Topic: December 8, 2019

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Family runs deep at Murphy Hemp and Wellness

When it comes to the fast-growing hemp industry, the Murphy-based Doyle family does it all. They farm, press seed, breed hemp strains, buy, sell and trade hemp seeds and crops, develop products, facilitate online sales — and sell CBD products from their three Murphy Hemp and Wellness stores in Josephine County. The family is also deeply committed to educating both producers and consumers about hemp cultivation and the myriad uses for CBD products. For the Doyles, hemp is a passion that’s personal. “We’ve seen a lot of our family members transformed by CBD hemp healing properties,” said 21-year-old Luke Doyle,

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Elevating the edible

Baked goods sold a decade ago at dispensaries in Oregon were clichés of contraband cookies. Consumers couldn’t mistake the key ingredient overwhelming those medical marijuana edibles, often homemade and packaged in plastic baggies. Convinced that cannabis consumers hungered for something better, Laurie Wolf — a classically trained chef, cookbook author and longtime recipe developer — knew she could satisfy the collective appetite. Retailers’ cannabis edibles, she says, “completely sucked” before culinary experts like her stepped onto the scene. “There are dreadful cookies out there,” says Wolf. “I hate edibles that taste like weed.” With a dozen books to her credit,

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‘Deafining’ Cannabis

Imagine explaining the intricacies of growing cannabis by literally spelling out the industry’s specialized terminology. Or helping someone to purchase cannabis by spelling the name of every strain. That’s been the experience, until recently, of hearing-impaired growers of medical marijuana and the wider population of deaf cannabis consumers. A small Southern Oregon farm, Home Grown ORegonicX, is developing sign language specific to cannabis, which its creators hope will one day become accepted parlance. “Trying to find people to help and explain growing techniques to our deaf community is like trying to find a needle in a haystack,” says grower Lindsey

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Looking back at 5 years of legalization

Oregon’s road to marijuana legalization five years ago was anything but straight. Early attempts to sell medical marijuana ran afoul of local laws, and retailers struggled to gain a foothold in Medford and other cities that took a dim view of legalization. But there were pioneers who helped blaze a path to what has become Southern Oregon’s biggest agricultural crop, and an industry that now plays a significant role in the local economy. Brie Malarkey was the first to open a “legal” medical marijuana store in Jackson County, Breeze Botanicals, on June 14, 2014, in Gold Hill, and then it

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CBD teacher Anna Symonds keeps people abreast of research

Working for East Fork Cultivars of Takelma, Anna Symonds, a 38-year old professional rugby star, visits many dispensaries, conferences and public platforms to tell the story of the positive healing and recreational uses of CBD. Especially telling was her recent visit to Lakeview — Lake County was the reddest Oregon county in the last presidential election — where she trained budtenders in two dispensaries on the latest details and discoveries about cannabis, especially CBD, then gave a well attended talk at the public library. There, Symonds learned, were two ladies from each of the two major churches, desiring to learn

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What do docs say about CBD pet remedies?

Some dogs freak out each July 4 when the fireworks get started. Or maybe it’s the first thunderclap signaling a summer storm that prompts sensitive dogs to start whining, panting or pacing — seeking an escape from the scary sounds. To sooth these frayed nerves millions of pet owners now turn to CBD. With nationwide legalization, the hemp market has exploded, leading to many varieties of CBD pet products: from tinctures and salves to doggie biscuits. While derived from cannabis, hemp lacks the higher levels of THC found in marijuana, so it won’t get your pet high — but countless

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‘Keeping it lean, keeping it humble’

When I arrived at Lane Creek Hemp Co. off Old Stage Road in Central Point, the first thing I ran into was managing partner Lara Richardson butchering a pig that was raised on the farm. Lara’s meat saw followed along with a woman providing instructions on YouTube. I immediately thought, “Wow; these folks are real do-it-yourselvers!” By the time I left the farm, however, I was dialed in to the fact that the operations at Lane Creek Hemp Co. are really a family, team and community effort. After leaving Lara to the pig, I spent the next hour touring the

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Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University works for the future of cannabis

“Why global?” That’s one of the first questions Jay Noller, director of the Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University, is asked. The answer is rooted in both fact and vision. First, it is global because it represents research that is taking place across four countries in North America, Asia and Europe. The Hemp Innovation Center is the epicenter of some of the world’s leading pioneers in the science of hemp. Second, and maybe more importantly, it is a nod to the future of hemp and its potential to solve a host of global challenges — in health care,

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I wanna get high with Trump

Deck the halls with … full on overload. Sorry. I am in pre-holiday season “trauma mode,” as I write this, I know it’s coming, and it always does the same thing to my skin: makes it crawl. I am referring to that first Christmas carol I am going to hear, piped into whatever store I may be in. Why do Christmas carols make me cringe? That is a good question, and one best reserved for my therapist, if I had a therapist, which I don’t. I got you, kid. And you’re looking as beautiful as Cher ever did. OK, I

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