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Editor’s Note Thanks for picking up The Harvest Issue of the Leaf!
We’ve been publishing our harvest issues for many years now, and I feel its purpose is even greater in today’s society and Cannabis marketplace. I’ve long been a fan of the effort farmers put from spring until fall to grow full-term Cannabis. The sacrifices and risks they face, and the natural expression of terpenes and flavors that the plant produces when exposed to the sun. Having seen outdoor Cannabis from all over Washington, I am always amazed to see how Cannabis works positively into communities. It’s just another crop! By utilizing the elements, our outdoor farmers BY UTILIZING THE have worked with the plant and the environment to produce some ELEMENTS, OUR of the best Cannabis in the world. OUTDOOR FARMERS I encourage all our readers to HAVE WORKED WITH flip through our scenic harvest THE PLANT AND THE special. Read the stories of true farm life in Washington and ENVIRONMENT TO Oregon and enjoy this magazine that we worked so hard on. PRODUCE SOME OF I also challenge you to go THE BEST CANNABIS nextButmonth and purchase sunIN THE WORLD. grown Cannabis and experience the plant in a natural form. Believe me when I say that while it might look different than indoor flowers. It’s no less beautiful, and tastier than much of the commercial grade indoor Cannabis flooding the market. Our planet, societies and industries are all at a turning point decided by us as enlightened consumers. Do we want synthetic, harmful products for our bodies? Do we want hothouse grown and pesticide sprayed products? My vote goes to organic fruits and veggies for our families, and an agricultural system that gives back to the earth. So what impact do we want our favorite recreational plant to have on the Earth? Society votes and decide its future with dollars, and I hope that everyone reading this gives outdoor Cannabis a try, because it supports a farmer and the environment. And your head will thank you for it! As always, thank you for reading, and please enjoy our Harvest Issue while sampling the bounty of this year’s crop!
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cities and counties in Oregon have opted out of the state’s Cannabis Legalization law.
Oregon’s rank in people failing drug test for weed.
The age you have to be to purchase Cannabis in British Columbia, Canada
of the American population supports legalizing Cannabis.
WASHINGTON STATE WILL 'REEVALUATE' MARIJUANA EDIBLES WASHINGTON STATE REGULATORS ARE REEVALUATING Cannabis edibles, and could ban production of fruit chews, colorful chocolates, and other candies which “might appeal to children,” reports The Seattle Times. Some Cannabis-infused candies could start disappearing from pot shop shelves across the state early next year. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced during an October meeting that it will “reevaluate” all edible marijuana products. The move is part of an effort to cut back on edibles that could be appealing to children. Washington already has rules banning products that are “especially appealing to children.” But the board seems to have received complaints from some unhappy people claiming that candies currently sold in the state’s pot shops could entice youngsters, according to WSLCB spokesman Brian Smith. When the board investigated the complaints, “they too had concerns,” Smith said. The agency could strip approval from some candies already on store shelves, according to the presentation.
Utah Lawmaker Tries Cannabis on Camera UTAH STATE SENATOR Jim Dabakis wanted to try Cannabis before his constituents vote on a measure legalizing medical use of the herb — so he drove to neighboring Nevada to try it out for himself. Dabakis, a Democrat, said if nobody else in the legislature had ever used weed, he “decided to come to Las Vegas and see what the whole folderol is about.” “I wanted to have at least one Utah state senator that actually has tried Cannabis before we had this big debate,” Sen. Dabakis said. Dabakis tried half a piece of Cannabis-infused candy on camera in a Facebook video, after discussing the tax money Nevada has raised. He said the candy was a tangerine-flavored gummy bear. “I wouldn’t recommend it as sheer candy,” he said. “It’s a little bit bitter.”
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Oregon Ranks #1 for Failing Drug Tests for Weed
AMERICAN SUPPORT FOR LEGALIZATION REACHES RECORD HIGH
This is the third year in a row that the state has taken top honors. The index is compiled from more than 10 million drug tests administered in workplaces across the U.S. A chart-topping 4.64 percent of Oregon’s drug tests in 2017 were positive for marijuana. That’s up from 2016’s 4.5 percent and 2015’s 3.43 percent. Can Oregon set a new record next year? Other states with legal weed are further down the list. Massachusetts came in at a respectable third, with 3.56 percent of tests coming back as positive. Washington state came in sixth, with 3.18 percent. Nevada and Colorado were eighth and tenth, respectively; both were just under 3 percent. “At least anecdotally. More firms are reporting trouble finding workers who can pass a drug test,” Oregon economists told Willamette Week earlier this year.
TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS are now in favor of cannabis legalization, according to a new survey. Gallup has recorded majority support for legalization three years in a row now. The most recent figure marks an all-time record in the last 50 years of polling Americans about marijuana, reports The Independent. According to the latest Gallup poll, 66 percent of Americans surveyed support legalizing Cannabis. That’s up two percentage points from 2017. Just 12 percent of Americans supported legal weed back in 1969, the first year Gallup asked the question. Seventy-five percent of selfidentified Democrats support legalization. Republicans lag with 53 percent favoring. Seventy-one percent of independents want to legalize. The largest increase was seen among Americans 55 and older, with 59 percent support legalization. Last year, 50 percent of this age group had expressed support.
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Oregon Still Has 95 Cities and Counties Where Cannabis Sales Are Illegal CANNABIS IS NOW LEGAL TO GROW, sell, buy and consume everywhere in Oregon, right? Wrong. There are still 95 cities and counties in the state that have opted out of parts of Oregon’s marijuana legalization law, reports OregonLive.com. Cities and counties where 55 percent or more of those voting opposed legalization are allowed to ban parts of the law within their borders. Other cities and counties could also ban parts of the law but are then required to put it to a vote. That means some Oregon citizens will be voting this month on whether or not to maintain current laws which ban “producers, processors, wholesalers, and/ or retailers” of Cannabis. Baker County, for instance, with a population of 16,000, is one of the localities that bans weed sales, along with commercial production and processing. The cities of Canby and Central Point, Oregon, with populations of 17,000 and 18,000, respectively, have the same bans in place. None of them are required to hold an election on the question since more than 55 percent of residents voted against legalization.
New York Liquor Store Owners Want A Piece of the Action MEDICAL CANNABIS HEADED TO ARIZONA SUPREME COURT \An Arizona court recently ruled that much of what medical Cannabis dispensaries sell in the state is illegal. As a result of the nonsensical ruling, patients with legitimate medical marijuana authorizations could face prison sentences, reports NPR. One patient’s felony conviction exposed the loophole. Patient Rodney Jones, a medical marijuana cardholder, went to prison for having Cannabis oil he’d purchased THE CASE AFFIRMED at a dispensary. Jones’ conviction was recently THE WAY CANNABIS HAS upheld by Arizona’s second-highest court. ALWAYS BEEN TREATED Under the court’s logic, many of the state’s IN THIS COUNTY BY MY 180,000 medical marijuana patients are committing felonies. The legal dispute centers OFFICE, WHICH IS THAT around whether Arizona’s Medical Marijuana IT’S A NARCOTIC DRUG. Act, first approved by voters as a ballot measure in 2010, includes Cannabis extracts and concentrates. Sheila Polk, a prosecutor and weed-hater who is one of Arizona’s staunchest foes of Cannabis, says extracts aren’t covered. It’s her office that went after Rodney Jones. “The case affirmed the way Cannabis has always been treated in this county by my office, which is that it’s a narcotic drug,” Polk said. According to law professor Rob Mikos of Vanderbilt University, Arizona is a cautionary tale about the possible backlash of using ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana reform. “You’re opening the door to those opponents to sort of revisit the issue and exploit those gaps,” Mikos said. A bill aimed at fixing the problem in Arizona earlier this year never got a hearing.
LAWMAKERS IN NEW York are drafting a bill to legalize recreational Cannabis. And that has a group of wine and liquor store owners campaigning for the right to stock their shelves with weed once it’s legal. Organizers of The Last Store on Main Street (LSMS), whose most recent battle before this one was to keep wine out of grocery stores, said their effort is motivated in part by the fear of losing business, reports SILive.com. A recent study concluded a reduction in the nation’s overall alcohol consumption from 2006 to 2015 was directly related to the increased availability of Cannabis. “We have employees, and if sales go down we’d have to let people go,” said John Ha, owner of City Wine Cellar in New Springville, N.Y., a member of the coalition. “The question going forward will be, who will get the right to sell the stuff,” said LSMS spokesman Austin Finan. “We already have to follow rules and regulations, so marijuana is a natural fit.”
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EDIBLE RULE CHANGES IN WASHINGTON By WES ABNEY @NWLEAF
Last month on a Wednesday, the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Control Board released a rule change stating that any edible product “especially appealing to children” would be banned by April 3rd, 2019. There is a single defining problem that ensures this policy has failed. There is no proven way to define what products are especially appealing to children. This policy shift represents a devastating blow to the Cannabis industry and consumer rights without a single study or evidence of public safety issues. We live in a society that accepts alcoholic lemonade, root beer and soda’s sold at eye level to children. Our doctors prescribe fentanyl lollipops and ADHD medicine comes in gummy form. Whipped cream flavored vodka is sold without a warning label or child safety lid, and e-cigarette companies have free reign to mix fruity flavors with carcinogens. There is no logical reason an adult can’t choose to consume their recreational Cannabis in candy form, which leaves a simple question that we really need to ask.
Why is the LCB scared of Cannabis?
There is no public health or safety crisis that drives this ban. Indeed, the very products the LCB seeks to ban have been approved for sale for years without incident. These products make up the majority of the nine percent market share that edibles represent in the marketplace and a large amount of shelf space at your local dispensary. The products to be banned include “marijuana-infused edible products such as, but not limited to, gummy candies, lollipops, cotton candy, or brightly colored products.” Also banned are baked goods with colored frosting or sprinkles, chocolates with colors
or unique shapes, and anything else deemed “especially appealing to children.” This vague, meaningless designation is a loophole big enough to drive a truck full of edibles through, one that wouldn’t kill a single child if it accidentally spilled bunch of brightly colored edibles onto a playground. Washington has sold over a billion dollars in Cannabis products, while the state hungrily ate up nearly 47 percent of that in taxes, all without an emergency surrounding gummies at the local pot store. Parents all over the state bought candy and safely put it where they put their medicine and alcohol. Any issue of children and Cannabis products is one of parenting, not regulation. This rule change also endangers dozens of companies, from the largest producers of products in the state to craft and artisan candy makers, some of whom take up to 80 percent of their revenues from soon to be banned products. These companies have already complied with packaging limitations and arbitrary rule changes had their products approved and sold legally while the state collected tax dollars for years, only to have the rug pulled out from underneath their businesses with a careless tug. Come spring, our industry could be short quite a few more companies. Stores will have fewer products to sell, consumers fewer options to choose from, all to a regulatory lust that does little to change the status quo. For once the candy is gone, and all we have left are unfrosted or sprinkled cookies and brownies, the same opportunity will exist. It’s time to get real about Cannabis. We protect our youth through education, awareness and normalizing a safe choice as an adult choice, not by hiding it away. Let’s use common sense, not fear, to guide our society and rules of law.
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PROUD PRODUCERS OF THE CPC PRODUCTS nov. 2018
Ben and Jeremy started the CPC in 2008 with a vision to revolutionize the way humans interact with Cannabis as therapy. Their decade of research and development has provided a deeper understanding of how their products benefit the end user. As passionate and responsible environmentalists they have produced a mindful, biodegradable, regimented, sun-grown, pesticide free Cannabis product line. Their commitment to the evolution of the Cannabis industry continues to motivate them to work with legislators and leaders on Cannabis legislative reform.
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“EVERY SINGLE DAY I DEVELOP A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING AND CONNECTION WITH CANNABIS, AND HOW MUCH IT CAN GIVE BACK TO NOT ONLY MYSELF, BUT THE WORLD AT LARGE.“ - BEN REAGAN HOW DID CANNABIS COME INTO YOUR LIFE? Jeremy: I was around it somewhat when I was growing up, but in my late teens it was a large part of my life because I began really understanding it—and using it to dial down all the prescription medication I was on. After I broke my neck in my early 20s, Cannabis became my daily medication for childhood PTSD, crippling anxiety, manic depression, agoraphobia, and the chronic pain and degenerative tissues I live with due to my injury. Ben: Given that alcohol addiction runs in my family, in my early 20s I began using Cannabis as an alternative to alcohol in social settings. This allowed me to escape the myriad of negative side effects associated with alcohol, while enjoying the large amounts of positive outcomes that go along with Cannabis consumption.
What inspired you to start The CPC? Jeremy: After my injury, I became heavily addicted to opiates. The constant, crushing, whole-body pain—plus my debilitating depression—basically made it unbearable to be conscious in those days. I was at the end of my rope. I tried to kill myself, overdosed and ended up in rehab. After a lifetime of prescription medication and the damage it had done to my body and brain, I knew I had to find a different way. A wise friend recommended I try Cannabis for my physical conditions, like I had been using it to treat my mental conditions. I did, and to my amazement, it worked. That ignited my passion for helping people understand how the upwards of 1,000 compounds on a gram of Cannabis can be beneficial to any creature with an endocannabinoid system. Ben: I had been working with my father, who suffers from severe physical issues due to a lifetime of service in the Navy. I was also looking to change the course of my professional life out of technology and into something where I felt I did some good and truly helped people.
What does it mean to you to be a Cannabis business owner that consumes the plant? Jeremy: Funnily enough, I have and will always be a Cannabis consumer for many, many reasons. Also, I have and a will always be an entrepreneur (I was making money in the second grade by reselling wrestling cards). It just sorts of turned out that I would be a Cannabis business owner that consumes the plant.
Jeremy: Ha! That’s pretty much impossible. But if you told me I was going to be stuck on an island with only one genetic for the rest of my life, it would have to be the real old-school phenotype of 60/40, sativa dominant, Sour Diesel. My favorite way to consume is any and all ways. Ben: Currently my favorite strain is Garlic Mustard Onion (GMO). Preferably by smoking a fat joint of it.
How do you handle consumption during the work day for both yourself and your employees? Jeremy: Due to my conditions, I consume anywhere from 600-1000 mg per day on average. Days that I am snowboarding or running a marathon, I can consume up to 2000 mg per day. This is my medicine. This is how I manage to keep functional with multiple mental and physical issues while running my business, engaging in political work, or simply spending time with my dogs and stepson. And if our employees are using Cannabis to increase their functionality in the face of any condition, I encourage it. Ben: Most days, my issues don’t impact me super heavily at work, so I don’t consume during work hours very often. As long as my people are being responsible, safe, and completing their work, then their use of Cannabis is of no concern. I don’t ask if they take Percocet or Valium, so I wouldn’t ask if they consume Cannabis.
What is your biggest challenge, and favorite part, of owning a legal Cannabis business? Jeremy: As proud advocates for the medicinal and therapeutic use of the plant, we stayed in medical to the end. Which means we entered into the 502 market later than most because of this, I am constantly being told we have the best product in the market, but retailers make us wait for months for subpar products to sell before they can put CPC on their shelves. This is a daily frustration. My favorite part is still the people we do all of this for. I still run into people all over that we’ve helped (through the years) live happy, healthier lives and that is simply why I keep doing it. Ben: I am challenged daily by how much the industry has changed in the past 20 years. The care, compassion, community, and education that were pillars of the pre-502 industry are now barely visible underneath the sleek new veneer that therapeutic Cannabis has been shoved under due to greed, opportunism and capitalism. But my favorite part is that I still get to be of service and take part in people’s healing and health. And I still get to be around my favorite thing, Cannabis—all day, every day.
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What are your goals for the future of The CPC? Jeremy: They are kind of one and the same. We have been riding this wave for over ten years now. My goal is to continue to ride it while developing The CPC into a world-class organization with products and institutions worldwide. And to truly help evolve the way people live, so we may all exist in better harmony with the planet and one another. Ben: My goal is to be able to continue putting product on the shelves and helping people for years to come, while continuing to delve deeper into the plant and what it can do for this planet. My goal for the industry is for it to continue its development with better access for sick people, more functional tax structures, and cleaner manufacturing methodologies.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Jeremy: Being in the mountains, on the water, or with my family and dogs. Taking care of my health, reading, learning, challenging myself, and being of service to others. Plus motorcycles. Ben: Hiking, spending time with my family, researching and learning about all this glorious plant has to offer humanity. And of course, consuming Cannabis.
Ben: It gives me a great sense of pride that I am both. Every single day I develop a deeper understanding and connection with Cannabis, and how much it can give back to not only myself, but the world at large. That feeds into the research and development of our profiles, our products, and our direction as we continue to help the world.
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COLORED CANNABIS COLLABORATIVE “A group that has a welcomed to come together full color spectrum to find out more about this of members. All of organization. It is a place for the colors of life! You people of color to express need everyone in the themselves and have an open room to fill in the dialogue with their peers. whole picture of who The first thing most people is in the Cannabis want to know about the industry,” organization is the reasoning When you look behind the name. at the world around Why colored? us you will find “I chose the word colored, that much needs one because it makes you go change. So where ‘WHAT?!’; and two because exactly would you it’s a group that has a full start? Perhaps the color spectrum of members. only place to start is All of the colors of life! You within. Ahnya Smith, need everyone in the room inventory specialist at to fill in the whole picture Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop of who is in the Cannabis began her process industry,” she said. “ I want within and it has now to show that we can all come become a movement. together in the name of She decided to bring Cannabis and in the name change to the Cannabis industry by teaming up of giving back through this plant. We can put the with Lorenz Houston to co-found the Colored small differences we have aside to support the Cannabis Collaborative. I sat down with Ahnya local community and give back to the people outside their next community clean-up location in who are affected by the war on drugs.” SODO to talk about the organization and Ahnya started her career in Cannabis in May its goals. of 2015 as a budtender, swiftly making her way The Colored Cannabis Collaborative is an to shift lead and then moving on to become an all-inclusive group, in the beginning stages inventory specialist. Her experience in the industry of becoming a fullinspired Ahnya’s vision for what fledged nonprofit this group is and how it creates “WE HAVE THREE organization. “We have a space in the Cannabis industry three main missions: that has been missing. MAIN MISSIONS: community service, “I’ve heard bad stories from COMMUNITY equal representation people who have reason to want of minorities, and to be a part of this [group],” SERVICE, EQUAL changing the stigma she said. around cannabis as “Every day [I try] to truly REPRESENTATION we all move towards understand everyone and what OF MINORITIES, public acceptance.” they’re going through and their I was present at the AND CHANGING THE stories because life, opinions first interest meeting, and views – some of it is where individuals of taught — but most of it is just STIGMA AROUND all races and walks perspective. I try to put [myself] CANNABIS.” of Cannabis life were in other people’s shoes.”
I asked Ahnya, how people of all races and backgrounds can support the Colored Cannabis Collaborative, and she said the most important thing, in addition to being present at the meetings and cleanups, was to be willing to listen, learn and be open. Beyond spending time connecting with the group, you have an opportunity through willingness to actively be the source of positive change. “More than listening,” she said. “You really have to do the work, which is hard! It’s hard to be privileged and uncomfortable and step outside that, but you have to.” She also explained the importance to acknowledge and identify with our peers when they do or say things that are discriminatory. “Anyone of any race knows someone who sometimes says things that are borderline discriminatory and inappropriate. Maybe someone that you love, but you have to check those people that you love,” she said. “If my good friend is telling me that I’m doing something wrong, I’m going to take a look at myself and ask what am I doing if someone that I truly love and value is looking at me crazy— what am I doing? As a Harry Potter fan I never forget when Dumbledore told us that ‘it takes great courage to stand up to an enemy, but even greater courage to stand up to a friend.
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DR. LESTER GRINSPOON
rinspoon is an associate professor of psychology emeritus at Harvard Medical School. Our subject for this month’s column is possibly one of the most important contributors to the normalization of Cannabis in America in the 20th and 21st centuries. Long before Cannabis was ever conceived of being legal in the United States, he was talking about the benefits of this herb to humankind. He’s an expert on the history of Cannabis, and the author of Marihuana Reconsidered a book first published in 1971 that turned the notion of Cannabis as a harmful substance on its ear. Grinspoon’s work in researching medical ‘marihuana’ in the 1960s was a direct result of personal experience: his son was diagnosed with cancer at age 10 and went through a rigorous and toxic chemotherapy process. The child’s nausea became so tremendous at this time that Grinspoon and his wife were looking for any method possible to help aid their son. In his research, Grinspoon found anecdotal evidence supporting Cannabis for nausea related to chemotherapy. He tried the approach with his son before treatments and found that not only did Cannabis help alleviate symptoms of nausea, but that it actually helped his son feel better through the process. His first inkling as to the beneficial nature of this herb in medical application was “how remarkably FOLLOW ALONG:
non-toxic this drug was.” Indeed, in the annals Globe, laughing uproariously. “I got the attention of pharmacopeia – when comparing Cannabis of one of the world’s biggest [jerks]. It’s a red to virtually any drug in the realm of toxicity to the badge of courage.” Despite this fact, Grinspoon human body – Cannabis always wins. was likely blacklisted for his findings and writings Grinspoon cites the draconian drug laws of the on Cannabis, as he never was granted full early 1900s with Cannabis’ criminalization, but professorship at Harvard and remains an associate also the under-educated physicians of that time professor emeritus to this day, despite calls from with only looking at Cannabis as an Asperin-like alumni and editorial boards for this status to be alternative, rather than fully granted. understanding its myriad “I personally think it’s LONG BEFORE effects on other maladies a kind of blessing, which CANNABIS WAS that humans encounter. we’re going to realize as a As for the culprit today? country at some point,” he EVER CONCEIVED Dr. Grinspoon primarily told Cannabiz in 2013 as blames the pharmaceutical legalization was beginning OF BEING LEGAL IN and alcohol industries for to take hold in Colorado THE UNITED STATES, and Washington. Here, more the illegality of Cannabis but also notes that the five years later – the tide DR. GRINSPOON WAS than federal government – with continues to turn on the view its reliance on money TALKING ABOUT THE of Cannabis as a helpful, not from the prison industrial harmful substance. He cites BENEFITS OF THIS complex, DEA, and even the exponential expansion of local law enforcement that number of conditions that HERB TO HUMANKIND. the is preventing Cannabis from Cannabis is used for today becoming legal nationwide. as truly remarkable. Richard Nixon particularly hated Grinspoon’s However, without a researcher and scientist like book Marihuana Reconsidered, railing against Grinspoon being willing to stick his neck out for him in the oval office on tapes released later. the cause, it is unlikely that we’d be where we are When Grinspoon heard the tapes at age 89 he today in terms of legalization. For that, we all owe laughed. “Imagine that,” he said to The Boston Dr. Lester Grinspoon a special thanks.
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I would like to create a bonus structure for my employees. I’m thinking about doing monthly bonuses, free Cannabis, access to samples, or even parties to incentivize my employees. What kind of bonuses or incentives can I provide to my workers? GREAT QUESTION! Incentivizing employees is a great way to not only
boost productivity, but it also shows employees that you value them and their hard work. However, state regulations limit your ability to freely incentivize your workers, so extra care should be taken in order to avoid administrative violation notices (AVNs). First, on samples. Samples can be given to your employees as a recognition of good work. However, educational (budtender) samples cannot be given as form as payment. WAC 314-55-096(5) states, “Marijuana retail licensees may not provide educational samples to their budtender employees as a form of compensation.” This means that you cannot ask your workers to work an extra hour for a few samples of Cannabis oil in lieu of their hourly wage, as symbiotic as the exchange may be. Second, on bonuses. Bonuses can be given to your employees so long as it does not run afoul of “True Party of Interest” (TPI) regulations. TPIs are essentially owners of the company which means they must go through the licensing process. To avoid classifying an employee as a TPI, the rules mandate that the bonus cannot exceed a 25 percent threshold. WAC 314-55-035(2)(b) states [a TPI is not] “A person who receives a bonus as an employee, if: The employee is on a fixed wage or salary and the bonus is not more than 25 percent of the employee’s pre-bonus annual compensation, or the bonus is based on a written incentive/bonus program that is not out of the ordinary for the services rendered.” This means that you must be careful on how to structure cash bonuses for employees. Additionally, be sure that you are accurately reflecting wages on your payroll to ensure all taxes are paid. Third, Cannabis product incentives can be a fun and informative way to reward workers. This should be fine so long as you are not selling the product below your cost of acquisition. WAC 314-55-079(6) states, “Marijuana retailers may not sell marijuana products below the current acquisition cost.” So, if you want to give your employee products as incentives, just be sure to not sell the product below acquisition. Other than that, feel free to get creative with your employee incentives. Employee appreciation parties are always fun. Paid vacations or paid time off are always popular with workers.
Harvest time means companies are working overtime, filling grow rooms, taking down hundreds of plants at a time and endless trimming. It also means workers are working twice as hard and twice as fast. I thought I’d take a minute to remind everybody about the laws surround good worker relations. As we are all working to push a successful harvest, it’s important to remember the cardinal rule of harvest season – SAFETY FIRST! Workers and companies alike are well advised to think critically about their protocols and safety measures to ensure all workers are not injured in this hectic time. Is your company utilizing safety goggles, gloves, face masks, standing pads, sharpened trimmers, etc.? Does your company hold safety training opportunities or stretching breaks to relieve tension? Every company’s goal should be zero injuries, but sometimes injuries occur. If injuries occur at a workplace, the company needs to consider its reporting requirements to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Labor and Industries (L&I). However, more importantly, the company and workers need to consider who is going to be responsible for the medical expenses needed to address the workplace injury. L&I requires all employers to “AS WE ARE ALL pay into workers’ compensation WORKING TO PUSH A to address the costs associated SUCCESSFUL HARVEST, with workplace injuries. Before IT’S IMPORTANT workers’ compensation existed, TO REMEMBER THE workers filed lawsuits against CARDINAL RULE OF companies for negligence HARVEST SEASON – in order to recoup medical costs due to worker injuries, SAFETY FIRST! .” thus driving companies out of business. So, the state created workers’ compensation to ensure that workers were taken care of in times of injuries. The legal community refers to workers’ compensation as the great compromise; workers won’t sue companies so long as L&I covers their medical expenses. Cannabis companies are well-advised to ensure all workers are covered by L&I. However, some companies get around their L&I obligations by labeling their workers as “independent contractors.” An independent contractor is a person or entity contracted to perform work or provide services to another entity as a non-employee, and thus are exempt from tax and reporting requirements. This characterization of workers could not only be harmful to workers but can leave companies open for wage and hour claims; violations for which could mean treble damages for workers. Finally, as harvest season usually means mass layoffs when harvest season is done, companies and workers need to consider whether unemployment will be paid to short-term workers and longterm workers alike. The Employment Security Department (ESD) is the Washington agency for these benefits and requires employers to pay into it for employees. Harvest season is a busy time for us all. It is important to take care of the people who make it all possible – the workers. Cannabis companies are well advised to plan and take steps to take care of workers. Let’s stay safe and take care of each other!
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irst, it was medical marijuana. the large will survive. Then came legalization. And At times like this, a contrarian now it’s all about hemp! States approach is called for. If I were an are legalizing industrial hemp investor or farmer with a long-term as fast as they can, but like so agenda, yes, I would dabble in CBD-rich many things, it’s a double-edged sword. hemp now but only as a stepping stone Most of the interest in industrial hemp to bigger things in the not too distant today focuses on CBD – cannabidiol. Yes, future. Why be yet-another-CBD-farmer the cannabinoid patients seek for a wide when the price is only going to go lower variety of conditions including seizures, over time when you could move into inflammation, arthritis, chronic pain, hemp as food, hemp as a fiber, hemp as anxiety and a long list of other disorders. hempcrete, hemp as [fill in the blank]. It’s no surprise that farmers and investors Let’s say that working with CBD from alike are flocking into this latest green hemp is the salesperson’s foot in the rush. door. It serves to demystify hemp, proves But therein lies a potential snag. In the it’s useful to Jane and John Doe, and is quest for hemp derived CBD, not enough proof that Cannabis sativa l. isn’t always people are focused on the myriad other intoxicating. uses for hemp. Don’t get me wrong, OK. What’s the next market hemp makes great medicine. Not only opportunity? Will hemp oil find its way are some hemp cultivars rich in CBD into cosmetics and skin care products? but they also have other cannabinoids Will hemp milk take its rightful place next and terpenes with healing benefits. This to soy and coconut milk at Starbucks? means hemp can be used to make whole How soon before we’re shopping for plant preparations just like medical hemp clothes not in a dedicated hemp marijuana strains. Hemp gives patients store but alongside everything else at affordable access to whole Nordstrom and The Gap? “YES, CBD IS plant medicine. Smart money will go to The 2018 industrial hemp THE CROP uncharted territory. Forwardharvest will be the largest to OF THE DAY. thinking farmers will look date. While the final data beyond today’s crops and YES, IT’S isn’t in yet, Economics 101 MAKING HEMP plan for the future. Of course, taught us that as the supply MAINSTREAM.” there’s a risk investing in the increases the price will fall. future. There’s no guarantee While everything grown this year will that the world wants hemp milk lattes, be sold what about 2019, 2020 and hemp t-shirts or hempcrete. But those that beyond? If everyone grows hemp for gamble wisely will surely reap the rewards CBD, the price that farmers get per acre commensurate with the risk. will fall. The net result will be a bulk While none of us, in or out of the agricultural commodity that favors large hemp industry, have a crystal ball certain farms. This will cause smaller, family markets seem ripe for the picking. farms will thrive only if they specialize. Foodies and hipsters, especially among As the medical market demands large millennials, are probably more open to amounts of standardized material only hemp as food compared to their parents.
Perhaps a profitable portion of the waste generated by growing hemp for CBD can be used as animal feed and bedding, especially if hemp is being grown near those raising cows, sheep, chickens, etc. Maybe, just maybe, those looking at hemp fiber will invest in the necessary machinery needed to convert plant material to cloth. Yes, CBD is the crop of the day. Yes, it’s making hemp mainstream. Yes, it’s good for small family farms and the environment. Let’s hope the normalization of hemp goes global and brings hemp’s potential to all of us sooner rather than later. Hat’s off to the hemp contrarians!
By JERRY WHITING @JERRY.WHITING @LEBLANC_CNE
by WES ABNEY @NWLEAF
STATION 420 2704 MAIN ST, UNION GAP, WA / STATION420LLC.COM / MON.-SAT. 10A-8P | SUN. 11A-6P / (509) 902-1922
While the product selection here isn’t huge, we found value in every category that we look for. Fat Panda and Artizen dominate the shelves for flower. Evergreen Herbal and Honu for edibles, and a variety of tinctures and topicals from Green Revolution. We were happy to see RSO/FECO at only $22/gram, a variety of cartridges, distillates and dabs, and a solid strain selection. Not overwhelming, but clearly a cultivated selection, it’s clear that they sell what they like and enjoy selling it!
HISTORY & VALUES
Station 420 was the first recreational Cannabis store to open in Union Gap, and is family owned and operated. The father-son team lives on site, with a glass blowing studio behind the retail store and a dedicated, small team of budtenders. Station 420 pushed to bring Cannabis to the Yakima Valley. Now the Cannabis stores proliferate and we recognize and appreciate their passion for the plant.
BUDTENDER & SPECIALS Silas Markus is the glassblower, social media and production mgr.
We found the budtenders to be warm and friendly at Station 420, in keeping with the small-town vibe the resonated from inside the shop. The store is also the only medically endorsed location in town that prints patient cards, and they clearly value patients as well as their recreational customers. With daily and weekly specials on a variety of products, you’ll get friendly service and fair pricing any day of the week.
ENVIRONMENT & VIBE 5/5
With a mix between a comfortable small head shop and cozy pot stop, it’s instantly welcoming when walking into the store. With a steady stream of locals mixed with travelers passing through the area, the first pot shop has a history and feel to it that we really liked. From the display cases filled with glass made on site to the hot kiln out back turning out new pieces, it’s the type of shop where you might run into the owners, or buy your weed from them directly, and we love that.
Whether you live locally in Eastern Washington or are passing through as a tourist, Station 420 is worth stopping in at. As the owner Adam says, who lost his sister to chronic pain, Cannabis can benefit everyone medicinally, and recreationally. “For our clients today, we are working from a solid and heartfelt motivation to do our best for those we serve. As will be obvious when you come visit us, we are not your average store,” he said. “Whether recreational or pain issues, we want to provide only high quality and purpose appropriate products. Our goal is to treat each client like family, we instill this with all of our staff. My sister could have benefited from what we do. We want to make sure you benefit.”
“FOR OUR CLIENTS TODAY, WE ARE WORKING FROM A SOLID AND HEARTFELT MOTIVATION TO DO OUR BEST FOR THOSE WE SERVE. AS WILL BE OBVIOUS WHEN YOU COME VISIT US, WE ARE NOT YOUR AVERAGE STORE”
A HAPPYSLEEPY-HUNGRY HIGH BEGINS TO TAKE HOLD, PERFECT FOR A LAZY DAY OR AT THE END OF A LONG ONE.
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REVIEW by WES ABNEY @NWLEAF | PHOTO by DANIEL BERMAN
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griculture truly flourishes in sun-kissed Central Washington, with a beautiful season that makes outdoor Cannabis thrive under late fall sun. G7 Grow is a small Tier 2 farm that utilizes the energy of the sun to power their plants, bringing tasty strains to market like The Hog, a renowned indica. Opening a bag of the solid, deep colored buds releases a bright lemon cream flavor that swirls with notes of kush and earth. Sharp and tangy, this flower smells like it is dripping with sweet lemon drop terps. The bud is nicely structured with a crisp snap that leaves a surprisingly thick layer kief on the fingers, its darker earthy color showing exposure to the raw elements. This Hog is expressed beautifully as an outdoor flower, with a natural look and a smell that imparts care and sunny vibes. The smoke is smooth and sweet, with a white ash burn and tart notes of lemon and pine that linger on the palate. Instantly relaxing, this indica slows everything down from the mind to the body. Thoughts become simple and a happysleepy-hungry high begins to take hold, perfect for a lazy day or at the end of a long one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to go wrong with the Hog, for even the busiest of schedules will inevitably chill out after a few tokes of this indica.
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THIS PRODUCT HAS INTOXICATING EFFECTS AND MAY BE HABIT FORMING. MARIJUANA CAN IMPAIR CONCENTRATION, COORDINATION, AND JUDGMENT. DO NOT OPERATE A VEHICLE OR MACHINERY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THIS DRUG. THERE MAY BE HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CONSUMPTION OF THIS PRODUCT. FOR USE ONLY BY ADULTS TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
SERIOUSLY, SUCK THIS AND GET OVER IT.
WE DO NOT NEED the LCB telling us to keep our booze, tobacco or our marijuana away from our kids –– we get that. We’re responsible adults, we’re business owners, we’re employees and we’re law abiding citizens. Plus, we pay a ton of taxes when we buy our infused gummie worms. We like candy as much as you do, we vote and we’re pissed.
THE ABOVE IS SOLELY THE OPINION OF GUTS AND GLORY CREATIVE MADE ON BEHALF OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS, RECREATIONAL USERS AND OUR GREAT CLIENTS IN THE WASHINGTON MARIJUANA BUSINESS
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in truest form outdoors, with roots in the dirt and growth from natural sunlight. Humans evolved alongside nature, but for years our plant was hidden from view in basements, garages, and today in warehouses. While fear and tradition drove the plant indoors, the sungrowers of Humboldt, Southern Oregon and Eastern Washington quietly honed their craft, waiting for the day to share their favorite crop legally. Today we can celebrate the outdoor plant and pay homage to the plants that were once only legends. The vibe is magical, standing in the shadow of a 12-foot tall Cannabis tree, dodging butterflies and bees as if it’s the most natural thing in the world. Walking amongst the giants reveals a vibrant bouquet of strains, flavors and all the colors of fall. Fingers grow sticky and the mind builds a fuzzy, intense euphoria from squeezing and smelling colas of all the strains. Bright notes of lemon and pine fuel on one, deep earthy berry kush on the next, all bursting with terpenes. The plant produces a higher terpene and resin content outdoors. Whether growing for soil to oil, solventless hash or classic flower, it’s going to be tasty. It takes over half a year to grow full term sun-grown Cannabis, starting in spring and finishing as late as weather allows in what’s known as “Croptober.” Even after months in the dirt, hot summers and risking the chill of an early winter, a farmer’s work is just beginning as plants are cut down, shucked, cured and trimmed before reaching a store. It takes a massive amount of love and care to provide quality outdoor Cannabis and very little carbon-based energy to make a potent and natural high. This issue celebrates the art of outdoor, the patient and grounded farmers who dedicate over half their years to a crop, and the beautiful plants themselves. Our complete harvest issue tours 12 farms between Washington and Oregon, with extras we can’t fit in print online at the new NWleaf.com. I hope that this issue inspires you to try some amazing outdoor Cannabis and that you enjoy our glimpse into the world of sun growing. Get out and support a farmer, try something new, and experience the best of what nature has to provide! UR LOVE OF CANNABIS IS FOUND
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“WE’RE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, WHERE WE GET 244 DAYS OF SUN MINIMUM EACH YEAR. SO, THE FACTS ARE SIMPLE. WHY WOULDN’T YOU USE MOTHER NATURE.”
BY WES ABNEY @BEARDEDLORAX
foundation in farming and passion for a sustainable Cannabis industry is transforming Sticky Budz into a premier processing facility with products statewide. Founded in 2014 by as a licensed producer and processor, owner Jamie Muffett has maintained a long-term vision from his entry into the Cannabis industry. Sticky Budz began as a medical Cannabis collective in Zillah, WA in 2012, providing access and medicine to patients. As the laws changed so did the business model, transitioning into the legal market and adapting into the higher stake producer processor environment. A fourth-generation agricultural farmer with experience and passion for Cannabis, Jamie began entered the evolving journey that celebrates four years this December. At the core of their business model is growing outdoors, using the vibrant sunshine that the Yakima Valley provides. Their crop covers several acres and is made up of over 1,200 plants and 18 core house strains. The majority of plants are full-term outdoor, planted in late spring and harvested by mid-October. Walking the rows of plants, with many over 10-feet in height, it’s easy to see why the company places a focus on this natural form of production. “We’re in Eastern Washington, where we get 244 days of sun minimum each year. So, the facts are simple. Why wouldn’t you use mother nature,” Muffett said passionately. Today the company has 28 employees in a thriving and growing facility that processes 5,000 grams of extract each week, turns 50 pounds of flower into prerolls monthly, and is only scratching the surface of potential output. Until recently the company grew indoor Cannabis year-round to supplement their outdoor crops, but that space was recently converted to create more room for processing. Instead of spending money to grow more Cannabis, inside, Sticky Budz is adding year-round climate-controlled greenhouse canopy space outside and building contracts with companies to process their crop. This is part of the evolution conceived by Jamie, who wants to shift towards sustainable growing practices and act as a packing house for other producers. “The way the industry is going, not every farm will make it. But we need farms to survive by working with packing houses, where their product can be processed through an automated facility like ours,” he explained. “My dad grew apples for Treetop in the Yakima Valley and their contract said how many
acres to grow, when and what to spray, and what the price would be at the end of the year. There’s a lot of stability in knowing you can sell your crop and not have to worry about the market.” The packing house concept comes from traditional agriculture, where farms contract out the packaging and sale of their crops. The practice allows farms to focus on production, and not worry about packaging, branding, sales, marketing and distribution. For Sticky Budz, this means buying other’s harvests, sometimes their entire crops, to sustain both brands. It’s a concept his family worked within agriculture, and he believes it can be the future for recreational farms survival. “Very few [traditional] farmers package and sell their own product. So what has to happen is that packing houses like us reach out to farms that are losing money and help stabilize the farm,” he explained. “It justifies why you are in the industry as a farmer and keeps you rotating instead of struggling or going bankrupt.” While 5,000 grams a week sounds like a large production volume, the facility is capable of 10 times that output. With a brand recognized statewide, Jamie wants to see his packing house model help sustain farms, and Sticky Budz at the same time. “A lot of us came from the garage or the country and thought we could grow pot and put it in a bag and go sell it, but that’s not the 502 way. Still, it doesn’t matter whether you are growing apples or cherries or Cannabis, if you are in farming you know the value of your product. We want to see struggling farms focus on farming and use our brand to reach consumers with products that we know work. This can justify why a farmer is in the industry and keep them rotating instead of fighting against going bankrupt.” As someone who has bootstrapped a company and been part of 2 a.m. packaging pushes, and grown organically without outside funding, Moffett knows how hard the Cannabis industry can be. Today he attributes Sticky Budz success to an efficient business model, strong branding, and a great team to make it all happen. “Your foundation is everything, and if you start with the right model and pick up the right model and keep building that foundation you will have success. It feels good to employ and give people opportunities, and I am very fortunate to have a good staff and team that feels like a family.”
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18 STRAINS 2,300 PLANTS 28 EMPLOYEES FOUNDED 2014
Sticky Budz General Manager Jessica Clark, CEO Jamie Muffett and Sales Director Tiffany Louie.
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THE PLANTS ARE ALL ON THE IRRIGATION ALVERSANO BUILT, AND ARE BRACED BY NETTING AGAINST THE NOTORIOUS ELLENSBURG WINDS.
BY WES ABNEY @BEARDEDLORAX AMMOTH LABS HAS EMBRACED the soil to oil concept, growing
sun-powered Cannabis to turn into high terpene and flavorful concentrates for dabbers statewide. Without wasteful buildings or excessive infrastructure, the business is finding stability and sustainability in a tough market. Driving onto the farm a few minutes from downtown Ellensburg takes a long dirt road only interrupted by the mooing of local dairy cows. Passing through the gate unveils rows of plants, nearly 700 of them, and a series of shipping containers set onto the gravel. For a company that has a statewide footprint the facility almost seems nonexistent, until the doors open and the true efficiency of the operation is revealed. Mammoth Labs has a reputation for high quality concentrates at fair prices. What makes them truly unique is their source of material and the lean business operation that has allowed them to compete in the tough Washington Cannabis marketplace. Founded by Andy Alversano in 2013, the company has held to roots as a grower strictly for processing, using pesticide-free methods for the cleanest products possible.“This way the process is super clean and I’m in control of everything,” Alversano said. “We feed our plants worm castings and natural food, slowly and not over-feeding. We give everything a good flush at the end so it’s clean. This way we know our concentrates are clean because we control the process from soil to oil.” Clones start from mothers in one shipping container and are propagated in another grow unit before transitioning outdoors or into one of several indoor canopy containers. The plants go outdoors at the start of June and are harvested in mid-October, then fresh frozen for processing onsite. Mammoth Labs runs a hydrocarbon blend of butane and propane, which captures high
terpene levels while delivering golden oils rich in cannabinoids. All the oil is packaged onsite by a small team. The farm is managed by Alversano and two other employees, which is a lot of work. This year he chose Ethos Genetics and started everything from seed, including favorites like Banana Hammock and Terpwin Station. The plants are all on the irrigation Alversano built, and are braced by netting against the notorious Ellensburg winds. “I was a professional landscaper before this and started growing Cannabis in my closet about a decade ago,” he said with a smile. “So, I set up all the irrigation and the system to be run by a small team. But it isn’t easy. There’s a lot of trips back and forth to the farm, making sure the plants are taken care of.” With a projected harvest of 1,500 pounds this year, the processing side of the company will be busy for weeks after harvest. Given high demand for sauce, crystals and high terpene concentrates, the inventory from the sun-grown crop will be gone by April or May, right before the process starts again. This is when the team turns to other partner farms, to help process their extra material and keep the lab flowing. As the farm continues to grow, Alversano hopes to build greenhouses and increase future capacity. But he hasn’t rushed or wasted anything, and the leanness of the operation is a secret weapon. In an environment where many Cannabis producers and processors are being crushed by overhead, Mammoth Labs stands as a testament to what hard work and a solid business model can do, and as a tool for other companies to process their material. “We are always looking for farms that produce year-round or quality outdoor crops, to partner with and process material,” Alversano said. “We love making oil!”
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700 PLANTS 1500 LB. HARVEST 9-12 EMPLOYEES FOUNDED 2013
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LAZY BEE GARDENS PAINSTAKINGLY BREEDS AND SELECTS FOR PHENOS WHICH ARE HEARTY, FLAVORFUL AND NOTABLY PSYCHOACTIVE. JACK OF SPADES
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AZY BEE GARDENS IS A GREEN CLEAN CERTIFIED™
Producer/Processor located along the banks of the Methow River in Winthrop, Washington. This picturesque mountain valley provides ample sunshine, pristine water and mineral-rich soil ideal for Cannabis cultivation. Owner Matthew Frigone and his team work with nature to produce a sustainable, all-natural, award-winning line of flower. What sets Lazy Bee Gardens apart is their soil. The team’s passion for organic farming and quality Cannabis inspired them to craft artisanal flower beds. These are amended with carefully sourced inoculants, mulches and companion crops to culminate a living soil teeming with microbial life. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides have no place at this grow. Instead, the team relies on Aerated Compost Teas and beneficial insects for integrated pest management. — “It’s not always about eradication,” Frigone says, “it’s about a balance.” Light deprivation, a slow-cure and proper storage are the remaining steps to Lazy Bee’s incredibly potent, terpy and aromatic buds. The end result? Full-spectrum, sun grown flower produced the way nature intended. Beyond the toils of soil science, Lazy Bee Gardens painstakingly breeds and selects for phenos which are hearty, flavorful and notably psychoactive. They currently have roughly two dozen strains in production. However, standouts include Lazy Bee’s 2018 Washington DOPE Cup Award-winners for “Best SunGrown Sativa Flower” (Tesla Tower), “Best SunGrown Hybrid Flower” (Jack of Spades) and Runner-Up “Best SunGrown Indica Flower” (Grandma Anderson’s Cookies).
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THE SUN IS INCREDIBLY POWERFUL. NO MATTER HOW MANY LIGHTS YOU ROCK INDOOR, THE SUN PROVIDES A PRETTY COOL LIGHT SPECTRUM FOR FREE.
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eaves of Grass, a Tier 3 producer processor in East Wenatchee, grows in a microclimate that pulls more than 300 days of sunshine a year has chosen to focus exclusively on using the sun to grow. We had the chance to catch up with co-founder and manager, Leif Shjeflo, before the fourth harvest finished, to talk about sun-growing and the benefits of naturally grown Cannabis.
When did you start Leaves of Grass? What inspired you and the team to enter the Cannabis industry? We started in the summer of 2015, so this is our fourth harvest. We’ve been a group of marijuana enthusiasts. I was looking for a career change. And [I] was really excited about the industry opening up and being one of the first states legalize. It’s an exciting time and we are really passionate about Cannabis and the opportunity to grow! How big is your farm and how has it evolved over the last four years? We are a Tier 3 with Tier 4, and it’s evolved a lot. These days we are all sun-grown, full season greenhouse and outdoor Cannabis. We have done light dep and indoor in the past, but as we’ve expanded as a sun-grown farm we found it was a lot more efficient way to use our time and resources. We enjoy specializing in full season sun grown.
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Tell us about the area you are growing in? We are in a pretty cool spot to grow outdoors – in Douglas County on the opposite side of the river in Wenatchee by the airport. You can see why the airport went in here because we have a great little sun-pocket by the river. On days it’s rainy [in Western Washington] we get a lot of sunshine. Over 300 days a year, our farm is hit from sunrise to sunset. It’s a great location to maximize the amount of sun on each plant. We grow outdoor, above ground in cloth pots and raised beds. We mix our own soil on our pasture land and reuse the old, and prefer an airy mixture from sources around here, a light mix that allows the roots to take off fast. How many plants and strains did you grow and what are your favorites? This year, we have about 850 plants and 11 strains, and we’re getting better and better every year. It’s a far cry from the first year, that was a scramble! We’re really happy with our plants this year. Some of our favorites are White Lotus, Sunset Sherbert, GG4 and the White Rhino – we’re also going really hard on the Shortbread that we introduced this year – those are all our biggest sellers and are really well suited to the climate here. Can you tell us about your products? We’ve got the brand Leaves of Grass that we sell our flower as, and we’ve made cones as well that we sell under the line Eastmont Slims. I’d say we produce a top-end sun-grown product that we’ve marketed at medium shelf prices. We market as a sun-grown top shelf and really think we pull that off. Our cones are more of a budget line of popcorn, b-buds and trim combined. We don’t do any extracts of our own right now. We sell to other processors for concentrates when we have extra product at harvest.
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What would you say to anyone thinking about trying outdoor-grown Cannabis this year? I think there’s definitely a lot of stigma surrounding outdoor that is wrong. There is no reason that outdoor Cannabis can’t be as, or more, flavorful and high in THC than growing indoors. I’d argue a lot of times that soil and sun will provide a lot more full flavor. We go the extra mile to hand trim and properly cure and store our harvest, so we can be on shelves year-round and have quality product. I think we produce an amazing product and have a cool farm, and I’m excited for people to try our sun-grown and other farms as well.
When do you start for each season? For outdoor, we take our clones at early March, and we start harvesting in the beginning of October. Those plants go from clone size to 12-foot plants. It’s a fun transformation! Our biggest plants will have produced over 10 pounds of dried flower each. We believe in a long, healthy flush. So we start that three weeks before harvest to ensure that we flush both the nitrates and phosphates that the plant has been holding, as well as the soil. We strive for strains that are ready to harvest early, you never know when winter will start over here.
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Why do you love growing under the sun? For one, we are in an area where we’ve got a great water source and an unlimited supply of sun, so it’s a very cost-effective way to grow. We’ve got absolutely amazing weather where we are at. The sun is incredibly powerful. No matter how many lights you rock indoor, the sun provides a pretty cool light spectrum for free. Plus, it’s fun to be outside working with plants. Given the choice, I’ll choose to work outside under the sun instead of indoors under bright lights.
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WAS A CRISP OCTOBER MORNING
as we wound our way up the gravel mountainside road towards our destination, the Benson Elvis gardens high in the Siskiyou Mountains outside of Jacksonville, Oregon in the Applegate Valley. After a mile or so of switchbacks, we were stopped in our tracks as we rounded a bend and gained an incredible view to the south, and below us sat a large greenhouse and row after row of Cannabis plants, all glowing in the morning sun. After taking a moment to soak in the view, we continued down towards the gardens. As
we approached the farm, we were first greeted by the five dogs and cat that live on-site. Owner Noah Levine was collecting eggs from the farm’s chickens when we arrived. After welcoming us, Levine introduced us to his lead farmer Matt and his wife Liv and began familiarizing us with his operation. “I’m self-funded, just rolling profits from the medical days into what you see here,” he said. Benson Elvis is a large farm, boasting two OLCC Tier 2 Outdoor licenses on 200 acres, which allows Levine and crew to grow up to 80,000 square feet of flowering canopy between the two licenses. The two licenses are separated by about a 1/2 mile, both sitting at around 3,000 feet of elevation. The property is off-grid and has no running water or power.
Levine’s operation in Oregon was established in early 2014 after he relocated from Shasta County, California. The immense financial hurdles, poorly established initial regulations and minimal aboveboard competition in Oregon at the time were all factors in the decision. At the farm’s elevation, it gets very cold at night, stimulating the Cannabis plants’ natural stress responses and aiding in the production of terpenes. Terpene production is largely governed by abiotic factors such as temperature, humidity and lumens, and intensities in any area can either catalyze or inhibit development. Originally established in California where a majority of the Cannabis industries’ new genetics PHOTOS by DANIEL BERMAN @BERMANPHOTOS
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ranging from almost-black-purple to lime green with splashes of orange and yellow as fan leaves displayed the maturing plants’ age. The flowers were coated in gleaming trichomes and even the slightest rub of a stem produced heavenly aromas. Despite a staggering Instagram following, amazing genetics and an elite property, each season is a challenge to stay afloat and growing. With competition in the marketplace growing daily and the wholesale cost down significantly, growers are challenged more than ever to be efficient and innovative with their operations. “Surviving is the new killing it,” Levine says with a laugh. Through years of cultivation experience in
California’s medical market, Levine has stayed learning and has continued to revised farm practices to their current standard of a fully organic and minimalist regimen. The crew uses native soil with a couple of organic amendments and compost teas only. “Our goal is to change people’s minds about sun-grown,” Levine said. “We don’t answer to anybody, except quality.” This past season, the brand made significant headway by developing partnerships with several of Oregon’s top hydrocarbon processors, including White Label Extracts and Echo Electuary. Keep an eye out by winter for this season’s flowers and extract collaborations.
are born, Benson Elvis has a Rolodex of flavors that reads like a cultivator’s Christmas wish list; Purple Champagne from Dungeon’s Vault Genetics, Road Dawg by Karma Genetics, Cherry Chem #1 from South Fork Seeds, the MAC from Capulator, Greasy Monkey by Exotic Genetics, Blood Orange Tangie bred by Crockett and selected and gifted by Southern Humboldt Concentrates, and more. This season, the team at Benson Elvis is growing 36 strains and 52 total phenotypes. In addition, they’re hunting through 650 unique phenos from 33 new strains in their greenhouse.Between the elevation, varied genetics, native soil, and time of year, the flowers Levine showed us as we toured his gardens were absolutely wild. We saw a rainbow of colors
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of Humboldt County to the beauty of Sam’s Valley in Jackson County, Oregon, two brothers have continued to live their dream as Cannabis growers with hands in the dirt. Located on a beautiful inclusive 26-acre property, the Million Elephants property is pristine as working Cannabis farm. Complete with a home where the family lives on site, the farm includes a farm with captive deer, goats, and over 1,000 Cannabis plants. Settled in a valley below the house, looking out over the field of Cannabis is breathtaking and inspiring at the same time. ROM THE FERTILE HILLS
Jason and Jacob Roberts began growing in Humboldt County, California in 1997. They would spend nearly half their year there off the grid, isolated and living the life of the underground farmer. After many years of growing and learning the ways of outdoor Cannabis, they decided to head north to Southern Oregon and enter the legal recreational market with Jason’s wife, Joy. Joy is from Laos, the land of a million elephants, where the farm’s namesake comes from. Combining their passion for sun-grown Cannabis with their hard work lifestyle, they have carved out a pristine farm and lifestyle centered around the sun, dirt and plants. “I would say that you can’t beat the sun,” Jacob said passionately. “The sun is what gives us life!”
Row after row of beautiful trees lean toward the mid-October light, which is bright and intensely warm, with temperatures in the mid-70s. Pinching and squeezing the fat colas leaves sticky fingers and flavors of strains mixing together in a terpy entourage, filling the mind with millions of strain flavors. The plants dance in the wind, the giant frosty colas heavily waving in circles as the wind tugs at their density as the heavily weighted plants lean towards the harvest sun. Unlike many of the outdoor soil to oil gardens prevalent in Southern Oregon, most the Cannabis will be sold as sun-grown flower that is destined to be smoked. “There’s a big demand for quality outdoor flower this year,” Jacob explained. “We have 20 strains across the farm, with my favorites being garlic cookies and death star cherry cookies. I love going into dispensaries and getting positive feedback on the flower, it makes me feel really good and gives us the kick in the butt to do it all over again.” With just the three sets of hands working the farm daily, there is a lot of work to be done, and a never-ending process of growing, harvesting and selling their Cannabis. PHOTOS by DANIEL BERMAN @BERMANPHOTOS
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This year’s crop will be cured and stored in a custom-built building for hanging and drying, with massive HVAC and dehumidifier systems ensuring the flower gets perfect after-harvest treatment. “It’s for the people,” Jason explained. “We don’t try to get the most [money] for it, because we want the stores happy and most importantly the customer happy. That’s what makes us happy. It takes a lot of time and we hand trim everything, and the biggest part is the drying that leads to quality.” From the mountain days with no space or electricity to a modern farm complete with resident farm animals, the family behind Million Elephants has come a long way. With over 2,500 pounds coming down this season, there is a lot to trim. The flower will last the team until late spring or summer when they will be starting the next crop and beginning the process over again. “The recreational market is tough and a lot of work, but we love it. I’m having a great time and enjoying it, life is peaceful now and we feel blessed to be here,” Jacob said. “The more I grow outdoors the more I want to be out of the city and enjoy the country. It’s nice to be able to wake up and be at work.”
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Co-owner of Massive Seeds and Roganja By SIMONE FISCHER @SIMONEFISCHERR
When did you start growing Cannabis and when did you transition to breeding exclusively? I started growing my own Cannabis the summer of 1987, after watching my Dad tend to his Ganja patches every summer since 1975. Breeding and growing Cannabis go hand in hand for us. What defines authentic/quality Cannabis breeding? Quality Cannabis breeding for Massive Seeds means having a large population of phenotypes (female and male) to choose from and selecting for the high, nose and taste, appearance and vigor. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to grow and select from a full acre of Cannabis at our farm Roganja located in the Rogue Valley. [This requires] growing cultivars in their natural outdoor environment so you can see and select their true genetic expression (phenotype) in a specific terroir and spending the time and energy to lock down desired traits over multiple filial generations. [Which combines] intuitive breeding skills with newly available science, like terpene profiles, from labs and genotyping from Phylos Bioscience. What is your biggest critique of the current Cannabis breeding scene in 2018? The consumer looks at two main things when they purchase Cannabis, strain name and potency. This forces many breeders to work only with hype or name brand strains or to focus solely on potency which further bottlenecks the gene pool. It’s easy to call people out for pollen chucking but good to remember that many famous and favorite strains came from random crosses, accidents and even bag seed - think OG, Gorilla Glue #4, Chemdog, and Girl Scout Cookies. Exotic and special cultivars have a mysterious way of manifesting themselves in our gardens and it’s up to the breeder to recognize and capture in seed or clone form.
What is your least favorite aspect of breeding? Waiting a full year to see the outcome of our breeding projects. The stress of bringing male pollen into a garden of sensimilla. What do you look for in ideal Cannabis genetics? Personally, I want something that makes me feel great, smells and tastes delicious, and is pretty to look at. I like energizing sativas, like our Yuki Dog that tastes like diesel fuel and goes well with sport activities like surfing and snowboarding. I also like strains that are beautiful to grow like our Pineapple Pomegranate with her pink pistils and exotic coloration.
What are some cultivars you have created? Some of our heirloom strains include Rogue Valley Wreck, Pineapple Pomegranate, Lemon Pineapple, Dads Durban, Elfstone, and Rogue Blue Cheese. We are also attempting to stabilize some classics into seed form through backcrossing of the original progeny. These include Jack Herer, Thin Mint GSC, Chem91, Purple Hindu Kush, Durban Poison and OG Kush. We have some brand-new tasty flavors from our 2017 “Gas Project” just now curing at Roganja like Playboi OG, Yuki Dog, Dog Jog, Summer Sunset OG, Chem 541, and Purple Lemon Chem.
“WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND SELECT FROM A FULL ACRE OF CANNABIS AT OUR FARM ROGANJA LOCATED IN THE ROGUE VALLEY.”
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58 MAC AND CHEESE BRUSSEL SPROUT PECAN STIRFRY
Brussel sprouts have become fashionable. And for good reason. So many ways to prepare them that allow their somewhat cabbage-like flavor to shine through. Years ago, they were boiled beyond recognition and tasted awful. When treated properly they are a fantastic vegetable. Give them another chance. This is a refreshing salad that can be served hot or at room temp. Add some cooked bacon and chicken and you have a lovely onebowl Cannabis-infused meal.
2 tablespoons olive oil 1 lb. shredded brussel sprouts, bottoms removed 1/2 cup pecan pieces 1/3 cup cooked chestnuts, chopped 4 teaspoons canna-olive oil Juice of ½ Lemon Pinch Salt & Pepper
In a large skillet heat the olive oil. When hot add the brussel sprouts and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Remove to a bowl. Add the pecans to the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the chestnuts and cook an additional 3 minutes. Combine the brussel sprouts, pecans, and chestnuts in a bowl. Add canna-olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper and toss before serving.
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8 ounces elbow macaroni 4 tablespoons butter 4 teaspoons canna-butter 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup milk 1 cup half and half 1/2 teaspoon salt Pinch black pepper 2 cups good quality medium-sharp shredded Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup Cheddar crackers 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
All dishes serve 4
CAULIFLOWER WITH CUMIN
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A fantastic way to prepare the under-loved cauliflower. In the last year or two, it has begun to get the attention it deserves. Roasting this vegetable is magical, and with Cannabis and cumin - perfection. And it looks so cool prepared this way! I worked with the strain Gorilla Glue from Eco Firma Farm. A lovely smoking and infusing strain, I highly recommend it. If you have cauliflower leftover you can turn this into a soup. Puree in the blender with some hot vegetable broth and some half-and-half.
Pre-heat oven to 340° F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to al dente package directions. Rinse with cold water, toss with a teaspoon of oil and set aside.
1 medium head cauliflower, sliced in 4 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 teaspoons canna-olive oil 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon cumin seeds Pinch Salt & Pepper
In a medium saucepan melt the butters. Add the flour and cook on low, and stir 3-4 min. Add the milk and half and half and stir till smooth and starting to thicken. Stir in the salt and pepper and the cheese. In a small bowl or ramekin, mix the breadcrumbs and remaining cheddar. Bake mixture until melted and starting to turn golden brown.
Pre-heat oven to 340° F. Lay the slices of cauliflower on a baking sheet with sides. Brush with the oils and sprinkle with the cumin, salt and pepper. Roast the cauliflower until golden and tender, about 25-30 minutes.
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