It’s Complicated—NORML Opens First Cannabis Café in Center of Neighborhood Feud

On Friday the 13th, at 4:20 p.m., the nation’s first Cannabis Café, run by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) opened its doors in the Northeast Portland neighborhood of Woodlawn. Housed inside the historic Village Ballroom, inside the former restaurant/private events club called Rumpspankers, the café welcomed NORML members with their medical marijuana and membership cards. There were no protests—not much fanfare—surrounding the opening. Despite the fact that representatives from NORML thought otherwise, a neighborhood association meeting held a week before the opening, showed that there was more to the story than they originally thought.

The only thing clear at the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association meeting on November 4th, was that no one was clear on what was bothering them. The meeting was originally scheduled to talk about some of the parties being hosted by Rumpspankers, a business that seems to have gone through a couple of different business models in their short time there. The day before the meeting, however, a newscaster from FOX 12, appeared on the front steps of area residents, asking them for their opinion on the Cannabis Café opening inside Rumpspankers. This changed the meeting agenda quite a bit.

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