The First Cannabis Cafe Opens Because Of President Obama’s New Federal Policy

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Bolitics, News


The first weed cafe has opened in Portland, Oregon.

The United States’ first marijuana cafe opened on Friday, posing an early test of the Obama administration’s move to relax policing of medical use of the drug. The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give certified medical marijuana users a place to get hold of the drug and smoke it — as long as they are out of public view — despite a federal ban.

“This club represents personal freedom, finally, for our members,” said Madeline Martinez, Oregon’s executive director of NORML, a group pushing for marijuana legalization. “Our plans go beyond serving food and marijuana,” said Martinez. “We hope to have classes, seminars, even a Cannabis Community College, based here to help people learn about growing and other uses for cannabis.”

The cafe — in a two-story building which formerly housed a speak-easy and adult erotic club Rumpspankers — is technically a private club, but is open to any Oregon residents who are NORML members and hold an official medical marijuana card. Members pay $25 per month to use the 100-person capacity cafe. They don’t buy marijuana, but get it free over the counter from “budtenders.” Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., it serves food but has no liquor license. There are about 21,000 patients registered to use marijuana for medical purposes in Oregon. Doctors have prescribed marijuana for a host of illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Tourette’s syndrome.

On opening day, reporters invited to the cafe could smell, but were not allowed to see, people smoking marijuana. “I still run a coffee shop and events venue, just like I did before we converted it to the Cannabis Cafe, but now it will be cannabis-themed,” said Eric Solomon, the owner of the cafe, who is looking forward to holding marijuana-themed weddings, film festivals and dances in the second-floor ballroom.

The creation of the cafe comes almost a month after the Obama administration told federal attorneys not to prosecute patients who use marijuana for medical reasons or dispensaries in states which have legalized them. About a dozen states, including Oregon, followed California’s 1996 move to adopt medical marijuana laws, allowing the drug to be cultivated and sold for medical use. A similar number have pending legislation or ballot measures planned.

Pot cafes, known as “coffee shops,” are popular in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, where possession of small amounts of marijuana is legal. Portland’s Cannabis Cafe is the first of its kind to open in the United States, according to NORML. Growing, possessing, distributing and smoking marijuana are still illegal under U.S. federal law, which makes no distinction between medical and recreational use. Federal and local law enforcement agencies did not return phone calls from Reuters on Friday seeking comment on the Portland cafe’s operations.

About time…


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  • Tracey


  • unlimitedwhispers

    Why the heack is it purple? That must be that weed Kat talks about. It ain’t regular weed.

  • unlimitedwhispers

    If not, that is so childish.

  • Nytefyre

    About time!

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  • charlieblanko

    When weed is grown in cold climate @unlimited Whispers

    It comes out purple when exposed to cold air. All the crystals are from years of breeding the strongest strands…not fake weed, just really good medically heightened weed…

  • Katracho

    l love barack 420 obama!

  • Mock Rock Star

    I’m high just looking at the picture

  • Mock Rock Star

    Please go and sit down some where…have you seen someone go to hell for using drugs. Sheesh

  • Tracey

    Mock Rock Star

    Please go and sit down some where…have you seen someone go to hell for using drugs. Shees


    The hell term is a metaphor!

    When drugs causes paranoia, addiction, reason why people turn to prositution for a fix, abuse people (even own family murders) causes people to mug, murder and mane..I would depic that as hell on earth!

  • Tracey

    *Family members*

  • rico 9

    keep on educating charlieblanco- that weed looks good .

  • ...*MOcarsMOclothesMOjewelsMOdoe*...

    sweeeeet.little by little

  • Tasha

    Im moving there. :)

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