First Cannabis Café in United States Opens in Portland, Oregon
The United States' first-ever Cannabis Café opened in Portland, Oregon last Friday, November 13, at 4:20 p.m. The concept behind the cafe, located at 700 N.E. Dekum St., is to serve as a catalyst for the normalization of marijuana as a medicine and thus the acceptance of users in the societal sphere.
The only people permitted in the Cannabis Cafe are those licensed to smoke who also hold membership in the lobbying group Oregon NORML. Patrons can bring their own weed or smoke "donated marijuana." This is because Oregon law states that medical marijuana may not be sold.
The café, formerly Cafe Rumpspankers coffee house, functions by way of a loophole in Oregon law allowing people to smoke weed as long as they aren't in view of the general public. So if you by any chance are an Oregon resident who just so happens to have your holds an official medical marijuana card as well you can head on down the the newly opened Cannabis Café.
Oregon's executive director of NORML, Madeline Martinez, said, "[t]his club represents personal freedom, finally, for our members. [...] Our plans go beyond serving food and marijuana, we hope to have classes, seminars, even a Cannabis Community College, based here to help people learn about growing and other uses for cannabis."
What do you think? Should the State's government shut down the café or just leave it alone and let the pot-heads be?