Eighty years after cannabis was banned in Oregon, it’s legal again this week.
Countless lives have been ruined in the meantime—very few by addiction and none by homicidal madmen driven loco by m ... More
A look back at the other ill-fated experiment in prohibition.
People like to get high. Almost all humans seek to alter their reality in some way, be it with a few beers, a bong rip, or good, old-fashioned OxyContin overprescribed by a doctor.
And yet, some peo ... More
Gardening is no longer illegal. You can now grow up to four marijuana plants at home without going to jail. But growing smoke-grade weed is a hell of a lot more complicated than, say, that wilty stem ... More
Madeline Martinez is bringing back Portland's famous World Famous Cannabis Cafe.
The name was supposed to be a joke.
When Madeline Martinez opened Portland’s World Famous Cannabis Cafe in 2009, it was the first cafe in the United States where state-authorized medical marijuana ... More
PepperCaryophyllene: Pungent, peppery and sweet. Found in pepper, clove and cotton. This is the terpene that police dogs are trained to detect, which is the sort of thing people in Oregon had to worry ... More
Legal pot is sparking new battles in unlikely places.
Justice? Sure. But no peace.
Oregon’s long war against pot prohibition ends today. Voters legalized marijuana last November by voting for Measure 91, but we’re just starting the skirmishes over ... More
You should buy a loose-leaf vaporizer. Maybe one of the four we review here, maybe something else. But you should experience the delights of these little electronic gadgets, which gently bake the into ... More
Wait, you're still smoking single strains like a sucker?
One of the advantages to having countless jars of wildly varied strain types is partakers no longer have to wait for underground growers to crossbreed the flighty head-spin of Green Crack with the bre ... More
My name is Lauren Terry, and I’m one of the thousands of recent liberal arts college grads shocked to find themselves employed in the cannabis industry.
I never would have guessed that two years a ... More
Drug tests are the worst kinds of test. You can’t study for them, there’s only one question, and if you fail you’re out of a job.
Ever since our good pal Ronald Reagan helped implement Executi ... More
Comedy sketches, much like sharks, endure as evolutionary marvels of brutal efficiency. They’re borne forward on sheer momentum, form-bound to a brutal functionality and devoid of shame. As audience ... More
Sure, pot coffee-table book Green (Chronicle, 400 pages, $30) is subtitled A Field Guide to Marijuana, but that’s kind of like calling a Victoria’s Secret catalog a field guide to women.
Green i ... More
THURSDAY JULY 2
[HAUTE NOISE] The spastically joyful, genre-mutilating Japanese noiseniks have been in a reflective mood of late, releasing a compilation highlighting the ... More
A divorcing couple’s “final date together” ended badly.
Not so long ago, Portland cops could not distinguish marihuana from Jerusalem artichokes.
Waterbeds and bongs have a long history ... More
BIBLE BASH: Christians and faux Christians are feuding in the ’burbs. It started when “Jake,” the increasingly beloved figure behind the satirical site SavePortlandFromHell.com, planned a protes ... More
If you wanted to buy a bong in Des Moines back in the 1970s, you went shopping for a waterbed. “That was the fad back then,” says Patty Collins. “All the waterbed people seemed to be selling a f ... More
A directory of Portland Area cannabis dispensaries.
Alberta Green House
1313 NE Alberta St., 954-3900, thealbertagreenhousedispensary.com.
A charming little bungalow in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, with plenty of flower and shatter, and an ... More
Celebrate marijuana legalization with a tour the classic head shops in Portland.
Silver Spoon Smoke Shop8521 SW Barbur Blvd., 245-0489. silverspoonpdx.com. 10 am-7 pm
Monday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday.
In 1999, when Ben McEwan turned 18 and started working at his dad John’s ... More
Before ProhibitionDecember 1847 Oregon CityThe Legislature of the Territory of Oregon writes a letter to Congress announcing available rations for U.S. Navy ships looking to restock. The list inc ... More
The greatest gravity festival in the world is right in Portland’s backyard.
On June 24, about 230 of the best downhill skateboarders and street lugers in the world will descend on the Maryhill Festival of Speed. It’ll be the largest gravity sports festival in North America, ... More
Portland likes to think it’s especially weird for hosting a naked bike ride. Such rides, which began in either Canada or Spain, depending on whom you believe, have become popular everywhere from Bra ... More
An environmental journalist says we shouldn’t hate invasive species.
You might sit up late these hot summer nights, sweating over the influx of Californians on your block. But according to environmental journalist Fred Pearce’s latest book, The New Wild (Beacon Press ... More
WORLD FAMOUS FOR A REASON: In 2009, Portland’s World Famous Cannabis Cafe became the first cafe in the United States for state-authorized medical marijuana cardholders to socialize and safely medica ... More
Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F ... More
The Canadian dollar is weak right now. Currently, one Loonie will buy only three American quarters, plus a nickel and a penny. This is information you should know if you’re in the market for a loose ... More
In one nice quiet beachfront community, you can legally walk down the street swigging from a bottle of Jack.
Of course a WW reporter has to offer a disclosure about where she takes yoga classes ... More
Editor's note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie, in which a cabbie working the night shift wrote about driving people to Internet cafes as they listened ... More
Last year’s was the hottest on record, and this June we’re flirting daily with 90 degrees. Outdoor pools in outer Powell are full on weekdays, a week before summer has officially begun. Soon, the ... More
When I was a child, manhood came at age 12. This was when I was first allowed to plummet from the 20-foot high dive at the Oregon City pool, thus proving my mastery of both fear and death. But i ... More
Where to do forbidden things while picnicking in portland parks.
Colonel Summers Park or the Skidmore Bluffs might as well be Portland’s collective backyard—with one glaring exception. In your backyard, as of July 1, you can legally crack a beer and smoke a rel ... More
In the pages of Portland Monthly or The Oregonian, you’ll read it: The Year of the Hot Dog. Mostly this is the result of a Stray Dogs hot-dog pop-up (currently on hiatus) featuring foie gras on a sa ... More
The Undiscovered Lands of the Great Willamette River.
Islands are the kind of thing that Jay Z buys Beyoncé for her birthday. Why? Because they are the perfect thing to make people look at you longingly from a distance and softly mumble in jealousy. Whe ... More
Six urban hikes and where to get beer, post-trail.
The Gorge gets all the glory. Mount Hood steals all the cover shots. It’s normal to covet what’s far away, so when summer hits, you hit the highway. But there are plenty of surprisingly beautiful ... More
From the early pioneers who went renegade, installing ramps and bowls under the Burnside Bridge by using leftover concrete from their day jobs, to the current crop of officials, shop owners and skateb ... More
Oregon Cider Week will kick off the summer from June 18 to 28, and it’s huge, with 50 cideries pouring at Cider Summit PDX, plus a multitude of cider tap takeovers and cider pairing dinners. Here ar ... More
How do Oregon radlers and bottled shandies match up with their old-world competitors?
Is there any summer beer better than the Stiegl Radler?
One sunny day last week, we tried to find one by holding a blind tasting of a dozen different radlers and shandies—all fruited beers, ... More
10-4, good buddy, head down to Jubitz for the Rose City Round-Up.
Jubitz truck stop is an empire: 26
acres of redistricted red state in Oregon’s bluest city. It’s a beacon
of the city’s northern limits that says, “Give me your tired, who sit
for a li ... More
The Comedy of Errors is one of the
Bard’s lighter farces, often ignored, and it’s all a rip-off.
Shakespeare modernized Roman playwright Plautus’ comedy Menaechmi
and directly borrowed m ... More
Wilson High School’s black student union is mostly white.
A dog-leasing kingpin is now pushing hard for artificial beaver dams.
Advertising campaigns may persuade customers to purchase infer ... More
With states like North Carolina and Texas legalizing the
use of cannabidol (CBD) oil, this sister cannabinoid to THC has quickly
become a household name. Contrary to the fuzzy, goofy high brough ... More
Q19 COUNTING DOWN: The busy lunchtime food-cart pod at Northwest 19th Avenue and Quimby Street will shut down by the end of the year
to make way for construction, according to Alex Denchev, owner of ... More
I’ve been in Portland a long time, and
the fake lumberjack style (beard, flannel, work boots, knit cap, etc.)
has gotten a little overwhelming. And anyway, with advances in logging
automatio ... More
Sure, the gay/queer dance nights at
mixed-orientation bars may have become where the party and booty’s at in
Portland—the ever-popular indie-dance parties of Rotture’s Blow Pony
and Holo ... More
From the Editor
You’ve really gotta go see the map.
Not right away, but after you’ve done
some exploring—a weekend camping and paddling at Lost Lake (page 38), a
hike to Punchbowl Falls (p ... More