Nation's First Marijuana Cafe Opens in Portland It welcomes those licensed to smoke it legally By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Nov 14, 2009 12:19 PM CST 31 comments Comments A bud of marijuana. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) (Newser) – A cafe in Portland, Oregon, made a little history yesterday when it became the first in the nation to legally open its doors to pot smokers. The Cannabis Cafe welcomes those who are licensed by the state to smoke marijuana for medical reasons. It doesn't sell pot to members—that's still a no-no—but patrons can bring their own or share with friends, reports the Oregonian. "Welcome to a place of our own," said a leader of the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. "Welcome to freedom."