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Love disposable straws but hate killing the oceans? Hemp makes alternative biodegradable plastics. It is a wonder plant that can provide everything from food, fiber, fuel, medicine, building materials and so much more. Everything a petrochemical touches in our society for convenience items we could be making with a renewable resource and healing the earth instead of poisoning it with carbon emissions and more waste. We are at a turning point as a society and a species as we realize that we cannot continue to live in destructive patterns for our planet, or people. Hemp and CBD wellness are big drivers of this, as we MUCH LIKE THE bring healing to our planet, and I feel honored to play a part in CANNABIS BOOM, spreading awareness of the plant HEMP IS SPREADING and the people doing amazing things with it. ACROSS THE PACIFIC Oregon has been the epicenter for a rapidly expanding hemp NORTHWEST AND industry that is changing the face THE IMPACT IS BEING of this industrial plant. When we first began covering hemp farms FELT NATIONWIDE. in 2016 there were about 30 across the state. Last year that number was in the hundreds, and this year there are easily a thousand different hemp farms across the state, ranging from backyard producers to massive agricultural setups. Much like the Cannabis boom, hemp is spreading across the Pacific Northwest and the impact is being felt nationwide. Additionally, I also want to mention our redesign. If you’ve been enjoying Northwest Leaf over our 8+ years you will notice that we have changed our look a bit, but our content and message remain the same. We are continuing to grow and improve our look and how we interact with you, including a new website. Visit NWLeaf.com to see what we have been working on. And a special thanks to the Northwest Leaf crew and the team at 8th Day Create for all the help making this possible!

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WEED BALES Wash Ashore in Florida TALK ABOUT HIGH TIDE. Large packages of Cannabis are washing up on beaches in northeast Florida, just as they did back in the 1970s. Weed was discovered on beaches in Flagler, St. John’s and Volusia counties in September, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities collected more than 100 pounds of weed wrapped in bundles over two days after receiving reports of “multiple packages, presumably containing marijuana” on the beach near Jungle Hut Park. The U.S. Coast Guard found “seven or eight” more packages off the coast, reports the Washington Post. Meanwhile, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in St. Johns County, just north of Flagler County, fished another package of weed from the water. Additionally, more ganja showed up to the south, in Volusia County. Surfers located a bundle containing 23 bags of weed in Ormond-by-theSea, reports WFTV-9 ABC. In Flagler County, one unlucky stoner got busted after “failing to report” an 11-pound “wet brick” of marijuana on the beach. Witnesses said they saw Robert Kelley open the package and remove its contents, according to law enforcement. Deputies asked Kelley if he took some of the marijuana. Kelley claimed he was “holding it for law enforcement.” It didn’t work; officers seized the brick, which they found wrapped in a beach towel in Kelley’s trunk. “Others were attempting to do the same thing,” according to the Sheriff’s Department.

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CANNABIS USE ON THE RISE BY EVERY AGE GROUP THE LATEST VERSION of a federal drug use study shows monthly Cannabis use continues to rise among older Americans. As of 2017, Americans from 55 to 64 are more likely to use weed on at least a monthly basis than youths from 12 to 17. Seniors 65 and older are also smoking pot in increasing numbers, according to the study. In the mid-2000s, monthly pot use among this groups were almost zero. But last year, 2.4 percent of seniors used weed every month, and nearly 4 percent used it at least once a year. Federal data showed that Cannabis use among middle-aged Americans surpassed teen use several years ago. Many of the middleaged users are returning to pot a few years after drifting away from it. With the wave of legalization occurring just as Baby Boomers enter their golden years, many of them are revisiting some of the experiences of their youth. More than 20 percent of pot users 65 and older said a physician had recommended they use Cannabis, according to a recent study by Benjamin Han and Joseph Palamar of New York University. Medicare prescriptions for opioid painkillers are lower in states with medical marijuana programs.

ONE RESTAURANT IN MAINE is using Cannabis to get lobsters stoned before killing them. Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound claims the process is more humane, speculating that it lessens the crustaceans’ pain when they are boiled alive. Lobsters are often cooked by dropping them, alive, into a pot of boiling water. There is growing scientific evidence that the creatures experience pain. Other crustaceans, such as crayfish and crabs, also can feel pain, according to the evidence. Customers at the restaurant can choose whether they want to consume a stoned lobster or a straight one. Charlotte Gill, who owns the place, said eating the stoned lobsters won’t get diners high. But it does help taste quality, she claimed, because the lobsters are “more relaxed” when they die. “If we’re going to take a life, we have a responsibility to do it as humanely as possible,” Gill told Mount Desert Islander newspaper. “The difference it makes within the meat itself is unbelievable.”

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DISPENSARY OWNER GETS FEDERAL PRISON FOR TAX CRIMES THE PART-OWNER AND OPERATOR OF CANNABLISS medical marijuana dispensaries in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, was sentenced to seven months in federal prison for tax crimes in September, reports The Oregonian. Federal prosecutors called it the first federal sentencing PRICE FAILED TO of a legal marijuana business owner on REPORT NEARLY $1 tax charges. MILLION OF INCOME AND Matthew Price, 32, pleaded guilty to four DISREGARDED ADVICE counts of willfully failing to file income tax FROM CPAS WHO HAD returns, a misdemeanor. He was ordered by pay $262,776 in restitution to the IRS. Price was WARNED HIM, FOR ordered to turn himself in by November 1. YEARS, NOT TO USE HIS Price, even as he avoided paying his taxes, was BUSINESS MONEY TO PAY advising the Oregon Liquor Control Commission PERSONAL EXPENSES, THE on rules for the state’s recreational Cannabis businesses, according to U.S. Attorney PROSECUTOR SAID. Seth Uram. Price failed to report nearly $1 million of income and disregarded advice from CPAs who had warned him, for years, not to use his business money to pay personal expenses, the prosecutor said. But Price didn’t listen; paying $67,000 cash for a sports car, $15,000 cash on a Rolex watch, went on tropical vacations, bought expensive homes and season tickets to the Portland Trailblazers, Uram said.

ONE CANNABIS FIRM looking to hire five pot connoisseurs to sample the company’s products. Toronto-based company AHLOT is offering up to $1,000 a month to the samplers to test various strains of Cannabis. Recreational legalization comes officially to Canada on October 17. The five connoisseurs will make up the company’s official Cannabis Curation Committee, reporting back on characteristics and quality. The committee will help determine which products go into a sample pack, made up of several strains from various licensed producers, according to AHLOT. Committee members, all 19 or older, will work for $50 an hour up to 16 hours a month, on top of a $200 expense account, according to the company. They will be asked to make social media posts, appear in videos, and show up at company events, though such participation is reportedly optional.

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by WES ABNEY / NORTHWEST LEAF EDITOR & FOUNDER

hen I first started on the concept of Northwest Leaf all the way back in 2010, I had three internal company goals. To make a 100 page magazine, to provide financially for my family and team, and to make it to 100 issues. We found success with our model of free, independent Cannabis journalism. I was able to accomplish the first two goals within a matter of years, but then the daunting reality of the third goal set in. To make it to 100 issues is a milestone for any publication, and I can hardly express the pride and excitement I have in making it here. Over the last 100 monthly issues we have covered the beginning of medical Cannabis, the patients helped by the plant, the pioneers who risked prison for pot, and the beginning of a multi-billion dollar industry. We’ve lobbied to legislators, seen medical Cannabis rise and fall, and witnessed first-hand the benefits and consequences of regulated legalization and a lack of decriminalization. Through all the change, we have remained steadfast in our mission. Our mission to provide truthful Cannabis journalism, independently and without the influence of big corporate backers or greed, continues to this day with one core hope: to see Cannabis and Hemp as free plants for the benefit of humanity and our planet.

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It is with this perspective we have decided to shift from The Patient’s Voice to The Enlightened Voice as we continue to spread the plant, and the Leaf. While we will always fight for medical Cannabis and continue to serve as a resource of information for patients, we are expanding to serve all users of Cannabis with enlightening information. We have been working on our new look, a new website, Leaf Life podcast, regional issues, new story sections and much more to serve you, our reader. The best part of this milestone for Leaf Nation and Northwest Leaf is that we are only just beginning! Like the world around us, we are evolving and growing to help serve our readers, community and country at large as we work to end prohibition and the war on drugs. It is on this note that I want to thank every single person who has ever helped or read Northwest Leaf. And the companies that have supported us, small and large -- many from the early days that are no longer here--all helped fund and support each issue of the Leaf. When you advertise in the Leaf, you support your own brand, but also independent and positive Cannabis journalism. So thank you for reading, for sharing our view that Cannabis and Hemp are for the people, and remember to speak that truth to those in your life. We look forward to growing with you as we collectively make the world a better place to live.

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annins and Terpenes returned as a live event last month in Bellingham, featuring Cannabis derived terpenes infused into mocktails for a unique cocktail hour experience. Beginning as an annual issue of Northwest Leaf back in 2013, the concept behind the event and the feature has been to destigmatize the use of Cannabis through education about the flavors that come from terpenes in the plant, and display how they can interact in many tasty and drinkable ways! Presented by Mammoth Labs, the event featured five terpene infused (but alcohol free) mocktails, served in flights over three hours, with each paired specifically to a terpene. Cannabis derived terpenes are different from fruit-based concoctions because they are truly representative of what is in the plant. The idea for this version of the event came from Cascadia Gardens, whose terpenes are extraordinary and make for a great pairing opportunity. We first experienced this in a terpene dinner by Bryan Mathis, where his pairing of Cascadia’s legendary strains with drinks like The Jack Margarita, Candy Sangria and a Strawberry Banana Lemon Drop had people’s taste buds buzzing withthe uplifting effects of the terpenes.

We also had the pleasure of infusing two mocktails with terpenes from Nectar Craft that were mixed by barman Jack Sanders, where custom concoctions made with Sunberry and Grand Daddy Purple terpenes delighted taste buds. More than 150 industry professionals and local terpene enthusiasts enjoyed this free, private event featuring live jazz music and delicious vegan food bites prepared by Sage Against The Machine, a local food truck,. The most surprising part part for attendees was how strong the effects of the terpenes were. Although terpenes are non-intoxicating in a psychoactive form, they are the basis for the effects we associate with Cannabis strains, and those were certainly felt through the mocktails. The Sativa dominant terpenes caused a strong burst of chatty energy, while the hybrids mellowed the mood. The final GDP mocktail was a perfect calming and relaxing nightcap to end an amazing evening. A special thanks to all the sponsors who supported the event, and to the Leaf Nation team that made it possible. If you are interested in attending Tannins and Terpenes round 2 this spring, be sure to visit TanninsandTerpenes.com to join our mailing list, stay in contact and get the lowdown on advanced ticket information!

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More than 150 industry professionals and local terpene enthusiasts enjoyed this free, private event featuring jazz music and delicious vegan food bites prepared by bellingham’s Sage Against The Machine.

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When did Cannabis first come into your life? My freshman year at Snohomish High School. I remember the first time — we smoked out of a Coke can, inside a hollow Weeping Willow tree on Centennial Trail. I instantly enjoyed and appreciated the effects. I continued to smoke weed through 9th grade and then I stopped due to peer pressure. Haha...can you believe I was peer pressured to stop smoking herb? None of my friends were into it and my boyfriend at the time was very against it. It’s crazy how weed was looked at back then. Those very same people who looked so negatively upon it are supporters of the movement and smoke regularly themselves these days. I started smoking herb again at 19 and I have been appreciating this plant ever since.

What is your favorite part of the job? I live for the moments when someone I’ve been helping comes back and tells me, “Wow, that really helped me through my day.” Finding products that actually help the person you are serving, making a real connection, and remembering what made that connection unique the next time they come in the door is what really matters. I also love merchandising and representing us visually through our social media channels. I go through and merchandise the entire store at least twice a week, and I curate and manage about 80% of our social.

How did you become a budtender? Four years ago, I was hanging out with some friends and one of my friend’s brothers asked if anyone in the group had some weed. I immediately responded, “I do!” That person was Alex Shreeves, co-owner of The Bakeréé medical dispensary. We started meeting up for a smoke sesh on the regular, and through Cannabis consumption we bridged a strong friendship. They needed some extra help, and back in the medical era you hired people that you trusted because it was a cash only market. They gave me a chance and I learned the products through shadowing Nolan and Anna — our two most knowledgeable team members. It has been a truly unbelievable process.

What are your favorite strains and producers? Sunset Sherbet is one of my all-time favorite strains because it offers such a happy high with a notable creamy, fruity, terpene profile. In the current market, Kush Brothers has the best Sherbet cuts. For the price and awesome quality, I really appreciate Mt. Baker’s Gelato—a cross between Sunset Sherbet and Girl Scout Cookies. When it comes to pain management, The CPC’s CBD capsules and topical line are my go-to choice for consistently reliable wellness. All three of these brands took root in the medical Cannabis community and I know firsthand how important quality is to these producers.

What’s your favorite way to use Cannabis? I smoke a lot of joints. I prefer joints over blunts, but infused joints are my fave. I like to make my own by adding hash or shatter when I roll up.

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Madison is a friendly and experienced budtender and the Merchandising Manager & Social Media Director for The Bakeréé. She has worked in the Cannabis industry for over four years since the medical days.

Why do you like working at The Bakeréé? This company is a family. We choose to have a smaller staff of experts so that we can support our people accurately with proper wages and full insurance benefits. We all get along really well and each one of us cares about everyone who works here. We want our people to grow with the business and find value in working with us long term. If you can believe it, in seven years only two employees have left the team. We value loyalty, and many of us have been with the Bakeréé since the medical market. GOT A FAVORITE BUDTENDER / TELL US WHY! / EMAIL YOUR PICKS TO WES@NWLEAF.COM

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How do you find the right product? I like to ask questions like: What flavor profile are you looking for? Or, what type of activities are you planning to enjoy with this high? As a budtender, you really have to ask questions because it is never about you, it is always about the customer. The more questions you ask, the more you are going to know what they enjoy.

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across the sky and ushering us into the autumn equinox, which would be ver the the last few months, occurring the week of our ritual. Mabon is there has been an increasing a pagan holiday that celebrates the end, or amount of conversations death, of the summer, and prepares those going on (at least, in who celebrate for the coming winter months. Instagram’s comment sections) regarding what is We foraged for earthly gifts, including fallen real witchcraft and what isn’t. I wondered I knew leaves, flowers, and other enticing items that any “real witches” who would be willing to share were scattered along the meadow. I led us down some insight into the world of witchcraft with me. a path that opened up into a grassy clearing, I met Krista Gentry, a real-life practicing mysteriously surrounded by violet-colored flowers. pagan and medical marijuana patient, thanks to This was the perfect setting to open up our circle Instagram, and I was blown away at her kindness and perform the Mabon ritual. and willingness to share her knowledge of her Krista lovingly set up her altar with the gifts we craft with me. found on the path, including candles to represent I asked Krista how she incorporated Cannabis the elements of the earth, a selenite wand, into her craft. She explained that people like her apples for the ritual, and, of course, a joint of are starting to come out of the Cannabis closet Washington Bud Company’s Skymaster. and that it really does help her feel connected to We said goodbye to the difficulties of the past a higher power. year, and I felt a sense of rebirth once the ritual She feels “more relaxed, open was completed. “PEOPLE LIKE [HER] and understanding” when she Regardless of whether or uses Cannabis in her practice. I not you believe in magic, ARE STARTING TO also asked her to show me how there is something to be said COME OUT OF THE she used Cannabis in her rituals. about performing an act that Krista prepared a beautiful Mabon CANNABIS CLOSET, requires you to be present celebration for us and allowed me BECAUSE IT REALLY and using tools to enhance to join her in the ritual. the feelings and efficacy of DOES ENLIGHTEN Near Lake Ballinger is where your actions. Cannabis is a AND HELP HER FEEL we chose to have our intimate plant with magical powers. CONNECTED TO A harvest celebration. The sun was That I do know. It has the just setting, casting beautiful colors HIGHER POWER.” power to heal, which many

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of us have seen through our own eyes.Krista has been initiated by a high priestess into a small, local coven, and it took her a year and a day’s worth of studying her craft to do so. She also explained to me that “practicing magic is just like a prayer. A lot of people mix up practicing magic with what they see on TV, like The Craft.” It became clear to me that pop culture was ripping off something that is genuinely a religion. Are Cannabis and witchcraft more alike than we think? Until the 1960s, paganism and witchcraft were actually considered cults by the U.S. government and were put on a list that classified them as satanic, or devil worshipers. Once the government loosened up on paganism, authors began coming out and creating literature to guide other witches on their path, but they left any mention of Cannabis out of the works to protect the image of paganism. They did not want the government to take away their right to practice again. If Cannabis magic is real, why not other forms of magic? Blessed be.

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I am the owner of a retail Cannabis store and I love hemp. I would love to do hemp education and sell hemp products like shirts, hats, papers, twine, etc. How can I promote hemp in my retail store?

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INDUSTRIAL HEMP HAS ENDLESS USES and benefits, as well as a rich

history. Thank you for promoting industrial hemp products and education in your store. Unfortunately, you are limited in what hemp products you can sell as a retail Cannabis licensee. Your Cannabis license only permits you to sell Cannabis or paraphernalia under WAC 314-55-079(1). “Paraphernalia” means items used for the storage or use of usable marijuana, marijuana concentrates, or marijuana-infused products, such as, but not limited to, lighters, roach clips, pipes, rolling papers, bongs, and storage containers. Items for growing, cultivating, and processing marijuana, such as, but not limited to, butane, lights, and chemicals are not considered “paraphernalia.” This means that you cannot sell hemp items that are not used for the consumption of Cannabis. T-shirts, hats, hemp seeds, oils, lotions and foods are all examples of items you cannot sell in your store. However, products related to smoking such as hemp rolling papers, hemp bud containers, or hemp twine for lighting Cannabis are permitted to be sold in retail Cannabis stores. Hemp education classes and seminars should be fine under the rules, as long as you are not charging for admission. Another option you could explore is creating another business that sells hemp products online. You could then do hemp education classes and let attendees know they can buy them elsewhere. Under a separate business, you would not be able to sell Cannabis but could sell industrial hemp products. “Industrial hemp” means all parts and varieties of the genera Cannabis that contains a THC concentration of 0.3 percent or less by dry weight under RCW 15.120.010 (3). In other words, so long as the product does not contain more than 0.3 percent, you can sell it under the separate business. Thank you again for doing your part in increasing hemp knowledge amongst Cannabis consumers. Industrial hemp is an incredible resource for our planet and we should do everything we can to make it more available for everyone.

Though legalization of Cannabis continues throughout the country, recreational Cannabis remains a seemingly divisive topic. Despite the fact that, according to an October 2017 Gallup poll, approximately two in three voters favor Cannabis legalization, the issue of hemp has found difficulty in finding a political home within either political party.Yet there are a few key points on which there is broad support throughout the political spectrum. One example is Cannabis for medicinal uses, and laws providing for the medicinal use of Cannabis have been adopted even in liberal enclaves such as Alabama. Another facet of legalization that is little discussed, but enjoys a similarly broad consensus, is hemp. In fact, it is fair to say that support for hemp is probably deeper politically at this moment in time than even support for medical Cannabis. Indeed, if one asked you to place a wager on one single Cannabis issue that’s likely to be resolved federally within the few years, you would be well advised to place your bets on hemp. To understand why hemp is more “TO UNDERSTAND politically viable than any other WHY HEMP IS standalone Cannabis liberalization MORE POLITICALLY issue, one needs to look no further VIABLE THAN ANY than the Senate, and specifically to its OTHER STANDALONE Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. CANNABIS ISSUE, McConnell, who is outright hostile ONE NEEDS TO LOOK and subversive towards traditionally NO FURTHER THAN liberal policies, hails from Kentucky THE SENATE,” and supports hemp. In fact, he introduced a bill to legalize it last April. McConnell wrote on Twitter, “It’s time the federal gov changes the way it looks at #hemp, which is why Senator @RonWyden and I, along with @SenJeffMerkley, are introducing legislation that will modernize federal law in this area & empower American farmers to explore this promising new market.” What he really meant was, “People in Kentucky want to grow hemp.” He was joined by Ron Wyden, one of the most liberal senators in the chamber. McConnell is an interesting focal point because he is the senior senator from Kentucky. The junior senator is Rand Paul, who is from the same state, but his politics, ambitions, ideology stand in stark contrast to McConnell at least within the conservative political base. Paul was swept into office in the Tea Party wave of 2010, where he and his ilk essentially ran against the Republican establishment as best represented by party leadership. Put more simply, Rand Paul ran against Mitch McConnell. However, as stated, Rand Paul is from Kentucky, and he supports hemp. The political importance of the fact that the hard right and the establishment are on the same page about hemp should not be overstated, because it is unlikely that opposition to hemp legalization will materialize from the left. While there are few political certainties in the Trump era, one thing is certain; hemp is the tie that binds the far left to its counterpart of the far right, and all political positions between.

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hat do Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have in common? They both think America should be legally growing and trading hemp. A perfect example of how Cannabis can help bring people together! Senator Wyden introduced the first bill in 2012, along with officials from Kentucky, motivated by former agriculture commissioner and rookie representative James Comer (R-KY). However, these efforts failed due to political fear of hemp and the stigma of its relationship to Cannabis. But Kentucky didn’t give up in an effort to help its farmers; many of which had previously grown tobacco but failed due to market conditions and corporatization/conglomeration of farming. In 2013 Mitch McConnell, the sitting Senate

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majority leader and representative from late September. This gives both men a great Kentucky came out of his shell and got behind opportunity to advocate for a legal hemp the hemp movement. Introducing the first solution successfully. version of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act that I hope these efforts will pass successfully year along with Oregon senators Ron Wyden and amend the CSA because we cannot forget and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). that until they do that, CBD is still classified Their uncommon bipartisan effort gradually as a Schedule 1 narcotic (meaning it has no started to convince members of the house medicinal value.) We also cannot forget our and senate of the vital role hemp will play federal government owns the patents to many in America’s future. The alliance allowed for of the therapeutic uses for Cannabis (including agricultural hemp pilot research programs to be CBD from hemp.) allowed and studied in the passage of the 2014 Remember that just because Mitch farm bill, a comprehensive agriculture omnibus McConnell likes hemp, it doesn’t mean he has bill which sets all of our farming policies in one progressed his platform that much. The bills giant bill that’s reviewed about every four years. still have many elements that continue to treat Today, these efforts have evolved into H.R. hemp like a schedule 1 drug. 5485 (Rep. Comer, R-KY) and S. 2667 (Sen. The language specifically excludes anyone McConnell, R-KY) as well as inclusions of previously convicted of any drug felony from language in the 2018 omnibus participating. This sentiment is mirrored by the farm bill and many other Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) which has bills aimed at modifying the repeatedly refused to consider rescheduling Controlled Substances Act both CBD and THC. They have put these (CSA) to allow for industrial feelings into action on many occasions, hemp production including seizing shipments of and trade. legal hemp seeds bound for “REMEMBER The Senate university pilot hemp farming THAT JUST version of the BECAUSE MITCH projects that the 2014 farm bill 2018 Omnibus initiated. MCCONNELL Farm Bill (S. 3042 This is a great opportunity for LIKES HEMP, [115]) passed with this country to come together and language that would IT DOESN’T do what we do best – innovate. MEAN HE HAS remove hemp from Also, our current antagonistic PROGRESSED the CSA. However, trade war policies have resulted HIS PLATFORM the house version in an increase in the price of THAT MUCH.” of the bill (H.R. 2) imported hemp, which serves as did not pass with the yet another reason that we should necessary language included develop domestic hemp production; especially removing hemp from the CSA. considering we are one of the top hemp However as mentioned, it is consuming nations. not the only effort to amend There is a lot of work to be done to rethe CSA to allow for hemp establish hemp supply chains and develop new cultivation and research, cultivation technology and practices in order to and at least one of these make it a crop successful enough to convince bills is expected to prevail farmers to cultivate it over tobacco, soy, corn, into law. Sen. McConnell and cotton. All three of those crops have and Rep. Comer both sit on had tremendous amounts of energy put into the committee overseeing developing and marketing new products to be the 2018 joint (house and made from the crop to increase demand. This senate) farm bill, which will will need to be done with hemp as well if it’s be discussed and drafted in going to compete sustainably. By MATTHEW MEYERS


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Daniel Luebke co-founded Heylo Cannabis Extracts with his wife Laurel “Lo” Friesen, after moving to Washington from the East Coast. Daniel is passionate about conscious Cannabis use and the intention of selecting pesticide-free and quality products. He hopes to influence the Cannabis industry as the first Stoner Owner Certified company to include the stamp on its packaging.

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“MY WEEKLY ROUTINE IS A LITTLE VAPING ALMOST EVERY NIGHT TO RELAX MY MIND AND TO HELP INDUCE SLEEP AND ON THE WEEKEND THAT’S DEFINITELY COMBINED WITH FLOWER USE.”

How did Cannabis come into your life? Cannabis came into my life initially as a typical teenage experience, but I didn’t see it as something I really wanted to do in my life until later in college, or know where it would take me in the future. After water polo practice, my mind would be racing and my body would hurt, and instead of turning to alcohol like many peers I chose Cannabis. I felt even better the next day. My body felt better, and my mind was also in a better place as a result of that. What inspired you to enter the world of extraction and legal Cannabis? Well Lo, for sure, and her family. It was really the conversations between her and her father who has his MD that helped me understand the potential that Cannabis would hold medicinally. Lo herself was pursuing medicine at the time, and they talked about this as a potential alternative to the med school route and becoming a Doctor. I was really curious about what they could potentially build, we were together at that time, and I was coming from the tech world and disenchanted with working in tech. I would say that the allure of Silicon Valley wore off on me and I saw this as a potential new frontier. Beyond benefiting on my own I could definitely see how this market could also change the world.

How do you handle consumption during the work day for both yourself and your employees? We ourselves very rarely use during the work day and we don’t have any medical reasons to use during the work day, but it’s a daily part of my life. I talk a lot about conscious Cannabis use, so having an intention when using it is a

What is your biggest challenge, and favorite part of owning a legal Cannabis business? My favorite challenge unique to Washington is that we have a very competitive market here. To compete based on brand alone when you can’t smell a product is tough. And it’s difficult with cartridges to smell or judge based on color or appearance alone, so competing on branding is something I really enjoy and have approached through education and to share as much as possible. It’s fun we do a lot of events, we publish everything we can on our website and its very fulfilling when we hear people using that information like the Cannastamp to guide their purchasing. How does it feel to be the first company to use the Stoner Owner logo on their packaging? It makes us optimistic about the future in terms of the way that people will buy products and evaluate companies and develop their own loyalties. Knowing that this is going to be an additional factor in the consumer buying process is encouraging to me. It’s a risk to do anything like that, changing anything about your packaging when you bring it to market. There’s a lot of costs associated to that, you have to be deliberate and you only have so much space to show to the consumer, but for us it was a no brainer. We are building a company based on transparency and education and part of that is telling story of who we are and how we benefited from Cannabis. We use it to in our lives and are conscious consumers and I think that’s important! Right now our C-Cell cartridges have the stoner owner logo on the packaging, and we are working on our new Pax packaging that will include the logo and be released by November!

Stoner Owner highlights individuals who have developed their love for Cannabis into a thriving business. This monthly column celebrates owners who love and consume the plant, giving them real insight into the industry’s true roots and culture.

What are your goals for the future of Heylo and the industry in general? My goal and hope for the industry in general is that this movement towards clean Cannabis and educated buying continues and gains steam. I do see that as inevitable and I hope that as the industry changes so can it affect other industries and this can serve as a model for how other industries can grow create equity be socially responsible.For Heylo I hope that more people can learn our story and that we can be a source of information to learn more about Cannabis chemistry and what it can do for the human body. That’s the most fulfilling thing that we can do!

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What does it mean to you to be a Cannabis business owner that consumes the plant? I feel speaking and on behalf of Lo and myself that we feel responsibility as owners of a company in a new market that anyone in this industry is shaping it. We all have responsibility in what role Cannabis plays in our communities and society at large, so as an owner of a company using and benefiting from the plant ourselves allows us to tell a better story and communicate to new or skeptical users the benefits of Cannabis. I can’t imagine doing that if we didn’t benefit from the product ourselves. It wouldn’t feel genuine. If you are in it for the money reason you won’t make it or build a brand that people come back to, or have a story worth telling. And you won’t enjoy it yourself. If your in it for the money not only will you probably not make it but you’ll also drive yourself crazy.

critical part to getting the most out of it. My weekly routine is a little vaping almost every night to relax my mind and to help induce sleep and on the weekend that’s definitely combined with flower use. We like trying some of Washington’s best farms, looking for potential farms to work with, so that’s usually how we enjoy Cannabis on the weekends as a mix of flower and vaping. We also really enjoy bringing others into the fold and have a program with every product we extract where our goal is to have 12 people try the product with an experience form on the website. It’s good to get a mix of experienced users and really light users to understand their experience from inhalation to the effects.


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FWEEDOM! What was it like to start a Cannabis company in the days before legalization?

Back then, it was a completely different world. I think that we were just three friends who were very passionate about Cannabis and following where the plant took us, and that led to opening the dispensary in Ballard. We didn’t know what we were getting into or that it would take us to where we are now, and I don’t know that anyone else did that had medical shops. We all hoped it would legalize and be legitimate one day. It was a lot of gray areas and not knowing how safe we were doing what we were doing. People were getting raided for doing shady and illegitimate things and we were really strict about compliance and testing, one of the few from day one. A lot of [standards] that are normal now, were standards that we pushed our vendors to include back then, like dosing, testing and percentages. There were other shops like the CPC and strictly medical shops before us, and we weren’t the first medicinal shop by any means, but we brought different ideas and it led to people asking questions and wanting products a certain way.

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Even striving for compliance you were shut down by the DEA. What was that like?

After all our effort we were shut down. We got a letter from the DEA saying we were under 1,000 feet from a school and couldn’t operate, and at the time it felt like the sky was falling and we didn’t know what would happen or where we would go. After being in Ballard for two years and right after Hempfest in September 2012, we got shut down. So we closed for a few months, did what we could to stay around and relevant and help our patient base, and at the beginning of 2013 we opened back up. How does it feel looking back now?

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It ended up getting us where we are in a weird way because we had to find a new location, which is our flagship shop in Seattle that is fully compliant. The Ballard location wouldn’t have worked anyways, but at the time it was very scary, and now looking back it helped us. They tried to shut us down and in a way made us bigger and stronger!

“we were really strict about compliance and testing, one of the few from day one. A lot of [standards] that are normal now, were standards that we pushed our vendors to include back then, like dosing, testing and percentages.

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When you moved you were still operating as a medical collective. How did you evolve and survive the transition to recreational Cannabis?

Nobody knew whether medical would survive 502, and there was a lot of uncertainty and fear in the industry. Shortly after opening on Aurora, we realized that 502 was the future of Cannabis legalization in Washington and we prepared to roll with the punches of what that would bring us. We continued to help patients but tried to navigate still being around to help the patients, which was a hard thing for medical shops. How does it feel to be “legal” selling pot?

We still help people but it’s in different ways for different reasons. It feels like we accomplished our goal in a certain way. We are as legit as you can get in the state of Washington when it comes to being a licensed dispensary, so that plays true for us. We did achieve our goal in that sense, but in how it feels overall there’s a different reward for it. What does Fweedom stand for today?

The shop has undergone a remodel. How are you shifting Fweedom to better serve Cannabis consumers?

Seattle is our original location since 2013, and one hard part for us is that we entered the rec market two years late, staying medical for as long as we could. We didn’t win the [license] lottery, didn’t know if we would be around, and got grandfathered in and that’s why the shop exists today. Mountlake Terrace and Mount Vernon opened later, but each shop has its own unique customer base and demographics. The main thing with the remodel is we have kept the Seattle location built the way it was from a medical standpoint. We were set up with two budrooms, but now we’ve opened up the floor for a much more welcoming atmosphere. We’re giving the customer the opportunity to shop on their own or with a budtender, to give them more freedom, but we did keep one budroom for people who want a one on one experience. We want to give new consumers or patients who liked it the way it was a choice but to also have the option of an open format experience.

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The main thing is people know what they want, and the industry has been around long enough that people know brands and strains, and our layout streamlines that for less waiting time in the whole process. We’ve had to evolve and realize that myself and even a lot of our employees are not the targets or general consumers. That’s the cool thing! We’re living in the really early days, it doesn’t feel like it but this is the early days of the end of prohibition. Eight years in, what does the future hold for Fweedom? When we are

old and look back on this whole journey this is really the beginning of the end of prohibition. We’re going to have to continue to evolve and change because the Cannabis industry doesn’t even know what it is yet. It’s being formed before our eyes and we’re having to jump through whatever hoops come along the way. The future is a lot of hype, and I definitely think that it’s going to be going nowhere but up, but there is a definite degree of height to the whole industry. I’m not worried about that because we’ve stayed true to who we are and what trying to do, and that’s what keeps us in the industry. At the end of the day, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

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Today, we’re still trying to help people find the best Cannabis for the best price and really give people a great educated service experience. Even though it’s recreational there is still an education factor to it. Instead of being a medical base, it’s learning about the plant and educating people about Cannabis in general, and there are way more people now that are uneducated that are trying to learn than before because it was legal. There are different challenges to budtending and helping recreational users compared to someone using medically and researching on their own. People are generally confused about Cannabis, and with so many so-called experts in the industry, it can be hard to get the correct info on things when everyone has their own ideas.

How do you continue to evolve in the rapidly changing marketplace?

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Sky Nielsen is one of the three co-founders of Fweedom, a brand tracing its roots to high school friendship and a determination to see Cannabis become legal and available to all who need it. Fweedom first opened doors as a medical collective in 2011, survived closure by the DEA and the transition from medical to recreational Cannabis, and has just completed a remodel of their flagship Seattle store. Even with three retail locations, Fweedom has stayed true to its goals while adapting to a changing market, and we sat down with Nielsen to chat about the history of Fweedom.

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hile Fran Drescher is best known for her leading role in the 1990s television sitcom “The Nanny,” she’s been an accomplished actress in television and film since the 1970s. As “The Nanny,” Drescher’s lovably-unique voice and sharp wit made her a fan favorite almost overnight, and she went on to win two Emmy’s and Golden Globes for her work on the show. Dresher’s NYC attitude combined with a sense of grace and over-the-top Queens style seemed not too far removed from her own persona, and that resonated with Americans of all backgrounds. Once her role as “The Nanny” came to an end, Drescher moved outside of TV and film, working with the Oregon State Department as a diplomatic envoy, and as an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights and women’s health issues. As of this past summer, she’s become an outspoken advocate for Cannabis. On August 28th, Drescher delivered the plenary address at the Cannabis Science Conference in Portland. While she may seem like an unlikely candidate for the Cannabis industry, Drescher’s story makes perfect sense. In the speech (which can be

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viewed online) Fran talks about her own battle with In the interview, Drescher also seemed to endorse uterine cancer, about changing the way we think sustainable and healthy growing practices in about health care and about the good she’s seen Cannabis by saying, “I would encourage, support, from Cannabis in her own life. put my name and face to a product or even just as Drescher was interviewed by Forbes during the a consumer on the ones that are being grown, you conference, telling the interviewer that “there’s know, the old school way of organic in, in good, so much that we don’t know, and that’s true with healthy, rich soil...the old fashioned way,” she Cannabis,” and, described. “That’s going to DESCRIBING HOW CANNABIS about how her be a happy plant.” father has started to HELPED SAVE HER FATHER, I’ve got to admit, I was consume Cannabis pretty surprised to see DRESCHER SAID “HIS WHOLE for a neurological Fran Drescher’s face on a disorder. “He went FACE BECAME ANIMATED. HIS billboard for a Cannabis from having that VOICE BECAME STRONG. HIS EYES Conference, as she’s not a expressionless look celebrity I’d associate with OPENED UP, AND MY DAD WAS that Parkinson’s our favorite herb. patients often get But that’s what makes BACK TO BEING HIMSELF.” where it’s kind of a mainstreaming of Cannabis dull life, to a positive reaction within seconds upon such an interesting thing to watch happen, as we get using Cannabis,” she said. closer and closer to full national legalization, voices “His whole face became animated. His voice like that come out of nowhere, like Drescher’s, will became strong. His eyes opened up, and my dad undoubtedly turn the tide on the opinion of our was back to being himself.” favorite plant.

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HIGHLAND HEMP HOUSE Pamela Bosch is an educator, artist, hemp activist and founder of Highland Hemp House in Bellingham, Washington.

The former Bellingham Technical College and Northwest Indian College teacher is pioneering a project to use hemp-lime and other natural materials to retrofit her home into an ideal healthy living space.

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As a member of the Washington State Farm Bureau, Bosch works at both the state and federal levels to clear the path for growing, processing and making products from hemp.

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How did you start this project and get involved in the Hemp movement? Conceptually, it started by looking for non-toxic insulation materials. I had an older home that needed to be better insulated and had other upgrading and maintenance work, so I started researching and that’s where hempcrete came up. I began studying it and one thing led to another and ultimately it was too compelling to not use. What is your timeline for the rest of the project, and how did it begin?

I started with a house that was majorly remodeled in the late 60s, a mid-century modern design, and I began by tearing out the west side of the house and making it a full two stories. We took it down to the studs (the frame) and retrofitted it with hempcrete. The house is all framed in now and the roof and windows are in, but I still need to insulate the ceiling and am doing research on how to use hemp there. We will be making more hempcrete next summer, putting stucco on in the fall, and I’m hoping that in a little over a year I’ll have the house complete. What makes hempcrete so special as a building material?

There are so many advantages, as a natural and renewable building material. It’s fireproof, moderates mold, is carbon negative, energy efficient, non-toxic, insulates naturally and will last for centuries. Our environment is in crisis and we’ve cut down too many trees. We need something that grows fast and dumps oxygen into the air and provides materials we can renew yearly. How is hempcrete made?

What type of hemp do you use?

There are cultivars that are better for making hempcrete, but the part of the plant being used is hurd. So you can still process and gather the plant material and fiber, so if you are growing for the other beneficial uses of hemp like CBD or fiber this is actually the agricultural waste.

What has kept hempcrete from being used more broadly?

Because the building materials have ironically been illegal to grow and our codes aren’t very adaptable to innovation, and our institutions are slow to change. Another big barrier in Washington is that the rules for growing hemp benefit big business as usual and border on immoral. There are farmers that want to grow it but can’t pay the fees or a background check. You don’t need a background check to grow corn, why should a DUI or drug bust keep you from growing a certain crop? Another is the federal .3 percent THC limit on hemp, which makes it so that you can’t save your seed and sets the stage for monocropping and keeps research and development limited. What is your call to action for society?

Our institutions aren’t responding fast enough to critical issues. When something presents that is obviously a better way to do things but has so much cultural resistance, we have to confront that and be courageous and be free in who we are and find security today for our children and grandchildren tomorrow. I was glad to see Bellingham had rules and codes that allowed a little experimentation, as long as the homeowner is willing to take on the liability and risk.

Because you have documented and held workshops to teach people about hempcrete, will you be doing more of these events?

I had a couple workshops this year and people really appreciated the opportunity to do that. We want to offer that again next year so people can learn how to use it while we are building it. The young men who built and did the work are looking to build careers out of this, as their livelihood, and they are looking for projects and other custom homes to build. How does it feel for you to get to build your dream house?

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I feel really privileged to do this. It’s been a big commitment, my life savings and a few years of my life, but it’s also the kind of project that can be very satisfying beyond building my FOLLOW ALONG personal residence. HighlandHempHouse.com It’s a mission to try and influence the way we build and I’ve started to think of this as a legacy project and a gift to the world. I hope to use the house to have events and educational opportunities in the future.

“There are so many advantages, as a natural and renewable building material. It’s fireproof, moderates mold, is carbon negative, energy efficient, non-toxic, insulates naturally and will last for centuries. “

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Basically, it’s hydrated lime, which is 90+ percent calcium, and hemp hurds (which is the inner core of the stalk) and a clay additive that is specially formulated from old European plaster masters. You don’t have any of the petrochemicals and the lime you use is the main ingredient in your bones and your teeth and in fact is made from ancient bones and seashells deposited in ancient oceans. Its using nature’s regenerative abilities, harnessing and using them the way that she built.

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How do buildings impact climate change? Buildings are responsible for half the carbon represented in climate change. The operational cost to heat and light a building as well as the embodied energy, the shipping, and manufacturing growing of all materials you use — when you put those two together, they are responsible for almost half the energy we consume. We’re going to rebuild our built environment in 30 years and it’s an opportunity to slow down the amount of carbon in the atmosphere with carbon smart buildings.


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Tell me more about your arrest outside DEA headquarters for planting hemp seeds, and harvesting hemp plants in a cage in front of the White House? In 2012, I participated in a direct action protest to urge President Obama to take action in support of hemp farming legalization. I harvested seeds from hemp plants, and pressed oil from the hemp seed, while locked in a cage in front of the White House. I had a loudspeaker and signage with me in there, and spoke to the gathering crowd and Obama beyond about the need to legalize this crop in the U.S., and the outdated and misguided drug policy that made industrial hemp illegal in the first place. Eventually, the cage was cut open by firefighters and I was arrested. We feel this protest helped spur the issue of hemp legalization into the national dialog, and direct the attention of Congress to this issue. 2012 was the year we really began to see movement at the state and federal levels to implement hemp farming legislation. Dr. Bronner’s helped fund and coordinate the hemp industry’s battle to defeat DEA’s regulations by winning HIA. V. DEA in 2004. How did that help prepare for the 2018 Farm Bill to exist today? In the HIA. V. DEA legal battle, which we won back in 2004 in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal government was forced to accept the legality of importing, manufacturing, and consuming hemp products. This was a huge step in the effort to legalize hemp farming, as this ruling protected the existence of the consumer market for hemp products in the U.S.— the largest consumer market for hemp products in the world. This set the stage for the hemp movement to make progress in the coming decade, by establishing legal separation for industrial hemp from marijuana, working with states to setup hemp farming research programs, and working with Congress in the current Farm Bill that will remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act entirely.

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What are your thoughts on the 2018 Farm Bill, and if it passes, how would it affect the company? Dr. Bronner’s definitely supports the passage of the Hemp Farming Act in the 2018 Farm Bill. We feel that this versatile and sustainable crop should be legal for farmers to grow across the country, and should be regulated as a commercial crop by the USDA, just like wheat and other crops. Federal legalization of hemp would allow us to source hemp oil from American producers, rather than import it from Canada. Passage of the Hemp Farming Amendment in the Farm Bill would provide opportunity for economic growth in our rural and agricultural communities, and would offer a new, sustainable raw material for use in many industries— including home construction, textiles and fashion, bio-plastics, food and supplements, and automobiles. At the time, only crops grown for research and experimental purposes was legal, so this crop did not supply hemp oil for our products. However, we are committed to sourcing hemp oil from American farmers as soon as the crop can be grown organically and to the scale needed to supply the millions of bottles of soap we make annually! When did the company begin to use hemp oil and what products use it? Hemp oil was added to our Castile Liquid Soaps around 2000. All our soaps, lotions, shaving soaps, balms, and hair care products, contain hemp oil. The only body care product that doesn’t contain hemp, is our hand sanitizing spray. However, we are committed to sourcing hemp oil from American farmers as soon as the crop can be grown organically and to the scale needed to supply the millions of bottles of soap we make annually!

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In the spirit of the Hemp Issue, we want to shine a light on the decades of activism from David Bronner, owner of Dr. Bronner’s Soap, a notoriously outspoken advocate for hemp. Bronner caused a stir in 2013 when he was arrested outside DEA headquarters for growing hemp seeds — a radical act of protest designed to challenge the Obama administration to legalize hemp farming. Dr. Bronner’s was among the first companies to bring hemp to the market on a national production scale. Beyond David’s personal activism, Dr. Bronner’s is one of the largest personal care companies certified under the USDA’s National Organic Program, and the company pioneered the use of 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. After growing 1,100 percent in the last 15 years, Dr. Bronner’s is committed to becoming a zero-waste operation.

Will Dr. Bronner’s ever source hemp grown in Oregon? In 2013, when Kentucky became the first state to legalize industrial hemp farming at the state level, even before the Farm Bill included the Sec. 7606 Industrial Hemp Research Amendment in January of 2014, Dr. Bronner’s pledged that we would begin sourcing hemp oil for our body care products as soon as it was available. We are eager to source hemp oil from American farmers, and support the growth of this industry here in the U.S. [however] some of the challenges we face in sourcing hemp from Oregon, or any other American farm, include: 1) The USDA Organic standard in the past refused to certify organic hemp and farmers; 2) Most American farmers are entering the CBD market and not choosing to produce certified organic hemp oil; 3) and American farmers have had trouble accessing certified hemp seed that produce quality hemp seed oil. This is all changing rapidly and we expect to be sourcing certified organic American hemp oil that meets our quality specs very soon!

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How does Dr. Bronner source hemp and was it consumers become increasingly aware of difficult to bring hemp to a production scale? the impact of their purchases and demand Currently, we source the hemp oil used in our body more environmentally responsible and care products from Canadian farmers, mostly from ethically produced products. Consumers Manitoba province, as organic certification is key want to support companies that are moving and there is not yet much certified organic seed oil in a positive, sustainable direction, and production in the US. companies that stand up against practices Canada has long understood the value of hemp that contribute to climate change. as a commercial crop, and overcome antiquated We educate consumers about the laws that conflate industrial hemp with other forms of importance of sustainability in the cannabis. Hence, Canada had a robust hemp industry production of our soaps through our when we began adding hemp oil to our Castile Liquid website and social media channels. We soap formula in 2000. also record information about our carbon The DEA cannot interfere in Canadian hemp footprint and activist causes we support, farming, however they did attempt to prevent and publish that in our version of a imports of hemp products from Canada, corporate social responsibility China, and other countries, in the early report, our All-One Report, which FOLLOW ALONG DrBronner.com 2000s. Dr. Bronner’s, along with the you can find on our website. Hemp Industries Association, Nutiva, and other early hemp adopters sued the DEA Why should consumers and won, establishing the legality of consumption, support hemp businesses? manufacturing and import of hemp products in 2004. Hemp is a sustainable crop that can be used for many diverse applications— often Why don’t you think it’s more common for replacing other materials or ingredients that companies to move towards zero-waste have a bigger carbon footprint than hemp. operations, and how does Dr. Bronner’s work For example, hemp is far more sustainable to educate the everyday consumer on the for use in clothing than cotton, which is importance of sustainable business practices? one of the most chemical-intensive crops More and more manufacturers in the U.S. are moving in the world. In most cases, supporting toward reducing their carbon footprint and improving a hemp business is a consumer action the sustainability of their production methods. It’s anyone can take that creates demand for a slow process, but it’s an inevitability for all as environmentally sustainable products.


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The groundswell of interest in hemp is matched only by the confusion about what hemp is and isn’t. BY JERRY WHITING

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THC distinction between hemp and Cannabis is an arbitrary legal construct that makes no sense whatsoever. It’s like saying dogs over 10 pounds are vicious and need to be outlawed while smaller ones aren’t really dogs at all and are sweet lovable pets, legal in all 50 states. And disregard the fact that large and small dogs can mate and produce hybrids. The demand for CBD is growing and farmers are eager to grow hemp to feed this market. In the stampede to grow hemp for CBD, we’re forgetting all the other things hemp can be used for. Food, fuel and fiber are the tip of the iceberg. Maybe you’re like me and you order hemp chai at your favorite coffee house; you reach for hemp cereal or snacks when you shop, or like so many folks you’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s soap for years. But hemp’s potential is vast and it has the potential to change our lives for the better. Leaving CBD aside for a moment, imagine new construction integrating hempcrete as a building material. What if domestic hemp fiber and clothing could be produced right here in America? No one likes hearing about plastic polluting the environment. What if we could replace petroleum-based plastics with plantbased hemp substitutes? And don’t get me started on clear-cutting and the paper industry. We all know hemp is a sustainable crop that grows faster than trees. All of these benefits are positive unless of course hemp disrupts your business model. Plant-based medicines are often safer and biggest winners as hemp goes cheaper than what Big Pharma sells. mainstream are farmers, families and Replace paper and wood with hemp and the Mother Earth. Farmers earn next to lumber industry is left scrambling. Cotton is one nothing growing crops like corn and of the most toxic crops grown. soybeans. Small family farms can make Hemp can be grown without salt-based more from a handful of hemp plants fertilizers and harmful pesticides. The integration than an acre of corn. of hemp into the food chain has the potential The environmental benefits to re-invent farming. In all of these hemp provides are the biggest examples, the status quo is left FOLLOW ALONG win of all. Hemp, and hemp scrambling while new opportunities LeBlancCNE.com alone give us as individuals create new businesses. The three

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the chance to vote with our wallets. Buy hemp, change the world. One day Starbucks will offer hemp milk. One day we can grow hemp in our gardens right next to the zucchini and carrots. That abandoned factory? One day we’ll plant hemp to clean it using phytoremediation. It may sound pie in the sky and naive at first. But hemp really can turn things around to restore the world to a cleaner, happier and healthier place. Clock is ticking. It’s time to plant hemp.

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Powered by hemp derived CBD, Mills’ Bellingham-based company is committed to providing holistic skincare with the added benefits of CBD. Mills says she hopes to educate and enlighten through clear skin and Cannabinoid relief. The master esthetician, longtime Cannabis patient and advocate talks to us about combining her education and passion with this new product line. PHOTOS by DANIEL BERMAN


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What inspired you to start a skincare line?

Being an esthetician and having a love for skin, I realized there weren’t a lot of natural options out there for skincare. I was starting my own business as a mobile spa, and I couldn’t really put my hands on something that was affordable and high quality and plant-based. So, I jumped in on my own! I’m already on the natural side of my home life, and I started researching and designing a regular skin care line, even before I started adding CBD. Can you tell us about your products - is CBD in everything you produce? Now everything of mine is infused with CBD. I added it to some of my products and saw the benefit of it and couldn’t go back. I offer a full skincare line from a face cleanser to treatments, such as masks and facial scrubs, to eye treatments and moisturizing serums. I also offer other relaxation products such as bath salts, deodorants and liquid hemp drops. I’m also making a personal lube that I’m really excited about! What does it mean when you say your products are plant-based? I like working with plant-based oils, essential oils and herbal infusions. The oils in my products are from nuts and botanicals, like natural nut butters and the herbs that are infused are all plant-based. It’s more than just the CBD that makes my skincare effective, it’s the plant-based herbs that have proven themselves for thousands of years. How is this different from other products? Big skincare lines are full of chemicals and preservatives that change our hormones and aren’t truly proven safe. Our skin absorbs everything we put on it, and we already deal with so much pollution and pesticides and chemicals that having a skincare that absorbs and works for us instead of chemicals is a big deal. Our skin is our largest organ and we absorb everything we put on.

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How is CBD integrated into your products? CBD is a huge part and super effective as one of the biggest antioxidants we have. It fights free radicals and signs of aging, and it balances skin sebum levels, the oils in our skin, which also helps fight acne. I didn’t know about the full benefits of this, even as a Cannabis industry participant, until I went to school for skincare. Having this background has been influential to my business and knowing what I want the skin to do and how I want it to react. What does a master esthetician do? We learn about the skin, diseases, and what to watch out for when working with the skin. Learning how the skin functions is a huge part of our training. We are able to understand the layers and what’s going on with it when we see reactions or symptoms. Then we are able to help others whether in a clinical position, working under a doctor, in a spa or even as an educator. How have your experiences in MMJ influenced your work with CBD?) Back in medical Cannabis days, we didn’t have as much access to CBD, and the industry progression has helped me understand dosages and finding what works. CBD is a huge part of my life for antianxiety purposes, so being able to share that and give relief to others feels great. My experience with Cannabinoids, seeing the results and being able to help patients find what works have been amazing.

“KEEPING CANNABIS AND HEMP ILLEGAL IS HOLDING OUR SOCIETY BACK FROM BEING HEALTHIER AND NOT SUFFERING. WE ARE GOING TO BREAK THE CYCLE AND I’M VERY PROUD TO BE WORKING WITH HEMP.”

How do you feel about using hempbased CBD in your products? I think hemp derived CBD is a very positive thing, and that someday it will be in everything! We have a lot of call for THC through Cannabis plants, but there’s a lot of need for no-THC options as well. I believe that with the hemp plant itself we have so many resources that have not been allowed for years, all renewable and healthy. We cut down trees and use chemicals and take away from the planet when we have all these wild plants that have benefits. Why is hemp illegal? Because it’s everything they say it is and keeping Cannabis and hemp illegal is holding our society back from being healthier and not suffering. We are going to break the cycle and I’m very proud to be working with hemp. I’ve always been in the Cannabis industry and it was kind of a switch, but I’m happy to work with it and be a part of it. What an exciting time of hemp legalization! What are your goals for MJEsthetics? I’m just starting, but I’d like to be able to build throughout Washington and nationally to offer my skincare and supplemental hemp drops at a price that is more affordable than most companies. And I’d like to expand so that people have access to CBD so that we can have this vitamin out there for people to use. Where can people find your products? I am online and the Fremont Sunday Markets. I also have products at the Sno Isle Co-op in Everett, the Three Sisters Market on Whidbey Island, and I’d love to work with other companies to offer more locations for locals to get my products. People can always order online, and I will ship anywhere in the country!

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You even have a CBD deodorant product? Our underarms absorb 100 percent of what we put on, and most deodorants have aluminum and fragrances that are chemical based and not healthy. But it’s more than deodorants. I’ve experienced skincare line that is harsh on the skin, don’t give good results and have side effects.

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Mission Lago Farm was founded in 2016 with the sole purpose of crafting the very best hemp available. After prepping the beautiful property and developing the foundations of the business, the crew at Mission Lago had an incredibly successful first-season cultivating and selling thousands of pounds of premium hemp flower. They rely on strictly organic growing methods, combined with Southern Oregon’s climate and a small, passionate staff. With 99 percent of hemp cultivation companies focused on scaled biomass production intended for extraction, these seasoned Cannabis growers have found a way to differentiate themselves with an ultra-premium product not found elsewhere. Oregon Leaf was fortunate enough to catch a tour of their incredible Rogue Valley farm just before harvest and sit down with Founder and CEO Nick Akins to learn what sets Mission Lago apart.

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How and when was Mission Lago founded?

Mission Lago Farm was started two years ago when Ethan Brown, the Simpson family and myself had a strong interest in the hemp/CBD market. We believe (and have seen first hand) that CBD has incredible benefits to the human body as well as animals and we felt that the CBD market was on the verge of exploding. After traveling to several states researching the markets and landscapes available, we decided on Southern Oregon. This area has some of the best growing conditions in the country and Oregon has one of the best and most well-run hemp programs in the US. It was a great fit for our team and our vision. What went into picking this site/property?

Our main farm is located in Rogue Valley, just outside of Central Point, Oregon. This valley has one of the best microclimates, that is ideal for outdoor growing, that we have seen in Oregon. Prior to us purchasing, the land was used primarily for a livestock farm for the past 20 years, which has made the soil incredibly fertile for growing hemp. Great soil and very strong water rights were some of the biggest factors in selecting this property for our operation.

Is the goal to produce biomass for others to utilize or will Mission Lago also develop its own products?

Our main focus and niche market is CBD hemp flower. This is really the only product we produce besides extraction material. Our grower Ethan Brown has been a medical grower for almost 20 years and is very particular about the flowers themselves as well as preserving the terpenes and structure. Our harvest process is unlike any other hemp farm, as we focus on the flower and producing high-quality extraction material (biomass) rich in CBD content, terpenes and flavor. We do not hard dry or mulch any of our product as we believe that ruins the overall quality. It takes a much longer amount of time and labor to achieve this but we have found that there is a very large CBD flower market domestically and internationally. Both markets demand a high-quality final product. What genetics are you running?

This season we are growing seven different strains. Our best selling from last year Special Sauce, as well as Elektra, Lifter, Pineberry, AC/DC, Suver Haze and Sour Space Candy. These genetics have all been bred specifically for the Oregon climate. They are typically done in the middle of September and out of the ground before the rains start to come down in October.


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“We believe (and have seen first hand) that CBD has incredible benefits to the human body as well as animals and we felt that the CBD market was on the verge of exploding.”

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MISSION LAGO FARM IS THE ONLY CERTIFIED CLEAN GREEN HEMP FARM IN OREGON.

Do you have any notes on cultivation techniques?

The biggest challenge is something that we stress to all of these new hemp growers jumping into the market, scalability. Scalability is the one thing that most people can’t or don’t plan for and it ends up crippling them. Anyone can grow 30,50, 100 plants but when you jump up to 20, 50, 100 thousand plants, you are now talking about “Big Ag,” not small garden farming. Making that jump in mindsets is and always will be your biggest challenge.

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We believe in building soils as opposed to feeding the plant. Our growing techniques are fully organic and we don’t use any fertigation at any of our farms. We believe by building the soils, it will allow the plant to grab what it needs year after year producing large healthy high yielding hemp.

What has been the biggest challenge in developing and running a hemp farm?

We strive to produce the cleanest, purest best CBD plant medicine that you can find anywhere. In order to do that it starts at the beginning of the FOLLOW ALONG process and is stressed until the MissionLagoFarms.com final product is in the vacuum sealed bag. We work very hard and are very proud of our organic processes and growing techniques.

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Behind almost every business is a savvy lawyer, but then there is hemp attorney Courtney N. Moran, LL.M.

She is the founding principal, attorney and counselor at EARTH Law, LLC in Portland, chief legislative strategist at Agriculture Hemp Solutions, and the president and lobbyist for the Oregon Hemp Farmers Association. Moran earned her Master of Law in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Portland’s Lewis and Clark Law School, with an emphasis in industrial hemp.

Moran checks out a hemp plant growing at client Whole Circle Farms in Willamette Valley, Oregon,

Are there specific challenges hemp farmers are currently facing in Oregon? Regulations or market issues? Both?

My interest in hemp legalization began when I was a senior at Marquette University after reading The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer, edited by Chris Conrad. I could not believe that a plant that cleaned up the soil as it grew, and could produce thousands of sustainable products, was illegal for U.S. farmers to grow. This irrational policy was something I could not stand for and led to me interning for national NORML during my second year of law school at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. I started working with Oregon Cannabis farmers when I began my law practice in 2011. I continued my education and earned a Master of Laws in from Lewis and Clark Law School, with an emphasis on Industrial Hemp Law, while simultaneously taking the world’s first industrial hemp university course at Oregon State University. From there, I worked with Oregon farmers, agribusiness owners, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture to implement the Oregon Industrial Hemp Program.

Current challenges in Oregon and throughout the nation stems from guidance coming from federal agencies that are in direct conflict with the clear letter of the law and the intent of Congress in the Agricultural Act of 2014 and the Omnibus Appropriations Acts. Some of these include banking issues and crop insurance. What are some of the things you are working towards, or hope to accomplish for the Oregon hemp industry in 2018? Full federal hemp legalization through the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3024/Substitute Amendment to H.R. 2), which includes the language of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667/H.R. 5485). It’s been an honor to work with the offices of Senator Ron Wyden, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, and Senator Jeff Merkley on the drafting of this legislation. Within Oregon, we continue to advance our program to serve the needs of farmers and hemp agribusiness.

And you also helped co-found the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association (OIHFA)? I lobbied on behalf of the group to develop a hemp How will the 2018 Farm Bill impact program that not only worked within the federal legal Oregon hemp farmers if it’s passed? framework, but one that worked for farmers and business A federal Farm Bill will pass – the question owners and that would provide a solid foundation for a is when. With Senate Majority Leader Mitch sustainable industry. OIHFA has passed three pieces of McConnell as our chief sponsor and Senator Ron comprehensive hemp legislation in Oregon to date. Wyden as co-sponsor on the hemp provisions, It took a coordinated effort, fueled by my passion for and with additional bipartisan support Cannabis hemp legalization, with farmers and from Senators Merkley and Paul, along business owners throughout Oregon, along FOLLOW ALONG with Congressmen Comer, Blumenauer, with the support of the Oregon Congressional Ear thLawLLC.com and Polis, as well as the entire Oregon Delegation, the Oregon Department of Delegation and several other influential Agriculture, the Oregon Legislature, and Congressional Delegates, the industry is the Oregon Farm Bureau to develop the leading hemp confident full hemp legalization will be included program in the country. in this Farm Bill. This will be a historic victory for Nationally, my advisory firm Agricultural Hemp Cannabis, the earth, farmers, and agribusiness Solutions, LLC (AgriculturalHempSolutions.com) , has owners all over the world. For Oregon farmers successfully drafted, passed, and helped implement five and agribusiness owners specifically, this will state hemp programs and contributed to the foundation provide clear access to banking, crop insurance, of several other state programs, as well as drafting the interstate commerce, and research funding. federal Hemp Farming Act of 2018.

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The experience led her to work directly with the Oregon Department of Agriculture to build the Oregon Industrial Hemp Program. Moran continues to impress as she helps implement hemp law at a state level and national level in Washington, D.C.

What made you get into the legal side of hemp, and how long have you been working with Oregon hemp farmers?

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A blunt is a big, loud way of consuming a conspicuous amount of Cannabis. While the idea of a blunt was first born out of the necessity of smoking in busy cities like New York, it’s now become a sort of nostalgic and interesting way to celebrate Cannabis in this new era. The original blunts were made from hollowed-out Swisher Sweets. Now, most people twist them up with the help of wraps (cigar wrappers alone) with no tobacco inside. However, as consumers have become more and more health conscious and aware of the dangers of tobacco, hemp is a good alternative for people seeking alternatives to the harsh, overbearing nature of tobacco-Cannabis combos.

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two hemp wraps we tested, these wraps were the most pliable and easy to roll with. That said, they were a bit tough to stick. The flavored Juicy J wraps use artificial ingredients and the grape flavor we tried verged on overbearing. Made with hemp sourced from the Philippines, the wraps burned nice & slow.

The High Hemp wraps are a bit HIGH 8/10 drier than the Juicy J wraps, making a little harder to roll with. Once HEMP them we got the hang of it, though, we found them easier to stick. High Hemp claims to not use artificial ingredients and this certainly came through in and even, almost unnoticeable smoke. Their hemp is sourced from their own farm and organically grown. We liked that the wrap burned evenly all the way through, and High Hemp’s packaging shows off.

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The hemp rubber has a bit of a buoyant quality, making them bouncy enough to work in just about any situation.

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our quest to document all-thingsproprietary blend that’s unique to their semihemp for the October issue, the translucent green wheels. These wheels are Leaf team scoured the world for manufactured in the United States and Vibronic what’s innovative in the field of the is a division of Rubber-tech, a company that’s world’s most versatile plant fiber. Sometimes, pioneered advancements in rubber technology what we find even surprises us. Case in point: and manufacturing. finding (in Dayton, Ohio of all places) the Rather than being wrapped in plastic, they Vibronic hemp rubber skateboard wheel. were presented in a custom hemp sack. Even While Vibronic certainly didn’t reinvent the more exciting was that they’d printed them wheel, to our knowledge they’re custom for the Leaf team! the only known maker hemp-rubber These wheels are an interesting FOLLOW ALONG skateboard wheel on the planet. texture, different than most skateboard Vibronic.com Their hemp/rubber composite is a wheels – and much lighter. The semi-

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translucent wheels are speckled with bits of hemp visible inside. When I put them to the concrete, I found the wheels to have a nice, smooth ride. These have a smaller surface area than most wheels this size, which is refreshing to see and can work in a number of skateboard applications. The hemp rubber has a bit of a buoyant quality, making them bouncy enough to work in just about any situation. At 82b durometer, these are a great cruising wheel – perfect for all-terrain situations. Vibronic has created a perfect park wheel with enough grip, but still plenty of slide-ability.

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SANA PACKAGING by NATE WILLIAMS @NATEW415

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eveloped by two Cannabis enthusiasts in Colorado, Sana Packaging is poised to be a huge factor in reducing the industry’s carbon footprint in years to come. Sana offers the first 100 percent plant-based and ASTM certified child-resistant packaging designed specifically for the Cannabis industry. The company currently produces Sana Containers and Sana Tubes, 3.5-gram flower containers that double as rolling trays and pre-roll joint tubes that also fit most half and full gram cartridges on the market and even some manufacturers all-inone vaporizers. The company is still in its infancy, but demand is already outpacing

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Being 100 percent plant-based, these products should be able to biodegrade in a matter of months instead of the roughly 450 years it takes regular plastic to accomplish the same task.

their production capabilities. currently mandates an outright The products are 30 percent negligent amount of packaging for hemp-based, about double what every Cannabis product sold, the other hemp plastics companies vast majority of which goes straight products are comprised of. to a landfill after purchase. The remaining 70 percent is a Instead of lobbying to get laws plant based blend that is primarily changed, which is an expensive and corn PLA. While the company has often times unsuccessful endeavor, the ability to produce 100 percent founders James Eichner and Ron hemp-based plastics already, the Basak-Smith teamed up to develop a viability is not currently there due to ground-up solution to the industry’s the availability and cost of biomass. wasteful packaging ways. The company has over a dozen Being 100 percent plant-based, clients, mostly in Colorado and these products should be able to Oregon. To date, they’ve also biodegrade in a matter of months received orders for their products instead of the roughly 450 years from California, Maine, it takes regular plastic FOLLOW ALONG to accomplish the same Vermont, Ohio, Alaska SanaPackaging.com and even Canada as well. task. With businesses like Oregon’s legislature Amazon furthering the first

world’s infatuation with convenience, unsustainable single-use products are becoming more and more popular making Sana’s eco-friendly packaging an increasingly valuable piece of the puzzle for the future of our industry and planet. Motivated and forward-thinking ownership like Eichner and BasakSmith and innovative companies like Sana Packaging will be key factors in helping reduce the massive carbon footprint the Cannabis industry leaves on the world annually. We look forward to seeing what other innovations Sana Packaging produces and to seeing more Cannabis companies implement environmentally conscious packaging for their products.

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COOKING WITH HEMP By JANELLE LASSALLE @JENKHARI

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emp is one of the most versatile crops on earth. It can be used in an infinite variety of applications: as a powerful fiber for cords and ropes, in clothing and even construction. The most lucrative use for hemp – as a food source. Hemp oil and seeds are an incredible superfood. They’re high in Vitamin E, fiber, protein and are chock full of Omega fatty acids—specifically, in a 3:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6. This is the ratio that’s wwidely considered to be optimum for the human body. If that didn’t convince you, cooking with hemp oil can also help lower your cholesterol, improve pesky skin problems and help with digestion. Here are a few ways you can incorporate cooking with hemp into your diet.

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ADD IT TO A SMOOTHIE Turn that pre-workout smoothie into a superfood concoction with the addition of hemp oil. Since hemp contains all 20 amino acids, including nine our bodies can’t produce, this combination is a no-brainer. Tart berries like blackberry or cranberry are great at masking the strong herbal notes.

USE HEMP SEED OIL IN SALAD DRESSINGS Hemp seed oil doesn’t really want to be heated up. It’s best consumed cold pressed or at room temperature, making it a great herbal addition to any salad dressing. Mix it in with lots of bright citruses and something sweet for a well-balanced dressing that’ll brighten up any salad. Honey mustard, miso and tart kinds of vinegars are all great additions here.

SPRINKLE THE SEEDS EVERYWHERE. Hemp seeds are a great way to add a bit of texture to your meal. Throw them onto salads, work them into a pesto or even transform them into hummus. Your body will thank you later.

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Seth and Eric Crawford are brothers and co-owners of Oregon CBD, an innovative Cannabis genetic company based out of Corvallis. Oregon CBD is known for such hemp strains as Special Sauce, Lifter, Suver Haze, Hawaiian Haze, Sour Space Candy, Elektra, Pineberry and the pure CBG hemp varietal of Stem Cell CBG. The affable siblings urge us to “throw out what we thought we knew” about genetics when discussing their work. by SIMONE FISCHER

When did you start growing Cannabis and when did you transition to hemp?

We started growing Cannabis in 2003. We started growing hemp in 2015, the first year it was federally and state legal.

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Why did you decide to breed hemp genetics over THC-dominant genetics? We stayed out of the adult-use THC market because it was very apparent that it was destined to crash due to overproduction. The reality is that Oregon is a prolific Cannabis exporter, but home to a very small number of people (Seth’s Ph.D. dissertation was on the political economy of Cannabis and provided the first in-depth analysis of Oregon Cannabis consumption and production.) Seth was teaching the first Cannabis policy course at Oregon State University right after Measure 91 passed (legalizing the adult use and hemp production) and the 2014 Farm Bill (legalizing hemp) went through. Upon close inspection of both, we realized that there was more promise in the emerging CBD market and that some of the plants we had developed for the medical market might qualify as hemp. We received Oregon’s 3rd issued hemp license in March 2015 and started the grand experiment.

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What hemp genetics did you start breeding with and why? For hemp production, we started farming with a clone developed for the Oregon medical market. This plant was originally derived from a type II variety (equal parts CBD and THC) and we bred out the THC through inbreeding, testing, and selection. When we moved to a 63-acre field the next year, we knew that feminized seed was the best path forward.


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Seth&EricCrawford Can you tell us about the hemp strains and cultivars that you’ve created?

Throw out everything you thought you knew about Cannabis varieties when considering our creations. Varieties are less important than the different overarching types of plants we have invented (well-known variety names of these classes in parentheses). We bred the first high cannabinoid content auto-flowering CBD plant in 2016 (DNA, RNA) and the first early CBD varieties that start flowering shortly after solstice and finish in September (Special Sauce, Lifter, Suver Haze, Hawaiian Haze, Sour Space Candy, Elektra, Pineberry, etc.) In addition to those well-known lines, we also created the first publicly available pure CBG variety in 2017 (Stem Cell CBG). We are finishing field trials on our newly developed pure CBG auto-flowering varieties and “early” pure CBG lines. Our most recent invention is 100:1 CBD to THC ratio high CBD varieties. Each variety that we create requires two unrelated parent plants, each of which must be inbred for as many generations as is possible FOLLOW ALONG before going sterile; these two OregonCBDseeds.com lines are then combined to create our F1 seed that is sold to farmers after thorough field trials. It takes us about three years to go from concept to seed in a farmer’s hand for planting.

What is your least favorite aspect of hemp breeding? The rip-off artists (breeders, brokers, etc.) who lie to farmers. What do you look for in ideal hemp genetics? Structure? Flowering time? “Ideal” depends on your breeding goals and each project is different. Our goal from the start was to develop a library of unique varieties that will allow farmers to succeed in any environment and produce any cannabinoid. Every year we get closer to that goal.

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THE EXHALE IS LIGHT AND

MELLOW, WITH A SUGARY FLAVOR THAT LINGERS IN THE MIND, AND A QUICK HITTING HIGH THC BUZZ THAT HAD LONG-LASTING POWER.

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BLUNT delivers a lineup of yummy flavors infused with Honu’s premium distillate just in time for the season of sugar highs. With a beautiful glass C-Cell and wood tip filled with golden distillate, this cartridge looks delicious right out of the packaging. We tried the blackberry flavor first, which has a fruity rich berry flavor that tastes like candy in the air. The exhale is light and mellow, with a sugary flavor that lingers in the mind, and a quick hitting high THC buzz that had long-lasting power. We found ourselves pleasantly baked while FOLLOW ALONG still being functional, which is perfect for a Eblunt.com pen to use throughout the daytime. The discrete smell and flavor of the vapor also make this a great on the go pen, as there is no Cannabis smell, just tons of fruity flavor. There is a full line of Eblunt flavors that blend nostalgic tastes with the quality of Honu’s premium concentrates. We also enjoyed the candy apple version — perfect for a cold fall night and reminiscent of childhood with each puff of the pen.

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CANNABIS RECIPES

by laurie wolf Photos By Bruce wolf

WHY DON’T YOU HAVE a Halloween party this year? Just because you’re over 21 does not mean that you should deny yourself the pleasure of dressing up like your favorite superhero, or politician. There has got to be a sale on orange jumpsuits. Nothing here is crazy potent, just enough to raise your spirits...

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HALLOWEED APPLE MOUTHS

Serves 8 · · · · ·

NORTHWESTleaf’sfavorite SPOOKY STONER TREATS

2 apples, cut in quarters, core removed Lemon juice 4-6 tablespoons peanut butter 1-2 tablespoons canna-butter, softened Mini marshmallows

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Place the quartered apples on your work surface. Drizzle with lemon juice to prevent browning. It tastes good too. In a small bowl combine the peanut butter and canna-butter. Carefully cut a section out of each apple quarter. You’ll be making a V, and removing the inside pieces. Divide the peanut butter into the open sections of each apple. Press the marshmallows into the peanut butter, making the teeth look as good, or as bad, as you desire. It gets a little messy, but probably everyone will be too stoned to notice!

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WHITE CHOCOLATE GHOSTS Makes about 16, 2-3 inch ghosts

CANNABIS FINGERS Makes about 18 fingers · 1 pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough, room temp. · 1-1½ cups flour · 2 tablespoons canna-butter, room temp. · 18 blanched whole almonds* · cup strawberry seedless jam

· 1-12 oz. bag white chocolate chips · 1 ½ tablespoons canna-butter · Chocolate Chips, Red Hots or Skittles if your ghosts are large

In a large mixing bowl combine the dough, flour and canna-butter until you can no longer see the flour. Chill for 30 minutes.

In the top of a double boiler, over gently simmering water, melt the chips, 7-10 minutes. Add the butter and stir until combined. Remove from heat.

On a floured work surface divide the chilled dough into 18 pieces. (you can keep some dough in the fridge while working). Roll the dough into finger shapes. Make indentations in the fingers with the back of a butter knife. Don’t go all the way through.

Place a piece of parchment on your work surface. Using a spoon pour the chocolate into ghost shapes. Keep it around ¼ inch thick, but don’t make it even, it ruins its charm. I feel like I’m making very loose triangles. You may think you failed but forge ahead, as soon as you place the eyes you should feel good. You’ve got ghosts.

Place an almond into the top of each finger. Press down. Bake the cookie fingers until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. With a tiny spoon, pastry bag or toothpick drizzle a bit of the jam around each almond fingernail. Boo.


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ARTIST: FORTUNATE GLASS MEDIUM: PINK & WHITE GUNMOUNTS / FEATURING CUSTOM GLASS ALCHEMY AMAZON BRONZE FRIT this realistic “Victory Hand” pendant using pink and white gunmounts and a custom Glass Alchemy Amazon Bronze frit. Fortunate Glass crafted

was inspired after recently completing a glass sculpting class hosted by Muller Glass x Iroczii. Fortunate worked over a three-hour process at their Timber, Oregon residence, without the assistance of a lathe. The lifelike piece

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Explore our 100th issue, The Hemp Issue! Photo @bermanphotos / styling @MalinaLopez

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Explore our 100th issue, The Hemp Issue! Photo @bermanphotos / styling @MalinaLopez

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