Oregon decided that bed and breakfasts can allow their patrons to use marijuana on property as long as no compensation of any sort is accepted by the establishment in exchange for cannabis or its use. Only a small handful of bed and breakfasts are taking advantage of the opportunity but if they find success in permitting cannabis, others may follow.
Oregon is expecting a large influx of tourists into the state that can view a total solar eclipse while using recreational marijuana. Do you think the decision to allow cannabis use at Oregon bed and breakfasts had anything to do with the eclipse and expected tourists?
The hostess at Ocean Time Bed and Breakfast in Yachats wants her guests to really relax, so she is totally OK with them smoking marijuana.
“They can smoke in bed,” Ocean Time owner Deb Cardy said. “They can in the bathtub. They can smoke at the kitchen table. They can smoke watching TV. They can go outside. They can do whatever they like. I have a meditation garden. I’ve got a fire pit.”
Only a handful of bed and breakfasts in Oregon allow guests to use marijuana on the property, according to websites catering to cannabis curious travelers, including Ocean Time and another bed and breakfast near Springfield. Hotels and motels qualify as public spaces under state rules, she said, so smaller lodging options, such as bed and breakfasts, have the possibility to be pot havens.
Few bed and breakfasts have joined the green rush, though. Kush Tourism, a popular marijuana travel website, lists only four in Oregon. McKenzie Orchards Bed and Breakfast Inn is in Lane County, on McKenzie View Drive in Springfield along the McKenzie River. Ocean Time, in Lincoln County, is slightly less than a two-hour drive from Eugene. The other two bed and breakfasts are in the Portland metro area. Guests still must bring their own marijuana with them because of state rules.
For pay lodging providers, such as bed and breakfasts, hosts cannot sell to guests, said Christie Scott, Oregon Liquor Control Commission spokeswoman.
“Also, there cannot be any consideration in return. For example, it cannot be a free (marijuana) with room or with purchase of something else. Or free (marijuana) and they provide a tip jar.”
The OLCC regulates marijuana businesses as well as alcohol sales in Oregon.
Ocean Time and McKenzie Orchards serve as examples of opposite ends of the marijuana lodging spectrum. Most guests check into Ocean Time ready for pot to be a part of their stay at the Oregon Coast, Cardy said. While about 10 percent of the guests at McKenzie Orchards use marijuana during their stay, owner Tom Reid said: “I would say the number of guests who come here because we are dog friendly is the same as cannabis friendly,” he said.
A night at Ocean Time starts at $110, according to Bud and Breakfast, another marijuana travel website. Rates at McKenzie Orchards range from $165 to $195 per night. Ocean Time has one guest room and McKenzie Orchards five guest rooms.
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