Marijuana business booming in Huntington Oregon

Posted at 10:12 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 00:12:52-04

Business is booming in the small town of Huntington Oregon, and the business is marijuana. The town of 400 now has two pot shops and both have lines out the door with those looking to smoke up on 4/20

"It's a pretty busy day, a lot of people, it can get a little overwhelming but everyone is in a great mood," said Pete Rimkus VP of operations at 420ville.

4/20 is basically Black Friday for marijuana merchants, for years, April 20th has been an annual celebration of cannabis.

"We're sitting around 500 or 600 people already, typically that's about our normal day so were looking to do two or three times what we typically do in a day," said Steven Melend co-owner of Hotbox Farms.

At a parking lot across from 420ville there is a lot of cars with Oregon license plates, but many of them have plates from southwest Idaho.

"There is going to be a lot of Idaho customers we see today I'd even say probably the majority, of course, we don't recommend anyone take anything back there since they don't have the same views on it as we do," said Meland.

The owners at 420vile say they pay more than $100,000 a month in taxes.  Money from sales that go to the state but a recently passed law allows a 3%  sales tax on marijuana to go to local governments. The mayor of Huntington says they haven't seen a dime yet, but hopes to start collecting quarterly by the end of April. She says the money will go towards schools, police and infrastructure projects.