conditions to qualify for that are pretty strict from what i had read. I suppose it’s a step in the right direction but i’d also like to see it legalized here recreationally in TX. At the very least make it to where not just extreme medical cases can have access to pot, as someone that suffers from anxiety i’d like to be able to have an alternative to the standard medications for it.

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Well, CBD oil anyway. More precisely, if you are a long time Texas resident, an epilepsy sufferer, and you see one of the 18 approved doctors, try at least two of the FDA approved anti seizure medications without success, then you can get low THC medical grade CBD oil at one of the three dispensaries.

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Many years ago, I was somewhere in the Northeast (MA?). I went into a grocery store, wandered around forever, and finally asked a worker where I could find beer. He said there was a liquor store two blocks to the South (and walked away). I thought he was the biggest &$^% ever, until someone else explained that grocery stores couldn’t sell booze. I had never heard of such a thing (all my previous travels had been < 21 yo).

In my state you can buy any kind of booze at any grocery store, convenience store, drug store, gas station, daycare, etc.

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Every year or so, an issue makes it onto local ballots about selling beer & wine (or even just wine) in grocery stores, because it’s incredibly stupid to have to go to a separate store to buy wine for a recipe. It always fails.

Every state I’ve lived in has had separate stores for liquor (either privately-owned or state-run); it’s very bizarre to visit someplace like California where one can buy a bottle of rum along with your groceries like it’s an everyday thing to do.

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Well… let’s call it an “every-other-day” thing to do… it’s not like I have a problem :neutral_face:

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The theater and University town of Ashland Oregon has at least three dispensaries and only one liquor store, that closes at 7, 8 on Friday and Saturday. I heard stories that people would drive the hour and a half round trip over the pass into California to buy liquor after those hours.

Suffice to say I was astonished. In my Jersey County no alcohol can be sold in groceries at all, the zillion small liquor stores close at 10, but you can take a package of beer or booze out of a bar. Our Trader Joe’s is dry!

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It doesn’t get more remote than Fields, OR, and they’ve got a OLCC store.

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Welcome to Eugene
Population: 420

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Yes.

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I just bought [San Diego] a half OZ for $25 smackeroos, yeah it was shake, but Romulan GrapeFruit shake.

We use it purely for medicinal purposes, and do not operate machinery of any type whilst enjoying.

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How about $12?

The good news is the black market is not very profitable in the state. No one wants Mexican ragweed when you can get the good stuff for cheaper

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I’m operating heavy machinery, etc etc…

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Yep. PA only allows beer to be sold in bars (bars have back rooms where they sell 6 packs), and they have special liquor stores.

NC only sells wine and beer in grocery stores and liquor in liquor stores.

*presumes one can buy booze legally. Which I suspect our new crustacean members here mostly cannot.

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