The World Famous Cannabis Cafe in Portland to reopen

The World Famous Cannabis, a former medical marijuana social club, will reopen this Friday, July 31. Anyone who is 21 or older, may pay the $10 entrance fee, bring their own cannabis, and consume within the club.

Is this legal? According to Measure 91 it is. As long as cannabis is consumed out of public view and as long as the facility does not sell cannabis.

For more information, visit the World Famous Cannabis website here. Happy toking!

Where will you buy weed in Portland?

January 4th, when the OLCC starts reviewing applications for “persons to produce, process, and sell marijuana within the state,” is still months away. That doesn’t mean that future owners aren’t getting ready for retail locations, though! From big decisions to little details, there is a lot of responsibility and thought that goes into opening any store. The reward? Coming up with the perfect name. I took the liberty of picking some Portland-appropriate examples of your friendly neighborhood recreational stores.

Lewis and Clark’s journey across the Oregon Trail (now highway 20) led them all the way to the seaside. Everywhere else in the country, Oregon is mostly known for this “Or-e-gon” Trail. For generations, Americans learned (one version of) 1800s history all while fearing the results of chance and strategy. Fun, right? Well, now that Oregon holds the title of 4th state to legalize, it seems appropriate to embrace that past. Introducing: “Trail-Blazers,” the recreational pot shop for all your needs! No, you won’t be able to find the cure for dysentery, but you will be able to find the next best thing in marijuana consumption.

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“Smoking tree” has been gaining popularity as a way to refer to smoking weed. As a result, Portland’s (503) area code has been modified to fit stoner needs. “Five-oh-tree” is a casual way for PDX smokers to recognize each other (“draw half a tree in the sand and he who completes it comes in peace” Herer: 420). You may have seen the (50tree) t-shirts walking around Portland. This doesn’t seem like too viable an option for a name due to its common use, but a recreational owner can run with it. “(High-0-3),” with the friendly Portland atmosphere you’re looking for!

The Rose Shoppe.” Embracing one of Portland’s many nicknames, the City of Roses, The Rose Shoppe is a humble neighborhood store. Maybe it even has a gimmick, like flower-only. Every year, a month after the Rose festival, The Rose Shoppe has an event in which they hold giveaways and carnival-like celebrations.

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Bridge City – another one of Portland’s nicknames. Everywhere you look in Portland, there’s a bridge. And traffic because of that bridge. This store has locations on either side of the Willamette, so that when you need a pit stop during Portland’s rush hours of noon-8pm, you can pull off and grab some marijuana stuffs for later. “Bridge City Cannabis Club” is trendy and community-based. They have plenty of bicycle racks and give commute-by-bike punch cards that’ll get you a free joint after ten rides!

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Ripped City” is the premier recreational store for the Portland metro area. Fans of the NBA Trailblazers know that the nickname “Rip City” came out of announcer Bill Schonely’s mouth randomly during a game against the Lakers. Portland’s propensity for nicknames made it stick, and now it’s a favorite when talking about the city. The name of this recreational store is almost too simple, but that’s why it’s perfect for people who want to walk in already “ripped” under the influence.

Portland has lots of different personalities and people. Its four quadrants contain as much variety as cities five times its size, so it’s fitting that a city like this has earned its nicknames. There are plenty of opportunities for puns and store titles, so those applying for recreational sale have lots of creative possibilities!

Recreational News: October sales mean future taxes

We’re coming up on the third week of July, and by now our honeymoon phase with recreational marijuana is coming to an end. There have been celebrations aplenty, and you have probably consumed lots and lots of weed in homes and private property. Hooray! Have you been gifting and being gifted marijuana like the considerate stoner you are? Or has it slowed down quite a bit since all the energized excitement seems to have fizzled out into a complacent happiness?

Retail shops seem farther away than ever with the OLCC still predicting that stores won’t open until July, 2016. Maybe your seeds have taken root, but you won’t know if you have a flower-producing female plant until a couple of weeks down the line. So what are you going to do now?

There have been rumors about dispensaries opening up to sell recreationally before the January, 2016 date of accepting retail applications. How accurate are these rumors? Pretty darn accurate, it seems. With the approval of House Bill 2041 , marijuana sold in recreational retail stores will be taxed up the wazoo (approximately 20%). That’s in 2016, though, when we can actually buy marijuana in retail stores. Right now, in 2015, there are none. However, legislation has passed (not yet made law) an “early sales” bill! Senate Bill 460 allows for dispensaries to temporarily sell adults recreational weed, and it’ll be in effect for October 1st. Not bad, Oregon! Only a three-month turnaround from when marijuana was officially legalized. But don’t get too excited just yet…

Due to the fact that Measure 91 taxes marijuana in retail stores, recreational marijuana bought in dispensaries will not be taxed this additional 20%. Is it truly as good as it seems? Tax-free recreational weed? House Bill 2041 has another idea – if/when Senate Bill 460 is made into law and early sales occur, the tax on recreational weed in retail stores will jump up to 25% (that’s 5% more wazoo!!). This means that during the months from October to when we have recreational retailers, it’s time to stock up on that non-taxed weed. As soon as retail stores are up and running, they will obviously have to comply with that taxation. A $170 ounce will cost you an additional $42 – basically $1.50 extra per gram. That $42 extra marks a huge difference in quality – you’re looking at the difference between a $6-a-gram ounce and an $8-a-gram ounce in what you’re paying for taxes alone.

If you’re a quality nut and you don’t want to pay 25% on top of your product, then there’s really only one thing to do. You know that saying, if you want something done right, do it yourself? Well, if you want something done right (and to also legally avoid retail taxes on recreational marijuana), grow it yourself. Get your green thumb ready for 2016, and think of future-you’s fulfillment when you have your own self-sustaining cannabis garden!

Prohibition Smohibition: Portland’s First Week of Recreational!

It’s almost the end of the first week of July, and I’ve ushered in the end of cannabis prohibition with two amazing events. You probably heard the murmurs of the “free weed” given out on June 30th on the Burnside Bridge. On Tuesday night, I found myself walking up to a disorganized crowd of very happy people. I myself was not given any free weed, nor did I witness any handing out of any. Did that mean it didn’t happen? Absolutely not: but people were happy no matter what.

The bridge was essentially shut down. In typical stoner fashion, we made an attempt to countdown to July 1st, but no one was on the same second. I could tell we had reached midnight, however, when smoke puffs floated out of the crowd. A man dressed as Abe Lincoln was walking around taking photos with people, and any preconceived notions of what a stoner looks like flew out the window. If you were only at the “Burnside Burn” to get free weed, you would have been sorely disappointed. It was about much more than that: strangers getting together and celebrating this new and exciting freedom.

Burnside Bridge recreational marijuana celebration Portland

As fun as the Burnside Burn was, it did have an air of chaos. Weed the People, however? An organized once-in-a-lifetime event from 2-9pm on July 3rd. My friend and I arrived to the venue, MCF Craft Brewing Systems, at what I expected to be on the later side of early – around 12:45pm. At that point, only around 50 people were there. I was asking myself, “what exactly will this be?” With the sun beating down on us, it felt like 2pm would never arrive. As more and more people arrived, it became clear that we had made a good call on showing up when we had.

By the time the line started to move, my anticipation was through the roof. The line had grown from the measly 50 people to almost three blocks around. At 2:20pm, we were inside. The first thousand people at the (sold-out) event received goodie bags containing some essentials like a water bottle, sunglasses, Raw papers, and more. This baggy proved to be our savior as we navigated through this carnival for grown-ups.

Weed the People marijuana celebration Portland Oregon

We got in line for the “Grower’s Garden,” where you could choose up to 7 samples. There were booths for everyone: the marketed farm that had all their bases covered (smelling samples were surprisingly hard to come by), the mom and pop farm that only one down-to-earth person was representing, the ones that wanted to talk about their high percentages, etc. This was perfect for the diverse crowd, and I felt that there was definitely something for everyone.

Other areas included awesome vendors and industry leaders. OG Analytical had a booth with plenty of pamphlets and information for those curious about testing cannabis. There were some crafts booths for the retail shopper – it was hard to resist buying some roach clip jewelry from the High Society Collection. Good food (thanks Roman Candle) and water were aplenty. The vaporizer lounge, where you could test Firefly, Herbalizer, and VapeXhale vaporizers, was located underneath an awning in the outside section. My schedule unfortunately did not allow for me to partake in this aspect of the event, but I witnessed some amazing customer service and satisfaction.

Weed the People cannabis legalization event Portland

We left Weed the People after about an hour and 45 minutes. I would have loved to have had more time to partake in the smoking aspect of the convention, as well as meeting all the vendors. When we left, though? It was clear to see that the line would be perpetually around the block until Weed the People ended. While I wanted to stay and take my time, it was hard to justify when fellow stoners were baking out in the sun, awaiting their turn to, well, bake in the sun. Feeling rejuvenated from the good vibes, we went home happy with our professional samples in tow!

UPDATE:

Samantha Webster was in attendance, representing Washington State behemoth growers, Liberty Reach.

Rule #1 of Weed Club. Got a chance at a cheesy fun photo-op? Then don’t miss cheesy fun photo-op. And yes, those are unicorn silhouettes in the foreground.

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Photo Credit: Samantha Webster, Liberty Reach

 

Photo Credit: Samantha Webster, Liberty Reach

Photo Credit: Samantha Webster, Liberty Reach

 

This first week of recreational marijuana has been a dream. There has been a weight lifted off the shoulders of recreational users, and it feels particularly good at events like the Burnside Burn and Weed the People. Now that it’s all said and done, I cannot wait to see what else Oregon has in store for us. The future feels a little lighter now.

UPDATE:

Mary Jane’s House of glass is one of the premier headshops around the Pacific Northwest. Mary Jane’s was started in 2000, when mastermind Mary Jane got herself a lease and over time became an established headshop. Because of this, Mary Jane and her family have built lasting relationships with some key names in the industry.

Yesterday, I woke up entirely unawares of the amazing events that Mary Jane’s House of Glass was hosting. On the 4th, in Tacoma, WA, and on the 5th, in Tualatin, OR, Tommy Chong was taking fan photos and giving autographs. You read that right, folks. Tommy freakin’ Chong! It was $40 for a “framed” photo, and he’d autograph pretty much anything you brought up there. One lucky stoner brought his Fender Stratocaster, others had glass in tow, ready with their sharpies. This last month, Chong revealed that he’s been battling cancer once more. To see him on the 5th, doing this for us and for Mary Jane’s, was truly an honor.

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And just in case you didn’t want to pay the $40, Mary Jane’s put on some wonderful non-Chong related activities. There was awesome live music being played, and glass blowing demonstrations by Goliath Glass, Bowman Glass, and Kush Unltd Inc. By being such a customer-service based chain, Mary Jane’s House of Glass earned its reputation over the years. Thanks to them, we’re able to see things like extremely talented glassblowers and true heroes of the cannabis world like Tommy Chong.

Free Weed in Portland, be there at 11:30pm on June 30

According to the Oregonian, to celebrate legal marijuana, at the stroke of midnight on July 1st, free weed will be handed out. Yes, you read that right. FREE WEED.

When Oregon officially legalizes, you will not be able to purchase the herb right away. Instead, you are going to have to wait until you can grow a plant yourself which takes several months, or you find someone willing to gift you some. In this case, your friend is the Portland chapter of NORML who will be organizing a gathering on the West side of the Burnside Bridge at 11:30pm, on Tuesday, June 30, to celebrate. If you are an adult over the ages of 21, you can be gifted free marijuana. How cool is that? Free cannabis!

Dispensaries and Recreational Buyers: Can it happen?

July 1st hits, and your law abiding self is just getting your first seeds. But what happens between that ultimate first step, and the smokable end result? The Oregon Liquor Control Commission clarifies that July 1st marks the moment you can trade and gift marijuana to and from friends or others (whatslegaloregon.com). That’s great and all, but what are those to do whom have no acquaintances familiar with marijuana? Theoretically, no one but medical patients right now has smokable flower and extracts. Oregon could temporarily designate medical dispensaries (or some hours of operation?) to sell recreationally, and get the benefits of Measure 91 started right away.

As it stands, the OLCC won’t accept recreational applications until January 4th, 2016 – more than half a year from now. They predict that they’ll issue licenses “sometime next year.” Not that we should be ungrateful for Measure 91, but we could learn from the problems that arose from a delayed recreational market. Firstly, Oregon could make a ton of tax revenue in these summer months. Dispensaries could set guidelines that recreational users abide by and respect, and in turn, supply medical weed recreationally. A funnel of money would go back into the state. Not to mention? Away from the black market. That means all the money you’ve been giving to the neighbor that’s been upselling? It would go back into Oregon’s Common School Fund and Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Services Account. Instead of dealing with a dealer (which is usually the worst), you could buy it at a place of business, and leave without feeling shifty. It would be a breath of fresh air for recreational users.

That neighbor? Might take it upon themselves to supply the recreational demand in this new emerging market. Let’s say they have their medical card and are a medical patient – it wouldn’t take much to go in the local dispensary with a chunk of change and buy some weed worth flipping. Suddenly the demand is too high and there’s a whole team of people selling weed illegally. They don’t care if you’re 21, or if you’re getting it because you feel “nauseous” – all they care is that you’ve got money. We could nip that scenario in the bud by cutting out the middleman. The legal source right now (cough, since plants aren’t growing just yet) is dispensaries, and it will be that way for months. If there was measure proposed that amended this, it would mean more money, and more legality.

Regulating recreational users needs to happen right now. Shifting everything from the black market to the legal one is crucial right now. Recreational is available only for those 21 and up. Each household will be able to have four plants – but the longer people have to wait, the more tempting it is to grow more weed. If recreational was available by the end of the summer, the benefits would outweigh the costs. And in the meantime? We’re just days away from more history being made!

Measure 91: Loopholes in the Law

Recreational marijuana in Portland is just around the corner, and so are the recreational laws. This July 1st, Measure 91 officially takes effect. It allows for people in Oregon to grow, smoke, and consume marijuana and marijuana products. It’s going to be awesome as as it sounds, but there are some expected speed bumps. The website whatslegaloregon.com breaks it down nicely – what is and is not allowed come July 1st.

Essentially, you can grow a personal supply and use it in most ways – except “homemade marijuana extracts” (section 57). Making your own concentrates will still be illegal. But, the law allows for the gifting of marijuana items, as long as money is not involved. How can you get your hands on recreational concentrates? Well, let’s say a friend is a medical patient and just happens to bring some legal “marijuana extract” to the dab session. If they gift you some of their medications, their extracts, are you legally liable? Not explicitly, according to Measure 91. The measure’s lacking specificity leaves ample opportunity for loopholes.

Come July 1st, four marijuana plants are allowed per home (see section 6, exemption a). This applies per household, not per resident, so your house with four roomies still can’t have sixteen plants. But, Measure 91 does not specify the size limit of the plant (re: there isn’t one), so your four sativa plants, for example, can grow as tall as your grow unit allows. That means more buds, and a higher flower yield! But watch out, there is a limit of eight “useable” ounces per household (section 79). You can theoreteically have ten ounces curing and as long as the smokeable stuff is within 8 ounces, you’re good. Just prepare to gift what you can’t legally have when it’s all ready to smoke.

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Section 46 says that Marijuana may not be given as a prize “for a lottery, contest, game of chance or skill, or competition of any kind.” Here the measure is oddly specific, which is good. If your friends are playing a game and smoking recreationally, and one person happens to both be in the lead and gifted marijuana… well, that’s within legal bounds. The key is to gift the marijuana or marijuana products before the game, contest, “competition of any kind,” has concluded. The primary definition of “prize” is “a thing given as a reward to the winner of a competition or race or in recognition of another outstanding achievement” (thanks, Google). Those summer BBQ games can still be fun – if your friend still hasn’t won recognition, it is legal to gift them marijuana like you would on any other occasion.

Measure 91 opens a lot of previously closed doors. With the ability to grow, harvest, and smoke your own product, people can partake in a much healthier industry. The law’s limitations are a good jumping off point, but for those of you who want to test the bounds, Measure 91 leaves open plenty of loopholes. I’ll leave you with this: happy hunting!

 

Weed the People: A cannabis legalization celebration

Weed the People: a cannabis legalization celebration event

Go ahead and mark your calendar now. July 3, 2015, 2-9pm, at MCF Craft Brewing Systems in Portland, Oregon.

Weed the People: A cannabis legalization celebration presented by The C02 Company, The Portland Mercury and Oregon’s Cannabis Concierge, is setting a precedent and aiming to make history. In a nutshell, every adult over the age of 21+ who purchases a $40 ticket, will be able to share and sample up to 7 grams from Oregon’s best growers.

In addition, you will be able to meet local vendors and cannabis friendly companies, test vaporizers in the vape tent, receive a free gift bag, choose from an assortment of food to devour, and listen to some good music. And then you can call yourself officially spoiled.

Vendors and companies include: OG AnalyticalFireflyHerbalizer, Evo Vape, Green Bodhi & Calyxes Dispensary, Panacea Dispensary, True North Extracts, Raw Papers, Next Leaf Oregon, Phylos Bioscience & Two Dogs In a Boat, Roman Candle, Bunk Sandwiches & Stumptown CoffeeAquarium Drunkard7 Points Oregon & Raw Papers.

When Denver and Seattle legalized marijuana, they had a couple of what you can call ‘get-together celebrations.’ When Portland legalizes marijuana, this will be something entirely different and on a grander scale. You’re not going to want to miss this.

Mark your calendar for July 3, from 2-9pm.

For more information, check out the Weed the People: A cannabis legalization celebration website.

Educate Before You Recreate: What’s Legal, Oregon!

Even though legal marijuana is for adults 21 and older, the new campaign to inform everyone about the rules and regulations comes across as a little under age and juvenile. First of all, the slogan: Educate Before You Recreate, seems like something that would be introduced to a junior high cheer squad. Secondly, it doesn’t help that the use of hues on the infographic, located on the campaigns website, is primary color dominant.

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Educate before you recreate (size cropped to show comparison)

 

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Once you can get past the aesthetics, the Educate Before You Recreate infographic makes it clear that you must be 21+ years of age, use cannabis in the confines of private property, possess up to 4 plants, , that it’s illegal to drive under the influence, and that you can share or give away but you can’t sell or purchase (except from a licensed store).

But there are a couple of rules, regulations, or laws, that are not so clear:

1) You can’t take marijuana in or out of the state. That includes Washington

Doesn’t it seem a little odd that you can’t purchase legal cannabis in a legal state and cross the border to another legal state?

But besides this, is it against the law? We don’t actually know because the infographic doesn’t tell us. Although, it does make it clear that public use is illegal, along with underage possession and consumption.

1) You can make edible products at home or receive them as a gift, and can only use them in private places

What are private places? We understand that you can use marijuana on private property and you can’t use marijuana in public. But what is a private place? Can private places be a stall in a public bathroom? Can private places be the inside of a parked car? Can private places be behind a dumpster in an alley? Can I make a private place on the sidewalk using cardboard boxes and my imagination?

At any rate, we never liked laws against where you can consume edibles. If someone is sitting on a bench in the middle of the city eating a cookie, do you automatically think that they are eating a cannabis-infused cookie?

You can check out the Educate Before You Recreate website here.

What are your thoughts about Educate Before You Recreate? Would you add any laws or regulations?

 

Mark your Calendar: Creative Cannabis Conference in Portland

July 1st: the big date this summer. Measure 91 kicks in and Oregon legalizes recreational marijuana.

But, for cannabis professionals, July 1st isn’t the only important date this season. From July 29-30th, the Portland Expo Center is hosting the Creative Cannabis Conference. More than 20 sponsors, 38 speakers, and 600 “business professionals” will be in one place. The conference will showcase new leading technology, discuss new legal regulation, and present new techniques for retail/marketing. As with all like-minded professionals in the same field, networking is key, and the conference has invited some of the biggest industry names. So who’s on the roster?

Cy Scott, co-founder of the favorite app and website: Leafly, worked his way to the top of this industry. Leafly’s site hosts 4mil hits monthly. Its reviews of local strains and dispensaries make it something of a bible, and Cy Scott something of a co-messiah, for marijuana users.

Noah Stokes, the founder/CEO of CannaGuard Security, will also be presenting. What is CannaGuard Security? Unbeknownst to most of us, it’s an essential aspect of buying marijuana. They supply Northwest dispensaries with a security system tailored to the cannabis industry’s needs. Stokes earned a reputation within the industry as invaluable for protecting marijuana-users and non-users alike.

David Rheins is the founder of the Marijuana Business Association. The MJBA for short, is a way for Rheins and others, like Morgan, President/Founder of MJBA’s women’s alliance, to give back to the industry. The MJBA “provides business intelligence,” is a key source of networking, and is an asset to cannabis professionalism.

If you’’re familiar vaporizers, you may have heard of Vuber. Jim Makoso, the “founding partner” of Vuber Technologies in Seattle, will also be speaking. Specializing in both dry herb and concentrates, Vuber’s vapes have lifetime warrantees. In an industry where everything can break in an instant (lookin’ at you, glass), that care to customer satisfaction makes Makoso and Vuber keynote players.

Adam Stites made legal edibles happen in Washington State with his company Mirth Provisions. Using ingredients from local farms, Mirth Provisions provides both drinkables and edibles to the medical and recreational users in Washington. Stites is just another one of the almost 40 industry leaders speaking.

The list continues, chock-full of knowledgeable, respectable cannabis professionals. With recreational weed just around the corner, this conference is a great bookend to July. A month of celebrating, ended with the Creative Cannabis Conference, and the branding and professionalism of marijuana. If you consider yourself a cannabis professional, you’ll find the $245.00 Early Bird registration fee worth it (ends June 30th), and get your cannabis-infused self over to the Portland Expo Center from July 29-30th!