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Cannabis Cafe to close Saturday after new law enforcement

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The owner of World Famous Cannabis Café plans to close its doors Saturday.

Madeline Martinez said that an expansion of the Indoor Clean Air Act prevents her to gather publicly with other cannabis smokers.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, lawmakers expanded the act to prohibit the use of devises such as vaporizer pen and e-cigarettes in public areas and workplaces. This year, marijuana was added to the law which initially targeted only tobacco.

OHA reports there are two exceptions: cigar bars and smoke shops where tobacco is allowed, but must be certified by the state.

Martinez said she and her customers are limited to where they can smoke.

“It prevents me from my first amendment rights to gather publicly with my people,” Martinez said.

Martinez said her business has been in hiatus before, when lawmakers developed new laws surrounding marijuana.

“I plan to go to the legislature in 2017 and lobby for us to be able to publicly consume,” Martinez said. “Which will allow us to have a dispensary as well as cannabis cafe to socialize together.”

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