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At Least We Still Have 4:20

Life is stressful right now. What better time to celebrate a holiday all about chilling out?
Lots of people are laid off. The kids are stuck at home all day, taking laps around the walls.

Hygiene and Cannabis

A local grower weighs in
I have always been fascinated with the transition we've seen in cannabis, from a clandestine substance to a thriving legal adult-use product. In particular, this switch in legality has opened the door for conversations around proper cannabis consumption hygiene.

Back to the YAC

Commissioners return a serve to LUBA in the case of a farm application started over two years ago
As I type this, all Oregon schools are closed, the federal government has declared a national emergency, and toilet paper is darn near a currency of its own. Still, legal wrangling over more marijuana farms in greater Deschutes County managed to sneak its way into the agenda for our County leadership.

Four Great Oregon Cannabis Brands

Some of a weed writer's faves, in no particular order
There are thousands of growers, edible makers and concentrate processors in Oregon, and I partake in a great deal of cannabis in many forms. Despite my best efforts, I haven't tried everything, and new products drop all the time.

Women CEOs in Cannabis

Shaking up the weed industry's "dudebro" image in Central Oregon
That Fortune 500 companies tend not to be led by women isn't exactly news. Only 33 of the businesses on the famed Forbes list are helmed by women—still, I held out more hope for the burgeoning marijuana industry.

Why the Black Market Persists

Even with vape-related illnesses strongly linked to unregulated products, price and other factors keep some in the shadows
The rapidly growing cannabis industry has a complicated relationship with a competing market segment, often described with a loaded term: the Black Market. "Black Market" references exchanges in which seller and buyer deal in illegal goods and/or avoid taxes and regulations by conducting their business "in the shadows," hence the "black market."

A Quarter-Million Legal Weed Jobs

Even in an industry fraught with restriction, it sees 100% job growth
Leafly released its fourth annual Cannabis Jobs Report last month, and despite the troubling news of hundreds of recent industry layoffs, cannabis remains a fast-track growth industry. The numbers and industry expansion are impressive, but are still just a fraction of what's possible when cannabis is eventually made legal.

Empty Cups

Judging a high-profile cannabis competition wasn't what I expected
Part 2 in a series highlighting this writer's experience as a judge in a high-profile cannabis competition.

County Continues to Poke the LUBA Bear

The ongoing saga of the Youth Activity Center definition
The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners was roundly rebuked by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals for its wandering "Youth Activity Center" definition as it relates to the location of marijuana farms. Given that, it seems the smart thing for a county to do would be a strategic retreat, saving itself and its legal resources for matters more worthy of the County's attention.

Cannabis Cup, Oregon Edition

Whereas a judge has to pay to attend the High Times event he's judging
As someone who writes for three newspapers, I've come to understand that publications usually have two sides: editorial, which produces what you read, and sales, which sells the ads and produces events that pay for what editorial creates. This can lead to conflicted feelings for the reader, as they enjoy the content created by the publication, but are troubled by how an event is produced, including ticket and refreshment prices, crowd management techniques, the quality of the experience for attendees, etc. You can love the team who wrote and designed the events guide but want to slap the taste from the mouths of those who execute it.


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