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I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.


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27 responses to “Oregon NORML set to open first patient’s Cannabis Café”

  1. papadan

    Hi there all, this is papadan here, I am new to this site, I am however a OMMP card holder, and I am trying to recover from colon cancer. At 52, this is all new to me, and I find it all very confusing at best. I just wanted to say hello, and I am looking forward to checking out the cannibis cafe downtown, maybe I can learn a few thing’s there, you all have a great day, :howdy:

  2. felony flats

    I guess I should have sated that the reason I did caps was so you could tell my words apart from her words. It was not to shout. As far as the image go for OGF I am not a spokes person for it. I saw this person post a comment putting OGF on blast because she in my words was to lazy to figure her own stuff out. Now is that a testament to all the people that live in WA that have their cards? No, just like my actions are not a testament of the OGF. What we have here is a clear case of an opinion being made by robinrose over her idea of how the laws treated her. We all know that that the color yellow is yellow but what happens when someone calls the color yellow black. Yes that is their opinion but their opinion would not be correct. Oregon has laws and Washington has laws. And like I have stated before “medical marijuana is to important for so many people to risk”. So is it worth it for the OGF to make an exception for someone in WA? NO, just like the color yellow is not black. Some might have an opinion that is should be but it still comes back to the greater good of the people in need or wait THAT EACH STATE HAS THEIR OWN SET OF LAWS. I even stated that I would help robinrose if she lived here in oregon. But again I can not because she lives in a different state. Even in my other post I explained how my adventure started with the OMMP. So I say again the laws are pretty wacky but they are put in place for a reason. I think this thread is good because I hope it will inspire someone in Vancouver WA, to start something to help people like robinrose. Well, folks I hope that Robinrose or my self have not ruined the idea of OGF for people looking to get started or need help. And If you live in OREGON I would suggest checking them out. http://www.oregongreenfree.net/

  3. felony flats

    I LOVE THE WAY YOUR START OFF WITH. . . .
    “I can definitely tell you’re an OGF member! You’r flaming post is the exact type of “compassionate care” that I got from them.”

    YES I AM AN OGF MEMBER. WHAT YOU FAIL TO SEE IS THAT YOU LIVE IN WASHINGTON AND OGF IS IN OREGON. SO GET OVER THE FACT THAT OGF IN YOUR WORDS “SHUNS YOU”. BECAUSE IN YOUR FIRST POST YOU SAID “why is it that if you are a WA vs an ommp card holder places like this new club as well as the other organizations such as Oregon Green Free shun you if you dont live on this side of the fence?”

    GET WHY PEOPLE THINK YOU HAVE A WARPED SENSE OF WHY OGF COULD NOT HELP YOU. YOU DID NOT INDICATE THAT “not to mention them having me go through ALL the hoops, faxes, etc, before telling me “sorry, can’t help you.” It wasnt the information, it was how it was delivered. They also could have offered me WA resources since I am POSITIVE they have them.”

    FIRST OFF IT IS CALL OREGON GREEN FREE NOT WASHINGTON GREEN FREE. AND IF YOU HAVE DONE THESE THINGS LIKE YOU SAID “As for having common sense and knowing the laws, I have been an active participant in passing both prop 215 in Ca, as well as being one of the first medical patients in the state of WA.” WTF ARE YOU CALLING OREGON SOUNDS LIKE YOU GOT YOUR ACT TOGETHER AND SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM USING YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON HOW TO FIND THE PROPER RESOURCE.

    YES I CALLED YOU LAZY. IF YOU HAVE THE TIME TO GET ON THIS BOARD AND BLAST OGF THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE THE TIME TO FIND THE PROPER RESOURCE IN YOUR AREA. LAZY IS AN ADJECTIVE THAT I USED TO DESCRIBE YOUR ATTEMPTS AT FINDING A RESOURCE CENTER IN YOUR STATE. SURE YOU LIVE IN VANCOUVER AND SEATTLE IS 4 HOURS AWAY. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE PEOPLE IN MEDFORD OREGON DO WHEN PORTLAND IS 6 HOURS AWAY DO THEY CRY TO CALIFORNIA. . . NO THEY DONT BECAUSE SOMEONE STARTED A CHAPTER OF OGF THERE.

    MY FAV PART ABOUT YOUR POST WAS YOU SAID “The only point I was trying to make (which you missed by the way) is that I UNDERSTAND why the caregivers/growers/clubs cant help us, but the least they could do is point us in the right direction instead of slamming the door in our face.” IN YOUR FRIST POST YOU NEVER SAID THAT AT LEAST THEY COULD HELP POINT US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WHEN I GOT MY CARD I PAID THE THCF THEIR CUT AND THEN THE STATE OF OREGON THEIR CUT AND WAS TURNED LOOSE WITH NO DIRECTION. I NEVER SMOKED UNTIL I WAS TOLD THAT IT WOULD HELP WITH MY CONDITION. SO I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO DO OR WHERE TO TURN. THAT IS THE FAULT OF A LOT OF THE STATES PROGRAMS THEY TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN. THEY SAY HERE YOU GO NOW FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO. I AM NOT GOING TO USE MY CONDITION AS A TALKING POINT TO GET PEOPLE TO FEEL SORRY FOR ME AFTER I TRASH A PLACE THAT HAS HELPED 1000′S OF PEOPLE LIKE OGF.

    BUT THIS IS THE POINT WHERE I SAY TO YOU THAT YOU HAVE GONE WAY OVER THE POINT TO THE PLACE OF MAKING YOUR SELF LOOK LIKE A REAL A$$HOLE “I hope you stop being such a mean person, this is about medicine, and people like you could ruin it for all of us by being rude and heartless.” YOU THINK IT IS PEOPLE LIKE ME TRYING TO RUIN IT. . . . NO IT IS PEOPLE LIKE YOU TRYING TO GET INVOLVED IN ANOTHER STATE WHERE YOU CLEARLY DO NOT HAVE A CARD. COMMON SENSE WINS AND YOU LOOSE. SO I SAY TO YOU READY MY FRIST POST AGAIN WHERE I SAID “The sad part is that if you really needed help and you lived in oregon I would help you but the laws prevent me from doing so. And medical marijuana is to important for so many people to risk” WHO IS THE A$$HOLE NOW?

  4. Robinrose

    For the record, I have a life and do not need “respect” or “credibility” from anyone on the internet. I made a comment, posed a question, and a couple of guys with nothing better to do than bash disabled people have attacked me. Sorry I gave you a little of your own medicine back in the last post. It’s not really my style to be hateful so I will leave you with this….You’re anger, negativity, and aggressive attititude is only hurting you, I hope you find a healthy outlet for it.

    I’m unsubscribing from the thread, and wish you and your friend a little love and happiness, you both need it.

    To the rest of the thread, happy clubbing! I hope its a wonderful resource for the MMJ community.

  5. J.W.

    In Wa. there are those who actually believe that they have a state approved “licence”.
    None of these people has been able to produce one of these “club/clinic cards” with a legal state seal.
    The insistence of these …(what are they calling themselves this week ? dispensaries? co-ops? whatever) clubs that all of their clients aquire one of these cards just puts the client on yet another treadmill, turn in your recommendation that has no expiration date for one that you have to renew every year for 200 bucks a shot. Looks to me like a captive market with few choices.
    I’ll keep my eyes open for a legitimate marketing model that doesn’t rape the consumer or place the vendor in jeopardy and let you know when I find something around here.

  6. Mark

    And I don’t hide my ID online like you so YIOU HAVE ZERO CREDIBILITY anyhow. I gave you a suggestion for improvement when I told you to get over it and you showed you have NO DESIRE to STOP crying that everyone hates you. YOU ARE ACTING LIKE A VERY PATHETIC PERSON. STOP IT and people might be nice to you instead of telling you where you need to get off at….

  7. Mark

    I read you just fine. You are the being a major JERK on a high horse calling me a hater for telling you the suggestion that you calm down and pull your head out and quit claiming everyone hates you and I am some Psycho. Lady, YOU ARE NUTS and you will never gain respect crying and claiming you are just a victim. You are obviously WARPED and the one that did not get hugged enough as a child. WISE UP or GIVE UP and expire. But please quit flipping out on this thread. Go somewhere else to vent your frustrations.

  8. Robinrose

    Hi Mark,

    Can you even read? READ before you flame. Sheesh people, how do I get off this lame thread? Please, no more psychos! This guy is nothing but a hater, and our world has enough of those. Get off your pedestal, your spouting so much bullshit we’re all covered in it. Someone didnt hug you enough as a kid, go and find some love. I WILL MAKE MY POINT FOR YOU SLOWLY AGAIN-
    I AM WELL AWARE AND UNDERSTAND THE LAW – A Nice, caring person instead of a jerk would not have left me with such a bitter taste in my mouth. I don’t expect anyone from any state to solve my states problems.

    You said offer suggestions or your part of the problem, please point out where you did this in your post? You said “pull your head out and get over yourself man.” PLEASE for the sanity of all of us, follow your own Advice!

  9. Mark

    Robinrose is way to sensitive and OFFBASE in your accusations of being called lazy and claiming you are not being compasionate when you only stated the facts as to why OGF can not assume risk by acting against the law. I am NOT a member of OGF. I am an OMMP card holder. Robinrose you are the type of Cannabis user that gives us all a bad rab with your insistance that Oregon help you when you are in a different State. What part don’t you understand? Nobody is being RUDE or UNCARING because they simply tell you the way it is. You had better learn that if you can’t offer suggestions to work towards solutions then by complaining all you do is ADD to the problems and issue that affect you. Pull your head out and get over yourself man. I have a friend with Stage 4 cancer that faced OHSU cancer center’s bad attitude towards Cannabis and leveraged it for a prescription to Marinol by citing “harm reduction” potential. The Portland VA doctors won’t go on record but indicate to me that Cannabis is my best medicine but now I face even more resistance to them ever giving me any Narcotics when I may need something stronger than Cannabis for pain. So don’t cry to the people in MY STATE about the problems in your State. We have our own sets off issues and discrimination. If people gave in to people that cry and whine like you enough there might end up being no more Medical Pot in our State. Get over it and find a grower like we all have to in the states with no dispensery… :-x

  10. Robinrose

    Hi Felony Flats,

    I can definitely tell you’re an OGF member! You’r flaming post is the exact type of “compassionate care” that I got from them – not to mention them having me go through ALL the hoops, faxes, etc, before telling me “sorry, can’t help you.” It wasnt the information, it was how it was delivered. They also could have offered me WA resources since I am POSITIVE they have them (by the way, I have several friends that now volunteer there.)

    It’s people with hateful attitudes like you that give that place a bad name. You werent involved, so don’t presume to know what the hell you’re talking about regarding MY conversation with THEM.

    As for having common sense and knowing the laws, I have been an active participant in passing both prop 215 in Ca, as well as being one of the first medical patients in the state of WA. I was a grower for eight years and can no longer legally grow with the state foster care system involved. I was also a caregiver delivering free medicine and baked goods for brain cancer patients. My activist days are over as I am now permanently physically disabled.

    No need to post to me again, I’m legally blind and isnt worth the effort to turn the magnifier on. I have been “so lazy” since my stroke 3 months ago, and when I’m not being lazy, I’m running around after my foster baby, or taking care of my husband who just had steel plates put in his shoulder, has no herbal medicine and is unable to take narcotics. He can’t even get out of bed.

    Boy, that IS LAZY! (according to you)

    Thanks for your links by the way, one is a PUBLIC meeting place where it doesnt look like ANYONE is meeting, and the second is a website in progress. A little further research might have gotten you as far as SENTRY who have already showed more compassion for us then any of the Portland clubs, as well as http://www.cannacare.org. My post in THIS forum sparked a few compassionate people to at least send me to a place I could talk to others in the same predicament.

    The only point I was trying to make (which you missed by the way) is that I UNDERSTAND why the caregivers/growers/clubs cant help us, but the least they could do is point us in the right direction instead of slamming the door in our face.

    I hope you stop being such a mean person, this is about medicine, and people like you could ruin it for all of us by being rude and heartless.

    Peace to you….

  11. bob

    do you know of a good source for a card. i’m 61, with chronic back pain -thx

  12. felony flats

    The reason why Oregon Green Free Shuts you down as you call it is because you live in a different sate. Each Sate has their own set of laws. Oregon Green Free did not shut you down the state of Oregon did. OGF has to follow the laws set in place by the state of Oregon. Why should they risk their program for you. If your not happy with your current situation do something about it start a co-op or your own chapter place. You live in Washington and they have their own laws. I agree it is pretty stupid that your card is only legal in the state that you live in, but that is how it is. So don’t put OGF on blast because you live in a different state and don’t understand the common sense of the law. The sad part is that if you really needed help and you lived in oregon I would help you but the laws prevent me from doing so. And medical marijuana is to important for so many people to risk just because 2 people are so lazy they cant even do a simple google search. Here I will do it for you http://pacificnwcompassionatecare.com/
    http://medmarijuana.meetup.com/cities/us/wa/vancouver/
    There are two of them for you. Your welcome!

  13. Demetrus

    So if husband and wife are patient and caregiver do we both have to have NORML membership to enter?

  14. Robinrose

    I am very excited for the Oregon patients, but I have to say we got excited over nothing across the river. Vancouver, WA is five minutes from Portland, but 4 hours from Seattle.

    We have NO resources here, can’t find growers, and none of the OMMP clubs will even nod their head at us. We all get our scripts at the same place, why is it that if you are a WA vs an ommp card holder places like this new club as well as the other organizations such as Oregon Green Free shun you if you dont live on this side of the fence? My husband and I are both medical card holders with no medical insurance and no access to herbal meds due to this. We grew our own for years but now have children in the house and are unable. We have never been able to find an honest caregiver because of the lack of resources offered WA patients. My husband is now having to consider addicting narcotics because they are cheaper then herb.

    I’m glad you oregon patients have a safe place to go, twist up! I hope that someday someone will see us stragglers over here…

    ~

  15. john

    no u do not pay for the pot it is free but the arrangements between u and the grower for the light bill is between u and him but when ur caregiver legally has to give it to u. cannot buy it from him legally. :-)

  16. healing haze

    yes there will be growers there to meet, usually there is no fee for up to an ounce a month but legally growers can ask to recoup out of pocket expenses, if you would like to see if our grow op can assist you please send me an email at healinghaze77@gmail.com

  17. kim c

    My Husband and I are having a hard time finding grower. Also, Do you know if there will be possable growers at the cafe’? Do medical patients have to Pay someone to grow for them ?

  18. Diane

    So caregiver cardholders are not allowed? Just patients?

  19. kim c

    I am my husbands care giver and I am in the process of getting my mm card am I able to come in the cafe with him or do i have to wait till I get my card also?

  20. Skunkel Fester

    “Sadly, only members both of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and NORML can partake in the experience…”

    Why so sad? Only legal patients may participate, seems like that’s the law. No reason to be sad. You should be rejoicing that we finally have an opportunity like this!!!

  21. Dave N

    I would love to work there.
    I would move today from Mississippi if I could actually get a job there. I wouldn’t care what the job was either I would do any job without complaint! that is my new dream

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