Overregulation of the cannabis industry keeps business owners in limbo.
“And then, almost as quickly as it started, the World Famous Cannabis Café was forced to shut down. In December 2015, Martinez was informed by Multnomah County health officials that on-site cannabis consumption at the café was running afoul of post-legalization changes to Oregon’s Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA), which banned marijuana smoke in public areas and places of employment.
Martinez protested that as a fee-charging private club staffed by volunteers, these rules did not apply to her establishment. County officials, though, acting on regulatory guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), were unmoved.
Facing massive fines, Martinez had no choice but to close the café down, hosting her last round of bingo on March 7, 2016.”