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Post-Election High?

Bend budtenders offer their recommendations for relaxing after Nov. 3
As the final election results pour in over the next week, the anxiety of an uncertain future or undecided races may make it hard to turn off at the end of the day. The Source contacted budtenders from some of our favorite dispensaries in Bend to hear what they recommended for post-election stress.

Deschutes County Files Appeals in Two Pot Farm Cases

The saga of the Youth Activity Center continues
Deschutes County is asking the Oregon Court of Appeals to take another look at two cases in which it denied permits to proposed marijuana farms in the rural county. In August, the state's Land Use Board of Appeals ruled against the County, after the County denied two separate applications aiming to build indoor marijuana-growing facilities on Exclusive Farm Use land in the rural county.

State Land Use Board Rules in Favor of Two New Marijuana Operations

LUBA says Deschutes County Board of Commissioners' loose definition of Youth Activity Center doesn't fly
In November, voters in Deschutes County will decide whether to continue to allow new marijuana farms to open up in the county. Meanwhile, two hopeful Deschutes County marijuana farms have received word from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals that they can move forward in building their operations.

Passing on the Grass?

Deschutes County commissioners finalize marijuana opt-out measure to put it on the November ballot
Since recreational marijuana grow operations were first legalized statewide in 2015, land-use disputes have overwhelmed Deschutes County officials. An ongoing influx of controversial applications prompted the enforcement of a county moratorium in August of last year, prohibiting new grow and operation applications.

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."

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