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Kind Leaf’s Cannabis Selection Can Help You Beat the Oregon Heat Wave (Or at Least Take Your Mind Off of It)

The Western United States is entering a scorching heat wave, pushing temperatures above 110 degrees in Oregon. With record-breaking temperatures making a lot of activities, including doing nothing, plenty of folks will be escaping to the coast or other bodies of water while some will want to binge watch Netflix while enjoying air conditioning. Please please please take precautions and check on others to make sure that they are okay. KAPP/KVEW TV reports:

“Summer just started this week, but it already is the dog days of the season with an unprecedented heat wave coming to our region starting Friday at 2 p.m. until Thursday evening at least.

“This morning the National Weather Service upgraded the advisory to an Excessive Heat Warning.  A heat warning doesn’t go any higher.  From Ellensburg to Pendleton, expect highs between 105° to 114° between Friday and Thursday.

“Many all-time records are going to fall in the upcoming week.  Yakima should easily cruise by their record of 110° by Sunday or Monday.  The Tri-Cities may fall short of their 115°.”

Whether you are heading to the coast, your favorite swimming hole, or plan on finally watching The Wire or Breaking Bad over the heatwave, Kind Leaf should is a must stop for every cannabis connoisseur and newbie alike. Pendleton’s premier craft cannabis boutique has the best selection in the Great Northwest and the knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you in making the right decision for your needs. Come on into the air-conditioned store, or shop online via Leafly. This week you can get 30% off of Captain Fantasy, Ghost Breath and Mint Cooks flower; Happy Kitchen Chocolate Bars and Estaweeda Granola; and Willamette Valley Alchemy Cartridges. While supplies last, you can also get 15% off of Timberline Haze and Citrus Sap flower; Serra Gumdrops and Magic Beverages; and Oregrown Badder and O-Pen Vapes. As always military veterans, senior citizens, and OMMP patients receive additional discounts. Please be safe and be kind out there!

Denver May Expand the Cannabis Hospitality Industry, Oregon Should Take Note

More than 20 million Americans were out of work during the height of the COVID crisis last year, and the latest figures still put the number of unemployed at over 18 million. These unemployment numbers don’t take into account the number of people underemployed and those that have given up looking for work altogether. As many as 22 million may be considered underemployed in that their current jobs are just part-time or don’t match their education level or work experience. Over 300,000 Oregonians were unemployed last April, with that number still over 177,000. One of the few economic bright spots in Oregon, and across the nation, has been the cannabis industry, but now isn’t the time to rest on our laurels. We should capitalize on the further mainstreaming of cannabis and capitalize on the burgeoning industry and make Oregon THE craft cannabis state by opening up licenses to promote as many small businesses as possible and broaden the industry further into the hospitality market, preparing for an economic boom following the pandemic.

As Denver’s ABC Channel 7 reported, the Colorado city is considering expanding the cannabis industry, Oregon shouldn’t definitely follow suit:

One of the most notable changes that is being proposed includes Denver opting into a state law that allows local municipalities to authorize and regulate marijuana delivery.

The proposal would also allow Denver to opt into a law that expands opportunities for cannabis consumption businesses. Those licensed businesses would be able to allow customers to smoke cannabis indoors, sell small amounts of cannabis, and allow customers to bring their own.

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The proposal would also legalize marijuana tour buses allowing consumption on buses to cater to marijuana tourists.

According to Ashley Kilroy, Denver’s executive director of excise and licenses, the city pulled together a committee of stakeholders that researched over two years that came up with a proposal to increase cannabis hospitality services and set up an equity procedure to assist communities of color. Oregon should learn from the work of Denver and move to implement similar proposals for Oregon. The beautiful Beaver State has embraced the local winery and microbrewery industries and it needs to do the same with cannabis. Time is of the essence to fully capitalize on the essential cannabis industry so that craft cannabis companies can thrive instead of just multinational corporations.

Oregon and Other Legal States Form the Cannabis Regulators Association

Cannabis legalization was a big winner at the 2020 ballot box and now that legalization has the support of 68% of Americans, we can expect that more states will move to end prohibition over the next few years. We will also be seeing more reform bills and debates at the federal level as well, with a legalization bill hopefully seeing the House floor next month. Each positive step forward moves us closer and closer to finally ending federal cannabis prohibition and ending the failed and harmful war on the cannabis community.

To help states share information and best practices, regulators have formed the Cannabis Regulators Association. It is positive step forward to see states combine resources and knowledge. This further demonstrates the mainstreaming of cannabis and that the prospects of legalizing at the federal level and instituting policies that treat cannabis businesses the same as any other industry are looking good. However, much-needed reforms are taking way too long.

Craft cannabis businesses like Kind Leaf and other small businesses have waited far too long to get access to banking services and to be taxed at a reasonable rate. Corporate companies, often with headquarters in other nations, can withstand these burdensome regulations, but small businesses, the drivers of our nation’s economy needed action yesterday. Hopefully, the sharing of states’ experiences will help move our government officials to act sooner rather than later. We have too many livelihoods on the line.

When you shop at Kind Leaf, you are getting the best selection with the best weekly deals while supporting a local family business that happily gives back to the local Pendleton community. Check out the menu, deals, and discounts (vets, senior citizens, OMMP patients, and for utilizing the pick-up window) on Leafly.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that they were joining the new regulators organization yesterday in a press release:

November 12, 2020

State Regulators Start “Cannabis Regulators Association”

Oregon Liquor Control Commission joins organization

Group will help navigate cannabis regulations at federal, state, and local levels

Portland, OR — Today state cannabis regulators from across the United States announced formation of a non-partisan organization, the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA), to better share institutional knowledge and regulatory best practices. Cannabis regulators from 19 states have joined in filing documents to establish CANNRA, which is being created in order to assist federal, state, and local jurisdictions that have approved or are weighing legalization of cannabis.

“CANNRA’s formation provides assurance to citizens and policy makers that cannabis regulation across the U.S. will be informed by best practices and the consolidated expertise of state regulators,” said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. “Whether it is for recreational or medical purposes, states are on the cutting edge of a transition from a societal prohibition on cannabis use to systems that effectively provide for consumer protection standards in the commercialization of cannabis.”

For years, cannabis regulators across the country have relied on each other to share regulatory experiences, institutional expertise, and to provide assistance navigating the numerous evolving policy and regulatory issues associated with legalizing and regulating cannabis. Often the first step for state and local jurisdictions weighing legalization is to engage with regulators from established markets and programs. However, there has never been an organization to facilitate these interactions or help stakeholders find objective data and evidence-based approaches to policymaking and implementation.

“The Cannabis Regulators Association will provide a much needed forum for regulators to engage with each other to identify and develop best practices, create model policies that safeguard public health and safety, and promote regulatory certainty for industry participants,” said Norman Birenbaum, CANNRA’s inaugural president.

The Cannabis Regulators Association is not an advocacy group and takes no formal position for or against cannabis legalization, but rather seeks to provide government jurisdictions with unbiased information to help make informed decisions when considering whether or how to legalize or expand regulated cannabis. 

CANNRA will facilitate communication and information sharing between subject matter experts in regulatory approaches for industrial hemp, medical cannabis, and adult-use cannabis. This will include exchanges with research organizations, public health officials, policymakers, legal authorities, advocacy groups, and cannabis industry participants.

 “The association will strive to create and promote harmony and standardization across jurisdictions which choose to legalize and regulate cannabis,” said Birenbaum. Birenbaum currently serves as the Director of Cannabis Programs for New York State.  “The Cannabis Regulators Association will also work to ensure federal officials benefit from the vast experiences of states across the nation to ensure any changes to federal law adequately address states’ needs and priorities,” he said.

CANNRA founding members include the principal cannabis regulators from 19 states: Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington. 

Additional state regulators are expected to soon join CANNRA; CANNRA anticipates providing membership opportunities for county and municipal cannabis regulators in the near future. Membership is limited to regulators and representatives from relevant government offices. Membership in CANNRA is not available to industry participants or advocacy organizations.

CANNRA members will be able to access a national registry of member regulators, resources for cannabis policy development and staff training, and will have the ability to access, and participate in the development of model standards and best practices for cannabis regulation.

Members will also be eligible to attend exclusive “Regulator Roundtable” conferences and programs, and receive legislative analyses, policy tracking data, and bulletins on current issues and events in the cannabis industry and regulatory arena.

CANNRA’s executive officers will include Norman Birenbaum, Director of Cannabis Programs for New York State as President; Rick Garza, Director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board as First Vice President; Jim Burack, Director of Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division as Second Vice President; Andrew Brisbo, Executive Director of Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency as Third Vice President; and Tyler Klimas, Executive Director of Nevada’s Cannabis Compliance Board as Secretary Treasurer.

“Our intent in forming this organization is to have CANNRA serve as a resource for policy makers, elected officials, researchers, and other stakeholders to engage with regulators from across the country and receive unbiased information and recommendations regarding the impact and implementation of cannabis policies,” said Birenbaum.

For more information about the Cannabis Regulators Association or to inquire about membership please visit www.Cann-RA.org or email info@Cann-RA.org.

Cannabis and Drug Policy Reforms Were the Big 2020 Election Winners

While we are still waiting on some states and races to finalize and certify the 2020 election results, enough votes have been counted across the nation to know that cannabis and positive drug policy reform measures were the big winners on the 2020 ballot. No recounts or lawsuits needed.

Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, and South Dakota joined the ranks of legalized states as Mississippi passed a medical measure (South Dakota also passed a medical law). Washington, D.C., passed a psychedelic decriminalization measure and the great state of Oregon shook up the world by legalizing medical psilocybin and decriminalizing personal possession of all drugs.

Once again, reforming the Drug War, especially ending the War on Cannabis, has proven to be a bipartisan or nonpartisan issue. It is time that our elected officials start representing the will of the people and immediately end cannabis prohibition and rolling back harmful Drug War arrests and prosecutions. Advocates, in the meantime must continue to pressure their representatives and policymakers while organizing efforts to pass more initiatives to take the issue directly to the voters.

It is beyond ridiculous that small craft cannabis businesses like Kind Leaf continue to have their progress hindered by discriminatory regulations and laws. The cannabis industry is creating jobs and generating revenue for Oregon and other states wise enough to end prohibition within their borders, but face too many obstacles such as a lack of banking services, exorbitant taxes, and a prohibition from utilizing state government services available to other businesses.

As usual for the cannabis community, and drug policy reformers, we can take some time to revel in our victories, but must plan on working even harder to achieve true equality. Each political and cultural victory means that we are one step closer. Step by step, the truth shall set us all free. Let’s rejoice in our gains and continue the work.

Support small businesses like Kind Leaf, whenever you can. When you support local companies, you ensure that your money stays in local communities like beautiful Pendleton, instead of moving out of state, or even out of the country. Please remember that Kind Leaf always has great deals to go along with the best selection in Oregon and discounts are available for seniors, veterans, and OMMP patients.

Oregon Fires Threaten 10% of Its Population, 20% of Its Cannabis Businesses

Traumatic event after traumatic event continue to pile on all of us in 2020 and the most important thing is for everyone to be as safe and healthy as possible. After looking out for ourselves, we need to do all that we can for our family, friends, and community. As unprecedented wildfires threaten the entire West Coast, please remember safety first, and to help out those in need, starting with those that have lost loved ones, their homes, and their livelihoods.

With over 10% of Oregon’s population living under an evacuation order and unhealthy air flowing throughout the state, this unprecedented fire season has put a strain on virtually all of us. As we look to support one another, let’s remember our entire cannabis community, especially the small-business pioneers that have put themselves on the line for the love of the plant. As an Oregon mom-and-pop, Kind Leaf understands firsthand the difficulties of surviving in this competitive industry in normal times, but when disasters strike, whether it is the COVID crisis, an economic collapse, or environmental catastrophe like wildfires, cannabis businesses that don’t have big corporate backers are hit harder than most. Already paying exorbitant taxes and dealing with burdensome regulations, federal loans and bailouts aren’t available to the cannabis industry.

The Oregonian reported:

Statewide, an estimated 20 percent of state-licensed marijuana businesses – roughly 408 – face some level of evacuation, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission said Wednesday. That includes stores, marijuana processors and producers.

Of those, the agency said 73 marijuana producers, most of them outdoor farms, have been ordered to evacuate.

Many of those operations are in southern Oregon, a region synonymous with outdoor cannabis cultivation. In addition, state officials said a “significant” number of marijuana businesses in Clackamas County are also under threat from fast-moving wildfires.

Kind Leaf prides itself on partnering with businesses doing good work, especially those that are locally-owned. Please remember to be kind to everyone as we large swaths of Southern Oregon and the Willamette Valley fall victim to fire. Most of Oregon’s sungrown is cultivated in these areas and even if the farms survive the fires, the flowering plants can fall victim to smoke and falling ash. Many craft and family farms are saying goodbye to the land they have dedicated their lives to and it is simply heartbreaking. Please remember to support the craft cannabis farms and businesses as they rebuild after this disaster. Kind Leaf will continue to do its part to carry their products and help promote them.

At Kind Leaf, you can order online via Leafly. We have weekly deals and offer OMMP, veteran, and senior citizen discounts. You can also get a discount by utilizing our curbside window.

Happy 4/20! Celebrate Safely with Kind Leaf!

April 20, 2020 was supposed to be a 4/20 celebration unlike any other as April has actually been 4/20 all month long, but, well, we don’t even have to get into why there aren’t massive in-person celebrations around the globe. But don’t fret, cannabis community, as there are still many ways to celebrate responsibly, and one of the best ways is to take advantage of great deals like the ones at Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

Kind Leaf Store Safety First

Kind Leaf has always put the safety of the community first and you can be rest assured that the dispensary has taken every reasonable precaution to continue providing the finest cannabis products to the people, including curbside pickup. In fact, when you utilize Leafly online pickup and curbside pickup services, you save 5% off the already amazing prices. Also, you can have your cannabis delivered directly to your door, from 10am to 6pm. There are great deals everyday, with selections from Oregon’s best and biggest inventory, but the 4/20 deals take things to another level:

25% OFF Flower – Voyager 1, Emerald Cake, Midnight Moon, Cascade Orange, Fall Frost, Mystery Haze, Sour OG, Sour Best Shit Ever, Head Dog, Blackberry Cheesecake, Tenzin Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Super Punch, Lucid Dream, Sherbert, GG #12, Llama, Crumpets #5, Koffee Prerolls – 20% off ALL prerolls and preroll packs Edibles

20% OFF – Flav Gummies, Golden Fruit Chews, Peak Chocolate, Magic Beverages, Elbe’s hardcandy,

Extracts – $7.10 OFF Happy Cabbage and Echo Electuary, Capital Cannabis (40% OFF), Portland Extracts (25% OFF), 30% OFF White Label Extracts Live Resin Tahoe OG X GDP, Mandarina Kush, Diamonds Dawgwalker, Diamonds Hot Rod, Peach Cheesewreck, Diamonds Gorilla Cooks, Animal Mints, The Vision, Southern Belle. 30% OFF all White Label Extracts DabTabs. 30% OFF Willamette Valley Extracts Gak Nana, Orange Zkittlez, Kitchen Sink, Platinum Garlic.

Vape Cartridges – 20% off all varieties

30% OFF all GLASS bongs, pipes, dab rigs

20% OFF all Apparel items

As always, seniors (5%) and military veterans (10%) get discounts, as do all licensed Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients (15%). Kind Leaf works hard to serve the cannabis community and help mainstream cannabis so that we can be truly equal and free. Please support small Oregon cannabis businesses that do good work and invest in our local neighborhoods. Happy 4/20, everybody and remember to #BeKind.

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

March 10 marks three years since the opening of Kind Leaf. What started as a dream and a hope, has evolved into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique. With Oregon’s biggest and best selection and many products that are exclusive to Kind Leaf in Pendleton, there is no better place for some of the world’s best cannabis flower and products. Additionally, Kind Leaf stays stocked with non-cannabis items, making it a one-stop shop for tourists or those purchasing gifts for friends and family.

When shopping at Kind Leaf, customers know that they are supporting a local, Oregon-owned small business that gives back to the community. Kind Leaf shows that they care by sponsoring local neighborhood events, culminating in the Kind Tree program that benefits families in need of help providing a magical Christmas Day for their children. The cannabis boutique is also at the forefront of protecting the public, from ensuring that consumers are getting accurate information to helping prevent communicable viruses.

The cannabis industry is not for the faint of heart. The rules, regulations, and taxes are very burdensome and the profit margins slim, but if your heart is in the right place and you provide a quality product, you can achieve the American dream. Kind Leaf is a great example for other businesses to follow, as good work and good deeds can equal good business. Happy birthday, Kind Leaf, here’s to many, many more.

Super Bowl Party Plans? Get Your Craft Cannabis at Kind Leaf in Pendleton.

My Kansas City Chiefs are playing the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV (54), and whether you are a sportsball fan or not, there’s a decent chance that you will be attending a Super Bowl party. As cannabis has moved more and more mainstream, people are utilizing cannabis at holiday celebrations, and the Super Bowl has basically been elevated to a national holiday. You don’t have to just take my word for it, the facts speak for themselves as Vail Daily reports:

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, a hallmark date in the U.S. for a lot of reasons: TV ratings go through the roof, a big chunk of the population rolls into work on Monday with a hangover and weed sales spike hard the day before.

That’s right, according to a 2018 statistic from Green Bits, which runs sales systems for more than 350 dispensaries in six states, cannabis sales increased by 40% on Super Bowl Eve from 2017 to 2018.

Many consumers prefer getting high to getting drunk during the Super Bowl because they can avoid that dreaded hangover. That being said, here are four edible treats available at Vail Valley dispensaries for game day that represent the two teams vying for the title.

If you are anywhere close to Pendleton, Oregon, Kind Leaf is the craft cannabis boutique to stock up for your Super Bowl party. Kind Leaf is a local, mom-and-pop shop that just happens to have the biggest supply of cannabis strains in the great state of Oregon. When in Pendleton, these top shelf farms can only be found at Kind Leaf: 7 Points Farms, sofresh farms, Yerba Buena, Geek Farms, Fox Hollow Flora, Highland Provisions, Ideal Farms, Pruf Cultivar, Deep Creek Gardens, Flowersmith, Dr. Jolly’s, White Label Farms, and Roots Life Farms. I’ve been to a lot of dispensaries, in a few states, and, trust me, Kind Leaf is a one-of-a-kind experience, worth a road trip.

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