Smoky Lens: Images from Last Night's NORML Legal Weed Party


Last night just before midnight, Portlanders gathered at the Burnside Bridge to smoke weed together legally for the first time in a rally organized by NORML. The crowd of thousands covered the bridge and at one point traffic headed west was totally stopped. People ran through the streets and the crowd, ranging from octogenarians to tweens with rainbow hair, was generally happy, though by 12:15 there ...   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Petitioners to Legislature: Hands off the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program


An online petition posted over the weekend to an activist website aims at urging the Oregon Legislature not to mess with the state's medical-marijuana program.The petition, which appears under the logo for Oregon NORML, points to several bills in the Legislature that opponents say would undermine a program used by more than 38,000 Oregonians.The proposed bills would further limit the amount of cannabis ...   More
Monday, February 28, 2011 by

Sweet Charity: Clothes for Cannabis

NORML Women's Alliance

 Oregon residents without a medical marijuana card will get a rare opportunity to check out the Cannabis Cafe on Sunday, March 20 from noon to 3:00 pm during the Portland café's first open-to-the-public community clothing swap and clothing drive.No marijuana will be available to non-cardholders. But attendees can get a peek at the venue (322 S.E. 82nd Ave.) and learn more about cannabis ...   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Anderson Cooper Wants to Hit our Joint

We already knew Oregon has some of the best weed in the nation. Now CNN wants a hit. WW has word that a crew from Anderson Cooper 360 will be in Portland this weekend reporting for a series on marijuana legalization. Titled "America's High," the series airing next week is already advertised on Cooper's website. A camera crew will attend Oregon NORML's medical-marijuana cardholders' meeting ...   More
Friday, June 12, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Gets Its Very Own Cannabis Cafe

While most Portlanders are all too familiar with cafés of the coffee-serving variety, there's a new café coming to town worth noting. It's Oregon's first cannabis café (a concept common elsewhere around the globe) and it will be run by Oregon NORML It's scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 13, naturally at 4:20pm. Sadly, only members both of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program ...   More
Monday, November 2, 2009 Sasha Ingber

Bring on 2010: Oregon's Pot-Legalization Team Has a Plan

The Associated Press just came out with a happy holiday story: More states are trying to legalize marijuana than ever before. But the article fails to mention Oregon, where pro-cannabis forces have high hopes for legalizing weed here in 2010. They've pinned those hopes on the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, which they plan to place on the ballot next November. Their backup plan is the less far-reaching ...   More
Monday, December 28, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Marijuana Conference Wrapup: Drugs and Race

Alice Huffman, a self-described auntie who wouldn't even let you smoke in the backyard, uttered this classic line at last week's national marijuana conference in Portland: "I'm with a group of pot lovers and I'm loving it!" Huffman, president of California's NAACP chapter, was a speaker at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws conference at the Governor Hotel. Californians ...   More
Monday, September 13, 2010 Jason Slotkin

More Tokers than Texans and Other Odd Gems from the National Pot Conference

There are more tokers than Texans! So declared Russ Belville, outreach coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws during a session called "Using Data to Make Your Case for Legalization." The occasion was NORML's 2010 national conference. And the setting was the 100-year-old Governor Hotel, better known as the home of City Club's Friday Forums. Until Saturday, ...   More
Friday, September 10, 2010 Jason Slotkin


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