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Oregon: World Famous Cannabis Cafe Closing Due To New Clean Air Law

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Madeline Martinez, proprietor of the World Famous Cannabis Cafe in Portland, announced Monday that she will close the establishment next week following another warning from public health officials claiming the business disregards new indoor air rules.

Martinez, a veteran marijuana legalization advocate and Cafe owner, announced that the closure will take place after the March 7 final Stoner Bingo Session.

A surprise inspection last week led to the decision. Erik Vidstrand, a Multnomah County tobacco program specialist pointed out ashtrays and remnants of smoked joints and reminded her that smoking is not allowed in the cafe under state law, Martinez said.

"I told them they are infringing on my constitutional rights," said Martinez, whose patrons must bring their own marijuana to consume at the club. "I have a right to gather peacefully. That is what I am exercising. They are very concerned about the toxicity (of cannabis smoke), which is ridiculous."

The Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act originally only targeted tobacco, but added vaporizer pens, e-cigarettes, and marijuana last year.

Cigar bars and smoke shops still allow tobacco consumption under the indoor clean air act, if certified by the state.

Among other detractors of the clean air act, many medical marijuana patients who live in housing with no-smoking rules feel this is unfair. Cannabis clubs have often been their legal alternative for a place in which to medicate.

Oregon: World Famous Cannabis Cafe Still Open Despite Clear Air Provisions

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Oregon's newly expanded Indoor Clean Air Act kicked in on New Year's Day, but the World Famous Cannabis Cafe in Portland remains open this week, hosting popular Stoner Bingo games and Thursday night jam sessions.

Multnomah County has already received a complaint about cannabis smoking in the business, and officials plan to send owner Madeline Martinez a letter reminding her of the law, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian.

A county code enforcement officer will visit the cafe after a 10-day grace period to make sure Martinez has complied, said Multnomah County spokeswoman Julie Sullivan-Springhetti. The officer would outline the steps the cafe needs to take, and make an additional unannounced visit, she said.

Penalties could include daily fines of up to $500 for continued noncompliance, according to Sullivan-Springhetti.

A county public health official dropped by the club last month after hearing complaints about smoking in the establishment. That official, Erik Vidstrand, told Martinez that smoking and vaping cannabis would be illegal in her club after January 1.

Lawmakers this year expanded Oregon's 2009 Indoor Clean Air Act to prohibit using vapor pens and e-cigs in public areas. Marijuana was added to the law, which had targeted only tobacco.

Hempstalk Is Coming To Portland September 7-8

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Portland Hempstalk, one of the best loved cannabis festivals in the Pacific Northwest, is scheduled for September 7 and 8 at Kelley Point Park, at the confluence of the Willamette & Columbia Rivers in Oregon.

Hempstalk is in a bucolic, rural setting just outside the city; Kelley Point Park is quite secluded, and attendees must traverse trails to get to the event itself, but golf carts run a constant shuttle service between the gate and the event.

One striking thing about Hempstalk is the degree of enthusiasm shown by those who have attended; if they’ve ever been one time, folks plan to go back.

“Hempstalk is awesome,” Seattle activist Jared Allaway, known for giving out “Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol” t-shirts, told Hemp News. “They have a great location on the water with multiple stages for entertainment, great vendors, and great info debates. The hospitality is awesome!”

Another prominent Seattle activist, Renae Ely, agreed; 2012 was her first experience with Hempstalk. “Coming shortly after the mind-blowing hugeness that is Seattle Hempfest, I wasn’t sure just what to expect,” Ely told us. “After a long and leisurely stroll into Kelley Point Park, I was pleasantly surprised to find a sizable (yet not overwhelming) hemp and cannabis event happening!

Oregon: Legislature Considers Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana

There is a truth that must be heard!By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Oregon lawmakers are looking at a plan to legalize and tax marijuana under House Bill 3371, scheduled for an April 2 public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill would legalize the production, processing and sale of cannabis and cannabis-infused products, reports Yuxing Zheng of The Oregonian. Adults 21 and older would be allowed to grow up to six mature marijuana plants and 24 ounces of dried cannabis, the same amounts currently allowed for patients under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.

The Oregon Health Authority would be in charge of licensing marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers under HB 3371. Meanwhile, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission would oversee the taxation of cannabis.

Marijuana producers would be taxed $35 per ounce under the bill. That money would go to a "Cannabis Tax Account," 40 percent of which would go to state schools, with 20 percent each going to Oregon State Police, the general fund, and services for mental health, alcoholism and drugs.

If passed, HB 3371 would take effect on July 1, 2014.

Oregon: Global Cannabis March to be Held in Portland this Weekend

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By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent/Oregon NORML
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Oregon: Global Cannabis March to be Held in Portland this Weekend Over two hundred cities world wide join Portland for the Global Cannabis March on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Proponents will assemble in Pioneer Courthouse Square to march at "High Noon" through downtown Portland (Map Below), accompanied by a police escort.

Scott Gordon, Hemp Director for Oregon NORML reports, "We are looking for at least 3,000 people to show up and flex their rights. Anything less than that is unacceptable."

"Polls show that fifty percent of Americans agree that it is time to end cannabis prohibition. We need your support; come and be a part of the Global Cannabis March," is the call to action from Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML.

Speakers for the rally immediately following the march include Martinez, Paul Loney and Anna Diaz who are members of the board of Oregon NORML along with attorney Leland Berger and Scott Gordon from NORML Rocks.

Oregon: Global Cannabis March XII

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By Anna Diaz, Hemp News Correspondent/Oregon NORML
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Free Dana Beal! Portland, Oregon – Over two hundred cities world wide join Portland in the twelfth annual Global Cannabis March on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Participants will gather in Pioneer Courthouse Square to march at high noon through downtown Portland, accompanied by a police escort. The World Famous Cannabis Cafe, THCF Medical Clinics, UrbAge Designs and Cures-Not-Wars join Oregon NORML as sponsors of this event.

"More and more Americans agree that it is time to end cannabis prohibition. We need your support; come and be a part of the Global Cannabis March," is the call to action from Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML.

Sanchez' Blues Review has just joined the roster for the rally, which runs from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Wy'East Drummers promise to inspire as they provide the send off for the march. the march. Speakers for the rally include Paul Stanford from THCF Medical Clinics and Chief Petitioner for the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML and more. Watch for a special appearance from J.Mack and Big Dub during the rally.

Oregon: Medical Cannabis Awards Kindle Community Determination

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By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent/Oregon NORML Member

Oregon: Medical Cannabis Awards Kindle Community Determination The 9th Annual Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards, sponsored by Oregon NORML, included a public Holiday Bazaar featuring unique items from a dozen vendors and held educational programs at the World Famous Cannabis Café located 322 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216. The Cannabis Cafe is a private club that serves Oregon Medical Marijuana Program registrants, and is not usually open to the public.

Oregon: Annual Medical Cannabis Awards Held This Weekend

By Anna Diaz, Hemp News Correspondent

Oregon: Annual Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards Held This Weekend Portland, OR - Unique holiday shopping is just one reason to attend the ninth annual Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards (OMCA). The day event is free and open to the public from 10:00am to 5:00pm and features a unique green shopping bazaar and educational programs to be held at the World Famous Cannabis Cafe, 322 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216.

The Cannabis Cafe is a private club that serves Oregon Medical Marijuana Program registrants, and is not usually open to the public. The OMCA provides a special opportunity for the curious to get a peek inside as well as the chance to shop for a wide variety of hemp and cannabis friendly products in one place. From hemp based soaps and clothing to handmade jewelry and mosaic art, the Holiday Bazaar at the OMCA is one of Portland's best kept secrets.

Oregon: Cannabis Tax Act Petitions Approved for Circulation - 1190 KEX

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Oregon: Legal Pot Could Be on November Ballot

By David Krough and AP

There is a truth that must be heard! PORTLAND, Ore. -- Marijuana advocates are gearing up to legalize the drug for recreational use in Oregon with a new measure poised to go on the November ballot.

According to their website, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act would "legalize the sale, possession and personal private cultivation of marijuana." It would also set aside two percent of profits from cannabis sales for commissions that promote industrial hemp biodiesel, fiber, protein and oil.

Growers and sellers would need a state license and could only sell in cannabis-only stores.

Oregon became the second state to pass a marijuana law in 1998, following California. There are nearly 24,000 patients with medical marijuana cards in Oregon. Only state residents can obtain the card after registering as a patient in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program with a qualifying debilitating medical condition diagnosed by a doctor.

Organizers will start collecting signatures Saturday.

Kyndall Mason with the DemocracyResources.com organization was working with the National Organization for Reform of Mairjuana Laws (NORML) and Oregon groups to gather signatures starting Saturday.

"Oregon has a long history of laws that conflict with federal law, that includes the Death with Dignity Act," Mason said. "The feds have (recently) given states more autonomy, specifically regarding medical marijuana laws," she said.

United States: Pot vs Alcohol: What are the Costs - and Revenues

By Anna Song, KATU News and KATU.com Staff

United States: Pot vs Alcohol: What are the Costs - and Revenues If you just listen to just one side of the debate to legalize marijuana, you'd think it was a wonder plant.

A common argument is that marijuana is safer than the legal drug alcohol. But do facts back up that assertion?

“Marijuana is safer than alcohol,” Madeleine Martinez of Oregon’s pro-legalization organization NORML said, “no one's ever died of a lethal dose of marijuana.”

Mark Herer, owner of the The Third Eye Shoppe, a classic “head shop” located on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland, said he’s “met a lot of screwed up people in my day, I've met a lot of potheads in my day… most of the potheads I know are not screwed up people.”

Washington state lawmaker Mary Lou Dickerson, 63, is pushing for legalization and equates current marijuana laws to alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s.

“We're treating marijuana like we treated alcohol during prohibition, and it doesn't make sense,” she said.

United States: Legal Marijuana: Pot of Gold

By Anna Song KATU News and KATU.com Staff

There is a truth that must be heard! PORTLAND, Ore. - While state budgets in Oregon and Washington face gaping holes, advocates of legalizing marijuana say taxing pot can help fill those holes.

Madeline Martinez, Oregon’s executive director for NORML, the national organization that’s pushing to reform marijuana laws, says she sees a golden opportunity to convince people that legalizing marijuana could be a good thing after all.

“Why don’t we capture the revenue that’s just being lost to the criminal market in many regards and bring it to the people. We’re the ones who deserve it,” she says.

Her group estimates the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, if passed by voters, would generate $140 million a year in revenue, 90 percent of which would go to the state’s general fund. The rest would go primarily to drug abuse treatment programs, Martinez says.

She calls it “Cannicare” because “we would be using cannabis money to pay for health care,” she says.

United States: NORML Board Member: I’ve Seen A Better Alternative To Marijuana Prohibition

THE FUTURE IS OURS FOR THE MAKING

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By George Rohrbacher, NORML board of directors, medical marijuana patient

There is a truth that must be heard! The first time I met Madeline Martinez, the executive director of Oregon NORML, she told me about her dream…a meeting place for medical marijuana patients, some space to hold classes, a very different vision of healthcare. I took a drive to Portland last week to see this dream come true; to Oregon NORML’s World Famous-Cannabis Café, a trip to a Future of our own making.

Set in an older blue-collar neighborhood in North East Portland, NORML’s Cannabis Café, occupies a building that was reputed to be a ‘speakeasy’ during Prohibition, alcohol Prohibition, that is. It includes a meeting/concert space upstairs for about 200+ people, in addition to the Café downstairs. Oregon NORML signed a lease this fall with the onsite restaurant operator and took over the business in November. NORML volunteers have been working there non-stop ever since, turning the building into the Cannabis Café. Its opening last month became a world-wide press event…apparently a lot more people than Madeline thought the NORML’s Cannabis Café was an idea whose time had come.

United States: Patrons Toke Medical Marijuana In Oregon Cafe

By Tracy Loew, USA TODAY

United States: Patrons Toke Medical Marijuana In Oregon Cafe PORTLAND, Ore. — At first glance, the Cannabis Cafe, in a former adult club called Rumpspankers, looks like any other coffee shop. Customers sip coffee while playing cards, working on computers, or sharing a meal.

But here, patrons also slip away to smoke joints and pipes in the back. And the cafe features a vapor bar, where customers can get the benefits of cannabis without the harmful carcinogens.

The Cannabis Cafe is the nation's first medical marijuana smoking lounge. It's all perfectly legal and, for cancer patient Albert Santistevan, it's about time.

"It's a very positive atmosphere. We could use more places like that," the 56-year-old former jewelry shop owner said.

A few weeks ago, Santistevan would have had no place to go. But with the Obama administration's decision last month to soften the federal stance on medical marijuana, the Cannabis Cafe and a lounge across town popped up early this month.

Oregon: First Marijuana Coffee Shop Opens In America

The first marijuana coffee shop in the US has opened, posing an early test of the Obama administration's move to relax the policing of medical use of the drug.

By Nick Allen, Telegraph

Oregon: First Marijuana Coffee Shop Opens In America The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give people who have been prescribed marijuana by a doctor a place to get hold of the drug and smoke it.

The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give people who have been prescribed marijuana by a doctor a place to get hold of the drug and smoke it, although they have to remain out of public view.

Patients who have been prescribed marijuana usually have to buy it from a licensed dispensary and then take it elsewhere.

Eric Solomon, the owner of the cafe, said he is looking forward to holding marijuana-themed weddings, film festivals and dances.

"I still run a coffee shop and events venue, just like I did before we converted it to the Cannabis Cafe, but now it will be cannabis-themed," he said.

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