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The science of tasty bud

Preliminary findings from a study conducted by a Portland State University geology professor show a significant connection between the chemical makeup of cannabis plants and the native soils they’re grown in. The results move the cannabis community one step closer to a better understanding of how regional terroir (pronounced ter-wahr) affects the unique character of outdoor-grown cannabis crops. Terroir, a French word that translates to “land” or “territory,” includes several distinctive features of a place, including soil composition, climate and topography. John Bershaw and his graduate students at PSU focused their research on how five native soils in different parts

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Drive-thru bud

Drive-through cannabis has some major advantages, especially in the age of COVID-19 — as you don’t have to risk a breach of distancing by going into a shop. It even feels safer than getting your cannabis delivered at home, where you still have to deal with someone coming to your home and exchanging payment and product. It’s similar to a drive-in bank and, in fact, the La Mota shop on Stewart Avenue in Medford used to be an Umpqua Bank branch. It has a drive-up window where La Mota budtenders can announce the daily special, inspect your ID, display product,

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River City Retail has winning formula

With so many dispensaries out there, how does any particular cannabis shop stand out and draw a loyal following? At River City Retail, located in the heart of Merlin, the winning formula is all about the people, says General Manager Victoria Romeo. “We’re a super passionate team, and we offer premium products,” Romeo said. “Our bud tenders are professional and personable, and we’re deeply committed to the integrity of this industry. Collectively, we have a vast amount of knowledge that we love to share with our customers.” Most of “the team” of nine people have been together for several years,

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Pandemic fuels pot-buying explosion

Sales of cannabis punched through the stratosphere in May, soaring 55% over last May and eclipsing April’s banner month in Jackson County, based on data from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. “We’ve had a lot of people who have come in kind of stressed out and need to relax,” said C.J. Butler, budtender at Emerald Triangle Dispensary in Medford. “Everybody seems to have been very inquisitive lately, looking for a way to chill out.” Butler said many customers have expressed interest in the health benefits of cannabis, particularly focusing on edibles. Many customers are looking for help sleeping and other

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Men charged with posing as police in pot robbery sting

The alleged plan was simple: pose as police officers raiding illicit Southern Oregon pot growers, and rob them. It was thwarted by another team of pretenders. Shannon Christopher Harrop, 31, is among five men arrested earlier this month after planning a heist Harrop allegedly called “The Boys” with undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives special agents. On July 14, the special agents made their arrest, seizing a cache of firearms, army surplus handcuffs and gear resembling police uniforms at a glance, according to documents unsealed earlier this week in U.S District Court in Medford. The investigation into Harrop

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Hemp goes to college

Jackson County’s biggest cash crop is getting a boost from science this year as part of an experimental project by Oregon State University to find the best strains of hemp and the most environmentally friendly methods of growing the plant. “Can we understand how to grow in a way that does not create so much waste, specifically plastic waste?” asked Richard Roseberg, director of the 84-acre Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center facility on Hanley Road. The research program is growing about 35,000 hemp plants on an acre and half to understand the best way to grow in our local

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Jackson County Pot Sales

Jackson County pot sales rocket to new heights

Sales of cannabis punched through the stratosphere in May, soaring 55% over last May and eclipsing April’s banner month in Jackson County, based on data from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. “I definitely think that we’ve had a lot of people who have come in kind of stressed out and need to relax,” said C.J. Butler, budtender at Emerald Triangle Dispensary in Medford. “Everybody seems to have been very inquisitive lately, looking for a way to chill out.” Butler said many customers have expressed interest in the health benefits of cannabis, particularly focusing on edibles. Many customers are looking for

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Two sought in hemp burglary attempt

Two men are being sought following a failed burglary at a hemp storage facility near Rogue River earlier this week, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, employees of the facility showed up to work and noticed damage to the building, located on East Evans Creek Road, said sheriff’s office spokesman Mike Moran. Soon after, the employees reportedly found two men wearing camouflage attempting to load storage containers of processed hemp into a vehicle. Moran described the vehicle as a “sedan.” “(The employees) went and confronted them and chased them off into the woods, but

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Bud and booze sales setting records

Booze and pot sales are hitting a high note during the pandemic, with sales of cannabis up about 25% in both March and April in Jackson County, and retail alcohol sales rising 48% last month. “A population that sedates itself is less likely to revolt,” quipped Medford City Councilor Clay Bearnson, paraphrasing a comic strip. According to figures from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Jackson County had $4,259,465 in cannabis sales in April compared to $3,062,381 last year. In March, the county saw $3,868,949 in cannabis sales compared to 3,049,153 in the same month last year. Josephine County also posted

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Pot tax money gives struggling businesses some relief

A new $125,000 grant program to help struggling businesses in Medford was so popular that it was effectively used up as fast as it became available Monday morning. “The $125,000 was gone in 15 minutes,” said Medford City Councilor Tim D’Alessandro. “We’re really happy we could inject this little bit into the economy.” He said the city hasn’t processed all of the applications yet to determine whether the businesses that applied were qualified, but the city received enough applications to exceed the dollar value of the grant program. The money for the Small Business Assistance Grant Program came from cannabis

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