Topic: Recreational

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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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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Grow your own

If you can grow tomatoes, you can grow pot. It involves a few more steps, but we’ll walk you through them and keep cannabis cultivation as easy on your wallet as possible. You can grow a fairly chunky cannabis plant in your backyard vegetable garden, but don’t expect it to give you those dense nuggets of THC that you find at your neighborhood store. After all, retail marijuana is grown by professionals who’ve had years, maybe even decades, of growing experience under their belts. Before you think about growing in your backyard, make sure you’re on solid legal footing. Under

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Herbal holidays

We know holiday shopping can be a drag — crowds, paying more than expected, traffic — plus coming up with good gift ideas. We’re here like helpful elves to make your life easier. Putting the “happy” in “holidays” will be merrier than ever with this nifty gift list we’ve prepared for you. All gifts are under $100 and available at local retailers. And we’ve customized the list for those who have been nice, and maybe a little naughty, through the past year. 1. For artistic tokers Water pipes make a great Christmas gift. They are festive, ornamental and personal. And

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Craft Cannabis

With 16 years under his belt as a cannabis grower, Jamie Syken has had a closeup look at the evolution of the cannabis industry. He moved to Oregon 17 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, and four years ago he established Dirty Arm Farm in Ashland. Since then, Syken has been on the cutting-edge of the industry. He was recognized with Dope Magazine’s People’s Choice Dope Cup award for Live Resin in 2015. “I’m just doing what I like and what I thought was enjoyable,” says the entrepreneur. “I’ve smoked flower for 28 years, but I realized I want to feel

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How to read a pot label

When you buy marijuana or products that contain marijuana, the package has to include a label, and the information on the label is spelled out in state law. But unless you know what all those things mean, it might as well be written in Greek. For smokeable pot, the label has to contain the producer’s business or trade name, and the producer’s license number assigned by the state. “Producer” is another name for the grower, and that’s important information. You want to know who is growing your bud, because you’ll want to look for their product if it’s good and

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Vapor trails

To vape or not to vape? That is the question you have on your mind as you walk in the cannabis dispensary for the first time — or maybe the umpteenth time. The first thing you notice is a huge array of ganja and delivery systems, as well as an extremely well educated and experienced (and verbal) staff, ready to teach you all the ups and downs, ins and outs for you to make the right choice. After half a century of weed’s popularity in America, most of it covert, our society pretty much knows how to smoke weed —

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How to choose your bud

Not so long ago, acquiring a small quantity of marijuana was a sketchy proposition for countless casual pot smokers. “Buying from the black market was a drag — and you never knew what you were going to get,” said Karen Webster, a longtime recreational pot smoker. “I was always relived when I scored something nice for a fair price.” Nowadays, with the industry basking in the light of legality, anyone older than 21 can waltz into a recreational marijuana dispensary and select from a vast array of cannabis-related products. “The first time I saw all those rows of glass jars

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Smoke Shows

A typical teenager from Middle America finds herself lost far from home, accompanied by her faithful dog and a few oddball friends. They leave behind the marked road, attracted to the sight and smell of a field of flowers — unaware that they are about to fall into a dastardly trap. “Poppies,” the villain cackles from the dark side of the moon, “Poppies will put them to sleep.” You don’t need to be burning a Camberwell Carrot to realize we’re talking about “The Wizard of Oz.” The infamous “poppy scene” long has been interpreted as one of the first film

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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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