Lodestar News

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A new opening close to the Oregon-Idaho border? Some Idahoans are okay with that! “Weedology” had a successful first day in the business. It’s likely because of the two states benefiting.

Reportedly, a line out the door that was lasting three plus hours could’ve been a result from all of the Idaho license plates in the parking lot. 

In Idaho, marijuana laws are strict. Neither medical nor recreational is legal, and fines can reach up to $1,000 or 1 year of jail time – for a first offense. Obviously, punishments for bringing marijuana from a state that is legal across borders to a state that is illegal, well, is strict too.

Still, that isn’t stopping just everybody, especially when plenty of Idaho residents are just a short drive away from Ontario.

General manager Eric Lantz has this to say. 

“We were kind of hoping for a softer opening, to get ourselves in order. But you know what? We are so excited to see this because we can step up,” he said. “It’s everything we wanted this to be. We are ecstatic for where we’re at right now.”

For the law enforcement of Payette County, the closest region in Idaho to the dispensary, processes won’t be any different. Sheriff Chad Huff doesn’t plan on changing either. 

“We’re not going to do anything different. We’re just going to continue to enforce the Idaho statues,” Huff said. “I haven’t planned on putting anyone else on,” he said,  “It’s new to Ontario but not to Oregon. I’m not too worried about it.”

Ontario can expect a large chunk of tax revenue from marijuana. A report of $590,000 to $1 million a year,  according to Ontario Community Development Director Dan Cummings.