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Safety First: Kind Leaf Moves to Pickup and Delivery Only Due to Coronavirus

Kind Leaf is a true Oregon cannabis success story. Those in the know, understand the immense difficulties cannabis businesses face. The competition, burdensome regulations, egregious taxes, and lack of banking services put an immense amount of stress on cannabis retailers, more so than most other businesses. Through it all, Kind Leaf has been a true industry leader, putting the safety of the community first.

Now, Kind Leaf, the cannabis community, our nation, and the entire world face our biggest threat since World War II–the coronavirus (COVID-19). As usual, Kind Leaf is leading the way, putting people over profits. It was with the health of its staff, customers, our state, and nation in mind, that Kind Leaf made the tough, but right, decision to only provide pickup and delivery sales.

It is with a heavy heart that I post this.

A pandemic was never in our business plan, we are in unusual times, and it seems that everything that we know and find comfort in is being disrupted, the news comes by the minute.

COVID-19 is in our state, it is in our community and it is now affecting us all.

We are choosing to lead by example, and we are officially closing our doors to the general public as of tomorrow March 18, 2020 and moving to Leafly Pick up and home deliveries only. We have the goal of re-opening in four weeks on April, 18th 2020.m

You can come to Kind Leaf to pick up orders placed online, or you can have your order delivered to your home within city limits- must be a home address per state law.

Our intention is to protect the health and well-being of our staff and their families as well as the members of our community.

Stand with us and let’s all do our part to lower the curve, and bring this Pandemic to a close. Remember to practice social distancing, hand-washing and not sharing joints- so we can all get together and celebrate on 4/20/20

Thank you for supporting us from the beginning, we appreciate everyone we have met along the way. We hope to see you in again once this passes and the healing of our nation can begin.

With governments implementing more and more restrictions on people and businesses, it’s probably only a matter of time before dispensaries and retail stores are ordered to move to delivery and pickup services, but Kind Leaf deserves credit for being ahead of the curve. There could be a move soon to order the closure of cannabis stores completely, but we must mobilize to ensure that our community’s retailers are deemed essential businesses that can remain open, especially for the sake of medical patients. We will keep you posted on more important news.

The cannabis community can always trust Kind Leaf to have the health and safety of the public of heart. Please spread the word that folks can still enjoy the state’s greatest selection at Easter Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique, they just need to utilize online and pickup services. Safety first, out there. Be Kind to each other, it’s more important than ever before.

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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.

Kind Leaf Cares and Is Taking Coronavirus Precautions

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the coronavirus has infected over 90,000 people and has spread into several countries, including the United States. With reported infections in Washington State and Oregon, it is imperative that everyone take necessary precautions to help stymie the spread of this pandemic, especially for the sake of vulnerable populations with immunity deficiencies. Always placing people above profits, Kind Leaf is taking extra precautions to protect our customers, staff, vendors, and local community from the coronavirus.

A message to Kind Leaf’s visitors:

We are providing hand sanitizer at our front door- please use it when entering our facility as there are instances of Coronavirus in Pendleton, Oregon.
We are also disinfecting our facility every half-hour to help do our part to prevent the spread of this contagion.
If you see some of our staff wearing masks please be aware that they are not sick, some have preexisting conditions that require extra preventative measures.
Please be safe and be well.
Sincerely,
Kind Leaf

There is no need to panic, but everyone should take extra precautions recommended by health experts such as washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are feeling sick, and seek medical care if you are experiencing symptoms. Workplaces should join Kind Leaf in disinfecting their work environment often and instituting policies to ensure that ill employees don’t come to work.

In times like these, it is important that communities pull together and support one another in every way possible. You can count on Kind Leaf to put the health of its customers and local community first and foremost.

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OLCC Invites Erin Purchase of Kind Leaf to Join Oregon Metrc Users Group.

In mid-December 2019, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission circulated notice that they were seeking applicants from the Oregon Cannabis industry to fill positions that had opened in the state of Oregon’s Metrc users group.

From December until January 12th, over 200 Oregonians applied in hopes of gaining a position in the important group.

Erin Purchase, Director, Kind Leaf

Erin Purchase, the Director of Operations at Kind Leaf Pendleton received congratulatory notice February 6th that out of those 200 applicants, she was chosen to participate as a member. Since the inception of Kind Leaf, Purchase has been an integral part in the development and progression of the brand into one of Oregon’s largest cannabis retailers, and compliantly tracking the State’s largest selection of cannabis products.

Member selection is determined by a number factors including:
• Well rounded representation across all license types;
• Ability to communicate process-driven solutions effectively;
• Industry knowledge applied to compliance tracking software;

What is the Metrc User Group?

According to the Metrc Oregon Wiki, the Metrc User Group is comprised of approximately 60 industry members and staff partners (OLCC/Metrc).The purpose of this group is to identify, prioritize, and vote on enhancements to the OLCC’s Cannabis Tracking System (Metrc). The Metrc User Group is the representative body of licensees, medical registrants, and individuals using the Cannabis Tracking System. The Metrc User Group has been meeting since June 2017 and meets 3 to 4 times annually at the OLCC Headquarters In Milwaukie.

What Is Metrc?

“METRC” is an acronym that stands for Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting Compliance. Metrc is a track and trace software program. Metrc is meant to monitor and verify cannabis inventories and product transits in real time for all licensed cannabis businesses in the industry. Metrc consists of a simple-interface web application, web-hosted services, a mobile application for on-site inspection by regulatory inspectors, as well as a mobile application licensee use in select states.

Metrc has the ability to integrate with other systems such as BioTrackTHC, Green Bits and other on-site programs through the use of the Metrc API, which offers an additional way of industry reporting into Metrc. The Metrc API is customized to each states rules or regulations and can vary based on the individual state requirements. This software is ready to evolve and update at anytime, with the help of regualtors and end-users

The Metrc Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) is an integral part the OLCC’s responsibility to ensure that recreational marijuana products can be tracked in the regulated market.  Every OLCC Recreational Marijuana licensee is required to participate in the CTS.

Metrc is responsible for the technical and operational components of the CTS; the OLCC is responsible for CTS statutory and regulatory issues.

Franwell provides licensees with training sessions and webinars to provide a thorough understanding of the CTS.  Prospective licensees will be required to pass a test on their knowledge of the CTS before the OLCC issues their license.

Steve Marks, OLCC
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Currently 12 states and Washington DC utilize Metrc, of those areas, few are meeting to make sweeping and effective changes to the CTS. Oregon is leading the way by creating important user features like the Oregon Metrc Wiki as mentioned above, creating online access to Lab reporting and changing how certain products are regulated and reported to ensure complete consumer safety.

The SAFE Cannabis Banking Bill Is Alive But Needs Your Help to Pass the Senate

It’s easy to see that legal cannabis businesses are bringing a lot of benefits to our states and localities. Neighborhoods are being revitalized, jobs are being created, tax revenue is being generated, and many ancillary businesses are thriving. Thanks to hardworking employees and resilient entrepreneurs, craft cannabis boutiques like Pendleton’s Kind Leaf are paying competitive wages and giving back to their local communities.

It is rather remarkable what small cannabis businesses have been able to accomplish with one hand tied behind their backs. We have the opportunity to provide more of a fair playing field by helping pass the bipartisan SAFE cannabis banking bill that currently awaits a fair vote in the United States Senate.

The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE) overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives and currently sits in the Senate, held up by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, the Banking Committee chair. SAFE is a common sense proposal that will merely allow state-regulated cannabis businesses access to all standard banking services. The lead sponsors of the bill recently wrote to Sen. Crapo, urging its passage:

Our bill is about public safety. It does not change the legal status of marijuana and is focused solely on taking cash off the streets and aligning federal banking laws with the decisions states are already making with cannabis.

This is a constructive step forward for our legislative effort and an important step towards making our communities safer and providing regulatory certainty to banks, credit unions, and other firms – many of which are not directly involved in the marijuana industry – which are trying to operate their businesses in a safe and legal way. We stand ready to partner with you and your colleagues, and we look forward to continued progress on this issue.

Senator Crapo has asked for public feedback regarding cannabis banking. Please contact him and spread the word, especially if you live in Idaho or know people that are his constituents. The cannabis community has made great strides, but there are a few hurdles that we need to jump over to fully unlock the potential of our businesses and the cannabis plant. Passing the SAFE Act is one step that we can overcome if we make our voices heard.

Cura Gets Fined Big Time: Cannabis Legalization Works, Labels Matter

Every misstep by a cannabis company is seized upon by Reefer Madness prohibitionists, and Cura Cannabis, the corporation behind Select cannabis oils, has certainly had its fair shares of missteps in its controversial history. According to The Oregonian, Cura’s history begins with a million dollar real estate scam, includes a rape allegation, and now includes a $110,000 fine, the largest ever levied by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) the state agency regulating the Beaver State’s alcohol and cannabis industries.

The Portland Business Journal reported on the fine:

OLCC investigators discovered the labeling problems in early November, while the flavor ban was in place. Even as the company was in discussions with the OLCC over the issue, Cura posted on Instagram that its “flagship Select Elite uses only cannabis distillate and cannabis terpenes.”

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OLCC Executive Director Steve Marks said the agency considered doing a recall in early November when the problems were discovered, given that the Select products were in violation of the vape ban. But a judicial stay on the ban quickly followed, and it wasn’t clear to the OLCC that the products posed a provable health risk — like a pesticide violation, for example — needed to bring a recall.

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“This was a communication problem,” Amy Margolis, an attorney representing Cura, said in a Nov. 18 email to the OLCC obtained by the Business Journal through a public records request. “Cura is, as you know, a large company with many employees each working in different departments and at different locations. In this case what we think happened is that an employee (or employees) in the manufacturing connex decided to add.”

I’m proud of Kind Leaf for putting transparency and customer safety over profits by being proactive in ensuring that cannabis products on its shelves are labeled accurately. Cannabis legalization works when regulators fairly enforce common sense testing and labeling requirements; it can excel when cannabis companies step up to go the extra mile to protect and inform the cannabis community.

 

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.

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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

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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!