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Nicole Kennedy and Karanja Crews cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the world’s first hip-hop themed cannabis dispensary near Northeast 16th and Killingsworth, drawing support from local government leaders promoting equity in the licensing of operators and for employment in Oregon’s new recreational marijuana industry. Also pictured at Saturday’s event are (from left) Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and State Sen. Lew Frederick.

Nicole Kennedy and Karanja Crews cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the world’s first hip-hop themed cannabis dispensary near Northeast 16th and Killingsworth, drawing support from local government leaders promoting equity in the licensing of operators and for employment in Oregon’s new recreational marijuana industry. Also pictured at Saturday’s event are (from left) Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and State Sen. Lew Frederick.

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