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This issue affects people of color as significantly as women, but the core issue is the same. The plant was meant for everyone, and business opportunities should not be limited to those with money or based on gender or race. I’ve heard too many horror stories to share of unreported sexual harassment, workplace violations, and general discomfort at situations where women are treated incorrectly in the industry. We as a community and industry need to recognize that Cannabis is no different from the mainstream business world and that the same rules apply within the world of weed. In order to make progress and make change, we must hold Cannabis to a higher standard than any other business environment. My goal from the beginning of the Leaf was to see and help shape the Cannabis industry in such a way that I would feel comfortable with my daughters participating in, and I am positive and excited for the future of the amazing women in weed. Over the last decade, the Cannabis industry has gone from sexualized sales and misogyny to a growing industry with women in every step from seed to sale. We are honored to highlight a few of the great many who are making positive change, and helping the community and industry grow in every sector, from CEO’s to creatives, managers to activists, attorneys to growers and so much more. Please enjoy these profiles and the spotlights into the various forms of the industry, and make sure to ask for women-owned products at your local dispensary. There’s more to support than most realize!
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STEVE ELLIOTT is the editor behind tokesignals.com, an independent blog of Cannabis news and opinion.
a scientific study to help Explain Munchies
How legal weed frees up cops to be able to solve other crimes A new study presented last month at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior lays out a biological explanation that might solve the mystery of the marijuana munchies. The effect of Cannabis on hunger has big implications for cancer patients, who use it to stimulate a much-needed appetite for survival. “I think this new study indicates that there’s an opportunity to use science to back up the policy of using marijuana as a medicinal drug,” said lead author Jon Davis, Ph.D., of Washington State University. His paper, currently under review, shows Cannabis consumption influences appetite by triggering the release of a hunger hormone called ghrelin. Ghrelin is usually released by the stomach when it’s empty, think “growing stomach.” But in a study on rats, Davis and his team showed a dose of Cannabis causes the release of a surge of ghrelin greater than normal. The surge resulted in a very specific eating pattern. Three groups of rats were raised on different diets: A normal one, one in which they ate enough to be stuffed, and one in which the rats were starved for 48 hours. Rats in all three groups began to eat request, small meals two hours after their cages were filled with doses of Cannabis vapor. This held true of the fat, the starved, and the normal rats: all the stoned rats kept on eating, even after the sober rats in the control group had stopped eating and went on about their day. Davis said he is “cautiously optimistic” that a similar study would have the same results in humans.
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Cannabis legalization in Washington state and Colorado has “produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments in their ability to solve other crimes, according to a study from Washington State University. “Our models show no negative effects of legalization and, instead, indicate that crime clearance rates for at least some type of crime of increasing faster in states that legalized than in WE THINK THE those that did not,” the authors wrote ARGUMENT THAT in the study, published in the journal Police Quarterly. LEGALIZATION DID, Crimes are considered “cleared” if IN FACT, PRODUCE authorities have identified and arrested a A MEASURABLE suspect and referred him for prosecution. IMPACT ON The study examined clearance rates for crimes in Colorado and Washington from CLEARANCE RATES 2010 through 2015, using FBI data. IS PLAUSIBLE Researchers looked at how trends in clearance changed after implementation of legalization in 2012 in Colorado and Washington. While recreational stores in these states didn’t open until 2014, provisions allowing for possession and use took effect shortly after the votes were certified. Researchers noted that no other major changes to public policy happened that would have affected clearance rates in the way observed. “We think the argument that legalization did, in fact, produce a measurable impact on clearance rates is plausible,” they concluded.
Deputies Shoot, Kill Suspect at Oregon Cannabis Facility
California Releases First Draft of Cannabis Rules The first draft of permanent Cannabis regulations was released by California regulators on July 13, opening a 45-day window for public comment and hearings. Emergency rules, in place since sales started on January 1 this year, will remain in place until the regular rulemaking process is complete, according to Chief Lori Ajax at the Bureau of Cannabis Control. Industry advocates and opponents will have a chance to voice opinions in 10 public meetings held around California in August. Public comments can also be submitted through mail or email. The regulations, while imperfect, will help stabilize the industry, according to Cannabis lawyer Joe Rogoway. “Largely these will be the rules, and they will be what the industry lives in the future” Rogoway said. “So, I think it’s important that people working in this space have fluency in these rules and use that to better their companies.” The regulations run 315 pages and show considerable changes compared to earlier emergency rules. One change prohibits the use of advertising techniques that may attract minors, including the use of toys or cartoon characters. Free Cannabis goods or giveaways would also be prohibited under the changes.
Washington Gets First Drive-Thru Recreational Marijuana Dispensary
Deputies shot and killed a man after responding to a dispute involving gunfire at a commercial Cannabis facility in Cottage Grove, Oregon last month. Initially, deputies couldn’t locate the suspect on the large parcel of land, according to Sgt. Carrie Carver of the Lane County Sheriff ’s Office, reports KDRV. They eventually found a building where the man was hiding and used a loudspeaker to call inside. The man left the building at 3:45 a.m. and “engaged deputies with a firearm,” Carver said. Two deputies fired, striking the suspect, who was taken to a hospital where he died. Carver identified the man as Joey K. Loop, 40. No deputies were hurt in the incident.
performed its own building permit Tokers in Auburn, Washington can now review and handled all other replenish their stash without leaving planning and development matters the car. Joint Rivers has opened what related to the business.” is believed to be the JOINT RIVERS City officials said they state’s first drive-thru IS IN A NEW didn’t even know the recreational Cannabis tribe was putting in a dispensary, reports the BUILDING marijuana dispensary SeattlePI.com. BEHIND THE until it opened. The shop is operating MUCKLESHOOT Joint Rivers is located in something of a legal BINGO HALL at 2121 Auburn Way S. gray zone. Auburn has in Auburn, and is open — MEANING limited the number of daily from 7 a.m. to pot stores that can open IT FALLS ON 11 p.m. within city limits. But TRIBAL LAND. The first medical Joint Rivers is in a new marijuana dispensary drive-thru in building behind the Muckleshoot the state was opened back in 2013 by Bingo Hall — meaning it falls on now-defunct SonSHINE Organics. tribal land. Owner Sarena Haskins at the time According to the Federal said she believed it to be the first Way Mirror, the Muckleshoot such drive-thru in the state. tribe “processed the application,
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Biz License Applications Bury OLCC
Cannabis Tracking ‘Insufficient and Inaccurate’ Oregon’s medical Cannabis program suffers from “insufficient and inaccurate” tracking of Cannabis and its growers, according to the findings of an internal review of the program released last month by the Oregon Health Authority. The OHA oversees Oregon’s medical marijuana program. It is mostly kept separate from the state’s recreational Cannabis operations, which are overseen by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The report deals another blow to the state’s Cannabis industry. Oregon has come under intense scrutiny by state and federal authorities after multiple weed retailers were found to be selling Cannabis to minors in a series of sting operations. Officials have also been upset about Oregon Cannabis being diverted into the black market. With all of the post-legalization changes made to the state’s medical program, there will come a time when OHA will not be able to support the program any longer, according to Beau Whitney, a senior economist with Cannabis data firm New Frontier Data, based in Washington, D.C. Whitney said they won’t be enough patients or money to keep Oregon’s MMJ regulatory program viable. “More than 40,000 Oregonians depend on medical marijuana to treat their medical conditions,” Allen said in a prepared statement. “We are taking steps to maintain the integrity of Oregon’s medical marijuana program and make sure medical products reach the patient who needs them...better tracking of growers, better enforcement, and making sure product that fails testing has been destroyed.”
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Washington State Issues First Emergency Suspension of Cannabis Producer License For the first time ever, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board last month issued an emergency suspension of a Cannabis producer license. The WSLCB said it would seek a permanent revocation, reports Q13 Fox. The license for Refined Cannabinoids in Tacoma was suspended. The business is located at 3303 S. 35th Street in Tacoma. The emergency suspension is effective for six months, during which time the board said it will seek permanent revocation of the license. “Acting on a complaint, WSLCB Enforcement TRACEABILITY conducted a premise check at the licensed location TAGS ALLOW and observed numerous and substantial violations OFFICERS including full rooms of untagged plants, clones and TO TRACK finished product,” the board said. “Traceability tags allow officers to track marijuana MARIJUANA THROUGHOUT throughout the system.” Inspection officers found and seized the THE SYSTEM. items without traceability tags, including 2,569 Cannabis plants, 1,216 Cannabis clones, 375.8 pounds of frozen Cannabis flower, 3,423 half-gram Cannabis joints, and 97.5 pounds of bulk Cannabis flower. “In addition to the untracked product, officers also uncovered evidence that the licensee had been diverting product from the licensed business,” according to the WSLCB.
The OLCC received an avalanche of 1,001 applications in the lead up to a temporary hiatus on processing licenses. The hiatus was intended to allow the agency to work through a backlog of applications. On May 30, the OLCC announced it would set aside any license applications received after June 15. This was to make it possible to tackle a backlog of 1,423 license applications. The resulting influx leading up to June 15 meant more work for 13 OLCC employees, who were already overwhelmed by the workload. “We expected there would be a surge of some kind,” said OLCC spokesman Mark Pettinger. “We didn’t know how much or how great.”
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hen Oregon legalized in 2015, women were the main component to the success of passing Measure 91, resulting in the birth of a legal industry. In the beginning, women - and especially the images of women - either working alongside the plant, managing a dispensary, budtending or baking edibles - transcended social media (see: #womenandweed hashtags); and eventually, the “lifestyle” was catapulted into the spotlight of mainstream media. In 2015, according to a survey done by Marijuana Business Daily, 36 percent of women held leadership positions in the Cannabis industry. In 2017, the number of women in leadership roles dropped to 27 percent; almost down ten percent in two short years. Superficially, the propaganda of women ‘ruling the world of weed’ might have worked to push the agenda of legalization, but it came at a cost. The topic of women and weed has become highly fetishized, and most of the women willing to put themselves out there are white - with very little representation from women of color. As a bi-racial woman (partially white, partially not), I realize the privileges I have been granted, but not earned, because of my light skin. There was (and basically still is) hardly any media diversity being shown, but by holding our media sources accountable (including our own publication), this too can change. Sexual assault and harassment cases already exist within the Oregon legal market. According to the Willamette Week, CEO Nitin Khanna of Cura (aka Select Strains) was accused of raping Lori Fale the
night before his wedding in 2012. Fale took Nitin to court on a $2.3 million dollar sexually battery lawsuit but settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. In 2016, also reported by Willamette Week, Whitney Hobbs filed a sexual harassment suit against her co-founder and CEO Christopher Malott of Highly Distributed, for ‘groping and smelling’ her in the workplace. These were the few reported assaults, and I hope the women in our community have enough support to call out their perpetrators when violated. But unfortunately, my guess is probably no. Therefore, the media must assume the responsibility as watchdogs to expose these stories, in order to provide the public with the truth of the reality of this industry. The “bro culture” of the cannabis can be obnoxious: leaving women, people of color and those with disability on the margins. Generally speaking, there is no paid sick-time, no paid days off, there is no paid maternity or paternity leave for people working in the Oregon Cannabis industry - and the pay remains dismally low. Most budtenders make no more than Oregon minimum wage, usually ranging between 10 to 15 dollars an hour (if they are lucky).
Working in Cannabis farms as garden hands can be back-breaking work, often with zero employee benefits and little pay to boot – if not salaried. If you’re lucky enough to land a high-level position, you might fare better, but most of the Cannabis workforce is left vulnerable. Sometimes, I wonder why women (like myself) continue to claim the Cannabis industry is friendly to women (or anybody for that matter) when the actions of most companies obviously do not back this assertion. We clearly have an ample amount of work ahead of us before the majority of the cannabis industry can actually take care of its workforce. At the end of the day, and despite all the bullshit, I love Oregon and (most of) the people in our Cannabis community trying to bring solutions to the problems of inequity. I want to celebrate the excellence and perseverance of women, but I don’t feel right doing that without a critical lens. Real issues continue to be swept under the rug in Oregon Cannabis culture, and it’s important we acknowledge and address those issues (racism, sexism and beyond), to improve the moral quality of this industry moving forward.
“WE CLEARLY HAVE AN AMPLE AMOUNT OF WORK AHEAD OF US BEFORE THE MAJORITY OF THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY CAN ACTUALLY TAKE CARE OF ITS WORKFORCE.”
As much as our magazine looks to celebrate the women building the foundations of the Oregon (and national) industry, I also believe it’s just as important to be honest and critical on the realities of being a working woman in Cannabis.
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“ I try to help them find the right strain in their preferred method of consumption depending on what they’re looking for.”
FIRST CANNABIS EXPERIENCE? My first experience might be a bit a-typical. My parents consumed Cannabis, and at a young age I “borrowed” a pipe and a bud, snuck away with a friend to the train tracks up between Columbia and Lombard and spent 30 minutes or so attempting to get high. What I didn’t know was that I wasn’t inhaling! I gave up. It wasn’t until a little later in high school that I figured it all out.
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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PART OF THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF THE JOB?
If they’re not sure what they want, I begin by asking some questions like, “how’s their day going? What sort of experience are they looking for?” Next, it’s a question of how they want to consume. Vapor? Smoke? Edible? I try to help them find the right strain in their preferred method of consumption depending on what they’re looking for. When I send them away I’m hoping that their day just got a lil better!
I haven’t been a budtender for very long (just started this year at Happy Leaf), but I have been around the industry for a bit. Prior to being a budtender, I had years of customer experience. It’s fun to transition into the industry on this side of things because I truly do have a love for Cannabis. My favorite part though is absorbing as much knowledge as I can from the industry and my mentors. I love working with our regulars and, of course, getting to spend time with all of the amazing product we carry at the shop.
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HOW DO YOU LIKE TO CONSUME CANNABIS? Joints. Ever since I started rolling freshman year of college, I haven’t given up. I love joints…and blunts on occasion! And I’m not blowing smoke, I’ve even been commissioned to roll a few times because my level of skill for large manufacturing operation in Seattle before I moved back to Oregon.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CANNABIS STRAINS AND EFFECTS? One of my favorite strains is the sativa hybrid of Golden Goat and Pinapple Kush that creates the ever so sweet and euphoric Golden Pineapple! I also love strains with strong citrus terpenes such as Jack Herer, Durban Poison and Clementine. I just can’t stay HAPPY LEAF away from those 1301 NE Broadway St, tasty, happy, active, Portland, OR 97232 (971) 800-0420 creative sativas!
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I believe the numbers have a huge impact on how customers will perceive potency. In reality, we’re learning that this isn’t necessarily true. A high 20s THC count will attract many people but it’s the entourage effect (with untested cannabanoids such as THCa) that can provide the most benefit from Cannabis. Many of these cannabinoids can provide anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective qualities. In all, I would like to see the OLCC require a deeper perspective on the cannabinoids that make up the content of what’s on the shelves.
WHAT SETS YOUR SHOP APART FROM THE REST? We have a happy place and happy staff that work to please the community. Never been around so many smiles in customer service!
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS OUTSIDE CANNABIS? In my spare time I’m working towards becoming a licensed tattoo artist so, I draw. I smoke all the sativa I can get my hands on and go for it! On occasion I’ve been known to hike and watch movies, and still love sativas for those activities too, though I might add a hint of an indica-dominant strain for movie night!
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Highlighting amazing Cannabis pioneers who helped pave the way to greater herbal acceptance.
OPRAH By PACER STACKTRAIN for OREGON LEAF
prah Winfrey, the groundbreaking TV show host and actress, has actually smoked marijuana. It was Gayle that spilled the beans. It’s always Gayle.
But, upon further inspection, the revelation didn’t feel all that unexpected. We did all expect it, didn’t we? This media mogul who’s just so cool and relatable. While we still don’t have it from Oprah’s mouth, we do now have a pretty good idea that Oprah enjoys Cannabis. At least, that’s what her best friend Gayle King told Ellen DeGeneres on her show in May of this year. “Oprah has also smoked a little marijuana, too, I don’t mind saying,” she said, and then quickly added anxiously, “I’m not telling tales out of school.” When pressed by Ellen, King added “I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate her. ... It’s not something that happens on a regular—I’m going to change the subject.” Most of us know Oprah’s life story: born into poverty in rural Mississippi, pregnant at 14, and sent to live with her father in Tennessee after a miscarriage. She landed a radio job while in high school, and from there rose to become one of the “Queen of all Media.” Along the way, Winfrey seemed to break virtually every barrier that lay in front of her. She’s been a media maverick from early on, creating her own production company (Harpo Productions) in 1986, which eventually burgeoned into the Oprah empire, which now includes The Oprah Winfrey Network, O, The Oprah magazine, and, of course, Oprah.com. Today, Oprah is worth approximately $3 billion. Celebrities have had to hide their use of Cannabis for almost a hundred years amid fears of reprisal from the public. And that’s why this month’s column is tough. While Gayle, Oprah’s BFF, claims she consumes the plant - as recently as 2015, Oprah was claiming that she didn’t partake. That year on David Letterman’s final few episodes before retirement – Oprah appeared for an interview. When Letterman asked if she smoked, Oprah replied “Actually, no. I haven’t smoked in 30 years. Really.” Then, on Andy Cohen’s Watch What
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Happens Live, she was asked what the last time she had smoked was “Uh, 19…..82” she replied. Cohen then invited her to hang out after the show, to which she replied, “I hear it’s gotten better!” However, in March of this year, all of a sudden Cannabis content started appearing in the pages of O, The Oprah Magazine. A headline on the cover asks “Is Marijuana the New Merlot? Mellow it Out.” Inside the magazine are stories from High Tea Parties to how to be a Mom and travel with Cannabis to ways to meet like-minded friends who smoke. Oprah.com also has a number of canna-related articles as well. Was Oprah doing a little R&D? Has she recently rekindled her passion for the plant that she says ended in the early 80s? For now, none of us really know the answers to these questions. But if there ever was a more powerful advocate than Oprah – we’d love to hear it. And, Oprah, whenever you’re ready to come out of the green closet: we’ll embrace you with open arms!
ALL OF A SUDDEN CANNABIS CONTENT STARTED APPEARING IN THE PAGES OF O MAGAZINE. A HEADLINE ON THE COVER ASKS “IS MARIJUANA THE NEW MERLOT? MELLOW IT OUT.”
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ike most of us, Cuchetto started smoking weed recreationally at 18. Shortly after she moved to California from Ohio, she was diagnosed with IH at 19 years old. “I have Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. My body either makes excess Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) or doesn’t absorb it properly,” Cuchetto says. “I live every day with the symptoms of a brain tumor, yet there is no mass. This disease has been renamed several times since my diagnosis. It was called Pseudo tumor Cerebri, false brain tumor. Despite the affinity for name tweaking by the medical community, there is not one drug designed to treat this condition,” she explains. “The surgical treatments are insane. Shunt fail rates can mean repeated surgeries. I lost an IH friend who went through 39 surgeries.” IH affects every 1 in 300,000 people. It doesn’t kill you, but the treatments associated are exhausting and hard on the body. Some go for years without an accurate diagnosis and end up losing their eyesight. IH is traditionally diagnosed through spinal taps to check for increased CSF. She is highly sensitive to barometric pressure, which affects her cranial pressure. Cuchetto says the pain isn’t like a headache or migraine – because her skull seams are literally busting open. Due to the lack of treatment options, Cuchetto’s neurologist asked her if she would be open to trying marijuana for relief.
LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS “Eight years ago, I had brain surgery. A ventricular shunt was inserted into my brain to help drain the excess CSF. I already had a lumbar-peritoneal shunt that had failed. The entire process was hell. Three months after insertion, I had it removed. Months in the hospital and ridiculous amounts of opioid painkillers left me allergic and addicted. Here’s the rub...my pain is intracranial, within the skull. Those painkillers do not cross the blood-brain barrier. My relief only came from taking enough to pass out. Opioids were doing nothing to help, in fact, they were making everything worse. I was on a dozen different medications, mostly to counteract the effects of the opioids. My neurologist cautiously suggested Cannabis because he couldn’t outright suggest it. Plus, Cannabis crosses the blood-brain barrier. I finally had pain relief! Thus began my journey,” Cuchetto explains.
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even years ago in 2011, she moved to Oregon with her family as a Cannabis refugee and immediately joined the OMMP program. I asked her what cannabinoids and terpenes work best when dealing with IH? “Definitely Vanilla Kush for pain. Gorge Vortex from Otis Gardens is my daytime savior. I’ve got a serious fan girl crush on this strain! As for concentrates, THC-A is a powerhouse anti-inflammatory. Myrcene, linalool, humulene...hell, ALL of them. Full plant synergy! Drops are tops, meaning I believe tinctures are the best way to use Cannabis medicinally. Mucosal absorption is key! I also use a glass pipe for flower and never say no to a cone!”
“I HELP PEOPLE LEARN IF CANNABIS IS THE RIGHT MEDICINE FOR THEM. I HELP THEM LEARN HOW TO MEDICATE. MOST OF MY PATIENTS ARE FIRST TIME USERS. EACH SITUATION IS UNIQUE.”
Given the little research that exists on IH today, I asked if she had any challenges to using Cannabis as a treatment option? Cuchetto’s husband Ric Cuchetto, is a Cannabis chemist who served on the advisory committee after Measure 91 passed, and currently consults around the world on behalf of Cannabis science. Ric helps create cannabinoid and terpene formulas for Colleen, but not without challenges. “When I think of what Ric and I thought we knew eight years ago, and where we are today...there is so much information and maybe even more misinformation, that I now work as a Patient Advocate,” Cuchetto says. “I help people learn if Cannabis is the right medicine for them. I help them learn how to medicate. Most of my patients are first time users. Each situation is unique. You can’t just say “oh, take this.” There is a learning curve and I can help with that. Having someone to coach you is invaluable. I believe it’s the most successful path to finding your personal dosing regimen. We’ve come full circle. Cannabis is my medicine and I share that gift by trying to help others on this same path.”
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Gorge Greenery Gorge Greenery stands out as a place where every detail is considered. GORGE GREENERY 13 Oak Street Hood River, OR 10am- 8pm Mon-Sat / 10am-7pm Sunday @GorgeGreenery (541) 436-4647
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Owner Kirsten Cook focuses on providing organic products and a unique experience.
THIS IS exactly what I like to see in a
HERE’S all the fun stuff and none of the
CARRYING mostly live resins and
Cannabis shop: a tight connection with a handful of farms and every jar has something that catches my attention. Working with SoFresh, Yerba Buena, Fox Hollow, and Otis farms leaves just enough room for the occasional jar of dank from some other great farm to show up in between the usual Durban Poison and Sour Banana Sherbet.
fluff (that is unless we’re counting those insanely delicious chocolate covered Junk Marshmallows). The beverages here are fresh squeezed OJ, the chocolate bars elevated with warming spices, and the medicated salt water taffy hand-stretched. Keep that in mind the next time you need to impress someone with a sophisticated sweet tooth.
top tier cartridges, you might want shop elsewhere if you’re trying to get the absolute best deal in town. The shelves are full of well-known brands in sharp packaging with recognizable strains and top tier cannabinoid profiles. The only thing we would really like to see is more solventless options.
PURPLE MARTIAN LIVE RESIN
Grower Peter Bergeman may no longer
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be with us, but his growing and breeding tas t e legacy lives on. This interesting strain val u e is the culmination of years of in-house crossing and the result ef f ect THC is layered and complex. Cedar, l ab el sandalwood and cinnamon make t otal 15/20 for an interesting top note over CBD cherry wood and tomato leaf accents. The scent is more evocative of a bag of herbal tea than the average bud. Effects are just as relaxed. Stinky, not so much, though I suppose “Sweetly Scented Pete” just didn’t have the same ring to it. ($14/g)
THE SHOWROOM is nice and
spacious. I’ll even give them bonus points for being well-lit and laid out as well. The upcycled aesthetic of reclaimed wood and hanging barn doors fit the space well and break from convention with colorful stains and intentional touches of steel and glass to give it a modern, updated feel.
Easily one of my favorite offerings
from Echo Electuary to date, ta st e this Purple Martian Live Resin va lu e concentrate clocks in at an impressive 13.7 percent ef f ec t THC terpenes. The scent is syrupy la b el canned peaches, bright berries still t ota l 18/20 on the vine, and a sweet orange flower scent that keeps my nose glued to the jar. This perfectly runny sauce started to crystallize after a few dabs, stirring up memories of cracking the crust on a Crème brûlée. Honestly, I’d choose this over any dessert, just as rich and enjoyable but with none of the calories.($50/g)
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Overall 19/20 GORGE GREENERY stands out as a place where every detail is considered. Each product has been carefully chosen and the budtenders all seem to have up-to-the-minute knowledge of their wares. The shop’s design is open and welcoming and the selection is a veritable who’s who of quality Oregon producers. This is a true destination shop and a reliable place to grab something good if you’re passing through the area in between adventures.
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420 NE 60th Ave urbanfarmacypdx.com (503) 957-7832
Hours: Mon/Tues: 10:00AM - 9:00PM Weds - Sat: 10:00AM - 9:45PM Sun: 11:00AM - 7:00PM Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of marijuana. For use only by adults 21 years of age and older. Keep marijuana out of the reach of children.
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La Mota Owner Rosa Cazares oversees nearly a dozen La Mota locations across Oregon, including shops in Portland, Medford and Rockaway Beach.
LA MOTA 3695 SW Elliott Pl, Beaverton, OR Open 8am-10pm Monday-Sunday LaMota.com (503) 747-4654
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Strains 3/5 STRAINS! They’ve got plenty of choices but
little info on which farm produced what. While I noticed a robust spread on the shelf, there wasn’t much attention paid to flower rich in CBD, growing practices, or effect beyond indica and sativa. Some repeats on the shelf as well with GG#4 on the shelf for both $6 and $14 a gram. Still, some stand out flower on their tiptop shelf, just expect treat-yourself style prices.
Edibles 4/5 IF YOU show up to La Mota and have the munchies, I can pretty much guarantee you’re walking away with something medicated to snack on. Plenty to indulge in from Grön Chocolate-covered pretzels, to Laurie + Maryjanes almond cake bites (swoon). They carry plenty of the reliable brands that have been crafting edibles here in Oregon since the medical days. Some of those packages still sport the handmade feel of those days and I’d love to see some aesthetic updates in the future.
Concentrates 3/5 YOU COULD be stoned for a month and
still not try everything on the shelf. Strains like Bubblegum, Blueberry Haze, Orange Cookies all caught my attention. I think of the selection here a little bit like a drive-thru, if it’s convenient and gets the job done you can relax on the quality a little and still end up scraping the bottom of a pint of Salt & Straw.
CAREER ENDER / INDICA CARTRIDGE It’s easy to admire the color and clarity
LA MOTA BLUE MAGOO BHO
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Blue Magoo, a Blueberry and Williams Wonder
on this distillate CCELL cartridge tas t e from the La Mota folks. Slipped into val u e my Palm battery I get nice, vaporous hits without any ef f ect THC temperature adjustments or l ab el fiddling with the battery. The plastic t otal 14/20 tip is comfortable to use and makes it easy to see how much sand I have kicking around in my pocket. Easily wiped out and still hits like a champ. The flavor here is nearly all myrcene and the effect is just enough to curb light social anxiety or push you over the edge into dreamland ($25 | 0.5g).
cross, is an indica leaning berry forward strain ta st e and a Northwest favorite. Where some like the va lu e chilled-out effect others enjoy that it’s not one of those “oops I misplaced ef f ec t THC my car for three days” type strains. la b el La Mota partners with NW KIND, known t ota l 15/20 for making slabs of tasty dabs and a highly competitive price, to create this easy on the wallet offering. Berry bush flavors and a mind relaxing effect make this an easy grab when you’ve scheduled nothing but Netflix and pizza delivery. La Mota grams of BHO start at $15.
Delanie Banks helps a customer
Environment 4/5 FOR A QUICK STOP, La Mota is
an easy fix. The place is built on convenience with a focus on quick service, their broad menu, and easy-on-the-eyes aesthetic. Don’t expect to hang and talk over about the latest Instagram strains, but let’s be real; this isn’t your college dealer’s apartment. Get in and get on with it.
Overall 14/20 I DIG the consistency of the La Mota family
of shops. If you stop at the one up the street or happen to pop in a shop near the coast you’ll be getting a similar experience. Warm staff, white interiors and a pretty nice selection of what you need to get stoned. Not quite the Plaid Pantry of Cannabis yet, but they’re definitely an easy choice when you need something to dab on or a quick pre-roll after a long day at work.
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M.A.C really shows off what this plant can
produce — and it’s not at all hype. Meraki Gardens, a relatively new group of women growers (see profile on Founder Stacie Jenkins pg. 63) is elbowing their way onto the scene with a stable of killer genetics and chunky Clean Green Certified flower. Hand to heart, I don’t think I’ve seen anything with more trichomes this year. Breaking into each bud feels almost geological, digging through the trichome laden crystal caverns in between positively coated calyxes. The scent in the jar is light and floral but I wouldn’t call it subtle. Breaking up the buds provides a pronounced sugar cookie dough scent with a light orange blossom citrus note. Giving the stem a rub reveals a little ginger and orange oil, tart and herbaceous. In a grinder, the lighter floral aromas pop and I get notes of iris, berry bush, and tonic water. Sweet and nice with a sophisticated tartness that gives this a more complex character than most. The effect of this flower SWEET AND NICE WITH is soaring, focused and eye-opening. With a A SOPHISTICATED bit of that lost-in-space TARTNESS THAT GIVES THIS A MORE COMPLEX feeling that tends to mess with my sense of CHARACTER THAN MOST. time. It might be cheesy to say that even watching the grass grow was interesting, but there I was parked on a park bench watching the decorative grass in front of a dentist’s office colorfully bend and sway in the breeze. Likely great for zoning out on a day off, this flower really excels when the setting is a beautiful outdoor spot. I find it great for a hike, especially if you don’t mind losing yourself in the minute details of a mushroom cap. Available from Virtue Supply Company, Foster Buds and Amberlight.
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To all the hard working women in Oregon Cannabis, Cheers from the women of The Sweet Life.
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DANICA HIBPSHMAN OLCC Director of Statewide Licensing STORY BY SIMONE FISCHER | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
anica Hibpshman has worked with the Oregon Liquor and Licensing Commission since 2015. She left work in the private sector as a litigation attorney to help with rule drafting and the advisory committee process shortly after Measure 91 passed in 2014 legalizing recreational use in Oregon. Hibpshman is now in charge of Cannabis licensing statewide, which comes with its own unique set of obstacles, she explained. “I oversee marijuana and alcohol licensing around the state. It’s really amazing but chaotic at times - and insanely busy. It’s not easy, but I like the challenge. I direct policy on licensing actions and working with the policy team on rule revisions, legislative concepts and activities to makes sure we are meeting our requirements.” The OLCC recently issued a pause in licensing (starting June 15th, 2018), because they need to review their licensing workload as an agency. Staying proactive in uncharted waters can be difficult, but Hibpshman believes it can be done. She talks about making Cannabis licensing a collaborative process by encouraging existing licensed business to give their input - as the Cannabis regulation landscape remains in flux. “[The OLCC] has 1,900 licenses to renew and the industry is in a very dynamic state right now. Many businesses are seeking to take on new investors, make capital improvements to their business, and scale up or scale down their operations. All of this requires licensing attention,” Hibpshman said. “Due to the current market squeeze, we wanted to refocus our licensing efforts to try and take care of existing licenses before we take on any more. We are working on some updates to our rules to make the licensing process more streamlined. We do read the public comments we receive, so if you don’t like something let us know. I love when people call and ask questions because it’s so much easier to ask for permission than to ask for forgiveness.” Although the OLCC is working as fast as they can to license new and existing businesses, it’s difficult with limited staff and additional changes to implement. Hibpshman is trying to remain responsive and is open to any and all feedback from stakeholders in the Cannabis industry. The licensing process is paramount to the foundation of the legal Cannabis industry, and leaders like Hibpshman are in full support. “We are here to serve the Cannabis industry in any way we can. This industry is so creative, and to see all the things people are trying to do to be successful is eye-opening,” she said. “The OLCC is trying to create easier, cheaper paths that lead new businesses to success. I love this industry and am super pro-Cannabis. We want businesses to be successful by fairly balancing regulatory requirements on our end. It’s always my best day when I can figure out an answer when people want to try something innovative.”
“I LOVE WHEN PEOPLE CALL AND ASK QUESTIONS BECAUSE IT’S SO MUCH EASIER TO ASK FOR PERMISSION THAN TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS.”
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SugarTop Buddery | Cofounder STORY BY JANELLE LASSALLE @JENKHARI | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
nna Kaplan is the living embodiment of what happens when Cannabis and art merge together. “Cannabis is a plant that elevates and inspires, and brings people together just like art and music,” Kaplan says. “The two feed one another and are profoundly linked through our connection to our inner selves and the outside world.” A trained oil painter and sculptor, Anna graduated from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a master’s of fine arts degree. She also has a post-baccalaureate graduate certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kaplan is also one of the co-founders of SugarTop Buddery, a Cannabis producer based in Eugene, Oregon. Sugartop’s ethos parallels Kaplan’s way of life in their commitment to supporting the arts. “We have a philosophy and a mission for SugarTop: Cannabis, Community, Integrity, Music and Art,” she said. “I’m driven by SugarTop’s commitment to giving back to the community, especially when it comes to fostering local arts and music.” She has reasons to be proud. From having artists serenade their crew and plants before every harvest, to hosting events like Halloween themed “Tokes ‘n’ Treats” neighborhood bash, Kaplan’s enthusiasm for the arts brings people together. “We sponsor and support as many artists, shows and events as possible both local and outside of Eugene, and we try to partner with visual artists as much as possible to empower them within the community.” Kaplan is wrapped up in the community in the desire to contribute to making the world a better place in any way she can. Take SugarTop’s signature Mondo and Stubby Bats, for instance, they’re pre-roll joints packaged in reusable tubes and joint boxes that are made from 100 percent hemp fiber and printed with soy-based ink. It’s a commitment to sustainability that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Going above and beyond the call of duty is Kaplan’s specialty. She does everything in her power to help her fellow females thrive and serves as co-president of Women Leaders in Cannabis, a Eugene based nonprofit that helps provide a women-only space for networking, education and empowerment. “Though it may seem competitive, this industry is built on community and lifting each other up,” she continues. “We are here to see each other succeed and while it’s uncomfortable to step into the unknown, we’re here doing it together.”
“I’M DRIVEN BY SUGARTOP’S COMMITMENT TO GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO FOSTERING LOCAL ARTS AND MUSIC.”
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Podcaster and freelance content producer STORY BY SIMONE FISCHER PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
iara Darnell of Portland was recently selected out of 18,000 applicants to participate in Spotify’s first-ever SoundUp Bootcamp for women podcasters of color. Last June, the global streaming service selected ten women to join veteran podcasters Rekha Murthy, and Graham Griffith, among other well-known media professionals in New York City for a week-long training tailored to help boot campers make their podcast ideas a reality. High, Good People (HGP), is Darnell’s podcast about “Cannabis in the new age of legalization from the perspective of people of color.” Her “potcast” as she calls it, is already making waves locally and nationally with the pilot episode, which focuses on the sometimes fraught conversations people of color face when “coming out” to their parents about their involvement in the industry. In addition to featuring Darnell’s own story, the first episode opens with the story of first-generation Mexican American, Isaac Camacho, one of the co-founders of the Cannabis courier service, Kush Cart. “I looked at the landscape of Cannabis media and was struck by the fact that the episode formats were pretty much the same, interview style. And many of the podcasts are very white, very male, and not particularly inclusive of the stories and experiences of people of color who have borne the brunt of the American War on Drugs,” explains Darnell. “Legalization is moving forward across the country, and I realized a niche for my passion for Cannabis and my journalism background at the intersection of weed, race, class, and culture. You can find the I felt like this project was needed now, and that pilot episode of Oregon, a state with a legacy of racial exclusion and a thriving High, Good People Cannabis industry, is an ideal place to launch this project.” on Medium.com and A native Marylander, Darnell moved to Oregon after spendSoundcloud. Follow Darnell on Twitter ing two years in Morocco with the U.S. Peace Corps following and Instagram a curiosity in the wine industry. She spent five months working @highgoodpeople. in wine, and a year working as an administrative assistant at
Oregon Public Broadcasting before leaving to focus on graduate school at the University of Oregon in Portland. Around that time, Darnell landed her first gig in radio as the host of the Friday night vintage blues show, The Real Deal, on Portland’s jazz radio station, KMHD. In addition to pursuing two graduate degrees full-time, she managed two part-time jobs, including her first job in Cannabis as a budtender at SE Portland dispensary, Farma. While, at Farma, Darnell earned master’s degrees in both Strategic Communications, and Multimedia Journalism from the School of Journalism and Communication. Darnell said that Veteran reporter Emily Harris (currently of the Center for Investigative Reporting’s podcast Reveal) provided her with much of the inspiration to step out of her comfort zone with video and begin experimenting with audio storytelling. “I want people of color, especially women of color who are sitting hesitantly on great ideas or are unsure if there is a place for them in the weed industry, to see what I’m doing and to understand that I didn’t know exactly what I was doing when I started budtending or this podcast. But I did it anyway,” Darnell said. Initially, Darnell planned to release additional episodes of HGP month to month, but after her time in the Spotify boot camp, she has decided to take the rest of summer to work on a series of episodes that will eventually be release bi-weekly as the first season of High, Good People. In future episodes, Darnell plans to tackle subjects related to the racial baggage of the word “marijuana,” the Cannabis industry in rural areas of Oregon, and how people in the deaf and hard of hearing community experience navigating Cannabis spaces.
“I WANT PEOPLE OF COLOR, ESPECIALLY WOMEN OF COLOR WHO ARE SITTING HESITANTLY ON GREAT IDEAS OR ARE UNSURE IF THERE IS A PLACE FOR THEM IN THE WEED INDUSTRY, TO SEE WHAT I’M DOING AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT I DIDN’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I WAS DOING WHEN I STARTED BUDTENDING OR THIS PODCAST. BUT I DID IT ANYWAY.”
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ALLIE BECKETT TKO Reserve | Chief Marketing Officer STORY BY JANELLE LASSALLE @JENKHARI | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
llie Beckett is a true renaissance woman: part writer, part photographer and full-time badass. The lady clearly loves to hustle and stay busy. She’s the co-founder and vice president of Sales and Marketing at TKO Reserve, a family-owned Cannabis producer for the Pacific Northwest region that specializes in exotic strains; a writer at Marijuana.com; and even a regional editor at Weedmaps. As a freelance photographer with clients like High Times Magazine, Beckett’s photos depict a love for the herb that shines through every frame. “Cannabis is beautiful in so many diverse ways and I’m always trying to find new ways to express that,” Beckett said. Her love of Cannabis is only a small part of her passion for all living things. “I studied environmental science in college so I’m also really passionate about sustainability, regenerative agriculture, and going beyond traditional organic cultivation.” You can see her commitment to sustainable farming practices in everything TKO does. “We really strive to be a well-rounded farm by growing a variety of plants to act as nutrients for our plants. We do this by rescuing animals and letting their compost play a role in the growing cycle.” Beckett’s love for organic practices is infectious. “Hearing from other farms that seeing those things encourages them is really inspiring for us,” beams Beckett. “I think as Cannabis farmers, it’s our responsibility to heal and regenerate the land alongside commercial production.” She’s got a zest for life, an unrelenting sense of curiosity begging to be explored. “We’re excited to continue the journey down the rabbit hole of breeding and strain creation,” she said. “It’s always been our end goal to create and find new, unique flavor profiles for the world.” Her latest project, a collaboration between TKO and Alaina Austin of Green Fire Genetics, is a great example of how Oregon growers can utilize their creativity to produce some really special flower. “Last year we used one of our favorite old-school cuts of Catpiss and [Alaina] crossed it with her Green Fire OG, Zkittlez by ZOZ, and Stardawg. It’s produced some crazy new flavor profiles we can’t get enough of.” Allie’s combination of relentless enthusiasm, curiosity and compassion for all living things makes me ask her a serious question. “How, if ever, do you handle sexism when you encounter it?” I begin. “Brush it off and channel that energy into my work to keep getting better and better,” she replies, cool as a cucumber. “The best revenge is success.”
“CANNABIS IS BEAUTIFUL IN SO MANY DIVERSE WAYS AND I’M ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND NEW WAYS TO EXPRESS THAT,”
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ROSA CAZARES Chief Executive Officer | La Mota
STORY BY SIMONE FISCHER @SIMONEFISCHERR | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
a Mota’s first dispensary was founded in 2015 by CEO Rosa Cazares and her partner, Aaron. La Mota has grown to include over 12 operating retail stores, three grows and two wholesalers. On top of the ever-expanding success of La Mota in Oregon, Cazares just became a new mother to boot. “We want it to be a family business and we solely focus on the Oregon market,” Cazares explains. “We currently have 80 employees and every new store we open, we hire ten more employees. We are trying to create the best team possible to sustain and grow.” Given the competitive market that exists in Oregon today, the momentum La Mota has built up through the struggles of a new industry is a worthy achievement. I asked Cazares what her normal day looks like when managing over a dozen retail locations and employees. “I manage all the employees and HR issues. I’m in the office and oversee our grows and general compliance. It’s not work for me, and I love it. Aaron is the founder and partner of La Mota and the buyer of all our products. We are still in the trenches and doing the same work we have done since 2015. Our goal is to shine through hard work and dedication, and the success keeps coming,” Cazares says. Before entering the legal Cannabis industry, Cazares background was in real estate. Diving into new uncharted waters was scary at first, but Cazares has the passion to continue to build her team despite market saturation and struggles. Above all else, Cazares wants to give women and women of color an opportunity to enter the legal Cannabis industry in a permanent way. Every new store opening requires at least ten new staff members and she oversees the entire process. “We have a strong foundation of empowering so many women within our company. I want to show my daughter that women are leaders and hopefully she will head La Mota someday. Currently, we are about to break ground and build out in southwest Portland. Our biggest challenge is getting licensed faster. We want to open more stores but, the permitting process takes almost a year. Building out and expanding is more difficult than the actual competition.”
“I WANT TO SHOW MY DAUGHTER THAT WOMEN ARE LEADERS AND HOPEFULLY SHE WILL HEAD LA MOTA SOMEDAY. ”
Cazares, 30, oversees a growing empire with daughter, Alaska, 4 months, often in-tow.
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ash culture has long been dominated by men. While the edible and topical Cannabis products have more female participation, concentrates and extracts continue to be helmed by our male counterparts. That was until I met Jennifer Hendricks. Hendricks was the first female hash maker to win first place at the San Francisco High Times Cup back in 2014. In a scene dominated by BHO, I asked her why she got into the hash scene? “I went to the High Times Colorado Cup in 2013, and I decided to move to Washington and grow medically. My grandmother had been fighting cancer, so I was really looking into the medical benefits of Cannabis to help her. I took my kids and moved to Washington and joined the medical Cannabis program and started growing openly for the first time,” Hendricks explains. She started working as an electrician originally, and she began to wire peoples underground grows in exchange for knowledge on how to grow Cannabis itself. She eventually built her own grow, but still felt pushed out by partners. That’s when she decided to start washing hash because she wanted something that was entirely her own. “I started learning how to make BHO back when we were open blasting. We eventually had closed loop machines, but everything time I went to learn the guys would push me out. I started washing hash because I wanted something that was my own. I went online, bought my own bags and washer and sifted through every piece of material out there on making hash. Everyone was getting into machines and hydrocarbons, but I wanted to stand out. Plus, I have kids and I’m not going to be open blasting in my garage putting my family at risk,” Hendricks said. Hendricks started washing hash in 2014 and was hooked. That year she wasn’t looked at as a threat when she entered the High Times Cup. “I was the underdog, and everybody fought me the whole time. My first place wash was true 70u Kottonmouth Kush X Strawberry Cough. Everyone told me I wasn’t gonna win, and BAMF (a fellow hash maker) was gonna kick my ass. It was a big shocker to everyone,” she explains. Not only does Hendricks wash all of her own hash personally, she also cultivates and pheno hunts for the best strains to wash. She hand picks her strains and trims everything herself. Hendricks says nobody but her touches her weed because she is neurotic about quality. “When I was pheno hunting I was looking for good hash strains and I hunting for the best resin strains – not yield. I was the first woman in the U.S. to win first place at the 2014 San Francisco Cannabis Cup; and the first woman in the world to do it from start to finish aka single source, seed-to-jar. The key to hash is fire-in, fire-out: your genetics and how you grow is key to producing cup-winning hash. I controlled all aspects of cultivation and washing,” Hendricks said. Hendricks is now exclusively washing hash for Newton’s Nursery in Maine. She still plans to regularly visit Oregon but wants to pursue this opportunity to wash craft hash on the East Coast and we wish her the best of luck.
“THE KEY TO HASH IS FIRE-IN, FIRE-OUT: YOUR GENETICS AND HOW YOU GROW IS KEY TO PRODUCING CUP-WINNING HASH.”
JENNIFER HENDRICKS Award-winning Oregon Hash Maker | @JennDoe420 STORY BY SIMONE FISCHERR @SIMONEFISCHERR | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
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STEPHANIE BARNHART Cultivation Classic Co-founder and Programming Director STORY BY NATE WILLIAMS @NATEW415 | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
you have ever attended one of Oregon’s epic Cultivation Classic events, then you’ve likely seen or even met Stephanie Barnhart, the overtly friendly and keen entrepreneur responsible for the production of this unique organic producers’ competition. Calm and composed under pressure, Barnhart has been the driving force behind more than 60 Oregon music, food, beer, wine, comedy, and Cannabis events. She began her event production career in early 2014 when she was hired by Portland’s Willamette Week newspaper as their event director. This role would challenge her to utilize both her journalism and her public relations skills, and Barnhart fell in love with the fast pace and challenge of event production. In 2014, Oregonians approved Measure 91, legalizing non-medical cultivation and use of Cannabis. The Willamette Week made the wise decision to add coverage on the development of this newly legalized industry. In keeping with their program, the company requested Barnhart get up to speed on what it would take to throw a compliant, Cannabis-friendly event, not knowing how this would change the course of her career forever. Her first Cannabis event for Willamette Week was a legalization
party held on July 1, 2015, the first day of recreational legality that hosted over 500 people. It remains far more challenging than one might anticipate to throw a fully legal, above board and compliant Cannabis event in Oregon and more specifically, in Portland. Today, Barnhart is a master of OLCC regulation and is considered the premier Cannabis event coordinator in the state. Much like the industry itself, Barnhart’s development as an event producer has moved ahead at a freight train pace. Since that legalization party, she’s helped develop the Cultivation Classic, an amazing organic producers’ competition, and the Summer Fair, which saw over 3,000 attendees this year and last. Barnhart’s can-do attitude and unwavering positive demeanor makes her a joy to work with on any level. In 2017, she parted ways from the Willamette Week to continue to develop her skills and her name as an event coordinator and to spend more time with her family. At only 27 years young, she’s an inspiration not only to women everywhere but to young entrepreneurs of all kinds.
TODAY, BARNHART IS A MASTER OF OLCC REGULATION AND CONSIDERED THE PREMIER CANNABIS EVENT COORDINATOR IN THE STATE.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER TO OTHER ASPIRING POTREPRENEURS? “I would give this advice to other humans no matter your gender or what industry you pursue. Do your due diligence. Observe the community, ask questions, listen to the answers. Pace yourself but grind your ass off to build something you care about it’s YOUR time you’re investing, so make sure you’re having fun. Be nice. Specifically, for women-identifiers: Cheer loudly for and show up for each other. We need to stick together.”
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Owner and Chief Executive Officer | Stemless STORY BY JANELLE LASSALLE @JENKHARI | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
oushi Sunder’s finance pedigree is impressive. She’s got a BA in business from the H. Lundquist College of Business; a MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and has worked in financial trading and at Morgan Stanley. Despite all this financial know-how, her real passion is much more down to earth. She’s a huge advocate of making Cannabis accessible to everyone, inspiring her to create the online Cannabis delivery platform, Stemless. “My first dispensary experience in Washington had long lines, was cash only and I had no idea what to buy. The overall experience was confusing and unengaging. I walked away from that realizing that we could use technology to do better.” Using technology to help consumers make more informed purchasing choices is Koushi’s joie de vivre. “We’re starting to collect data that will help customers make more intelligent suggestions based on what they’ve liked in the past,” she begins excitedly. “Predictive analytics will provide valuable data-driven answers to customer’s questions in a way that a person will never be able to do.” As a female CEO of color, she’s determined to help use her technical savvy to help empower girls all over the world. Her latest project, an infused industry appreciation dinner in late July, was geared towards helping girls to pursue careers in science and technology, with a portion of all proceeds going to the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project. Through investing heavily in technological innovation and education, Koushi hopes to erase the negative stigma that’s come to be associated with Cannabis users. “Make Cannabis more socially acceptable by removing stigmas against its use. We need to stop treating Cannabis like it’s a vice - no one gets high and goes home and beats their children.”
SHE’S A HUGE ADVOCATE OF MAKING CANNABIS ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE, INSPIRING HER TO CREATE THE ONLINE CANNABIS DELIVERY PLATFORM.
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Compliance Specialist | Yerba Buena Farms STORY BY NATE WILLIAMS @NATEW415 | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
the relative Compliance Specialist for Yerba Buena Farms, Brooke Matis could be considered the glue that holds it all together. At any given point in time, there are up to 4,000 Cannabis plants at Yerba Buena, all in varying stages of life, all individually tagged and tracked, thanks to Matis. The complex system of naming, categorizing, tagging and tracking have all been developed from the ground up by Matis to best suit the workflow of the farm. “I wanted to create a program that could not just make inventory easier but could also help with plant analysis and data tracking. We use proprietary methods utilizing unique batch ID’s and a variety of customized systems to track generations, growth patterns and genetics.” Matis has been involved with Cannabis since 2010, where she started her career by trimming and working in grow rooms doing simple plant maintenance on a small medical farm in Arizona. At the time, she was attending Northern Arizona University and studying Hotel and Restaurant Management. Since then, she’s handled just about every job you can imagine on a Cannabis farm and has transformed her passion for the plant into a full-blown career. Hired as a trimmer at Yerba Buena in February of 2016, it was only a matter of months before recreational licenses began to be distributed in Oregon and Yerba was one of the first to receive an OLCC license in the state. At the time of transition, farms were not allowed to have flowering canopy space or harvested product on-site, leaving nothing for Matis and the other trimmers at the time to do. The company, realizing the value of their staff, decided to transition them to cultivation assistants rather than let them go and, once licensed, hired new in-house trimmers. Within the same year, she leveled up again to her current position of Compliance Specialist. Since then, she has been the sole developer of Yerba’s inventory tracking program; taking her knowledge of the facilities’ flow and experience of working day-to-day with the plants to create an efficiency-focused functional system from it. Outside of work, Matis can be found frequenting live music, riding her longboard, exploring Portland’s amazing food scene, sewing, or enjoying R&R time with her friends or cat Piper.
“WE USE PROPRIETARY METHODS UTILIZING UNIQUE BATCH ID’S AND A VARIETY OF CUSTOMIZED SYSTEMS TO TRACK GENERATIONS, GROWTH PATTERNS AND GENETICS.”
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KATIE HOLLISTER Owner-Operator | Flapjax Extracts
STORY BY NATE WILLIAMS @NATEW415 | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
orn and raised in Alabama, Katie Hollister didn’t know much about Cannabis until the early 2000s when she tried it for the first-time, courtesy of a friend. After she graduated college, she met her now husband and business partner, Jimmy, in 2008 and was exposed to the world of Cannabis concentrates. Over the years, she learned more and more about hash oil and how it was made through Jimmy, who was a native Oregonian. When the couple was married in 2012, she promised Jimmy they could move back to Oregon, where he truly longed to be. The next year, they set out on the trek from Alabama to the West Coast. Life got busy for the pair as they found themselves moving away from Portland’s dreamy cityscape to the central Oregon coast to help take care of Jimmy’s sickly mother. Since the pair had housing covered because both were working, they were able to begin saving some money. They decided the money was either going to be used to purchase a house or a business, though they didn’t know which at the time. After doing some initial research and consulting with some people familiar with the industry, they decided they wanted to pursue endeavoring in Cannabis. They landed on starting a processing business after discussing and realizing neither wanted to run a retail store or a cultivation operation. The pair founded Flapjax Extracts in 2016 and, after jumping through numerous hurdles, became licensed in 2017. Processors are required to build “C1D1” certified hydrocarbon extraction rooms anywhere extraction occurs, and Hollister spent painstaking time and effort developing facilities above and beyond the safety requirements of the city, county and state. Since licensure last year, the company has been steadily developing relationships with local quality-focused farms. Flapjax has processed material for Gardens of Odin, Dairyland Dankery, Geek Farms, Sol Sisters,and more. Check out our review of their Strawberry Banana live resin on page 80 and keep an eye out for Flapjax at your local dispensary if you’re looking for something new and small-batch!
HOLLISTER SPENT PAINSTAKING TIME AND EFFORT DEVELOPING FACILITIES ABOVE AND BEYOND THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS OF THE CITY, COUNTY AND STATE.
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MADELINE MARTINEZ Executive Director | NORML Oregon
STORY BY RYAN HERRON @THELOUD100 | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
adeline Martinez is the OG luminary when it comes to the legalization of Cannabis. Her own legalization efforts began with collecting signatures over 20 years ago. Those efforts helped usher in Oregon’s medical Cannabis program back when the thought of a dispensary was a far-fetched fantasy. She never looked back. Like a veritable Johnny Appleseed of weed, Martinez helped patients connect with caregivers and shared cuts of medicinal strains with folks who were looking for greater access to better medicine. Here we are two decades later and Martinez is a beam of light and a bit of a mom figure in the Cannabis industry. One of the first waves of Oregonians to receive her medical-use endorsement, her advocacy quickly put her in a directorial role at NORML. It wasn’t long before she took the Portland chapter and expanded it into a statewide organization. Continuing to lead the charge for Cannabis equality, Martinez has long been vocal about legalizing social use of Cannabis. Her World Famous Cannabis Café, which opened and closed twice, was just as much about the social aspect as it was about the Cannabis. Creating community and bringing people together has always been one of Martinez’s strong suits. The excitement was obvious to anyone observing the groups of folks who flocked there and in the winning exclamations on bingo days. The Clean Air Act, an Oregon rule about working around second-hand smoke, and its prohibitive fines, encouraged the Café to close its doors. We fully expect to see the heart of this place live on when the timing is right. The constantly evolving atmosphere of the legal Cannabis market is being influenced by a relatively small group of corporate interests and vocal advocates. It’s reassuring to know that Martinez is there with the patient’s best interest in mind. From her past working at correctional facilities in California to her current role as Executive Director at NORML Oregon, she has the breadth of experience to lend her wisdom and voice to an industry that absolutely needs strong leaders.
CONTINUING TO LEAD THE CHARGE FOR CANNABIS EQUALITY, MADELINE HAS LONG BEEN VOCAL ABOUT LEGALIZING SOCIAL USE.
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KATE BLACK KATIE STEM Peak Extracts Chief Operating Officer
Peak Extracts Chief Executive Officer
STORY BY RYAN HERRON @THELOUD100 | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
ith all of the celebration behind Peak Extract’s delicious single-strain chocolates, it might be surprising to find out that the company actually started with a focus on the medicinal aspects and not just the delicious details. Stem with a sincere interest in self-care and taking charge of her own medication, said she dove deep into Chinese herbalism, learning and tracking how different herbs interacted with each other to provide a more synergistic effect. Noting that Cannabis is part of the Herbalist’s arsenal, Stem said it made perfect sense to build on that knowledge base and apply that to the fresh-faced Cannabis market. Black partnered with Stem in 2014 and the rest is history. Never looking for the easiest solution, the pair are intently focused on results. They extract all of their Cannabis oil in-house to have complete control over the final product. They have refined their methods to preserve the natural terpene profiles in the flower they extract. A lot of effort goes into providing a simple product with a not-so-simple array of terpenes and cannabinoids. It’s clearly a labor of love and one that continues to build on its past successes. Their chocolates, fast-acting Rescue Rub topical, and strain-specific cartridges are all produced with this same level of quality and true attention to detail. The extra attention is worth it. Since the beginning days in the kitchen, the testimonials haven’t stopped rolling in. Both women can recount times where a letter from a relieved customer has brought tears to their eyes. Providing relief offers the most satisfaction for these two, though the company’s natural growth and loyal community support seem to take a close second. It’s an impressive feat to take a cottage business from out of the kitchen and into a full-fledged factory that supports a handful of employees and a steadily expanding product line. This locally owned, self-funded company has been built from the ground up on the glowing recommendations of patients and peers. With all of those good feelings going into each bar, medicated chocolate never tasted so sweet.
BOTH WOMEN CAN RECOUNT TIMES WHERE A LETTER FROM A RELIEVED CUSTOMER HAS BROUGHT TEARS TO THEIR EYES. Peak Extracts COO Kate Black with girlfriend of Katie Stem, CEO.
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LAURA VEGA Co-owner / founder | Sour Bhotz
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aura Vega left New York in 2014 with her then fiancé Orlando, to find a more Cannabis friendly city they could settle down in. In this case, the grass was definitely greener, and more importantly a lot less likely to put you in jail if you were trying to get some natural medicine into the hands of a sick family member. After surveying their options the best fit was Portland. A butcher and lawyer on the east coast, these two knew their unique talents would lend well to the Cannabis industry and launched Sour Bhotz. After playing with the recipe a little, they settled on flavorless distillate in a time when most people had never heard of it. They worked with a street artist friend of theirs and produced the familiar logo and iconic robot shape. They took the first batch to Oregon’s Finest and haven’t looked back. “One of the most fulfilling things has been to work with Jesse Horton and the Minority Cannabis Alliance. Trying to get equal treatment for people who have been adversely affected by Cannabis laws is something that really hits home for me,” Laura said. Merging law and social justice was the sweet spot Laura and Orlando gravitated toward by staying involved and advocating to keep Oregon’s medical program alive. Edibles like Sour Bhotz help everyone keep their dose in check. Laura fondly recalls the days of cutting off little gummy robot heads to send in for testing. “We don’t want anyone to have a bad time,” Laura said. The cheeky robot gummies include a guide that lets you split the little dude into a proper size for the ride you’re looking for. You can munch an arm if you need a light dose or pop the whole thing in and melt into your movie theater seat. “Consistency, and delivering the right dose is very important to us.” Laura and Orlando have a realistic approach, knowing that people are using their products for medical relief or personal use. They’re frequent users of their own products for both pain and relaxation. Laura sums it up best: “However you’re going to use it, it really is a wonderful plant.”
“CONSISTENCY, AND DELIVERING THE RIGHT DOSE IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US.”
In 2014, Laura founded Sour Bhotz, a Portland-based edible company making colorful and delicious, bite-sized Cannabis-infused treats — available in Alaska, Oregon, California and soon, Vega says, Puerto Rico.
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STACIE JENKINS Owner and Head Grower | Meraki Gardens STORY BY SIMONE FISCHER @SIMONEFISCHERR | PHOTO BY DANIEL BERMAN
tacie Jenkins is the head-grower and owner of Meraki Gardens. The company name of Meraki comes from a Greek phrase which means ‘‘To do something with soul creativity and passion, to leave a piece of yourself in the work.” Jenkins said this was exactly how she felt about her company the second she saw the word. Cannabis production is no easy feat – it requires heavy manual labor and meticulous monitoring. You must have passion – an enormous amount of passion – to roll with the punches and remain in the game. Finding solid female owners, let alone growers, can be a challenge in the historically, male-dominated field of Cannabis production. I jumped right in and asked Jenkins when she started growing and why. “We started growing five years ago,” Jenkins said. “I saw the multi-faceted benefits of Cannabis through watching my aunt use it during her fight with breast cancer. And my sweet grandma using Cannabis for her intense shoulder pain. I knew the Cannabis movement was something I wanted to be a part of.” Five years is a relatively short time to begin growing and breaking into the recreational market. Impressive, indeed. But, being a female-owned garden wasn’t the only reason why I wanted to check out Meraki Gardens; I’m a big fan of M.A.C. - which Jenkins happens to cultivate (see our review page 44). I asked Jenkins what are her favorite strains to grow thus far? “Mango Kush will always have a special place in my heart because it was one of the first strains I grew,” Jenkins said. ”I love M.A.C. because it’s a very challenging strain to grow and it has a great story behind it. One of the best breeders in the world Capulator, created this strain, and came up with ‘The Rule of the M.A.C.’. Which is that (the strain) is only given to people you respect. It can never be sold – only given freely,” she explains. I had to get down to brass tacks: how can the Cannabis industry as a whole, support women on the growing side of the business? “I think people might be unaware of just how many female growers there actually are!” Jenkins said. “I think it’s important for the industry to showcase female growers so we can be recognized as the leaders that we are. Each and every day my team and I put everything we have into our garden, and it’s a special thing to see. We just started a community service project with the homeless,” Jenkins said. She used to be a hairstylist and is now giving away haircuts to low-income families and their children before they go back to school. “I want my company to be involved with the community and help in any way that we can.”
MERAKI IS A GREEK PHRASE MEANING ‘‘TO DO SOMETHING WITH SOUL, CREATIVITY AND PASSION, TO LEAVE A PIECE OF YOURSELF IN THE WORK...”
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“RIGHT NOW I’M WORKING ON STABILIZING THE JILLY BEAN LINE. I WILL HAVE FEMINIZED JILLY BEAN AND JILLY BEAN CBD (2:1) STRAIN. WE WANT TO CREATE A CBD LINE THAT HAS THE RESIN AND AESTHETICS, BUT IS STILL HIGH IN CBD.”
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MzJill Genetics Cannabis breeding -without question- is
dominated by men. I was thrilled to finally interview MzJill, the first woman to professionally undertake Cannabis breeding, just in time for our 2018 Women’s Issue. MzJill started growing in 1997 and officially began breeding in 2003, formerly with TGA Genetics. Now, she has branched off and will be launching her own brand MzJill Genetics in 2019. INTERVIEW by SIMONE FISCHER @SIMONEFISCHERR PHOTO by DANIEL BERMAN @BERMANPHOTOS
“I was quiet when I was gardening and [transitioned into] breeding because
I had kids. I went under ‘MzJill’ as my Cannabis alias to protect my family because it was really illegal at the time,” said MzJill. “I had scoliosis and I needed medication. I was also a single mom with three kids and worked for the Salem Keizer School District. I had to be very careful with my kids and obtain a medical marijuana card, but it was still very scary because I could get my kids taken away.” MzJill grew for years before she started seriously getting into breeding. Being a single mother made it very difficult to balance her passion for Cannabis and the safety of her family. Nonetheless, she persisted. Most people associate Her first strain was the coveted creation of Jilly Bean, Jilly Bean with MzJill, which won first place in the sativa category for High Times but one of her most Cannabis Cup in 2014 and was also selected for the underrated strains Adam Dunn Show Invitational in 2018. When Jilly Bean hit is the humble the market, it was an instant success among the medical Brian Berry Cough OMMP community. (Strawberry Cough X “When I was creating the Jilly Bean, I loved the flavor of Cherry Space Queen). my Orange Velvet mother. I wanted to put it into seed form
to share with people. I prefer seeds over clones because of the vigor, and all of the problems of taking in orphan clones. The male was from Space Queen, with a very fruity, cherry flavor with good resin production. My favorite pheno is the Candy Store pheno which shows up 1 in 25 seeds,” MzJill explains. MzJill said that her least favorite aspect of breeding is the time it takes to create new, dependable strains. Finding new parents or stabilizing a line or progeny, takes a lot of time. And to add insult to injury, the 2017 Sonoma fires in California burned most of her original genetics. Good thing MzJill doesn’t mind a challenge. She hopes to have her genetics available for the 2019 growing session. “I fell in love with breeding when I got to grow out what I wanted to create,” MzJill said. “I prefer the fruity phenos, but I also create the gassier strains for people who like those too. Right now I’m working on stabilizing the Jilly Bean line. I will have Feminized Jilly Bean and Jilly Bean CBD (2:1) strain. We want to create a CBD line that has the resin and aesthetics, but is still high in CBD.” Most people associate Jilly Bean with MzJill, but one of her most underrated strains is the humble Brian Berry Cough (Strawberry Cough X Cherry Space Queen). The strain was named after her childhood friend who was diagnosed with ALS. He was able to smoke the very first Brian Berry crop before he passed. MzJill created the strain to help relieve the symptoms of ALS like of being able to eat, comfort and extended his time here. The Brian Berry Cough is a resinous strain, with a bulky bud structure and reeks of Haze terpenes (like terpinolene) and sweet, fermenting fruit. Among other hits was MzJill’s creation of Agent Orange. “Agent Orange is the second strain I created as a breeder. Agent Orange is a cross of Orange Velvet and Jack The Ripper, sharing the same mother as Jilly Bean,” MzJill said. “She carries a strong citrusy Orange flavor, leaning into a tart lemon. She is a favorite amongst concentrate makers as her strong citrus flavoring and Orange color shines through. Agent Orange was named to honor my father (a Vietnam vet) and other soilders’ affected by the chemical Agent Orange used in Vietnam. My father passed from cancer caused by the chemical Agent Orange in 1996, but his memory will live on.” MzJill has an old school taste for fruit and haze. In the age of gassy strains like Scooby Snacks and Dogwalker, I am looking forward to enjoying more fruit-forward strains MzJill has in store.
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“KNOW , UNDERSTAND AND BELIEVE IN THE POWER
TO CREATE YOUR
STONER OWNER higlights individuals who have developed their love for Cannabis into a thriving business. Stoner Owner celebrates owners who love and consume the plant, giving them real insight into the industry’s true roots and culture.
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WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU SEE WOMEN FACING IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY?
I see women losing their positions of power as owners and CEO’s in the industry continue to rapidly scale up. Like all other industries, here the women in power are minorities. Women in the Cannabis industry will have to loudly proclaim their competence and expertise to overcome these challenges.
WHAT CAUSES ARE NEAR AND DEAR TO YOUR HEART? First, caring for our environment and the world we live in. When I first opened the lab, I chose to use electricity sources that were derived from wind and solar. More costly, but worth it. I love the ocean and natural waterways and support organizations that focus on caring for them.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START GREEN LEAF LAB?
I was disheartened with the unjust treatment of Cannabis cases in the criminal justice system and my mother needed help on her medical Cannabis farm. When I was farming, a patient of mine had HIV and I learned the importance of safe Cannabis. I realized Cannabis testing would assist in legitimizing the industry and creating a safe product for consumers.
AS A WOMAN IN CANNABIS, HOW DO YOU TRY AND SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY? I’ve sponsored many women-focused events and organizations and have assisted many women in their own start-up efforts. Green Leaf Lab continues to support many of those same organizations today. In my own business, I have women in several key positions and try to be a role model while giving them opportunities to advance as their skill sets expand.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY DISTINGUISHES GREEN LEAF LAB FROM OTHER TESTING FACILITIES?
The partnership we have with our clients. We offer a hands-on approach to our clients’ success. This starts from sales and sampling, who are a short call away; the detail and knowledge our compliance specialist offers; to R&D assistance in the creation and improvement of clients’ products. We truly go above and beyond.
ANY ADVICE YOU’D LIKE TO GIVE THE LADIES OUT THERE? Be humble, be relentless. Listen to and trust your intuition. Don’t see being in a male-dominated world as a roadblock: see it as an opportunity instead. Know, understand, and believe in the power you possess to create your own path. Be okay with making mistakes. Learn from them and continue forward. You can and will succeed.
Rowshan Reordan is the founder of Green Leaf Lab, the first facility in Oregon licensed to perform lab analysis. Sheâ€™s a passionate advocate for Cannabis reform and legalization policies. With a M.A. and Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico, Reordan specializes in Cannabis law and is a member of the Oregon State Bar.
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KEEP IT COOL THAI TEA WITH BENEFITS Serves 4
5 cups water 1 cup Thai tea mix 2 star anise 1 cardamom pod, crushed 1 cup sweetened condensed milk 4 teaspoons infused Cannabis coconut oil
1. Did you know? Bhang, a drink of Cannabis and milk, was used in India as early as 1000 BC to treat a wide variety of human maladies.
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Bring 5 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the tea mix, star anise and the cardamom pod. Allow to sit for 30 minutes. Strain. Cool thoroughly.
In a blender mix the condensed milk and the coconut oil for a couple of minutes. Add the tea and blend thoroughly. Divide mixture between ice-filled glasses.
The freshness of ingredients is key in EACH of these recipes.
SUMMER CANNABIS CREATIONS
WATERMELON COOLER THAN EVER
GAZPACHO, SERVED TWO WAYS 1.
Both recipes are made in the blender, everything but the garnishes.
Combine the frozen watermelon, lime juice and infused oil in a blender.
Blend 2-3 minutes until fully pureed. Divide between 4 glasses.
3 large yellow tomatoes, chopped ½ cup green pepper, chopped ½ cup red onion, peeled and chopped 2 teaspoons infused oil 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons fresh dill, chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped ½ teaspoon salt
2 large incredibly ripe, red tomatoes 1 cup tomato juice ½ cup red pepper, chopped ½ medium cucumber, peeled and cut in chunks 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno (optional) ½ teaspoon salt & ½ teaspoon dried oregano
Garnish with chopped red onion and scallion
Garnish with chopped orange/red pepper.
pop the bruschetta under the broiler just before serving.
5 cups watermelon, peeled, cut in chunks and frozen ¼ cup fresh lime juice 2-4 teaspoons canna-coconut oil Garnish lime wedge and cilantro
Garnish with the lime and cilantro.
Laurie Wolf has been a monthly contributor to Oregon Leaf since 2015. Named the “Martha Stewart of Marijuana Edibles” by The New Yorker, Laurie has published four Cannabis cookbooks, contributes to six Cannabis publications and runs Laurie + MaryJane, an award-winning Portland edible company.
got cannabis cooking questions? Laurie@laurieandmaryjane.com
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Drip Sweets Gems
ems have hit a niche with their yummy luxury candy jewels that combine flavor with Cannabis in a shiny and fun way. While the lozenge segment of the edible world is pretty simple, the gems are unique in the flavors and the shape of the candy. They look fun in the packaging and have bag appeal in a way that candy often doesn’t. I really liked that the flavors are not generic, and instead feature a creamy and breath freshening Vanilla Mint, or the sweet and tart Citrus Twist. The gems take about 10-15 minutes to melt away in the corner of the mouth or can be crunched on for quick delivery of cannabinoids. Effects begin almost as quickly as the gem melts down, with a nice balanced head and body high that is easily dosable. We found these DripSweets.com great for keeping in a pocket or purse, for a top of high and a breath of fresh Cannabis mint @DripSweets at any time of day. THE SCORE
EFFECTS BEGIN ALMOST AS QUICKLY AS THE GEM MELTS DOWN, WITH A BALANCED HEAD AND BODY HIGH THAT’S EASILY DOSABLE.
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BANANA Processed by Flapjax Extracts | Cultivated by Gardens of Odin
elatively new on the scene, Flapjax Extracts tends to produce concentrates that have that beautiful pull-and-snap texture and melt on the nail like a popsicle on a hot day. Very nice, but this extract of Strawberry Banana is above and beyond.
I admire that this extract has a crunchy, almost snow cone texture that I don’t see often. This isn’t the trendy crystallized THCa diamonds but a terpene slick concentrate that’s easy to work with and even nicer to dab. I’ve heard extractors say that a good concentrate is like an oyster. Best consumed fresh. Looking at this gram on the unfolded PTFE, the extract has a crisp look and smell to it reminiscent of the best live resins. Like a freshly picked tomato, I wasn’t going to let this gram stick around on the kitchen counter for long. The scent wafting from the package immediately comes across as citrus forward. Dig in past the grapefruit-sweet scents and there’s a bouquet of fruity volatiles to unpack. Overripe banana, musky peach and an earthy strawberry field scent that’s just a little sweet and a little savory. The extract vaporizes cleanly and instantly. At low temps, it produces a lung filling hit that has no throat irritation and exhales as a cloud that fills the room with bright fruit flavors. At higher temperatures, my dab disappears on the nail along with plenty of the nuance. Dialed in, the dabs are flavorful and effective. Finding that perfect melting point practically doubles my satisfaction here. One taste leads to two and then THE UPLIFTING AND ALTOGETHER three, the effect on this is nice PLEASANT FEELING OF THIS EXTRACT and noticeable without any of the narcotic effects that tend to leave HAS ME OUTSIDE PULLING WEEDS, me stuck on the couch for hours. CONSIDERING WASHING THE DOG Instead, the uplifting and altogether pleasant feeling of this extract has AND DOING ALL OF THE OTHER me outside pulling weeds, considerERRANDS I’VE BEEN PUTTING OFF. ing washing the dog and doing all of the other errands I’ve been putting off. Of course, I’ll postpone those responsibilities just a little longer so I can dig into one more dab of the Strawberry Banana. I’ll treat this gram like the bananas I have in my fruit bowl and get at it while it’s fresh.
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Beyond Buds Next Generation:
MARIJUANA CONCENTRATES AND CANNABIS INFUSIONS
uru of Ganja Ed Rosenthal, best-selling author of the Marijuana Grower’s Handbook, has teamed up with Associate Editor Greg Zeman of Cannabis Now magazine to explore the new wave of Cannabis extraction and consumption techniques.
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“FOR THE NEW CANNABIS CONSUMER, IT OFFERS A GUIDE FOR MAKING INFORMED PURCHASES. FOR THE ASPIRING MARIJUANA PROCESSOR, IT PROVIDES A CONCEPTUAL PRIMER AND A PRACTICAL MANUAL.”
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Cannabis extraction has seen some major technological leaps recently. These have created major repercussions in both culture and commerce since Beyond Buds was first published in 2014. This prompted Rosenthal and Zeman to entirely rewrite the Amazon Top 20 book. To do so, they called upon the collective expertise of some of the Cannabis industry’s brightest minds as well as its finest photographers. Almost anyone will find something useful in this comprehensive but readable guide. For the new Cannabis consumer, it offers a guide for making informed purchases. For the aspiring marijuana processor, it provides a conceptual primer and a practical manual. The information here will also be attractive to journalists, academics and entrepreneurs. Most anyone who wants a more complete understanding of how Cannabis concentrates and other processed marijuana products is made and consumed will come away with more understanding. “There are self-declared ‘technical consultants’ out there charging Cannabis entrepreneurs thousands of dollars for a little more than the information contained in this book,” Zeman said. “We’re putting it all in one place because, like the Cannabis plant itself, this knowledge belongs to all of us.” “My sincere hope is that people will read this book and say, ‘I can do that — I can be a part of the next chapter of Cannabis.’ Because they absolutely can,” Zeman added.
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NYKKI KNIGHT GLASS NYKKI KNIGHT GLASS IS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE GLASSBLOWING COMMUNITY FOR HELPING SELL HER HUSBAND’S WORK FROM 2001 TO 2014. FINALLY, AFTER BEYOND A DECADE GETTING TO KNOW THE COMMUNITY, SHE BEGAN HER OWN JOURNEY ON THE TORCH IN 2015. OHSU’s pediatric cancer unit’s specialists are called the Panda Team and they helped save the lives of both of her young sons. This why you consistently see the Panda motif throughout her work and is where she has drawn significant inspiration. This amazing pendant and mini-bong set were crafted over about five hours from Northstar Experimental Green #5, Profound Glass opals, and Glow Boro UV reactive bars and will be available at Oregon Leaf’s first ever Boro Benefit Charity Auction event coming January 2019. Presenting Partner
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