By Steve Elliott
As Oregon implements recreational marijuana legalization, you might expect bigger festivals and conventions like this weekend's Oregon Hemp Convention would become the norm. But as of now the convention is the only big cannabis event scheduled in Portland this year.
The state's voters last November chose to legalize recreational marijuana use, but despite its mainstream status, Portland doesn't have any official Boulder-style 4/20 smoke-ins on the calendar, nor any other mass cannabis gatherings, reports Jamie Hale at The Oregonian.
Hempstalk had been Portland's primary marijuana rally for the past decade, before the Portland Parks Bureau denied its permit for 2015, claiming unchecked illegal public consumption of cannabis at previous events, despite organizers' serious efforts to control it.
New York-based High Times magazine announced its touring Cannabis Cup would come to Portland in July, but no further details have been released, leading to concern that it, too, will fall through.
That leaves the Oregon Hemp Convention, where no smoking is allowed and the focus is on the industry, as the sole major cannabis event in town. And director Jerry Norton is just fine with that.