THE BULLETIN “Oregon lawmakers consider cannabis cafes” by Suzanne Roig

By |Published On: March 3rd, 2019|1.1 min read|

A group of cannabis supporters wants to make it legal for consumers to smoke marijuana at a lounge, at a one-time event or taste test at a cannabis farm tour, the same way craft beer is consumed.

The concept first must be approved by state lawmakers, who took the first step Thursday with a hearing on Senate Bill 639 in Salem.

A similar measure has been introduced in the House. Social consumption measures have failed in the past, but one of these stands an equal chance of passing, said Sam Chapman, legislative director at New Revenue Coalition, a Portland lobbyist.


Samantha Montanaro, co-founder of Tokativity, a women-centric membership-based organization in Portland and Bend, testified before the committee that providing a public space to consume cannabis outside the home is needed.

“It was shortsighted to legalize cannabis without a place for people to get together and smoke it,” Montanaro said. “Legalized cafes create a space that we can put guidelines on. We’re asking for the same provisions that are included with cigar lounges or hookah bars. It’s not going to become Amsterdam, but I want a place where I can go with my girlfriends, like a bar.”

To read more about the possibility of indoor consumption spaces, head over to The Bulletin’s website.

About the Author: Lisa Snyder

Lisa Snyder
Lisa Snyder is the Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Tokeativity, The Global Feminist Community for Active Cannabis Culture. She is a feminist and plant medicine advocate with over 25 years of digital strategy experience and has passionately supported the self-healing revolution through consumption and plant medicine advocacy. She has been recognized for her work in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, Yahoo! Finance, The Guardian, MJ Lifestyle, Travel Portland, Dope Magazine, Civilized, Magnetic Magazine, Willamette Week, and Time Out New York among others. After losing both parents to cancer in her 20’s, she passionately partnered her community building, feminist event planning, and web skills with fellow event planner, cannabis entrepreneur and community builder, Samantha Montanaro, to create Tokeativity in 2016.

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