In July 2015, Oregon finally officially recognized legal recreational marijuana. Though you still can’t buy or sell it (without an Oregon MMJ card), you can certainly grow, possess, and consume it.
Some Oregonians even decided to give large amounts of it away at events they’d charge people to attend (a great loophole exploited much better in Portland and Amsterdam much better than Denver or Seattle).
Below are some photos from the Cannabis Science Pub in Eugene, OR and Weed the People in Portland, OR during my summer road trip up there.
Cannabis Science Pub
Eugene and Springfield is one of my favorite spots in Oregon. The sister city theme is very Americana, as is pretty much everything else about the home of the Oregon Ducks. Downtown Eugene hosted the inaugural Cannabis Science Pub on June 30, 2015.
Representatives from the Eugene Police Department, Oregon Liquor Licensing Commission, and several local cannabis groups gave presentations to a crowd of about 100 people, who gathered in a hip bar/pizza/concert venue near the university.
The event was informative and educational, allowing locals to ask any questions of the OLCC (who deferred to the police) and police (who deferred to the OLCC) while showcasing lobbying successes and quality control processes that keep local Oregon cannabis natural and organic.
Topics ranged from growing to biochemistry, with a heavy focus on the science of cannabis. Some business and legal aspects were discussed, but nothing that can rival the knowledge bank at a High Times Cannabis Cup panel.
Weed the People
On July 3, 2015, Portland hosted Weed the People, a $40 event where everyone was guaranteed 7 grams of quality bud from local growers. about 20 local groups participated, and (due to poor planning) what started out as an expo like any other quickly turned into a long line to get to the free weed in the corner.
Held on a hot summer day in an old brewery without air conditioning, Weed the People was exhausting, and the material made it sound like a day-long event, so it’s hard to imagine how long the line went on for. I only managed to stay for about an hour and a half past my initial 2-hour wait in line.
The product was fantastic though (got 10 grams of quality NW bud), and I have to say, Portland certainly knows how to celebrate independence and freedom. Stoneygirl Gardens also held a seed giveaway on July 1 (and several other local dispensaries held smaller giveaways) as well.
Brian Penny is a former operations manager and business analyst at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in Main Street, Lifehacker, Huffington Post, Cannabis Now, and Hardcore Droid.