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Portland City Commissioner Wants To Create A ‘Green Light District’ For Marijuana Stores


portland oregon medical marijuana dispensary collective deliveryPortland, Oregon is home to one of the best marijuana scenes on the planet, and it’s getting better everyday. There are so many marijuana stores in Portland right now that you can almost drive down any busy street and see multiple marijuana stores. Oregon has always been home to amazing marijuana growers, and now many of those growers are taking their harvests to PDX stores to sell them to the masses. Portland’s City Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to create a ‘green light district’ in Portland to concentrate marijuana outlets. Per Willamette Week:

Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman says he wants to ease the city’s restrictions on pot stores downtown to spur development of a “green light district.”

“We have a nightlife district,” he says, “why not have a green light district?”

Saltzman says easing the rules downtown would make it possible for businesses to cater to tourists, while also protecting the rest of Portland’s neighborhoods from the impact of having a lot of pot shops in one place.

“Downtown,” he says, “can cater to ‘green’ tourism—a new kind of green tourism.”

I like the idea of a green light district, but I don’t want to see it come at the expense of having outlets in other parts of the city. Moving a dispensary is not cheap, and isn’t fair to owners that have established roots in particular neighborhoods. How do TWB readers feel about a green light district? I know that a lot of people hangout in downtown Portland, but people also hang out a lot on the East side of town, which is where I spend almost all of my time when I’m in PDX. I would hate having to cross the bridge into the busy downtown area of Portland to buy marijuana. I’d willingly pay more to not have to go through that hassle, personally. There could be an issue with a green light district and spacing requirements at the state level, but Portland tends to do what it wants, so I would assume that if the city wants a green light district, they will get it without state interference.


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  1. Hold on, no one’s talking about banning stores anywhere. Basically, the Portland city council is going to be voting on an amendment to the local weed ordinance that would say that two stores can’t be 1,000 feet from each other, or from schools. Kinda sucks but 1000 feet isn’t very far if you’re out in the outer areas – it’s less than a fifth of a mile, so it would just mean there couldn’t be two in the same strip mall. (Personally, two of any type of business right next to each other just seems like a waste of space and poor planning.)
    The commissioner sounds like he doesn’t like that, but in case it passes he’s introducing his own amendment that would exempt downtown Portland from the 1000-feet-from-each-other limitation. Makes a lot of sense, because dense areas like that with heavy foot traffic can support a lot more dispensaries, and it really could generate some serious tourism. Besides, that way the seething crowds will all be downtown, and you can go to your cozy boutique in Clackamas or wherever and not have to wait 5 minutes to get to the counter.

    tl:dr – If you read the whole linked post it makes a lot more sense. The commish actually ends up coming off pretty pro-weed.

  2. It’s unfair to citizens in suburbs to force them to drive or take a bus downtown to buy weed instead of picking some up while they are doing other shopping at local stores. How would citizens feel if all businesses who sell/serve alcohol had to move into one, seedy section of downtown?

  3. How about at yellow light district?

    for alcohol…and another for cigarettes…and another for vegan’s…..

  4. Ditto stellar voyager. A green light district with only retail outlets and no place to consume wouldn’t create much of a “scene”. Spaces open to the public where 21+ adults can chill out and imbibe and listen to music, etc., are what is most needed to put Portland squarely on the tourist map.

  5. stellarvoyager on

    I like the idea of a green light district for things like social clubs and coffee houses, which hopefully will happen in the near future. But if it’s something like where retail outlets have to be located only in the green light district, or if only retail stores are allowed there with no on site consumption, then that would be problematic. Everyone’s competition would be within a short distance of each other, which would be a burden on business, and then you have the factor of having to go downtown to make a legal purchase. What if you live in Alberta or Hawthorne? There are lots of great dispensaries there too, so why should those areas lose out? But if it’s for social consumption, coffee houses and the like and dispensaries can stay where they are, then it sounds great.

  6. disqus_khOigjnTmd on

    I like this Commish! As long as there’s no tightening of regulations in the rest of the city, I say bring it on, will make an already amazing downtown that much cooler. Hopefully there’s a place to smoke before wandering into Powell’s and undertaking a stoned literary adventure?

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