Hemp and marijuana have been around for thousands of years. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper, and hemp rope has been used for maritime purposes since the pioneer days, and even earlier. Native Americans and other indigenous tribes around the world may have used marijuana to connect with the spirit world. Today it is highly used for a variety of medical and recreational purposes.

Marijuana now comes in all forms, even cookies. Photo credit: Margo Amala vis Unsplash

Whether you love it, hate it, or are indifferent, the cannabis industry is growing like a weed on the north coast. This time last year, the State of Oregon collected an astounding $8.7 million in state cannabis taxes in one month, according to data from the Department of Revenue. That was almost 10 percent more than the previous high of $8 million. Cannabis dispensaries in Oregon face a variety of challenges. The industry is crowded because of a licensing system with fairly low barriers to entry which is lowering prices. However, sales continue to skyrocket, and there’s no sign of it slowing soon.

According to the Portland Business Journal, “In the first full fiscal year under legalization, running from July 2016 through June 2017, Oregon collected $70.2 million in state cannabis taxes. Collections rose to $82.2 million in the fiscal year that ended this June 30, 2017.” 2018 was even better. The marijuana industry is a wild ride for both consumers and businesses alike.

Cannabis has become big business on the Oregon and Washington Coast. Photo credit: Rick Proctor via Unsplash

Not all cannabis is intended to get you high. Today, CBD products are gaining in popularity, and many suppliers claim that CBD products have the same medicinal benefits without the high. “Hemp” is a term that is often used to classify the varieties of cannabis with 0.3% or less THC content (measured by dry weight). “Hemp” has generally been used to describe non-psychoactive cannabis that is harvested for industrial use of its derived products, or for CBD products with less than .03 THC.

CBD products are believed to help with a bunch of ailments, Including arthritis, PTSD, some types of seizures, insomnia, and more. It’s so effective that there are CBD products for your favorite fur babies and skin products that help you look and feel more beautiful. If you’re in the market for hemp or marijuana, this is a list of some of the cannabis dispensaries in our area.

Sweet Relief

Sweet Relief is located in the heart of downtown Astoria. Don’t feel like leaving the couch? No problem, you can order online through their website. All you have to do is view the online menu and select a Sweet Relief location closest to you. Next, choose your item(s) and pick up your order within 24 hours. It’s that easy.

The Freedom Market

Located at the Port of Ilwaco, Freedom Market is locally owned and operated. One of its bestsellers is Dragon Balm by Ceres. Its secret formula combines the cooling menthol and numbing effects of camphor and has a reputation of providing lasting Relief from everyday aches and pains.

Mr. Doobees

Mr. Doobees Natural High Store is located in Seaview and is a recreational and medicinal marijuana dispensary. It is open 365 days a year and serves cannabis customers that are 21 and older. They pride themselves on providing friendly customer service, with knowledgeable staff.

Mr. Nice Guy

Mr. Nice Guy has about 20 locations spread throughout the great State of Oregon. They are committed to helping their customers have a great experience from the time they walk through the door until they return. They also believe in giving back to their communities. During a recent highway cleanup day, their crew of volunteers found a baby bunny on the side of the road. The bunny looked sick, scared, and helpless, so they took the little guy to the wildlife reserve. He will go on to live a happy, healthy life thanks to the staff at Mr. Nice Guys!

Tsunami Marijuana

Tsunami Marijuana is locally owned and operated in Seaside. They offer quality products and both in-store or online ordering.

Hi Casual Cannabis

Hi Casual Cannabis is a subsidiary of Cannabis Sativa, Inc. They manufacture and distribute a variety of Cannabis and Marijuana- products with THC, including edibles and creams. They pride themselves on being friendly and affordable.

These companies are our friends and neighbors. Their kids go to our schools and their staff live in our neighborhoods. Their businesses are bringing in much-needed tax revenue to our state, and for that, we are grateful.

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