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By NIGEL DUARA Associated Press The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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— Lights dim. A white-haired man of perhaps 50 approaches the stage. He's wearing a blue suit jacket, open-neck shirt, black leather loafers and sunglasses, indoors, at night. He's got the Sinatra panache down.

Then, the voice, a rich baritone, sweeps over the audience of a couple dozen glazed and grinning pot smokers.

"Day and night, night and daaaaay," he croons the Sinatra standard into a mic in his right hand. "Only you beneath the moon or under the sun, whether near to me or far, it's no matter darling where you are.

"Dum dum, dum dum de-doo-dee-dum."

The audience yelps and coos in appreciation.

This is karaoke night at Portland's Cannabis Cafe, a combination of the bar from Cheers and a street-side pot palace in Amsterdam. It is perfectly legal in this smoky room for medical marijuana patients to burn, eat, rub, filter and roll marijuana.

There are cancer patients, AIDS patients and sufferers of smashed vertebrae and pinched nerves. There are also those who find refuge under Oregon's "severe pain" allowance — tell a marijuana-friendly doctor you've got pain, and you've pretty much got weed.

Since the medical marijuana law's passage in 1998, nearly 40,000 patients have gotten access.

The pot in the cafe is brought in by patients or donated by growers. Money doesn't change hands unless it's to buy a sandwich or coffee. The price of admission: a $20 monthly charge and a $5 door fee.

The cafe has farmer's markets of donated weed-laden goodies, a weekly comedy show and even an employees' night. On Thursdays, it's karaoke. An ill-lit stage catches an occasional cloud of puffy white smoke blown from a pipe or a bong or a vaporizer.

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Wordsofwit

May 17 @ 9:15AM  
Good post For some unknown reason this song came to mind. You have to watch it for about a minute before it gets interesting.
Wordsofwit

May 17 @ 9:24AM  
I would also like to announce that I have changed my personal policy on a potential LDR and will consider women living in Portland

I have a feeling that you might have get there and into the queue hours before it opens up. Here is a link to the official Web site
RJ53

May 17 @ 11:50AM  
I could never picture that happening here in NC. People are just too conservative and too uptight for that to happen. (Looks up cost of moving westward)

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Free weed, free tunes: Ore. pot bar hosts karaoke