You can't legally smoke cannabis in any public place… but here are some spots where you might meet some like-minded individuals.
4714 NE Fremont St., 503-319-2517. Open most Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Look for the glowing neon sign in the basement.
Upon entering this Fremont basement, we were greeted by a tall bearded fellow: "Welcome to Dean's Scene. Grab a glass. We've got all the beer and weed you could want." It's all for a donation, not for purchase, which makes the whole operation legalish. Sixty-something Dean Pottle, a plumber by day, wants to someday get a proper license, but for now you still trek through cigarette and marijuana smoke and pull the beer yourself—we sampled an imperial IPA, a smooth stout and a zingy rye. There are weed-infused beers for the daring.
NW Cannabis Club
1195 SW Powell Blvd., 503-206-4594, nwcannabismarket.com. Noon-
The state has cracked down on cannabis clubs, but this private spot has hung on. It charges a $20 membership fee, and is $5 to enter afterward. It's hard to ignore NWCC's patio. At nearly 2,600 square feet with a third covered, it's currently home to two 8-foot tables being wired for e-nails, two gas-powered fire barrels, and barbecues and smokers for summer picnics. Rigs, bongs and pipes are available to borrow, but all cannabis here is bring-your-own. Inside, you'll find couches, card tables for games, and 10 TVs, along with shuffleboard, foosball and pool tables. Packaged food is available for purchase, though there are rumors of a more full-service cafe opening downstairs. Veteran and OMMP discounts available.
Maritime Dispensary & Cafe
17417 SE McLoughlin Blvd., 503-305-8307, maritimedispensary.com. 10 am-9 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Sunday.
South of Portland, beyond the reach of MAX's Orange Line, is the Maritime Cafe. The dispensary and former cannabis lounge now serves medical and recreational customers, and is adding the cafe part—but this time it's tea and coffee, not joints and dabs. We hear edibles are popular, though.