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the moment! There’s nothing better than enjoying Cannabis outdoors and on the go, and here in the greater Northwest we have truly world class fishing, hiking, tourism and Cannabis. Now that the weather is right, put on some sunscreen and get lit, outdoors style. Our travel issue features the essential stoner road kit trip necessities, tips for traveling while high, and we recommend the best hikes to get hashy on in each state. We also highlight one of my favorite aspects of canna-tourism and check out several 420 friendly bud and breakfasts. In this age of corporate hotels and anti-smoking laws, we stoners often must choose between enjoying our plant or staying at a nice hotel. Choose no longer! We bring you options from multiple states where you can get world-class hospitality in a unique place to stay and be expected to be high while doing it. It’s an amazing experience to wake up with a dab in a treehouse, or to a stoney hot breakfast prepared at Delta 9 House, and I encourage everyone to give this type of travel a try. Plus, supporting these mom and pop businesses means putting money back into our canna-community, something we should all support. You can also look through the rest of the issue for great new products to try including strains, edibles, concentrates and more, along with our usual roundup of uniquely curated content. So, toss this mag and a bunch of buds into your favorite backpack, and go hit a red-eye somewhere fun, local or far away, and make sure to enjoy this summer and all the fun that comes with it. Happy trails!
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SEATTLE WANTS TO ABOLISH MORE THAN 500 MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS
eattle prosecutors are moving to abolish more than 540 convictions against people in cases involving small amounts of Cannabis.
The convictions are being reviewed by a municipal judge with an eye toward clearing criminal records. Advocates say people with pot convictions experience limited job and housing opportunities. The 542 people in question were all convicted before 2010 when Prosecutor Pete Holmes stopped bringing minor pot possession charges. The state legalized adult possession of up to an ounce of weed in 2012. “Vacating charges for misdemeanor marijuana possession is a necessary step to correct the injustices of what was a failed war on drugs, which disproportionately affected W VACATING CHARGES FOR MISDEMEANOR communities of color in Mayor Jenny Durkan MARIJUANA POSSESSION IS A NECESSARY Seattle,” said in a statement. “The war on drugs in large part became STEP TO CORRECT THE INJUSTICES OF a war on people who needed WHAT WAS A FAILED WAR ON DRUGS, opportunity and treatment. While we cannot reverse all WHICH DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED the harm that was done, we COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN SEATTLE,” must do our part to give Seattle Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan residents – including immigrants said in a statement. and refugees – a clean slate.”
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U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS OF MAJOR CANNABIS OVERPRODUCTION
regon’s black market for marijuana is thriving, and the state’s oversupply is flowing to more than two dozen other states where pot is illegal, U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said in May.
Williams said the state has a “significant overproduction” problem, reports the Associated Press. He said he plans to prioritize enforcement of interstate trafficking, organized crime, underage marijuana use, and environmental damage from black market pot farms. That makes Williams the first U.S. Attorney to issue such guidance after Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions in January rescinded the Cole Memo, which defined the Obama Administration’s tolerance of marijuana policies in green states. “As the primary law enforcement official in Oregon, I will not make broad proclamations of blanket immunity from prosecution to those who violate federal law,” Williams wrote. Oregon currently has almost 1 million pounds of Cannabis flower in inventory. That’s almost a quarter-pound for every man, woman, and child in the state (which has a population of 4.1 million). Don’t forget about the 350,000 more pounds of weed-infused edibles, tinctures, and concentrates. The retail price for a gram of flower has fallen around 50 percent since 2015, from $14 to $7, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. Retailers, and especially growers, have felt the pain. “I’m fearful with this oversupply it basically puts a lot of people in a desperate situation, and it forces them to do illegal things,” said William Simpson, founder of Chalice. “What that’s going to do is bring a microscope by the federal government over the state of Oregon. It can put the whole thing in danger.”
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glut of legal Cannabis in Oregon has driven prices uncomfortably low for many growers in the state. Some cultivators have pivoted to another type of Cannabis — hemp — to make up some of the difference.
Applications for state licenses to grow hemp have increased more than twentyfold since 2015. That makes Oregon number two, behind only Colorado, among the 19 states with active hemp cultivation. The market is in flux because of skyrocketing demand for non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from hemp plants, often being marketed as a health supplement. CBD oil gets thousands of dollars per kilogram in its purified, distilled form. Farmers can make upwards of $100,000 an acre growing the hemp to produce it. The concentrate is also marketed in crystal and powdered form. The number of hemp licenses in Oregon increased from 12 in 2015 to 353 in May. Colorado, which ranks number one in hemp production, has also seen price drops for marijuana, but not as steep as those in Oregon. Growing industrial hemp is now legal under federal law, as long as the plants contain less than 0.3 percent THC. The plant was initially legalized for use in things like food, fiber, seed oil and building materials. But the growing market in CBD means another major profit center for hemp farmers. At least half of all hemp nationwide is now being grown for CBD extraction, according to Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp. “The [marijuana] market is stuck within the borders of Oregon,” said Trey Wilson, who switched his operation from marijuana to hemp this year. “It’s locked within the state. But hemp is an international commodity now.”
ANTI-MARIJUANA GROUP WANTS MICHIGAN TO LEGALIZE WEED
ne group formed to fight the legalization of recreational Cannabis in Michigan has now decided it favors the measure — but only if the Legislature amends the proposal.
The Committee to Keep Pot out of Neighborhoods and Schools, which formed to fight a ballot proposal to legalize Cannabis, is now urging state lawmakers to take up the initiative, pass it, and amend it. The group hopes that recreational use will thereby be regulated as strictly as the medical marijuana industry. If, however, the Legislature, declines to take up the measure and it goes to the November 6 statewide ballot, the group will switch back and oppose the legalization measure again. “This committee was initially formed to defeat the recreational ballot proposal, but now we believe that the Legislature should amend and adopt the initiative before it’s too late,” said spokesman Mark Fisk. The group believes legalization “will be a reality in Michigan,” and “the question now is how to regulate and control recreational marijuana.” Republicans in the state Senate are looking THE GROUP BELIEVES for a way to take up the legalization proposal, in part to keep it off the November ballot. LEGALIZATION “WILL BE A The reason is that it’s expected to drive lots of REALITY IN MICHIGAN,” AND liberal, and therefore Democratic, voters to the polls. Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, “THE QUESTION NOW IS HOW a Democrat from Flint, said the Democratic TO REGULATE AND CONTROL caucus wants to let the voters decide the RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.” legalization issue for themselves.
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laska’s marijuana tax revenue topped $1 million in March, setting a new monthly record, according to figures released in May by the Alaska Department of Revenue. The
state collected $1.09 million in Cannabis excise taxes during March, according to the department’s tax division, reports the Juneau Empire. The figure was the most Alaska has ever collected from marijuana businesses in a single month. The old record was $1.04 million, in January. The tax, established by the same 2014 ballot measure that legalized Cannabis, is $50 per ounce on flower and $15 per ounce on other plant parts. It is the only such tax in the country. All other states with legal Cannabis levy taxes based on a percentage of the retail or wholesale price. The Alaska Marijuana Control Board is discussing whether to advise the Legislature to switch to the system in place in other states.
WASHINGTON GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE SAYS “WE’VE GOT THE BEST WEED”
ashington state is already known for the best apples, coffee and salmon. Now Cannabis is being added to the list, according to Governor Jay Inslee. Gov.
Inslee wants Americans to know the Northwest is a leader in potent pot. As a recent guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Inslee boasted about Washington state’s Cannabis. “I can honestly say, we’ve got the best weed in the United States of America,” Inslee said. “It’s a growing industry, and well-regulated.” Inslee had some choice words for Donald Trump’s recent promise that his administration will support efforts to protect states that have legalized Cannabis. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the first time Donald Trump said something that was actually true — if he said he would leave us alone on our marijuana decriminalization?” the Governor said. “And I hope that will occur.”
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By MATTHEW MEYERS for OREGON LEAF
CALIFORNIA RACES AHEAD OF OREGON Golden State will permit first ever Cannabis event with legal adult-use consumption and sales
his year marks the first year of legal adult-use Cannabis in California. As you know, there is a transitional period when the quirks of the new legislation are being explored and fixed. I’m sure in some ways this will take longer in California compared to other states, however one aspect that California has rocketed ahead in is legal public Cannabis events that allow consumption and sales. Despite being a few years behind other states, California is demonstrating that it’s serious about its legal Cannabis program. At this point you’re probably wondering, we’ve had legal adult-sales in Oregon since late 2015, why is there still no legal avenue for public events? On May 2, 2018, the ominously named California Bureau of Cannabis Control (CBCC), approved the first temporary Cannabis event permit in the nation. The C.B.C.C. is in charge of issuing the event permits, but these permits must first be approved by local city councils to ensure events are welcome. For example, there was an event planned for April 20 in San Bernardino that was unanimously denied it’s permit by the city council for reasons related to lack of planning. This demonstrates that state law can still exist respectfully with local laws to ensure no town has to host a Cannabis event that doesn’t want to. Something that will become rarer as the taboo of
Cannabis is pulled back and the tax incentive of hosting Cannabis events becomes evident. So, what happened when state and local authorities decide to let people legally celebrate Cannabis at a public event? Did the state fairgrounds venue get destroyed by stoners flipping cars over in disappointment or celebration? Oh wait, no that’s only in publicly subsidized sporting events… Sacramento still exists and is in fact estimated to pull in close to $200,000 in tax revenues from the event. This event comes five months after adult-use legalization went into effect in California. Meanwhile, in Oregon, we are more than halfway through our second full year of legalization and still have no legal avenue for events to exist. How long till we have this in Oregon? Last year, we saw SB307 abandoned on the committee floor, which would have created a legal avenue for Cannabis events in Oregon. I’ve been told new legislation is in the works but the only thing I have seen officially on the 2018 docket is HB 4110. This new proposed Oregon house bill would give the OLCC the authority to issue temporary event permits. These event permits would authorize distribution of free samples of products at the events but doesn’t mention sales of any kind
in its current form. For some reason, the bill also has language that modifies how hemp products would be separated/displayed from other Cannabis and labeled differently. To me, it seems like these should be two separate bills but unfortunately, our legislative process is beyond overly complicated. It’s rather unfair politicians can bundle different laws together, so they pass easier, but Cannabis retailers cannot bundle discounts for non-Cannabis and Cannabis items. This is a minor example, but it happens more than you realize in both federal and state our legislators. It’s a reminder that in 2018 we need to pay the utmost attention to new politicians and legislation. Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.” We need to continue the fight and keep pressuring our elected leaders to change their mindset, and if they are reluctant, remember there are over 350 million Americans now, we can always find someone better willing to replace them! As we go into this critical midterm election season now is a great time to reach out to your local representatives and make sure they know to make passing HB4110 or similar legislation a priority in 2018 so our wonderful state doesn’t fall further behind.
DESPITE BEING A FEW YEARS BEHIND OTHER STATES, CALIFORNIA IS DEMONSTRATING THAT IT’S SERIOUS ABOUT ITS LEGAL CANNABIS PROGRAM.
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“What’s important to me is how much love was put into the buds and growing practice, and of course terpene profiles.”
FIRST CANNABIS EXPERIENCE? My most vivid early memory of Cannabis is from back in high school when I got intensely high after eating a steady amount of high dose edibles at Hempstalk. I’d forgotten that I’d made plans later that day with my mom. For what seemed like hours that afternoon I was trying to navigate my way through a gigantic fabric shop matching thread with my Mom. It was quite the experience.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PART OF THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF THE JOB?
Fortunately, most customers know a certain way they want or don’t want to feel, so I usually start by figuring out what kind of high they are looking for and we work our way up from there. It’s fun remembering who likes what and getting the chance to enhance someone’s day and potentially their life. I am excited that customers are keeping track of not only specific strains but also following growers and their farming methods. Hopefully, that [demand for quality] will help eliminate any future for unsustainable or commercial farming in the industry.
I’ve been an official budtender for about three years now. My favorite part is the discovery aspect; finding out which strains work for different people and how we all can use Cannabis for both recreational and medical purposes. I was inspired to start budtending by my good friend Himashi, who worked alongside me as a budtender years ago. She’s now the manager at Iron Labs, and she continues to keep me in the loop with all the incredible scientific and medicinal benefits of Cannabis.
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HOW DO YOU LIKE TO CONSUME CANNABIS? I love nothing more than concocting some kind of Frankenstein joint, or a dab ball with a blend of whatever I’m feeling or is in my stash at the time. But, I won’t lie, I love how discreet and convenient cartridges are too, I just wish the tech was a little less glitchy.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE CANNABIS STRAINS AND EFFECTS? Some all-time favorites include Ayahuasca Purple, Snoop’s Dream, Obama Kush, and Northern Wreck. I’m a fan of heavy indica strains – they’re my go-to when trying out new flower. Terpene-wise, I like a musky floral flavor so myrcene and linalool are where it’s at for me. What I need are strains that help relax my body throughout the day because if I don’t have that in my life, I will never sit down and stop running around with my dogs.
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Tetra’s Elise Stoffo is well-versed on all things THC and CBD, and perhaps more importantly, one of the friendliest budtenders we’ve come across yet! Ultra-modern Tetra is one of the newer storefronts in the Portland Cannabis scene, located inside an old piano shop where the shop’s compact design gives it the feel of a boutique in a major metropolis.
Well, I think that certain testing requirements are necessary overall for health and sanitation reasons. Other than that, I pay more attention to how a bud smokes, looks, and makes me feel when it comes to numbers and testing. I have paid way too much money for weed that claimed to be extraordinary numbers on either spectrum and then the result was diminished. What’s important to me is how much love was put into the buds and growing practice, and of course terpene profiles.
WHAT SETS YOUR SHOP APART FROM THE REST? What I love most about working for Tetra is that none of us are looking to make a quick buck on whatever is selling for the highest or pump people in and out of the store like the first shop I worked at. We ensure that Cannabis is accessible to everyone with any background or level of experience and are trying to break the stigmas that have wrongly followed the industry.
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS OUTSIDE CANNABIS? My main hobbies outside of the industry include cooking tasty food and collecting toys for my dogs and for my girlfriend. I also really love bouldering, skateboarding, creating things out of wood, pretending to play guitar, and road tripping across this continent.
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Highlighting amazing Cannabis pioneers who helped pave the way to greater herbal acceptance.
RICK STEVES If you’re a Cannabis enthusiast who’d like to travel the world and would like some insight– Rick Steves is your man. Fans of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will already recognize Steves. If you’re not one of them, well, he’s kind of like the Bob Ross of travel shows – knowledgeable, friendly, and politely square. He’s been hosting his program, Rick Steves’ Europe on public television since 1991 and he also hosts a one-hour weekly radio show. If you’ve never watched or heard his show before, well, let’s just say that Steves mild-mannered nature and narration is akin to something like a real-life Ned Flanders. So, you can imagine most people’s collective surprise when we they learned that this Ned Flanders smokes Cannabis. The fact of the matter is that this Seattle native is one of the best allies in the world for Cannabis mainstreaming and legalization. Adding extra credibility to his stance, he’s been a Cannabis advocate long before any American states legalized it, and long before the majority public perception shifted toward a majority in favor of decriminalization. Which, in this writer’s opinion makes Rick Steves a true OG. Because, in the 90s he “I think it’s good citizenship to reconsider a law that might be causing more harm than came out in favor of smoking herb and its many benefits good. Today’s marijuana laws — like the laws against alcohol during Prohibition — are were often career suicide, causing people to lose their causing more harm to our society than the drug they are designed to protect us from,” jobs. Thankfully, Steves owns his production house (in Seattle) and thus, did not have to risk losing his job over his views. “Marijuana is not legal anywhere because the “I’m motivated by civil liberties for responsible adult But this might also be where Steve’s mainstream United States made a trade law in the United Nations users. I’m a travel writer and, for me, high is a place. “everyman” personality and mild manner served him requiring everybody to keep marijuana illegal. Sometimes I want to go there. There’s no good reason well. How could one consider this gentleman to be Because of this law, any country that for my government to tell me I can’t go to that place irresponsible? He often advocates called high. I believe the mature, adult, recreational and speaks freely about Cannabis HE’S BEEN HOSTING HIS PROGRAM, RICK dares legalize marijuana will incur trade sanctions from the USA and of marijuana is a civil liberty,” he said. on his show. STEVES’ EUROPE ON PUBLIC TELEVISION all other signatories of that law. The useSteves recently traveled to DC to visit Jeff Sessions “I think it’s good citizenship to United States has a lot of sway. That’s himself and to lobby Congress on decriminalization reconsider a law that might be SINCE 1991 AND HE ALSO HOSTS A ONEwhy I hear the word decriminalized a of Cannabis. “There are so many reasons to end the causing more harm than good. HOUR WEEKLY RADIO SHOW. lot. You can’t legalize it, but you can prohibition on marijuana,” Steves said in one of his Today’s marijuana laws — like the briefings before lawmakers. laws against alcohol during Prohibition — are causing say you’re going to ignore it.” Getting more Americans to visit Europe is seen by “Whether you’re concerned about the well-being of more harm to our society than the drug they are children, fairness for minority communities, redirecting designed to protect us from, ” Steves said in a 2012 many as a necessary step to enlighten more everyday Americans on the benefits of European social money away from criminals and into state’s coffers, interview with LA Weekly. stemming the horrific bloodshed in Mexico, or civil Steves has been able to try Cannabis all over the programs, many of which are desperately needed liberties; it is clearly time for a new approach.” world, and because of his travels, he’s seen first-hand here in the US. Rick Steves has done a terrific job with Thanks to Rick Steves efforts, we’re getting closer the damage that United States-style prohibition has his life’s work. When it comes to Cannabis, though, Steves may be one of the best advocates we have. and closer to that innovative approach every day. done to Cannabis culture in other countries.
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We are honored this month to interview Adie Wilson-Poe, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and the creator of Habu Health. In 2004, she wrote her first grant and has been studying Cannabis through the lens of addiction and harm reduction ever since. Dr. Wilson-Poe holds a doctorate in Neuroscience and currently serves in the junior faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
hile she was an undergrad, Dr. Adie Wilson-Poe began volunteering in a lab that focused on opioid tolerance. Her curiosity revolved around knowing what was happening with poly-drug users and how Cannabis influences heroin use. This is what led her to write a small grant to research what was happening. “We knew at the time when that you used opioids and Cannabis together, it provided synergistic pain relief; that is, the drugs work better together than they do on their own,” Dr. Wilson-Poe said. “If we can harness the synergistic power of this drug combination, we might reduce opioid use through Cannabis. I wrote a small grant in my undergrad program, which rolled into my Ph.D. thesis and subsequent academic positions, where I received grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH).”
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The evidence was irrefutable and she wanted policy makers to understand. But the problem was, so few elected officials were swayed by the scientific data in favor of Cannabis. “I was an academic studying Cannabis. I wanted to know the science behind it all, and I noticed that almost no one was paying attention to the incredibly exciting data that was coming out. That’s what flipped me from being an academic to an academic advocate,” she said. “I never thought I would find myself in the position of advocating the use of Cannabis – I was a hardcore straight edge kid growing up. But living in Oregon for a long time, and being in the snowboarding community, at 26 I started smoking weed.” She believes that the scientific evidence is there, and it can’t be ignored. She felt compelled to say something because no one was paying attention to the facts. So, she acted. She got involved with the Missouri legislature by helping get medical Cannabis bill into the system. “I’m on the advisory board for New Approach, Missouri. And it’s tough because a lot of the policymakers are not swayed by the evidence in favor of Cannabis. So often it takes emotional, first-person appeal before they listen.”
than methadone? Might it be Cannabis? We have a lot of preliminary and preclinical [animal] research that supports this approach, but there is a lot more work that needs to be done.” Her recent research has been published in highly respected medical journals and makes the case for the massive health and economic impact of Cannabis. “Just in 2018, the federal government could have saved $468 million in Medicare prescription drug costs alone, if Cannabis had been legal in all 50 states. And that’s not even counting the trickle-down effects, such as increased worker productivity and fewer sick days that we Dr. Wilson-Poe understands the potential repersee in states with legal Cannabis.” cussions of her important research on a federal By harnessing patient feedback, Habu Health level, but she doesn’t let that fear stop her from aims to empower patients to achieve reliable studying Cannabis. and predictable results with Cannabis. “Every time my words are published, or face ap“More and more, patients now have acpears on the internet, or the in news or NPR; I’m at cess to Cannabis. And they need to risk of losing my federal grant fundknow what to take. We can’t wait ing. Thus far, fear has kept people “fear has kept people ten years for clinical trials to come from speaking out, fear has kept peofrom practicing out; we have to do the best that we ple from practicing Cannabis mediCannabis medicine, and I don’t want to can now. In our naturalistic observacine, and I don’t want to be inhibited be inhibited by fear, I tional studies, we are systematicalby fear, I want to be compelled and want to be compelled ly tracking peoples’ outcomes and propelled by the evidence. I have a and propelled by correlating their experiences with the moral responsibility to transmit this the evidence.” products they are using. We want to knowledge to the public and our poltry and make sense what is already icymakers.” happening in the medical Cannabis market.” All of her work has been funded by the NationHabu Health is the first organization to take al Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Her goals are on this massive and costly undertaking. To Dr. similar to NIDA, they both want to limit the side Wilson-Poe, this is just the beginning – a true effects of powerful and addictive opioids. pioneer in her own right. “My angle on limiting opioid addiction is Through Habu Health, their intention is to through Cannabis. I’m somewhat in the back door publish their findings in scientific literature and of federal research because we are looking at the share it with the world. As a neuroscientist, she addictive properties of opioids, using Cannabis as wants the data to reinforce or debunk informaa harm reduction tool.” tion that is circulating. “We are developing the new taxonomy of MAKING A DIFFERENCE Cannabis...a classification system that makes it Pending research and evidence, Dr. Wilson-Poe easy to identify which kinds of plants you resobelieves Cannabis could be a viable tool in adnate with, as an individual,” she said. diction recovery and management, as well as in “When you say, “ ‘I like Imperial Pale Ales,’” the treatment of chronic pain. that statement has a lot of meaning to a barThe opioid epidemic is costing our country tender. But what is the Cannabis equivalent $500 billion per year, yet Cannabis is safer and of an IPA? What are the other categories and could save copious amounts of taxpayer dollars. branches of the Cannabis family tree? We don’t “It is extremely easy for a pain patient to follow have any intent of having the answers to this the instructions on a bottle of prescription opioids taxonomy any time soon, this is merely the beand still die from an overdose, that’s how dangerginning of a very exciting conversation.” ous opioids are. Cannabis can’t do that,” she said. She is motivated to allow patients access to From her research, she has found that the apCannabis as a medical alternative because she proach with Cannabis is already safer. knows it to be safer. “If you can accurately tell Safer, less addictive alternatives are called a patient what they need, rather than over or “harm reduction” by the medical community. under medicating them, they are going to have “Methadone is a harm reduction drug, but methbetter experiences and stay in the Cannabis adone can still make people overdose, and it’s economy. We want to guide and improve the really hard for patients to get access to. This begs users’ experience in the safest way.” the question: do we have something less harmful
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420ville is an oasis in the desert of accessibility that is Eastern Oregon. 420VILLE | HUNTINGTON
9am-7pm Mon-Sat / Closed Sunday 210 Washington St W, Huntington, OR (541) 869-2029 420ville.us
Strains 5/5 420VILLE stays well stocked with over 50 strains
from across the state. Multiple tiers for varying grades of flower satisfy every customer’s needs. With grams of flower starting as low as $2.50 and ranging all the way up to $17.50, 420Ville truly has something for everyone. We saw well known cultivators like Benson Elvis and Luvli, as well as lesser known but equally high-quality producers like SugarTree Farms of Southern Oregon and Aroma Cannabis of Canby.
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SURPRISINGLY well stocked,
THE OIL SELECTION at 420Ville was cartridge
the edibles selection at 420Ville did not disappoint. Gummy candies, tinctures, capsules, mini-muffins, rice crispy treats, taffy, chocolate truffles, and more beckoned from brightly lit display cases. The selection here was well-rounded despite this store’s remote location.
heavy, indicating a minority of “dabbers” shopping here. On our visit, we saw Golden Xtrx, IndigoPro, Who?, Winberry Farms, and Buddies, to name a few. Freestanding extracts included 420Ville Brand, Botanical Labs, White Label, and Hood Oil. While the selection here was solid, it wasn’t overall impressive. Some higher-end live resin options would have been welcomed.
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from Oregon Greens Enterprises is an illusion of grandeur in the form of weed. It sparkles and shines, and smells fruity and sugary, but most of the “punch” is missing, leaving us experienced tokers wanting more. The flavor on this particular example was there, but was a bit lacking, indicating that the production method was likely free of sun and soil. This sample ground to a light and fluffy consistency and was rolled in a crutched hemp paper for optimal taste. ($17.50/g)
Environment 4/5 THE WAITING ROOM of the dispensary is plain and
offers little distraction during your wait to shop. Fortunately, the wait time here averages just over a minute, despite the store’s tendency to see around 300 customers a day. Once on the sales floor, staff members work with customers individually to prepare orders for a single check stand. The system works impressively smoothly for how busy 420Ville is. What they lack in aesthetics, they make up for with personable customer service.
FORBIDDEN FRUIT 24.08%
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Forbidden Fruit as one of our standouts from January’s Strains and Genetics Issue and SugarTree Farms has grown it to near perfection. Utilizing Southern Oregon’s elite growing climate, SugarTree cultivates using a house soil blend, sun, and predominately organic inputs. The flowers are a dark purple hue with a bright green stem and reek of fermenting herbed orange juice and candied cherries. The smoke was clean, flavorful, and effective, leaving me focused, relaxed and ready to continue on with the day’s tasks. ($16/g)
Overall 16/20 420VILLE is an oasis in the desert of
accessibility that is Eastern Oregon. A solid selection, customer service-oriented employees, and an efficient shopping experience makes 420Ville a worthwhile stop if you’re traveling in the area or at all local. This “no-frills” shop offered a pleasant experience and made us feel right at home while visiting from out of town. We’ll certainly be back on our next trip through Huntington.
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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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hotbox farms Be prepared to hang for a bit before you shop - The store averages over 300 customers per day.
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9am-7pm Mon-Sat / Closed Sunday 120 Washington St W, Huntington, OR ( 541) 869-2121 HotboxFarms.com
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Strains 4/5 HOTBOX FARMS carries flowers from
across the state. From sun grown exotics cultivated by Liontree Farms and Mountain Sun Botanicals to impeccably grown indoor from Eugreen Organics and Yerba Buena, the team at Hotbox Farms keeps the flower menu well stocked. Prices range from $4.50/g budget buds to $21.60/g for top shelf small batch AA grade.
Edibles 5/5 HIGH POTENCY SYRUPS? Check. Standard
pot lollipops? Check. Brownie bites, mints, honey, chai and coffee, lemonade, hard candies, gummies, and chocolate bars? Big time check. Hotbox Farms’ edible menu is one of the better we’ve seen anywhere. Low THC, CBD, and 1:1 options and the price points ranging from $1.66 to $96 mean there’s truly something for everyone here.
Concentrates 3/5 THE SELECTION was solid, especially when considering their location. Willamette Valley Alchemy, Dirty Arm Farm, Clay Wolf, Dr. Jolly’s, NW Kind and locals Burnt River Farms all had dabbable oils available. While there was great diversity in the dabs, the cartridge selection was oddly limited to a single company, Select Oil.
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Environment 3/5 HOTBOX FARMS employs a numbering
system to handle customer service and assigns each visitor a number. Customers wait in a large lobby area until their number is called, and they are seen by a budtender. The space is clean and well-lit and is housed in a brick building on Huntington’s main drag. Parking is no issue as they have a large lot across the street available for use.
price point of this product is ta st e more expensive than literally every other oil on la b el the Oregon market va lu e THC right now. To be fair ef f ec t the oil is potent, t ota l 9/20 but it’s certainly CBD no stronger or tastier than others on the market for half the price. It doesn’t taste awful, like most distillate products, and the vapor is smooth, but there is little value to be delivered when considering the overall cost. ($99.99/g)
A plaque at check-in
Overall 15/20 ESTABLISHED in 2016, Hotbox Farms has
situated itself to service visiting Cannabis consumers from across Union, Baker, and Malheur counties as well as from our neighboring state of Idaho. The store averages over 300 customers per day, most of whom have travelled there exclusively to stock up on Cannabis. According to management, this figure can double or more on weekends, so be prepared to hang for a bit before you shop.
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STRAIN OF THE MONTH Tropicanna Cookies might as well be a high-end perfume in a designer bottle. Sweet and
pungent scents of orange essence packed into a beautiful package. As a cross between two modern classics, GSC and Tangie, this flower sounds pretty pedestrian but the expression is extraordinary. Though I’ve seen several renditions, this is by far the winner. When I reached out to the 22.2% grower, Mike McCoy at Real McCoy Farms, he told me that this cut was selected by the breeder himself. Then it was hunted down after IT’S HARD NOT TO the crew went through ATTRACT ATTENTION a few phenotypes that WITH THIS PUNGENT didn’t impress. Now they’ve got a winner on POWERHOUSE. their hands and this crew certainly does it justice. Beyond the near neon purple appearance, I appreciated the dense trichome coverage and bright orange pistils. The aroma is thick in the jar and breaking the buds reveals notes of juicy cara cara orange with pops of artificially flavored orange jellybeans, hints of lemon verbena and just a bit of freshly poured cream soda. It gives a mouth coating citrus flavor on the inhale. When puffing on a joint, the flavor carries over to the exhale as well. It’s hard not to attract attention with this pungent powerhouse. By the time the joint was rolled, I think our circle had doubled in size. The effect here is slightly delayed with a gentle onset. Colors seem more saturated, worries melt like a creamsicle on hot summer day and time seems to slow enough that catching up with the ice cream truck becomes a distinct possibility. Tropicanna Cookies is perfect for enjoying these fast fleeting Pacific Northwest summers. Grab those sunglasses and stock up, because there’s just enough coming down the pipeline to let your favorite dispensary know to be on the lookout.
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THE TRAVEL ISSUE
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Each year, as the sun and blue skies return to the Pacific Northwest, we hit the road to create our annual Travel Issue, providing our readers a glimpse into the Cannabis scene across this beautiful state.
Stories by Oregon Leaf | Photos by Daniel Berman
For the 2018 Travel Issue,
our team traversed the entire state to visit Huntington, OR. This tiny town, with about 450 residents, sees more visitors per day than the residents that live there. This is all thanks to our favorite plant. These unique phenomena was something the Oregon Leaf just had to document, since both dispensaries see about 300 to 500 customers a day. Home to 420Ville and Hotbox Farms dispensaries and producer/processor Burnt River Farms, the three Cannabis businesses there employ between 10 percent and 20 percent of the entire town, depending on the season. Our staff stayed in Ontario, Oregon, which sits so far East that as you’re headed out there on Interstate 84 from Portland, the time zone switches to Mountain Standard Time 10 miles out of town. In the spirit of that trek, Oregon Leaf has prepared the perfect complement to your summer adventures with the Stoner Road Trip Guide and Rolling Stoned features (see pages 54-55). We hope you relax and enjoy this year’s Travel Issue — now get out there and read it in the sun!
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Field Manager Terra Tarter with Chem D clones
In small town Huntington, Burnt River Farms is the largest employer and a community fixture.
BURNT RIVER FARMS
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Story by Nate Williams | Photos by Daniel Berman
F Greenhouse Manager Trevor Lewis
Owner Sean McKay with his wife, Robyn, the company’s assistant GM.
ive and a half hours East of Portland, Owner Shawn McKay secured the along Interstate 84, lies the “blinkproperty in January 2016 and began and-you-miss-it” town of Huntington, work immediately. The former railway Oregon. While Huntington has hisstation was known as the town dump torically been a trading post and railway and needed a ton of overhaul to land, it’s been slowly growing since be farm ready. There was no level legalizing Cannabis in 2016 despite ground. There were junk cars strewn being one of only two cities to do so in about the property, broken glass, Baker County. railway ties, and a variety of other The town is home to two dispensaries, remnants of eras past. McKay and his Hotbox Farms and 420Ville, and one tier crew had 10 semi-loads worth of junk 2 producer, processor, and wholesaler, hauled off the property for disposal. Burnt River Farms. The crew then set to work remediatBurnt River Farms owner Shawn McKay ing the ignored grounds and develhas been involved in Cannabis in Eastoping rows of raised mounds for the ern Oregon since 2013, helping develop plants. Over 1000 yards of compost and bolster support for legalization in was brought in, over 300 trees were Baker, Malheur, and Union Counties. planted, and over 200 pounds of In the cities of LaGrande, Sumpter, grass seed was spread. Next, it was Baker City, North Powder, and Ontaron to building a greenhouse to house io, McKay participated in numerous genetics in. Then, construction began city council meetings and even helped on the building for their processing, orchestrate some town hall meetings so dry and cure, and packaging rooms. locals could make their Today, McKay’s voices heard on the Burnt River Farms is the single Burnt River Farms subject of Cannabis. is the single largest largest employer in town, with While most of Eastern employer in town, 15 year-round staff-members Oregon remains in a with 15 year-round and up to 40 at peak busyness. staff-members and up moratorium, McKay’s efforts were not in vain. to 40 at peak busy“We were able to get dispensaries in ness. More than half of the permanent Sumpter and full access to the recreworkforce are Huntington residents, ational program in Huntington,” said with a handful commuting to the farm McKay. “Huntington was very economfrom surrounding cities. ically depressed at the time, so they The town solicited McKay to run for made the decision as an attempt to bring city council and he currently serves some much-needed revenue to the city.” as the President of the Chamber of When inquiring with the city about Commerce of Huntington. the total amount of tax revenues and Burnt River Farms has significant licensing fees brought in from the three diversification and growth planned for Cannabis companies, Oregon Leaf was the imminent future. They’re preparing informed that the Department of Reveto break ground on construction of a nue forced the city to sign a confidentialdispensary, adding retail to the operity agreement through July 1, 2018. ation likely later this year. In addition, What we do know is that Baker County the farm recently obtained its ODA had the largest annual sales per resident hemp handler and producer license, of all counties in Oregon at $960 per which they plan to develop facilities resident per year in 2017. In total, Baker for this spring. An OLCC licensed County sold over $16 milkitchen will be on-line this lion in Cannabis last year. summer and an expanded “POSITIVE COMMUNITY Burnt River Farms is loprocessing facility will be OUTREACH IS A BIG PART OF developed. cated right in the middle of the town of Huntington. Burnt River Farms is a WHAT WE DO HERE,” Nestled between the unique and multifaceted -Owner Sean McKay track of the Union Pacific operation with quality Railway and the original Oregon Trail, leadership at the helm, giving the Burnt River Farms is a prominent feature company an excellent shot at weathof the town and employs almost 10 ering the storm developing in the percent of the city of Huntington during Cannabis industry. We’ll be keeping a harvest season. close eye as they continue to grow.
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HIKES AND HASH OREGON LEAF
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I’ve consulted with a good friend who is an avid Cannabis hiker, who wishes to remain anonymous but was willing to share a couple of their favorite smoke spots in Oregon.
•Rowena Crest/ Tom McCall Park Trail • Distance: 3.6 miles round trip • Difficulty: Moderate • Elevation gain: 1070 feet
•Lewis and Clarke trail/Troutdale (No intoxicants allowed in the park) • Distance: 3 miles round trip • Difficulty: Easy • Elevation gain: 100 feet
t’s summer in Oregon; that means hiking and camping season is here! If you’re a Cannabis consumer you’ll probably want to enjoy the herb while out hiking in nature. I’ve done my best to prepare a guide for how to prepare for a hash hike. First off, you’ll want to know the laws. You should know that national parks are federal land and therefore it’s not a friendly place for Cannabis. It might be best to support our wonderful state park system. We are fortunate to have a wonderful state parks program in Oregon, so you won’t be short for options. Before we go further I want to discuss the legality of consuming Cannabis in a state park. I ONLY recommend consuming Cannabis in full compliance with all state and federal laws.
• SMITH ROCK (MISERY RIDGE) • DIstance: 3.8 miles • Difficulty: Moderate • Elevation gain: 1,000 feet
• White River Falls State Park • Distance: 2.8 miles round trip • Difficulty: Easy • Elevation gain: 250 feet
SMOKING RULES: “Smoking in Oregon State Parks is allowed only in your vehicles and personal camping units, campsites and portions of day-use parks designated as safety rest areas […] Smoking is [also] allowed on the ocean shore”
VAPING: There are no specific vape restrictions in state parks yet, they even take the time to mention on their website “Park visitors can use e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco, but the medical marijuana laws prohibit its use in view of the public, so it cannot be used in any public area of a park.” With that in mind, you want to stay out of public view when you consume; which is a good rule no matter the setting. We should always respect each other’s privacy, especially when we are out in nature. I do appreciate the fact that the Oregon State Parks have taken a rather neutral tone when it comes to Cannabis. Clearly, they don’t want visitors to consume in public places in front of people, but luckily, it’s not forbidden all together. If you want to be in full compliance best to keep the consumption in your vehicle (assuming you are not driving) or in your tent.
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• MITCHELL POINT
MOBILE DABBING HIKING PACKING LIST - Sand timer - Q-tips - Dabber - Paper towel - Torch that shuts off as soon as you let go of the ignition (refill the torch before you go),
Lightweight Pelican case! Favorite snacks Lots of WATER Lifestraw or water filter Camera and tripod A camping chair or hammock Trash bag to pick up litter
• Distance: 2.6 miles round trip • Difficulty: Moderate • Elevation gain: 1,270 feet
OTHER TIPS: Find a local hiking guidebook to guide you if there is no cell reception! Bring change to pay your parking or camping fees, you can save some money by buying a year pass for the parks. Make sure to bring a trash bag so you can leave the park cleaner than when you came! If you have terpy oil pack it next to your hydration pack to keep it cool during these sunny days.
BEACH BLAZING *Note: The state of Oregon maintains that it is illegal to consume recreational Cannabis anywhere in public. Always consume discreetly and responsibly. Story by Nate Williams | Photos by Creative Commons
COLLINS BEACH is a sandy strip on the Columbia River side of Sauvie Island, located just over 20 miles north of Portland. The beach stretches for about a mile and is one of two clothing-optional beaches in the state. While the leniency on clothing doesn’t mean open season for consumption, sources indicate that discreet use can go unenforced here. We’d suggest bringing some Legal soda, Delta 9 Lemonade, or Magic Number Ginger Beer along for refreshment. THE ASTORIA COLUMN is a 125-foot tall column overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River on Coxcomb Hill in Astoria. A quick jaunt from Portland, Astoria is a great spot to get away from the city for a weekend or even a day trip. We suggest taking a “break” on the beautiful lawn around the base of the tower and then climbing the spiral staircase to the experience the incredible views from the observation deck at the top of the tower.
CAPE LOOKOUT STATE PARK is located on Highway 101 about 15 minutes southwest of Tillamook. The park features a beautiful sandy beach that stretches for an uninterrupted 1.5 miles, so you’ll be free to wander and explore until you find the perfect place to stretch out, relax and toke in the sun. If you’re feeling adventurous, the other main feature of the park is the Cape Lookout Trail, which traverses 2.5 miles of headlands and offers stunning views of the Pacific and surrounding coast.
SOUTHERN OREGON’S CAPE BLANCO STATE PARK consists of beaches, bluffs, forests, and reefs. Though the geography here is cooler than most beaches in the area, the abundance of sights and activities more than make up for the lack of heat. The park features trails for horseback riding and hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking, and more. When you’ve exhausted yourself with activities, find yourself a little spot on the beach, turn on your favorite tunes, and roast a bowl of some of Oregon’s finest ganja
BANDON STATE NATURAL AREA is an expansive 879-acre reserve about 5 miles south of the city of Bandon. With beautiful beaches, miles of hiking trails, sand dunes, rock formations, scenic views, picnicking areas, and more, Bandon State Natural Area has it all. With such a big park, there are plenty of places one can easily relax undisturbed. That said, annual attendance is nearly 350,000 and the park can get busy in summer, making late spring and early fall ideal times to visit.
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ROLLING STONED By PACER STACKTRAIN
e live in a brave and dichotomous new world, where Cannabis is legal in some states and tremendously illegal in others. For those of us who count on it, the struggle to know where you stand when it comes to traveling with your medicine is a real one. In the interest of clearing things up a bit for Oregon residents, we’ve researched some travel options you may be considering – and discovered some key information that may be of interest as you get ready for summer trips.
In other words, if you’re hoping to fly out of Oregon with Cannabis products, be prepared to have to return them to your vehicle or risk having them taken or destroyed. In addition, it may become more of a hassle because of the process and can lead to being late for or missing your flight. Overall, though – we couldn’t be happier with this response.
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Fly with vaporizers, concentrates or edibles but leave dank Cannabis flowers at home.
TRAINS Even though we do have Amtrak service in the northwest, this conversation should also include public transportation. It goes without saying there’s no smoking or vaping allowed on public transportation on TriMet, or on an Amtrack train - but being too inebriated from consuming Cannabis can also get you kicked off (or have the cops called) by staff. In terms of bringing Cannabis products along, there is no TSA-like security for rail travel. So, no one will be there to check your bags. However, if you’re traveling out of the country by rail (say, to Canada) you will need to go through customs and have your bag searched. Bringing Cannabis into Canada of Mexico can have MAJOR consequences. Don’t do it.
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In the continental US, bring what you need.
PLANES According to Forbes, in 1971, just 49 percent of the US population had flown on an airplane. Compare that to 81 percent of the population today. It’s true: for most of us, taking a flight is the main way we get to where we’re going. It’s also the most heavily policed form of travel on the planet. I reached out to the Port of Portland regarding air travel through PDX with Cannabis. According to Kama Simonds, Media Relations Manager, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) checkpoints are “mission specific in their effort to prevent things passing through checkpoints that could impact flight safety. Cannabis is not one of those substances the TSA screens for, per se, however, if a traveler is passing through the security checkpoint and the TSA detects an organic substance about which they have questions, they call the Port of Portland (airport) police.” Then, the police respond to decide the next steps. First, “if the traveler is of legal age, and carrying a legal amount, and has a boarding pass for a destination within Oregon, the traveler will be allowed to proceed through the screening process. Additionally, if asked, we advise travelers to check with their airlines for the air carrier’s policy related to traveling with marijuana as different air carriers have different policies.” Then, “if the traveler is of legal age and possesses a legal amount, yet the traveler’s boarding pass is not for a destination in Oregon, the traveler will be asked to return the product to their vehicle or give it to a friend or family member who may have dropped them at the airport for storage and/or destruction.”
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BIKES/SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS/OTHER AUTOMOBILES While many feel that driving while under the influence of Cannabis is far safer than driving under the influence of alcohol, that is certainly not how the long arm of the law looks at it. If you’re pulled over in Oregon and an officer thinks you’re under the influence of Cannabis, they’ll ask you to participate in a sort of sobriety test (walk the line, touch your nose, count backward, etc.). It is then the discretion of the officer to determine whether one is unfit to drive based on the tests. After that, the driver is sent to a drug recognition expert – and if Cannabis metabolites are found in the system – DUII charges are filed. This is problematic because of how long Cannabis metabolites stay in the system (weeks to a month). So, while the car might be the most regular way one travels with Cannabis, because of current law – it’s also the riskiest because of arcane laws.
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Don’t drive why high/stoned, store your Cannabis in the trunk, don’t carry used (half-smoked joints, etc.) material in your car. Don’t consume in the car (looking at you Instagrammers).
Any form of transportation is subject to the same laws regarding inebriation as driving. I know it’s crazy, but you could (technically) get a DUII for smoking with biking or riding a skateboard. Don’t shoot the messenger.
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FOOT You can theoretically be as blazed as you’d like just walking around. But, if you end up being so intoxicated that you become a public nuisance – you could still run into trouble with the law. However, in our vast experience, Cannabis consumers are nothing like heavy alcohol consumers – and unfortunately, our laws have not caught up to speed with that reality yet. Here’s hoping for more reform, as soon as possible.
ROAD TRIP TRAVEL KIT Hit the road with this curated list of goodies for your next trip NUGTOOLS NUGGY DAB NugTools.com
With four different attachments to handle all consistencies of concentrates, the Nuggy Dab multi-tool from Nugtools is the perfect companion for dab loving adventurers. We recommend throwing one of these in your glovebox or weekend go-bag. ($32.95)
STRONG SILICONE ORANGE SCOUT StrongSilicone.com
Don’t want to jeopardize the safety of your favorite heady glass while out hitting the slopes on Mt. Hood or while kayaking the Clackamas? Look no further than the compact and unbreakable Scout from Strong Silicone. ($45)
MJ ARSENAL HYDRA MINI RIG MJArsenal.com
Ultra-compact, the Hydra Mini Rig from MJ Arsenal is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Purpose built and available at a price that won’t break the bank, the Hydra should be part of every dabbers to-go kit. ($39.99)
DOOSL WIRELESS FM TRANSMITTER Amazon.com
Don’t have a fancy head unit in your ride but don’t want to be subjected to the radio? Easy fix! The Doosl FM Transmitter plugs into the headphone jack of your phone or computer and allows you to select which channel to broadcast to. ($12.95)
TKO RESERVE KINGPINS KING SIZE JOINTS TKOreserve.com
Rolling your own joints is always preferable but can be awkward on a road trip. Avoid unreliable “house” pre-rolls with top quality DEM Pure certified Kingpin 1.5-gram joints from the good people at TKO Reserve, now available in both Oregon and Washington.
BAMMY BAMBOO SUNGLASSES Amazon.com
Never leave home without a good pair of shades. While hemp sunglasses are still a novelty, one day soon they will be affordable enough for all. Bammy’s polarized shades comes through with a stylish middle ground sustainably made from bamboo. ($24)
MANGO SUPER SILVER HAZE TRAVELER WinberryFarms.com
Potent, sleek, and flavorful, the Mango Super Silver Haze Traveler from Winberry Farms is the perfect on-the-go option for those seeking an easy, portable way to medicate while traveling. ($50)
SUSTAINABLE KEEPCUP COFFEE CUP US.KeepCup.com
KeepCup aims to eliminate landfill waste with affordable and reusable drink cups. The KeepCup is constructed of toughened soda lime glass, sustainably sourced cork, and BPA-free plastic. ($24).
LAURIE & MARY JANE’S FRUITY NUT BARS LaurieandMaryJane.com
These treats from longtime Oregon standouts Laurie & Mary Jane are the ideal companion for mobile medicating. Due to current legislation, edible Cannabis is one of the only ways one can currently consume within a state park. These bars are affordable, tasty, and effective, a winning combination without question. ($15). Reviews by Nate Williams | Photo by Daniel Berman
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JUPITER HOTEL portland
Fun vibes await for Portland Cannatourists looking to relax at this unique boutique hotel. Story by Janelle Lassalle Photos by Daniel Berman
ocated just a stone’s throw away from the infamous Doug Fir Lounge, the Jupiter Hotel has got plenty going for it in terms of coolness. The former motor inn turned boutique hotel is ultra suave with extensive amounts of modern artwork and a mural in each room. The convenient location on Burnside means it’s at the heart of where all the action is, with the hotel being a short The package goes beyond walk away from places like Le Pigeon, THEY’VE CREATED THE ULTIMATE snacks to include functional Noble Rot and Burnside Brewing. STONER CARE PACKAGE IN THEIR items, such as a universal The coolest thing about Jupiter 510 thread battery from the is their commitment to supporting “EVERYTHING BUT THE WEED” BOX, dispensary Jayne, rolling Cannabis friendly tourism. A $50 ADD-ON TO ANY ROOM papers from Serra and the While the OLCC still prohibits latest copy of Oregon Leaf. smoking Cannabis in any public WITH EVERY GOODIE A STONER There are also a couple of coulocation, Jupiter’s approach provides COULD DREAM OF. pons tucked away that offer disa neat loophole that allows tourists to counted like 20 percent off at Jayne. There is also a have a bit of fun. coupon for 20 percent off coupon to a Puff, Puff, Paint They’ve created the ultimate stoner care package class that serve as starting points in town for prospecin their “Everything But the Weed” box, a $50 add-on tive Cannabis connoisseurs. to any room with every goodie a stoner could dream With some of the most knowledgeable and patient of. The first thing you’ll find ready budtenders in town, Jayne is a great place for beginand waiting for you are glorious jupiter hotel 800 E Burnside St, ners to walk into to get the “Weed 101” talk. munchies including salty and Portland, OR 97214 Similarly, the Puff, Puff and Paint class is tremendous sweet treats ranging from chips (503) 230-9200 fun and an experience definitely worth having. The to Reese’s peanut butter cups, JupiterHotel.com one thing the box needs to round out the experience gummy bears and beyond.
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is a few more suggestions for tourists, particularly around public consumption. Maybe a Cannabis map highlighting major canna-tourism attractions like the Northwest Cannabis Club would suffice as the final piece of the puzzle. Walking into your room at the end of a long day of travel and finding one of these boxes laid out on your bed is an experience akin to Christmas in July. It’s a huge treat for experienced and novice stoners alike to have everything you probably forgot at home curated for you and ready to go, offering up a convenience factor that’s unparalleled anywhere else in Portland. Whether you’re feeling lazy and just want to lie down or you’re adventurous enough to hit Burnside, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy. So, lie back, put your feet up and dive into the goodies that await. Tonight’s your night, champ.
NW C AN N A B I S CLUB
Brothers Rick and Paul Rigby smoke at NWCC about once a month. “Not enough,” said Rick.
NWCC has daily, weekly
The upstairs area is designated for vaporizing and dabbing,
Nothing says summer like dabs at a Cannabis lounge, which is totally legal and possible in Portland with a membership at NWCC, the city’s longest running Cannabis lounge. Story by Wes Abney Photos by Daniel Berman
hether heading into PDX for the first time or for locals prepping before a road trip, a stop at the NW Cannabis Club is not to be missed. The southeast Portland lounge offers two floors of space, a 50-foot dab bar, with full volcanos and vaporizers for flower use and an outdoor patio and covered deck area for full WALKING INSIDE IS LIKE MEETING A smoking in any weather situation. NW Cannabis Club was founded by GROUP OF FRIENDS, WITH KIND HELLO’S a group of Cannabis loving individuals AND JOINTS PASSED FREELY AROUND. who believe that patients and recreational users should have a space to consume Cannabis. With a history rooted in the Washington MMJ Cannabis Farmers Markets, the Club embodies all the spirit and freedom of the early days of legalization. Walking inside is like meeting a group of friends, with kind hello’s and joints passed freely around.
A wide variety of seating and groupings make it easy to find a place for a pop-up sesh. The bar offers a full selection of non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.
Take a break and chill out in the full open area and lounge complete with comfortable seating and room for large groups or overflow from events upstairs.
The outdoor deck is perfect for sparking a doob or blunt, and with music piped in, it’s easy to slip into Canna-Cabana mode on a sunny day.
and monthly events that range from stand-up comedy or music acts to branded parties and vendor spotlights. On any given day you can find casual consumers sitting down with some of the biggest names in the Oregon Cannabis market, all sharing good vibes and Cannabis in a safe space. The space is fully rentable too, with rates starting at $295 for a four-hour block, which is a great deal for a company party or a personal celebration. Can you say birthday dabs? Supporting the Club helps support the Cannabis community, protect our culture, and continue to prove that Cannabis is safer than alcohol. The Oregon Leaf team has spent many an afternoon and evening chilling and smoking in this Club, and we hope to see it last for many years to come. Check out their website for more information on membership, upcoming events and everything Cannabis consumption!
NW Cannabis Club
Open noon to midnight Monday-Saturday and 12-9p.m. Sunday
1195 SE Powell Blvd Portland, OR 97202 (503) 206-4594 NWCannabisMarket.com
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DELTA-9 HOUSE & STUDIOS Delta-9 House is a 420-friendly bed and breakfast run by Russ Belville and Lori Duckworth, lifelong Cannabis activists and wonderful hosts. Their experience includes a hot breakfast, low temp dabs, all the activism and Cannabis culture their guests can handle. We talked with Belville about what it means to operate the space in today’s hazy legal climate.
“WHETHER YOU SPEND A WEEKEND, A WEEK OR A MONTH, YOU WILL LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT ACTIVISM AND THE AREA.”
Guests on their way to Mt. Hood help Russ light the community six-foot bong.
Russ Belville & Lori Duckworth
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Interview by Wes Abney | Photos by Daniel Berman
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE BNB?
It was last April, and it was out of desperation. Lori, myself and two others were either going through divorces or didn’t have a place, so decided to split a home together four ways. We lost the other two roommates in quick succession and we were stuck with twice the expense and no way to afford this really nice house. So, we tried doing a BnB to make up for our roommates and it worked almost instantly.
WERE YOU ALWAYS OPEN ABOUT CANNABIS? I think from the very beginningf I was upfront about activism and that it was a Cannabis house, and I didn’t want someone to rent the place who was unfriendly. I also didn’t put it so front and center until after the first month. Then, we realized it was a good way to stand out because there are no public accommodations for people to consume Cannabis.
IS THAT HOW DELTA 9 HOUSE WAS BORN? WHAT MAKES YOUR EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT?
The Delta-9 House experience is more than just staying at a bed and breakfast place to crash, there are more and more hosts offering rooms where you can smoke in room or patio. There’s nothing unique about that. What makes our space unique is that both Lori and I are activists with a quarter century of experience, and you get to see my office, our art, posters and history from events we covered. I also do my podcasting and interviews from the studio. Lori has a Cannabis garden in the back, and we regularly host Cannabis meetings and activists here. So, it’s more than a room, it’s a slice of the Cannabis culture.
HOW MANY GUESTS HAVE YOU HAD AND WHERE HAVE THEY COME FROM?
We’ve had well over 120 reservations with 200 guests from all six continents. We have two maps in the entry where people put pins from where they’ve come from, including Sudan, Indonesia, India, UAE, Europe, South America and more.
ARE YOU STARTING TO GET BUSY?
Oh yea! Last summer we were 98 percent occupied. During the summer month there was only one night without a guest, every other night there was at least one room book and it’s getting pretty full already this summer. So book us quick if you want to stay.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE DELTA-9 HOUSE?
We have three rooms and can have 10 guests total. Each room has a queen bed and two rooms can fit a twin air mattress. The other can fit a queen air mattress. With 10 people it’s cozy but a lot of fun. I cook breakfast every morning. We serve basic American breakfast food and we cook it late because we know our audience, so breakfast is 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. We have hens, our own chickens that lay fresh eggs, and we have Jamaican coffee imported from a friend who picks the beans himself.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE DOING THIS AS AN ACTIVIST WITH WHERE POT IS RIGHT NOW?
I look at it in two directions. One way is to look at it for all the red state people who come in and get to sense what freedom and legality feel like. As an activist you can imagine freedom, but until you experience it. Smoking a joint outside with no fear, you don’t know what it’s like. Those people take it back and know it’s possible and that legalization is no big deal, and they help make a change.
WHAT ABOUT IN OUR “LEGAL” PARADIGM?
With our side of the equation, on the West Coast and other legal states. When we are talking legalization we know how far we have to go, because legal isn’t equal. The very fact that people have to stay at my house just to smoke pot because of an interesting legal loophole that underscores the inequality here. It’s a kind of discrimination, in that our people, our kind, have to go out of the way to find specific places to stay and be themselves. It’s good that we have legal weed and stopped arresting people. But now it’s time to make it equal. I deserve equal rights as a beer drinker or cigarette smoker.
WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO OTHERS THINKING ABOUT MAKING A B&B, OR STAYING AT ONE?
If others want to do this I encourage them to reach out to me, we are looking to franchise, specifically with longtime Cannabis activists. For people looking to stay, go on any major travel booking platform and search Delta-9 House. Whether you spend a weekend, a week or a month, you will learn so much about activism and the area. Portland is ground zero for legalization, and we have ounces priced as low as $48 now, so if you want the best weed at the best prices give Oregon a visit!
delta-9 house™ 13047 SE Sherman St, Portland, OR 97233 (971) 312-5446 For booking head to AirBnB/AlltheRooms.com
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Traveling Cannabis users have a home away from home among the hazelnut orchards at this peaceful Oregon property Story by Simone Fischer Photos by Daniel Berman
estled away just 30 minutes outside of Portland awaits Tender Bud Acres – a Romanesque bedand-breakfast in Hubbard, OR. As we pulled into the long gravel driveway, we were met with seemingly endless fields of lush, lollipopped hazelnut orchards. George (the handsome rescue pit bull) ran up to greet us with “I WANTED TO CREATE AN smiles and tail wags. Owner and founder Laura Roderick OASIS AWAY FROM THE CITY is the property owner and head of FOR PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO operations at Tender Bud Acres. After 30 years of working in the GET HIGH, BUT FULLY RELAX.” banking industry, Roderick wanted -Owner Laura Roderick to provide travelers in Oregon with a meaningful experience that allowed for Cannabis consumption. Tender Bud Acres is family-friendly and furry friends are welcome tag along during your stay. A solid win for dog culture in Oregon. “I wanted to create an oasis away from the city for people who wanted to get high, but fully relax. You can find Tender Bud Acres on @TENDERBUDACRES Air BnB,” Roderick said. TenderBudAcres.com “The property can sleep 11 people comfortably and I have an incredible kitchen you can cook anything in! I wanted to share my kingdom with others by providing a safe space for people to stay when visiting Oregon,” Roderick said.
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built in 1910 but burned down to the ground in 2003. It was soon rebuilt as a romantic Spanish-Mediterranean homestead. I was met with clean, beautifully curated Americana spaces, with high ceilings and Mocárabe details in the window arches – but the kitchen was truly a revelation. It’s fully equipped with a wood-burning oven and commercial stovetop with ventilation (complete with an open-flame grill). A true foodie kitchen fantasy in the flesh. Since opening in August 2017, Roderick has housed roughly 150 guests from all corners of the world at Tender Bud Acres. In a state that bans public Cannabis consumption, this bud and breakfast is a godsend for traveling Cannabis users. “I’ve had guests from New York and all the way from Singapore. I learn something new from every guest. One man taught me how to properly set up and light a fire in a fireplace. Now I can start a roaring fire in minutes,” she said. “I don’t provide Cannabis during guest stays, but I set out to create an ambiance and an experience to give people outside of the constant hustle of the city. I’ve lived in Oregon since 1969, and I want to show people the true beauty of rural Oregon.”
WHAT LED YOU TO START WINSTON HOUSE?
Really believing in people’s free will to put what they want into their own bodies. In regard to Cannabis and psychedelics, that niche wasn’t being filled. Plus, the guests! The people are awesome and the overall experience with those drawn towards this medicine has been an added bon and makes me grateful for the plant every day.
HOW MANY GUESTS HAVE YOU HAD SO FAR?
Around 300 guests over three years. I have a big history in hospitality and I’ve always worked in consulting or at Nordstroms, and it’s about creating that space and environment to make sure people have a 5-star experience that gets me really excited.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE COMING TO WINSTON HOUSE? WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT?
For people to feel comfortable when they are new to Cannabis and coming to a place and breaking through stereotypes is essential, so their first experience can be a positive one. I’ve had people come who have never smoked pot before or not for decades, and I want to help frame the plant and culture properly form them. It’s fun when international guests come in; some people depending on where they live it’s not as edgy of an experience, but for international guests, it’s a big deal.
DO YOU SMOKE WITH THE GUESTS?
I only smoke with 10 percent or so of guests because there is so much cleaning and stuff to do around here. And, I’m not a productive stoner, but I do sometimes enjoy that. Sometimes I feel like “wow, these are people I have to get stoned with!”
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CANNABIS AND PSYCHEDELICS IN GENERAL AS THEY RELATE TO PLANT-BASED MEDICINES?
I tell most the guests that I run the Psychedelics Society of Seattle and most people are excited to talk about their experiences. We’ve had groups of guests explore their consciousness and hang out together, and it’s amazing. You can see that bridge connecting people from all over. People are turning away from traditional Western medicines. And Cannabis is a gateway – it’s a bridge to exploring natural medicine, and consciousness.
WHAT ACCOMMODATIONS DOES WINSTON HOUSE HAVE?
The place was built in 1980, a single cabin expanded outward, and I have three rooms for rent. A large deluxe suite with a private bath, and two other smaller rooms with a shared bathroom. It’s seated in the side of a hill on a greenbelt, so it’s definitely a yard filled with trees. The yard is a consumed by nature thing, really wild and beautiful. There’s also a deck with a tree coming through the center and a saltwater hot tub! The property is available for B&B rentals or for events for smaller groups, and I am looking forward to continuing to expand on the brand of Winston House in the future with home care and body care products, and more!
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Winston House is a Seattle B&B operated by Sebastian DeRosia, a Cannabis and psychedelic activist with years of plant-based medicine and hospitality experience. He started offering up the Winston House to guests three years ago and is an open and friendly host for those seeking to unplug from the city and enjoy Cannabis or enhanced consciousness as they relax and enjoy a B&B experience. He’s also the founder of Seattle Psychedelics Society, which seeks to build education and community based on trusting relationships.
the winston house For booking head to TheWinstonHouse.com
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Owner Tracy Rice takes a break in her newest treehouse
Glamping stoner style is the best way to experience summer in the Northwest, and there’s a magical property in Monroe, Washington that lets you experience it all from a birds-eye view. Story by Wes Abney | Photos by Daniel Berman
othing compares to the feeling of waking up in a treehouse, snuggled in a super comfy bed, with sunlight spilling through tree branches and illuminating the smoke rising from a freshly sparked joint. Magic treehouses do exist, and they are stoner-friendly to the extreme. Mountain Views B&B was created in 2012 by Tracy Rice, who lives on the property with her two dogs, an African Grey Parrot that asks, “Where’s my Marijuana,” and a beautiful pig named Veggie Might who you might see wandering the property in a full tutu. There’s also a horse and a donkey! Simply put, there is nothing like this place anywhere in the world, and it should be on any stoners to-do list. Rice’s vision for the property began the Cannabis BnB movement and was the first to be opened in Washington nearly six years ago.
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Cascade Mountain Range views
THE PROPERTY stretches over four idyllic
acres, with a beautiful main house that features two rentable master rooms with private bathroom and hot tub access, several mini-house rentals like the iconic Gypsy Wagon, and the crown jewels, the three treehouses. The first treehouse, the Hashtag Treehouse was built exactly one year ago, which ignited Rice’s passion and led to a second shortly after. Built by legendary designer Sunray Kelly, the Pot Leaf Treehouse features a living roof and full wrap around deck with live plants everywhere. The path into the Pot Leaf Treehouse is covered in live mosses, as a ramp leads you up and into the trees. The inside is a kaleidoscope of colors and features a beautiful raised bed built from reclaimed wood, with a beautiful skylight and full creature comforts. All the treehouses are equipped with power, heating and remote-control lighting, bringing the amenities of home but without the distraction of TV or noisy electronics. The newest treehouse, dubbed the 420 Treehouse, was actually finished right before this print deadline, and was built by the same designer of the Hashtag Treehouse, Derek Diedricksen, of HGTV’s Tiny House Builders show. The new house is highlighted by a folding wall design, which allows the Eastern view face wall to be fully opened to the elements Mountain views b&b and giving the guest (425) 610-7154 a mountain view that For booking head to is literally in the trees. MountainViewsBB.com Long rolling pastures @Mountain_Views_BB and green hills spread out from the property all the way up to the Cascade Mountain Range, with the fresh country breeze wafting away hits of Cannabis. Mountain Views B&B is a safe space to stay for all lifestyles and journeys, from the cosmic to the weekend bonfire with friends. Only an hour away from Seattle, it’s the perfect place to escape for a weekend without having to take a huge road trip. Available for group rentals or for a romantic stay in the trees. There are tons of options and things LEFT-RIGHT | Hashtag House Pot Leaf House and the newest to do on the property. Book your next addition called the 420 Treehouse adventure or company outing and experience all this funky farm has to offer!
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PATRICK POOLER // HEROES OF THE FARM Patrick Pooler is the Cannabis breeder, owner and founder behind the legendary Heroes of the Farm in Oregon. Are you a fan of cultivars like Marion Berry or the delectable Jazz strain? We have Pooler to thank for these industry staples. Although Pooler originally began growing Cannabis on the East Coast, once he moved to Oregon in 2005 his breeding career took flight. Specialty breeding, Pooler says, is the future of the Cannabis industry. INTERVIEW by SIMONE FISCHER | PHOTO by DANIEL BERMAN
When did you start growing Cannabis? My first
attempt at growing Cannabis was in high school, in Maine on Frye Island. It was at a summer home we visited. We had to leave in September, so we were never able to see the few plants through. It then wasn’t until I moved to Oregon in 2005, when I began actually what I consider the start of my growing career.
When/how did you start breeding Cannabis?
I began breeding in 2010, after I had been doing High Time events with Transient Global Amnesia (TGA). Dioxide has been one of my great friends for about a decade. He ended up giving me the Space Dude male he and Sub had been using to help tie in with TGA. My first breeding project was actually stolen at day 56. Whoever stole it probably thought I was the worst grower because they got a fully seeded crop.
Why did you start breeding?
I started breeding because I have been passionate about Cannabis since I was a kid. I was constantly hunting for seeds, finding new gear and searching for the next best thing. I just felt like breeding was something I had to do and was the next step in my evolution of growing. Creating your own strains is rewarding on so many levels. The projects excite me from start to finish. First, you have the crossing/birth of the strains, then you have the HUNTING FOR THE KEEPERS hunt. Hunting for the keepers has always been one of HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF my favorite parts. Now that MY FAVORITE PARTS. we don’t have plant number limitations, we can really search for the next best thing. To me, the experience of Cannabis is meant to be shared. It’s something I take great pride in, so when showing someone my team’s work, I want them to be as excited as I am and to understand the history of why it was created in the first place.
What’s your favorite cultivar you have bred?
I have a few different favorites for different reasons.
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Out of my original creations, I would say we are best known for Conspiracy Kush and Marion Berry. Conspiracy Kush is overall just a great cultivar. I love the Obama mother because a lot of her characteristics come out, but the yield is greatly boosted from the Space Queen and the elements of Romulan really can be expressed in some of the phenos. Marion Berry makes great hash and is super easy to grow, much like its mother Raspberry Kush. And out of the newest cultivars, my favorites are Head Dog and Gorilla snacks. Both strains capture elements of their original mothers but are backed with elements of One Eye’s Scooby snacks. Scooby Snacks is my favorite strain of all times; so, adding elements of her into my creations is something I have been working on for over four years.
what’s keeping you busy these days?
Right now, we are in a massive hunting project. We plan on planting about 10,000 seeds this summer of over 100 strains. We plan to plant a ton of our own seed collection, a bunch of London Pound Cake crosses Jigga gifted me and a ton of other exclusive seeds we have been collecting for years. In this process, we will be selecting the winner females, and also hunting for males of some of the selected strains. Once we have done that, we will begin to pollinate again to make some beyond-interesting terpene profiles. That’s one main advantage of being recreational and having a lot of canopy. I would like to thank all of those who have supported me over the years. It’s been a wild ride, and by no means have I done it alone. I feel blessed to be on this journey and can genuinely say I’m living my dream.
What is your least favorite aspect of breeding?
I am super allergic to pollen. I figured it out the hard way. Every time I would pollinate a room, I would get the worse reactions until I eventually got hay fever and was sick for three days. I have gotten it a few times. I also had a severe reaction to eating hemp seeds. (Hives all over my body, swollen lips, fingers and feet, I was a mess.) I either fully suit up: full face mask/goggles, and then have to shower directly after, or have someone like my lovely wife help me out.
Thoughts on the potential of strain patents?
Part of me hates that this is even being discussed. Plants are meant to grow freely, and if people want to share them with others they should. The reality is that you have massive corporate companies such as the Hawthorne Group, who has spent $1 billion dollars gobbling up hydro-businesses such as General Hydroponics, Botanicare, Gavita and Vermi Crop. And now they acquired Sun Light Supply for $450 million. So, plant patents are coming, whether we like it or not. Corporate companies play to win, not to share.
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STONER OWNER MIKE CAWLEY
INTERVIEW by RYAN HERRON PHOTO by DANIEL BERMAN
The owner and head cultivator at Geek Farms nerds out on mixing his own soil and showcasing unique Oregon genetics. Known for cultivating prizewinning phenos of Dr. Who, River Song, Headband and Blue J, among others, the Army veteran chats with us about what makes his allorganic OLCC recreational Cannabis farm so special.
WHERE DO YOU SEE GEEK FARMS HEADING IN THE NOT-SO-DISTANT FUTURE?
O W N E R & H E A D C U LT I VAT O R
YOU WERE IN THE ARMY—HOW DID THAT LEAD TO CANNABIS GROWING?
WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS YOUR APPROACH WITH GEEK FARMS?
While being the squad leader, I felt the need to take charge of every situation. When a gigantic tent pole started to fall, I was the one that stepped in to hold it. The pole unexpectedly crashed down into my face and broke eye socket. I knew I needed some pain relief, and growing plants turned out to be just as helpful.
Geek Farms Our whole goal is to produce the highest quality flower with only house-made and organic inputs. I want my flower to look better than the salt-grown stuff. So we play around with high-quality nutrients, namely worm castings. We think about lighting a lot and try to encourage greater uptake of the nutrients. We’re constantly trying to anticipate the plants needs before those needs are obvious.
YOU KEEP TRACK OF FLOWER ONCE IT HITS STORE SHELVES, CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT THAT PROCESS? We keep an eye on our product after it makes it onto the market. We don’t want it to sit past its “expiration date”, which for us a very small window. We really let demand dictate our supply and we are careful to not sit on any product. Even if it’s out the door, we want it to be as good as when it left. This keeps the entirety of our product in a safe zone. The flower has a great nose and excellent effect wherever you picked it up. Consistency is important, and we’ve found this is the best way to keep an eye on that. @GeekFarms | GeekFarms.com
WHAT IS THE SECRET TO GROWING GREAT FLOWER? We mix our own soil and only work as fast as the worms do. Relying on high-quality worm casings means managing their habits as much as the flowers. Certain bottlenecks are going to be the reality of growing with this approach, and that’s okay, we’re not in any rush.
WOULD YOU SAY YOUR OPERATION IS ON THE SMALLER SIDE? I have five employees and we all trim. The gardeners want their end product to be spectacular, so they take part. I know what the dispensaries are looking for so I share that with everyone around the trim table. We all contribute in helpful ways.
DO YOU THINK STAYING ON THE SMALLER SIDE WILL HELP YOU STAY SUCCESSFUL AND SUSTAINABLE? Yes. We aim to hit that craft beer zone where the beer is still affordable but it’s not cheap, with a focus on high-end and craft and a distribution network that supports that. Small batch, small batch, small batch. If I keep my overhead low I can focus on keeping things great. We don’t have big outside investors and that lets us stay nimble and do the things we think are best for our goals, not just for an investor.
We’re definitely trying to settle ourselves so there is a bigger picture here. I expect in the next five years we’ll see cross-state sales. Washington is a great market and California is where a lot of the trends come from so they’re both attractive but not something we want to rush into. Dr. Who, for example, is not big in California but Oregon loves it. If we focus on things that make Oregon unique, like Dawgwalker and other Oregon favorites, we’ll have something unique to offer. All of our proprietary genetics are shoutouts. Driftwood OG, Oregon Indigo, Lighthouse Haze, they’re all based on things we love about our state.
SPEAKING OF YOUR RENOWNED PHENOTYPE OF DR. WHO. DO YOU THINK YOU’LL EVER GET TIRED OF RUNNING IT? I smoke it every day. It’s my 6 o’clock smoke every day since 2014. It crushes me every time. I have severe PTSD and Cannabis has been a huge relief since 2009. I started growing and recognized that gardening is the best thing for me to pour my energy into. At the time I was breeding goats for high-quality dairy. I loved it. It was the best time in my life but the farm was flooding and not ideal for the goats. So we moved them to the neighbor’s farm and shifted focus to Cannabis. I miss the goats but Cannabis has been great for me.
DO YOU EVER SEE YOURSELF STEPPING BACK FROM DAILY CULTIVATION? Growing for me is like therapy. Making it my primary focus was a great decision. It keeps my mind active and focused on the task at hand. Plus, with all the rain here, getting a little extra artificial sun is a bonus. Most combat vets who have PTSD want to take care of people, to protect them, but your biggest fear is still losing that somebody. With Cannabis I can put all that care into a plant and if it dies, it’s just a plant. There’s a dozen more behind it. I can channel that energy and that’s an incredible thing for me, for a lot of people actually. It’s great; you can pour your love into something and see that it gives it right back to you in the form of these great flowers. It’s reciprocal. That’s the most therapeutic relationship there is.
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Do you have any Cannabis cooking questions? Give me a shout at Laurie@laurieandmaryjane.com
SPECIAL SALMON MANGO SALSA Makes about 2 cups. Prepare ahead if you can, just pop it in the cooler.
• 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced • ¼ cup diced red onion • ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves • 1-2 tablespoons infused oil • 1 tablespoon lime juice • 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno (optional) • Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Allow flavors to blend for at least an hour. Spoon onto the salmon as desired.
FILL YOUR COOLER, grab your tent and hit the road. This time of year, rain is infrequent in Cannabis country, and sleeping outside is good for your soul. Plenty of ganja-infused food will be the icing on the cake, skillet cake in this case. Remember that once you find your dose, Cannabis consumption can be nothing but delightful, so don’t fear the edible.
The individual pieces of salmon were cooked in applewood leaves I bought on a whim. This seemed like an interesting alternative, not knowing if that would be a success. I also wrapped the fish in a fillet-sized strip of parchment covered with foil. Both techniques produced fine results, though I am pretty sure most of you will be using the parchment/foil method.
Ingredients Serves 4
• 4-6 ounce pieces of salmon fillet • ¼ cup chopped red onion • 1/8 cup chopped fresh dill • 1 tablespoon brown sugar • 1 teaspoon cumin • 1 teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon black pepper • Pinch cayenne • 1-2 tablespoons infused butter or oil • Salt • Pepper
1.Cut pieces of parchment and foil twice the size of the fish. Place a piece of fish in the middle of each piece of parchment.
In a small bowl combine the onion, dill, brown sugar, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne. Sprinkle on the fish.
Fold the parchment over the fish and tie with butcher twine. Fold a piece of foil over each parchment wrapped fish. (If you are so inclined, you can prepare the fish in advance, wrapped and ready to go, as long as it is in a well-iced cooler.)
4.When the coals or wood are down to embers find
a place for the fish on a grate or in the fire. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, the fish will be cooked through.
5.Open the packets of fish on your plate, just be
aware that it will be hot. Drizzle with the infused oil or butter and begin the feast.
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GRILLED CANNACORN The husks are the handle in this Latin-inspired gem. Any leftover corn makes a great next day salad. Remove the corn from the cob and toss with oil, more cheese and additional spices. If you are traveling with either mayo or ranch dressing, add a bit to the mix.
Ingredients Serves 4-8
• 8 ears corn with the husks • 8 teaspoons butter • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro • 8 teaspoons infused canna-butter • 4 teaspoons chili powder • ¼ cup crumbled cotija cheese • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro • Lime wedges
1.Place the ears of corn on your work surface. Pull back the husks and remove the silky threads. Place a teaspoon of butter on each piece along with the chopped cilantro.
SUBLIME SKILLET SWEET SURRENDER
Ingredients Serves 4-8 • 1 cup brownie, cut into chunks • 1 cup granola, any type • 3 cups assorted berries, rinsed • 8-10 peanut butter cups • Marshmallows, whole, mini or torn • Honey or chocolate drizzle (optional)
1.In a 10-inch cast iron skillet melt the butter over a grate or in the prepared coals.
In a medium bowl combine the brownie chunks and granola. Place in the skillet and top with the berries. Place the peanut butter cups in the fruit, and dot with the marshmallows.
Cook until marshmallows turn golden brown.
4.If desired drizzle with honey. Laurie Wolf has been a regular contributor to Northwest 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 edible company based in Portland, Oregon.
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