Topic: July 26, 2018

Straight Dope: The Cult of Marijuana

The Dude always came down to the beach in his orange robe, love beads and sandals, his guitar strung over his back, and a look of “lost bliss” on his face. He was typically after our weed. I thought about him recently after watching the six-part documentary “Wild, Wild Country” on Netflix. The doc was about the followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who migrated to a small town in Oregon in the ‘80s and tried to set up a new home for themselves. I learned shortly after watching that the Dude was a member of the Rajneeshies. One of

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Cooking with Cannabis: Chicken Pot Pot Pie

This pot pie is a comfort-food classic and favorite in my Canna kitchen. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 box Pillsbury dough pie crust ½ pound boneless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces 1 large russet potato 2 tablespoons of cooking oil (sunflower or coconut oil preferred) 1 cup small mixed baby potatoes 1 (32-ounce) container of chicken stock/broth 2-3 tablespoons of milk ¼ tablespoon of butter 1 cup baby carrots or sliced carrots 3 celery stocks 1 cup fresh peas 1-2 tablespoons of canna butter (*see note on canna butter below) 1 ounce poultry gravy mix Salt and pepper, to taste Directions: Preheat

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Cannabis DUII: How do police spot stoned drivers?

Everyone agrees that driving while stoned is a bad thing. After that, however, it’s hard to get a consensus. What constitutes driving while high? What are the legal standards for a marijuana DUII? And how big of a problem is it? Chelsea Jones, Jackson County deputy district attorney, says she couldn’t provide that specific data about the number of marijuana DUIIs because “marijuana is lumped in with other controlled-substance driving violations.” Medford police Sgt. Trevor Arnold, a drug recognition expert, says, “I’ve not personally seen an increase.” Studies in Colorado and Washington seem to track with Arnold’s experience here. A

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Cannabis growers turn to hemp as market for CBD explodes

  A glut of legal weed is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to buzz-free hemp to make ends meet. “Word on the street is everybody thinks hemp’s the new gold rush,” said Jerrad McCord, who grows marijuana in Southern Oregon and just added 12 acres (5 hectares) of hemp. “This is a business. You’ve got to adapt, and you’ve got to be a problem-solver.” Applications for state licenses to grow hemp — marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin — have increased more than 20-fold since 2015, making Oregon No. 2 behind Colorado among the

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Need weed? Call the Canna Councilor

Clay Bearnson is a pretty laid-back guy, and at first blush you might find his hip, bluesy gift for gab disarming. Cross swords with him by spouting outdated ideas about marijuana, however, and you’ll see another side to the Medford city councilor and owner of Oregon Farmacy, a cannabis store in downtown Medford. The only known city councilor in the state to own a marijuana store, 42-year-old Bearnson has been vocal in trying to push a reluctant Medford City Council to relax rules about pot, which last year decided to make it illegal to grow in backyards inside the city

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A look inside a cannabis testing lab

When you get high, you don’t want to get poisoned. And the only way to make sure you’re not sucking up any toxic pesticides or solvents is to have cannabis tested. MW Labs, at 724 S. Central Ave., Medford, is one of 22 accredited labs throughout the state that give you the skinny on weed before it’s consumed. If you go to a store and the Dragon OG says it has 30 percent THC, that percentage has been verified by a lab. Wendy Wen, owner of MW Labs, collects samples from local growers and analyzes them for 59 pesticides as

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‘Entourage effect’ doesn’t refer to the HBO show

The term “entourage effect” has been bandied about in medical marijuana circles in recent years, referring to the interaction of all the many compounds in cannabis. Many people use cannabis for its medical benefits, but they don’t want any mood alteration, so they get CBD. And many users who want to get stoned seek the greatest potency, so they often look for very high THC content. But neither group may be getting exactly what they’re after, according to people in the industry. “You need a little THC to get the full benefit of CBD,” says Obie Strickler, CEO of Grown

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Sun Breeze combines herbs with cannabis in myriad products

What started out as a farm selling its own herbal teas at growers markets has turned into a major seed-to-sale cannabis company with several entities under its umbrella. Sun Breeze Inc. sells herbal tea products in Oregon, Washington and California. In summer 2014, owner Brie Malarkey and her husband, Jon Cunningham, began a cannabis product line. Their recreational marijuana store in Gold Hill, Breeze Botanicals, was the first in Oregon, and Sun Breeze was the first processor in Jackson County. “We really are at the cutting edge of innovation down here combining different herbs with cannabis,” Malarkey says. Sun God

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Branding: How to stand out in a cannabis crowd

What’s it take to brand a dispensary — especially in a saturated market like Southern Oregon? Turns out, you not only need good products, but you need to provide them consistently to your customer base. Dispensary owners must be clear on the experience they want to create for their consumers and realize, while their location might be to their benefit, cannabis marketing experts say it won’t be enough to keep people coming through the doors. “Dispensaries are the slowest businesses to adopt branded marketing. They don’t typically have a large marketing budget; most of what they are taking in goes

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Summer 2020 TOC:

  • Cannabis Entrepreneurs: The women behind ‘Ladies of Paradise’
  • Terroir: Inside the science of tasty bud
  • Cannabis Cooking: Canna-balls styled after Alice’s ‘Brownies’
  • Retail: Home delivery gets a boost
  • Profile: River City Retail has a winning formula
  • Retail: Pandemic fuels pot-buying explosion
  • Religion: Cannabis for churchgoers
  • Growing: Hardy Seeds in Ashland shares why hemp loves company
  • COVID-19: Hemp farming – ‘It’s a lot safer than working at McDonalds’
  • Retail: Drive-thru bud at La Mota

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