By Sue Vorenberg
Cannabis Daily Record
WASHINGTON: Marijuana sales in Washington continued to grow in October, despite fears that the launch of Oregon’s recreational market would end the trend.
Washington pot stores sold $61.3 million worth of product in October, a smaller than usual gain over September sales of $59.6 million, but a gain nonetheless.
Southwest Washington stores have been heavily dependent on customers traveling North from Oregon, especially Portland, which until Oct. 1 had no legal way for recreational customers to buy cannabis. That allowed two of Washington’s largest three stores (Main Street Marijuana and New Vansterdam) to thrive across the border from Portland in Vancouver, Washington. (Washington’s third store that’s continually in the top three is Uncle Ike’s in Seattle).
Through Oregon’s Early Start program, which lets medical dispensaries sell marijuana flower, Oregon has seen robust sales – with several sources noting about $11 million worth of product sold in the first week.
In contrast, sales have dipped in Vancouver, but not enough to counter the month by month growth that has continued across the entire state of Washington since recreational cannabis was legalized in July, 2014.