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Oregon pot shops gear up to sell recreational novelties

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The cannabis countdown is on. In less than a month, on June 2, Oregon marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell recreational edible and topical products.

Recreational pot has been legal in Oregon for almost a year, but recreational topicals and edibles haven’t gotten the green light up until now.

Novelty products, like cannabis infused oil or pot brownies are available only to Oregon Medical Marijuana cardholders. 

"I’m anticipating growth to quadruple in the first month, just based on numbers alone of possible consumers," says Trista Okel, founder and CEO of Empower Bodycare.

It’s a small space for a big business.

"It’s no longer a cottage industry, and I’ve been hoping to reach more people. With early rec sales, that’s going to allow us to do that, and that’s really exciting," Okel tells Fox 12.

Okel runs Empower Bodycare out of her Southeast Portland home, selling topical cannabis infused products to medical marijuana dispensaries across Oregon.

"We have 150 total in the state and that number is growing. We just hired a distribution company and have a couple sales reps as well," Okel explains.

But starting June 2, her target market is expanding, and so it's her workspace.

“They have been beating down the doors and begging at pot shops for topical products. They are hungry for it, so I can’t wait to fill that need," says Okel.

Which is why she is packing up shop and moving to a bigger building in Clackamas.

From pain-relieving roller balls, to intimate oils and bath salts, Trista has developed an extensive offering of pot related products.

But don't expect a buzz from a bubble bath—“It will not get you high," Okel assures us.

In fact, most of her oils contain less than a percentage of THC, if any--the chemical in marijuana known to alter the mind.

"My target audience is not people who want to get high," Okel tells us.

Shops like Hi Casual Cannabis are gearing up to begin selling Trista's products for recreational use. 

"Everyone’s been asking about when concentrates and edibles are going to be available, as well as topicals,” says Taite Rasmussen, Budtender at Hi Casual.

As of June 2, customers in Oregon will be able to purchase topicals and edibles--which could bring a big blow to Washington pot sales.

"So far we’ve only been able to send them over to our sister state in Washington. We’re very excited, hopefully we’re going to get that flux of people coming back in and putting that money back into our state,” says Rasmussen.

Okel says that eventually she would love to have her products on the shelves at stores like Walgreens, next to other pain relievers. But for now, she's looking forward to June 2, and considers it a big step for the marijuana industry in Oregon.

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