OREGON: Yesterday I traveled with the Marijuana Business Association to Portland, OR where about 75 local cannabis entrepreneurs gathered at the Lucky Labrador for the monthly MJBA Meetup.
It would appear that the dream of running a marijuana business in Portland is alive and strong. The diverse group of business professionals who came out were very enthusiastic for what is happening in Oregon’s newly forming cannabis industry, even while many of them still seem to be figuring out exactly how they will fit into it.
I was reminded of what it felt like to be in a room of cannabis entrepreneurs and enthusiasts in Washington, even just a year ago. A lot of the people who attended the networking event were just starting to “come ou”t to the business world, their friends, and their family that they are into weed and might even get into the business of it. It makes me smile to think of the progression of my own journey out of the weed closet — from in the shadows to being broadcast all over the internet!
I left the MJBA Portland Meetup somewhat amused how people there view Washington kind of like a competitive sister state. I heard a few times that people think Oregon is ‘going to get it right’ and be the model for the rest of the world looking to legalize. I wonder if those people will still feel that way after a year of dealing with the OLCC as they navigate an industry that is literally changing day by day.