Blossoming partnerships: Cannabis retailers grow into new roles as members of the local biz community. – Walla Walla Union

Chuckles still burst from corners of the room when a cannabis retailer is announced among the sponsors during Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce events.

It happened late last year during the annual Business Awards Showcase, and then earlier this year at the organization’s first quarterly luncheon.

Sales taxes and distributions from the state’s marijuana account have provided the city of W…

“It’s a new industry,” Chamber President and CEO Brian Duvall says. “There’s going to be some challenges as people start to overcome the stigma and it becomes more widely accepted.”

While Walla Walla’s legal cannabis industry may still be finding its identity in the business community,

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