Category: Lifestyle

Happy Birthday to Kind Leaf! Thank You for Four Great Years!

March 10 marks four years since the opening of Kind Leaf. Through hard, work, perseverance, and, yes, great cannabis, a hope and a dream has evolved into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique. There is no better place to acquire cannabis flower and products in Oregon, with a selection that can rival any place on the planet. Kind Leaf is there for the cannabis community and even for your friends and family that don’t partake as the shop stays stocked with great non-cannabis items, making it a one-stop shop for tourists and local connoisseurs alike.

When shopping at Kind Leaf, you know that you are supporting a local, Oregon-owned small business that gives back to the community and cares about its neighbors. Kind Leaf supports local events and businesses, with everything culminating in the Kind Tree program that benefits families in need of help providing a magical Christmas Day for children who would otherwise go without.

Regardless of the headlines screaming about record-breaking profits and the next state passing a legalization measure, the cannabis industry is not for the faint of heart by any means. The rules, regulations, and taxes are very burdensome and the profit margins are way too slim, but if your heart is in the right place and you provide a quality product, you can actually achieve the American dream. Kind Leaf is a great example for other businesses to follow, as good work and good deeds can equal great business. Happy fourth birthday, Kind Leaf, here’s to FOUR MORE YEARS. And then four more. And then four more…

There are always great deals at Kind Leaf that include discounts to military veterans, OMMP patients, and all senior citizens. There are birthday specials to commemorate March 10th (the soft launch anniversary) and March 11th (the Grand Opening anniversary) and you can order online via Leafly.

Amsterdam May Ban Cannabis Tourism, Oregon Should Step Up

I have been so fortunate to travel to Amsterdam a few times and the great city has never disappointed. The Van Gogh museum, the 120-acre Vondelpark, walking around the Jordaan neighborhood to check out the many houseboats on the canals that wind through the city, are must-see attractions along with historical sites like the Anne Frank House and the Old Church, built in 1306. The city is amazingly clean, public transportation is easy to use, the food is great, and I found the locals to be extremely friendly. And yes, of course, the city is known for its cannabis coffeeshops, making Amsterdam a cannabis tourist destination soon after Mellow Yellow was opened by Wernard Bruinin back in 1972. Cannabis tourism will take a serious hit if Mayor Femke Halsema has her way.

In a letter to Amsterdam’s City Council, Mayor Halsema proposed her intention to enforce Netherland’s ban on foreign tourists purchasing cannabis at the city’s famed coffeeshops. DutchNews reported:

In recent months, calls have increased from politicians, businesses, tourist bodies and residents of the Dutch capital to enforce a national law which means only residents can buy from the coffeeshops. It was never enforced in Amsterdam because of concerns that it would drive the trade on to the street.

‘We are absolutely not heading for a cannabis-free Amsterdam because coffeeshops belong to the city,’ Halsema said, according to the Parool. ‘But there is a huge desire to change the tourism. Our freedom should not be a license for large groups of young people to throw up in the canals because they have smoked and drunk too much.’

The mayor also intends to limit the number of coffeeshops in any chain and regulate the supply with a new ‘quality mark’. Although coffeeshops fall under the mayor’s responsibilities, the new proposal will be discussed by Amsterdam council to draw up definitive plans, and there will also be a transition period before any ruling is enforced.

While I certainly defer to the judgment of those living in Amsterdam, I imagine that such a ban on cannabis tourism will be a huge mistake for a number of reasons. First of all, the economy will suffer and second of all, this move won’t end cannabis sales to foreigners, it will just push cannabis sales to tourists underground, unnecessarily turning more people into criminals.

While Amsterdam’s ban on cannatourism will have negative consequences for the international tourist destination, it could open up opportunities for other cities and states, and Oregon should be chomping at the bit (when we can get back to freely traveling and congregating in crowds again, of course). During the COVID pandemic, the cannabis industry has been one of the few bright spots in Oregon and the state should be looking at ways to fully unleash the power of the cannabis community.

It will take a long time for the state to recovery from the pandemic as well as last summer’s wildfires. Unfortunately, fires are likely to be a recurring occurrence, so the state needs to do what it can to maximize its business sectors. Just as Oregon has embraced the local wine and microbrewery industries, it needs to do the same with cannabis.

With a supermajority of Americans now embracing legalization and federal reforms coming soon, Oregon officials need to be bold on a variety of fronts to help the remaining local craft cannabis businesses thrive, and legalizing cannabis cafes and promoting the industry are starting points. Federal legalization is coming relatively soon, (probably not soon enough, but soon) and Oregon should be at the forefront of the industry. However, if the state doesn’t start helping mom and pops and small businesses, there won’t be many Oregonian-owned cannabis businesses prospering. I’ll continue detailing other needed reforms, but step by step, Oregon needs to capitalize on cannabis before it’s too late.

Make Your Christmas Tree the Dankest with Custom Kind Leaf Ornaments by JJ and Co

Yes, Kind Leaf in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon, has the biggest and best selection of cannabis flower and products in Oregon, if not the entire Great Northwest. Thankfully, they employ a friendly, knowledgeable staff that can answer all of your questions to help you find what you need, either for yourself, or for the cannabis connoisseur on your shopping list. However, in addition to cannabis, Kind Leaf carries many other locally-made items that can light up the life of anyone, whether they are a regular member of the cannabis community or not. This December, make your Christmas Tree the dankest of them all, or stock the stuffing of a loved one, with a custom Kind Leaf ornament, made locally by JJ and Co.

When you venture into Kind Leaf, you’ll definitely notice the amazing cannabis selection, but you’ll also see cool wooden signs made by JJ and Co, a mom-and-pop home decor store in Pendleton. When you venture into other area businesses, you likely see a lot of JJ and Co’s handiwork as they have proven to provide excellent products and service for both home and business decor. JJ and Co also make stickers and you can order all kinds of custom-made products directly from them, to provide the perfect gift for your perfect someone. Of the ornaments available at Kind Leaf, I think that I’m gonna have to pick up a Sasquatch one, actually probably a few, so I can keep one for myself and gift a couple.

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to bring home the importance of supporting local businesses, but the COVID economy has brought the importance of shopping at small businesses to the forefront. When you shop at Kind Leaf, you know that your hard-earned dollars are staying in Oregon and that they do all that they can to assist other local businesses as much as possible. From the Kind Leaf Tree program that benefits families in need, to partnering with businesses like JJ and Co, I’m proud of Kind Leaf for doing its part. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas everybody!

You can peruse Kind Leaf’s menu online at Leafly and don’t forget about the discounts given to veterans, OMMP patients, senior citizens, and for utilizing the pick-up window. #BeKind

Thank You, Clifford Robinson! The NBA Great Paved the Way on Cannabis Policy

The cannabis community is on a hot streak. On fire. En fuego. Since November 3rd, Montana, Arizona, New Jersey and South Dakota voted to legalize, Mississippi and South Dakota passed medical measures, support for legalization hit an all-time high, the United Nations moved to reschedule cannabis and the United States House of Representatives passed the MORE Act to end federal cannabis prohibition. In addition to the political victories, the National Basketball Association announced that it would not be testing its players for cannabis during the next 2020-2021 season, a move that might be permanent. In every major political and cultural victory, we stand upon the shoulders of giants. With the NBA’s recent policy change, today’s ballers stand upon the shoulders of a literal giant, the 6′ 10″ Clifford Robinson, the late, great “Original Stretch Four” who had his best seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.

“Due to the unusual circumstances in conjunction with the pandemic, we have agreed with the NBPA to suspend random testing for marijuana for the 2020-21 season and focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse,” NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said in a statement.

Marijuana Moment noted that there is a lot of movement around making the cannabis testing policy permanent:

Michele Roberts, the head of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) who also joined the board of the major cannabis company Cresco Labs this year, predicted in a recent interview that the formal change could come as early as “next season.”

“We’re not going to expose our players to unnecessary risks,” she told Dowsett in a piece for GQ. “And it is not necessary to know whether our players are positive for marijuana.”

Robinson, known affectionately as Uncle Cliffy during his playing days or Uncle Spliffy during his cannabis activism day, paid the price of the war on cannabis, suffering through unfair arrests and prosecutions, hurting his playing career and corresponding financial opportunities. Better late than never, Cliffy lived long enough to receive a public apology this year from Portland’s mayor for the SWAT-like raid launched against him over a decriminalized, personal amount of cannabis back in 1997.

In recent years, Robinson made it his mission to end cannabis prohibition, doing a lot of work behind the scenes to encourage former athletes to join him in using their platforms to promote positive change. Unfortunately, the former Blazer great passed away from lymphoma before he could see the NBA announce its policy change, but Uncle Cliffy’s legacy lives on. Wherever he is, I know that the Big Fella is flashing that big smile. Please help his legacy live on by fighting for freedom and equality for the cannabis community and if you are able, make a donation in Robinson’s honor to help the fight against cancer.

VOTE!!! And then Come to Kind Leaf and Receive a Sticker with a Purchase!

By now, you’ve grown tired of all of the political ads across the airwaves and you’re certainly done with debates on social media. Oregonians, if you haven’t gotten your ballots in yet, be sure to get those ballots in soon to make sure that they get counted. Tuesday, October 27th, is the last day that you can safely mail in your ballot, so use a drop box after Tuesday. Personally, I urge you to vote YES on both Measure 109 and 110. Measure 109 will allow for medicinal psilocybin therapy while Measure 110 will end harmful drug possession arrests and set aside more than $100 million for more drug treatment and recovery services.

Oregon has been a pioneer on voting by mail and voting access in general, leading to high turnout rates compared to the rest of the nation and, thus far, there is record breaking turnout. Turnout is so great, that if you haven’t been bugged by a campaign volunteer yet, you soon will be. Get in your ballot and you’ll be taken off of campaign’s lists as they’ll know that your ballot has been returned.

The only bad thing about Oregon’s vote by mail system is that you don’t get an “I Voted” sticker like you do in other states. To reward yourself, and fellow voters that you care about, drop by Kind Leaf, make a purchase from the best cannabis selection in Oregon and you’ll get a limited edition sticker while supplies last! No matter how you vote, just be sure to vote and do your civic duty. To help you get through this election season, Kind Leaf will always be there for you.

Kind Leaf is a true, Oregonian small business that gives back to the local community. By supporting Kind Leaf, you are supporting Oregonians, particularly the local Pendleton area, not an out-of-state or multinational corporation. Kind Leaf always has great deals and offers discounts for seniors, veterans, OMMP patients, and for utilizing the curbside pick-up window.

Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique, has THE best selection in the state, if not the entire Great Northwest, if not the world. Come in and compare.

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.

Belushi Farm’s Captain Jack’s Carts Now at Kind Leaf

Captain Jack is an old-school cannabis cultivating legend. He has inspired comedians at Saturday Night Live, helping Dan Aykroyd provide the world with laughs with famous skits like the Coneheads. If you are in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon, you can find Captain Jack’s cartridges only at Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

Captain Jack himself had this to say on Instagram: “If you want to travel 🚲✈️⛵️🚗 to Pendleton Oregon you can get an early taste of my historic Gulzar Afghanica!!!”
Fellow cannabis legend Steve DeAngelo replied: “Go now if u can. If I was anywhere close to Kind Leaf in Pendleton I’d be blazing my way there at top velocity. Captain Jack is the real deal and I can’t wait to taste that Gulzar!”

Belushi Farms provides some background on the iconic guerilla grower:

Jack spent the summers of 1971 and ‘72 making trips to a remote village in the Northeast region of Afghanistan, outside of Mazar-i-Sharif, past the Hindu Kush mountain range. There, he slowly endeared himself to the village elders by working alongside them in the fields, growing and harvesting a magical plant called Gulzar Afghanica, or “Garden of Afghanica.”

By the close of the second summer, Jack had gained the respect of the elders and they honored him with a handkerchief full of special seeds, knowing he was spiritually connected to this precious varietal.

Captain Jack quickly set out to grow his own Gulzar Afghanica.

From Mashable:

DAN AYKROYD: Captain Jack brought that original strain from Afghanistan, and it kept you up, you know. You could fly an F-16 on it, or judge a murder trial. It was just beautiful, stimulating Indica that he brought back. Sometimes the hallways would smell, the very pungent smell of it. It was just what we needed to stay at it through 3, 4, 5 in the morning.Captain Jack brought that original strain from Afghanistan, and it kept you up, you know. You could fly an F-16 on it, or judge a murder trial. It was just beautiful, stimulating Indica that he brought back. Sometimes the hallways would smell, the very pungent smell of it. It was just what we needed to stay at it through 3, 4, 5 in the morning.

JIM BELUSHI: Those hallways were filled with it. That’s why they called it “the smell of SNL.” I mean, where do you think the Coneheads and stuff like that came from?

Come into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis dispensary and get inspired by the legendary Captain Jack, or from another product from the retailer with the best selection in Oregon. You can order online via Leafly and be sure to check out this week’s deals and remember discounts are available for OMMP patients, seniors, veterans, and just for utilizing Kind Leaf’s pick-up window. 

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!

It’s Official, Major League Baseball No Longer Considers Cannabis a “Drug of Abuse”

A few days ago, it was reported that Major League Baseball would stop punishing minor league ball players for cannabis use, treating cannabis like alcohol. It was expected that this change would reach the big leagues sooner than later, and it just took a couple of days as MLB has made the dramatic change official. This is a major step in the right direction as baseball is “as American as apple pie” and this move will impact the National Football League and other sports, further mainstreaming cannabis in our culture.

ESPN reports: 

Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players’ association. In addition, suspensions for marijuana use will be dropped from the minor league drug program.

Opioids are classified as a drug of abuse under the joint big league program, which began in late 2002 and until now has limited testing to performance-enhancing substances and banned stimulants.

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“It is our collective hope that this agreement will help raise public awareness on the risks and dangers of opioid medications,” deputy baseball commissioner Dan Halem said.

The opioid addiction and overdose epidemic is severely impacting families across the United States, and it is good to see baseball taking the issue seriously and making some common sense changes to its drug policy. The road towards achieving true equality for the cannabis community and implementing a sane drug policy is a long one, but it is great to celebrate victories like this today, wherever they occur in our societal landscape. Step by step, person by person, sports league by sports league, common sense is on the march!