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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Please Support Small Businesses.

I am not much of a gift giver, except for my wife, because I’m not a complete idiot. My gift to you and everyone, is that you don’t have to give me a gift. However, when I do give gifts, I try my best to support small businesses and entrepreneurs. For instance, a group of dear friends of mine have pitched in several times this year to acquire art from local artists as birthday presents for friends. (Shoutout to the Bedhead Crew AKA The Verbose MFers!)

When shopping for the cannabis connoisseur in your life, or rewarding yourself for surviving 2020 thus far, please venture into Kind Leaf in beautiful Pendleton or another local small craft cannabis shop. By shopping at a local dispensary, you are supporting Oregon’s schools and drug treatment services with your tax dollars, but also helping provide jobs in your local community, and the money stays in Oregon, and not getting sent to another state or even another country.

Also, when you support Kind Leaf, you are helping other local businesses that they partner with AND you assist the sponsoring local families in need to provide a great Christmas for their children. Kind Leaf’s Kind Tree program is in its fourth year, and this year it made some adjustments.

BACKGROUND ON THE KIND TREE PROGRAM:

This is a time of happiness, connection, giving and making memories. There are some local children that don’t feel the same way about the holidays inside, even though on the outside they seem strong, resilient and happy even though they may not be finding much under their tree. Life happens so fast and parents sometimes need help this time of year, the cold makes the utilities rise, extra layers means buying extra clothes and all of the other expenses can leave the tree rather empty. This is where we step in. The Kind Leaf team has has helped gather support for over 25 families each year for three years in row by putting up the Kind Tree.

HOW IT WORKS:

The Kind Tree is uniquely decorated each year with beautiful ornaments and tags with children’s age and gender on them. Our visitors have the option to participate by selecting a tag from the tree and returning with a gift. Kind Leaf encourage gifts of $25 or more as we kindly return the participants generosity with a Kind Tree credit to use in our store during their next visit.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?

Due to the extra hardships involved with COVID, Kind Leaf decided to reduce the amount of families from 25 to 10, and instead of gathering three gifts per child from the community,the program will fully sponsor the selected families children, providing them their Christmas gifts as well as a delicious Christmas dinner food box.

This year has been an extremely difficult year for so many of us, but there’s also been some great achievements to celebrate and plenty of opportunities to spread love and joy. And you can’t spread much more joy than to help children wake up to a “Santa’s worth” of presents.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas, everybody! Please be safe, and have an amazing New Year. (I may chime in again, especially if there is some more breaking news for the Kind Leaf Journal to break, but this is my last scheduled blog until 2021 as I take some time off. It’s been a crazy ride this year, thanks for being here.)

In addition to supporting your local community and great projects like the Kind Tree program, Kind Leaf has the best selection and great deals, along with discounts for senior citizens, military veterans, OMMP patients, and utilizing the pickup window. Plus, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique delivers quality content like this rendition of The 12 Days of Kushmas.

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

Be Kind This Thanksgiving

With everything that 2020 has thrown our way, this Thanksgiving is one unlike any other. Life can seem overwhelming at times because it is overwhelming at times. Even in tough times there are still many reasons to be thankful and there are always reasons to be kind, as virtually everyone is suffering somehow this year.

In addition to amazing family and friends, I’m definitely thankful for everyone that works to end the Drug War and bring more freedom and equality to the cannabis community. Cannabis legalization and drug policy reform measures won huge victories at the ballot box this year and I know firsthand how much work advocates put in to win statewide campaigns.

I also understand that the work to win those campaigns started many years before, as the advocates winning hard-earned victories today stand on the shoulders of the many giants who came before them. Some of the activists a lot of us know, like Jack Herer, Dennis Leary, and Dennis Peron. Some might fly under the radar like Debby Goldsberry and Oregon’s own Elvy Musikka. In addition to well-known names, there are so many people that have put in long hours and have sacrificed so much so that we can be in a position to pass meaningful reforms today.

Just as so many people have done great work without fanfare, so many people are suffering and traumatized without any visible signs to us. We can get caught up in our own lives too much (I’m certainly guilty of this) and we forget to check in on others, or have as much empathy as we should. This Thanksgiving, let’s be as thankful and has empathetic as possible.

Just a reminder, that Kind Leaf will be closed #Thanksgiving day so that the hardworking staff can enjoy the day with #Family and #Friends. Kind Leaf hopes that you enjoy your day and Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique will be open normal hours again on Friday! Come in and check out the awesome #GreenFriday and #SmallBusinessSaturday specials~#BeKind

Clackamas County, Oregon, Prosecutors Decriminalize Drugs Today

Following the passage of Oregon Measure 91 in 2014, several county prosecutors effectively legalized cannabis months before the landmark legalization law went into effect. Now, we are starting to see the same treatment of all drugs following the passage of Measure 110 with over 58% of the vote on November 3rd. The Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office sent out an email to all police chiefs in their jurisdiction that their office will stop prosecuting minor drug possession cases effective today, on November 23rd, a few months before the law officially goes into effect on February 1, 2021.

The email from Clackamas County Chief Deputy District Attorney Chris Owen to law enforcement heads within the county:

Dear Chiefs:

As you are aware, Oregon voters passed Measure 110, which decriminalizes, among other things, possession of up to 1 gram of heroin, 2 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine, 12 grams of psilocybin, 40 user units of LSD 40 pills/capsules containing synthetic opiates.

The measure takes effect on February 1, 2021. At that time, persons found to be in possession of these controlled substances will be referred to local municipal or justice courts and subject to the newly created Class E infraction, which carries a maximum $100 fine. This fee will be waived if the offender provides proof of participation in a substance abuse assessment. There is no requirement that the person engage in treatment.

As the voting public has overwhelmingly passed this measure, effective 11/23/20 the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office will stop charging new Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance cases that will otherwise be decriminalized on February 1. It is our belief that having officers investigate and submit cases for a prosecution in the weeks leading up to February 1, which will not lead to any sanction or court supervised treatment, is not the most effective use of criminal justice resources.

While we fundamentally disagree with this measure, ceasing to prosecute these matters prior to February 1 is consistent with the will of the voters, which we must respect.

Investigations where a juvenile is found to possess controlled substances in amounts that will be decriminalized should still be referred to the Juvenile Department so the juvenile can have the opportunity for supervised treatment. There is a juvenile workgroup convening who will eventually offer guidance about what to do with juvenile referrals after February 1.

Until February 1, misdemeanor PCS is still unlawful. The decision of our office is not intended not divest local law enforcement officers the ability to conduct lawful investigations, searches and arrests. 

Good communication about this significant change is paramount. If you have any questions or need clarification about this decision, I encourage you or anyone in your agencies to contact me directly. We look forward to our presentation on December 15th where we will discuss additional specifics of M110 and its search and seizure implications.

Chris Owen

Chief Deputy District Attorney

Clackamas County DA’s Office

The Oregon cannabis community can be proud of leading the fight against the failed and harmful Drug War. As the first state to decriminalize cannabis back in 1973 and among the early states of legalizing medical and adult use cannabis (in 1998 and 2014, respectively), Oregonians are true pioneers, putting a sledgehammer to the War on Drugs, by decriminalizing drugs in 2020.

Measure 110 was made possible by cannabis law reforms passing first and that more than $100 million dollars have become available to fund drug treatment and recovery services from larger-than-expected cannabis tax revenue. When you support local dispensaries like Pendleton’s Kind Leaf, you are helping fund a variety of social programs, including more drug treatment beds, hiring more recovery mentors, housing programs, and job training services.

It’s great to see Clackamas County prosecutors ending unnecessary prosecutions early. Hopefully, other county district attorneys will follow suit. Step by step, we are saying “No More Drug War” and it’s so great to see Oregon leading the way.

This Must End. Another Military Veteran Fired for Medical Cannabis Usage

The use of medical cannabis, when legal under state law, should not be a fireable offense when there is no impairment on the job. Full stop. It’s maddening to see record-breaking support for cannabis legalization and yet the cannabis community still treated as second class citizens when it comes to employment, and a whole host of other issues. It is even more infuriating when medical cannabis patients that served our nation in the military fired without any proof that cannabis impaired them on the job whatsoever.

The case of Mike Hickman, a Florida marine vet and state-legal patient who fought in Iraq during Gulf Storm 30 years ago, is just the latest outrage. The Marion County School Board fired Hickman, a dean at the school, when he tested positive for cannabis after he was injured breaking up a fight at the school as the Orlando Sentinel reported:

The central Florida district offered to suspend Hickman, 51, if he agreed not to use medical marijuana in the future, but the 10-year employee refused. After an administrative judge upheld a previous superintendent’s recommendation that he be fired, the board acted.

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Hickman’s attorney, Mark Herdman, told the Ocala Star-Banner, “It is just another unfortunate decision handed down by the Marion County School Board to fire yet another good employee.” Hickman argued it was unfair that he legally could have kept using the opioid painkiller he took before switching to marijuana because it was more effective and has fewer side effects.

Chris Altobello, an executive director with the Marion County teachers union, told the paper in a text message that Hickman “was no more impaired than someone who took an aspirin for a headache. They implied that this is tantamount to smoking pot in the boys bathroom!”

It’s getting real tiresome hearing about the inevitability of ending cannabis prohibition AND how our nation honors military veterans and then learning about too many stories of vets getting punished for utilizing medicinal cannabis. Are we really honoring and respecting our military veterans when we push them to use alcohol and opiates, while penalizing them for using medical cannabis? Stories like this inspire me to work even harder for true freedom and equality for the cannabis community. Especially our veterans.

Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique always honors veterans with a standing discount. There are also discounts for senior citizens, OMMP patients, and for utilizing the pickup window.

Oregon Lockdown Part 2: Stock Up on Cannabis, NOT Toilet Paper

No matter where you stand on the political debate of restricting our economy to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, the truth of the matter is that COVID is spreading rapidly across the nation and healthcare professionals are urging people to take precautions. And it’s a fact that Oregon’s new economic lockdown, on the orders of Governor Kate Brown, starts on November 18th and will go on for two weeks and likely even longer.

OPB reported:

“Maybe we thought the fight was over, but it’s not,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist. “This is likely the most dangerous time in Oregon.”

New regulations include:

  • Limiting restaurants and bars to take-out service only.
  • Closing gyms and other indoor recreational facilities, museums, and indoor entertainment like theaters.
  • Closing outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, and entertainment venues. City parks and playgrounds will remain open.
  • Requiring all businesses to mandate that employees work from home when possible, and to close offices to the public.
  • Limiting grocery and retail stores to 75% capacity and encouraging curbside pickup service.
  • Prohibiting visits at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • Limiting social get togethers, whether indoors or out, to no more than six people from two households.
  • Limiting worship services to 25 people when indoors and 50 people when outdoors.

Like clockwork, people are flocking to the stores and buying up toilet paper. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS! What you should do is head to Kind Leaf and stock up on cannabis as your entertainment options will be limited for the next few weeks. At Kind Leaf, you can pick up Blue City Diesel flower from Shadowbox Farms or Blackberry Octane #7 from Pruf Cultivar, or make a selection from your favorite Oregon farm. If you’re into extracts or concentrates, maybe Forbidden Fruit from Dab Factory or Oregrown’s Cold Filtered Nectar Primo Verde will treat you right.

No matter your lockdown and Thanksgiving plans are, it’ll be better with some of the best cannabis in the world. If you can’t make it to Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique in beautiful Pendleton, please do your best to shop at a local cannabis retailer to best help our local economy during these trying times. Please be safe and be kind to one another.

Order online via Leafly to save time. Discounts available for utilizing the pick-up window and for veterans, senior citizens, and OMMP patients.

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.

HUGE International NewS: Israel Plans to Legalize Cannabis Within Nine Months

The movement to end cannabis prohibition is moving along state by state in the USA and nation by nation across the globe, as more and more people from around the world understand that it’s time to legalize. Fresh on the heels of the latest Gallup poll showing that a supermajority of over 2/3 of Americans support legalization, Israel has announced that they are moving forward with plans to legalize and regulate cannabis within the next nine months. The Times of Israel reported on today’s presentation from Israeli Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn:

The justice minister said an explanatory memorandum of a bill formulated in accordance with the recommendations would be published by the end of November and that the legalization would go into effect nine months after it is approved, to allow government ministries time to prepare.

“It’s time to make progress and legalize cannabis in Israel,” Nissenkorn said. “This is a significant, holistic and responsible reform, which shows the State of Israel isn’t ignoring reality and is going in the footsteps of developed countries.”

According to the new law being promoted, people age 21 and up will be allowed to purchase cannabis at specialized stores. They will be required to show identification.

While the victories for the cannabis community are piling up, and it seems like legalization is inevitable, we cannot take anything for granted. We are only winning victories because of the hard work of advocates and that everyday people from all walks of life are sharing the truth about how they utilize cannabis.

The recent electoral defeat in New Zealand demonstrates that we still have a lot of work to do, but the pending victory for science and common sense in Israel shows that we are still winning. We must remain vigilant because those in power, those that benefit from the status quo, aren’t going to give up without a fight. In the meantime, too many people are still getting arrested and too many small businesses like Kind Leaf are being hindered by unnecessarily burdensome regulations, so we cannot let up.

Thankfully, the cannabis community has truth and justice on our side. Keep spreading your truth and we’ll continue to see more and more success across the U.S. and the world.

Congratulations, Cannabis Community! You’re the Supermajority. Celebrate at Kind Leaf.

As many have written about, cannabis legalization was a HUGE winner at the 2020 ballot box, all across the country, in red, blue, and purple states. Gallup’s latest poll shows extremely strong support for ending prohibition, with more than 2/3 of American voters agreeing that it is time to end the war on the cannabis community. The record-breaking 68% support is a reason to celebrate, and there is no better place to relish in another historic day for freedom and liberty than a trip to Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

From Gallup:

Americans are more likely now than at any point in the past five decades to support the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. The 68% of U.S. adults who currently back the measure is not statistically different from last year’s 66%; however, it is nominally Gallup’s highest reading, exceeding the 64% to 66% range seen from 2017 to 2019.

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Since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, there has been a slow trickle of states that have followed suit. Over that period, Americans’ support for marijuana legalization has risen 20 points to a record-high 68%. This measure has enjoyed majority support from the public since 2013. Additionally, Gallup data from earlier this year find that 70% of U.S. adults now consider smoking marijuana to be morally acceptable, marking a five-percentage-point uptick in one year.

The trajectory of the public’s support for the legalization of marijuana has coincided with an increasing number of states approving it. It is not entirely clear whether the shift in public opinion has caused the change in many state laws or vice versa. Given recent trends, more states are likely to legalize recreational marijuana in the future. Considering the high level of public support for such a measure, a change in federal policy could even occur.

When you shop at Kind Leaf, you are helping out the local Pendleton community, not only by providing jobs and revenue, but also because the local company truly cares, as it gives back to their neighbors with initiatives like the Kind Tree program that helps families in need celebrate the holidays. I’ll certainly be blogging a lot about Kind Tree as it truly warms my heart and demonstrates what the cannabis community is truly about.

These are trying times for everyone, but there are reasons to celebrate and we should take advantage of these moments. And, as best as we can, please be kind to one another.

This week’s specials at Kind Leaf:

  • FLOWER 15% OFF – Satsuma Dream, Cherry Pie Sorbet, Cindy Blue, Koffee Cake
  • FLOWER 30% OFF – Druid
  • EDIBLES 15% OFF – High 5 Elixers, Chalice Blasts
  • EDIBLES 30% OFF – Elbe’s Edibles, Titan’s Kind Chews
  • EXTRACT 15% OFF – Oregrown Nectar Skull Cap, Artifact Extracts (All Varieties)
  • VAPE 15% OFF – Avitas PAX Cartridges
  • VAPE 30% OFF – Chalice RXO Cartridges
  • PREROLLS 15% OFF – Dreamgirl Cannabis Prerolls, Doobie Preroll Packs

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.