Oregon NORML’s groundbreaking Cannabis Café opening this Friday

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator November 10, 2009

    Riding on the wave of President Obama’s memo to end DEA interference in states’ medical marijuana laws and an unprecedented response from the media, Oregon NORML’s Cannabis Café opens at 4:20pm on November 13, 2009 at 700 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211.

    “The response has been overwhelming,” says Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML. “We are excited to be able to provide a safe place for patients to medicate that is out of public view within the guidelines of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA).”

    Many patients travel to Portland for medical care and treatment and have no place they can go to use their medicine during those often exhausting and intensive trips. “Do they go out into an alley and hide in the back of their car?” Martinez said. “There needs to be a place, much like our meetings, where people can socialize and network.”

    In the week since the announcement of the café’s opening, stories have appeared in most major Oregon newspapers and television stations. Martinez appeared on OPB’s Think Out Loud talk show and attended the local neighborhood association meeting to reassure the public that the café will be operated at the highest of standards and strives to be a positive addition to the area.

    Members must be registrants of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) and members of Oregon NORML to gain entrance to the café. Please contact Oregon NORML for more information on the message line 503-239-6110. Details and information will also be available at www.ornorml.org as they become available.

    52 responses to “Oregon NORML’s groundbreaking Cannabis Café opening this Friday”

    1. R.O.E. says:

      Bravo! Norml ! Bravo!

    2. R.O.E. says:

      Oh and hey. I hope the owner of the 2nd hand shop realizes that the cafe could bring him some buisness!. Just a thought.

    3. Eric says:

      One small toke for man, one giant step for mankind.

    4. greatwhiteal says:

      Just curious how the new cafe jibes with NORML guideline about:

      II. No Driving
      The responsible cannabis consumer does not operate a motor vehicle or other dangerous machinery while impaired by cannabis, nor (like other responsible citizens) while impaired by any other substance or condition, including some medicines and fatigue.

      Unless they take the 6, 8 or 75 bus they are driving to this location. Are caregivers going to be allowed inside as well or are they just expected to hang out up the street at Good Neighbor Pizzaria.

      Also how does this square with Oregon No Smoking Laws. Is it operating under the auspices of a DHS Cigar Bar Certification or are you just winging it?

      I was at Rumpspankers the other night and while waiting on the street overheard two young men bantering about the new “pot house” that was going in.

      I think this is a very good idea and I’d like it to succeed so the model can be duplicated, but for the life of me I can’t imagine how you are going to get around those two barriers.

      Best of Luck,

      [Editor’s note: Oregon NORML’s cardholder meetings for years, like the new cafe, distributes information deterring patients from driving while under the influence of cannabis. OR NORML informs patients, based on the most recent scientific information, that they should not operate a vehicle for two hours after medicating.]

    5. CannabisTV says:

      Yes, it’s great to see the cannabis industry blooming here in Oregon. Let’s hope to see more pop up across the state and the country. Learn more and watch other videos at CannabisTV.org

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    7. fla activist says:

      im hoping that all will go well with an official place to go to medicate and that the surrounding neighbors will become comfortable because of all entering will be responsible and kind with folks in the area.the respect may spread about cannabis.thanks norml and to all that make a difference!

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    9. twisted says:

      wow. what a huge step for legalization. I mean this “cafe” is a “medical users cafe” but in the long run this is just showing the world that it is not the end of the world to smoke pot. I’m sure we will see many more start popping up in those states. and before you know it those same “medical cafes” will be all users cafes. great job NORML

    10. CTB says:

      Can someone please tell me why we are so weak on pushing full legalization. What if you like to enjoy some grass and don’t have a medical problem, then it’s wrong with you people or what???????