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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 01:40 AM
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.

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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.

"To have a place that is this open about its activities, where people can come together and smoke -- I say that's pretty amazing." said Tim Pate, a longtime NORML member, at the cafe.

Some locals are hoping it might even be good for business.

"I know some neighbors are pretty negative about this place opening up," said David Bell, who works at a boutique that shares space with the cafe. "But I'm withholding judgment. There's no precedent for it. We don't know what to expect. But it would be great if it brought some customers into our store."





 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 05:54 AM
About time.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 07:56 AM
Do they meet OUTBACK

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 09:22 AM
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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 09:59 AM
deano is funny with or without smoking.


It's gonna be legal eventually, get used to that idea.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 10:52 AM
It should have been legal a long time ago


so Dean posts as NotAStranger now? actually there's a HammerOfDoothread going too, thought that was him -- yeesh I need a toke

 

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To get stoned?

To smoke dope?

To get high?

Cause dope is good?

Cause pot is good?

Cause we need to be getting high?

Cause LIFE is better when you are on drugs?

Cause sick folks need pot for their pain?

Cause Obama feels their pain?






No, because the Feds are finally beginning to treat American adult citizens like grownups who are free to make their own choices, instead of children.
In other words, its liberty and the pursuit of happiness, you may have read a couple of those words somewhere before....


 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 11:00 AM
No they are not treating people like grown ups. They want an easy to control group of people. Stoned people do not protest or resist, they just don't care. That works for them in the NWO.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 11:08 AM
Right on ...

and YES to that whole list Dean ('cept the last one--I don't know how Obama feels) ...


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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 11:08 AM
Can't agree w/that Gina -- just lumping people who smoke into a category of people who don't care, who could just be controlled/herded around like zombies under a new world order, is prepostero -- what s the NWO anyway -- political, terrorists, the next generation after nuclear warfare -- am not familiar -- but doubt the fed. gov't has this in mind as weed gradually becomes decriminalized...I say pass around the peace pipe

 

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No they are not treating people like grown ups. They want an easy to control group of people. Stoned people do not protest or resist, they just don't care. That works for them in the NWO.


Gina obviously has never been to Berkeley or San Francisco

 

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No they are not treating people like grown ups. They want an easy to control group of people. Stoned people do not protest or resist, they just don't care. That works for them in the NWO.


ohhh ..... c'mon that's quite a generalization - may be true for some; i'm sure it is.

BUT - not me ! i'm not proud of it or anything, but stoned-ness never impeded my ability to fight off cops; i'd be inclined to say that it helped (ease the pain, increase the entertainment-value temporarily).

i think there's a LOT of, idk, misunderstanding, etc. of the effects of different strains (or species, whatever it's called - sativa/indica i mean). .... people unaware that some is "speedy", some is "lays ya out", different levels and areas (of the body) pain-relief, visual/no visual, munchy/no munchy, etc.

it's SO NOT just like a Bayer aspirin, or whatever - that treats ya the same whether it's 1952 or 2009.... if that makes any sense. haha, no offense, but this is essentially *the point* that my Mom cannot grasp - I'm pretty sure she believes Reefer Madness - God bless her, i love her (she's *old*! haha)


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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 12:14 PM
Bout time would be great to see Idaho adapt a simalar law, since i broke my back in 1990 i have pain at times so bad that is is off the charts would be nice to have a natural pain inhibator instead of a chemical one such as Vicadin...

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 12:42 PM
"budtenders" gotta love that!, also to deano: go pound sand up your a$$ if you don't like it m.y.o.b.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 02:58 PM
Time to invest in Domino's

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 03:01 PM
Oregon has always been a state that has intrigued me. Sounds and looks like a cool place to live.

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 05:25 PM
$25/month and then it's free from your budtender? That is a deal! Don't forget to tip your weedtress or budtender!
 

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$25/month and then it's free from your budtender? That is a deal! Don't forget to tip your weedtress or budtender!


LOL!

 

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First U.S. Marijuana Cafe Opens

"I'll have the grilled Cheese w/Fries.......and some matches please"

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 06:01 PM
perhaps the joint pain I'm experienceing at my advanced age will get me a med MJ card...

(get it? joint pain?)

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 06:10 PM
Senior citzen discounts yet ?

 

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  posted on 11/14/2009 at 06:36 PM
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perhaps the joint pain I'm experienceing at my advanced age will get me a med MJ card...

(get it? joint pain?)


I know my hip bothered me less when I smoked with my golf partner.

Didn't help my game any, but it didn't make it worse either.

 

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How would you like it if your president became a pot smoker?


How would you like it if Obama was smoking pot say three times a day?


How about if our military generals were getting high three times a day?


What if the police were high?


What if schoolbus drivers like ME/DEANO were able to get SERIOUSLY STONED the night before transporting the children to school?


You know I might like getting stoned after a particularily BAD day of driving kids around.


Then too, I might crash the bus the next day. Kiddies might get killed. Just don't blame the weed though.





I'm thinking that we're all probably better off because you don't smoke pot. I mean... where else could we be entertained this cheaply?

You are a riot.

 

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1/2 of 2 full pages of Advertising in the local San Diego "Weekender"...

 

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