Owners of the Human Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Southwest Portland never knew ordering a sign for their store would be so difficult.
Don Morse wanted to install an electric sign featuring the dispensary’s name and a green cross, but was told thanks, but no thanks by Yesco, a large digital signage company in Utah.
Morse originally met with the local Yesco sale representative Sharyl Herigstad, providing her with proposed designs that she later approved and submitted for a bid. The next time that Morse and Sara Bennett (co-owner) heard from Herigstad was when she informed them corporate officials rejected the job.
“Corporate said, ‘We don’t do business with marijuana.”
While they might not do business with marijuana, the Mormon owned company touts their work with Las Vegas casinos, major sport stadiums, and large corporations.
“They steadfastly refused to build us a sign.”
Morse said. Other businesses in the same shopping plaza stated they’ve had similar issues with Yesco.
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After the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, the state will now host one of the seven yearly Cannabis Cups produced by High Times Magazine.
Editor in Chief of High Times, Dan Skye told KGW News, “It’s a chance for the public to see all these new businesses and check out some of the cannabis merchandise.” Along with the transparency that the event gives to the industry, the event also presents a tremendous economic opportunity for the city of 600,000. Last year, Denver’s newly recreationalized Cannabis Cup drew 500 vendors and 40,000 attendees.
The Cup will undoubtedly take strict precautions in order to maintain safety and legality. Skye said “We follow the rules rigorously. We are very up-front about what we are doing here. The fact is, it is legal. Everybody should get used to that. If you look at the evidence in Colorado there is no damage to the so-called social fabric.”
Portland’s Cannabis Cup will take place in July of 2015 and will feature educational seminars and big-time musical talent. Event details including location have yet to be released. We’ll post updates as more information becomes available.
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