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Small Oregon Counties Are Generating Big Cannabis Sales Numbers

When people across the nation think about Oregon and cannabis, there’s a good chance that they think of cannabis-friendly Portland, or maybe farms with plants the size of trees in Southern Oregon. However, when you look at the sales numbers across the state, you can see that cannabis is popular all across the Beaver State, and per capita, the smaller counties are bringing in big numbers themselves. Of course, Multnomah, which houses

Portland and is by far the most populous country in the state, has big sales and still impressively ranked seventh per capita in sales per person last year. But it’s smaller counties that are demonstrating the biggest sales per resident as well as growth from the previous year.

As the Portland Business Journal reports, Baker County, boosted by sales from people crossing over the Idaho-Oregon border, reigned supreme per capita, but another county looks poised to take the top spot in 2020:

Baker County was Oregon’s pot-purchasing leader in 2019 on a per capita basis as sales in the state continued to climb, but a neighboring county appears set to take the top spot in 2020.

Sales in Baker County totaled more than $30.1 million in 2019. With a population of 16,820, that worked out to $1,794 per resident, according to a Business Journal analysis based on data from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

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But that all changed last year when recreational pot came to Ontario, in Malheur County, right on the state line.

The first Ontario shop opened in July, and by the end of the year there were three. Sales totaled more than $20.2 million in 2019, including $14.1 million in the last three months of the year.

All but 5 of Oregon’s counties (c’mon Crook, Gilliam, Morrow, Sherman and Wheeler!) are wisely taking advantage of cannabis sales to generate jobs and create revenue for their local communities. Umatilla County, housing Pendleton’s Kind Leaf, saw over $11 million in sales. With 81,160 residents, that comes out to $144 per resident, ranking 19th among Oregon’s 36th counties. When it comes to growth over 2018, Umatilla tied Marion with a 24.1% increase over the previous year.

Cannabis legalization is clearly hear to stay and Oregonian adults should take advantage of the tested cannabis flower and products available across our great state. Even better, seek out small businesses like Kind Leaf to really boost the local economy with companies that care about their communities.

Last Minute Christmas Shop at Kind Leaf, the Cannabis Boutique that Gives Back

I’m not a huge gift giver. My Christmas gift to everyone is that they don’t have to buy me anything. Of course, a few loved ones will give me presents, so I will reciprocate, I’m not a monster. If you have members of the cannabis community on your list, I urge you to support small cannabis businesses like Kind Leaf. Mom and pop retailers give back to our local communities and profits aren’t shipped out of the state or to other countries. Kind Leaf, easter Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique, goes a step further with its Kind Tree program. This year, 23 families with 54 children will have great Christmases because of the kindness of Kind Leaf and their customers.

2019 Kind Leaf Kind Tree Gifts
The Kind Leaf team is delivering gifts to over 50 children from families in need this Christmas.

If you are in Pendleton, Oregon, or anywhere close enough for a rewarding road trip, Kind Leaf has many products that are exclusive to them in Pendleton. For cannabis flower and pre-rolls, those brands include: SoFresh Farms, 7 Points Oregon, Geek Farms, Fox Hollow Flora, Yerba Buena, Ideal Farms, Highland Provisions, Otto’s, and Gnome Grown. If you are looking for extracts, concentrates, or vape cartridges exclusive companies are: Happy Cabbage, Willamette Valley Alchemy, White Label, Dr. Jolly’s, Highland Provisions, Dab Society, Hood Oil, and Phantom Farms. Exclusive edible products are from Serra, Peak Chocolate, Highland Provisions, Legal Beverages, and starting in January, Grön.

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There are even some amazing non-cannabis items that make great gifts, many featuring local businesses. “Voting” with our hard-earned dollars is one way that we can help create the society that we want. If you want a local economy that benefits Oregonians, supporting Kind Leaf is one way to be a bit of the change that you want to see in this world.

Kind Leaf is closing at 6pm on Christmas Eve and is closed on Christmas Day to allow employees to enjoy the holiday with loved ones.

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Get Your Kind Leaf Kind Tree Nominations in Today!

As I’ve been blogging about recently, Kind Leaf has set up a fantastic holiday program that has helped more than twenty families enjoy great Christmas celebrations over the last two years. The good folks at Kind Leaf are hoping to make each and every Kind Tree event bigger and better than the previous one, so please nominate a family in need and/or come on into Kind Leaf and pick out a tag from the Kind Tree to purchase a children’s gift this Christmas. Your generosity will be rewarded with a matching Kind Leaf gift certificate to use during your next trip into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique. It is encouraged that you spend $25 or more for each gift.

Today, Monday, December 9th, is the last day of nominations, so email kindtreefamily@gmail.com with a paragraph as to why this family should get a Santa’s bounty of gifts to brighten up the holiday. Please hurry and spread the word and help make some big smiles this Christmas!

Here’s what the good folks at Kind Leaf have to say about their amazing Kind Tree program:

In our community there are many children who are excited for the holiday season, all around them, people are cheerful, kind and gathering together. 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 20 families two years in row by putting up the Kind Tree.

What is the Kind Tree?

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 suitable for the gender and age listed on the tag. We 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. –

We are officially accepting nominations for the 2019 Kind Tree.

Who qualifies:
1. Local Families with children under the age of 18.
2. Families that have not been included on any other local giving trees.

How does one nominate a family?

Friends and loved ones send an email consisting of one paragraph about the family being nominated. Tell us a little bit about why the children should be selected for the a kind Tree. Emails can be sent to kindtreefamily@gmail.com – if the family you nominated is selected we will reach out for more information.

The children of selected families will have a “Santa’s worth” of presents delivered to their home in time for the children to open them on Christmas morning.

Nominations are being accepted until 12/9/19

#BeKind #KindTree #KindLeaf

Nominate a Kind Tree Family by Monday, December 9th!

I don’t have any children myself, but I imagine that raising kids as the most rewarding but frightening task that people can undertake in their lives. There is no love like the love between parent and child and the responsibility of caring for, protecting and educating these young beings so full of promise and potential has to feel overpowering at times. To help parents struggling with bills and providing a great Christmas for the kids, Kind Leaf has set up their Kind Tree program that ensures that some deserving family has an amazing holiday. Kind Leaf, thanks to the generosity of their team and customers, has helped over 20 families over the last two years. Nominations are open until Monday, December 9th.

How to nominate a family for the Kind Leaf Kind Tree program 

If you know of a family that could use help, send an email to kindtreefamily@gmail.com with one paragraph about the family being nominated. Tell Kind Leaf a little bit about why the children should be selected for the a Kind Tree.  If the family you nominated is selected someone at Kind Leaf will reach out for more information. The children will have a “Santa’s worth” of presents delivered to their home in time to open them on Christmas morning.

How can you help families in need enjoy Christmas?

You can donate to the Kind Tree program by visiting Kind Leaf in Pendleton at 1733 SW Court Avenue during regular business hours (8 am to 10 pm) and selecting a tag from the Kind Tree and returning with a gift suitable for the gender and age listed on the tag. Kind Leaf encourages gifts of $25 or more as Eastern Oregon’s preeminent craft cannabis boutique will then kindly return your generosity with a Kind Tree credit to use in the store during your next visit.

This holiday season, you can support a small local Oregon business and help out a deserving family in need while earning store credit at the cannabis retailer with the biggest and best selection in Oregon. It’s a win-win-win! Happy holidays, everybody!

 

Willie Nelson Isn’t Smoking, but He’s Still Using Cannabis

If there was a Mount Rushmore for cannabis cultural icons, Willie Nelson would definitely have his visage carved into the granite structure, along with Bob Marley. Those two spots are easy in my opinion, the next two are tougher, because with Mount Rushmore debates you only get to choose four. Do the spots go to Cheech and Chong or can we break the rules and make Cheech and Chong one person? Do we just go with Tommy Chong, since he’s stayed within the cannabis community and industry? What about Carl Sagan who wasn’t a known member of our tribe until after his death? Jimi Hendrix? Snoop Dogg? Sorry, I digress, this post is about Willie Nelson.

Headline after headline stated that Willie gave up smoking cannabis as the 86-year-old musician has been having health and lung problems. This was seen as a big news story as the legendary musician had smoked at the White House and proclaimed that marijuana “saved his life.” Experienced cannabis consumers understood that you can ingest cannabis and receive its benefits without smoking. Cannabis edibles, tinctures, capsules, topicals, and beverages are just some of the ways to consume cannabinoids. As those in the know expected, Willie Nelson is still using cannabis, he’s just not smoking it, as Vice reported:

Looking at the article all these publications are aggregating, the piece says nothing about Nelson cutting off marijuana for good and doesn’t include whether or not he still indulges in jazz cabbage in other ways. If Willie Nelson, of all people, told you he quit smoking weed, you’d ask a couple of follow-up questions. But, fortunately and unsurprisingly, none of those headlines are entirely accurate: It seems Willie Nelson is still getting high and using marijuana products like edibles, capsules, tinctures, and other non-smokeable items.

Here it is, folks! VICE reached out to Nelson’s representatives and received a short but sweet statement: “Willie has not quit cannabis.”

Willie Nelson, the lifelong cannabis activist, is still using cannabis. Some things in this world are still certain.

Just to make sure that people get the full picture, Nelson’s son took to Twitter to inform folks how far our society has come with the many ways that we can enjoy cannabis:

So have no fear folks, all is right in the world. Willie Nelson is still utilizing cannabis. You too can enjoy the many different ways that cannabis can now be consumed by venturing into Kind Leaf or the many cannabis retail stores across Oregon and other legalized states. Cannabis products also make great gifts and if you do come into Kind Leaf, please consider donating to the Kind Leaf toy drive to help families in need provide a great Christmas for their children. If you know of a family that could use some assistance this holiday season, nominations are open until December 9th.

Help Kind Leaf’s Kind Tree Program Uplift Children This Holiday Season

Everyone knows that the world is a crazy place with all kinds of stressors, obligations, and craziness. One thing that we can all agree on is that children should be uplifted as much as possible. In a world with so many problems, I am so proud of Kind Leaf for stepping up to help some children and families have a great holiday celebration. Programs like this are just another reason to support small, local businesses like Kind Leaf because no one understands the needs of community than mom and pops.

We’ll be publicizing Kind Leaf’s Kind Tree for the next week, while nominations for families are open, so please help us spread the word. Personally, as my family and friends know, I’m not much of a gift giver during the holidays, but I’ll certainly be contributing to this tremendous cause and I encourage folks to do the same. Not only are you helping a great cause, it just feels good to do good, AND Kind Leaf is rewarding contributors with a gift certificate to utilize next year.

Have a merry Christmas and happy holiday season, everybody!

Here’s Kind Leaf’s call for nominations and a description of the Kind Leaf program:

In our community there are many children who are excited for the holiday season, all around them, people are cheerful, kind and gathering together. 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 20 families two years in row by putting up the Kind Tree.

What is the Kind Tree?

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 suitable for the gender and age listed on the tag. We 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. –

We are officially accepting nominations for the 2019 Kind Tree.

Who qualifies:
1. Local Families with children under the age of 18.
2. Families that have not been included on any other local giving trees.

How does one nominate a family?

Friends and loved ones send an email consisting of one paragraph about the family being nominated. Tell us a little bit about why the children should be selected for the a kind Tree. Emails can be sent to kindtreefamily@gmail.com – if the family you nominated is selected we will reach out for more information.

The children of selected families will have a “Santa’s worth” of presents delivered to their home in time for the children to open them on Christmas morning.

Nominations are being accepted until 12/9/19

#BeKind #KindTree #KindLeaf

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Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s Remember to Support Small Businesses this Week! (And Every Week!)

I’m not gonna lie, it was embarrassingly hard to cancel my Amazon Prime membership. It has been even embarrassingly harder to avoid hopping onto Amazon to order things I need, along some early Christmas gifts. Those that know me best know that I go through headphones, cell phone chargers, and water bottles at a ridiculously rapid pace as I lose them across the city and basically everywhere that I travel. I am doing the best that I can to shop local and I hope that everyone, including the cannabis community, can do their best to support small, local businesses this week and every week.

Here’s some great information about small businesses Steve Bulger, the acting Mid-Atlantic regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, in the The Weston Democrat:

In so many ways, small businesses are the glue that holds our communities together. In addition to providing jobs and contributing to the local tax base, small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to local nonprofits and community causes.

In fact, 75% of small businesses donate an average of 6% of their profits to charitable organizations annually. As of 2019, 81% of small businesses plan on giving back to their community in 2020.

Each small business typically has a list of different organizations and causes it donates to: 66% give to local charities, 48% support local youth organizations, 42% donate to local first responders … the list goes on.

If you are around the Pendleton area and are a part of the growing trend of sharing cannabis at holiday gatherings, I certainly encourage you to visit Kind Leaf which is a local cannabis boutique that is giving its employees Thanksgiving off, but providing some great deals this Friday and Saturday. You will be helping the local economy, supporting an Oregon small mom-and-pop, and enjoying the largest cannabis selection in the Beaver State. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Some of Kind Leaf’s great deals this Friday and Saturday:

30% Off Flower: Sour Peach Cobbler, Rainmaker, 24K, PCG Cooks, Mimosa, Mac #8, DogWalker, Tiramisu Cooks, Lavender, Gorilla Confidential

20% Off: Empower Topicals, Portland Extracts, Flav, Karma Originals, Twax Joints, Legal Beverages, Wyld

30% Off: Smokies Taffy, Journeyman Edibles, Green Dragon Vape, Canna Fusion Topicals, Dab Society – Hash Fruit & MAC Dragon, Happy Cabbage -Mendo Burst & Purple Starburst

40% Off: That Taffy, Periodic Edible Caramels, Echo Vape, Co2 Company Batteries, Shadow Box Prerolls, Vitonic Drinks, Magic Beverages, Dark Matter RSO, Sexy Time by Apothecanna, Echo Extracts – Lemon Remedy, ACDC, & Ringo’s Gift

 

 

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.

Kind Leaf Responds to the Oregon Court of Appeals Blocking the State’s Ban on Flavored Cannabis Vape Cartridges

With the death toll reaching 42 and more than 2,100 serious illnesses reported, contaminated vape cartridges have rocked the cannabis and vaping industries. After Oregon first confirmed deaths and illnesses in the state, Pendleton’s Kind Leaf took the proactive approach of pulling vape cartridges that contained artificial ingredients, or couldn’t prove all-natural ingredients, off of their shelves.

Opinions may vary and I respect differences of opinions, but I personally applaud Kind Leaf’s decision and am glad that the company’s Director of Operations, Erin Purchase, has been appointed to the state commission looking into the matter. Oregon Governor Kate Brown eventually announced a temporary ban on flavored cannabis vape cartridges, but that directive was just temporarily blocked by the Oregon Court of Appeals. What happens now is anyone’s guess, but we can probably expect the Oregon Legislature to take up the issue and for formal rulemaking to take place next year.

Speaking for myself only, it seems to me that the state should be looking into the additive vitamin E acetate first and foremost since it seems to be a prime suspect. I’m also concerned about any and all non-cannabis additives and think that, at the bare minimum, every ingredient should be labeled so consumers can make informed decisions.

Once again, Kind Leaf is demonstrating real leadership on the this issue and is working with others in the industry to put consumer safety at the forefront. Kind Leaf CEO and founder Brandon Krenzler released the following statement:

We have received clarification from our regulatory agencies on what Vape pens are currently allowed on retail shelves in Oregon, after this stay on the governors blanket ban by the Oregon court of appeals.

After this information, we will begin to work with our vending partners to be provided detailed information about their products and any utilized additives. We will use this information to best make the decision as to whether or not their products are of high enough quality to be on the shelves at Kind Leaf, we are making the request that producers list each individual ingredient on their label.

We will maintain our position of a highest priority to customer care and safety. Many companies have already expressed interest in disclosing their additives on the label.

I sincerely applaud Kind Leaf’s stance on cannabis vape cartridges and hope that processors and others in the industry join them in placing the health of customers, many of whom are sick patients with compromised immune systems, ahead of simply making profits. The cannabis industry still has an opportunity to be different than other industries that have gone completely corporate and place the financial interests of shareholders over the wellbeing of our communities. Kind Leaf is certainly helping lead the way.

 

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.

Sock It to Me Kind Leaf
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.