Topic: August 11, 2018

Quick Tokes: Cannabis Briefs

Medford approves cannabis delivery Medford has decided to allow home delivery of marijuana. On a 5-3 vote, the Medford City Council voted in July to permit home delivery of both medical and recreational marijuana from stores licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The issue surfaced last spring when Medford police Code Enforcement told Emerald Triangle dispensary in Medford it had to stop offering delivery of cannabis. According to Medford police, home delivery violated city code, which says, in part, “All marijuana-related businesses will conduct operations inside secure, enclosed structures. No production, processing, storage or sales may be conducted out

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Straight Dope: Pass the peace pipe, Kemosabe

I hope I don’t offend anyone using the name “Kemosabe” in the title. For those not in the know, the nickname was given to the Lone Ranger’s partner Tonto in the famous TV show that ran from 1949-1957. Kemosabe translates to “trusty scout.” Not: “The name is offensive to American Indians and you’re a racist mo-fo.” Let’s talk politics, and political correctness, shall we? I was watching the classic comedy “Airplane!” a couple weeks ago, loving it all over again. But viewed from the perspective of touchy, 21st-century peeps, I realized the film could never get made today. “Jive talk”

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Can cannabis be used to heal the planet

The planet is in big trouble from greenhouse gases that warm and change the climate. Ashland resident Paul J. von Hartmann proposes a cure you might not expect. It’s cannabis. Von Hartmann has been a “cannabis scholar” and speaker for 25 years on the need to decriminalize weed and get it out to the world, not just as a healer of the user but as a healer of the planet in these perilous times of climate change. Von Hartmann is an organic pot farmer with Ebb & Flow Farm in Talent and author of “Cannabis vs. Climate Change: How hot

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Women and weed

All across Oregon, women are taking leadership roles in the emerging cannabis industry Southern Oregon is well on its way to enjoying more of the legal cannabis lifestyle as new women-led and women-focused events encourage community, education, normalization and, of course, fun. Tokeativity, a Portland-based cannabis community for women that hosts everything from socials to business workshops, is expanding down to the Eugene area. Co-owners Lisa Snyder and Samantha Montanaro are launching the chapter June 1 and are working with the board of Women Leaders in Cannabis, a women-run, women-focused group led by Heidi Fikstad, owner of Moss Crossing, and

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Women on the farm

The women who own Ebb & Flow Farm near Ashland are winning awards and branching out   What do you call two smart, spunky, funny women who create a cannabis farm and deal with a saturated recreational market by moving to other areas, mainly the immensely useful and marketable realm of hemp and, oh, btw, have a lot to say about sexism in the male-dominated world of ganja? You call them Ebb & Flow. That’s the name of their farm, thriving off North Valley View near Ashland. Amy Parscal and Lisa Denney came up with the name while doing Medicine

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Plenitude of Oregon bud: Too much of a good thing?

When Oregon lawmakers created the state’s legal marijuana program, one of their goals was to convince illicit pot growers to leave the black market. That meant low barriers for entering the industry that also targeted long-standing medical marijuana growers, whose product is not taxed. As a result, weed production boomed — with a bitter consequence. Now, marijuana prices here are in freefall, and the craft cannabis farmers who put Oregon on the map decades before broad legalization say they are in peril of losing their now-legal businesses as the market adjusts. Oregon regulators announced they would stop processing new applications

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East Fork Cultivars keeps evolving

  If there’s one thing that is noticeable when talking with Mason Walker, chief executive of East Fork Cultivars, a CBD-focused grow in Takilma, it’s his transparency. The level at which he explains things — whether about the company’s cultivation techniques, business practices, philosophies or opinions about the cannabis industry in general — is clear, concise and earnest. He answers questions willingly; this could be because of his seven-year stint at the Portland Business Journal, or maybe it’s because he truly believes in what he is doing and is proud of what the farm’s family is creating. But one thing

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Role of cannabis in the Rogue Valley’s agriculture scene discussed

Southern Oregon cannabis growers are now an important part of an agricultural community that includes wine grapes, pears and other commodities, and fitting into the neighborhood brings challenges. About 30 people gathered at the Medford library July 11 to discuss the emergence of cannabis and its impact on other industries. The panel discussion, titled “The Food System and Cannabis: Changing Dynamics,” was sponsored by Rogue Valley Food System Network. The panel included Vincent Smith, a professor at Southern Oregon University; Shavon Haynes, watermaster of District 13 (Jackson County); Chris Jagger of Blue Fox Farm; Josh LaBombard of the Oregon Department

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Shake It, Blend It, Whisk It — Three great hemp seed oil salad dressings

When I worked at The Ohio Hempery back in the early to mid ‘90s, one of the highlights was sitting around a big, old, honey-colored wooden table with a dozen other Hempery employees and eating giant salads at our communal lunches. Don Wirtshafter, the owner of the company, had an oil press where he squeezed imported hemp seeds for fresh oil we used to make various products we sold online and through our mail-order catalog, including hemp seed oil shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, soaps and massage oil. Don was a heck of a cook — he co-wrote a hemp seed

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Cannabis testing: Labs critical for cannabis R&D

Cannabis labs have been busier than ever as new marijuana-related products go through significant research, development and testing before they hit the market. “It’s a similar system to pharmaceutical labs,” said Anthony Smith, chief science officer for Evio Labs, based in Central Point. “For all intents and purposes, this is a biotechnology business in the Rogue Valley.” Smith is a pioneer in the local cannabis industry, opening the first-of-its-kind lab in Jackson County, Kenevir Research Lab, before it was bought out by Evio, which has expanded the operations and operates nationwide and in Canada. Testing of cannabis products is a

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