Monday was the opening of the cannabis dispensary registry in Oregon, and state officials recorded a healthy number of applications: 289 to be exact.

While prospective dispensary owners were keen to get things up and running, the rest of the state remains divided on the topic. Some communities, such as Washington County and parts of southern Oregon, balked at retail sales of medical marijuana, even taking steps to shut down businesses, while others, notably Portland, greeted the outlets with a smile.

The Senate last month unanimously supported a bill that allows local regulation of cannabis dispensaries, but not prohibition of the establishments. So long as they follow security, “seed-to-sale” tracking and testing rules of the product that have become an intrinsic part of the cannabis business elsewhere.

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