The owner of an Oregon cannabis shop destroyed by the wildfires ravaging the West Coast is vowing to rebuild, despite being ineligible for the aid provided to most businesses. Thorin Thacker, the co-owner of Canyon Cannabis in Gates, Oregon, was told that it took only 15 minutes for the store to burn to the ground, according to a report in local media.
Thacker, who once served as the mayor of nearby Mill City, said that he and his business partner had created a laid-back, vintage atmosphere for the shop in the forest south of Portland.
“This place was full of color,” he said. “And there was always an album playing. The only way we got to listen to music was on vinyl. A buddy of mine’s wife says, ‘Oh, so you sell grass out of your record store because it felt like a dispensary you might find in the ‘70s.’”
But after fire swept through both Gates and Mill City nearly three weeks ago, Canyon Cannabis is a total loss, the building burnt to the point of collapsing in on itself. Residents and business owners in the two towns were not able to return to the area to see the