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.

Portland Rose city

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!

How do you protect marijuana? This is a start. [HighAboveSeattle.com]

How do you protect marijuana? After all, legally, it’s a brand industry, transitioning from the black market. If you own a recreational marijuana shop, or plan on owning one, a security team can provide valuable and essential service.

For example, since marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, banks have their hands tied with the industry. Cash is not being protected properly. Sure, shops are required to have video surveillance on site, but sometimes that’s not enough. In addition, protecting money isn’t the only problem. What about those customers who enter the store? Are they properly ID’d? What about maintaining order in the store and keeping the customers and staff safe? These are just a few things that need to be addressed when protecting the marijuana industry.

Read more about one of the longest tenured legal marijuana security teams in the industry [HighAboveSeattle.com]…

Disclaimer: Apache 6 security is an advertiser of HighAboveSeattle.com. This is an article is about their service in the local recreational marijuana industry.

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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Weed the People

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.

Tommy Chong Portland Oregon

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!

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!

Why does legalization feel like prohibition?

Just recently, High Times cancelled its’ annual Cannabis Cup in Washington State which has ran for several consecutive years. The event organizers weren’t be able to obtain any consumption licenses – not even for liquor – therefore, they were discouraged from holding the event.

So the rumor started that High Times would take the Cannabis Cup down South to our State, and hold the event in the month of July, when legalized marijuana becomes official. But, the organizers for the event haven’t released any further details, stirring up a little bit of doubt.

In addition, Portland’s Hempstalk, which has been running successfully for 10 years, was just denied a permit by the Portland Parks Bureau, citing unchecked illegal public consumption at previous events.

Wait a minute. So now that a big portion of the Pacific Northwest – neighboring states even – are about to share legalization, now they are cracking down?

While legalization seems like it’s suppose to relax regulations, even if just a bit, in some cases it seems legalization is just encouraging it.

Colorado and Washington State has legalized cannabis for years now, and both have been running a retail recreational industry for a combined total of around 2 years. They have figured out that part of the equation, but one part they haven’t figured out, is allowing adults a place to legally consume cannabis in public.

If Oregon wants to make a splash, lead by example, find a solution to a problem, and even make some history, we should allow people to open marijuana lounges or bars from the get-go. In other words, make legalization feel a bit more like legalization.

 

What a recreational weed store in Portland could look like

First impressions go a long way. If it is a memorable one, you’re not going to be forgotten. If it is a lackluster one, good luck.

While the quality of the product, in this case marijuana, is the most important part of the equation to success, the atmosphere can have a lot to do with it as well.

Amsterdam is a perfect example. The most popular Coffeeshops, the Dutch version of the marijuana retail store, are the ones with not only some of the best weed, but ones with the best atmosphere as well. De Dampkring, Green House,  and Grey Area, to just name a few. These three shops have strong enough cannabis to make you forget about your visit, but chances are that you still won’t.

De Dampkring Amsterdam

Photo Credit: The Original Dampkring

 

Green House Amsterdam Coffeeshop

Photo Credit: Green House

 

Grey Area Amsterdam

Photo credit: www.wunderland.com

 

Another example is Ganja Goddess, located in the Industrial District near the SoDo District and Downtown Seattle. Ganja Goddess has an old world look and feel that is accented with shiny sparkling chandeliers, an artsy chalkboard menu, and a hand-painted cannabis leaf on the back wall. Sure Ganja Goddess carries some of the most popular cannabis brands, but visitors are also enamored by the looks as well.

Ganja Goddess Seattle

Ganja Goddess in Seattle

 

For a third example, you don’t have to look further than the Rose City itself. Brooklyn Holding Company, a Portland, Oregon medical marijuana dispensary decided to go all out with their prohibition, old world look and feel. In fact, even the budtenders dress up in garb of that era. Once you leave this shop, you will never forget it. Couple this with high quality cannabis, and your experience will be unforgettable. A+B. It’s this type of equation which will have people coming back for more.

Brooklyn Holding Company Portland, Oregon

Photo Credit: chrisryanphoto.com

 

If you build it, they will come.

Owners, keep that in mind when designing and creating your recreational marijuana retail store. You are in an industry that is not drab or bleak. You are not in the business of automobile tires, appliances, or cutlery. You have a product that is not only unique, but it spurs creativity and enhances imagination. Be an extension and reflection of this.

Don’t hold back. This is your chance to not only be a part of history, but to put your stamp on it as well. Don’t just create a place where people can legally purchase recreational marijuana. Create an experience for that person. This is exciting times! Let that feeling shine through your vision.

You may be able to purchase legal marijuana on July 1, 2015

The Oregon Legislature is looking over a plan that would allow state medical marijuana dispensaries to temporarily sell recreational marijuana. If this goes into effect, you will be able to purchase recreational weed on July 1, 2015, when cannabis officially becomes legal in the State.

Perhaps Oregon has observed how Washington State handled their rollout of the legal industry, and wants to improve upon that. Washington didn’t give the medical marijuana dispensaries a temporary ability to sell recreational marijuana when they made legalization official in December of 2012. Instead, they basically waited until July 2014 for the first legal pot shop, Cannabis City, opened.

For more than a year and a half, marijuana was legal in Washington but their was no way to obtain it. Instead, a bunch of rogue delivery services, operating out of grey-area status, emerged to provide marijuana to adults over the age of 21. The most famous of these weed delivery services was the now defunct Winterlife Cooperative, which is now Winterlife Cannabis, a Washington state producer of edibles.

Allowing medical marijuana dispensaries a temporary order to sell recreational weed seems like a viable solution if the Oregon legislature approves. If not, Oregon could allow delivery services but be more proactive than Washington was.

Prediction: Oregon Legalizes Marijuana Along With D.C.

Our prediction for this evening is that Measure 91 will pass and marijuana in Oregon will be legal for adults. Of course, if Oregon does win, there will be a long ways to go to launch the recreational marijuana industry.

Alaska and Washington D.C. will also be voting on recreational marijuana measures today. We predict that D.C. will win big but Alaska, we are not so sure. May just be too close to call. In fact, we might not even know by tonight.

If Oregon legalizes marijuana, then Portland could become the 3rd major US city to create an industry of recreational marijuana stores. I will be interesting to see how the recreational marijuana industry unfolds in the Rose City and how long it takes to get it off the ground.