Blue and purple dots splatter the crisp white walls at Sweet Leaf, a marijuana shop in Southeast Portland. In a nifty trick, the pattern looks like wildlife when viewed through an iPhone camera.
Shelves in the back room are crowded with yogurt-covered pretzels, bananas and other snacks, part of the company’s pledge to keep its budtenders and managers plied with free food while at work.
With its bright lights and cheerful vibe, the place looks and feels like Sweet Leaf’s other stores, except for one thing. All of the others are in Colorado.
Sweet Leaf is among a handful of Colorado marijuana companies that have set up in Oregon in recent months, positioning themselves to capture the recreational cannabis market when it officially launches later this year.