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Many Oregon Marijuana Lounges, Cafes, And Clubs Will Be Illegal Starting In 2016


new approach oregon marijuana legalizationI have always wanted to open a marijuana themed video arcade. There are ‘barcades’ popping up all over Oregon right now, with a very straight forward recipe. Essentially you get a bunch of arcade games and offer food and alcohol. They are very popular, and I have always thought that a marijuana arcade would be even more popular, especially since there aren’t any in existence in Oregon right now. I own ten arcade games (big nerd, shouldn’t shock anyone), and while I love playing pinball while hitting a vaporizer pen solo, there are times when I would like to do so in a more social environment.

Unfortunately, that dream will not become a reality, at least not in Oregon. Starting January 1, 2016 consuming marijuana indoors at businesses will be illegal. There has been more and more lounges, cafes, and clubs opening up in Oregon, but it sounds like they will have to either shutdown, or change their business models. Per Oregon Live:

A Multnomah County tobacco program specialist visited the World Famous Cannabis Café in Southeast Portland earlier this week to follow up on a complaint from a member of the public about smoking in the establishment. During the visit, Erik Vidstrand told café owner Madeline Martinez that cannabis smoking and vaping won’t be legal in her club starting Jan. 1.

Though Oregon’s Indoor Clean Air Act was implemented in 2009, lawmakers this year expanded it to prohibit the use of devices like vaporizer pens and e-cigarettes in public areas and work places. Marijuana was also added to the law, which initially targeted only tobacco.

The indoor clean air law includes exemptions for two types of businesses: cigar bars, where patrons may smoke cigars, and smoke shops, where tobacco consumption is allowed. Both kinds of businesses must be certified by the state.

I’m failing to understand why there are exemptions for tobacco, but not cannabis. I don’t understand why it’s not all or nothing. I guess hypothetically some businesses could survive by having a designated consumption area in a non-public view spot attached to the business, but that’s going to obviously put a damper on things. I’m tired of cannabis being singled out. I can consume a cigarette in public under certain conditions (and it sounds like a cigar indoors in some situations), but I can only consume cannabis in a private setting. I can go to a bar to consume alcohol to the point of inebriation, but I can’t take even one puff off of a vape pen in a business of which the owner says it’s OK to do so. That’s ridiculous.


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  1. Consensual crimes among adults in an allegedly free and open society are absurd and contradictory to the very nature of Liberty.
    Prohibition is the opposite of Liberty.

    Telling private business what to do is utter nonsense and not what liberty is about. It is THEIR business and if they want people smoking tobacco or Weed in it that is their business was well. All the fascists who think a majority of morons agreeing upon something alone should dictate law need to understand the difference between a Socialist DEMOCRACY and a Constitutional REPUBLIC as we have in America which ensures individual and hence private business owners Rights to do as they please with their business and property.

  2. Closet Warrior on

    That’s what edibles and infused drinks are for. Nobody’s gonna throw you out of a mall if you’re walking around drinking a Dixie Elixir in a coke cup eating a candy bar. Use your imagination.

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    if we produce a high-THC variety and try to get the maximum seed
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    want to do this study, and I think the study has the potential to
    change the energy paradigm of the world,” Stanford said. “So
    far we’ve been blocked by federal law and OSU believing that federal
    law stops them from studying hemp. I say they’re mistaken; they don’t
    realize Section 903 of the Controlled Substances Act says state law
    takes precedence when it comes to drug control.”

    hemp produces 8,000 pounds of seed per acre, according to Stanford,
    that equals roughly 300 gallons of hempseed oil per acre. “Well,
    the most productive seed oil crops are soybeans, rapeseed (canola
    oil) and sunflowers, each producing 100 to 115 gallons per acre,”
    he said. “So if this number from the feral study is correct —
    and I believe we can do quite a bit better — then it’s three times
    more productive than any other seed oil crop.

    means we could produce it a lot cheaper than petroleum,”
    Stanford pointed out. “The food and fiber production are a lot
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    adult social flowers all from the same crop.

    is going to change the entire economic paradigm of the whole world,”
    Stanford said.

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    “It takes billions of dollars to build a refinery these days.
    But a hempseed press costs $2,000, and any farmer can press hempseed
    oil for the market and produce at least 300 gallons per acre.”

    long as we’re using low-THC hemp, it doesn’t compare,” Stanford
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    hemp– when we can grow high-THC cannabis for hempseed production —
    that is going to allow farmers to produce several more times the fuel
    of other crops, in addition to the food, fiber, medicine, and
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  4. Actually, people should stop being hypocritical douchenozzels and a business should be able to serve which customers they want.

    If a restaurant serves smokers, than non-smokers can choose not to go there.

    If people want to complain about “health issues’ around the things, they need to address the fact that your genetic linage is more predictive of your health than being around smoke.

  5. When people say “justice,” they mean their brand of “justice”

    …or in other words, “Just-Us”

  6. Its about normalizing their culture and getting things to be their extroverted way. If I could go out and have very few people around me, it would be a bonus. This guy wants the cannabis scene to be like alcohol- crowded, noisy, and retarded

  7. Whats so hard to understand? Cannabis users are a minority to be discriminated against. They want it to happen to tobacco and its in progress now. Bans on tobacco in various contexts are happening all the time.

    What gets me is, why do you need to do your drugs in a public place with strangers? I only care about it so I can have a smoke while I’m doing things like eating dinner. I went to a “club” and was annoyed by the fact they wanted me to consume their BHO which they couldn’t identify outside of “cup winner.” God knows how they got that distinction since the flower I brought was smoother.

    Btw, no one will tell the diff between a BHO vape pen or a tobacco vape pen as you walk down the street.

  8. saynotohypocrisy on

    Still encouraging people to use tobacco instead of cannabis? Because they don’t know or don’t care that tobacco causes cancer and serious heart and lung disease and cannabis doesn’t. Damn fools.

  9. jasen joseph hylbert on

    The most unjust law regarding cannabis are when someone tells their neighboor that they shouldn’t grow a foodcrop in their yard or in their house.

  10. jasen joseph hylbert on

    The bans on hemp which have resulted from some of the too lazy to build a greenhouse producers having influence have made a lot of anti pot sentiment prevalent in society. Until these bans on hemp are completely gone, there will be anti pot sentiment.

    Nobody is banning you from having parties at your house with an arcade game theme, if that is your thing…

    Banning what I can grow as a food in my home or on my property or in property which I have permission to plant on is wrong, and eating food is everyone’s thing.

  11. Ridiculous has been the theme of cannabis law since 1937, why should it change now. Some people will always have a stick up their ass about something, cannabis or what ever. It is everyone’s duty to disobey an unjust law. So go to the next smoke in or what ever and spark up.

  12. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Cannabis clubs, in Oregon and every state, clearly should be treated the same as legal cigar bars and smoke shops. As with the repeal of cannabis prohibition, OR voters and citizens must stand up and fight for their rights. Do it, Oregon! Don’t let arrogant lawmakers and public officials take back one bit of your new cannabis freedom.

  13. Amen to that. It’s time to stop treating consuming Marijuana like a crime in places where the people have made it legal. A person under the influence of alcohol is much more likely to cause a disturbance than someone baked!

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