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Sessions Expands Police Powers to Take Cash, Property in War on Drugs “President Trump’s attorney general has just Attorney General Jeff Sessions on July 19 announced a new Department of Justice policy increasing the handed state and local police greater ability to profit ability of state and local law enforcement to profit from the seizure of your cars, cash and other property without having to prove any criminal wrongdoing,” from civil forfeiture. This reverses an Obama era policy implemented Grant Smith said, deputy director of national in 2015, when state and local cops were limited affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “This attorney from transferring “seized” property to federal general is taking this country down a destructive and foolish path by escalating failed agencies in exchange for receiving SESSIONS’ REVERSAL drug war tactics like civil forfeiture up to 80 percent of the proceeds. OF DOJ POLICY WILL that disproportionately hurt people FURTHER INCENTIVIZE Sessions’ reversal of DOJ policy POLICE TO EXPLOIT THE of color and individuals who can’t will further incentivize police to WAR ON DRUGS afford to fight the forfeiture.” exploit the War on Drugs as an “Congress needs to take up comprehensive civil excuse to permanently take cash, cars and other property from people accused of drug “crimes.” forfeiture reform and reign in the excessive use Police won’t even need to convict, or incredibly, of federal forfeiture by Sessions,” Smith said. “A charge the property owner with any criminal major overhaul of federal civil forfeiture laws by wrongdoing to seize cash and belongings. It’s Congress has been long overdue to help innocent essentially a legalized form of theft, and Sessions people get their wrongfully seized property back from the government.” wants more of it.
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Eugene, Oregon attorney Mike Arnold, after an accomplished career of nearly two decades, has left his law firm for a job as a marijuana grower. Arnold founded One Gro in February with his business partner, PJ Martinez, reports the Associated Press. They are operating on a 50acre farm near the fork of the EUGENE ATTORNEY Willamette and Row rivers. MIKE Four marijuana grows there ARNOLD IS NOW total 40,000 plants. OPERATING His wife, Jacy Arnold, A 50-ACRE FARM continues to run the law firm. Arnold, though, has been phasing out his legal work. “For a while, I was getting up at 4 a.m. to get One Gro work done before the Arnold Law team arrived, doing legal work when I could and then heading to the farm to do tractor work at night with the headlights on,” Arnold wrote in an email. “That was unsustainable.” One Gro Investments hopes to utilize Oregon as a “laboratory for our concepts, fine-tuning and moving into emerging markets (other states) as legalization happens,” according to the firm’s website, and run a vertically integrated operation “from seed to retail store.”
Quoted HOPEFULLY THIS WILL AWAKEN THE PUBLIC, MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND LEGISLATORS TO THE FACT THAT CANNABIS IS A SAFE, NON-ADDICTIVE PRODUCT, AVAILABLE TO HELP FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. — DR. PERRY SOLOMON, chief medical officer of HelloMD, on a new study from UC Berkeley that reveals 92 percent of patients prefer Cannabis over opioids to treat their medical conditions.
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves MMJ For Military Veterans The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on be a series of Cannabis votes on Capitol Hill July 13 adopted an amendment to allow this year, and we expect to continue seeing military veterans to obtain medical marijuana strong bipartisan margins in support of scaling recommendations through the Department of back federal prohibition.” Veterans Affairs. The new veterans amendment is sponsored by The bipartisan vote was 24 to 7. A similar Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jeff Merkley measure was adopted by the panel last year by (D-OR). a vote of 20 to 10 and by the full “We often talk about how “THE GROWING House with a margin of 233 to our soldiers stand up for us, and LEVEL OF SUPPORT 189, but a conference committee FOR MARIJUANA LAW we need to stand up for them,” later stripped the provisions from REFORM IN CONGRESS Senator Merkley said when IS EXTREMELY the final bill funding the V.A. introducing the amendment. ENCOURAGING” “The growing level of support The amendment allows military for marijuana law reform in Congress is veterans to participate in state medical Cannabis extremely encouraging, especially in light of programs without fear of losing their military concerning comments and opposition from the benefits or services and enables Department attorney general,” Tom Angell said, founder and of Veterans Affairs health care providers to chairman of the pro-Cannabis group Marijuana recommend medical Cannabis in compliance Majority. “This is just the first of what will likely with state medical Cannabis laws.
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NEW STUDY FINDS Smoking Marijuana Improves Cognitive Performance
NEW YORK POLICE Continue Discriminatory Cannabis Arrests
Marijuana doesn’t impair, and in many cases, actually improves executive functioning, an area of cognitive performance, according to a new study led by Harvard Medical School affiliate McLean Hospital. The study, “Splendor in the Grass? A Pilot Study Assessing the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Executive Function,” led by Staci Gruber, Ph.D., also explored whether patients experienced improved cognitive functioning, reports Cynthia Than at Inc. “After three months of medical marijuana treatment, patients actually performed better, in terms of their ability to perform certain cognitive tasks, specifically those mediated by the frontal cortex,” Dr. Gruber said. Previous studies have already shown that anxiety often lessens both attention
A new report released on July 11 by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance, shows that marijuana possession arrests under Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by extremely high racial disparities, as was the case under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations. The report, Unjust and Unconstitutional: 60,000 Jim Crow Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s New York, shows that despite a change in mayoral administrations and police commissioners, the NYPD continues to make large numbers of unjust and racially-targeted marijuana arrests. The report is based on data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Most people arrested are young
and executive function, so if Cannabis products relieve anxiety, it makes sense that a patient’s cognitive function improves. Chronic pain also impairs cognitive performance, especially in tasks requiring executive function, so a reduction in pain level likely increases concentration and cognitive performance. “Symptom improvement may therefore result in improved cognitive performance,” the authors wrote. “Interestingly, two previous studies have noted a positive association between a history of marijuana use and improved cognitive performance on measures of psychomotor speed, working memory, executive functioning and verbal learning in patients with bipolar disorder compared to patients without a history of marijuana use.”
Blacks and Latinos – even though studies consistently show young whites use marijuana at higher rates. Despite Mayor de Blasio’s campaign promise to end racially-biased policing, in 2016 marijuana possession was New York City’s fourth most commonly charged criminal offense. Black and Latino New Yorkers continue to comprise 85 percent of the more than 60,000 people arrested for low-level marijuana possession on Mayor de Blasio’s watch. “President Obama, Governor Cuomo, former Mayor Ed Koch and candidate Bill de Blasio all strongly criticized the NYPD’s racist marijuana possession arrests,” said report author and Queens College professor Harry Levine. “Yet the most progressive mayor in the modern history of New York is unable to stop them? Really?”
State Patrol: Driver Had 54 Times the Legal THC Limit Results from a blood test on a driver arrested in May by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) showed he had 54 times the legal limit for marijuana’s most active ingredient in his bloodstream, according to authorities. That’s the highest level recorded in Washington state in at least eight years, reports KOMO News. A trooper started looking for the driver, a 53-year-old man from Lynnwood, after witnesses called to report a hit-and-run crash near the King-Snohomish County line, according to Trooper Heather Axtman.
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Witnesses continued to follow the driver until a state trooper and a Lynnwood police officer pulled him over. In July, the WSP’s toxicology lab tested the driver’s blood and found the THC level to be 270 nanograms, which is 54 times the legal limit of five nanograms for driving. That limit, it should be noted, is set absurdly low, and has no correlation with impairment, according to science. Axtman said the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office is currently deciding what charges to file against the man.
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much better it isolated me from sound and light. ith the millions of stimuli we are There’s also something significant about closbombarded by on a daily basis, it ing the pod door once you are ready to start your can be hard to find peace in the city. float. It can take a little bit to get comfortable, but Although Cannabis can help us every time I felt a huge amount of emotion right find relief in stressful situations, it’s important to after closing the lid or turning off the light. make sure you approach your stress relief and mental Once your suspended in that darkness with no health holistically! This is where sensory deprivation reference point I found it’s easy to become aware tanks, better known as float tanks, can fit nicely into of the sensation of subtle moveyour existing routine. ment while being still, a feeling The Float Shoppe in Northwest If you’re a greatly enhanced in my later Portland generously facilitated my Cannabis lover, floats with Cannabis. first ever experiences with floating. I encourage you Co-owners Sandra and Dylan Calm to utilize a nice Just as with Cannabis, your inare industry leaders on a mission to dividual experience in the tank advance and spread floating globally. full body strain will vary, so be sure to withhold Dylan hosts a podcast called ‘Art during your any judgements until you have of the Float’ where guests discuss the float experience, done a few floats. evolution of the floating technolobut you might I recommend trying it first gies, theories and medicinal potential. appreciate and without any Cannabis at all, Like Cannabis, although maybe to a learn more from and then again with increasing lesser degree, floating is quickly gainyour first session amounts of Cannabis. ing the attention of the masses. if you go in If you’re a Cannabis lover, I For my first float I used The Float completely sober. encourage you to utilize a nice Shoppe’s most open style ‘infinity’ full body strain during your tank. It was comfortable because the float experience, but you might appreciate and tank didn’t have an enclosure so I was able to relax learn more from your first session if you go in into the water and trust it to keep me afloat without completely sober. worrying about claustrophobia. I found that edibles were the nicest sensation I was able to experience three sessions in the tank while floating but you have to be careful conall together. I spent most of the first session trying to suming sugar or stimulants before your float. I get comfortable with the new sensation. skipped my coffee the day of my float to make My second float I tried a more enclosed pod, which sure I was ready to fully relax my body and mind. I enjoyed more than the infinity style because of how
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First Float Experiences Make sure to eat a small meal an hour
or two before your float, when you are deprived of all other stimuli your stomach growls are all too distracting.
Avoid getting the water in your eyes.
I recommend bringing swim goggles but also being conscious of where your head is. Your eyes won’t ever be below the surface but tilting your head the wrong direction or sitting up too quickly may cause water to run off your hair and onto your face.
Mind the learning curve. I never floated
with goggles and didn’t have any problems with salty eyes on my second and third floats, but goggles can put your mind at ease so you can fully relax into the experience. Under the influence of Cannabis you might momentarily forget that the water around you contains a ton of salt.
Float at least three times to fully under-
stand and utilize the experience. If you’re looking to supplement your mental health routine, I highly recommend trying a float session or two each month. I plan to continue floating because there is so much more to learn and experience in the tank. Cannabis pairs well with the weightless and stimulation free environment but floating can be equally as effective without it, depending on your personal needs.
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Frances mcdormand Although not yet a household name, Frances McDormand remains one of America’s most accomplished actresses. She is among the few American performers to have achieved the “Triple Crown of Acting” winning an Oscar, Tony and Emmy award through her career. The wife of director and writer Joel Coen, of the famous Coen brothers, McDormand has appeared in many of her husband’s films, including Raising Arizona, Fargo and more recently Hail, Caesar! She’s been a fixture on Broadway since the ‘80s. At times, McDormand has been vocal about her use of Cannabis. In 2003, she appeared on the cover of High Times magazine holding a joint and wearing a Cannabis leaf T-shirt. In the interview, she talks about her personal life, acting career and her thoughts on Cannabis. “I’m a recreational pot-smoker,” she told the magazine. “Because it’s not a constant in my life, I don’t say it should be made legal so it’s more available. But from a medical point of view — I have friends who need to use it — why should they have to look too hard for the thing that makes them better? So from that point of view, it’s like, ‘Please, what is the problem?” Of course, this was 2003, long before there was any real notion that Cannabis would ever be legalized in our lifetimes in the United States. In the interview she notes that she started smoking Cannabis in college, at Bethany College in West Virginia in the late 1970s. “The problem with pot, McDormand said, was that “there has never been enough of a distinction between marijuana and other drugs. In the classic, weird hygiene movies from high school everything led to depravity—marijuana, sex, coffee! There was no distinction made between the effects of one thing. So it’s always been lumped in with drugs in general.” While these statements may seem a bit tame by today’s Cannabis activist standards – one should remember that just for an actress of her prestige that coming out in a magazine like High Times during the Bush era was a very radical stance. It wasn’t until 2014, just after Colorado and Washington had legalized recreational Cannabis, that McDormand spoke again about the subject. She seemed to have changed her stance on legalization. In an interview with the Daily Beast, she revealed an affinity for LSD. “It was always recreational, and it never became a part of my daily existence,” she said. “But I really, really enjoyed LSD. And I really enjoyed mushrooms very much. It’s unfortunate, I think, that drugs were not handled properly. Politically, they’ve been used to separate the economic classes. Thankfully, it’s all getting fixed now with the marijuana laws.”
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“Even if someone isn’t the most experienced consumer, they still know their own bodies better than I do so the listening part is super crucial.”
WHEN DID YOU FIRST EXPERIENCE CANNABIS? The first time I experienced Cannabis firsthand was smoking it with my sisters after stealing it from my dad’s stash when I was around 14 or 15 years old. I remember going for a car ride and focusing on telephone wires a lot but I also remember being a little let down because my sisters had always described acid-like experiences whenever they smoked. I ended up blogging about it on my not so private “Deadjournal” account and my dad eventually found it and I got in trouble. The funny thing was, he was just mad that I’d stolen. He ended up gifting me weed for Christmas! It was so strong that I spent two hours in a closet and couldn’t stop laughing. I don’t think I smoked Cannabis again until I was 18 or 19 after that experience.
feeling, so I can stay present in the moment versus going off into space. If I’m looking to relax, my favorite is Key Lime Pie from Pruf Cultivar. I also love a high CBD strain from Yerba Buena called Corazon. I have a stash of it saved in my weed cupboard for those nights that I really need a good night’s rest and relief from my pesky sciatic nerve.
HOW DO YOU FIND THE RIGHT CANNABIS FOR SOMEONE?
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A BUDTENDER, AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB? This is actually my first job in the Cannabis industry. I spent about 10 years working in the adult industry as a dancer, then a webcam model and then also for Fantasy For Adults Only here in Portland. It opened up my mind to things I may not have necessarily always been open to and I think the same can be said about Cannabis. For some, Cannabis is still very much a “taboo” subject much like the adult industry, though things are changing! I think one of my favorite things about this job is being able to provide a safe space for people to ask questions and gain knowledge so they can make the best decision for themselves and get the experience they’re looking for.
HOW DO YOU LIKE TO CONSUME? I like flower best, but I’ll use a pen out on the go. I have a frustratingly high tolerance for edibles which can be a bummer.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CANNABIS STRAINS, EFFECTS AND TERPENE PROFILES? If I’m looking for something uplifting and functional, I lean towards Tangie strains. Right now, Super Silver Blue Magoo from Yerba Buena is stealing all of my attention. It gives me a burst of energy, but it doesn’t produce that mile-a-minute-mind
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Being personable and a good conversationalist goes a long way when trying to make customers feel comfortable. Our Budtender of the Month shines in both of these areas. April Lindi is both easy to talk to and approachable – and she knows her stuff when it comes to Cannabis. As storefronts have popped up around the state over the past year, the Cannabis retail industry is slowly but surely figuring out what pleases customers. It may seem obvious, but one of the simple things that sets retail professionals apart in this industry is how they treat their customers.
The most important thing for me is to listen to what someone’s past experience with Cannabis is and what they’re hoping to gain from future experiences with it. Everyone’s cannabinoid system is so different and what may work wonderfully for me might not be the best for someone. serra downtown Even if someone isn’t 220 SW 1st Ave. | Portland the most experienced consumer, they still know their own bodies better than I do so the listening part is super crucial. It’s been very cool to be able to change some minds about Cannabis stereotypes, too. I once served a somewhat standoffish Dad who was visiting with his daughters to try CBD for his back pain. I could tell he was skeptical but he reluctantly tried some. He came back to the store to let me know that his pain was gone with a smile on his face! Experiences like that are what make my job really rewarding.
WHAT MAKES YOUR SHOP’S APPROACH DIFFERENT? Our main goal is to make sure every patron feels like they were well cared for and valued rather than just a customer walking through the door to buy legal Cannabis. My coworkers are absolutely incredible and the vibe in all of our stores is so positive and welcoming and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of that atmosphere. We try to shy away from the traditional categories of strains such as indicas, sativas and hybrids. We try to focus more on the feeling that strain will provide.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES/INTERESTS OUTSIDE THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY?
I’m just a big ol’ boring homebody that smokes a lot of weed and hangs out with her dogs! I spend a lot of my time embroidering and doing crafty things, I could spend hours in a fabric store. I love to cook and have been mastering vegan recipes lately.
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BEATING CANCER with CBD 3x a day
you have had any involvement in the Oregon Cannabis industry, chances are you’ve encountered the lioness that is Megan Marchetti. While her successful involvement in the industry pre-dates legalization, I bring you her harrowing story of healing through Cannabis. Marchetti was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer and told she had cancer in one of her breasts. After a series of genetic tests, she learned that she was predisposed to breast cancer in both breasts. She opted for a double bilateral mastectomy. Since the operation, Marchetti heavily relies on topicals and CBD to manage post-operation healing. “I was dealing with stage one breast cancer in one breast. And after I tested positive genetically for both, I opted for surgery. I found the medical system incredibly alienating, so I opted for the bilateral mastectomy. I couldn’t deal with having to constantly go back and deal with appointments. I previously had a spinal surgery about five years ago, and I got really hooked on the opioids. It was fucking brutal when I finally came off of them. I already knew before I had my mastectomy I wasn’t going
back to opioids. No fucking way. I knew Cannabis was my only real option. Unlike my spinal surgery, I had to own this one and that was scary at times.” Marchetti takes 60mg of Cannabis derived CBD three times a day. She also applies full extract cannabis oil topically over the incisions. Marchetti also believes in short and long walks to try to get as many natural endorphins pumping as possible before she reaches for Cannabis. She believes a multipronged approach to healing is idea and usually different for everyone. “I rely heavily on CBD and THCA for relief. I get up every morning and walk and walk my dog until I get those natural CBDs pumping so I can function. I had to go back to twenty-one days after my surgery. It wasn’t ideal, but I think we are lucky enough to grow cannabis – which helps keeps the cost of medicating down.”
THE SHEER AMOUNT OF PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PAIN MARCHETTI HAS ENDURED IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS STILL HASN’T ROBBED HER OF HER BOLD PERSONALITY OR SENSE OF HUMOR. SHE FEELS MORE EMPOWERED THAN EVER.
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ou can truly grow your own medicine and there is a community that will teach you how to do it and help you find the right strains to treat yourself with. I’ve seen people work really hard to try and heal people,” she says.
“And they aren’t making money like they do in the pharmaceutical industries.” Marchetti is a big advocate of growing your own medicine. It gives you total control of what you are putting in your body. You know where it comes from and you know it’s the strain that works for you. That kind of accessibility is available for women dealing with breast cancer in Oregon. “CBD for women helps with depression and the ups and downs. Cannabis is a female plant it and it does a lot of healing for women! We can cultivate it, nurture it and it’s seasonal. Women in our culture can really relate to that. There is so much nuance in healing and Cannabis gives you a natural way out of the big pharma complex,” she says. After listening to her story, I asked Marchetti what she would tell someone in the same position. “It’s gonna be the scariest thing you will ever do, and it will be scary to look in the mirror. But taking the CBD will keep your eyes clear and you mind clear. Taking pharmaceuticals warps all of that.” “With Cannabis, you can be present in the experience, rather than being numb to it. You’re going to walk with it – you’re not going to walk behind the experience – you’re going walk in the experience and I think that’s a big part of healing because first you have to physically heal, but then you have to emotionally heal and it should be happening at the same time. It should be a symbiotic process. It shouldn’t be: I’m going to heal my body, then I’m going to detox and then I will finally deal with emotional shit. No. You have to do it all at once.” The sheer amount of physical and emotional pain Marchetti has endured in the last six months still hasn’t robbed her of her bold personality or sense of humor. She feels more empowered than ever. “I felt like I had more control because I went to my doctors and told them what I wanted for myself - it wasn’t them telling me what to do. I actually helped educate my doctors on Cannabis. Although my Oncologist recognized my Oregon’s Finest sweater and told me he was a fan of the shop.” Healing is a multi-faceted mess at times. There isn’t an easy way to go about it, but Cannabis helps smooth the edges. Breast cancer isn’t all about physical loss, and mental health is crucial for healing. Cannabis provides both avenues of our human duality with relief and minimal interference. “Before the surgery, I was going to all these appointments, and taking all these tests and Cannabis was the one thing that made me feel like I had some control over the situation,” Marchetti said. “I feel like I found my tribe with Cannabis. I think that people who want to heal their bodies and their minds go the cannabis route. I helps you cope with life without interfering negatively.”
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regon Girl Gardens is an Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) licensed recreational Cannabis farm located just outside Oregon City. Owners Robin and Audra have created a sustainable, self-built, mixed tier 2 Cannabis farm that was constructed on land owned by Robinâ€™s parents. All the construction was done by Robin, Audra and their friends and family. Power and irrigation lines were constructed by hand with much of the work being done during the rainy months. When we arrived, dogs and horses greeted us at the front gate of what at first seemed like a regular livestock farm. A windy gravel path lead us to the back of the property where the garden was set. Oregon Girl Gardens utilizes a light deprivation greenhouse that has multiple stages of flowering plants inside. Fermented Plant Juices, and parts of the Nectar for the Gods line are fed by hand to each flowering plant. The team prefers to keep the plants on the smaller side, as they are able to give them more attention and love that adds to the quality of the end product. Construction of a second greenhouse was planned for the gravel area next to the first one. Oregon Girl Gardensâ€™ utilization of filtered, natural air flow gives them a sustainable edge over many farms we have visited, as they need about half the cooling units to keep their environments optimal. The farm also has a sun grown plot and two indoor flower rooms for further craft Cannabis cultivation. Plants in the field are fed by a drip system and have insectary companion plants plotted all around to encourage beneficial insect activity. No air conditiong is used in the indoor cultivation rooms as Robin and Audra are able to OregonGirl.net @ O re g o n G i r l G a rd e n s filter and take in air from outside to naturally cool their rooms and plants. Oregon Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies and J-1 are some of the staple strains grown at Oregon Girl Gardens. Finished flower is available through Movement Distribution to OLCC licensed retailers.
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Audra and Robin
HOW ARE THINGS GOING AS O N E O F T H E STAT E ’ S O N LY F E M A L E - O P E R AT E D CANNABIS GROWS? It has been amazing, the community has been extremely supportive and the Cannabis community in Oregon and the Northwest is second to none. People often tell us that we are the only women grower owned-operated farm that they have heard of in Oregon. OREGON GIRL I know there are a few more but it’s always helpful in marketing when you have someGARDENS thing about your company that makes people CO-OWNER & MASTER GROWER remember you and positively relate. Women empowerment is front and center in our culROBIN CORDELL ture and many people are realizing the value of women in trades or fields that aren’t traditionally welcoming to women We realize this these ladies are showing that is a journey and and they are just as capable and comare enjoying petitive as their male counterparts. every part of I don’t think we face much the ride. It’s getting smoother different challenges than any other family owned Cannabis farm as all the time we strive to create a viable busias we grow as ness out of a vacant field. It’s not individuals and an organization. easy to start a business — that’s why not everyone has. We realize this is a journey and are enjoying every part of the ride. It’s getting smoother all the time as we grow as individuals and an organization. We have just begun building our team — it’s my sister-in-law and business partner, Audra, and her husband (my brother), is also involved to a lesser degree. We now have one or two trimmers working full-time and also hired a horticulturist to relieve the owners of some gardening pressures. Other than that we are owner operated and proud of that.
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Oregon City is really up and coming. We love it here and our community and neighbors have been wonderful and are very curious and interested in what we do. We are happy to show them around as we think transparency in our industry will go a long way to win over the skeptics and gain public trust.
W H AT K E E P S YO U M OT I VAT E D ?
The best part of the job is coming to work at a place where I can truly be myself. I wear what I want, say what I think and do what I say. It sounds simple, but at most jobs I’ve had it feels like one of those things is missing. When I walk into work, it feels like I have come home. Anyone who works in a field they are truly passionate about can probably relate.
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from many Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) licensed producers, many of them were new to Oregon Leaf. Frontier Farms, Otis Gardens, Millerville Farms, Sunstone Farms, Oregon Country Cannabis and Zen Pharms all had a spot on the shelf. Prices range from a reasonable $6 to $16.50 per gram as consumers have a large selection of indoor and sun-grown Cannabis to choose from.
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Edibles 5/5 EDIBLES are well stocked with many options for both
patients and consumers. Medical chocolate bites from Grön were available as well as medical shrapnel and squibs from Lunchbox Alchemy. It’s nice to see shops still actively catering to medical patients’ needs even with the large corporate shift we see within the Oregon market. A large variety of recreationally dosed edibles were also available. Oregon Candy Farm, Fully Baked and Peak Extracts all had their craft edibles shelved in the form of hard candies, cookies and strain specific chocolate bars.
Concentrates 5/5 THEIR SELECTION of concentrates was rather impressive. Multiple strains and options were available from various OLCC processors. Hood Oil, Chronic Creations, Walkin Happy Oil and Siskiyou Sungrown all had products on the shelf in the form of BHO, distillate and Full Extract Cannabis Oil.
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rather rare item in dispensaries these days, as not too many 50.8% producers growing CBD strains. Green Dragon Extracts Critical Mass cartridge has a nice ratio of THC to CBD, giving you that slight psychoactive kick with a more relaxing, CBD-dominant effect. The cartridge fits on a traditional 10-4 threading with little constriction compared to most other cartridges. Each THE SCORE hit expelled a large amount ta ste of vapor and va lu e was very smooth all the e ffe c t la be l way through. A combination of tota l 17/20 lavender and cherries were present on the exhale making each hit enjoyable. The mostly CBD ratio of this cartridge is ideal for consumers looking for a relaxing, yet still slightly psychoactive high that can be utilized during the day. ($48 | 0.5g cartridge)
Environment 4/5 URBAN FARMACY has a comfortable and
welcoming vibe to it. The moment you walk through the door you are greeted by the employee at the front desk asking you how your day is going. A large chalkboard mural adds character to the already comfortable waiting room. The medicine room is spacious, and inviting with interactive and informative tidbits of information scattered throughout the store for consumers to explore.
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the legendary One Eye. The a r o ma cross of Chem 91 and Albert den si t y Walker OG makes the nose 0.14% incredibly pungent and gassy. cure The nugs are sticky, yet snap off lo o ks the stem easily making a grinder necessary f lavo r for joints and bowls. I enjoyed this flower ef f ec t out of a clean water pipe. Each rip was t ota l 25/30 incredibly smooth and flavorful, leaving behind a pure white ash. The high is stoney and functional, settling in behind the eyes for a relaxing body euphoria. Luvli PDX produces other beautiful strains worth checking out like Thin Mint Cookies, White Tahoe Cookies, Durban Poison and Island Sweet Skunk. ($16.50/g)
Overall 18/20 Located on NE 60th Avenue, this recreational shop is convenient for those traveling on I-84 in and out of the city. Friendly staff and a large selection of well curated medicine make this spot well worth the exit off the highway. AUG. 2017 FACEBOOK.COM/NWLEAF
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edible selection including Peak Extracts, She Don’t Know, Med with Love and Mr. Moxies to name a few. Edibles range in price from $5 to $33 each. Homegrown Apothecary also offers a wide range of tinctures from both Ancient Herb Medicinals and Cascadia Herbals ranging from $40 to $70 after tax.
Concentrates 3/5 IF YOU’RE looking for RSO you’ve come to the right place. Most shops will pick one brand of RSO to stock. Homegrown Apothecary carries six different types of RSO, including one of its in-house brands Naked Extracts. Vapor cartridge options are available from Green Dragon and Select Strain. Unfortunately, dabbable options were limited to just a few choice selections from Dab Society. Concentrate prices vary from $36 to $90 after tax.
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Blend is an herbal blend made for health. With CBD, ginger root, turmeric, white willow bark and more, this tincture is a daily THE SCORE supplement that is likely to boost ta s te immune strength va l ue and overall e ffe ct health. While the l a be l taste isn’t that great (tinctures are tota l 16/20 renowned for being bitter), this is potent and effective medicine. ($70 | 2-ounce bottle)
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Environment 5/5 HOMEGROWN APOTHECARY is a cozy little house that will make any Portlander feel right at home. A waiting room is elegantly decorated and filled with non-Cannabis herbs and tinctures to supplement any Cannabis and maximize medicinal potential. Once checked in, you walk down a little hallway to a back room where all the products are displayed in antique glass jars. Knowledgeable and friendly budtenders make the experience feel informative, intimate and smooth.
Overall 17/20 This ornate shop in Northeast Portland fully deserves to be known as an apothecary, and features a warm and friendly aesthetic that focuses on herbs and a variety of holistic healing choices.
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balance of body effect and relaxation a r o ma and mental psychoactivity to get me in den si t y the mood for working and writing when 13% c ure mixed with a nice cup of coffee. Its dense buds have a mix of a strawberry lo o ks and cherry aroma. I smoked the Hawaiian f lavo r Trainwreck through a clean bubbler. The smoke ef f ec t was incredibly smooth! I got a profile of sweet t ota l 22/30 pineapple mixed with sage when exhaled. The 1:1 ratio keeps you relatively clear minded while providing great relief through its body buzz. I’d recommend the Hawaiian Trainwreck for a lunchtime relief break, after work relaxation or any kind of physical work. ($16/gram)
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By SIMONE FISCHER | PHOTOS by DANIEL BERMAN
IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WOMEN WHO REACH SUCCESS EMPOWER THE WOMEN WHO COME IN UNDERNEATH THEM.
SARA BATTERBY CEO | HIFI FARMS
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fter watching Sara Batterby speak on multiple Cannabis forums, I was eager to pick her brain. Batterby built her name in the tech industry, but brings the corporate structure most Cannabis businesses so desperately lack. “Hifi farms started in January 2015, and my goal was to build one of the most progressive Cannabis companies in the country, really. I founded Portland’s chapter of Women Grow to set the tone in terms of community engagement by supporting and connecting people in industry. There is a huge need for craft Cannabis in the medical market—and they need basic business skills like fundraising. So, I started the Leader Camp Peer Advisory group for mentor and advisory capacities,” Batterby said. Batterby stands out because she understands the power of collective success. Instead of hoarding her business skills for the benefit of her own end, she looks to help other start-ups with common obstacles. “Hifi is the first Cannabis company to register Cannabis stock options plan for employees. We have 58 percent female representation and a strong representation of people of color and vets in our work force.” I asked her what we could expect from a day in the life of being CEO of Hifi Farms. “We use lean business principles so our days are organized into huddles. As CEO, I drop into different huddles: sometimes I’m in the cultivation huddle. I take a lot of meetings, lot of time on the phone, I work every day with my CFO. I constantly surf across the surface of the company and figure out how to solve problems and remove obstacles,” she said. “I need to be a year or two ahead in the next six months’ time. Sometimes my day ends with my fiancé and I pulling for light dep at 7 p.m. My day-to-day life can vary.” Running a Cannabis business can be exhaustive and thankless work, but Batterby said she recognizes the opportunity this industry offers business women. She knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but was lucky enough to get on the ground floor of the Cannabis movement. “There is no glass ceiling because it hasn’t been built. There are many women employed in the industry, but there is a real leadership opportunity as well. It’s extremely important that women who reach success empower the women who come in underneath them. It is just the beginning!”
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you are looking to break into the Cannabis industry — or to brand and design your own Cannabis business — you have to talk to Lisa Snyder. Snyder’s background is rooted in a healthy dose of feminism, event organization and art design. “We do workshops, we learn how to give women tools, resources and access points for women to succeed. Women have the opportunity right now to be equal, or even take it over. By showing up, we can show other women how to create their own access points,” Snyder said. Tokeativity’s first workshop was dubbed “Get that fucking job” which helped women write Cannabis-specific resumes to land potential Cannabis gigs. Actionable items such as a resume are important to Snyder because action can translate into a form of progress and eventually success. “I have been working on the web since the mid-‘90s and organizing feminist events for over a decade. I work to help women find light inside themselves to do awesome things in the world. Both my parents died before Cannabis gained any real legitimacy. My dad was a video engineer for CBS and ended up winning an Emmy. I saw so much behind the scenes, both men and women doing awesome stuff—including women who produce,” Snyder said. Women like Snyder are helping to connect industry newcomers to reliable connections and a source of community. The Cannabis event might be about an aspect events for of Cannabis, but the real heart of women Tokeativity is building a strong relationship network of women. “I went to art school, so I know how to implement ideas. I can visualize it to the end. I was inspired to create Tokeativity by hanging out with friends, smoking pot and eating food! I finally found a space to host at Prism, and Tokeativity was born into the world and has grown significantly over the last seven months to nurture a safe space to create things, business or whatever.”
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By SIMONE FISCHER | PHOTOS by DANIEL BERMAN
IT’S IMPORTANT TO EDUCATE AS MANY PEOPLE WE CAN ON A DAILY BASIS.
TRISTA OKEL OWNER & FOUNDER | EMPOWER OIL
mpower remains the dominant topical force in Oregon since the medical-only days. Owner and founder Trista Okel leads one of the few companies that has managed to translate that success into the new, recreational market. “It’s all about education to build a successful mainstream topical brand, it’s important to educate as many people we can on a daily basis. It’s not like selling flower, because most people understand what flower is going to do. I think topicals have a lot more health and wellness focus because Topical company they don’t get you high — but you do get relief. The market for topicals is huge and largely untapped,” Okel said. Topicals are the unsung hero of Cannabis products with the potential to go mainstream. From a market standpoint, users who frequent dispensaries are largely interested in getting physically high, but they are missing out on other ways to go about using Cannabis—such as topicals. “Whether I am talking to people who have never tried Cannabis topicals, or taking a class on cannabinoids—I am always educating or learning. My team has grown but I still work closely with the staff on all levels.” By being able to share Empower products with our staff, Okel said productivity has increased within the company because no one calls out [sick] for things like cramps anymore! Okel said she understands that a healthier team is key to a successful team. “In 2013, it was myself and a part-time person. Now, Empower has grown to eleven employees. Paid time off is offered. People must be able to relax, recharge and stay healthy in order to be on this mission — give as much of a living wage as possible. Turnover costs way too much and it pisses me off so we don’t want it. Empower is looking to be employee-owned, which also helps with retention. For now, we are lesbian-owned!”
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JOHANNA WILLIAMSON CHIEF OF OPERATIONS | HIGHLY DISTRIBUTED
t’s important to represent your brands as if they were your own,” said Johanna Williamson, Highly Distributed’s chief of operations. “It’s a combination of having the staff to execute and the day-to-day metrics and trained reps that know what they are talking about and invest themselves in the brands they represent. It has more to do with people who know how to talk to other people and quick thinkers. You have to read into what people are thinking.” Williamson says Cannabis wholesale is all about connecting people with the right products. It’s a lot about understanding your products and the price points for clients. Most of the work is touch and go because the industry foundations are still under construction. “We currently work with seven to ten companies. I think everyone who has made it through that period is doing good things. Not everyone made it, and we all made adjustments. One of my biggest focuses is working to incorporate philanthropy into companies. If we can find an area where a company had good margins, they could donate some of the profit.” If brands look at the option of distribution and if they don’t Wholesale see value or benefit of working with a distribution company, distributor you must figure out what they need, she says. Williamson says distribution companies remove the headache of monitoring sales reps in the field. “The hardest part is that the industry is so up and down, we now have a new wave of extract producers and there is all this product out there but no one is really managing the flow of it all. I think the challenge is helping companies find the right material to provide and finding the right relationships. Oregon is in a position to create its own sustainable, self-feeding system and we will be so much more independent than we would without it.
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FOUNDER & CO-OWNER | ELBE’S EDIBLES
amantha Montanaro is the owner and creator of Prism House and specializes in event coordination and artful design. “Prism House is my freelance design and event organizing business at this big house my husband and I bought to create this space. It’s all beveled windows and prisms everywhere. As a patient and Cannabis smoker, I was really excited to be focusing on Cannabis.” Montanaro hosts all sorts of events, including the monthly Oregon Cannabis Industry Meetup, which is just $10 at the door. Pot party Montanaro also hosts swanky dinner events, which can cost planning up to $100 per person. Prism House looks to host events for all needs and purposes. “I learned how to throw big events, and create safe spaces — not only physically safe, but a space of inclusiveness — it is really important to me that every event has an intention.” As a creative and a mother, Montanaro says she has always surrounded herself with diverse groups of women. When Montanaro and her husband bought the house, they wanted to use the space to build the budding Cannabis community—and do it with style. “Once everything is going, I tiptoe around trying to be secretive and watch peoples’ faces and expressions and observe the magic happening. It can seem like chaos, but it always comes together perfectly.” “It’s the legal landscape in Oregon. It’s a big challenge because not only are you a pioneer, but you must take risks for the client—and I am willing to do that. Without Canna events, it’s easy to feel extremely isolated. They bring people together and it doesn’t exclude you or make you lonely. We should be able to experience this together and make it a part of our culture. And make it a part of our everyday lives.”
aura Brannan is the force behind Portland’s beloved Elbe’s Edibles. She is serious about food and at the heart of her recipes is her amazing cannabutter, which has taken years and years to totally perfect. After watching that incredible tenacity and growth, I was delighted to sit down with Brannan to discuss what keeps her inspired in the kitchen. “What makes us stand out is we have taken over seven years to perfect our cannabutter recipes. Seven years of research and development, and by doing so, our edibles have no flavor of Cannabis in our foods. It’s food first, and everything has to taste amazing and medicate strongly before it leaves the kitchen. Recipe refinement is essential,” Brannan said. Brannan only sources plant material from the highest quality of craft Cannabis cultivators, like award winning Geek Farms. The Cannabis comes first, then the butter. What makes Brannan’s philosophy so special is that the integrity of all ingredients is on the same level. It’s a true “food first” mentality because the quality and the delivery of the high means everything. “I get to get up each day and play in my 3,000-square-foot custom built Cannabis kitchen. Two to six hours are spent working with my Edibles hand-picked team of amazing talented individuals who all own producer their own skills and on various projects. My favorite part of the day is when we eat our staff lunch together. No matter how busy we are, we still sit down with our crew and share a family meal.” But it’s not all gravy. “One challenge for Cannabis in Oregon is the rules against public consumption. It affects tourism dollars, it affects how our industry is perceived and it affects the bottom line of our profits,” Brannan says. “The only positive I can derive of that is the Oregon laws demand discretion, and my products offer that. While this can be a win for my company, it’s certainly not a win for Cannabis. Public consumption is a fight I will continue fight for.”
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By SIMONE FISCHER | PHOTOS by DANIEL BERMAN
I DO A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING: I MANAGE PEOPLE, I MANAGE OPERATIONS, I DO ALL THE SALES AND MARKETING OUTREACH AND THE SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.
indful Organics is a flower producing farm with a focus on sustainability. The whole team has some kind of background in sustainable practice. CEO Stephanie Woodruff believes the core of Mindful is integrity, science and wellness. They run a tight crew of eight employees total. Her business partner has a background in biochemistry, and wellness creating products. Woodruff ’s team is striving to close the loop and bring sustainability to the indoor world. Her “team of nerds” does their own breeding, working to hunt phenos, seeds and special cuts. “I do a little bit of everything: I manage people, I manage operations, I do all the sales and marketing outreach and the sustainability program. We currently boast zero waste and we recycle everything. My current project and goal is to get rid of plastics. All of our packaging is compostable and recyclable,” she said. “We are looking for closed looped systems to apply to indoor gardening. We are composting, using grey water catch net systems and grey water gardens for native gardens all around the property. We also do companion planting and generally spearhead sustainability as an indoor garden.” Woodruff says when you’re growing outside you’re working with a living environment that endows your land. Inside, you are building systems. Woodruff calls it “bio mimickery” to guide indoor growing techniques. Cannabis She also said solar panels and producer LEDs are in the works, and soon, Tesla roof panels for the grow. “I’m looking at the long term, which requires an investment. It’s exciting because there hasn’t been anyone doing anything like this before. We can help create and mold the industry with the highest sustainability practices and little environmental impact. It’s important for consumers and business owners to be a model for the rest of the country.”
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AUTUMN BUCK OPERATIONS | GNOME GROWN
nome Grown started a small, momand-pop garden and has expanded into to a storefront in Oregon City. Autumn took the time to tell why Gnome Grown is so special. “I’ve been working in the Cannabis industry for almost a decade, and I’ve seen the evolution of where it started, and what was important then—versus what’s important now. Working for Gnome Grown embodies the ethics in Cannabis right now. I originally started working on the farm after observing all of their ethical and sustainable practices. I was stoked. They are trying to create a stanCannabis dard for the quality of Cannabis producer but also encourage people to be mindful of our carbon footprint.” Gnome Grown stands out as a female-lead brand because of the dedication to clean growing practices on the farm and to sustainable packaging on the retail floor. The holistic approach makes them one of the front-runners for Oregon Cannabis industry standards. “Everything Gnome Grown does in terms of health and ecology is amazing; we practice no-till farming and not being wasteful. We use our land and resources from the farm and close the loop. They have a good mind to set the bar moving forward and we believe in fair market pricing, so everybody has access to quality medicine,” Buck said. “For me, I am constantly switching gears. It’s fast paced and at any given time a hundred different things are up in the air. It requires you to be fast moving, quick thinking and be a problem solver. The people who work on the farm and the retail setting — we all have one goal in mind. It’s a level of camaraderie I have not experienced working anywhere else.” Buck describes the last six months as tough, especially watching friends and peers going through the difficulties of change in the industry. She and many others believe it’s a conflict of interest with Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) managing alcohol and Cannabis. The laws make it really tough for Cannabis businesses to succeed, Buck said. Adapt or perish. I asked if there were any personnel issues between managing the farm and the newly formed retail crew. “My biggest problem with employees is just not having enough of them! Everyone who has joined our team realized we are all fortunate to be a part of something really special.”
I ORIGINALLY STARTED WORKING ON THE FARM AFTER OBSERVING ALL OF THEIR ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES. I WAS STOKED.
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By SIMONE FISCHER | PHOTOS by DANIEL BERMAN
WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT OUR NEW KITCHEN SPACE. WE ARE IN CONTROL AND WE RUN IT.
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Mary and Laurie
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didn’t know what to expect from a mother and daughter-inlaw business endeavor. Usually most people can’t stand their in-laws—let alone go into business with them. Drama aside, this mother-daughter duo has managed to build a successful edible company from the ground up. The mother, Laurie, has published four Cannabis cookbooks, and was the food editor at Mademoiselle Magazine. She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and wrote about food and recipes for a long time. Laurie brings the culinary skills and know-how to the table, while Mary, her daughter-in-law, specializes in creative design and operations. “We want to keep elevating the edible, taking it further than a brownie recipe. We want sophisticated Cannabis recipes. We think there are foods that benefit from the taste of Cannabis, and the terpenes have a lot to do with it — we are always deciding whether or not terpenes complement or contrast. We don’t like to completely eliminate the taste of Cannabis because it may boost a Edibles particular dish,” Laurie said. producer Laurie had a particular interest in crafting tasty edibles since she is a current Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patient who relies on Cannabis to treat a seizure disorder. Laurie has been aura and seizure-free since using Cannabis. Three weeks after using Cannabis, the auras and seizures haven’t returned. Laurie uses her culinary and OMMP insight to guide her recipes and figure out what people need from Cannabis. Mary runs design and sourcing, and Laurie credits her with birthing the brand. Mary does a stellar job with design, all while running the business and regulatory side. Metrics and ever-evolving regulation are constant. Mary has a seat on the metric training advisory committee and is constantly working on streamlining the edible business. “Sharing a kitchen with two other edibles companies, it was a constant struggle because it never felt like we had a home. Our new kitchen is the old World Famous Café production kitchen. We are really excited. We are in control and we run it,” Laurie said. Finding Cannabis-approved kitchens has been a major source of struggle for edible companies. They already feel at ease knowing they have more control over their own space and can move on to different challenges. “At the beginning of the day we have our list of orders, and our kitchen crew organizes and packages everything up. We do metric the night before so we aren’t scrambling the day of. Then our sales go out and then our kitchen crew works on the next batch of products. Whether it’s scooping the brownies, or making cheese crackers, we are in the back office dealing with the day-to-day regulation and the process,” Mary said. “We have sales, our own kitchen and the future looks very bright.”
IT’S ALSO REALLY IMPORTANT TO KEEP MYSELF IN THE FIELD TO KEEP UP WITH NORMS AND CHANGES FROM RETAILERS TO SUPPLIERS.
MEGAN BAUER DIRECTOR OF DISTRIBUTION | REEFER DISTRIBUTION
egan Bauer is an ambitious Cannabis mover and shaker whose job revolves around education and connection. Reefer Distribution hopes to raise the quality standards expected of distribution companies from the ground up. “I’ve been in wholesale and distribution for three years and moved to Eugene in late 2015. I’ve been at Reefer Distribution for about a year now. It has been amazing working for a vertically integrated company,” Bauer said. Bauer primarily works with Cannabis TJ’s Organic Gardens and Green product Tea Farms in Southern Oregon. distributor Reefer Distribution uses the material from those cultivators to make edibles, concentrates and tinctures. Bauer is building an ecosystem of brands all based off starting with a base of organic, no-till cultivated Cannabis. “As director of distribution, I work with a lot of backend customers (suppliers) and getting a handle on what they are bringing to market in the future, but it’s also really important to keep myself in the field to keep up with norms and changes from retailers to suppliers. I use my background in education to communicate the practices of growers and products. Creating educational materials, budtender training materials for the final customer.” Bauer says you have to adapt the message to each audience, and education is a vital part of the success of a growing distribution company. “We have such strong partnerships established; we can openly communicate and trust we can work through it together.” Bauer is also dedicated to their non-profit, The Forest Initiative. TJ’s Gardens started The Forest Initiative by donating a high CBD tincture to more than one hundred families dealing with different seizure ailments and other medical conditions. Philanthropy has already found its way into the distribution world!
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Years ago, when I would ask my father what was new, he always answered “Same two slices, kid!” Strange, right? Well, these breads make the most of the sandwich, and there is nothing hum drum about these bready beauties. Feel free to change things around a bit, add turkey to the B.L.A.T. and substitute roast beef for the turkey in the Havarti sandwich. And grab yourself some gluten free bread if you are feeling left out!
Each sandwich serves 2
TURKEY HAVARTI On this sandwich, the turkey and Havarti seem to be the perfect complement for the onion flavor. Not overpowering, it’s just right.
1. Toast the Ciabatta rolls. 2. In a small saucepan melt the
canna-butter or oil. Sauté the onion until soft and caramelized. 3. Spread with the onion on the bottom of two rolls and layer with roasted peppers, Havarti and turkey. 4. Slice in half before serving.
2 Ciabatta rolls, sliced in half 2-3 teaspoons canna-butter or canna-oil 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 4 strips roasted red pepper 6 slices Havarti 8 slices roasted turkey Mint leaves, optional
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B.L.A.T. Better than a B.L.T., this sandwich deserves the best ingredients you can afford. Really good bacon, ripe avocado, homemade mayo and a perfect tomato and you have a truly remarkable sandwich.
1. Slice avocado and toss with lemon juice. 2. Toast bread. 3. Spread two slices of bread with the canna-mayonnaise. 4. Layer on bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato to make two delicious sandwiches.
1/2 avocado, peeled/sliced 2 teaspoons lemon juice 4 slices potato bread, toasted 2-4 teaspoons cannamayonnaise (recipe to right) 8 slices bacon, cooked as you like it, drained 4 leaves soft lettuce, rinsed and patted dry 2-4 slices ripe tomato
1. Combine egg and mustard in the bowl of a food processor fitted INGREDIENTS with a blade attachment. Process until mixture is evenly combined. 2. With the processor running, slowly add oils in a thin stream until combined. Add vinegar or lemon juice and pulse until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Banh Mi is a Vietnamese street snack that is made with a baguette and filled with a variety of ingredients. This sandwich is light, yet satisfying. Get the best bread you can find. This type of sandwich wants a light airy French baguette with a thin crust. So, so good.
1 large egg 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 cup canola oil 1 1/3 tablespoons canna-oil 4 teaspoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 teaspoons fish sauce 2 teaspoons canna-oil 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 small clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 2 six-inch pieces baguette, sliced in half horizontally 2 chicken breasts from rotisserie chicken, cooked, thinly sliced 1/4 cup shredded cabbage 1/4 cup shredded carrots Sprigs of cilantro
In a small bowl combine the water, lime juice, fish sauce, cannaoil, garlic, soy sauce and sugar. 2. Place the bread on your work surface. Drizzle the cut sides with the dressing. Lay the sliced chicken breast on the sandwich and top with the shredded vegetables and any remaining sauce.
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ALMOND CAKE BITES is topped with shaved almonds to add texture and flavor. The Cannabis flavor is completely masked by the rich, sweet flavor of the almonds, making it easy to throw back a couple bites. I ingested three of the almond cakes (six doses) after work the other night and felt the effects within 45 minutes. Each muffin
is rather psychoactive, but also calming as it made me disconnect from the real world and enter into a relaxed state, great for winding down from the work week. Half a bite is a strong 4.5mg so I suggest consumers start with one-fourth of the bite. This edible is particularly useful for those needing to medicate during the day but cannot smoke, as the bites are discreet and long lasting. The high
Look for more products from Laurie and Mary Jane to hit OLCC retailers soon like their fudge brownie bites and savory nut mixes.
These delicious cake bites are shaped like mini muffins and come packaged in a fun, white pop-top container. THE SCORE
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BAKED 2 Delicious Cannacookbook sequel features 100+ recipes for edibles
his is a gorgeous coffee-table book and it’s also a cookbook. Its sheer heft of 303 pages and beautiful, fullpage, color photographs make it a work of art as well as a kitchen tool. This second edition of the best-selling Baked features more than 40 new recipes that weren’t found in the first edition. More than 80 recipes appear in the book. Whether you enjoy savory treats, or want to mix up something special from the “Drinks” section, these easy-tofollow directions help even newbie Cannabis chefs create delicious delicacies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all covered, of course, but the book doesn’t stop there. There are also sections on staples, vegetarian treats, desserts—including bars, cookies, cakes, candies and sugar-free and vegan treats—and drinks. The book also includes dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan delicacies for those with restricted or specialized diets. Baked 2 was written for people who want to eat their high without sacrificing good taste. “Few marijuana cookbooks address the fact that Cannabis is a spicy, harsh-tasting plant that often doesn’t cook particularly well,” the book’s publisher said. “Baked addresses these issues head on by providing stunningly accurate visual and textual instructions on how to make marijuana foods that look and taste great.” Whether you make Cannabis treats for recreational or medicinal reasons, you will likely enjoy the broad range of tasty recipes served up in Baked 2. The book includes such gourmet delights as marshmallow meltdown, dreamy raspberry bars, peanut butter cup cookies, lavender love bites and baked fudge. Don’t forget the savory dinner delicacies such as chronic coconut chicken, spaghetti marinara, and crockpot goulash. Author Yzabetta Sativa was a lifelong pot smoker who found that eating Cannabis prolonged its effects on her system, and allowed her to avoid smoke inhalation. As a chef, she quickly recognized that others could benefit from healthier, diet-conscious recipes, so she began to supply edible Cannabis treats to compassion clubs. That experience eventually led to the writing of this book.
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WHO, WHAT, WHY?
ne of the hottest, most trendy developments in the for distribution solutions. In my experience, all those listed below have ever expanding Cannabis market is a massive always provided reliable service, delivery guarantees, reasonable market influx of “breeders.” I am talking about peoprices, lots of freebies and a massive variety of choices. Many of the BY OREGON LEAF ple who create Cannabis seeds. Anyone with companies have developed stealth shipping methods that make it all SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR a large social media following can begin clasbut impossible for customs to catch. DR. SCANDERSON sifying themselves as a breeder and start producing Cannabis seeds for masses. Some quick OVERSEAS SEED BANKS: math reveals most of these individuals’ motivations: capturing that quick and easy dollar and capitalizing on a network and people’s ignorance. Jacob Fine Premium Seed Club JACOB-FINE.COM Traditionally costs for the acquisitions of Cannabis seeds accounted for the Owned and operated by a world class, world travelled Cannabis breeder and limited availability, the time and expertise actual breeders put into creating and connoisseur Jacob Fine offers a unique variety of some of the best genetics found establishing lines as well as their questionable legal status. As the laws opened anywhere on earth. The owner’s relentless pursuit to acquire the most exotic landup, a deluge of clowns chucking pollen in their closet grow saw the potential, races for breeding has resulted in a pleasant combination of somewhat lesser noted the acute lack experience of the average customer and went to “work” known brands of international breeders who spend more time breeding and sechurning out $80 to $150 per pack seeds hoping to slip right in with the average lecting than advertising and promoting alongside more recognized breeders who cost to acquire desirable lines from real breeders. It worked brilliantly. have been around the block. Outstanding service, innovative packaging solutions, unique breeders and exThere are still people brand new to the experience of breeding Cannabis, taking tensive testing of all the lines they carry are benchmarks of Jacob Fine Premium well established, popular, elite and rare lines another breeder may have spent the Seed Club. majority of their life creating and crossing it with whatever hot new clone they have. In spite of massive instability issues, gender biases, germination problems Cannazon CANNAZON.COM and the like, people are so interested in ingraining themselves into the culture Owned and operated by another cat who’s been around, I had the privilege of beof that brand, they gleefully celebrate what many experienced testers would ing one of the first members to learn about this site through one of my mentors consider a wild failure. Posts like, “I only got two females out the pack of 12 but who resides in the UK, where the company is based out of. Starting off with a they are soooo fire!” In a pack you likely paid north of $100 for, you got only very elite selection of breeders who traditionally had been difficult to access stock two females instead of six? How slim is your selection criteria? Would you need from, Cannazon has grown into a fairly large community of growers, breeders to snap 12 beans and get zero females to breach concern? and enthusiasts as well as a bank with a massive number of available brands. The only explanation I can think of for this behavior is the marvelous job Cannazon has emerged as a leading scorer to acquire the hottest new drops as of marketing, branding and instilling a cult-like following in large groups of well as some of the newer up-and-coming breeders’ work. random people who just want to play in the reindeer games. People are so proLots of freebies, smart packaging that has never failed to be delivered expegrammed to believe that paying for the pack is a privilege and each seed is like ditiously to me and from what I understand Cannazon even has a U.S. based their shortcut to becoming a master grower, they all but completely lose the distributor to ensure even more secure delivery. ability to make a reasonable evaluation of the variety they acquired. Today’s seed market is a massive conglomeration of the overseas seedbanks Attitude Seed Bank CANNABIS-SEEDS-BANK.CO.UK and local distributors who have opened up shop in the U.S. to take advantage of If you’ve heard of an international seed distributor, it’s likely Attitude. Getting the increasingly tolerant Cannabis laws. your gear picked up by Attitude as a breeder used to be akin to getting your Overseas seedbanks are usually website storefronts set up in other countries product into Wal-Mart. They really do have just about all the breeders out there around the world that do not criminalize nature. These are the longest established and regularly update their stock as well as replenish it. In many ways they set businesses around, and traditionally are where the majority of breeders turned the standard for market price, shipping options and variety of brands. While I
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may have been ordering from this UK based company without a single issue for more than seven years, they are easily the most popular traditionally and so I have also heard of their packages getting seized. More of a function of the volume they deliver in my belief than anything else, they thrive and gain customer loyalty with awesome replacement policies and accommodation.
SHOULD YOU BUY AMERICAN? The massive number of new U.S. based seed creators who simply don’t have the connections, intelligence or perseverance to successfully create relationships with larger distribution channels, eventually got swept up. The circus on wheels, also known as the high crimes Cannabis craps, is able to turn out the sea of confused patrons by pumping up varieties of Cannabis that’s better than anything you’ve ever even thought of. It’s these super “strains” that have the “highest” THC that are more exclusive than an albino eggplant and provide instant passageway into the upper, upper echelons of Cannabis coolness as manufactured, defined and promoted by these powder tooting self-appointed aristocrats that creates the inflated and false sense of a need for seeds. Giving false confidence and unqualified amounts of money to new pollen chuckers’ hands has only served to encourage them further. Fortunately there are a small handful of U.S. based souvenir Cannabis seed vendors that saw the need and invested in themselves and started cutting their teeth on the market as any wholesale distributor would. Each of the people reviewed in this article are people I have worked with and some of whom I have met personally. They have provided exceptional service, reliable results and great pricing on a huge variety of some of the most desirable lines.
U.S. BASED DISTRIBUTORS Sour Patch Seed Bank SOURPATCHSEEDS.COM
While it’s all fine and good to get reliable service, nowhere is a company able to demonstrate the true intention to the market then when the shit hits the fan. I’m happy to say that my experience with Sour Patch left such a lasting impression on me that I still use the owner’s choices as the standard some three years after I had a hiccup. Jay Frost’s commitment to honesty, communication and resolution is unsurpassed in my mind. Sour Patch does in fact stock some of the most highly sought after, rare beans around. It’s always nice to know when you send your hard earned dollars to acquire a pack that there’s a human on the other end committed above all else to make sure you get the pack you purchased, no matter what.
coveted skills, they feel entitled to sell their newly acquired inventory, purchased at a retail I had some pretty complex questions about the lineagprice mind you, reflexive of the often outraes listed on the website and was quite impressed when geous booth costs, to anyone who will cover I received a response to my inquiry into the seedbank their reserve for the skills they are bringing to from the breeder who created the line. I like this conthe table. tinuity. These people have no idea who I am, and could These sites are easy to spot too. The peohave easily just given me whatever simplistic answer ple who run them do not even operate from would most likely result in my purchase of the gear. Ina place where this behavior is shameful. They stead I got an informed response and was able to speak deliberately advertise that they are interested with the breeder and be guided in fact to the parental in getting paid as much as the market will bear lineage I was seeking. for their “time and gas,” although they have Always reliable delivery and lots of high quality freeno issue in the same breath bies, Neptune has an extensive selecexplaining how the reason tion of breeders and great specials and they are even considering promotions as well. auctioning off the packs is due to their own error in over Seed Here Now SEEDSHERENOW.COM purchasing seeds at the event I have met this team in person at a they were already attending. few different Cannabis Cup events Logic so twisted they forgot and they have continued to responsito be embarrassed. bly grow and develop into a bank that The thirst is so real though offers a wide variety of diverse and that some people are actudesirable genetics. While I have only ally excited to pay three to acquired from them in person, several times the retail costs so of my friends have reported reliable THESE SEED BANKS PROVIDE four they can have the pack, post and fast delivery. RELIABLE SERVICE, DELIVERY about it and get some likes Also boasting some of the most gaining entry into the sought after breeders’ work, these guys GUARANTEES, REASONABLE while elite class of people who own distribute for several breeders that MARKET PRICES, LOTS OF things they think other peohave very limited stock and therefore work with a limited number of chanFREEBIES, AND A MASSIVE ple think are “kewl.” nels. They have regular specials and VARIETY OF CHOICES promotions on many lines that are Like so many interests, already very reasonably priced.
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ABOUT THOSE MIDDLE MEN A few steps below high crime are the people who decide to try and resell High Times access for profit in the form of a seed auction site. Now there are in fact seed auction sites whose sole intention is to fundraise for different events and there’s even a few seasoned breeders who have been collecting and making seeds for more than ten years that make some of their back stock available in limited quantities for the collectors and connoisseurs who missed out. I am not talking about these sites. There are people who go to Cannabis events with the specific intention of acquiring large amounts of what is clearly the most hyped and limited seeds that are exclusively dropping at the event for the purpose of reselling them to the highest bidder after the event is over. You see, these people have expertise and skills developed in the areas of living close to the event and standing in lines while remaining hydrated at the same time. But for their noble sacrifice and highly
the market’s ability to accommodate and entice seed-aholics has done nothing but broaden and expand further to quench even the most elite appetites. My hope is that this overview and some of these recommendations allow you to connect with quality, reliable sources that support the ideas and ethos you hope to be funding with your dollars. If you have specific questions on acquiring seeds through any of the sites mentioned or are curious about others not mentioned, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Follow along
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LEMON SKUNK HOW IT GROWS
Hearty and tolerant, Lemon Skunk produces heavy yields and super lemony buds high in calyx-to-leaf ratios, making her easy to trim as well. Lemon Skunk has an average growing pace in veg and responds extremely well to topping. It’s a great choice for the private cultivator just getting started, as well as the commercial cultivator looking for a fast, reliable and resistant plant that patients absolutely love. With minimal manipulation she will grow into an evenly structured bush in a scarce two or three weeks and be ready to produce ample amounts of high quality medication. She’s very tolerant to various levels and styles of nutrient application and will thrive with heavy or moderate amounts of pruning and thinning. Abundant flower sites and very tight internodal spacing lends benefit to a heavier branch selection which can result in baseball bat sized kolas ripened to peak in less than 60 days in some phenotypes.
BAG APPEAL & SMOKE REPORT the tightly spaced nodes and very high calyx-
to-leaf ratio leaves the finished flowers with the classic “skunky” looking blooms. Dark green background is almost completely encompassed by bright orange and red hairs with a light dusting of trichomes. Terpenes is where this plant concentrates her energy and her efforts are revealed when the jar is opened. Acrid, piercingly fresh scents of sweet lemon head candy set over a background of lemongrass and eucalyptus infusion stirs sentiments of blissful tranquility. One of the varieties that richly translates its aromas seamlessly to the palate bringing bright, crisp notes of sweet lemon that dominate the inhale and introduce the more tart and tongue tangling lemon lime menthol notes that coat the mouth as smoke reemerges from lung bathing.
EFFECTS much like the bright and refreshing flavors that the
terpene profile creates, Lemon Skunk provides an eye opening kick start of an effect. Perfect for daytime activities or middle of the night marathons, this smoke keeps the creative juices flowing and the energy levels on high. With just enough hybrid characteristic to keep from being jittery, Lemon Skunk is a variety that can be enjoyed over multiple sessions through the day without the side effect of any of the lethargy that can so often be the result of all day indulgence.
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Flowers in 8 to 9 weeks
ACRID, PIERCINGLY FRESH SCENTS OF SWEET LEMON HEAD CANDY SET OVER A BACKGROUND OF LEMONGRASS AND EUCALYPTUS INFUSION STIRS SENTIMENTS OF BLISSFUL TRANQUILITY.
YIELD: Heavy GENETICS: Las Vegas Lemon Skunk x likely Skunk #1 lemon phenotype (indica dominant)
The Las Vegas Lemon Skunk is a clone-only known for fast finishing times and heavy resinous yields of lemon funkin’ flowers. When that was crossed with a lemon selection believed to be Skunk #1, the Lemon Skunk was born and immediately decorated with top finishes at the Spannabis cup.
QUICK HIT: Although Lemon Skunk may sound like a common variety, properly grown and well selected blooms from this variety are anything but.
That piercing, tart, lemon head candy funk of top quality Lemon Skunk paired with the “feels so good” effect that she reliably imparts makes this cultivar a rare and treasured gem.
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Published on Aug 1, 2017
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