BEND, OR -- Deschutes County has been accepting applications for six weeks, from those interested in opening a marijuana-related business in rural areas. County Commissioners approved grow operations, processors and retail outlets, a few months ago, but they didn't know what to expect when applications started coming in September first.
County Community Development Director Nick Lelack tells KBND News, "It's been going very well. We've conducted 25-30 pre-application conferences with people interested in growing recreational marijuana. To date, we have eight applications that have been submitted for production - which is growing, we have one application for a retail shop and one application for processing."
Lelack anticipates 15 to 20 more applications will come in the coming months, based on meetings and inquiries. "Overall, we were anticipating 25-50 applications; we didn't know if it would be in the first couple of months or the first several, so it's pretty much on target. We didn't know if there would be a greater rush at the start of the application process; that hasn't been the case. People are taking more time preparing their applications, which I think is certainly resulting in better applications being submitted."