First Amsterdam style “coffee house” opens in US.

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For those who had a difficult time following the life expectancy discussion, I suggest that you may wish to open your mind first with an esspresso and a buzz hit!

The United States’ first marijuana cafe opened on Friday, posing an early test of the Obama administration’s move to relax policing of medical use of the drug.

The cafe — in a two-story building which formerly housed a speak-easy and adult erotic club Rumpspankers — is technically a private club, but is open to any Oregon residents who are NORML members and hold an official medical marijuana card.

Members pay $25 per month to use the 100-person capacity cafe. They don’t buy marijuana, but get it free over the counter from “budtenders”. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., it serves food but has no liquor license.

Pot cafes, known as “coffee shops”, are popular in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, where possession of small amounts of marijuana is legal. Portland’s Cannabis Cafe is the first of its kind to open in the United States, according to NORML.

Hmmmmmm.  Me personally?  Although I’m a big advocate of buying American products, I still would prefer Amsterdam.  I mean, if I’m gonna get all toked up, I’d prefer to do so in a city full of lovely tulips, several internationally famous premium breweries and their outlets, and some lovely, world class, art museaums.  Also, for me at least, it would be much cheaper to fly to Amsterdam any day of the week than Portland.  And, you know, the Moroccan Hashish is fresher

Is it another sop to his far left base who have called for decriminalization for years, as well as railed against the “unfairness” if higher minority incarceration statistics that they say are mostly driven by “frivolous” drug laws?  Whatever, Dude…; pass the dutchie from the left hand side

Or better yet, let’s all sing along with Peter Tosh; “Legalize it!, don’t criticize it…”

5 Comments on First Amsterdam style “coffee house” opens in US.

  1. Dan Collins // 11/17/2009 at 8:16 am // Reply

    The Pope is harshing my mellow. He’s satanic.

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  2. I was a real stoner for a few years there. I still miss the buzz, but gave it up mostly because it was illegal, and didn’t want to deal with the hassle of getting caught. I’d take it up again if it becomes truely legal, but since I also gave up smoking cigarettes too, I’d probable go for brownies so I wasn’t tempted to buy a pack of Newports too.

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    • Enoch_Root // 11/18/2009 at 5:27 am // Reply

      weed never really did it for me – though I have to say in part because I am a total dork when smoking it. i am the guy who really becomes the caricature of Stoned Guy – Laughing Stoned Guy.

      When I was still a traveling rock n roller, our bassist Erick would always tempt me to smoke some of his kind bud – and if I was bored, I’d say “alright.” I’d pend the next 30 minutes laughing so hard i thought I’d pee my pants – he’d look at me over the rim of his perpetually shady prescription shades (pupils all fucked up) and just grin like a good doctor who cured a leper. Then everyone would start telling me to stf up. And that would make me laugh harder still.

      Still, I am a Mushroom Man at heart. Oh, and hashish I hear is quite tasty – especially whilst walking around the back woods of Collegeville, MN. or so I’ve heard.

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  3. Portand does have some very decent breweries.

    Still, I prefer Amsterdam too.

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