Marijuana dispensary opens in former Hollywood Liquor store

Marijuana dispensary opens in former Hollywood Liquor store »Play Video
Employees work at the newly opened marijuana dispensary, Pure Green, in Northeast Portland Tuesday.

PORTLAND, Ore. – One of Portland’s first post-prohibition liquor stores is also a medical marijuana dispensary.

Pure Green in Northeast Portland opened Tuesday in the former Hollywood Liquor store. Hollywood was one of four original liquor stores that opened up in Oregon after prohibition.

Store co-owner Matt Walstatter said marijuana helped save his life during a fight with a serious illness, which helped motivate him to open the business.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Oregon since 1998, and nearly 200 dispensaries already exist throughout the state. However, starting this month, all dispensaries have to apply to the state for a license.