By Luke Whittaker
Chinook Observer 

Not so high times: Marijuana glut stunts local sales


Last updated 5/4/2023 at 9:59am

Luke Whittaker, Chinook Observer

The spring is typically a time for optimism for farmers, of all sorts, but especially for licensed marijuana growers, a period when market fluctuations and consumer demand historically align for higher sales for the producers and retailers in the months ahead. This year however that hasn't happened, stirring concern among local growers and retailers.

ILWACO - After about five years of producing increasingly higher yields and record sales, one of Pacific County's fastest-growing cash crops is showing signs of slowing down, with some licensed marijuana growers scaling back operations while local retailers report wilting sales.

Plagued by a statewide oversupply in the marijuana market, some local growers are trimming production as they struggle to find space on store shelves.

'You just have to try to survive'

On Thursday, April 20, a day celebrated by cannabis consumers as an unofficial holiday for marijuana, one local grower watered his crop and wondered what the future would hold.

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