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Portland, Oregon is now the home of the first Marijuana bar in the United States. The Cannabis Cafe is a bar where those with medical marijuana clearance can go to get and use marijuana as long as it's out of the public eye. The cafe intended to offer not only food and marijuana but also seminars about marijuana use, classes, and a Cannabis Community College to educate those who attend how to grow and use the drug for several things. The cafe is a club for members of NORML an Oregon marijuana legalization group who are cleared for medical use of marijuana.

Membership will cost $25 a month for use of the 100 person capacity cafe. The marijuana is given to members at no charge when they enter the club and go to the bar. The hours are between 10 am and 10 pm with food available but no alcoholic beverages. Roughly 21,000 are registered for medical marijuana use in the state of Oregon for illnesses such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Tourette's syndrome. Reporters were allowed to enter the cafe but were barred from seeing the members.

The opening of the club comes about a month after Obama announced that federal agencies could no longer prosecute those who followed state regulations on the drug's use. Growing, possessing, distributing and smoking marijuana remains illegal under federal law, which makes no distinction between medical and recreational use. Marijuana use can be identified within minutes using rapid marijuana drug test kits.