First City-Operated Cannabis Outlet Opens in Washington Saturday
On Saturday, March 7th, The Cannabis Corner will open in North Bonneville, Washington. Like other cannabis retail outlets throughout the state, The Cannabis Corner will sell recreational cannabis to anyone 21 and older. Unlike other cannabis outlets, The Cannabis Corner will be city-owned and operated.
City officials, including Mayor Don Stevens, hope the cannabis outlet will bring tourists to the city, in addition to a much-needed jolt of revenue.
“The city is on its knees financially,” says John Spencer, a city consultant. “They have run negative numbers in the general fund multiple months in a row because they have no retail sector here and in Washington State you’re dependent on a retail sector because of the sales tax. And this store could very well make a town that is otherwise going to fail.”
North Bonneville has a population of just under 1,000 people, according to the 2010 Census Report. It’s located deep in the Colombia River Gorge.