First U.S. Cannibis Cafe Opens In Portland Oregon

Via the Oregonian:

Oregon opened another chapter in U.S. marijuana history when at 4:20 p.m. Friday, about three dozen people christened the nation's first cafe for licensed residents to sit down, sip coffee and smoke marijuana.

...Excited patrons spilled down the outside steps at 700 N.E. Dekum St. as the cafe prepared to open at the appointed hour -- "420" being slang for using marijuana. In line were military veterans, grandmothers, young workers, men and women, old and young, black, white and Latino.

The Los Angeles City Council today rejected a proposal to ban sales of medical marijuana. And in Colorado, Attorney General John Suthers issued a legal opinion that medical marijuana sales are subject to taxation, and dispensaries must obtain a sales tax license.

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    by cpinva on Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 10:57:19 PM EST
    prescription medicines subject to the sales/use tax in CO? if so, i can see his point. if only prescription pot is going to be subject to them, i should think that would be a legally untenable position for the CO AG to successfully defend.

    in va, prescription drugs are not subject to the state sales/use tax.

    No. (none / 0) (#4)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 10:35:21 AM EST
    Rx's are not taxed.  The AG opinion is pretty clear that MJ is subject to the sales tax because it is not dispensed as the result of a prescription.  

    if not dispensed (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 03:39:04 PM EST
    by prescription, how are doctors ordering it?

    Dr's don't "order it". (none / 0) (#6)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 05:37:02 PM EST
    They certify that you have a condition that can benefit from the use of MM.  That certification and some cash gets you on the registry, a card and access to the clinics.  

    ah, ok (none / 0) (#7)
    by cpinva on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 09:18:51 PM EST
    thanks for the info. i was sort of under the impression that dr's were writing actual prescriptions for it. hence, my confusion.

    Not a problem. (none / 0) (#8)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 09:29:14 PM EST
    I understand it, to write an Rx for marijuana is still a Federal offense and a good way to lose the right to practice medicine.  

    The whole process seems to be a work-around this problem on the State level.  


    Good for the sick of Portland... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 10:15:24 AM EST
    its just too bad the healthy can't partake legally as well...maybe one day.

    And, for all who worry about the (none / 0) (#3)
    by Inspector Gadget on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 10:31:38 AM EST
    jobs lost by police, prisons, courts, attorneys should the plant become legal, this is a perfect solution....the potential for something similar to Starbucks is sure there :)