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Aug/Sept 2012 Vol. 3 Issue 4

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Fe d e r a l C i r c u i t C ou r t To Rev i ew Marijuana CSA Classification

Moon Phases For Growing

Image by Keith Mansur, Oregon Cannabis Connection

Close-up of a new leaf growing from a fast growing plant in August.

Police Log

Welcome To Paradise: Our Grow Q & A Column

10th Annual Emerald Empire Hemp Fest

Oregon US Atty. Takes Aim At Dispensaries

Recipes: BBQ Ribs Bacon C ar a m e l s & More!

Can Marijuana Treat Bipolar Disorder? Hemp And Economic Recovery

State Of Jefferson: Bringing Irie To So. OR

O b a m a ' s Wa r On Drugs Getting Uglier

C O Po l l i n g A t 6 1 % Fo r Legal MJ

Jefferson State Hemp Expo Program Inside!

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Jim Klahr, Candidate For Dist. 1 Seat

OCTA Makes Ballot, Now is Measure 80!

Connecting the Medical Cannabis Community Across Oregon


In This Issue

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Cannabis Connection

Medical News

Oregon News Oregon To Vote On Cannabis And Hemp Legalization

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Can Medical Marijuana Be Used To Treat Bipolar Disorder?

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Jim Klahr, Longtime MMJ Activist Is Democrat Nominee For District 1 Seat

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Access Medical Cannabis Likely To Reduce Use Of Opiates And Other Addictive Drugs

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State Of Jefferson: Bringing Irie To Southern Oregon

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Oregon Initiative Supporter Sues Secretary of State Over Invalidation of Signatures

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Feds Strong-arm 3 States On Cannabis Food Stamp Deduction

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Nutty Avacado Salad

Oregon's Top Federal Prosecutor Takes Aim At Marijuana Dispensaries

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Bacon Caramels

Oregon News Nugs - News From Around The

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I-Five O - Oregon Marijuana Police Log

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10th Emerald Empire Hemp Fest Is A Hit

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All On Page 19

Industrial Hemp Hemp And Economic Recovery

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Many Uses Of Hemp

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Cultivation

National News DC Circuit Court To Review Marijuana CSA Classification

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Obama's War On Medical Marijuana Just Got Even Uglier

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DEA's Marijuana Plant Seizures Down 35 Percent From The Year Before

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Washington's I-502 Getting Support

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Welcome To Paradise: Q & A Cultivation Tips From Experts at Paradise Supply

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Low Stress Is The Secret To High Yields

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The Phases Of The Moon For Growing Marijuana

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Clinics & Information

Colorado's Polling At 61 Percent For Amendment 64

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National News Nugs - News From Around The

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Country

Tax Court Decision Could Haunt Medical Marijuana Distributors Nationwide

BBQ Ribs With Marijuana Sauce Cheech and Chong "Nice Dreams" Ice Cream

Beaver State

Montana Marijuana Initiative Fails

Recipes

A Listing of Oregon Clinics, Organizations, and Cannabis Friendly Businesses

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Oregon To Vote On Cannabis And Hemp Legalization By Perry Stripling Mercy Center On July 13th, the Oregon Secretary of State confirmed that the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012 had turned in enough signatures to qualify for the 2012 General Election ballot. It was assigned a measure number...Measure 80! The measure (that's right...it's M 80!) seeks to tax and regulate cannabis for adults over the age of 21, and would allow personal marijuana use without a license and hemp cultivation without restrictions. It would create a commission to regulate the sale of commercial marijuana. The act would also set aside two percent of profits from cannabis sales to promote industrial hemp, bio-diesel, fiber, protein and oil. On Friday, July 6th, friends and ‘family’ of the 2012 effort for Measure 80, also called the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012 (or OCTA), turned out at the capital in Salem, to witness the final turn in of Petition signatures for what was then called Initiative 9. Organizers gathered from around the state bringing in some 31,000 signatures during the day and ended up turning in a total of 167,845 for the campaign by the 5PM, the deadline. It needed 87,213 signatures by valid

(L to R) Paul Stanford of OCTA (M-80), Madeline Martinez of LEAP, and Jeff Anderson of UFCW Local 555 speaking at the capital July 13th.

registered Oregon voters' to qualify, and eclipsed that figure by a mere 1,674, garnering 88,887 valid signatures, according to the Secretary of State.

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Proponents estimate the act will raise an estimated $140 million a year by taxing commercial cannabis sales to adults 21 years of age and older, and save an estimated $61.5 million on law enforcement, corrections and judicial costs. Groups in support of passing the measure include the Pacific Green Party, Oregon NORML, and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 555. Representatives of the UFCW spoke to the belief that regulating the growth and sale of cannabis would help kick start an Measure 80 agricultural hemp industry in Oregon. "From retail to manufacturing to health care, we recognize that a vibrant hemp and cannabis industry in Oregon will create thousands of family-wage, sustainable jobs across the entire state," said union President Dan Clay in a statement. The Union Food and Commercial Workers Union has 19,000 members in Oregon and southwest Washington. Speakers at the turn-in rally echoed the same sentiments: Madeline Martinez, of Oregon NORML fame, was there speaking as a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP); Jeff Anderson of UFCW Local 555 spoke for the Union; as well as chief petitioner and M80 originator D. Paul Stanford. “With this we hope to end the prohibition of cannabis hemp, the oldest and most resourceful crop sown, and to promote justice, freedom, and peace with political action and education.” commented Mr. Stanford. “This versatile plant, cannabis, can be put to use as fuel, fiber, medicine, delicious and nutritious food and thousands of other products” Mr. Stanford continued. “It will resolve many needs and put Oregon on a path to lead the way toward economic and environmental

Jim Khlar, Longtime MMJ Activist, Is Democrat Nominee For District 1 Seat on Coast By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection

By Keith Mansur ©2012

- Blowing Up Prohibition sustainability. Legalizing hemp and cannabis will create tens of thousands of new jobs, revitalize our farming communities, boost tourism, and create millions of dollars in revenue for the state.” Ms. Martinez, a former Law Enforcement officer, spoke from LEAPs perspective: “It’s time to look at the bigger picture, it’s more than medical” and pointed out “we can clear the forests of ‘cartel’ gardens”. She concluded with a statement in Spanish to the Latino community. The Measure 80 website (www.octa2012.org) explains the many applications of cannabis, from biofuel to consumer health products, and says that regulating its growth will not only create jobs, it will also help ensure that marijuana is only sold to adults for approved uses. Proponents say the tax would generate more than $140 million a year. To Mr. Anderson and UFCW Local 555, who support the measure, “It’s a jobs issue”. By way of example, he relayed a story about being aware of lay-offs at biofuel plant because they couldn’t get enough cost-effective materiel – using corn, in this case, Cont. on Page 7

Longtime medical marijuana activist, Jim Klahr became the Democratic nominee for Oregon's First District House seat located along the South Coast, and hopes to defeat Republican Wayne Kreiger in November. Kreiger currently occupies the seat and is openly hostile towards the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). Most recently known for being a Chief Petitioner for Measure 74 last fall, Klahr has been involved in the movement, and politics, for many years. Growing up in Caldwell, Idaho, Klahr was from a family that was heavily involved in politics. He even ran for City Council himself in 1970 at 18 or 19 years of age, losing on a “Give the young people something to do and you won't have them out on the ditch bank drinking beer,” platform. He has learned a District 1 canidate lot in the years Oregon Jim Khlar, speaking with since. constituents at the Curry County Centennial Parade

Klahr eventually moved to Smith River CA. To be near his ailing parents. While in California, Klahr became involved with the Prop 215 movement, the original California legalization initiative. Oregon's burgeoning medical marijuana movement spurred Klahr to return. “I had heard about Oregon measure 67, but it didn't even have a measure number yet," he said. Cont. on Page 6


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State of Jefferson: Bringing Irie To Southern Oregon By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection I will admit, I can be a hard man to please. I have a definite opinion on most subjects, and a critical, yet hopefully objective, view of a wide array of topics. My views of music, as well, are not immune to these forays of analysis. Fortunately, I have found a band that more than survives the scrutiny, they actually give me inspiration. They are State Of Jefferson. Since starting my paper over 2 years ago, I have been very attune to the music scene in the Southern Oregon region. There are many bands in the region, but State Of Jefferson brings a certain dignity and diversity to the music scene here than most other bands. Their sound is diverse, their cause is just, and their attitude is great. I have grown fond of the band, its members, and Joe Ginet playing 2012 what they are Applejam in Provolt, near doing in Williams, OR Southern Oregon. In 2001, State of Jefferson was created by Joe Ginet, Ryan Redding, and their friend Duke.. Friends since seventh or eighth grade, Joe and Ryan both lived, and still do, in Williams, Oregon, which is known for many free thinking transplants from the 60's and 70's (some might say hippies). Joe was playing Country music and Ryan was playing Blues. Ryan Redding, playing at the They eventually 2010 Hempstalk in Portland melded their creative talents

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asked what eventually drew the band to reggae, he jokingly remarked, “What these guys wont tell you about the reggae music is that we play it because the hippie girls get naked.” Eric said he is their “spiritual guru and lizard keeper”. Eric Vestnys joined State Of Jefferson in about 2004, providing his own keyboard style to the band. Also from the Williams/Applegate area, Eric quickly became an State of Jefferson, playing at the first Jefferson State integral part of the band. Hemp Expo, collaborators joining them. With a diverse music background, Eric had a lot to together to form State Of Jefferson. offer, including his knack for event planning. Their reggae/country/blues sound developed over time, but was a natural One of the defining attributes of State Of evolution for the band. Ryan Redding, the Jefferson is the band's Bassist and vocalist, explained, “I substantial started in a blues band, and he (Joe) amount of work started in a country band, and then we they do to bring had a blues band together...from there we diverse music to basically did Ska music.” Eventually they the Grants Pass drifted to roots style reggae, and have and Southern since found their own unique sound, Oregon area. As blending reggae, country, blues, folk, early as their R&B, and more into a finger tapping, foot second year they thumping sound. started a festival in Riverside Park Their band's name, State Of Jefferson, is in Grants Pass, Stevens, playing his purposefully derived from the century old Oregon. Traveling Mikey trumpet at the 2012 movement in northern California and around the West Applejam southern Oregon to obtain autonomy for coast festival the region, and provide proper scene years ago, they saw the potential for representation of the area's citizens. The a music festival in Southern Oregon. citizens represented a maverick lifestyle, which depended of local resources and “Southern Oregon at that time had labor. More than once, the region has nothing of that kind [of festival] going on, attempted to form a new state from a everything was collection of border counties in California pretty generically and Oregon, and each time “Jefferson” sponsored by the was chosen as the state name. local banks...not progressive, kind Joe Ginet, the lead guitarist and vocalist, of square, a sort explained, “It represents this area, and it of “back to the also has a really cool cowboy history. The fifties” and that history definitely represent mountain kind of shit.” Joe living people that aren't necessarily added, “We grew wanting to conform to all the rules that up out here with are being sanctioned [by society].” reggae shows at Explaining further, Joe said, “If you read the Grange and the history of the original State Of all the great Jefferson movement, it is kind of a history Eric Vestnys, Keyboards, music in the playing at the Provolt of people standing up for their rights...” Applegate and Grange, OR Williams was One of the first additions to the band was kind of always there, so we're just trying Mikey Stevens, a long haired, long to bring that into town.” bearded, local hippie that plays the horn and guitar. The trumpet added a Now in its tenth year, the State Of delightful dimension that has echoed Jefferson Music Festival has become a through their music ever since. When significant music event in the region, providing quality music and support for local charities, most recently the local food bank. Admission every year is free with a few cans of food! After Eric joined the band, they started focusing even more on bringing a wider variety of music to festivals in the region. He explained, “The diversity we embrace is reflected in our music and also in the type of music that we host and the type of bands that we bring to our events.” Cont. on Page 6

Oregon Initiative Supporter Sues Secretary Of State Over Mass Invalidations Of Signatures By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection The Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative (OMPI) filed suit on July 11th in Oregon Circuit Court against Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown in response to her office’s disqualification of tens of thousands of valid signatures on petitions for Initiative Petition 24. IP-24 is a constitutional amendment to end marijuana prohibition for adults. The suit was filed by attorney Ross Day on behalf of Wolfe and OMPI in Marion County Circuit Court. The OMPI lawsuit challenges a range of specific methods and reasons used by Brown’s office to disqualify individual voter signatures and entire sheets of up to 10 voter signatures each in a sampling process conducted in June, before the final deadline for signatures on petitions last week. That sampling process invalidated nearly 48% of the 122,000 signatures submitted by May 25 for IP-24, resulting in a historically low validity rate and damaging the initiative’s chance to make the ballot. Other measures submitted at the same time are suffering similarly low validation rates. “Under the policies of Kate Brown, the Oregon Elections Division works hard to remove every possible signature from initiative petitions and for reasons that make no sense,” said Wolfe. ”Instead, they should be working to include as many

Bob Wolfe, speaking to the Media in Salem during the 2011 session..

signatures as possible, thus preserving citizen access to the ballot through the initiative system, as demanded by the Oregon Constitution.” The OMPI lawsuit seeks to reopen the state’s validation work on IP-24 so that the measure can legitimately qualify for the November ballot based on a fair count of valid signatures Cont. on Page 9


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Feds Strong-Arm 3 States On Cannabis Food Stamp Deduction By Steve Elliott Toke Of The Town Oregon, New Mexico and Maine will no longer allow certain applicants for food stamps to deduct medical marijuana expenses from their incomes after federal officials threatened to slap the three states with penalties. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a nationwide memo to regional directors of the food stamp program after newspaper The Oregonian contacted the agency about the deductions on July 13th. The newspaper surveyed the 17 medical marijuana states and found that Oregon, New Mexico and Maine allowed deductions for the cost of medicinal cannabis. In deciding whether a family is poor enough to receive food stamps, the three states had allowed applicants to deduct medical expenses from their incomes. Since all three states have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana, they had counted the cost associated with buying medical cannabis as a qualifying medical expenses, reports Noelle Crombie. Only elderly or permanently disabled Oregonians who qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) could claim the medical marijuana deductions. The change is only expected to affect a tiny percentage of food stamp recipients, but it is seen as a symbolic blow for medical marijuana advocates. "It's a sad day when we have to see this kind of retreat based on what appears to be federal pressure and federal intimidation," said Kris Hermes of

Oregon News Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a medical marijuana advocacy group. "It makes one wonder when the federal government is going to come around and realize this is indeed a public health issue and address the problem accordingly. It's a problem only in the sense that the federal government is creating the problem." The Oregon Department of Human Services last Tuesday received the memo from the USDA ordering it to discontinue the medical marijuana deduction. The memo states that under federal law, marijuana "has no currently accepted medical use and cannot be prescribed for medicinal purposes." "States that currently allow for the deduction of medical marijuana must cease this practice immediately and make any necessary corrections to their state policy manuals and instructions," sternly instructed Lizbeth Silbermann, director of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service's program development division. "States that are not in compliance may face penalties for any over issuance of SNAP benefits," she scolded. Gene Evans, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Human Services, said his agency forwarded the memo to the Oregon Justice Department for review. The department advised his agency to immediately drop the practice of allowing the deductions. The department of Human Services on Thursday told agency staff that Oregon will stop allowing medical marijuana deductions on food stamp applications. New Mexico and Maine officials also told The Oregonian on Thursday that they, too, have been scolded by federal authorities and will no longer allow the marijuana deductions. The director of the Oregon Department of Human Services admitted in a Thursday email to The Oregonian that out-of-pocket medical expenses are a challenge for lowincome elderly and disabled food stamp recipients. Cont. on Page 7

Oregon's Top Federal Prosecutor Takes Aim at Marijuana Dispensaries By Steven J. Sherlag Attorney at Law As of April 2012, there were 55,807 patients registered under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Indeed, since the inception of the OMMA in 1998, the initiative has proven to be very popular.

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settles into her new role (she took office last October), that might be changing. "Pounds and pounds and pounds of marijuana are being shipped out of Oregon, not to sick people needing cards but to drug dealers who are selling it, who are laundering money, who are evading taxes," said Ms. Marshall in a recent interview with the Associated Press. Her office estimates that Oregon hosts at least 100 marijuana dispensaries, most of them in the Portland area.

A flurry of media attention and criticism accompanied the announcement of Ms. While popular with Oregonians, perhaps the Marshall's apparent increasingly OMMA is a little too hard-line stance on Oregon popular for prosecutors. marijuana grow operations. In According to the new U.S. response, she issued a statement, Attorney for Oregon saying in part that her office has Amanda Marshall, many never applied its resources to dispensaries operating prosecute "small scale users of within Oregon have been marijuana, who are clearly and illicitly shipping and selling unambiguously compliant with marijuana, a practice she Oregon law." Yet, in nearly the intends to curb through same breath, her statement noted aggressive enforcement. that "unless and until" the U.S. The pressure is mounting Congress changes its stance on on dispensary operators marijuana, she would uphold throughout Oregon, and federal laws banning even small even those simply seeking amounts of the drug, and that her to provide medical cannabis office is considering civil and to cancer victims and other criminal action against both deserving patients may not US Attorney for Oregon, dispensaries that operate at a Amanda Marshall. Not Dwight be safe from drug Holton, but not much better. profit and the landlords who distribution charges. harbor them. U.S. Attorney's Office Claims Oregon-Grown Mixed message? Some Oregonians wouldn't Marijuana Headed for Sale Out Of State Marijuana growers working within the confines even call it that, and see it more as an all-out campaign against marijuana dispensaries. If of the OMMA are shielded from prosecution you are involved in a marijuana grow under state law. However, federal law still operation, even a slight deviation from OMMA prohibits the possession and distribution of marijuana in any amount for any purpose, even standards could bring federal scrutiny and serious criminal liability; the freedom of for those whose doctors have recommended growers across the state may be at stake. If you marijuana to provide relief from debilitating are a cultivator of cannabis, it is important to diseases. speak to an experienced marijuana lawyer as soon as you become aware of pending charges. Even though all medical marijuana dispensaries operate outside of federal law, Article provided by The Law Office of Steven J. former U.S. Attorneys in the state have not Sherlag focused intensively on bringing down small Visit us at www.sherlaglaw.com scale grow operations that stay safely within the OMMA and where the exchange of money is very small and focused solely on the cost of production and not profit. As Amanda Marshall


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State of Jefferson Cont. From Pg. 4

Oregon News their own recording studio, they can record many takes with other artists they meet at music events, and use the best ones on the record.

Eric explained, “We get friends that we meet to record with us. It's mainly spearheaded by Joe and Ryan, collecting these recordings and using their original music, then bringing it State of Jefferson at the 2012 Applejam. (L to R) Eric Vestnys, Mikey Stevens, to these Jim Matheson, Joe Ginet, and Ryan Redding, ( Drummy Michael St. John is artists and behind Joe) have them compile their ideas [together] and come They also saw division and competition out with a CD featuring 15 to 20 different they felt was unneeded at other festivals, artists.” often between cannabis activists or businesses vying for notoriety. They The most recent album, “Hooserdrumi”, is envisioned a local festival that would a great album. They have a wonderful mix hopefully “bridge the gap” between of styles, with a reggae flavor throughout. adversaries, avoiding the politics. Ryan “America” and “The Water Song” are two explained they wanted to, “bring the of my favorites. “Country Me” has a great communities together...try to get a like folk sound and “Two Is Betta” is a rousing minded group of people down here tribute to “the reefer”. It is a together.” collaboration, as well, featuring Scottie “Onedrop” Valpey on drums, and folk They eventually organized the Jefferson musicians Joe Craven and James Green. State Music Festival and Hemp Expo (See the program on pages 11 – 14), which has I tried to figure out the albums title using brought 30 to 45 bands each year to the Google© and other internet references, to region. In its third year, the festival now no avail. As it turns out, the albums title attracts 5,000 people, and nearly 100 refers to their propensity to go through vendors near the end of August each year. drummers. “ We're State Of Jefferson, we This year it will be August 24, 25, and 26 play at five o'clock, all you guys just got in Cave Junction, Oregon. It has become done, the regions premiere music festival every who's your year. drummy? Can we In addition to the festivals, the band also use him?,” plays with a wide variety of musicians from the region. They have a collaborative Ryan said. “We went work ethic, which shows in their music. A to gigs wide variety of musicians regularly without a perform with them, and participate on drummer their recordings. for a long time.” Their first album was “Live In Hawaii”, done in 2006. A few years passed and they Luckily, released “State Of Jefferson Family Michael St. John on drums Sampler” in 2011, which features a variety they have (Applejam as well) found a of artists in a collaborative effort. With

solid drummer in Michael St. John. Joining the group a few years ago, he has been a solid presence for the band. With musical knowledge and talent beyond the drums, Michael has been a welcome addition, and has been their longest tenured drummer. Jim Matheson, a founding member of the Herbivores, is now jamming with the band. He brings a serious reggae foundation to an already diverse band. Jim, who moved here from the Seattle region, has been in the area for a while, and enjoys the people, climate, and herb from the best growing zone in the Northwest! State Of Jefferson's next album is another “Family Sampler” record, which they enjoy Jim Matheson, having doing. Eric serious fun at Applejam (don't let the look fool you) explained, “That's really something that we feel encompasses a lot of what we do...we're always featuring different artists.” It is a compilation of songs they have done with many other artists. They are just finishing the final master and preparing to release it later this year. It will feature Michelle Belamy, Jared Masters from the Illies, Maacho, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, to name a few. You can find more information about State Of Jefferson at www.stateofjefferson.org and the Jefferson State Hemp Expo at www.jeffersonstatehempexpo.com. Their album, Hooserdrumi, can be found on Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes . They also do recording and staging for events, and you can reach their company, Southern Oregon Backline by visiting www.southernoregonbackline.com . SOJ is also looking for interns to help with marketing, social networking, web design, and more. Interested people should email the band through either website.

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Jim Klahr For District 1 Cont. from Pg 3. Klahr has served on Klahr, standing in a the Advisory old Redwood snag, off Committee on the Winchuck river. Medical Marijuana (ACMM) from its inception, and also helped Oregon Green Free get off the ground many years ago. He helped them organize a plan of action, and also, to help obtain federal 501c3 non-profit status, which is a difficult process, especially for any medical marijuana organization. Klahr's positions extend beyond medical marijuana and Hemp. He is concerned about the region where he lives, and wants to do what he can to help. He considers himself a progressive. Some of his views are to reduce prison populations, mainly through the ending of drug prohibition and the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders and start treating them for their addictions instead, He believes in health care reform, and tort reform, and also opposes coastal dredging, a cruise ship port, or any other ecologically destructive projects. Krieger has a very conservative voting record in Salem, and has been a vocal opponent to the current OMMP program. A former law enforcement officer, he has no affinity for medical marijuana. As for Klahr's views on Krieger, he said, “Krieger is an almost 20 year incumbent now, he's a 27 year law enforcement veteran, and he's a Republican. Basically he's got a horrible voting record, and he got a score of “Zero” from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).” To support Jim Klahr for the Oregon Assembly or for more information, visit www.jimklahr4rep.com.


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Measure 80 Cont. From Pg. 3 got to be too expensive. “So, these jobs alone could have been saved by having a viable alternative like hemp, which OCTA would allow in Oregon.” He also pointed out it would actually take it off the streets – make it less available - for minors. Here is the Measure 80 (OCTA) ballot title, question and summary that will appear on our state's ballots, for a vote in Oregon on November 6, 2012: Allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale Result of a "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote allows commercial marijuana (cannabis) cultivation/sale to adults through statelicensed stores; allows unlicensed adult personal cultivation/use; prohibits restrictions on hemp (defined). Result of a "No" Vote: "No" vote retains existing civil and criminal laws prohibiting cultivation, possession and delivery of marijuana; retains current statutes that permit regulated medical use of marijuana.

Summary: Currently, marijuana cultivation, possession and delivery are prohibited; regulated medical marijuana use is permitted. Measure replaces state, local marijuana laws except medical marijuana and driving under the influence laws; distinguishes "hemp" from "marijuana"; prohibits regulation of hemp. Creates commission to license marijuana cultivation by qualified persons and to purchase entire crop. Commission sells marijuana at cost to pharmacies, medical research facilities, and to qualified adults for profit through statelicensed stores. Ninety percent of net goes to state general fund, remainder to drug education, treatment, hemp promotion. Bans sales to, possession by minors. Bans public consumption except where signs permit, minors barred. Commission regulates use, sets prices, other duties; Attorney General to defend against federal challenges/prosecutions. Provides penalties. Effective January 1, 2013; other provisions. According to Mr. Stanford, the petition drive has been largely financed by profits from clinics he owns that help people qualify for medical marijuana cards in Oregon and several other states. He reports he has spent about $300,000 so far and expects significant help from national reform interests, hopefully to the tune of a couple of

Oregon News million that will be needed. You see, it is not just for the campaign, but also things like the federal challenge expected to follow it’s hopefully successfulNovember vote-in. “We anticipate being held up like Death With Dignity”, commented Mr. Stanford on the issue, “so we wrote in the preamble that these are findings by The People based on legal, historical and scientific facts. Also, our specific text dealing with is taken from the International Single Convention treaty and there is a clause in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) – citation 21.USC.903, to be exact – that we believe will make a difference.” Measure 80 will also set aside two percent of the profits from the sale of cannabis in adult-only stores for two new state committees that will promote Oregon industrial hemp bio-diesel, fiber and food.

to qualify, OCTA organizers decided that the time was not right to launch a paid petition drive and OCTA 2010 never did. They decided to wait on OCTA for the 2012 election cycle. “The truth is that marijuana is a bellwether issue for the future of freedom” explains Mr. Stanford. “Unless we legalize hemp and cannabis and firmly expand natural individual rights to include a right to privacy and to include freedom of thought, freedom of consciousness, and the freedom to get high, in the not-to-distant future, the exponential expansion of genomic biotech, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence will enslave us and the future of humanity is grim. Hemp fuel, fiber, food and medicine can realign our economic system and make this less likely; OCTA was written to be upheld in federal court and make that happen.”

“It is about the plant that It will also legalize the sale, makes more fuel, fiber, food possession and personal and medicine than any Paul Stanford, author of Measure 80, private cultivation of other. It is about stopping s p e a k i n g a t t h e 2 0 1 2 E m e r a l d E m p i r e marijuana. People who and reversing the H e m p F e s t i n E u g e n e o n J u l y 2 1 s t . want to cultivate and sell continued centralization of marijuana, or process economic and political commercial psychoactive cannabis, would be control inherent in cannabis prohibition. It is required to obtain a license from the state. about restoring and celebrating the symbiotic Adults could grow their own marijuana and relationship between humanity and the sale of all cannabis strains' seeds and cannabis. It is about stopping the destruction starter plants would be legalized with no of lives and families by the wrongful and license, fee nor registration. The profits from destructive penalties for cannabis upon the the sale of cannabis to adults will add altar of a squeaky clean America,” Stanford hundreds of millions of dollars into the state said. general fund, as well as drug treatment and education. For more info, contact the Measure 80 (OCTA) OCTA began as a bill to regulate marijuana and restore hemp in 1988, which was initially called the Oregon Cannabis Control Act. Today, the Act has been through over 200 revisions, with input included from over a hundred people. As the name changed to the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act in the early 1990s, OCTA was circulated extensively three times, but filed more. It was first filed in 1990 for the 1992 election cycle as the Oregon Cannabis Control Act, but never went into circulation for signatures. In 1993, we began the first signature drive and gathered about 60,000 signatures, but not enough for qualification. Each of those three 1990s campaigns were primarily volunteer, but had a small paid drive funded by wife and my student loans and my disabled veteran's benefits. OCTA circulated in the 2008 to gather sponsorship signatures for the 2010 election cycle Late in 2008, they decided to withdraw the 2010 version of OCTA that was filed in 2008, and it was completely withdrawn early in 2009. In 2009, they revised the 2010 version of OCTA and filed it again. People in the Measure 74 campaign filed challenges to OCTA's ballot title in late 2009, and subsequently, OCTA 2010 was not approved for circulation until March 2010. Given numerous reasons, but mostly due to the fact that there was only 3 months left to qualify, and it was clear that M-74 was going

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SNAP Deduction Cont. From Pg. 5 "While we recognize that Oregon voters have declared marijuana to be medicine, this new guidance from the federal government sets clear direction on allowable medical expenses under federal law," Erinn KelleySiel wrote. She said state officials will stop approval of any new medical marijuana deductions on food stamp applications; correct the state policy manual to reflect the change; and provide new instructions for staff and food stamp recipients about medical marijuana deductions (as in, there won't be any more of them). In Oregon, about 33,000 food stamp recipients are elderly and qualified for Social Security, thus they were eligible for the marijuana food stamp deduction. That represents only about eight percent of the total food stamp caseload. Reprinted by permission from www.tokeofthetown.com. © 2012 The Village Voice Media

See The Jefferson State Hemp Expo program in the center of the paper!


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Oregon News Nugs Higher OMMP Fees Net Over 7.5 Million in 9 Months When the Oregon legislature raised the annual fee for Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) cards from $100 to $200, it did so in a sneaky way and with hopes that public health budget shortfalls would be solved. Last year, Jennifer Alexander reported on comments from Bob Wolfe of Oregon Marijuana Policy Initiative on the fee increases, when he said, “Medical marijuana patients are ill, disabled, and often poor. This stealthy budget item is a de facto tax on vulnerable people. I’d like to know which scurrilous legislator or bureaucrat is responsible for this disgusting maneuver.”

Well, based on budget numbers released by Oregon Health Authority , the state's budget for the 2011-13 biennium anticipates a total of $12 million in revenue from the program, with $5.3 million supporting the marijuana program, and $6.7 million supporting other public health programs. According to a report published by The Marijuana Policy Project last fall tracking the financial details of medical marijuana programs in all states that have them, Oregon's program has brought in as much as $3.3 million per biennium since the program was adopted. Since fees increased last fall, the revenue from the program has more than doubled. Between October 2011 and June of this year, the state has made more than $7.5 million from medical marijuana card fees. The majority of that money will go to programs other than the OMMP.

Oregon News Leo Fines by Elections Division Thrown Out The Oregon Secretary of State has dismissed two fines of $75 against Medford's current and former police chiefs which we reported on in the Medford Police Chief Oregon Cannabis Tim George Connection last year. Tim George and Randy Schoen were both fined for violating state election laws by allegedly recommending in the Mail Tribune voters not support Measure 74, Oregon's failed Medical Marijuana measure in 2010. An administrative law judge ruled that the Elections Division failed to meet its burden of proof of election law violations. Both were pleased with the result. "The bottom line is the administrative law judge did not feel we violated election law," George said to the Medford Mail Tribune. Partly in response to a complaint filed with the Secretary of State by Laird Funk, former Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana member and Oregon cannabis activist, they were notified in August 2011 they had gone too far. In a Medford Mail Tribune article a month before the election in 2010, Schoen was quoted as saying, "I'm concerned about how it could effect neighborhoods," and "this measure doesn't go far enough to control who can run a dispensary. A convicted felon can run a dispensary." George was also quoted in the article, saying the measure was "rife with problems and the potential for abuse." Funk filed complaints against Medford police Deputy Chief Tim Doney and Oregon State Police Sgt. Erik Fisher. Doney and Fisher each received warnings from the Elections Division for comments they made in Mail Tribune articles but were not fined. George and Schoen opted to fight their $75 fines and testified before Senior Administrative Law Judge Ken L. Betterton in April in Salem. The judge ruled the state had not proven that George's statements were made about Measure 74, specifically, or that then police chief Schoen's comments were

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made in his official capacity. The Secretary of State's Office concurred that the Elections Division did not meet its burden of proof, and "declines to adopt the reasoning of the proposed order and elects to dismiss the alleged violation."

MJ Restrictions Eased For Organ Transplant Canidates in Oregon From The Weed Blog Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Hospital in Portland, Oregon has eased restrictions on marijuana use among people looking for organ transplants. The previous policy required six months of negative drug screens, and possibly rehab for an applicant that tested positive for cannabis. The new policy allows cannabis users who meet all other criteria to be allowed in the program. The new policy applies to liver, kidney, pancreas and heart transplant procedures. “If you had a beer last weekend, no one would say you are an alcoholic,” Dr. Willscott Naugler said according to KPIC. “You might be. But it doesn’t mean you are. We have taken the same approach to marijuana. If you had it last weekend, you may not have an abuse problem.” There are no federal guidelines or standards for medical cannabis and the organ transplant screening process. In Oregon, 137 people are on the waiting list for a new liver, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. “It’s been more in the conversation than ever before,” said Mike Seely, OHSU’s administrator for transplant services, according to The Oregonian. “It’s been our responsibility to see what’s reasonable.” Jim Klahr, a 60 year old liver patient from Brookings, Oregon (and a congressional candidate!) feels that the new policy doesn’t go far enough. “It leads to the same place,” he said. “New people and myself cannot use it without the fear of being taken off the program.”

There are now 17 legal medical marijuana states in the U.S.A. 3 States have full legaliztion initiatives on the Nov. ballot: OR, WA, & CO.

Legal MMJ Has No Effect On Teen Use A working study released by Montana State University, the University of Oregon and the University of Colorado Denver found that medical marijuana "had no statistical significant impact" on teen marijuana use, but had a negative impact on the consumption of cocaine, which declined 1.9 percent in areas that had legalized medical marijuana. The data [covering 13 states from 1993 to 2009] was collected from the Center for Disease Control’s annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which is often cited by the nation’s top law enforcement officials when discussing drug policy. The study contradicts Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, who recently claimed that medical marijuana sends the “wrong message” to high school students. It also contradicts U.S. Attorney John Walsh crusades against Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries located within 1,000 feet of schools. The researchers concluded: “Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana and other substances among high school students.” The study, currently in draft form, was published June 18th by the Bonn, Germany Institute for the Study of Labor.


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As suspected, the number of I-Five-0 entries is way down. Typical during the summer months, which are the driest months of the year, as most cannabis aficionados know! The entries will pick up in the Fall, I am sure. Only Eastern Oregon this issue, which was a surprise.

Lakeview June 5th - Burns (OSP) An Emmett, Idaho man is facing felony marijuana-related charges after a traffic stop by an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper west of Burns, Oregon led to the discovery of over 3 pounds of marijuana inside the rented car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation. On June 5, 2012 at approxima tely 10:43 p.m. an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2011 Chevrolet Impala displaying Idaho license plates eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 114 for traveling 91 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. The lone

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Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 3 1/2 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $9,000. The suspect was arrested without incident and lodged in the Harney County Jail for Unlawful Possession, Distribution, and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. June 11th Klamath Falls - OSP Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Califronia man during a traffic stop north of Klamath Falls when an OSP trooper found approximately 57 pounds of marijuana concealed in a rented car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation. On June 11, 2012 at approximately 8:08 a.m. an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2012 Subaru Impreza displaying Ohio license plates northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 265 for hazardous traffic violations including speeding. The driver was identified as a 24 year old man from from Chico, California. Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 57 pounds of marijuana concealed in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $142,500. The suspect was taken into custody and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. According to Klamath County Sheriff's Office, paid his bail that same date and was scheduled for an later appearance in Klamath County Circuit Court.

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OMPI Sues SoS from Oregon voters. In total, including the final signature turn-in on July 6, IP-24 sponsors have submitted more than175,000 signatures to the Secretary of State, far above the 116,284 valid voter signatures required to qualify the constitutional amendment. If just 66% of the signatures were deemed valid, IP-24 would hit the November 2012 ballot. But with just 54.1% of signatures found valid in the June sampling process, IP-24 is facing an uphill battle. “The recently developed policies of the state and of Kate Brown reduce access to the initiative process and make it the province of only the wealthiest special interests,” Wolfe said. “A win for IP-24 would help restore ballot access to all petition sponsors. It is time to shine a bright light on the undemocratic policies and actions of Oregon’s Secretary of State.” Wolfe expects a hearing before mid September and hopes that I-24 can still qualify for the general election ballot in November. Whether or not it makes it, Wolfe plans to fight the arbitrary rules that seem to be applied recently in the initiative process in Oregon. Wolfe says it has become a right of free speech, and that we should not be unduly encumbered when trying to make changes to the constitution.

10th Emerald Empire Hemp Fest Is A Hit By Keith Mansur Oregon Cannabis Connection Willamette Valley NORML put on their 10th annual Emerald Empire Hemp Fest on July 20, 21, and 22 at Maury Jacobs Park in Eugene, OR. A “free to the public” event in their third year at this location, the weather was dry, the music was good, and the people had a great time. As usual, the “Ganja Goddesses” collected donations, as did volunteers at the entrance.

Dan Koozer, the event organizer, did another bang-up job this year, arranging dozens of bands over the three days. Dank, as Koozer is known, did have a lot of help from a volunteer crew, as is the case every year. Special shout-outs to Nan, who is a huge help to Dank, and Normal Bean, who handles all the aspects of the stage and music. Dozens of vendors were there, selling their wares, handing out information, and feeding the crowd. From oven fired pizza and BBQ, to Bradley Steinman, medical President of Lewis and marijuana Clar k Law School SSDP information and tie dyes. Visitors had plenty of shopping and food to keep them busy, and a number of informed speakers to educate them. Speakers included Paul Stanford, author of Measure 80 (OCTA), Doug McVay of Voter Power, Bradley Steinman of Lewis and Clark Law School's Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and more.

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DC Circuit Court To Review Marijuana CSA Classification From Americans for Safe Access (ASA) In late July, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed to hear oral arguments in Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, a lawsuit challenging the federal government's classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical value. Ten years after the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis (CRC) filed its petition, the courts will finally review the scientific evidence regarding the therapeutic value of marijuana. The D.C. Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments on October 16th at 9:30am. "Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court," said Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access, the country's leading medical marijuana advocacy group. "This is a rare opportunity for patients to confront politically motivated decision-making with scientific evidence of marijuana's medical efficacy," continued Elford. "What's at stake in this case is nothing less than our country's scientific integrity and the imminent needs of millions of patients." ASA filed its lawsuit in January, challenging the July 2011 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denial of the CRC petition, which was filed in 2002. The DEA is the final arbiter on petitions to reclassify controlled substances, but other agencies are also involved in the review process. Patient

advocates claim that marijuana is treated unlike any other controlled substance in that rescheduling petitions are encumbered by politics and therapeutic research is subjected to a unique and overly rigorous approval process.

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Dr. Igor Grant, M.D. is the Director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UCSD.

The announcement of oral arguments comes just weeks after a study was published in The Open Neurology Journal by Dr. Igor Grant one of the leading U.S. medical marijuana researchers, claiming that marijuana's Schedule I classification is "not tenable." Dr. Grant and his fellow researchers concluded it was "not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking." The study urged additional research, and stated that marijuana's federal classification and its political controversy are "obstacles to medical progress in this area." Marijuana's classification as a Schedule I substance (along with heroin and methamphetamine) is based on the federal government's position that it has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States."

For more than a year, the Obama Justice Department has been escalating its attacks in medical marijuana states, including dozens of new federal indictments and prosecutions. Though U.S. Attorneys often claim that the accused have violated state law in some way, defendants are prevented from using any medical evidence or a state law defense in federal court. If the rescheduling lawsuit is successful and marijuana is reclassified, federal defendants will then gain the basis for a medical necessity defense. The ASA appeal brief asserts that the federal government has acted arbitrarily and capriciously in its efforts to deny Cont. on Page 17

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Over a month ago, Eric Holder testified before Congress that the Dept. of Justice is only targeting medical marijuana businesses that violate their state's laws. Anyone who didn't realize it was a lie should be getting the message right about now. The federal government is moving to shut down the nation's largest and highestprofile medical marijuana dispensary operation, filing papers to seize properties in Oakland and San Jose where Harborside Health Center does business. Copies of the federal Complaint for Forfeiture were taped to the front doors of the two dispensaries July 10th, alleging that they were "operating in violation of federal law."

Cannabis Connection medical cannabis and other services to qualified patients. This is the definition of a legal and well-regulated medical marijuana dispensary. So how are the feds justifying their attempt to shut down the most responsible business in the industry? They are claiming, I kid you not, that it's just too successful: “I now find the need to consider actions regarding marijuana superstores such as Harborside. The larger the operation, the greater the likelihood that there will be abuse of the state’s medical marijuana laws, and marijuana in the hands of individuals who do not have a demonstrated medical need. – U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag” This is beyond outrageous and it flies in the face of even the most recent excuses put forward by the Attorney General and the President himself when attempting to justify their escalating war on medical marijuana.

By targeting Harborside solely on the basis of its reputation as the nation's "biggest" medical marijuana provider, DOJ forgets something rather important: it's the biggest Medical marijuana because it's the best. advocates, as well as Harborside is a model of some state and local safe, secure, patientofficials, decried the oriented medical action, saying it hurts US Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, with US marijuana services. It's patients in legitimate Atty. for California Melinda Haag also a model of legal need of the drug and compliance, and any breaks repeated effort to shut its doors simply obliterates promises by President Obama's Justice the Attorney General's recent claims that Department that it was targeting only DOJ is merely upholding local laws. He operations near schools and parks or really should stop saying that. otherwise in violation of the state's laws. They're not even pretending it's about state law anymore. Harborside has a permit from the City of Oakland and pays millions in taxes to the state of California. They've been covered extensively in the press, and featured on the Discovery Channel program "Weed Wars". Everyone knows exactly what goes on inside Harborside because we've seen it with our own eyes: they provide high-quality

It boggles the mind to imagine what sort of perverted logic is driving Obama's vicious assault on a voting block that helped elect him four years ago. What little the President has said on the matter in recent months is now even more obviously false, and if it isn’t about upholding state laws, then the question of the Administration's true agenda is something about which we can only speculate. It isn't Cont. on Page 17


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Outpost

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Willy and the Poor Boys

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Windsong

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Harri & Friends

Jared Masters Eastern Sunz

Michelle Bellamy

Rosie Burgess Trio

The Rodeo Clowns

Sol Seed

Michelle MacAfee

Glimpse Trio

Craig Wright

Only Natural

100 Watt Mind

Frankie Hernandez

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Indica Stage

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Jack Fallsrock The Herbal Crew

Jagen Jones 420 FREE JAM

Ras Cricket

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Adrian Xavier

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Smokin' Rogues

Skunk Funk

Blind Lion

Stereotype

Karrgo Bossajova

Oneironauts

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Know and Protect Your Rights

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Legal Q & A Panel

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Students For Sensible Drug Policy Forum

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Safe Access Points, the Future

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Industrial Hemp Facts and Q & A

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OR State and Federal Restrictions on Marijuana

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Legislative Canidates

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Medium Troy

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Measure 80 Discussion with Paul Stanford

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Organik Time Machine

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Industrial Hemp and Measure 80

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Jah Sun

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Outdoor Grow Panel and Q&A

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Craig Chaquico

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Ras Cricket

Michelle McAfee The Herbal Crew

100 Watt Mind

Kar rgo Bossajova

Medium Troy Michelle Bellamy

Sol Seed

541 Syndicate

Friday

Kids Parade

Blackalicious

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Unified Culture

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Kids Parade

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Sunday, August 26th

Only Natural

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Cooking With Cannabis with Earth Dragon Edibles

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About the Jefferson State Music Festival & Hemp Expo Jefferson State Hemp Expo, held

at Hope Mountain Farm this coming Aug. 2426 is an annual music festival and educational hemp exposition produced by Jefferson State Music Festival LLC, an entertainment company founded by local State of Jefferson band, in cooperation with local The first JS Hemp Expo at community business Lake Selmac leaders and patrons of the arts. The Hemp Expo's musical programing, event vendors, and educational hemp forum will run from 10AM until 10PM all three days and features over fifty musical performances on three stages. Jefferson State Music Festival is proud to bring the Hemp Expo back to Hope Mountain Farm for our third year. Sponsors

and event coordinators are committed to bringing quality community entertainment to the rural communities of the Rogue and Illinois Valleys. The Jefferson State Hemp Expo is founded on the belief that through awareness, education, and the cooperation of citizens and public officials, many complex social issues can be solved. Hemp Expo hosts a world class, affordable, music event that provides outlets for cannabisadvocates to educate the public on the many potential benefits of the cannabis plant. This includes religious,medicinal, industrial, agricultural, economic, environmental, and other practical applications. Jefferson State Hemp Expo has reached out and brought together organizations and community businessesleaders such as Lori Duckworth, the co-founder and executive director of the Southern Oregon CannabisCommunity Center. “I encourage everyone in the Rogue and Illinois valley communities and beyond to come out and join us for a weekend filled with facts,

Facts About Hemp Here is an interesting and enlightening assortment of hemp facts: 1) Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery. The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relic of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC. 2) Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. The federal government subsidized hemp during the Second World War and U.S. farmers grew about a million acres of hemp as part of that program. 3) Hemp seed is nutritious and contains more essential fatty acids than any other source, is second only to soybeans in complete protein (but is more digestible by humans), is high in B-vitamins, and is a good source of dietary fiber. Hemp seed is not psychoactive and cannot be used as a drug (learn more at TestPledge.com).

4) The bark of the hemp stalk contains bast fibers, which are among the Earth's longest natural soft fibers and are also rich in cellulose. The cellulose and hemicellulose in its inner woody core are called hurds. Hemp stalk is not psychoactive. Hemp fiber is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulative than cotton fiber. 5) According to the Department of Energy, hemp as a biomass fuel producer requires the least specialized growing and processing procedures of all hemp Hemp fields in America before prohibition in 1937

food and fun. I am proud to be a main sponsor for this event this year,which brings a great deal of education and awareness to Southern Oregon.� Says Duckworkth, who will be hosting the Cannabis Information and Forum Area at Hemp Expo.

2011 JS Hemp Expo at Hope Mountain

Main event sponsors are Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine, Northern Light & Garden Stores, Dragon's Lair Glass, Southern Oregon Cannabis Community Center, Profound Entertainment, Oregon Cannabis Connection, Singing Bird Family Farm, XTraktor Filtration Systems, and Southern Oregon Backline.com

event site is $50 per person for a weekend camping pass and admission to the festival. Free admission for children under twelve, accompanied by an adult.

In addition, to the diverse musical line-up and support from local sponsors, the festival will have beer and wine catered by The Wharf Restaurant.

Camping Passes and general admission tickets are on sale now at area outlets; Operation Pipe Dreams and Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine in Medford, Dragons Lair Glass and The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation in Grants Pass, and at the Williams General Store.

The Jefferson State Hemp Expo is all ages and family friendly. Tickets for Jefferson State Hemp Expo 2012, are priced at $5 per person for day admission. Camping at the products. The hydrocarbons in hemp can be processed into a wide range of biomass energy sources, from fuel pellets to liquid fuels and gas. Development of bio-fuels could significantly reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Hemp field in Canada today

6) Hemp can be grown organically. Only eight, out of about one hundred known pests, cause problems, and hemp is most often grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Hemp is also a natural weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy. 7) Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce wastewater contamination. Hemp's low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping, and its creamy color lends itself to environmentally-friendly bleaching instead of harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer chemical by-products. 8) Hemp fiber paper resists decomposition, and does not yellow with

age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper more than 1,500 years old has been found. Hemp paper can also be recycled more times than wood-based paper. 9) Hemp fiberboard produced by Washington State University was found to be twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard. No additional resins are required due to naturally-occurring lignins. 10) Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastic products: plantbased cellophane, recycled plastic mixed with hemp for injection-molded products, and resins made from the oil, to name a very few examples. Over two million cars on the road today have hemp composite parts for door panels, dashboards, luggage racks, etc.

About Hemp Prohibition - From the Hemp Industries Assoc During the years 1916-1937, William Randolph Hearst created a yellow journalism campaign to associate hemp with marijuana. Even though smoking hemp, like most fibers, will just make you sick, Hearst, along with his friend Pierre DuPont, succeeded in outlawing hemp in America. They actually robbed the world of an environmental cash crop. Why would they do such a thing? Because instead of using hemp for paper, clothing, fuel, oils, resins, medicines, and many other uses, we now use trees and synthetic petrochemicals. Hearst owned huge forests and interests in lumber mills. DuPont made synthetic fuels and fibers (nylon, rayon, plastics) from petroleum.

About Marijuana Prohibition "There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US,and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others." Harry J. Anslinger, Americas first "Drug Czar" in testimony to Congress, 1937

"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." James Madison, Fourth U.S. president & Father of the Constitution


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DEA’s Marijuana Plant Seizures Down 35 Percent From The Year Before Total seizures of cultivated cannabis plants fell an estimated 35 percent between the years 2010 and 2011, according to statistics provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and published in the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics. Data for the year 2011 indicates that some 6.7 million cannabis plants were eradicated nationwideunder the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program, which is active in all 50 states. This figure represents the lowest total of cultivated plants eradicated since 2006, and is a 35 percent decrease from 2010, when the DEA reported eradicating some 10.3 million marijuana plants. The year-to-year drop was largely a result of a decline in the total number of plants eradicated in California. In 2010, the DEA reported eradicating some 7.4 million plants in California. That number fell to just under 4 million plants in 2011. Overall, approximately 60 percent of all of the marijuana plants eradicated in the United States in 2011 were from

National News Washington's I-502 Getting Support By Phillip Smith Stop The Drug War Washington state's Initiative 502, which would legalize and tax marijuana and sell the herb through state-licensed stores, got a big funding boost in July, receiving $1.25 million in new donations. The funds allowed I-502's backers to buy a $1 million TV advertising blitz in August, according to campaign manager Alison Holcomb. Meanwhile, a new statewide poll, paid for by Seattle TV station KING 5, found that a healthy 55 percent of Washington voters support I502 ,with just 32 percent opposed. The first marijuana legalization initiative to ever make the state ballot in Washington, I-502 raised the $1.25 million from just four deeppocketed donors, including matching $450,000 contributions from Progressive Insurance founder Peter Lewis -- wellknown for his financial support for drug policy reform -- and from the New Yorkbased Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), reports Jonathan Martin at The Seattle Times. The measure, which will be on November's general election ballot, would legalize possession and sale of up to one ounce of marijuana. It would place a steep excise tax on marijuana and cannabis-infused products at newly created state-licensed marijuana stores, and would allow a few government-regulated pot farms. Before the weekend's contributions, I-502 had raised a total of $1.7 million since the beginning of the campaign.

Preotesters march when Obama came to California campaigning in July

California plots. The DEA further reported having seized over $11 million in assets associated with its eradication efforts in California. Nationwide, the agency reported seizing over $42 million in assets associated with its Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program. According to a July 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the Justice Department’s asset forfeiture fund under President Barack Obama is the largest on record, having grown from $500 million in 2003, to $1.8 billion in 2011. According to the GAO, the fund paid out approximately $79 million to California law enforcement agencies, the most in the nation, for their participation in federal raids and seizures. In recent months, the Justice Department has targeted numerous properties in California for civil asset forfeiture – including Harborside Health Center, the largest and most prominent medical marijuana dispensary in the state.

Holcomb said the new donations, which will be officially reported by the campaign next week, included $250,000 from travel writer/TV personality Rick Steves, who had already given $100,000, and $100,000 from the ACLU of Washington, which is the group behind New Approach Washington, the sponsors of I-502. A number of Washington state marijuana legalization advocates, along with some in the medical marijuana industry, oppose I502, primarily because it includes a new DUI limit of five nanograms per milliliter (5 ng/ml) on active THC in the bloodstream. Advocates argue that such a low -- and scientifically unsupported -- limit would effectively criminalize all driving by medical marijuana patients. Advocates also complain that I-502's possession limit of just one legal ounce is too low, calling it "decrim on steroids," and object to the measure's ban on all home cultivation of cannabis. "I-502 will NOT legalize marijuana," said prominent Seattle-based medical marijuana activist Steve Sarich of CannaCare. "It doesn't remove ONE criminal penalty for growing or possessing marijuana from the state law....none...zero. "This is a scam being played on the public by some big money people from outside Washington State who think we're all stupid enough to buy off on their scam," Sarich said. "I-502 adds criminal penalties to the state law -- and it doesn't remove the existing ones. Still these people have the nerve to call it 'legalization.' Please don't be fooled by this new form of prohibition!"

A new group opposed to I-502, the Safe Access Alliance, will file with state campaign authorities this week, according to cannabis activist Philip Dawdy, who has been involved with past legalization efforts in Washington. "I-502 made a serious miscalculation," Dawdy told The Seattle Times. "They calculated that getting the votes of soccer moms were more important than medical marijuana patients." According to Dawdy, the excise taxes imposed by I-502 would dramatically increase costs on medical marijuana patients. Reprinted by permission from www.tokeofthetown.com. © 2012 Village Voice Media

Colorado Polling at 61% for Amend. 64 by Erik Altieri NORML Communications Coordinator A statewide poll released in recently by Rasmussen Reports provides strong evidence that Colorado may likely become the first state to re-legalize and regulate the personal use of marijuana this November. On June 6th, Rasmussen Polling conducted a survey of likely voters in Colorado and found majority support for marijuana legalization. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed supported legalizing marijuana if it were regulated like alcohol and cigarettes. Only 27 percent of respondents are opposed to legalization and 12 percent remain undecided. This is great news for Amendment 64, a 2012 statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition and regulate marijuana like alcohol, which will appear on the Colorado ballot this November. Rasmussen’s recent survey shows support shifting upwards from previous polling. In December 2011, Public Policy Polling reported that 49 percent of Coloradan’s believed that marijuana use should be legal versus 40 percent who believed it should remain illegal. Lately, the mainstream media has caught on to the important role that Amendment 64 will

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play in this fall’s presidential election. This poll is just further proof of that claim’s validity. During the same time period, Rasmussen polled Colorado voters on their presidential preference and respondents were split, 45 percent for Obama and 45 percent support for Romney. Amendment 64 promises to turn out greater numbers of independent minded and youth voters in November, if either candidate embraced rational marijuana policy reforms, this important battleground state could be theirs to win. If neither does, it remains to be seen if they will lose these potential votes to the third party candidate, Libertarian Gary Johnson, who advocates for marijuana egalizatio n as a part of his platform. The marijuana issue is one that the two major parties can continue to ignore, but they are now doing so at their own peril.


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National News Nugs Uruguay May Sell Marijuana Soon Uruguay’s president José Mujica, 78, unveiled a proposal decriminalizing marijuana. Under the proposal marijuana would be sold and taxed by the government to adults, users would be tracked in a government database to quash the resale of marijuana on the black market, and the taxes will be spent on drug rehabilitation. The measure comes after a recent rash of gang and drug crime in the ordinarily peaceful nation. Mr. Mujica plans to control the sale and distribution of marijuana through a state network. This is one of the measures the Image: plazademayo government wants to use to combat the abuse of cocaine and pasta basica, a drug akin to crack, diverting Uruguayan drug users toward marijuana instead. Mr. Mujica said that drug users “are enslaved by an illegal market. They follow the path to crime because they don’t have the money, and they become dealers because they have no other financial means to satisfy their vice.” Critics contend the government won’t stop the black market or stop users from moving on to harder drugs. Doctors, political rivals, marijuana users and security officials have all expressed concern about how marijuana would be managed and whether legalization would make addiction and crime worse.

Michigan Court Defends MMJ Grows Michigan cities and townships cannot bar the cultivation and use of medical marijuana, a state appellate court has decided in a case involving an ordinance adopted by the city of Wyoming and challenged by a patient there. In an opinion released this morning, a unanimous three-judge panel of the court said the local ordinance was clearly pre-empted by the medical marijuana state law, and that local governments could not use the federal prohibition on marijuana as an excuse to ban it.

National News The appeals ruling is a significant victory for advocates of medical marijuana, who claim that cities and townships have been attempting to thwart the law, approved by state voters in 2008. Similar legal challenges have been brought against other communities, including Livonia, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, which enacted similar ordinances. The appeals court said Michigan and federal law did not conflict because the voter-approved statute expressly acknowledged the federal marijuana prohibition while providing an exemption for its cultivation and use under state law.

NH Governor's Veto Stands By Steve Elliott - Toke Of The Town The New Hampshire Legislature on June 27th narrowly failed to overturn Gov. John Lynch's veto of a proposed medical marijuana bill. SB 409, which would have allowed people with certain qualifying medical conditions to grow and possess limited amounts of marijuana with doctors' recommendations, was approved by the House and Senate earlier this month. That was the first time a Republican-led legislature sent a governor an effective medical marijuana bill. Gov. Lynch vetoed the bill June 21st, citing law enforcement concerns that advocates had previously amended the bill to address. The veto came as no surprise. Lynch vetoed similar legislation in 2009, after which the House voted by more than two-thirds to override the veto, but support in the Senate fell two votes short of the necessary two-thirds. Although a total of 16 senators voted for the

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bill this year, the Senate did not reach the necessary votes to override the veto. The vote was 13-10, and 16 votes were needed.

Pro MMJ Brooklyn Judge Passes Away

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Brooklyn judge Gustin Reichbach passed away July 14th due to stage 3 pancreatic cancer. We reported on his courageous stance in the last issue of Oregon Cannabis Connection.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Rip L.A. Dispensary Ban, Seek Referendum By Americans for Safe Access (ASA) After more than four years of attempting to craft a medical marijuana dispensary ordinance, despite dozens of regulatory examples across California, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 July 24th to ban outright against the facilities. The ban was passed despite more than ten thousand letters sent by medical marijuana patients and their supporters over the past few weeks urging the council to adopt sensible regulations. Advocates expressed outrage at this vote and have vowed to seek a referendum to reverse the new law. "This is an outrage that the city council would think a reasonable solution to the distribution of medical marijuana would be to simply outlaw it altogether," said Don Duncan, California Director with Americans for Safe Access."We will campaign forcefully to overturn this poor decision by the council," continued Duncan. In addition to the dispensary ban vote, the city council voted 9-5 to have the city attorney draft an ordinance that would allow for a certain number of city-regulated facilities. In an attempt to cover for the harmful approach the city has taken on medical marijuana, local officials have referred to the ordinance as a "gentle ban." Duncan took issue with that characterization, saying, "The city is whitewashing their actions by calling this a 'gentle ban,' when in reality it offers patients nothing more than what's already legal under state law, and denies patients the real need to safely and legally obtain their medication." Advocates have long argued that such bans on distribution are not only illegal, but also deprive patients of a legal medication and needlessly push those patients into the illicit market. Mayor Villaraigosa has 30 days to sign the ordinance into law, and then it will go into effect a few days later, upon publication.

"My survival has demanded an enormous price, including months of chemotherapy, radiation hell and brutal surgery... Inhaled marijuana is the only medicine that gives me some relief from nausea, stimulates my appetite, and makes it easier to fall asleep," Reichback wrote. “Given my position as a sitting judge still hearing cases, well-meaning friends question the wisdom of my coming out on this issue. But I recognize that fellow cancer sufferers may be unable, for a host of reasons, to give voice to our plight. It is another heartbreaking aporia in the world of cancer that the one drug that gives relief without deleterious side effects remains classified as a narcotic with no medicinal value. “Because criminalizing an effective medical technique affects the fair administration of justice, I feel obliged to speak out as both a judge and a cancer patient suffering with a fatal disease. I implore the governor and the Legislature of New York, always considered a leader among states, to join the forward and humane thinking of 16 other states and pass the medical marijuana bill this year. Medical science has not yet found a cure, but it is barbaric to deny us access to one substance that has proved to ameliorate our suffering.” Under federal and NY state law, Judge Reichbach was a criminal. In the eyes of activists, he was a hero. He will be missed as an advocate for a natural treatment that has been vilified for decades and its users treated like criminals.


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DC Circuit Court marijuana to millions of patients throughout the U.S. ASA argues in its brief that the DEA has no "license to apply different criteria to marijuana than to other drugs, ignore critical scientific data, misrepresent social science research, or rely upon unsubstantiated assumptions, as the DEA has done in this case." ASA is urging the court to "require the DEA to analyze the scientific data evenhandedly," and order "a hearing and findings based on the scientific record." The panel of judges assigned to hear oral arguments includes Circuit Judges Henderson and Garland, and Senior Circuit Judge Edwards. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have adopted medical marijuana laws that not only recognize the medical efficacy of marijuana, but also provide safe and legal access to it.Since the CRC petition was filed in 2002, an even greater number of studies have been published that show the medical benefits of marijuana for illnesses such as neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer's. Last year, the National Cancer Institute, a division of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, added cannabis to its list of Complementary Alternative Medicines, pointing out that it's been therapeutically used for millennia. Further information: D.C. Circuit announcement of oral arguments: http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/ASA_v _DEA_Oral_Arguments.pdf ASA appeal brief: http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downlo ads/CRC_Appeal.pdf DEA denial of CRC petition: http://AmericansForSafeAccess.org/downlo ads/CRC_Petition_DEA_Answer.pdf CRC rescheduling petition: http://www.drugscience.org/PDF/Petition_ Final_2002.pdf

Montana MJ Initiative Fails By Phillip Smith Stop The Drug War Montana residents will have a chance to vote on medical marijuana in November, but not on legalization. In a statement on July 20th, Secretary of State Linda McCullough announced that the medical marijuana initiative, IR-124 would be on the general election ballot (even though it had been a done deal since late last year), but that the constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana, CI-110, had failed to qualify.

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According to the secretary of state’s office, CI-110 handed in fewer than 18,000 valid signatures. It needed more than 48,000 by the Friday deadline to make the ballot. “None of the other issues appear to have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot,” McCulloch said as she announced that IR-124 and an unrelated measure had qualified. “We will continue to tabulate all certified signatures, and the totals at the time of qualification will be certified to the governor and released publicly next week.” “We didn’t make it,” said Barb Trego of East Helena, CI-110s sponsor. “We just ran out of time. We just got going too late,” she told the Missoulian. Trego said the CI-110 backers had to change the proposal’s language at least three times because of objections by state officials. That delayed their signature-

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“We’re not giving up,” she said. “When we do it the next time, we’ll be more prepared. We already have the language.” The failure of CI-110 to make the ballot means the final tally of states where marijuana reform initiatives will be on the November ballot is three: Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

Tax Court Decision Could Haunt Medical Marijuana Distributors Nationwide By Johnny Green The Weed Blog

Obamas Drug War about upholding state laws, then the question of the Administration's true agenda is something about which we can only speculate. It isn't winning him any votes, that's for sure. Today, anyone who's tried to make excuses for Obama's horrible handling of all this should just stop. Anyone who says this President is secretly a friend of the marijuana reform movement should close their mouth. Anyone who's claimed that "they're only busting bad dispensaries" can cut the crap. This is a war. It's Obama's war. And to my friends who are too afraid of Mitt Romney right now to criticize Obama, I say you're making our President more dangerous by meeting his mistakes with silence. If you don’t want Obama to destroy medical marijuana in America, this would be a good time to speak up about it . Harborside Health vowed to stay open and fight federal asset forfeiture claims. The federal government can seize property under current drug laws if the property is used in the distribution of a drug--in this case, federally illegal cannabis. "Harborside has nothing to hide, we have nothing to be ashamed of and we have no intention of closing our doors," said Harborside CEO Steve DeAngelo. "We shall continue to provide our patients with

There was a big federal tax court decision August 6th that will no doubt affect every dispensary in America. The decision in Olive v. Commissioner, 139 T.C. No. 2, a case out of California, disqualifies all medical marijuana distributors from most tax deductions. The ruling by the United States Tax Court, which oversees disputes over federal income tax, was unanimous. A unanimous decision leaves little hope that it will be overturned on appeal. “The dispensing of medical marijuana, while legal in California, among other states, is illegal under federal law,” Tax Court Judge Diane L. Kroupa wrote. “Congress has set an illegality under federal law as one trigger to preclude a taxpayer from deducting expenses incurred in a medical marijuana dispensary business. This is true even if the business is legal under state law.” According to Accounting Today, “While his business was legitimate under California law, Section 280E of the Tax Code precludes a deduction of any amount for a trade or business where the “trade or business (or the activities which comprise such trade or business) consists of trafficking in controlled substances … which is prohibited by federal law.”” Robert Wood wrote an excellent article for Forbes, in which he described that some, but not all dispensaries deductions, are still valid. “The IRS and Tax Court must abide by Section 280E of the tax code. However, the U.S. Tax Court has allowed dispensaries to deduct other expenses distinct from dispensing marijuana. See Californians Helping to Alleviate Medical Cont. on Page 22


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Can Medical Marijuana Be Used To Treat Bipolar Disorder? From Medical Marijuana Blog A recent study conducted in Glen Oaks hospital in New York, showed that marijuana could have a beneficial effect on neurocognitive functions of patients with bipolar disorder. The study was performed on 200 BD patients, 50 of whom have been smoking marijuana. All of them underwent tests that tested their neurocognitive functions (attention span, speed shifting, digits forward and backward tests and trails B test). The results were intriguing to say the least. Cannabis Use Disorder However, before we present you with the study’s conclusions, you have to bear in mind that the medical world is full of disorders, some being completely justified and others just being labeled as illnesses for the hell of it. In line with that practice, a frequent marijuana smoker ‘suffers’ from CUD (Cannabis Use Disorder) and is more likely to suffer from a history of psychosis than a person who doesn’t smoke. At least, that’s what the research suggests. Simply put, a BD patient with CUD is only 14% more likely to have a history of psychosis than a BD patient who doesn’t smoke marijuana. Results It was concluded that BD patients with CUD had significantly better cognitive tests results than patients who didn’t ‘suffer’ from CUD. That fact alone will significantly motivate further medical marijuana related research because now we can move away from the ‘burnout’ dogma and focus on the actual health benefits of cannabis. We always believed that you shouldn’t became a slave to the plant, but consume it moderately in order to reap the rewards it can provide and utilize its maximum potential.

Supporting Studies To support this research, we found a study that was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in August, 2011. The study revealed that middlePicaso's Woman With A Yellow Hat aged men could benefit from the use of marijuana as well. Apparently, cannabis can significantly improve their mental stamina. They are able to think more clearly, a benefit that was practically never associated with the use of marijuana. The study was conducted on 8,992 male drug users. The first phase of research was conducted when they were 42, and the second when they turned 50. Basically, much was gained in terms of mental clarity, yet nothing was actually lost for good. Conclusion According to these two studies, it is safe to conclude that the use of medical marijuana is actually beneficial to both patients who suffer from bipolar disorder and middle-aged men. In addition, there seem to be no permanent psychological consequences of frequent marijuana use (at least in the time span of 10 years) with middle-aged men. This actually makes sense because recent research actually proves that the brain is not fully developed until you reach your late 30?s or early 40?s even. So, even you don’t toke in the first 20 years, don’t worry – there’ll be plenty of time to enjoy it afterwards. Some people who have Biploar feel that marijuana works in terms of dealing with their bipolar. Most feel sativa strains are more helpful for treating Bipolar. However it can depend on which mood you are feeling so at certain times an indica strain may be beneficial.

Access Medical Cannabis Likely To Reduce Use Of Opiates And Other Addictive Drugs By Paul Armentano Deputy Director of NORML Regulating cannabis access would provide patients with an effective treatment for chronic pain and likely reduce morbidity associated with the use of prescription opiates and other pharmaceuticals, according to a review published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. A researcher with the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia reports that cannabis may be useful in the treatment of chronic pain as well as certain substance abuse disorders, and that it poses fewer risks to health than many conventional alternatives. He writes: “When used in conjunction with opiates, cannabinoids lead to a greater cumulative relief of pain, resulting in a reduction in the use of opiates (and associated side-effects) by patients in a clinical setting. Additionally, cannabinoids can prevent the development of tolerance to and withdrawal from opiates, and can even rekindle opiate analgesia after a prior dosage has become ineffective. Novel research suggests that cannabis may be useful in the treatment of problematic substance use. These findings suggest that increasing safe access to medical cannabis may reduce the personal and social harms associated with addiction, particularly in relation to the growing problematic use of pharmaceutical opiates.” The author continues: “Since both the potential harms of pharmaceutical opiates and the relative safety of cannabis are well established, research on substitution effect suggests that cannabis may be effective in reducing the use and dependence of other substances of abuse

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BBQ Ribs With Marijuana Sauce From Culture Magazine Ingredients for Canna Bar-B-Q Sauce: 1 1/2 cups ketchup 1 cup cider vinegar 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 cup packed light brown sugar 2 tablespoons dry mustard 1/4 cup chili powder 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 lemon slices 1/2 cup melted Canna Butter Directions: Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Remove the lemon slices. The sauce will keep covered and refrigerated for up to two weeks

Now you are ready to make the ribs. Ingredients: Four pounds of country-style ribs 1 1/2 cups Canna Bar-B-Q Sauce 1 cup orange juice Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Arrange the ribs in a large baking dish. Whisk together the Canna Bar-B-Q Sauce and orange juice. Pour sauce over the ribs and make sure each one is evenly coated. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for three hours. Uncover, increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake the ribs for one more hour, turning them once after 30 minutes. Remove ribs to a platter and let stand for 15 minutes. Spoon off fat from the sauce and serve the ribs with the sauce.

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Ingredients: 4 cups half-and-half 2 tablespoons Simple Cannabutter (recipe in June 2012 issue of OCC) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt Optional add-ins: 1/4 cup chocolate chips 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup crumbled cookies or candy bar pieces Directions: Pour half-and-half into a large pot over high heat. Scald until bubbles form at edges. Remove from heat. Melt the cannabutter into the hot half-and-half. Add vanilla, sugar,and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Freeze according to the directions for your ice-cream maker, adding in chocolate chips, pecans, cookies, or candy bar pieces, as manufacturer suggests. Find our review of The

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Bacon Caramels By Kristi Anderson Oregon Cannabis Connection Ingredients: 1/2 lb. of canna butter 1 cup of rendered bacon fat 4 cups of sugar 2 cups heavy cream 3/4 cup of water 1 cup of light corn syrup 3 cups chopped cooked bacon Directions: Combine the canna butter, cream, and bacon fat, warm until blended. In a separate pan, warm the water, corn syrup, and sugar to 320 degrees (using a candy thermometer). Add the dairy to the sugar slowly, stirring the whole time to avoid bubbling over. Continue stirring and heat mixture until it reaches 244 degrees. Line a baking pan with 2 cups chopped bacon. Pour cooked caramel mixture over bacon. Spread remaining chopped bacon on top of caramels. Let cool, then cut to appropriate size. Makes approximately 100.


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Hemp And Economic Recovery By Waves Forest The preamble (the “whereas” section) of Measure 80/ OCTA 2012 contains an excellent summary of cannabis facts which should be widely circulated. Measure 80 also includes these provisions: 474.005 (5) Seeds and starts of all varieties of cannabis shall be considered hemp. 474.035 (1) The commission’s jurisdiction shall extend to any person licensed under this chapter to cultivate or process cannabis, but shall not extend to any person who manufactures products from hemp. Hemp production for fiber, protein and oil shall be allowed without regulation, license nor fee. No federal license shall be required to cultivate hemp in Oregon. 474.065 (3) The cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal, noncommercial use by an adult shall not require a license nor registration. These provisions persuaded us to support this measure, despite other possibly problematic sections, which we look forward to helping improve once the measure is actually being implemented. All varieties may be grown as hemp, including local high-strength cultivars. This allows us to avoid the extreme limitations imposed by the very lowTHC strains permitted as “industrial hemp” in recent times. We can finally re-establish the balance existing before prohibition, when the most vigorous hemp provided medicine as well as food, fuel, fiber and building materials, with several times the yield obtained from modern “dwarf” hemp. The Canadian hemp farmers have done their best to create a profitable hemp industry using only their permitted low-

Industrial Hemp THC varieties. However, their yields are far lower than hemp traditionally provided. Pre-prohibition films and photos show hemp growing up to 20 feet tall. Modern “industrial” strains reach less than half that height. Hempseed oil yields were once 300 gallons per acre, sometimes far more; modern strains produce 100 gallons per acre, or less. Compare the size and quality of local medicinal cannabis seeds with the seeds imported from Canada. Seeds from the high-THC varieties are twice as big and much tastier. And while pre-prohibition hemp was famously resistant to pests and diseases, the Canadian strains are not nearly as tough. Oregon’s cannabis farmers have instinctively resisted proposals to plant “industrial” hemp anywhere near their grow sites. This wariness is justified if “industrial” refers only to the low-THC strains, a modern misconception heavily promoted by the prohibitionists. But crosspollination among high-THC varieties will reinvigorate the species, not weaken it, and the occasional seeds in outdoor medical grows will be recognized as blessings instead of commercial inconveniences. Medicinal and industrial hemp coexisted harmoniously for thousands of years before prohibition. Restoring the freedom to plant high-grade hemp without restrictions can reverse the current economic crunch, mostly induced by the long-term artificial scarcity imposed by hemp prohibition in the first place. Hemp seed is a complete food that anyone can grow easily, so overall food costs come down. Between hempseed biodiesel and ethanol from crop waste (up to 1200 gallons per acre), locally produced fuel lowers the cost of energy. Hemp has the longest, strongest natural fiber, and the yield is at least three times that from cotton, and it doesn’t need chemicals. The leftover stalk fragments can yield four or five times as much paper per acre per year as trees, with no toxic waste, and the paper lasts centuries. Or they can be mixed with cement to form hempcrete, much lighter and stronger than concrete. Or

the stalks can be heatpressed into boards, beams and panels that are twice as strong and light and fireproof as those made from trees. This can end any remaining economic incentive for clear-cutting what remains of our forests. Sixteen-foot hemp forests growing in four months can provide huge areas of cooling shade for people or tree seedlings, suppressing weeds without any herbicides, replenishing soil, preventing erosion, absorbing megatons of CO2 and restoring oxygen lost through deforestation, so public health improves and health care costs come down. Thousands of small family farms went under because of chemical debts and an economy skewed by the ban on hemp. Legal hemp makes small-scale farming much more viable. Since hemp can be used to make non-toxic equivalents of any product made from oil, the opportunities for establishing local manufacturing facilities and job creation are limited only by our imagination. If we use hemp to the full extent Nature intended, localizing production of our basic necessities will decentralize power, which is why the powers-that-were outlawed it in the first place. Abundance is the best antidote for crime, including the massive high-level crime entrenched in the social order. Thousands of cannabis users now have an opportunity to show that their analytical abilities are unimpaired, that they can see through the prohibitionists’ disinformation and recognize what is in their long-term best interests. Waves Forest is a DJ for Takilma FM at www.takilmafm.com. For more info at FreeTheEarthlings.com and RexResearch.com

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More Questions answered by our resident growing experts at Paradise Supply in Grants Pass. To submit your question, email info@oregoncannabisconnection.com

Question: My friend uses two amendments in his garden I am curious about, bokashi and micorrhizae. How do they work and are they organic? Answer:

Bokashi introduces fundamental microorganisms which increases the nutrient availability to the plant. Bokashi infused rice hulls Bokashi is comprised of lactobacillus and other strains of bacteria that help to compost organic materials. The bacteria is inoculated onto rice hulls or some other substrate so when you put it in your soil the bacteria colonizes there. The microorganisms in the bokashi will work with the mycorrhizea in a symbiotic fashion. Mycorrhizea is a beneficial fungi that works with the plant’s root system to help obtain nutrients from the soil. While these products are natural the substrates they are introduced with may not be. Check each manufactures package for an organic certification. Question: What is "Ph" and why does it matter what "Ph" number my soil is?

Answer: PH is a measurement of acidity

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Cultivation or alkalinity. Which is to say, this is the relationship between hydronium Simple Soil ions and Ph Test Kit hydroxide ions (got that?). ph is important for the proper uptake of nutrients that a plant needs at any given time. PH will dictate what nutrients are readily available. Too low of a ph will “burn” your roots and not allow uptake of nutrient. Too high of a ph will lock nutrient out of the plant as well. It is best to swing your ph slightly in soil between 5.8 to 6.8, and in hydro 5.5. to 6.3. Question: I have heard a lot about LED lighting for indoor gardens. How do they compare to typical HID 90 Watt UFO LED light lights such as (replaces 400 Watt, per Mfg.) High Pressure Sodium and Metal Halide, do they save energy and still produce the same?

Answer: LED manufacturers have made many claims concerning “equivalencies” to HID or HPS lighting. If you are growing lettuce or Typical HID light reflector micro-greens indoors, LEDs will do well. Otherwise, you will be better served to use a multi bulb T-5 fluorescent fixture for small starts and vegetative growth, then transferring to a fixed HID/HPS lighting system for flowering. As far as light output, lumen for lumen, they don’t compare. Canopy penetration and spectrum are also issues. Stick with tried and true technology, until the new tech catches up.

Low Stress Is The Secret To High Quality Yields By TJ Green The Weed Blog Would you rather end up with a pound of mids, or a half pound of the chronic? I grew up raising cattle with my grandpa the old fashioned way. No antibiotics, no cruelty, no force-feeding, and chasing the cows could earn you a boot to the ass. Fast forward to our present day treatment of livestock, and the horrors are endless. The consequences are an unhealthy populace, environmental destruction, and animal cruelty. The same is true of your plants. If you are just starting out with your first crop you are probably dreaming of massive buds towering overhead. The kind of yields grow room legends are made of. But consider this: the reason we treated those cows gently was not just to keep them fat, but to keep stress, and the negative energy it creates out of the meat. Sure, you can pump a cow up to massive proportions, just like you can bend, break, prune, and manipulate your plants in many different ways to get a bigger yield, but is it worth it if the bud you produce carries that negative energy forward? I even heard that plants scream when you cut them, we just can’t hear it because of the low frequency. If you aren’t moved to try a low-stress natural approach to growing by the spirtual perspective, consider the realist perspective–you aren’t going to be a natural Cervantes right out of the chute. (If you haven’t heard of Cervantes, and you plan to grow bud stop what you’re doing. Even Cervantes wasn’t a natural Cervantes, he had to work for it. There are no shortcuts to growing great buds consistently. Diseases can wipe out your grow faster than a swat team, and every time you bend, break, cut, or stress a plant you create an opportunity for a disease to develop. If you are a master grower with an impeccably clean grow, and you are basically hanging from the ceiling over your plants like a ninja waiting to spring into Cont on Pg 22

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The Phases of the Moon for Growing Marijuana Superior Cannabis gardens are what gardeners want for their efforts, and planting by the phases of the Moon makes this possible. Seeds germinate faster. Plants are hardier and more diseaseresistant. They blossom sooner and bear more fruit. Just as importantly, they better resist the stress of harsh weather, drought and insect infestation. Naturally, good gardening techniques must still be adhered to. Gardens need be watered, pruned, mulched, hoed, weeded and fertilized. If you have an outside or in side cannabis garden, paying attention to the Moon phases may be the easiest part of your cannabis gardening experience but the one with the biggest rewards for growing marijuana. Phases of the moon for growing cannabis.Gardening by the moon phases is all a matter of timing. Since we are able to anticipate the phases, we can plan ahead and maximize the connection between the solar system and biological cycles to gain optimum results in the cannabis garden. The Moon symbolizes emotions, instincts, habits and routine. It describes the ways in which we feel most nurtured and secure. The Moon also reflects the public mood as it changes signs every two to two and half days. The Moon travels monthly through each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac, staying approximately 2 and a half

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days in each sign. As it does so it forms an angular relationship with the Sun that we call a Phase of the Moon. Phase actually means the angle between Moon, Earth and Sun. Moon orbits the Earth and the Earth orbits the Sun. It is the Earth's orbit that defines the ecliptic which is divided symbolically into the Zodiac.

On the other hand, if you are a new grower, or a grower who tries all the latest huge-yield tricks, but your bud is mediocre, consider going au natural for a round. Those cows always looked happy, and the meat was superb. If you ever hear a grower say it’s easy, or they’ve never had a problem, scream “Cops!” and run the hell out of there. Growing decent bud is more than most people can handle. I say that not to discourage you from trying, but to remind you that a great grower is an artisan, and that you will never become great with shortcuts. By all means keep growing, just consider that the size of the yield is only one factor in your pursuit. After all, a pound of mids is good, but a half pound of the chronic is better.

First of all, phases occur in two stages Waxing and Waning. The Moon is Waxing - growing - during these phases:New Moon | Crescent Moon | First quarter Moon | Gibbous Moon It is Waning - shrinking - during these phases: Full Moon | Disseminating | Second Quarter | Balsamic As a general rule of thumb when the Moon is waxing, plants develop leaves and above ground systems, when it is waning plants develop their root systems. Planting leafy crops such as cannabis that grow above ground are best sown at waxing moon and those that will require strong root systems or grow below ground should be sown after full moon, in the waning phase. We can now divide these phases into four quarters. New Moon to First quarter First quarter to Full Moon Waxing Full Moon to Second quarter Second quarter to New Moon again. - Waning These 4 phases can be useful to apply the rule of thumb Plant | Feed Harvest|Destroy If you get these 4 main quarters fixed, you will go a long way to understanding cycles. The 4 intermediate phases also form a quaternary of activity. Crescent, Gibbous, Disseminating, Balsamic Crescent moon phase is when the best germination occurs and is a good time for thinning out seedlings to give room for the rapid growth that occurs at the next phase.

The crowd was responsive, and were hopefully motivated to take action.

Gibbous moon phase is when there is a greater uptake of nutrients from the soil, and swelling of fruits. Disseminating moon is an excellent time for seed setting and ripening. Balsamic phase is the best time for destroying weeds, pruning trees, and all preparation for the next cycle. It is important to note that you should not do any gardening task at the exact time of a phase. Wait a few hours. Each of the exact phase positions marks a critical time as the moon makes a shift from one phase to the next. Because the Sun stays in a sign for a full month there are some months that are better for certain gardening tasks than others. Interfacing the Sun cycle and the Moon's cycle takes a little skill but is not 1 difficult once you apply the logic. If the Sun is in a 'fertile' sign for a month, then you should take advantage of that month to do some gardening - naturally the best results occur when the Moon is also is a fertile sign and the correct phase with the Sun. The best days for doing specific tasks will depend on the Moon's sign. To synthesize the phase with the sign is important in planting. There is no point in planting at the correct phase, if the Moon is in an incompatible sign - one which might damage or inhibit growth. Remember the Sun stays in a sign for approximately a month, the Moon passes through all 12 signs in a month, so stays in a sign for approximately 2 and a half days. A new moon always occurs when the Sun and Moon are in the same sign. A full moon occurs when the Moon is in the opposite sign to the Sun.

Bands from across the region played, and some from outside the area, too. The line up included Unified Henr y Tur ner Culture, Vinny Rip, Frankie Hernandez and more. Henry Turner returned again, from New Orleans, to play his great Blues! We are looking forward to another great Emerald Empire Hemp Fest next year. Great job Dank and your army of volunteers!

Tax Court Cont. from Pg. 17 Problems Inc. v. Commissioner. If a dispensary sells marijuana and also engages in the separate business of caregiving, the caregiving expenses are deductible. If only 10% of the premises is used to dispense marijuana, most of the rent is deductible. Still, good record-keeping is essential. See Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Persist Despite Tax Obstacles.” Almost every ganja-preneur that I know is trying to open a collective/dispensary/club. I wonder how many of them changed their mind when they saw this decision get handed down. I wonder how many of them have no idea what 280e reform is? The scariest part about this case to me, is that they had a forensic accountant go so far back in time (8 years) to find their evidence. How many other dispensaries will experience the same fate? How many ongoing legal battles will be affected by this decision? One thing is for sure, there will no doubt be more battles ahead, and we need to push Congress for 280e reform, NOW!

Events Calendar August/September 2012 Bend Brew Fest

Jefferson State Hemp Expo 2012

Ashland Gathering of the Peacemakers &

Musicfest NW

Mount Angel Oktoberfest

August 16 - 18, 2012 Bend, OR 97702

August 24 - 25, 2012 3833 Holland Loop Rd. Cave Junction, OR 97523

August 31 - September 2, 2012 Labor Day Weekend

September 6 - 12, 2012 2220 NW Quimby Portland, OR 97210

September 13 - 16, 2012 Mount angel, OR 97362

Back by popular demand, the 9th Annual Bend Brewfest quenches Bend’s thirst for fine craft brews. The 2012 festival will be held at the Les Schwab Amphitheater . This years event will feature a great selection of food, family friendly booths (till 7pm!) and a fantastic selection of beer from over 45 brewers. For more info, call (541) 312-8510 or go to www.bendbrewfest.com.

BBQ & Bluegrass August 17, 2012 205 Doris St. Springfield, OR 97477 Bluegrass music and a barbecue in the perfect setting. Relax to the music of the Alder Street All-stars and the Cascadia Folk Quartet. Food and beer garden by the Pump Cafe. For more info, go to www.willamalane.org.

Seattle Hempfest August 17 - 19, 2012 3130 Alaskan Way W. Seattle, WA Seattle Hempfest is founded in the belief that the public is better served when citizens and public officials work cooperatively in order to successfully accomplish common goals. Seattle Hempfest's objective and purpose is to educate the public on the myriad of potential benefits offered by the Cannabis plant, including the medicinal, industrial, agricultural, economic, environmental, and other benefits and applications. In particular, Seattle Hempfest seeks to advance the cause of Cannabis policy reform through education, while advancing the public image of the Cannabis advocate or enthusiast through example. For more info, go to www.hempfest.org.

Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show August 18 - 19, 2012 Toledo, OR 97391 The Annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is an oldfashioned, down-home waterfront festival where everything is fun and nothing much is fancy. Launched in 2005, the first Wooden Boat Show kicked off to coincide with the City of Toledo’s Centennial Celebration. Held in August when the weather is fantastic, the Wooden Boat Show showcases vintage and new wooden boats at Port Dock One! The finest boat builders in the Pacific Northwest come to display their work and demonstrate their craft. Live music, food from various vendors and events for the whole family make this a festival not to be missed. Local artisans line the walk to display and sell their work. For more info, go to www.portoftoledo.org.

Three day music festival and educational hemp exposition featuring speakers and hemp industry advocates, 30+ regional and national music acts on two stages. Jefferson State Hemp Expo is founded on the belief that through awareness, education, and the cooperation and coordination of citizens and public officials, many complex social issues can be solved. The objective and purpose is to host a world class music event that provides outlets for cannabis advocates to educate the public on the many potential benefits and uses of the cannabis plant. For more info, go to www.jeffersonstatehempexpo.com.

World of Wine Festival August 25, 2012 Jacksonville, OR 97530 The World of Wine (WOW) Festival, the Rogue Valleys premier wine showcase. Some 40 wineries will participate. More than 750 people will attend the grand public tasting, which accompanies a professionally judged wine competition. This festival features the very best of southern Oregon wines. Come for the wine, but stay to enjoy the food, live music and silent auction. New venue this year in Jacksonville, OR. For more info, go to www.worlofwinefestival.com.

Selma Community Center Reggae Festival August 31, 2012 18255 Redwood Hwy. Selma, OR 97538 Overground and One Drop Records presents: Selma Community Center Reggae Festival featuring Lutan Fyah, Messenjah Selah, Blaak Lung, Sista Molly Rose, Zebulan Fyah, Arkaingelle & Only Natural. Italian dinner & door opens at 6pm, show starts at 7. $20 at the door, $18 in advance. Tickets on sale at Good Earth, Havoc Clothing & Wheels Are Turning Garden Supply, or call (707) 362-0728.

One Love Festival September 3, 2012 Jackson Wellsprings 2253 Hwy 99 N Ashland, OR 97520

3-day Gathering of the Peacemakerson on Labor Day Weekend Aug 31-Sept 3 in Ashland, OR. Nightly performances by Indubious, Alcyon Massive, Cornflower, Rocker Tee, Synrgy, David Kai, Beloved, Sequoyah Oregon, and Har-I. The pace of our 3-day Gatherings is enlivening yet relaxed. Our gatherings are small, affordable and family-friendly and include people from all ages, lifestyles and spiritual paths. Many come with friends or family and many come alone. Everyone leaves recharged and inspired and ready to play their part in the global transformation to love. For more info, go to www.onelovepress.com.

Sky Candy - Annual Yachats Kite Festival September 1, 2012 Adobe Resort Lawn Yachats, OR 97498 This fun historic festival (reintroduced in 2011) will take place on the expansive lawn of the Adobe Resort. Bring the entire family for kite demonstrations, kitemaking classes, contests, public kite flying….and more. Brought to you by Yachats Mercantile and the Adobe Resort. For more info, call (541) 547-3060 or go to www.yachats.org.

Taste of Harry & David September 1 - 2, 2012 1314 Center Drive Medford, OR 97501 Southern Oregon’s premier food and wine event. Sample a delicious array of extravagant food and wine from over 50 fine sampling stations. Enjoy live music while taking advantage of special sales and more! For more info, call (541) 864-2278 or go to www.harryanddavid.com.

The Willamette Valley Rumbleque

Lincoln City's 5th Annual Pride Festival

August 25, 2012 4740 Main Street Springfield, OR 97478

September 6 - 9, 2012 801 SW Hwy 101, 4th Floor Lincoln City, OR 97367

Local vendors and backyard chefs will compete for bragging rights to the area’s best barbecue! Area celebrity judges and food lovers will decide on the best chicken, tri-tip and pork ribs. Come join the fun and enjoy a true sampling of the best local barbeque delights! Barbeque - Beer Garden - Live Music - Food Booths - Various Vendors - Friendly Competition with $1500 in cash and prizes and More! Free Admission. For more info, go to www.komosunlimited.com.

Formerly the Iris Pride Festival! Join in on this fabulous Pride weekend. Included in this year’s event will be amazingly fun entertainment, music, dancing, food, wine and beer garden, Flamingo Bingo, drag shows, camel rides on the beach, vendors and kids activities. Come celebrate diversity in Lincoln City! For more info, call (800) 452-2151 or (541) 996-1274 or go to www.oregoncoast.org.

Portland’s largest and most successfulmusic festival is going to be bigger than ever! Produced by Willamette Week, MFNW teams up with music professionals from the local, regional, and national music scene to curate this multi-venue festival featuring bands from indie, hip hop, punk and more musical backgrounds. Twelve years ago, Portland, Oregon was a sleepy burg, and MusicfestNW was little more than a hope and a prayer—a hope of putting on a music festival that matched the outsized ambitions of the alt-weekly that founded it and a prayer that the wheels wouldn’t fall off. Today, Portland is one of the most exciting cities on the globe. And MusicfestNW has become the third largest indoor music festival in the United States, one that a couple of years ago, Time magazine called one of 50 Authentic American Experiences. For more info, go to www.musicfestnw.com.

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This small community was settled by German pioneers in the 1800s and readily reminds one of the rich Bavarian countryside. Oregon's oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest began in 1966 as a traditional harvest festival to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the goodness of creation. It is Oregon's largest folk festival. For more info, call toll free at (855) 899-6338 or go to www.oktoberfest.org.

Ride the Rogue September 15, 2012 Palmerton Park Rogue River, OR Ride the Rogue begins it’s journey in Rogue River Oregon and offers 3 rides (25, 65, 100 miles). The event offers a historic nature hike for families as well as fun, exercise, a gourmet feast and live music. For more info, call (541) 582-4488 or go to www.ridetherogue.com.

The wrong date and time were printed in the previous issue of OCC for Hempstalk 2012. The following is the corrected information on this event. Appologies for any inconvenience.

River Fest 2012

Hempstalk 2012

Join in the fun as Portland caps off the summer with the biggest event ever to celebrate the Willamette River. RiverFest offers a family-friendly chance to come down by the riverside, get out on the water, take river tours, enjoy live music, learn first-hand about the river's history and environment, clean-up the riverbank, and view river spectacles. Join us this summer to celebrate the river on the river. For more info, go to www.portlandriverfest.org.

September 8 - 9, 2012 Kelly Point Park N. Marine Dr. & Lombard St. Portland, OR Portland's annual Hempstalk Festival in Portland, Oregon advocates decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal, industrial, and recreational use. Founded in 2005 by the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, the festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day in September, and features food vendors, live music, guest speakers and information booths. This public event has always been free to attend. This year's theme, "2012: The End of the Drug War - The Year of Reform." For more info, call (503) 235-4606 or go to www.hempstalk.org.

Pendleton Round-Up September 12 - 15, 2012 1205 SW Court Ave. Pendleton, OR 97801 One of the largest four-day rodeos in the world. 2012 will mark 102 years of rodeo excellence. Along with the rodeo this authentic Western Town is alive with entertainment of all types including a carnival, night pageant, 2 parades and too much to list! Pendleton, in Oregon’s Rugged Country. For more info, call (541) 276-2553 or go to www.pendletonroundup.com.

September 21 - 23, 2012 Waterfront Park Portland, OR

Pacific NW Brew Cup September 28 - 30, 2012 1792 Marine Dr. Astoria, OR 97103 Oktoberfest style Beer Festival-Family friendly with kids activities, food vendors, games and live music. Located east of the Columbia River Maritime Museum, adjacent to the historic train depot. For more info, call (503) 325-7414 or go to www.oldoregon.com.

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LINN-BENTON OMMP RESOURCE CENTER Uniting Patients, Caregivers and Growers 30942 A Ehlen Dr. Albany, OR 97321 (541) 981-2507

SOUTHERN OREGON CANNABIS CLUB 1457 NE 6th St. # B Grants Pass, OR 97526 (541) 660-0209 sommclub@gmail.com

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