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    Post First U.S. marijuana cafe opens for business in Portland

    First U.S. marijuana cafe opens for business in Portland

    Cancel your flight to Amsterdam – the U.S. just got its first marijuana cafe on Friday. Located in Portland, Ore., the Cannabis Cafe shows how attitudes have changed since the Obama administration moved into the White House. A month ago, President Barack Obama told federal attorneys to ease off medical marijuana prosecutions.

    The widening use of medicinal marijuana has forced governments into a tenuous legal balancing act, according to a Reuters report. Some states passed legislation to allow it, starting with California in 1996. Nonetheless, a federal ban remains in place. The operation of businesses like the Cannabis Cafe, as well as marijuana establishments in California, has been possible as long as federal authorities have chosen not to pursue them. Unlike the shops in California, though, the Portland establishment is the first in the U.S. where certified medical marijuana users can both acquire and consume their marijuana, as long as they stay out of public view.

    Madeline Martinez, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Oregon, says that the Cannabis Club "represents personal freedom, finally, for our members." NORML supports legislation to legalize marijuana.

    "Our plans go beyond serving food and marijuana," Martinez continues. "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 Food is For Sale, but the Pot is Free
    The Cannabis Cafe's new home is a two-story building with an interesting past. Once upon a time, it was occupied by a speakeasy, and later, an adult entertainment club called Rumpspankers. The Cannabis Cafe is a private club, but any Oregon resident who is a member of NORML and has an official medical marijuana card can gain entry.

    Members pay $25 a month for use of the cafe, which has a capacity of 100. The product offered is not sold. Rather, it's provided free over the counter from the "budtenders" employed by the establishment. Food, of course, is available for purchase, but the club doesn't have a liquor license. (Why bother?)

    The potential market for the Cannabis Cafe is small, but likely committed. Approximately 21,000 patients are registered to use medical marijuana in Oregon, with doctors prescribing the drug for a wide range of illnesses, among them Alzheimer's, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Tourette's syndrome.
    Eric Solomon, the proprietor, says he still just runs a coffee shop and events venue, as he did before he converted it to the current format, but he says, "now it will be cannabis-themed." Film festivals and dances are expected for the second floor ballroom, not to mentioned marijuana-themed weddings.
    Neighboring businesses have mixed feelings about the new cafe, but they are hopeful that it will benefit them, too. David Bell, who works at a nearby boutique, is "withholding judgment." He notes, "There's no precedent for it. We don't know what to expect. But it would great if it brought some customers into our store."

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    I don't smoke Ganja.

    It's not for me.

    But this is a good thing.

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    Next on the ballots:
    Driving while under the influence of marijuana.

    I dont think this was thought out too well in the first place.
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    Good for Portland...I hope the business model thrives

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    I thought you had to have an illness to be prescribed marijuana? I keep seeing these articles about marijuana being legal but its medical marijuana. That doesn't help the typical pothead. Unless you can get prescribed it for lets say not sleeping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Built View Post
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    Marijuana may help stave off Alzheimers - Alzheimer's Disease- msnbc.com
    Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in California found that marijuana's active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can prevent an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase from accelerating the formation of "Alzheimer plaques" in the brain more effectively than commercially marketed drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doublebase View Post
    I thought you had to have an illness to be prescribed marijuana? I keep seeing these articles about marijuana being legal but its medical marijuana. That doesn't help the typical pothead. Unless you can get prescribed it for lets say not sleeping.
    You can

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    It seems to come down to medical condition that is fucking you over that justifies you getting fucking up.

    What if you just want to get fucked up?? Does the fact that you want to get fucked up qualify as a medical condition?

    I think it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprfast View Post
    Next on the ballots:
    Driving while under the influence of marijuana.

    I dont think this was thought out too well in the first place.
    you are no safer driving on the roads with 80-90 years old who care barely see 12 inches in front of them, driving stoned is nothing compared to being under the influence of alcohol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcguin View Post
    you are no safer driving on the roads with 80-90 years old who care barely see 12 inches in front of them, driving stoned is nothing compared to being under the influence of alcohol.

    I'll carry it a step farther and say myself and plenty of other people I know drive more safely stones than sober.

    But then again, I do nearly everything better stoned. The stuff would be my wonder drug if it juts didn't interfere with many of my other cognitive abilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprfast View Post
    Next on the ballots:
    Driving while under the influence of marijuana.

    I dont think this was thought out too well in the first place.
    Common sense.

    It's illegal already to drive while on pot.

    Same as prescription medicine, whether prescribed or not, if it impairs one's ability to drive.

    It's "Driving Under the Influence."
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    Quote Originally Posted by KelJu View Post
    I'll carry it a step farther and say myself and plenty of other people I know drive more safely stones than sober.

    But then again, I do nearly everything better stoned. The stuff would be my wonder drug if it juts didn't interfere with many of my other cognitive abilities.

    I am sure there are a lot of people who drink feel the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IainDaniel View Post
    I am sure there are a lot of people who drink feel the same way.
    And it is probably true for many. The problem is a few people can't handle their substances, and it fucks it up for everyone else.

    I have a number of friends that all say they feel safer with me driving drunk than most other people sober. I am hyper active most of the time, and drugs help to slow me down to normal speed.

    But, you don't ever hear that shit on the radio or the TV. Fuck no, its nothing but why shit is bad. There is no other topic in this country as one sided and bias than the attitude towards drugs and alcohol.

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