East Fork Cultivars’ Hemp Bar Should Pave the Way for Cannabis Cafes in Oregon

There are certainly many reasons to like legal cannabis in Oregon. For starters, thousands of people are no longer getting cited, arrested and jailed for cannabis and the Measure 91 legalization law set the stage for Measure 109 (medicinal psilocybin) and Measure 110 (drug decriminalization) to further improve our state’s drug laws. Oregon cultivators produce the best cannabis in the world, no offense to my California friends who love to rep the Golden State, but until you show me a better selection than Kind Leaf’s, I’m sticking by Oregon-grown sticky icky. We need to work on implementing more equity and social justice provisions such as automatically expunging old convictions and it’s a shame to see other states moving forward with cannabis cafes. Hardworking advocates are continually lobbying to improve the Beaver State’s cannabis laws and the good folks at East Fork Cultivars may have just jump started the movement to legalize cannabis cafes by opening the Hemp Bar. Willamette Week reported on last week’s grand opening:

“No, you’re still not able to smoke weed in public in Oregon. However, hemp—cannabis grown for fiber rather than its psychotropic qualities—enjoys a different, if still somewhat murky, legal distinction. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp production is federally legal. And since it contains less than 0.3% THC, it’s also legal to buy outside a licensed dispensary, and thus, consume out in the open.

“And so, that’s what you’ll be able get at Hemp Bar, which had its grand opening at 6258 SE Foster Rd. today: hemp pre-rolls, hemp blunts, CBD-infused mocktails and edibles, even dabs, all of it stocked by Southwest Oregon farm East Fork Cultivars and available for on-premises consumption.

“Of course, that raises the question: If the products have barely any THC, what’s even the point? But owner Nathan Howard insists that, depending on how much you ingest and the makeup of an individual’s endocannabinoid system, you can feel 0.3%.”

“That makes [Hemp Bar] essentially a weed cafe,” Howard told Willamette Week, “but we’re just not leading people to get too stoned.”

Other than the 0.3% THC limit, the Hemp Bar is modeled like cannabis cafes in Amsterdam and pretty much identical to many places in Switzerland, where THC is capped at 1%. Customers are free to imbibe infused drinks and light up hemp cigarettes at outdoor tables. There are non-infused mocktails available and vegan food options as well.

The great folks at East Fork Cultivars have always done things the right way, producing great products while advocating for sensible laws that uplift everyone and bring us closer to ending harmful drug laws. The Hemp Bar should show Oregonians, including legislators and policymakers, that cannabis cafes can be allowed, especially combined with cannabis cafes legal under the laws in California, Nevada, and New York. Step by step, we are making progress and I urge the cannabis community to support East Fork Cultivars and to check out the Hemp Bar when in Portland.

Kind Leaf is proud to carry East Fork Cultivars products and to maintain the best cannabis selection in Oregon.

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