Month: July 2020

Snag Empower Oil at Kind Leaf for Your Aches and Pains

I love hiking, kayaking, and camping. My only regret is that I wish that I had taken up the activities earlier in life. Now that I’m into my 40s, I have some serious aches and pains after these activities, not to mention that I do the patented “old man groan” just about every time I stand up and have to make a comment about my trick knee or my lower back pain.

If you are like me, do yourself a favor and pick up some Empower Oil at Kind Leaf before and after your next outdoorsy adventure. Both Kind Leaf and Empower are locally owned businesses and are true Oregon cannabis success stories that should be celebrated by our cannabis community. It takes a lot to survive the over-regulated cannabis industry and compete against big corporations, but these two craft companies have done it.

The Fresh Toast featured Empower’s healing products and gave some insight into its founder and CEO, Trista Okel, who I happened to have the pleasure of meeting about 15 years ago, through Oregon activist circles:

Trista Okel came up with the acronym EMPOWER (End Marijuana Prohibition Organize Women Enact Reform) in 2004 while sitting in a DC jail. She joined a dozen other volunteers from Americans for Safe Access who sat in front of the office of then Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. They came to the nation’s capital with the names of thousands of doctors who recommended medical cannabis for their patients. Despite this evidence, they were unable to talk with Thompson about why cannabis is still listed as a schedule 1 drug, a classification that means according to the Federal government, cannabis has no medicinal benefit whatsoever.

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Among the conditions where one can find relief by using this nontoxic herbal pain reliever include inflammation, skin trauma (psoriasis, eczema, acne, age spots), joint pain, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. This instructions for using oil are incredible simple. “Put it where it hurts. Rub it in. Repeat.” This oil has a pleasant aroma that helps elevate one’s mood and provides aromatherapy support. Regular application of this oil can alleviate the symptoms caused by these conditions without the side effects and chemical smell found in chemical based sports creams.

Also, Empower Oil works well in helping to heal muscle and joint pain due to an injury, as well as shortening the recovery time post-injury. By applying oil frequently at the beginning, the body absorbs the cannabinoids. So over time, users can reduce their need for cannabis oil, though one cannot use this topical too frequently. As the oil is applied to the skin, it does not enter the blood stream, and as such, those who use cannabis infused topicals will not test positive on a drug test.

I am so proud of Trista and wholeheartedly endorse her products and urge everyone that cares about small businesses to support Empower and Kind Leaf. It is extremely rewarding to be able to support good people doing good business, by picking up Empower products at Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique, you are doing just that.

Camping Season Is Here, Stock Up on Grön Chocolate at Kind Leaf

I remember when I first moved to Oregon back in 2004, marveling at a map, back when people still used actual printed-on-paper maps, of Oregon, making the pledge that I would visit every state and national park in the beautiful Beaver State. I still have a ways to go, but I’ve been blessed with several epic camping trips. Of course, no camping trip is complete without a campfire and s’mores. And if you and your fellow campers are adults who enjoy cannabis, be sure to stock up with Grön Chocolate at Kind Leaf for an elevating adult treat.

As Bon Appetit noted, Grön has a variety of options and some CBD only treats for those that don’t partake in THC:

Grön Chocolates offers a selection of chocolate bars, bites, and bits available in CBD-dominant or 1:1 (THC:CBD) options. Their nine chocolate bars include a mix of offerings ranging from dark chocolate and sea salt to milk chocolate with peanut butter and pretzels, as well as bits and bites for those seeking a single serving treat. Also, they have a CBD only line consisting of chocolate bars, CBC skin care products, tinctures, and bite-size creations that can be sampled at their Portland based CBD Café, purchased from select grocery stores, or ordered online.

When you support Kind Leaf and Grön, you aren’t just getting great products, you are supporting small craft businesses. Both Kind Leaf and Grön are real-deal Oregon businesses that the cannabis community say that they want to support over big corporations. Now is your chance to put your money where your mouth is by putting delicious THC and/or CBD-infused chocolate in your mouth. It is a win-win-win. You can even order online via Leafly and utilize the curbside window. Enjoy!

The Conservative National Review: Legalize Cannabis to Stimulate Our Coronavirus-Decimated Economy

As someone that has been lobbying to end cannabis prohibition for about two decades now, I have always stressed how the issue goes beyond political demographics and partisan squabbles. During the Measure 91 legalization campaign, I was adamant about going on conservative radio programs and fighting for every vote in every corner of Oregon, not just running up the vote tally along the I-5 corridor.

There are liberal and conservative reasons for legalizing cannabis, making it one of the few “controversial” political issues that garners broad public support. Compassion, personal responsibility, and entrepreneurship can be supported regardless of your voting preference. Neither mainstream political party has fully embraced legalization like they should, unfortunately, and as Zoe Zorka, writes in the conservative National Review, our economy could use a boost during our coronavirus pandemic:

Sunk Costs and Missed Opportunities

Even before the pandemic, marijuana represented a massive untapped revenue stream for governments. Drawing on the most recent available data from a 2018 Cato Institute study, Dwight Blake of AmericanMarijuana.org estimated that the fiscal windfall that would be achieved through drug legalization could amount to $53.23 billion dollars in annual budgetary gains for federal, state, and local governments. For perspective, that’s enough money to cover the cost of treatment for 37,354,386 coronavirus patients, or the purchase of 357,248,332 twelve-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer or 2,681,500,000 face masks.

A Twofold Benefit

Those gains would come from two primary sources: decreases in money spent enforcing drug prohibitions and increases in tax revenue. As state, federal, and local officials look for ways to cut law-enforcement costs, an almost $43 billion reduction in the amount spent annually enforcing marijuana prohibition would be a huge help. Releasing nonviolent offenders convicted of minor marijuana charges from jail would alleviate the burden on an already-overburdened criminal-justice system. And expunging such offenders’ records would allow them to reintegrate into the labor market more smoothly, giving them a fairer chance to break the cycle of recidivism.

The New Small Business on the Block

Marijuana legalization wouldn’t just create a new opportunity for “sin taxes.” It also has significant potential to stimulate local economies by promoting small-business ownership and creating jobs for the almost 20 percent of Americans who are expected to be unemployed or underemployed following the pandemic, according to Paul Shea, who owns an Indiana-based seller of legal CBD products and says his “business is booming.”

It has been a shame that our federal elected officials have been lagging behind the people on cannabis legalization these past few years. Now, during our nation’s greatest crisis since World War II, it is almost criminal. Small businesses like Kind Leaf are helping revitalize communities across our country that have legalized under state law, but they are doing so with one economic hand tied behind their back. With unfair federal tax provisions and banking regulations, Uncle Sam is depriving Americans of much needed jobs and revenue during our worst economic climate since the Great Depression.

If drug policy activism has taught me anything, it’s that we can’t count on politicians to save us. No matter who wins federal office in 2020, it will be on the people to rise up and force the next Congress and president to put an end to the failed and harmful policy of cannabis prohibition.

U.S. House Spending Bills Includes Cannabis Banking and Other Reforms

The fight to end cannabis prohibition at the federal level is a slow grind, seemingly with one step forward preceded by another step or so back, but progress continues. The latest sign of cannabis law reform advancing are the initial drafts of U.S. House spending bills that include some much-needed provisions for the cannabis community. As usual, Marijuana Moment is on top of the reporting:

As Congress prepares large-scale legislation to fund federal agencies for the next year, marijuana reform seems to be making progress. House versions of spending bills unveiled this week include provisions to protect medical legalization laws from federal interference, ease marijuana businesses’ access to basic banking services, expand cannabis research, oversee the country’s fledgling hemp and CBD industries and finally grant Washington, D.C. the ability to legalize recreational sales.

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Among the most notable inclusions in the new spending bills for Fiscal Year 2021 is a provision that would remove some roadblocks to banking and financial services for state-legal cannabis businesses. Cannabis firms have been pushing lawmakers to allow such access for years. The House has passed standalone banking legislation, later inserted into a recent coronavirus bill and approved again, but so far the matter has stalled in the Senate and is yet to become law.

The new spending rider suggests House lawmakers aren’t giving up. As introduced, the spending bill introduced Tuesday to fund fiscal and general government matters restricts Department of Treasury funds from being used “to penalize a financial institution solely because the institution provides financial services to an entity that is a manufacturer, a producer, or a person that participates in any business or organized activity that involves handling hemp, hemp-derived cannabidiol products, other hemp-derived cannabinoid products, marijuana, marijuana products, or marijuana proceeds” that is legal under state or tribal law.

It has grown tiresome to continue having debates around the need for sensible solutions to our nation’s cannabis policies, but no one ever said that political revolutions are easy. Decades upon decades of Reefer Madness propaganda and the entrenched powerful interests that have benefited from prohibition aren’t going away easily, but we are chipping away with common sense and the truth. Stay tuned as bills weave their way through Congress and be sure to contact your legislators and urge your like-minded friends and family members to do the same.

Study Finds Cannabis Community Exercises More, Smashing Stereotype

Everyone in the cannabis community has dealt with stoner stereotypes of all kinds, from being stupid to being lazy. Time and time again, we shatter those stereotypes, whether it’s with geniuses like Carl Sagan or world-class athletes like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. The “lazy stoner” stereotype was just dismantled again, this time with a new study, as Marijuana Moment reported:

“Compared to older adult nonusers,” says the study, out of the University of Colorado at Boulder, “older adult cannabis users had lower [body mass index] at the beginning of an exercise intervention study, engaged in more weekly exercise days during the intervention, and were engaging in more exercise-related activities at the conclusion of the intervention.”

In other words, not only were adults over 60 who used marijuana generally in better shape than their peers who abstained from cannabis, they were also more responsive to an assigned four-month “exercise intervention trial”—essentially a regimen of physical activity prescribed by a clinician.

“These findings suggest that it may be easier for older adults who endorse using cannabis to increase and maintain their exercise behavior, potentially because cannabis users have lower body weight than their non-using peers,” wrote the study’s authors, a team at CU’s Department of Neuroscience and Psychology. “At minimum, the evidence suggests that cannabis use does not hinder older adults’ ability to engage in physical activity, to participate in a supervised exercise program, or to increase their fitness as a result of physical activity.”

Of course, the activity level of Oregonians (known for a higher than average rate of cannabis use) should have dispelled this myth long ago. As The Oregonian reported back on January 16, 2020, that a study revealed how Beaver State residents were among the most active in the nation:

Oregon is known for an outdoorsy brand of fitness, and new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests this reputation goes beyond an affinity for the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

The study, released Wednesday, defines physical inactivity as not participating in activities such as running, walking for exercise, or gardening for a period of at least one month.

In Oregon, just 15-20% of residents polled ranked as physically inactive. That means that along with Washington, Utah, Colorado and the District of Columbia, Oregon ranks as one of the most active states in the country.

This summer, be sure to experience a ton of natural beauty across the great state of Oregon, from border to border. Of course, no summer is complete without a trek to Eastern Oregon, so be sure to stop in Kind Leaf and acquire some amazing cannabis products from the craft cannabis boutique with the best selection around. Enjoy yourselves and keep shattering those stereotypes, step by step.

Be Kind, Be Safe, Wearing a Mask Required in All Oregon Businesses Starting July 1st

Kind Leaf has been at the forefront of consumer and public safety, long before the coronavirus pandemic, taking precautions that protect everyone, including a curbside, walk-up window. Now, every Oregon business is required to enforce mask wearing inside, as The Oregonian reported:

Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that she will require Oregonians to wear face masks everywhere in the state — not just in a handful of select counties — to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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The governor hinted that the new statewide requirement could be a last-ditch measure against surging numbers of new cases and hospitalized patients over the past month in Oregon. Repeatedly in recent weeks, Oregon has broken records for the number of new cases.

“I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing,” she said in a news release. “If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public.”

Kind Leaf would like to remind its customers that wearing masks is now the law of the land, no different than checking identification, so please don’t take out the new mandate on them, or any or local business. Kind Leaf is a true Oregon-owned small business and is only following the rules required of everyone. A message from Kind Leaf that has been posted on its Facebook page:

👉🏼 We know, we know – but hey, we’ve been wearing them all along – just pretend you’re a ninja with the rest of us for the duration of the mask mandate. 😷

🎈If you do not want to wear a mask, you can totally place and online order and utilize our pick-up window – which actually gets you an extra 5% off your order- 🧾

☝🏼Please remember we are just doing as directed, our staff didn’t make the rules, but we do have to abide by them in order to remain in compliance with our regulatory requirements. 📋

✌🏼 Please do not provide our staff members with your personal political opinions – they are valuable, but others are waiting in line for our staffs time, if you would instead send an email to your state representative that would be amazing! 📝 🙌🏼

#BeKind

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