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Michigan Bans Vitamin E Acetate in Vaping Products, Should Oregon Follow Suit?

To be perfectly honest, the deaths attributed to cannabis vape cartridges have hit me pretty hard. As someone that has dedicated most of my adult life to ending cannabis prohibition, the fact that any cannabis product has contributed to a death troubles me. Of course, probably all of the 47 deaths and 2,000+ illnesses have been caused by cartridges from the illegal market, but just the fact that the two victims in Oregon shopped at licensed retailers is extremely alarming, even if it hasn’t been proven that the two deaths were in fact caused by licensed products.

While Oregon’s plan to ban flavored vaping products has been temporarily halted by the Oregon Court of Appeals, we certainly haven’t heard the last of proposed regulations. With the additive vitamin e acetate a very likely culprit according to experts, shouldn’t Oregon be seriously considering a ban on the unneeded ingredient? Michigan just announced such a ban, as reported by The Detroit News:

Michigan regulators have temporarily paused the sale of marijuana vaping products as they implement new safety standards spurred by an outbreak of lung injuries. Also, regulators banned on Friday the use of vitamin E acetate, an additive that’s been linked to the injuries, in marijuana vaping products.

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Under the new rules, Michigan is now requiring that all inactive ingredients added to marijuana products be clearly listed on the product label.

“Prohibiting additives that could cause harm to human health is a step forward in efforts to protect the public during this outbreak of lung injury cases,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

I’m thankful for Kind Leaf stepping up to work with processors to ensure that vape cartridges are properly labeled. This type of leadership is just one reason why consumers should support the craft cannabis boutique. Kind Leaf’s CEO and founder, Brandon Krenzler, stated:

“Kind Leaf is asking every single Oregon producer to proactively label all ingredients found within any cannabis product on our shelf. If the product has flavorings, label the each additive individually, if there is MCT oil, label it accordingly, if there is residual butane, it should be labeled.

“It is the right of the consumer to be informed and make concrete purchase decisions, and be confident that all ingredients are transparently listed. This has become a matter of integrity in the cannabis industry to ensure consumer safety by being fully transparent.

“We have the chance to set the tone and move past the contrived corporate mindset that has befallen this country and establish standards that can be used as an example to other industries. We shouldn’t have to have the FDA make requirements. We all purchase food from the store and can appreciate the listing of ingredients, shouldn’t we provide the same peace of mind?”

Speaking for myself, the state needs to step up its testing and labeling procedures and banning vitamin E acetate seems to be a no-brainer. Oregon has done a great job of leading on several cannabis policies, but here’s an example when the Beaver State may want to follow Michigan’s lead on consumer safety protections.

History Made: Cannabis Legalization Bill Passes House Committee

Positive federal cannabis law reforms move forward step by step, person by person, as elected officials and policymakers start to catch up to the will of the voters. It took several tries through Congress to pass a budget provision protecting state-legal cannabis patients and providers from federal prosecution, but now this protection is a common yearly budget rider.

We’re still looking for the U.S. Senate to pass similar legislation for adult-use consumers and retailers, but we’ve passed such a measure through the House, after a couple of attempts; same thing for the SAFE Banking Act that will allow cannabis businesses’ access to banking services. Today, history was made as a bill to deschedule cannabis, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, passed the House Judiciary Committee with a bipartisan 24-10 vote.

As usual, Marijuana Moment was on top of the breaking news:

The approved legislation, introduced by Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), would federally deschedule cannabis, expunge the records of those with prior marijuana convictions and impose a five percent tax on sales, revenue from which would be reinvested in communities most impacted by the drug war.

It would also create a pathway for resentencing for those incarcerated for marijuana offenses, as well as protect immigrants from being denied citizenship over cannabis and prevent federal agencies from denying public benefits or security clearance due to its use.

“These steps are long overdue. For far too long we’ve treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem instead of a matter of personal choice and public health,” Nadler said in his opening remarks. “Arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating people at the federal level is unwise and unjust.”

With two-thirds of American adults wanting to put an end to federal prohibition, it is only a matter of time before legalization becomes the law of the land. However, the Reefer Madness prohibitionists in power won’t go down without a fight. We must continue supporting advocates, organizations, and elected officials that are on the right side of history. Most importantly, the cannabis community just needs to keep speaking the truth.

 

Keep Spreading the Truth: Support for Legal Cannabis Is at an All-Time High

After decades of Reefer Madness propaganda and being treated like criminals, the cannabis community has suffered through a stigma that impacts every aspect of life, from criminal prosecutions to family law to employment to personal relationships. Thanks to the hard work of advocates and objective researchers, the lies perpetuated by prohibitionists have slowly but surely been exposed, and the American people are finally realizing the truth about cannabis, that legalization is a better policy than prohibition. The efforts are clearly paying off as a recent Pew Research poll shows that support for legal cannabis has reached an all-time high.

Pew has polled on cannabis legalization since 1969 when only 12% of adults favored ending prohibition and a whopping eighty-four percent supported criminalizing marijuana use. The polling agency reported its latest findings:

Two-thirds of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The share of U.S. adults who oppose legalization has fallen from 52% in 2010 to 32% today.

Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (91%) say marijuana should be legal either for medical and recreational use (59%) or that it should be legal just for medical use (32%). Fewer than one-in-ten (8%) prefer to keep marijuana illegal in all circumstances, according to the survey, conducted Sept. 3 to 15 on Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.

There are many activist heroes over the years. Folks like Jack Herer, Willie Nelson, and Bob Marley will come to mind to many people, while Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the scientist that first isolated THC, was certainly an influential figure. I’ve long called Oregon’s Elvy Musikka, and her fellow federal medical cannabis patients, prophets of the movement because they revealed the truth about the plant’s medicinal uses. However, we are finally winning the war that has been waged against the nonviolent cannabis community because of ordinary people spreading the truth. Keep spreading the truth and the truth shall set us all free.

 

“Pre ’98 Bubba Kush” A Kind Review by Janice Garrett

“Pre ’98 Bubba Kush” cultivated by Highland Provisions. Photographed by Janice Garrett.

Pre ’98 Bubba Kush” has withstood the test of time because it is such a stoney, delicious, hard hitting strain. Smoke one bowl and suddenly you won’t give two squirts as “Pre ’98 Bubba Kush” gives off mega easy-going, relaxing vibes. Wish cheerless angst a friendly goodbye as joyful IDGAF-ery consumes your whole being.

At Highland Provisions teamwork made the dream work in cultivating a top shelf batch of “Pre ’98 Bubba Kush.” Based between the Deschutes National Forest and the Cascade Mountains in Bend, Oregon, Highland Provisions grows pesticide and fungicide free flower. This growing practice insures pure, amazing taste in every strain harvested at their facility. You can really feel the passion and respect for nature in any of their rare and exotic strains.

“Pre ’98 Bubba” will really grab a hold of your senses. It’s dense, medium sized nugs are bright green with eye catching purple hues. Take a closer look and you’ll notice a remarkable flower encrusted with orange hairs and then dusted with an abundance of sparkly trichomes. Crack one open and suddenly an array of delightful earthy, citrus, and coffee notes overwhelm your surroundings, letting your nose soak up all those deliciously strong terpenes.

With a terpene profile high in caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene “Pre ’98 Bubba Kush” gives off extremely relaxing vibes. Consumers from near and far flock to “Pre ’98 Bubba” for it’s hard-hitting, long lasting high that loosens up even the most uptight, and detoxes the mind of negative garbage. Heavy body and mind-altering meditation make sleep come almost too easy, as you float into a peaceful, deep hibernation and wake up feeling refreshed and on top of the world. Get dazed, blazed, then drift peacefully to sleep… “Pre ’98 Bubba Kush” will give you the carefree attitude you’ve been searching for.

“Pre ’98 Bubba” is available at Kind Leaf Pendleton for $12 a gram, or $36 an eighth with tax included. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about.

Support Small Cannabis Businesses this Holiday Season

It is that time of the year to start thinking about holiday shopping, whether it is purchasing presents or preparing for holiday gatherings. Yes, it may be easy to purchase things off of Amazon*, but I urge everyone, including myself, to consider supporting local small businesses as much as possible. In fact, let’s always do our best to support our local communities with our hard-earned dollars year-round, and that goes for the Oregon cannabis community as well. Let’s support remaining mom-and-pop shops like Kind Leaf. By supporting businesses like Kind Leaf, and encouraging friends and families to do the same, you are an economic stimulus for your own local community.

Unfortunately, cannabis legalization has proven to be extremely tough on small businesses. Truthfully, no matter what, the cannabis industry will continue to be difficult for mom-and-pops forever, just as it is in virtually every industry, but the situation is exacerbated by federal prohibition which hinders the ability to access financial services or make a living wage by forcing an exorbitant tax on marijuana retailers. While we must continue to do our part by supporting elected officials that fight for common sense federal reforms, we can have an immediate impact on the lives of Oregonians by ensuring that we support Oregonian-owned retail stores.

Mom-and-pops like Kind Leaf can thrive, as Kind Leaf is proof of that, providing the largest selection of cannabis products in the state, but they need our support. Let’s financially help locally-owned shops instead of sending profits out of state, or out of the country. Oftentimes, these big, corporate interests are fighting for policies that hurt smaller businesses and the freedom of the cannabis community. We’ve seen well-financed companies push their own agenda in Oregon, and in other states, big business interests have even lobbied to prohibit home cultivation. Let’s have the holiday shopping season serve as a reminder to help out our Oregon mom-and-pops, but we should also make it a resolution to support our local community shops year-round.

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Kind Leaf has more than just cannabis! Just in time for winter – Portland, Oregon based Sock it to Me socks are in! We have a wide variety of designs to choose from- accent any outfit your heart desires

 

*I am as guilty as anyone about using Amazon, so I just deleted my Amazon Prime account in hopes of practicing what I’m preaching. 

Military Veterans Deserve Access to Cannabis

Medical cannabis has clearly gone mainstream with over 90% support across the nation and a majority of states have now passed medicinal laws. There are several problems with many of these programs, but one of the glaring issues is the fact that too many military veterans lack access to these state programs because of federal law. While some progress has been made at the federal level, unfortunately, Veterans Affairs doctors aren’t allowed to sign off on medical marijuana authorizations.

NORML describes the VA’s current medical cannabis policy:

A policy guidance update issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs encourages greater communication about cannabis between doctors and veterans, but continues to forbid physicians from explicitly recommending it as a therapeutic option in states where the substance is legal.

The updated directive urges V.A. doctors to foster discussions with veterans about their cannabis use “due to its clinical relevance to patient care.” It also affirms that “veterans must not be denied VHA [Veteran Health Administration] services solely for participating in state-approved marijuana programs.”

However, the updated directive maintains that “providers are prohibited from completing forms or registering veterans for participation in state-approved [medical marijuana] program[s].”

Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, writes in The Hill that, “Congress should lift the ban on medical cannabis access for military veterans:”

According to nationwide survey data compiled by the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 75 percent of military veterans “would be interested in using cannabis or cannabinoid products as a treatment option if it were available.”

The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, has adopted a resolution urging the “United States government to permit V.A. medical providers to be able to discuss with veterans the use of marijuana for medical purposes and recommend it in those states where medical marijuana laws exist.”

It is time for Congress to grant physicians affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs the same discretion as other doctors in medical cannabis states. Politicians should no longer put politics ahead of the health and well-being of America’s military veterans, some of whom may potentially benefit from medical marijuana.

Whether military veterans decide to use cannabis medically or recreationally, they certainly deserve to be free from government persecution for marijuana after serving our nation and sacrificing so much. It’s great that many political leaders are bringing this issue to the forefront, but for the sake of our veterans, let’s do all that we can to help those that have given so much to us.

Former FDA Chief Calls for CBD Regulations. What Exactly Is CBD?

The cannabis community is making greater and greater strides across the nation and at the federal level. While progress is moving much too slow for those that have understood the truth about cannabis, it is still rather remarkable where we have come, when back in 1996, not that long ago for an old man like me as I graduated high school that year, there weren’t any states with a medical marijuana program. Each state that moves forward and every federal development moves us closer to ending federal prohibition, and that includes success with hemp legislation and the rise of CBD.

Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration, is now advocating for the FDA to implement regulations on CBD products. The sooner that CBD is fully recognized by Uncle Sam, the closer we will be to implementing a sane federal cannabis policy. Marijuana Moment reported on Gottlieb’s call for regulatory oversight:

To start, Gottlieb recommended targeting regulations at CBD supplements, which are not currently allowed to be marketed because FDA has yet to issue rules—but at the same time, they’ve become widely available since hemp and its derivatives were legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.

Regulators could “put burden on producers to prove CBD safety at very low levels while ensuring manufacturing standards, purity, minimum levels of active ingredient during a transition period of enforcement discretion—and sweep market of non compliant products,” he said.

Multiple lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have implored FDA to use enforcement discretion when it comes to CBD and only go after those making especially exaggerated claims about their products or neglecting safety standards.

What exactly is CBD? Here’s a brief description from Dr. Lester Grinspoon, blogging over at the Harvard Health Blog:

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

With hemp legislation recently passing, along with the SAFE banking Act on the move, we’re seeing real progress in Congress. As more states improve their laws, we’ll be seeing more and more elected officials and policymakers understand that legalization and regulation is a much better policy than prohibition. It can be frustrating waiting on those in power to catch up to the people, but know that we are winning and the truth will eventually set the cannabis plant free.

Kind Leaf Leads the Way on Keeping Consumers Safe

Responding to tragic deaths across the United States, including two in Oregon, along with many reported illnesses, Kind Leaf made the decision back in September to be the first cannabis dispensary only carry cannabis vape cartridges with natural ingredients, before any government action took place. The death toll has unfortunately climbed to 37 and reported illnesses are now reaching close to 2,000 across the country.

It is true leadership to put consumer safety over temporary profits, but that is just what Kind Leaf, one of Oregon’s premier cannabis retailers, did. It is even more impressive considering that the Pendleton store is a true, mom-and-pop shop, not backed by out-of-state or out-of-country investors or corporate interests.

Cannabis legalization has ended unnecessary arrests and citations in Oregon while creating thousands of jobs for our residents and generating millions of revenue for the state, but more testing and labeling regulations are needed regarding additives to cannabis oil cartridges. While the state of Oregon took several steps forward, first asking retailers to review products on their shelves and to remove any products that may have concerns about, before finally announcing a temporary ban on flavored cartridges and establishing a workgroup to look at the issue, Kind Leaf  lead the way and did not wait for government regulators, or anyone else, to act.

Kind Leaf Pendleton removed 68 vape cartridges from 15 different brands because they contain additives that aren’t specifically listed as ingredients. While more information is needed, tests of vape cartridges suspected to be the cause of some illnesses have found vitamin E acetate, used by some companies as a thickener, to be a prime culprit. Currently, vitamin E acetate and other potentially harmful additives aren’t required to be tested for or labeled under state guidelines. The cause of these frightening illnesses is still unknown and there could be multiple causes.

“We take our responsibility to provide safe cannabis and cannabis products very seriously,” stated Erin Purchase, Kind Leaf’s director of operations. “Consumers should know what they are ingesting and potentially fatal additives should not be allowed to taint an otherwise safe product. We believe that it is common sense to put people before profits and will work with regulators and businesses to ensure that Oregon’s cannabis program is as safe as possible for all Oregonians.”

Thankfully, Kind Leaf’s own Erin Purchase has been appointed to serve on Oregon’s Vaping Health Public Workgroup. Erin will rely upon her knowledge of Complementary Alternative Medicine, her experience in the cannabis industry, as well as her passion for consumer rights and safety, to advise the state to the best of her ability. It is great that the state is taking this issue seriously and has chosen someone with her heart and mind in the right place to help the state develop safer industry regulations.

U.S. Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Protection Bill, More Progress on the Horizon

It can certainly be seen as progress when the United States Senate passes a bill that includes federal protections for states medical cannabis programs, especially with an overwhelming vote of 84 to 9. Sometimes, it is imperative to remember how far we’ve come as a nation as medical marijuana growers were still suffering through federal raids less than a decade ago. The times, they are a-changin’, but we still need more positive reforms. Fortunately, those reforms appear to be on the horizon.

It is great to see the Senate’s medical cannabis protection provision, which has been put in place every year since 2014 to prevent the Department of Justice from using any funds to interfere with state-regulated medical patients and businesses, garner such strong bipartisan support, the Senate should really follow the House’s lead and pass protections for recreational consumers and businesses as well. With the U.S. House passing a comprehensive cannabis protection bill by a 267-165 vote, flipping over 60 votes in four short years, it is easy to see that progress is on the march.

And, let’s not forget the House’s bill that will (FINALLY) provide cannabis businesses with the same banking services as any other business.  The SAFE Banking Act was passed just over a month ago, by a whopping 321-103, vote. United States Senators, let’s hurry this up, please, because we really need tax reform for the cannabis community as well.

While change comes much too slow for folks that are educated about cannabis, we can all be proud of creating positive reforms that are decreasing arrests, creating jobs, and funding schools and other important services. No one knows how long it will take to fully treat cannabis businesses like they should, but we can see the progress being made. Each step in the right direction allows cannabis businesses like Kind Leaf a chance to pass along new-found savings (on their taxes and financial fees) onto their patients and customers.

 

7 Points Oregon: Partnered With Kind Leaf

7 Points Oregon is a craft, Clean Green Certified, indoor cultivation facility based in Portland, Oregon

7 Points Oregon cultivates with the intention to elevate the potential of their Cannabis plants with emphasis on top-tier quality and environmental sustainability. They utilize only organic plant based nutrients with a targeted focus on terpene expression.

The top 3 factors that the team at 7 Points Oregon takes into consideration when cultivating their award-winning cannabis are:

THE ENVIRONMENT

In order to ensure the level of quality 7 Points Oregon built their name on, they design all aspects of their production environment to the highest possible standards. Exerting control over each minor environmental detail allows for perfection during the key stages of flower development, allows for pest mitigation and lowers the carbon footprint produced from Cannabis cultivation.

ORGANIC INPUTS

Robert Elam, founder of 7 Points Oregon has always prioritized quality over quantity throughout every stage of production, utilizing only Organic inputs, namely “Veganics.” 7 Points also adheres to strict pest and fungal control protocols so as not to utilize damaging chemical inputs so many farms are forced to turn to.

LOVE

A genuine company belief is that from seed to harvest, the single most important factor in growing great cannabis is giving the plants every bit of the TLC they need to become the state’s next favorite cultivar.

Growing with Veganics.

“Veganics” is a style of farming that utilizes only organic plant based nutrients during cultivation. Plant based nutrients are easily broken down and readily available for the uptake by the plant. The intention is to elevate the potential of each of the different plants with emphasis on quality while providing an ultra clean product that promotes spectacular palates and aromas. Practicing “Veganic” cultivation methodology requires not only the removal of any chemical fertilizer, pesticide, and herbicide from use in or around the facility, but also products containing animal-based additives such as manure fertilizers and animal byproduct-containing soil amendments.

It has been shown that animal residues breakdown slowly in soil. After a Cannabis plant metabolizes the available nutrients, animal residues remain. This affects the overall quality and can have a particularly noticeable effect on the flavor and aroma inherent in the finished product. Ensuring maximum nutrient bio-availability through the application of beneficial microbes, 7 Points Oregon maximizes palate and potency. The only bi-product of plant-based nutrient metabolism is a complex carbohydrate which is then consumed by microbes in the soil, continuing the cycle.

Veganic cultivation is dependent on soil teaming with microbes, bacteria and fungi that take part in a process resulting in 100% nutrient bio-availability. Soil nutrient bio-availability is a measure of the amount of consumable nutrient in the soil around a plant’s root system. Commonly purchased synthetic nutrients, and inorganic additives designed for Cannabis are comprised mostly of salts which demonstrate absorption rates as low as 20-25%. Maximizing the soil’s bio-availability is the key to unlocking the powers of veganic cultivation.

7 Points Oregon has demonstrated the ability to coax cultivars into expressing their genetic potential utilizing veganic methods with daily dedication and determination to protecting the plants and the environment. Currently the farmers are hard at work exploring new cultivars in a never ending pheno-hunt and carefully crafting the next generation of beloved Oregon strains such as Voyager 1, Moon Puppies, Sweet Relief OG and Future #1.

Three times 7 Points Oregon has taken home awards for their high quality flower, once they were awarded the title Oregon’s Best Producer. Their dedication to quality and craft has led them to align with companies like Willamette Valley Alchemy to produce derivative products like concentrates and extracts.

Since Kind Leaf opened in 2017, we have worked closely with 7 Points Oregon to be the exclusive provider of their award winning Cannabis flower in the Pendleton, Oregon area. We share many of the same values and ideals.

We currently feature Voyager 1, 26.25% THC, Future #1, 34.12% THC and a new cultivar, Peppermint Pie, 28.65% THC. You can also visit our online menu to explore more about 7 Points Oregon, or order for pick-up if you are in a hurry.

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