Oregon's first cannabis campus opens, aims to boost pot tourism
A Portland cannabis farm is expanding with its sights on making Oregon a marijuana tourism destination.
"It is the epicenter of some of the best cannabis in the world," said William Simpson, owner of Chalice Farms.
Chalice Farms opened up its headquarters and campus on Northeast Airport Way. It's 30,000 square feet, and includes something unique to dispensaries.
Following the model of wineries and breweries, Chalice Farms allows customers to see how their product is grown from the store.
"(Come) off the airplane, you can come in to Chalice Farms and see cannabis and see the entire campus," Simpson said.
A wall separates the extraction lab from the dispensary, which is required by Oregon law.
Down the hall is a small kitchen where edibles are made.
The grow site even has a vault where excess cannabis will be stored.
"It's overkill frankly, but why not?" Simpson joked.
An operation like Chalice Farms is illegal in Washington state, where every step of the growing process must be separate.
The vertical integration of Oregon cannabis farms is giving it more of a "big business" feel than its neighbor to the north.
"They're going to stop talking about Amsterdam and/or Colorado. They're going to all be coming to Oregon for cannabis tourism," Simpson said.