Tuesday, November 24, 2009
We’re broadcasting from Portland, Oregon which this month became home to the first marijuana café of its kind in the country. Although it doesn’t sell marijuana on the premises, the Cannabis Café allows any of Portland’s estimated 21,000 licensed medical-marijuana users a space to consume marijuana in a social setting.
The Cannabis Café’s debut comes a month after the Obama administration said it would stop pursuing cases against medical marijuana patients. Reversing the Bush administration’s stance, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “it will not be a priority to use federal resources to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana.” Fourteen states have adopted laws allowing the medical use of marijuana.
We are joined in Portland by Madeline Martinez. She is Executive-Director of the Oregon chapter of NORML—The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which also runs the Cannabis Café.
Madeline Martinez, executive director Oregon chapter of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which earlier this month opened the Cannabis Cafe, the state’s first.
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