People who live in the village of Edenwold are tired of answering the same question: where’s the weed store?
Jordan Loustel is just one of many drivers to flock to the small community asking the locals for directions since marijuana was legalized Wednesday.
He and his family drove up from Kennedy, near Kenosee Lake, and were searching for Eden. What they didn’t know was that the newly opened cannabis store is 25 minutes southwest of the village of Edenwold, located just off Highway 46 about one mile west of Pilot Butte.
“We drove two hours for groceries and decided to check it out on the way back and ended up in the wrong place.”
The increased traffic is not what the quiet village is used to. Chris Lindquist lives there and said pot seekers either roll down their windows to ask the question while driving by or walk into buildings to seek help.
“They’re driving all over town because there’s nothing really here. We have a village office, a post office and a fire hall,” Lindquist said.
The fire hall said at least six people on Friday walked into the building looking for directions plus another six pulling to the side of the road outside.
Lindquist said while it seems like the initial spike in the number of confused marijuana seekers has started to die down, the village was overrun on legalization day. He said his wife was stopped while going to work at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday by people looking for weed.
“Does nobody work? Everybody’s out at these weird (hours) all day looking for weed, man. I don’t get it,” Lindquist said.
At least one person put up a makeshift sign in town reading “No pot store here” but it appeared to be taken down by Friday.
Lindquist is concerned about the extra traffic in town as people drive around focused on trying to spot a pot store and not the children coming out of school.
“Somebody’s going to get run over.”