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

- By Bossip Staff

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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  • ChatManGuy


  • 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. 🙂

  • I Am Legend (A Wise Man Told Me Dont Argue With Fools)

    I smoked some “super diesel” and sum “master kush” this week…O my I was feeling like I was in outer space for like 6 hours straight

  • charlieblanko

    LOL@getting high on weed for too long eventually landing me in a terrorist faction.


  • Ms.EJ

    I never understood why people (besides those w/medical conditions)smoke weed in the first place. I always thought that those who smoked weed are lacking something in his or her life, especially those who get addicted to it. What is wrong with having a natural high just off of life? nature? I’ve heard many excuses that just still seem like either the easy way out or just overall lame. I think its cool for a person to be his or herself without an added substance that way I am getting or meeting the “real” you per se.


    Weed doesnt make you unmotivated, if you lazy you just lazy, almost 40% of americans use it on a regular basis


    smoking it is stupid but every herb has a medical use thats just the way the crator made it!


    I dont smoke tobacco, and I rarely drink, joint papers arent made from tobacco

    And if someone said they needed to feel “higher” guess what, whatever new drug they try, they gon take the same stance, once the high gets old, no such thing as a gateway drug, I have never ever tried anything outside of weed, like I said if you
    do a bunch of drugs its more about you than anything else

    It seems you only know people from the hood who smoke weed, you would be surprised how many professionals smoke

  • Ms.EJ

    @MARK RICH- *correction* I disagree that there is no gateway drugs, but we’ll agree to disagree on that one.

  • Magz

    Woohoo Obama! Regardless who smokes it (including me) I hope they stop putting kids in jail for the years for selling it. That’s step 2. Drug dealers get more time than rapist and killers!

  • Ms.EJ

    @LOCIALLY SPEAKING- I think many people have addictions in general and I agree it doesn’t have to be drugs. It can be as you stated sexual whether actually have intercourse or masturbation, haroders, eating food just all kinds addictions. I knew about Amsterdam years ago, not so much about the crime rate so I can’t say too much on that.

  • bklynlady

    Kids pack ya sh*t up! We moving to Oregon!



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