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TJ’s on Willamette

TJ’s on Willamette marijuana dispensary is located about one mile from the University of Oregon campus. This former bead shop has been remodeled into a destination dispensary for cannabis aficionados.

Temporary Hours Monday – Sunday
10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday
No Delivery Available

Your Downtown Eugene, OR Cannabis Store.

TJ’s on Willamette is your premiere downtown Eugene OR dispensary. Our marijuana dispensary caters to your finely cultivated tastes with a wide array of products including our very own hand-grown strains.

We’ve been carefully cultivating our plants to produce the best smelling, tasting, and potent flowers picked at the peak of freshness. Come experience the difference for yourself. Hand-curated tried and tested; we know our products and we only bring you the best.

One of the best things about our downtown location is what our customers can do after they visit TJ’s on Willamette. We’re located just blocks from some of the cities best eateries, and there’s no better way to round out your perfect morning, afternoon, or evening than with a great meal.

Get coffee to go at The Barn Light. You know you need a morning energy boost. That’s why coffee and pastries-to-go were invented, and nobody does them better than Barn Light. Just a single block up Willamette St from our dispensary—and directly off of E Broadway—the best cafe in town is only a 2 minute walk away. They even roast their own coffee under the Slightly Coffee Roasters banner. Morning Joe and cannabis in two minutes? You really can have it all.

A mid-day snack is best served in the biggest bowl possible. That makes Big Kahuna Bowls our local walking spot when cannabis makes our stomach rumble. Just head south on Willamette. You’ll find this Hawaiian-inspired eatery just past E. 13 th Avenue. With gluten-free options, these fruit bowls contain generous portions of Non-GMO, 100% vegan, fruits, and berries. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a healthier, fresher, energy dense pick-me-up.

When dinner strikes, we head to Party Downtown. Party Downtown specializes in house made, locally sourced, all organic appetizers and meals. To reach this beloved restaurant go North on Willamette, left on W. Broadway, and right on Olive St. Everything on the Menu is great, and don’t forget to try the fresh fruit ketchup. Make sure to stop by TJ’s beforehand, especially if you’re going to a comedy show at McDonald Theatre afterward!

TJ’s on Willamette is right by the University of Oregon and literally down the street from the Eugene Public Library. That puts you in the perfect position to unwind while you study, research, or write.

We’re also a quick stop-over on your way to the gorgeous Skinner Butte Park and adjacent Alton Baker Park. These two scenic parks cover hundreds of acres and straddle the Willamette River. We love taking a walk around the park any time of year. It’s quiet and reflective in the winter, sunny and lively in the summer, and there’s nothing quite like watching the trees change color in the fall and the flowers bloom in spring. Imbibe some natural relaxants and enjoy nature on every level with the best cannabis products from TJ’s on Willamette.

What Was the Oregon Compassion Center?

Oregon has always been at the forefront of marijuana legalization. In 1973, they became the first state to decriminalize the possession of marijuana in small amounts. Twenty-five years later, Oregon led the way again when they were one of three states to legalize medical marijuana in 1998, just two years after California opened the door by being the first to pass laws legalizing the plant for medicinal use.

It was just three years after Oregon legalized medical use marijuana that the Compassion Center first opened its doors as a non-profit organization. Since then, they’ve served more than 15,000 patients. But things are still changing in the world of medical marijuana, particularly in states like Oregon where it has been legal for some time. Now, recreational marijuana has been legalized, and it has altered the face of the medical cannabis industry.

Changing Tides

As recreational legalization developed, some businesses that had strong roots in the community and the medical marijuana industry began to die off. One of those casualties, unfortunately, was the Compassion Center. Located in Eugene, Oregon, they helped more than 1,600 patients get their medical marijuana cards annually when they were thriving. Thousands more were assisted by the Compassion Center with working their way through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.

In 2014, measure 91 was passed, legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, though the bill didn’t go into effect until July 1, 2015. A mere two years later, the Compassion Center was closing its doors after providing its services to the community for more than 16 years.

What Did the Compassion Center Do?

The compassion center was not a dispensary. Rather, it was a nonprofit medical marijuana clinic. Not only did they help people to get their legal medical marijuana cards, but they also helped people through educational programs and networking. Before dispensaries could even operate, the Compassion Center helped connect local growers with patients who were in desperate need of the medications they were making.

But the Compassion Center truly lived up to its name with all of the free and reduced-fee services they offered. If you needed books, vape pens, or any sort of supplies related to your medical marijuana, they would sell it to you for a reduced cost. And for those who were in need but facing hard times, the Compassion Center even managed to provide free medications.

The Compassion Center Eugene Oregon prided itself on following the laws governing medical marijuana use to a T. They performed hands-on physical exams on every patient. Furthermore, they required medical records that documented a qualifying medical condition. When the cost of a medical marijuana card went up in Oregon, the Compassion Center lowered the cost of their exams so that medical marijuana wouldn’t be out of reach for those without the means to afford the new higher prices.

Why Did the Compassion Center Stop?

After more than 16 years of serving the medical marijuana community in Eugene, Oregon, why did the Compassion Center suddenly fail? Well, it wasn’t a very sudden failure at all. In fact, it was a rather gradual demise.

As the state increased the cost of medical marijuana cards, the Compassion Center decreased their fees and their doctors took pay cuts. Soon, medical marijuana applications were decreasing as recreational use became legal and easy to access. This resulted in further loss of income for the Compassion Center.

After this, they were forced to move to a smaller location and decrease the size of their staff. They continued helping patients, though the Compassion Center was in major decline. Soon, they could no longer afford to cover the cost of their building and employees, so, the Compassion Center was forced to close its doors.

Conclusion

If you weren’t involved in the medical marijuana industry in Oregon during the early 2000s, then you may not have ever heard of the Compassion Center. But for those patients who needed help navigating the legal medical marijuana world in Oregon from 2001–2017, the Compassion Center was the place to turn to. The legalization of recreational marijuana in the state contributed to their downfall as medical patients left, combined with the rising costs of the medical marijuana program.