The government is now officially in the marijuana business. A small town in Washington recently opened it’s very own collective. The idyllic-looking town of about 2,000 people, seated comfortably along the Columbia River, made history when it opened the store called the Cannabis Corner.
The sale of all marijuana, edibles, and accessories are projected to bring in up to $200,000 annually, just about 20% of the city’s total annual budget.
And what are they going to do with all that drug money? “The first project that we have on the books is updating the children’s playground in the city park,” said Craig Foster of the City Council, according to CBS affiliate WTVR. After that, the revenue will go to other public health and safety projects in the county.
A service that benefits medical patients in the area, supports local farmers, and builds new swing sets. That’s so sensible and wholesome, it’s almost hard to believe. “I never thought we would see this day,” said Forster. “We’ve talked about it a lot, and we didn’t think it would ever happen.”
At first “a lot of the citizens were against it,” but when they saw how much money could be raised, almost everyone went along. “There’s still some people who oppose it, but I’m ok with that,” Forster said.
If the plan succeeds, it will be a lesson for towns and cities across the country to take notice of in the same way Colorado’s marijuana cash cow turned the heads of even the most conservative politicians.
“It’s a great town, we’ve got some great hiking trails, some great businesses located here, but not enough to really sustain a full city government, and so that’s where we come along is to help fund some of those projects the city can’t do themselves,” said Tim Dudley, a local who works in the area’s public development. Maybe similar shops could do the same for a lot of hurting towns in legalized states.
They don’t have a listing on Weedmaps and we haven’t been able to get them on the phone, so we don’t yet know if their shit’s any good. But if there was a terp for good intentions, their wax would taste like the bomb.