BEND, OR -- More than a dozen marijuana retailers applied for local permits, Monday, to sell recreational pot. Rachel Ruppel is an Associate Planner with the city of Bend. She tells KBND News, "It was of greatest interest for the retailers, because retailers are subject to certain separation distances. They need to be away from schools, child cares, parks and 1,000' from any other retailer."
Because of those restrictions and that permitting is first come, first served, Ruppel expected a line. But, she says, "I was not expecting that people would start lining up on Friday. But, at least one person lined up Friday evening and over the course of the weekend, the line grew a little bit every few hours." She adds, "We have 13 people altogether. Out of that, I believe nine of them were there for a retail facility."
Recreational marijuana retailers must also get a license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission along with the permit from the city of Bend. The OLCC is expected to start issuing licenses next fall.