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When cannabis was first legalized in Oregon, any dreams of exhaling clouds at an outdoor music festival, in a lounge, or even smoking a joint in a public park, were quickly extinguished. The laws declared that Oregonians could only smoke at home or at another private residence–always out of public view. It was a crushing blow to the community’s hopes for tourism opportunities in consumption-friendly venues.
And then, the answer to cannabis events was revealed through the problem itself: house parties. As long as people are only allowed to smoke at home, the very affordable option of hosting at home is the ticket. House parties have dominated Portland’s post-legalization cannabis culture, offering everything from music performances in a historical craftsman (Live at HiFi Farms), where people can smoke their own cannabis on the broad covered deck, to themed Ladies of Paradise soirees outfitted with props, outfits and millennial stoner-girl-powered photo sets for prime selfies with a joint in hand. Attendance ranged from 30-80 on average, allowing for intimate, unique experiences and an entirely new public dynamic that pushed strangers together over a shared bowl.
Despite the creative ways the community was finding loopholes for cannabis events, Samantha Montanaro and Lisa Snyder, both with experience in media, event planning and the cannabis industry, felt that something was missing. Something that would be fun and consumption-friendly, but also provide a much-needed platform for education and business development for women like them in the cannabis industry. A place where they, and all women–young women, mothers, wives, queer women–would feel comfortable to be themselves and actually make contacts, or even friends.
So Montanaro and Snyder decided to create the event they were waiting for:Tokeativity.
Montanaro opened the doors of her three-story NE Portland home, dropped off the kids with the babysitter, and connected various women-owned and -operated businesses for a night of cannabis-spiked fun, sisterhood and community. Each party had a theme, and in between the more festive socials were workshops for small businesses to hone skills like accounting and CVs.