When Measure 91 was approved in 2014, it was a great day for cannabis lovers in Oregon. It permitted the use of recreational marijuana within the state. It became fully legal in July 2015 and immediately guaranteed that Oregon would become a prime spot for weed enthusiasts. Today, you can purchase up to an ounce of cannabis flower if you are at least 21 years of age.
As the largest city in Oregon, Portland has become a hotspot for individuals looking to sample high-quality marijuana without fear of arrest.
A recent estimate suggests that the city’s population is over 650,000. Despite the relatively large size of Portland, finding cannabis is easy. There were over 300 licensed dispensaries in the city at the last count! Much of Portland’s impeccable marijuana arrives from local farms throughout Oregon. However, some of its herb also comes from neighboring states, Washington and California, in addition to Canada and Mexico. Trust us, finding premium-grade bud in Portland is easy.
Once you complete that part of your mission, it is time to enjoy everything that Portland has to offer. Its motto is “Keep Portland Weird,” so don’t expect a ‘standard’ day out! Nowadays, the city has a reputation for its fabulous coffee shops, exquisite chocolate, and mind-blowing microbreweries.
Overall, Portland has no shortage of intriguing activities, mouth-watering eats, dank cannabis, and things you’ll find nowhere else. In this guide, we help you plan your Portland trip if you only have one day to spare. One caveat is that you’ll need to get up early. We advise going easy on marijuana the night before; you’ll have lots of time to enjoy it.
The Night Before – Book Suitable Accommodation
One of the great things about Portland is that there’s no shortage of cannabis-friendly places to stay. North Fork 53 was the first fully-integrated cannabis lodging in Oregon. It is a four-bedroom farmhouse built in the 1930s. It has a stellar reputation but is unfortunately 90 minutes’ drive from Portland.
It’s worth considering if you face a long journey and would like to rest and relax before arriving in Portland. Otherwise, there are a host of great places to stay near the heart of the city. The Jupiter Hotel is one of the finest and is located at 910 E. Burnside Street. The combination of the hotel and the adjacent Jupiter NEXT building has 148 rooms, two restaurants, and a music venue.
Alternatively, there are plenty of people advertising rooms on Airbnb. In most cases, the house owner allows the use of cannabis, though you need to make sure before you book.
9:00 AM: A Little Stroll Downtown to Wake & Bake
Head towards Downtown PDX to the historic Pearl District. No matter where you are staying, Portland’s excellent public transit system will guide you effortlessly downtown. Hop on the MAX or the TriMet transportation buses.
Visit Oregon’s Finest Cannabis Dispensary located at 1327 NW Kearney St., Portland, OR near Jamison Square. Pick up some of their pre-rolled joints, or an eighth of one of their fantastic strains. Oregon’s Finest cares immensely about the quality of their products, sourcing ganja that is local, sustainably grown, and organic.
There is also Kush Cart. It delivers a wide range of flower, edibles, extracts, and accessories. The minimum order is typically set at $40, and you can avail of same-day delivery within three hours. Unfortunately, it doesn’t start delivering until noon.
Once you’ve stocked up, take a little stroll around the area and get ready to wake and bake. Because of the early hour, choose a strain that will energize you, such as an uplifting sativa. Consider the likes of Sour Tsunami, Hazy Girl, Betty Hayes, or Dogwalker.
10:00 AM: Some Coffee to Get You Going and Satisfaction for Early Morning Munchies
One option when in Downtown Portland is Heart Coffee, located on 537 SW 12th Ave. It is a cozy yet modern cafe that offers outstanding coffee and beautiful latte art. TJ’s Dispensary at Southeast Powell Boulevard is another excellent choice. It combines coffee with cannabis and is ideal if you are late waking up or want to start sampling marijuana early.
Just around the corner from Heart Coffee sits Tasty n Alder on 580 SW 12th Ave. This restaurant’s food is a great way to cure the morning munchies. It offers a hugely innovative and delicious breakfast/brunch menu. Alternatively, come back later and try the fried chicken and cowboy dinner.
11:30 AM: Relax, Meditate and Clear Your Mind
To unwind and relax, go to the Lan Su Chinese Garden located at 239 Northwest Everett Street. Here, you can bask in the Asian-inspired architecture, landscaping, and attitude. This garden is a beautiful place to meditate and regroup and is located close to Downtown Portland. Additionally, there is a tea house within the garden where you can sit down and choose something from the diverse menu.
1:00 PM: Expand Your Mind with Literature
On 1005 W Burnside St. sits Powell’s City of Books. It claims to be the world’s largest independent store offering new and used books. Within this massive multi-story shop, you can discover any book that you want, with plenty of used options to save you cash.
In addition to carrying a vast array of books, Powell’s also sells an assortment of creative and adorable Portland-inspired merchandise. These serve as wonderful gifts to buy your friends and family.
2:00 PM: Try Some Local Artisan Beer, Gourmet Bar Snacks, and Lunch
One of Portland’s world-renowned microbreweries is located just a few blocks from Powell’s City of Books, Deschutes Brewery offers some incredible beers and impeccable chef-special dishes as well. If you’re hungry, order an entrée.
However, you also have the option to settle with a pint of beer and with some delectable bar snacks. Head over to their downtown Pearl District location at 210 NW 11th Ave. There, you will discover why Deschutes has become one of the most popular microbreweries in the United States.
4:20 PM: Embark on a Cannabis Tour of Portland
Several companies offer convenient tours of the city. High 5 Tours, for example, provides a 3-hour CannaPDX Tour that takes place on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It will take you to dispensaries, a brewery, and a food cart pod, and begins at 4:20 pm.
The Potlandia Experience is another fantastic option and is a more intimate tour as the 1970s-style bus only holds 12 people. Again, it stops at microbreweries, food carts, dispensaries, and some of the city’s best landmarks.
If you’re in a more relaxed frame of mind, you can instead opt to settle in one of Portland’s many cannabis lounges. The Flight Lounge is in Southeast Portland and is a great place to enjoy a joint, read a book, and meet new people.
The NW Cannabis Club is in the city’s Brooklyn area, and includes a massive outdoor deck, foosball and pool tables, and even a dab bar!
7:30 PM: Cure Those Evening Munchies and Have Yourself a Gourmet Dinner
Head over to SE Portland and enjoy a vibrant twist on traditional Mexican cuisine at Xico, a fan favorite for stoners and weed-lovers alike. This isn’t an average hole-in-the-wall Mexican spot, however. It offers gourmet and high-class fare with unusual twists on traditional flavors and the use of powerful colors in food. Cuisine from Oaxaca and Oregon is represented.
Xico has received a ton of rave reviews from Portlanders. It is located at 3715 SE Division St. Make sure you call ahead and make a reservation because you don’t want to miss the tasty delights this spot has to offer.
9:00 PM: It’s Time for Dessert
Portland has a reputation for serving outstanding desserts, and it gets pretty creative too. Head over to Salt & Straw, and experience ice cream as it should be. This Portland style ice cream parlor offers particularly bold flavors, taking the art of ice cream to a whole new level.
Located at 3345 SE Division St, every flavor it offers exudes Portland’s spirit. You can sample unique tastes such as Honey Lavender, Pear & Blue Cheese, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, and Oregon Black Truffle.
10:00 PM: Enjoy Some Live Music, Play Pool and Relax with Some Drinks
Now it is time to return to the east side of town and end your day with an energetic evening at The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge, located at 2845 SE Stark Street. It has live music almost every night of the week, as well as pinball machines and pool tables, plus a full-service bar.
At this point, you may want to infuse yourself with some energy, so a nice sativa is a good option. However, if you’re going to chill out and relax, enjoy a few drinks instead, and get a cab back to your accommodation.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our ultimate marijuana inspired Portland, Oregon guide! It is a fantastic city with so many things to do. If you would prefer to sightsee, Portland’s best landmarks include:
- Tilikum Crossing
- Pittock Mansion
- Oregon Rail Heritage Center
- Ira Keller Fountain Park
- Eastbank Esplanade