Oregon Weed Sales Are 420% Higher at the Idaho Border

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Idaho
isn’t
known
for
its
sandy
beaches,
but
when
it
comes
to
legal
cannabis,
the
state
is
its
own
kind
of
island
surrounded
by
unlimited
greenery
in
neighboring
Oregon,
Washington,
and
Nevada.
And
recently,
it
has
become
abundantly
clear
that
Idaho
residents
are
making
the
trek
to
Oregon’s
eastern
border
in
order
to
get
their
hands
on
some
legal
weed. 

According
to
a
new


report
from
the
Oregon
Office
of
Economic
Analysis
,
Beaver
State
pot
sales
spike
by
a
whopping

and
comically
appropriate

420%
at
dispensaries
near
the
Idaho
border.
Similarly,
legal
weed
sales
in
Washington
State
were
higher
at
dispensaries
closer
to
the
Idaho
border. 

“The
sales
in
counties
along
the
Idaho
border
were
much
stronger
than
I
anticipated,”
Oregon
state
analyst
Josh
Lehner


told
the



Associated
Press
.
“Obviously
recreational
marijuana
is
not
legal
in
Idaho,
but
even
after
throwing
the
data
into
a
rough
border
tax
model
that
accounts
for
income,
number
of
retailers,
tax
rates
and
the
like,
there
remains
a
huge
border
effect.”

Despite
its
proximity
to
some
of
the
country’s
earliest
legalization
adopters,
Idaho
has
not
yet
budged
on
either
medical
or
adult-use
prohibition.
But
in
the
years
since
its
West
Coast
neighbors
legalized,
research
has
already
come
out
touting
Idaho’s
own
benefits
from
legalization,


such
as
a
drop
in
DUI
arrests
.

And
with
many
of
Idaho’s
most
populous
counties
sitting
just
miles
from
the
Oregon
border,
it
is
clear
why
many
cannabis
consumers
are
no
longer
paying
attention
to
their
home
state’s
strict
weed
laws.
According
to
the
Oregon
economic
report,
three
quarters
of
cannabis
sales
near
the
Idaho
border
were
due
to
cross
state
commerce.

“Roughly
speaking,
about
75%
of
Oregon
sales
and
more
like
35%
of
Washington
sales
in
counties
along
the
Idaho
border
appear
due
to
the
border
effect
itself
and
not
local
socio-economic
conditions,”


the
report
detailed
.

But
if
Idaho
residents
have
it
their
way,
the
abnormal
sales
spikes
in
Oregon
and
Washington
will
quickly
turn
temporary.
The



Idaho
Statesman


reported

that
activists
are
currently
collecting
signatures
to
finally
add
a
medical
marijuana
legalization
question
to
the
state’s
2020
ballot.
At
least
we
know
the
demand
is
already
there.


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