While most Portlanders are all too familiar with cafés of the coffee-serving variety, there’s a new café coming to town worth noting.
It’s Oregon’s first cannabis café (a concept common elsewhere around the globe) and it will be run by Oregon NORML
It’s scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 13, naturally at 4:20pm.
Sadly, only members both of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and NORML can partake in the experience (the café is legal under the guidelines of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act), but maybe they’re accepting applications for servers. Snacks and items from sellers like Stoned Made will be available, along with a full range of pot to sample. The café will be a resource for the medical marijuana community, and Oregon NORML also hopes to provide seminars and classes there.
Friday, Nov. 13, 4:20pm. Rumpspankers, 700 NE Dekum St, Portland. For the Grand Opening, the entry fee will be $25, which covers the first month of membership and an all-day entry pass.
This new cannabusiness operates under two premises from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. One, cardholders are allowed to freely exchange marijuana with each other for “no consideration” – that is, no buying, selling, trading, favors, gifts, or exchanges. Its the reason you’ve never heard of much federal interference with Oregon’s medical marijuana program: there’s no commerce involved. (Isn’t interesting how dangerous marijuana is to the authorities when people are making money off of it, but when it’s exchanged freely by over 25,000 cardholders, there’s not enough danger to the public for the feds to be interested?
Two, patients are allowed to medicate so long as they are not “in public view”. A private club for a membership-based organization in a building with its windows covered by drapes is out of public view. Oregon NORML will be strictly carding all entrants o the café to verify cardholder status.
We discussed the café with Madeline Martinez, director of Oregon NORML, on the last NORML SHOW LIVE. She tells us, “It’s exciting because there are so many of our most vulnerable patients who have no real social outlets. They can’t really go to concerts or clubs because they can’t medicate and nobody can really enjoy themselves if they are forced to sit in pain. At our café patients can relax and meet others, learn about the program, sample different strains of medicine to find what might work best for them, they can get some snacks and drinks and even purchase some great stuff from Urb Age and Stoned Made and others that helps support the community.”