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The ups and downs of being a test case for the federal government's Investigative New Drug program
Over the years of writing this column, I've gotten to meet and interview a lot of great people. One of my all-time favorite subjects to spend time with is Elvy Musikka, who I profiled in 2017 for being one of the last remaining Americans approved to receive cannabis from the federal government for medical conditions.

Heads Up from the Feds

USDA breaks silence on hemp rules
After years of state governments greenlighting hemp production, and following several appeals from numerous members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week issued its (paradoxically titled) interim final hemp rules for nationwide hemp farming.

LUBA Fires First Shots Across Deschutes County Bow

Will it be the first of many?
For the first time since marijuana production has been legal in Deschutes County, the Board of County Commissioners received some feedback from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals about how their interpretations of marijuana land-use rules square with state law.

Memories of the Volcano

The OG vaporizer that pre-dates those you hold in your hand
Many have used a Volcano vaporizer at some point. It's arguable the company that makes them, Storz and Bickel, set the platinum standard for precise vaporization.

OLCC Pulls Flavored Vaping Products from Dispensaries

The move comes after numerous serious lung illnesses reportedly related to vaping
In reaction to an apparent public health crisis, and Gov. Kate Brown's Oct. 4 executive order, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Oregon Health Authority last week filed temporary rules that prohibit marijuana dispensaries from selling flavored vaping products in their stores.

Deschutes County: The Land of Endless Youth Activity Centers

Smoking dope probably doesn't help a kid with math homework
The OLCC and local commissioners on youth and marijuana use.

Cannabis + Other Plants for Medicinal Tinctures

An ancient way of delivering active ingredients in plants
Cannabis tinctures are a great delivery system. Cannabis and hemp can be soaked in high percentage alcohol, or a fat like coconut oil, and deliver whole plant extracts, including THC/CBD and other cannabinoids, terpenes etc. It's an ancient way of delivering the active ingredients in the plants, as well as being portable, discreet, fast acting and easy to use.

Moving CBD Along

Lawmakers urge the FDA to give clarity to CBD stakeholders
Hemp is an ancient plant. The Romans and Babylonians recognized its useful properties in creating rope, textiles and even pharmaceuticals.

Vapocalypse 2019

What to know, what to be concerned about
It's been a scary couple of weeks for those who use vaporizers, and for the companies which make the products and equipment used to do so. Every day provides more information about what's happened, and the potential reasons behind this increasingly deadly health crisis.

Pot vs. Pinot

Marijuana farm blamed for flagging grape sales
A case of allegedly tainted grapes in Yamhill County is a topic of conversation around the state. In April, Momtazi Family LLC, a vineyard located in McMinnville, filed a lawsuit under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act against a nearby marijuana farm.

Weed Oversupply?

A case for Oregon supply projections being overblown
The biggest story about Oregon cannabis this year has been just how much of it we have—by most accounts, a six-year supply. Much like a six-year-old joint, this story caught fire quickly and burned hot.

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Oregon's Checkered Past: William Orr, University of Oregon

Oregon's Checkered Past: William Orr, University of Oregon - Deschutes Brewery & Mountain Room

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Up Close With Golden Eagles - The Environmental Center

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