Green Hop – Portland, OR
Located just North of Killingsworth on NE 16th Ave, Green Hop really is green! I promise you’ll never miss it; I’m warning you though, this place oozes coolness, so get yourself mentally prepared for immersion into a world of cannabis and hip-hop. When I opened the door, “It Ain’t My Fault” by Silkk the Shocker hit me right away. The source of the sound was a framed ghetto blaster painting hanging from the wall, with real speakers built into the piece. I know! So cool! The front room is full of hip-hop memorabilia, including loads of vintage vinyl from artist like Wu-Tang Clan, Mystikal and LL Cool J, Homies Swap Cards (think baseball cards for hip-hop artists) along with hip-hop children’s board books, graphic novels and magazines. There are even prayer candles with hip-hop artists on them! After visiting the shop, enjoy the vibe on Killingsworth! There are so many funky shops and places to hang.
Like everything at Green Hop, the way they sell their flower is a bit different and wholly entrenched in hip-hop. The staff first smoke the strains, then describe how it makes them feel, then re-name the strain to match a hip-hop artist. Like their Top Shelf Jigga JZ aka GSC. It’s a brilliant way to describe flower; I mean really, who wouldn’t rather buy a bag of Jigga JZ flower than GSC? Any day of the week, right! They also have an OutKast 1:1 strain, the idea being that the chill CBD side is symbolized by André 3000, and the THC partying side by Big Boi. You get the idea. Green Hop even has Rap Snacks for sale to enjoy when you get the munchies.
The gentrification and displacement of black families and businesses near Green Hop prompted owner Nicole Kennedy and her partner to seek out and establish their first cannabis dispensary on 16th and Killingsworth. Kennedy says, “cannabis is lucrative, but there aren’t a lot of people who look like us in the cannabis business currently. We wanted to change that, we wanted to diversify the industry.” Integrating hip-hop into the cannabis lifestyle while educating budtenders to pay homage to both cultures, was just one goal, which Kennedy has achieved. She trains her staff about terpenes and cannabinoids, teaching people how to enjoy cannabis for all its benefits, without getting couch-locked, unless that’s your goal!
“Cannabis is lucrative, but there aren’t a lot of people who look like us in the cannabis business currently. We wanted to change that, we wanted to diversify the industry.”
– Green Hop Owner Nicole Kennedy