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Saturday, August 15, 2015

America's First Government-Owned Marijuana Store

Dead Head. Girl Scout Cookies II. Skywalker. Blue Magoo. Pot of Gold. These are just a few of the names of the product that a team of about 10 government employees hawks seven days a week from a renovated storage barn in North Bonneville, Wash. Just two months old, The Cannabis Corner is the nation’s first municipally owned pot store. Struggling financially, the city of 1,000 -- located along the Columbia River and just 40 miles from Portland, Ore. -- is hoping to make a profit selling little baggies of weed at $12 to $20 a pop. A public development authority like the one that runs Seattle’s Pike Place Market operates the store. The five-member board makes all the business decisions and plans to use any profits to fund community projects. The Cannabis Corner has a distinct advantage over its competitors: Because it’s run by the government, it doesn’t have to pay federal taxes. For now, North Bonneville is the only city in the pot business. But that could soon change. Four states have legalized pot and are setting up marketplaces to sell it -- Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Another five states are expected to vote on legalization in 2016.



Anonymous said...

the mere fact that government can open a "business" and not pay federal taxes should send chills down every privately employed person in America.

but unfortunately, the government workers that started it all are too dang dumb to know what they are doing.

keep it up and all of us will be either unemployed and relying on government subsistence, or working for the government.

How's that communism taste?

Anonymous said...

Pretty darn good when you put it in a vaporizer! Such a shame backwards MD won't legalize pot.

Anonymous said...

If it's legal, I can just grow my own, right? No need to go to the government store.

But wait... there will be a law made...

Now I taste communism.