EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A medical marijuana card used to be the key to buying and possessing pot in Oregon.
But the rise of recreational marijuana is making the cards primarily valuable only as a discount card, and not a necessity to buy, said Sam Elkington, owner of Track Town Collective in Glenwood. The card exempts the buyer from Oregon’s state and local pot taxes, which are levied on recreational pot.
Daily sales at medical pot dispensaries — once cutting-edge hubs for the marijuana industry — have plummeted as a result.
“Medical only is smaller than small,” Elkington said of the dispensary niche. On Monday at Track Town, customers had bought just $58 worth of pot products by midafternoon, reinforcing why Elkington so far has been able to employ only himself at the store.
Elkington’s little green pot shop draws about three medical marijuana customers a day. Another 15 to 20 potential customers come in asking for recreational pot, but he can’t sell to them — yet.