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Horn Creek Hemp Company is a family affair

    Remember the good old days of the family farm, where kin of all generations showed up each day to plow, plant, weed, water and harvest crops and share in the fruits (biological and financial) of their labors — and the sense of security and community that brought? We’ve lost most of that to urbanized living and corporate ag — but, say the Murdochs of Jacksonville, hemp is helping their family bring it back. It’s a crop with the potential to do a lot of good in the world, so demand is high, and the long labors on their

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Why aren’t there fences around that cannabis?

A few years ago, there was a big deal made about the fences surrounding the pot crops. Now, anyone can just walk up to the grow sites, including kids. What happened to the fence law? I didn’t particularly like the look of them, but it made sense to keep children away from it. — Dave S., Medford Fences were a big deal after cannabis was legalized, and they are still a requirement for recreational cannabis — the kind that gets you high — which is subject to a different set of rules than hemp. Yes, those fences got a lot

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Cannabis and hemp bring mixture of impacts to Oregon

How’s it going with legal recreational cannabis in Oregon after four years? Addressing a conference on Occupational Safety & Health in Ashland, a man from the governor’s office said it has been a complicated, controversial journey. Among the state’s findings, said Jeffrey Rhoades, senior marijuana policy advisor to Gov. Kate Brown, is that pot use by youth 12 and older rose 9% between 2008 and 2016, the year after legalization. Some of that increase could be because youth feel more free to tell the truth now that it’s legal, so it’s hard to know for sure, added Rhoades. Weed isn’t

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America wants our hemp

  Jackson County takes the crown as the hemp-growing capital of Oregon, but many local residents wonder where all those fields of flower will be sold. “The vast majority of Oregon’s production is going out of state,” said Pete Gendron, president of Oregon SunGrowers’ Guild. “We just don’t have sufficient production capacity to handle the load.” In fact, other states are clamoring for Southern Oregon’s hemp because of the high quality of the flower and rich flavor profile. Gendron estimates that 70% of the crop will leave the state, partly because Oregon doesn’t have as many processing facilities as Colorado.

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‘Blasting’ mold into green gold

Vaping is in the crosshairs of health officials, raising questions about how closely cannabis products sold in Oregon are regulated, particularly the lack of testing for mold that has decimated crops in the fall. Brent Kenyon, a local cannabis expert who runs Oregon Original and Kenyon and Associates, said the recreational cannabis industry already has enough oversight, and mold can be safely resolved through the use of extraction equipment. He said the problem is the lack of oversight of products derived from nicotine or hemp, which has become Jackson County’s biggest crop. Kenyon, who sat on the Oregon’s Marijuana Rules

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The alphabet soup of hemp

Sky-high hemp prices are expected to fall back to Earth this fall, but that doesn’t mean the green rush is headed for a crash landing. “We’re looking at around $18,000 an acre — last year we were four times that amount,” predicted “Pioneer” Pete Gendron, president of Oregon SunGrown Growers’ Guild. Despite the steep drop, he said it’s still not so low that most farmers won’t make a profit, and he said seed producers are ready to pivot to the next big thing derived from this cousin of cannabis. Other industry leaders don’t think prices will fall as low as

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Cream of the crops

Hemp has exploded into an agricultural colossus in Jackson County in just the past year, with more acres planted in this cousin of cannabis than pears and grapes combined. “There hasn’t been such a changed use in agriculture in Jackson County in recent memory,” said Gordon Jones, assistant professor for Oregon State University Extension Service. “You’d probably have to go back to the start of the pear industry to see this kind of change.” With hemp fields popping up seemingly everywhere, Jackson County has the most hemp grows of the 36 counties in Oregon at 8,578.9 acres. Josephine County is

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Rogue Valley Cannabis stresses product knowledge

You would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful and comfy dispensary than Rogue Valley Cannabis, situated just off downtown Ashland in the Italianate jewel of a house built by E.V. Carter in 1886. The 3-year-old shop, one of three locations the store owns in the valley, carries a wide range of cannabis products, but specializes a bit more in CBD and offers guidance on pain relief, inflammation, anxiety and depression and can walk you through the “entourage effect,” that is, the amount of THC, from 0.3 to 33 percent that can best activate the CBD, says manager Sage Piersel.

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CBD is beautiful

Cannabis body care products have made the leap from dispensaries to beauty salons, massage studios, high-end salons — even Costco, Food 4 Less and other neighborhood grocery stores — and the market shows no signs of slowing down. Hemp oil has long been used in skin creams, massage oils, lip balms, shampoos and other body care products, but with the explosive growth of hemp, CBD is increasingly finding a place in the beauty realm. White Lotus Day Spa in the Medford Center offers CBD facials that cost $90 for 60 minutes. Siskiyou Sungrown in Grants Pass is introducing bath bombs

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Managing the surplus

Matt Miller’s family has farmed pot in Oregon since well before it became legal. But since the market flooded after recreational use was approved by state voters in 2014, prices have plummeted, putting strain on the operation he runs in Takilma with his wife, Rhea. Oregon’s lush climate and weed-tolerant culture have long resulted in large and potent harvests. Seeking to fold black market growers into its budding legal industry, the state has distributed licenses liberally, leaving Oregon saddled with an enormous surplus of legal cannabis — more than its population of 4 million would ever be able to smoke.

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