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Anthony Rivera. Image: CannaNative via Bloomberg.com
 
A possible end to the era of $20,000 of cash stuffed into bags.

The Tower Theater in Bend, Oregon. Image: Matthew Hickey via Wikimedia Commons

Ted Shorack ~ BendBulletin.com ~

Medical marijuana dispensaries remained busy throughout the weekend after opening their doors for recreational sales Thursday.

Marijuana Wellness Products, Hollywood, Portland, Oregon, 2014. Image: Another Believer via Wikimedia Commons
Nina Mehlhaf ~ KGW.com ~
 
PORTLAND, Ore. -- After just one week of recreational marijuana sales, Oregon dispensaries have raked in an estimated $11 million.

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.

Union Cannabis represents unionized cannabis businesses in multiple states. Image: Cannabis Industry Professional Association via Statesmanjournal.com
 
At least two collective bargaining contracts between Oregon cannabis workers and the dispensaries that employ them have been signed, and more are expected to partake in collective bargaining as the industry develops.

Michael Bloomberg, then Mayor of New York, speaks to the media aboard the amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New York (LPD 21) in Nov. 2009. Image: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons
 
Some CEOs characterize it as a youthful indiscretion, while others say they’ve been at it for years. Either way, it’s not career destroying.

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