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Oregon pot sales 420% stronger along Idaho border

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PORTLAND — A new state analysis finds marijuana sales strongest along Oregon’s border with Idaho, a state where recreational marijuana is not legal.

“In things you cannot make up, Oregon sales per adult along the Idaho border are 420 percent the statewide average,” Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis wrote in a report issued Friday. (420, of course, is a colloquial term referencing marijuana or cannabis consumption.)

Lehner found a similar phenomenon on Idaho’s border with Washington, another state where recreational marijuana is legal.

“The sales in counties along the Idaho border were much stronger than I anticipated,” Lehner wrote. “Obviously recreational marijuana is not legal in Idaho, but even after throwing the data into a rough border tax model that accounts for incomes, number of retailers, tax rates and the like, there remains a huge border effect.”

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