WW: The budding business of pot shop chains

Willamette Week's editor Aaron Mesh appears on KATU News on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (KATU Photo)

When recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon, mom and pop shops opened up across the state, but they’re being replaced by businesses promising to be the Starbucks of weed.

That’s the topic of the cover story in this week’s edition of Willamette Week.

WW’s editor, Aaron Mesh, joined Steve Dunn on Wednesday to discuss the topic.

This week’s article focuses on some key players in the Oregon dispensary scene, including William Simpson, founder of Chalice Farms.

“What a lot of people don’t know is that Chalice Farms is actually owned mostly by a Canadian company by investors from Golden Leaf Holdings. They’re out of Toronto,” said Mesh. “Golden Leaf Holdings came to William Simpson and said, we have this plan. This plan is we’re going to help you become the franchise of marijuana, not just in Oregon, but across the West.”

Read more in the Willamette Week article here.

Watch the segment by clicking on the play video button above.

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