Phoenix business owner Ed Polish scans the cannabis on display at Green Valley Wellness on Thursday in Talent, Ore. Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana Thursday for the first time to recreational users. Image: Bob Pennell, The Associated Press, via SeattleTimes.com
 
Thursday marked Day 1 of recreational-marijuana sales in Oregon. The competition for customers between Portland and Vancouver, Wash., is now officially on.
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PORTLAND — At 10 a.m. Thursday, the doors of the Pure Green dispensary opened for the first time to recreational sales, with staff ushering in customers waiting outside who could choose from two dozen strains of pot, and receive a free joint along with their first purchase.
 
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