Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would not prosecute people who use medicinal marijuana in legalized states, allowing individual states to enforce their own laws. A month later after this Federal appeasement, the state of Oregon introduces the first Cannabis Cafe, taking that all-important first step in the movement towards marijuana legalization.
The cafe is open to Oregon's NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana, members and medicinal marijuana card holders, which number 21,000 in the state alone. Even though growing, possessing, distributing and smoking marijuana are still illegal under U.S. federal law, which makes no distinction between medical and recreational use, Federal and local law enforcements in Oregon neglected to comment about the cafe's operation, but local business owners have voiced their optimism about the unprecedented prospects the cafe may bring to the neighborhood's economy.
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