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How recreational pot prices compare in Oregon and Washington

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Recreational pot goes on sale in Oregon on Thursday and FOX 12 is looking at how Oregon prices compare to marijuana sold in Washington.

Foster Buds in SE Portland said they are expecting a lot of people from Vancouver to shop here once recreational pot goes on sale. One reason for that is because recreational pot will be tax free in Oregon for a few months.

Starting January 4, recreational pot will be taxed 25% at medical dispensaries. Medical marijuana dispensaries can sell recreational pot through Dec. 31, 2016, after that Oregon customers will pay between 17-20% tax, based on city and county rates. In Washington, pot is taxed 37%.

So, is marijuana less expensive in Oregon?

In Portland, one shop gave FOX 12 a quote of $7 to $12 a gram with no tax. In Vancouver, a shop quoted a price of $10 to $15 a gram including tax.

Staff at New Vansterdam in Vancouver said they aren't worried about the competition from stores in Oregon. They expect to see a drop in business initially but also expect customers to return to their shop. 

New Vansterdam claims to have the largest product selection in Washington state.

Staff told FOX 12 they welcome stores in Oregon because it's good for the industry.

"We all have our favorite store, and we all have that store where we get something special. We're pretty sure that's going to be that sort of dynamic here," said Shon-Lueiss Harrs.

Remember it is illegal to bring pot across state lines. It's also still illegal to smoke marijuana in public.

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