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Tokin' Tunes

The artists with the most mentions of the green stuff
It's summer—which means getting together with friends and family, some who partake, and partaking with those who do. Do you have a playlist for these times?

Marijuana amendments take back seat to demagoguery at county board meeting

The Barnes-Sawyer room was jam-packed July 3, mostly with vocally anti-marijuana residents.
When rural residents in Deschutes County get a chance to holler into a microphone about the menacing presence of ganja farms staining their holy, pristine wilderness, community theater usually ensues.

Legal Progress in Marijuana?

As the presidential election looms, legislators show their hands on where they stand
Regular readers of this column (hi, Mom) will attest I am a strong proponent of cannabis legalization at the national level. Not simply rescheduling cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 or lower, but full out descheduling, and making it a legal commodity.

Oregon is Ready to Get the Nation High

Some progress at the state and federal level; locally, however, another denial
Oregon's weed industry has many enemies. From the Drug Enforcement Agency, to the U.S. Justice Department, to local-government hostiles who perpetuate reefer-madness myths, to an endless parade of complicated regulations and taxes; it's a scary world out there for pot proprietors.

Pride and Pot

June is LGBTQ+ Month
June is LGBTQ+ Month—established in homage to the Manhattan-based "Stonewall Riots" in 1969. Fifty years later, it's grown to address the many concerns facing LGBTQ+ communities, including safety, housing and employment discrimination, and a multitude of other matters that our current dystopian fever-dream administration seems to be adding to on the regular.

Legislating Morality Through Land Use

County Commission witnesses a festering fissure
After five months of watching his co-Commissioners scour all marijuana land-use and site-plan applications for potential frailties, Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone seems to have had enough. During a June 5 deliberation, the Commission was discussing an appeal of a previously-approved application for a marijuana dispensary in Tumalo.

Social Equity in Cannabis

A positive thing about the implementation of adult use cannabis programs in various states has been assurance that a portion of the cannabis tax/licensing revenue would be allocated for use in specific equity programs. Such programs are designed to address inequities for people of color—from the racist policies that placed the heaviest burden of the enforcement of the War on Drugs upon people and communities of color, to the lack of resources available to those groups to enter the regulated cannabis industry.

Central Oregon's Bumper Crop May be Hemp

When your grandparents or neighbors in Central Oregon get riled up about a skunk smell in the air, it almost certainly isn't the wacky tobacky variety. It may simply be hemp—also a member of the cannabis family, but a crop that doesn't contain the mind-altering THC of marijuana.

The Fuss with Phylos

The company started as a testing lab and a cannabis database. When they announced they'd start doing plant breeding, the industry erupted with anger. Josh Jardine sits down with Phylos' CEO to hear his side
Since April, the cannabis world has been reeling in response to news from Phylos Bioscience, about whose innovative "Galaxy" I have written in the past. The Galaxy is aimed at being "the world's largest database of hemp and cannabis genetic insights featuring thousands of heritage and modern varieties from over 80 countries," according to Phylos' website.

Las Vegas is Opening Cannabis Consumption Lounges

Las Vegas has always had a lot to offer, and now Sin City also has the welcome recent addition of access to legal recreational cannabis. But, just like Oregon, there aren't many legal options for consumption of cannabis after it's been acquired.

Is the county applying a morality test to land-use decisions?

While analyzing Mckenzie Canyon Farms' site plan for a proposed marijuana production and processing facility in northern Deschutes County on May 1, Commissioner Patti Adair's face reflected great concern. The specific discussion was with regard to noise created by the (county-mandated) 16 odor control fans constructed at the site.

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Big Lawn Music: Loch Lomond - The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse

Fri., July 19, 6-8 p.m.
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