Month: October 2020

Stock Up on Kind Leaf’s Cannabis Deals to Survive the Election Season

The last presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is tonight and if you decide to watch, it probably won’t hurt to utilize some of the world’s best cannabis to help you get through it. If you plan on skipping the debate like me, there is still a good chance that you’ll want to stock up on cannabis to help you get through the rest of the election season.

Hopefully, reforming federal cannabis law will be addressed at this presidential debate, just as it was at the vice-presidential debate. Of course, you can’t count on politicians to always follow through on their promises, but it’s still good to hear that a presidential ticket is planning on decriminalizing cannabis and expunging past criminal offenses.

To help you get through November 3rd, there is no better place to stock up on all of your cannabis needs than Kind Leaf in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon. Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique has the very best selection of cannabis strains in the state, if not the Northwest, if not the world, and is worth a road trip.

In addition to the always-amazing selection, Kind Leaf continually maintains great deals and discounts. Check out this week’s deals:

FLOWER 15% OFF – Cherry Pie, Blackberry Octane, Sunset Sherbert, Dosi

FLOWER 30% OFF – Blue City Diesel

EDIBLES 15% OFF – Mr. Moxey’s Mints

EDIBLES 30% OFF – Titan’s Kind Chews, Blaze Single DC Blood Orange

VAPE 30% OFF – Highland Provisions Live and Cured Resin

VAPE 15% OFF – Elysium Cartridge Blood Diamond

EXTRACT 30% OFF – Happy Cabbage Rosin

EXTRACT 15% OFF – Happy Hippy Bubble Hash

PREROLLS 15% – Yerba Buena Prerolls

PREROLLS 30% – Tree Frog Preroll Harley Tsu

Kind Leaf’s discounts include 15% off for all Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients; 10% for seniors; 5% for veterans; and 5% just for utilizing the curb-side pick-up window. Order online via Leafly and save yourself some time. With just under two weeks to go until election day, do yourself a favor and make a trek to one of the best cannabis boutiques anywhere.

YES on Oregon Measure 109 to Allow Medical Psilocybin Therapy

Oregonians, if you haven’t turned in your ballot yet, this is my personal plea to vote YES on Measure 109 so our state can move forward with medical psilocybin therapy. Psilocybin therapy has shown promising results in treating anxiety and depression and the passage of 109 will make Oregon a pioneering leader on medical psilocybin, similar to how our great state was one of the early adopters of medicinal cannabis.

PBS reported on a study detailing the potential of “medical mushrooms” helping patients’ anxiety:

Dr. Stephen Ross, the psychiatrist who led the NYU study, says he knew nothing of that history until a colleague, Dr. Jeffrey Guss, brought it up just a few years ago. “When I took a closer look, it astounded me,” says Ross. “It involved some of the best psychiatric minds of the day, and it was a complete new paradigm of care, with the idea of mystical states at its core.”
While the notion of a “mystical state” sounds fuzzy, researchers have developed a scale, the Mystical Experience Questionnaire, or MEQ30, to try and quantify it.On the MEQ30, participants are asked questions such as whether they’ve had “experience of unity with the ultimate reality,” or “awareness of the life or living presence in all things.” In the recent studies, a higher score on the MEQ30 – more mystical, as it were – correlated strongly to improvement.

In an earlier study at Hopkins, a majority of healthy volunteers who took psilocybin rated the occasion among the five most meaningful experiences of their life. These people were simply spending the afternoon in a room at a medical clinic, accompanied by two near-strangers. And yet, the sense of deep meaning comes up again and again.

Folks unfamiliar with psilocybin really only need to be educated about the promising benefits of the treatment, as well as the relatively safety of it. Measure 109 take a very methodical, careful approach that phases in the psilocybin treatment system over a two year span. The 109 campaign has done a great job racking up some prominent mainstream support that has helped spread the word.

Some people experienced with psilocybin have expressed concerns to me about the regulations established and the fact that 109 doesn’t decriminalize personal use outside of a treatment facility. Those of us that have long understood the need to end the failed and futile War on Drugs can be upset about reform measures not going far enough, or by the implementation of regulations.

However, in my personal opinion, we need to move forward with proposals that improve upon the status quo. Measures that make the ballot are compromises that won’t please everyone that could potentially be supportive, but no major reform law is going to please everyone. Patients from all walks of life, including our veteran heroes suffering from post-traumatic stress, could use a new therapy, especially when pharmaceutical drugs haven’t helped them. Please vote YES on 109 and we can continue to work on improving the law over the coming years.

Oregonians, Vote Yes on 110 to End Harmful Drug War Arrests and Convictions

Oregon has made a lot of progress ending harmful Drug War arrests and convictions, but there is still more work to be done. Let’s take the next step by passing Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act and move Oregon towards treating addiction with a health-based approach similar to the successful system that Portugal established nearly two decades ago. If you want to put an end to Drug War tragedies, such as the killing of Breonna Taylor, passing Measure 110 is a great start.

I’m honored to serve as a chief petitioner of this important measure, along with Haven Wheelock, a public health expert and advocate at Outside In, and Janie Gullickson, the executive director of the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon. Measure 110 will end over 8,000 drug possession arrests and set aside over $100 million dollars for treatment and recovery programs that include job training, housing assistance, and harm reduction interventions.

As the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission notes, Measure 110 will end about 90% of all personal drug possession arrests. Currently, we are arresting nearly 9,000 people every year for misdemeanor drug possession, without funding adequate treatment programs. These arrests and convictions merely saddle people with criminal records, hurting their ability to get a job, an education, and housing. Further, as the justice commission states, Black and Indigenous Oregonians are disproportionately harmed by these drug arrests and convictions and Measure 110 will eliminate racial disparities of these harmful punishments by 95%.

Measure 110 pays for treatment, recovery, and harm reduction programs that include housing assistance, job training, and peer support by utilizing excess cannabis tax revenue. When Oregon first voted to legalize cannabis, only $40 million was expected to be brought in. Now, the state brings in over 3x that amount. Measure 110 locks in the first $45 million for the programs originally scheduled for funding and the Oregon Legislature ensured that the $9 billion dollar school budget will NOT be cut, thus money that is earmarked for law enforcement will now go to funding more treatment and recovery programs.

Measure 110 is a win-win for Oregon. If you are undecided, or know anyone that is undecided on the measure, have them read the endorsement of the Portland Mercury, or The Oregonian, and take a look at the long list of endorsers that include the Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, the Oregon School Psychologist Association, and the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP, formerly Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).

Longtime cannabis legalization supporter Congressman Earl Blumenauer is once again on the right side of history, urging Oregonians to end harmful Drug War possession arrests and treat drug use and addiction as a health issue, instead of a law enforcement one.

STILL More Arrests for Cannabis Than All Violent Crimes Together

We’ve made so much progress all across the nation legalizing and regulating cannabis for both medical and adult use, that it baffles the mind that we are still arresting and jailing so many people for cannabis in this nation. While some people try to brush off the importance of ending cannabis prohibition, the war on the cannabis community continues to ruin lives and disrupt an industry that is one of the bright spots in today’s economy. In fact, the United States arrests more people for cannabis than for all violent crimes combined:

According to the Uniform Crime Report, which was compiled by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, police in the U.S. made 10,085,207 arrests in 2019. Of that total, 545,602 were for cannabis violations. That number is higher than the 495,871 individuals arrested for violent crimes and represents more than 5 percent of all arrests carried out by law enforcement that year. Cannabis arrests made up about one-third of all drug-related arrests despite being considerably safer than other illicit drugs or opioid-based prescription medications. 

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“Police across America make a marijuana-related arrest every 58 seconds,” said Erik Altieri, executive director at NORML. “At a time when the overwhelming majority of Americans want cannabis to be legal and regulated, it is an outrage that many police departments across the country continue to waste tax dollars and limited law enforcement resources on arresting otherwise law-abiding citizens for simple marijuana possession.”

The total number of arrests only tells one part of the story. There is a notorious disparity between rates at which white people are arrested versus those from black and Latinx communities. However, the rates at which these groups consume cannabis are similar. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, black Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis-related violations. 

It is imperative that we don’t remain complacent and continue to urge our federal officials to end prohibition. Too many people are losing their freedom and livelihoods and cannabis businesses can’t flourish without reasonable banking and tax policies. Cannabis businesses in legal states are creating jobs and generating revenue for important social services, and it is simply nonsensical and un-American to continue the harmful and wasteful war on the cannabis community.

Be sure to take advantage of living in the great legal state of Oregon and enjoy the selection and deals at Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique. Discounts available for Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Patients, seniors, veterans, and everyone utilizing the pick-up window. Order online via Leafly to save time.

Enjoy Your Weekend Right with Great Deals from Kind Leaf

We live in stressful times. Too stressful. I could list off the numerous calamities facing all of us in 2020, but we’re all aware of such unpleasant things no need to rehash them all in every blog. However, there are still plenty of things to celebrate, including the immense beauty of Oregon and the lovely thing known as the weekend. If you are one of the lucky ones with weekends off, or even if you have to work on the weekends, you should venture into Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique to peruse the best selection around and to take advantage of some amazing deals.

You can still enjoy 15% off of cannabis flower including Sunset Sherbert, Strawberry Fields, Blue City Diesel, and White Sumo strains. If tasty edibles are what you seek, enjoy 15% off of Fully Baked Edibles and Wana Assorted Flavor Gummies, while enjoying 30% off of Blaze Single Dark Chocolate Blood Orange, Gron Fire Mega Pearl. Highland Provisions Live and Cured Resin Cartridges are 15% off as well. If extracts are your thing, enjoy 15% off of Decibel Farms Live Rosin and Wicked Kind Extracts or get a whopping 30% price reduction when purchasing Oregrown Ancient OG Caviar and Diamonds. Gud Gardens prerolls are 15% off while Shadowbox Farms Preroll 3-packs are a buck off right now.

As always, there is a 5% discount available for utilizing the pick-up window and discounts for veterans, seniors, and all Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients. Check out the entire amazing menu on Leafly and easily place an order online for pickup.

The Strongest Presidential Cannabis Position Ever Unveiled at the VP Debate

The Mike Pence-Kamala Harris vice-presidential debate didn’t have the same fireworks as the Trump-Biden debate, but there was plenty of interruptions, dodging of questions, and an iconic fly that took over the internet. Also, the best federal cannabis policy ever proposed by a presidential ticket was mentioned. While the position doesn’t go far enough, it was big step in the right direction and was a historic development for the cannabis community, when Kamala Harris made the first mention of cannabis during the two debates that have been held thus far, as Reason reported:

“We will decriminalize marijuana and we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana,” she said.

The position is the strongest any major-party candidate for president or vice president has taken to date on the issue in such a prominent venue.

Though former Vice President Biden has historically resisted calls to ease up on drug enforcement, he seems to have turned on the issue this election cycle, telling supporters in May 2019 that “nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana.” Most recently, Harris reiterated the position in a virtual town hall on September 14, assuring viewers that a Biden-Harris administration would “end incarceration for drug use alone.” Campaign aide Symone Sanders said the same in an August 29 interview on MSNBC.

While it is understandably difficult to trust virtually any politician, especially those that made their careers arresting and jailing people for cannabis, there is reason to be optimistic this time around. For starters, politicians, regardless of their past positions, want to win and a strong majority of voters now support ending federal prohibition. Further, Kamala Harris is a sponsor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) that will ultimately legalize cannabis nationwide. Regardless of where you stand on the better presidential ticket, it is clear that the cannabis community has made serious progress on the national stage.

Cannabis and COVID, Where We Stand Today

Unfortunately, the coronavirus still dominates the daily news in the United States, especially with President Trump and a lot of his inner circle in quarantine or isolation following the outbreak of a COVID cluster at the White House. Regardless of anyone’s feelings about our current political and cultural circumstances regarding the pandemic, it is clear that our society will be dealing with the health and economic ramifications of the coronavirus for some time.

Of course, the impact of COVID was front at center at the first presidential debate and will be featured heavily at the first vice-presidential debate tonight, it is always disappointing when cannabis is ignored by our national politicians. While some may argue that there are much bigger issues concerning our nation than cannabis, the truth of the matter is that cannabis impacts so many of our lives, even those that don’t utilize it for medicine or recreation.

Cannabis businesses have been one of the few bright spots during our economic recession and many more people are turning towards medical cannabis for relief. Additionally, there are still hundreds of thousands of people still getting arrested across the nation, disproportionately communities of color, as we needlessly ruin lives and set taxpayer dollars on fire. Not to mention the fact that there are important statewide legalization measures on the 2020 ballot.

With Kamala Harris, a co-sponsor of the MORE Act, a federal legalization bill on the Democratic ticket, hopefully there will be a question about cannabis at the VP debate, but I won’t hold my breath. Also, sure to be ignored, as it continues to be ignored by mainstream news outlets, are the medicinal benefits of cannabis medicines, even those that could show promise combatting the coronavirus.

Small cannabis businesses like Kind Leaf are economic engines for communities across our nation. They are creating jobs during an economic crisis, providing medicine during a pandemic, and generating revenue for much-needed social services, while being denied access to banking and normal tax deductions. It’s time that politicians reflect the will of the people and give the cannabis community the attention and respect that it deserves.