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Stand Up to Bullying by Purchasing Kind Lips Lip Balm at Kind Leaf

The world can be a cruel and dark place. Every morning, I check the news headlines on my phone, even though I keep telling myself not to, and I’m often feeling down about the state of the world. We are living in times of turmoil with the coronavirus pandemic still raging across the globe, civil unrest as people take to the streets protesting systemic racism, and there seems to be a dearth of leadership helping uplift our spirits.

I have to seek solace in positive stories and in my personal relationships filled with love and laughter. I also seek for ways to give back, whether it’s donating blood to the Red Cross or pitching in a few bucks with a nonprofit doing good work. I was so happy to learn about Kind Lips, a lip balm company that donates 20% of its net profits to anti-bullying organizations. When you can purchase a great product, and Kind Lips has a variety of flavors to fit your needs, and support a good cause, it’s truly a win-win.

Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique has been promoting #BeKind as a motto since its inception, making the dispensary a natural ally for Kind Lips. When you shop at Kind Leaf you know that you are helping a true Oregon small business that supports the local Pendleton economy and gives back to local families in need, especially with its Kind Tree Christmas program. So, peruse the best cannabis strain selection in the Great Northwest and pick up some Kind Lips lip balm that is helping combat bullying. It’s truly a win-win-win.

For more information about bullying and resources to help end bullying visit stopbullying.gov.

$100 Million! Oregon Breaks Monthly Cannabis Sales Record Again

Economic analysts wondered what the coronavirus pandemic would do to Oregon cannabis sales after shoppers set a monthly record by stocking up just before non-essential businesses were ordered closed. Not sure if adult use cannabis commerce would be deemed essential, it made sense that folks would stock up. Fortunately for the industry and our local economy, Governor Kate Brown made the wise decision of declaring cannabis essential and stores remained open. Well, sales have continued to climb, making cannabis one of the few economic bright spots, and sales cracked $100 million for the first time in May, as the Willamette Week reported:

According to data from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, total sales for the month were $103 million—a 15 percent jump from April, and a 60 percent increase from this time last year.

It’s the third consecutive record-breaking month for weed sales in the state. In March, sales hit $83 million—the highest single-month total to that point. A week-to-week analysis, however, showed a gradual rise as coronavirus spread across Oregon, the most significant spike coming just before the governor declared cannabis dispensaries an essential business, allowing them to stay open. Sales then regressed, suggesting the increase was related to uncertainty over the statewide economic shutdown.

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But sales have continued to climb upward. In April, sales hit $89 million. According to the OLCC, cannabis tax revenues for 2020, even before May, were expected to be $9 million more than earlier projections by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

There could be many reasons why cannabis sales have continued to climb. It’s possible that people are turning to cannabis as they deal with depression, anxiety, or just plain boredom. Maybe people just about finished binging everyone on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon and needed to laugh a little bit more. Let’s face it, Tiger King is much better after utilizing some Trainwreck or Durban Poison.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that cannabis use has moved more and more mainstream and there will likely be a huge dropoff in usage anytime soon. Whether you are an old school member or a newbie just joining the cannabis community, please shop at local small businesses like Kind Leaf. Do your research and support those that keep their money locally and don’t ship it off to shareholders in another state, or a different culture. You can feel good while feeling good with your cannabis shopping choices. Please use responsibly and always #BeKind.

Too Many Veterans Are Still Being Forced Into the Illegal Market

Monday was Memorial Day, when the United States takes a day to remember members of our armed forces that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Unfortunately, our nation doesn’t do enough for veterans and their families. Too often, supporting our troops is just a slogan, and our government doesn’t put in place the services and policies to adequately address the needs of those that signed up to protect us. From their pay to their healthcare, we need to do better for those currently in the military and those that have moved back into the private sector. Cannabis policy is certainly no exception and it’s past time that our veterans be allowed to utilize cannabis without fear. Unfortunately, Uncle Sam is pushing too many veterans into the illegal, underground market.

Politico reports:

Even as marijuana legalization continues to expand across the country (33 states have some form of legal marijuana on their books and well-known former politicians have becomes spokesmen for the cannabis industry), many of the nation’s 18.2 million veterans occupy an uncomfortable limbo between rapidly liberalizing cultural attitudes and an unbending federal standard that hasn’t changed since the 1970s. Veterans looking for alternatives to addictive and dangerous opioids and other pharmaceuticals are effectively prevented from using marijuana, by price, policy and quite often the ongoing stigma that marijuana still carries.

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Veterans are also a group in crisis. A 2012 report by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that up to 22 veterans were dying by suicide daily. While the VA has since lowered that statistic, some veterans’ advocacy groups say that number is probably much higher—closer to 50 a day—when opioid overdoses and despair over opioid addiction are taken into account.

The VA and lawmakers “need to understand how important cannabis is to veterans,” says Patrick Seifert, a Marine Corps veteran who founded the Twenty22Many advocacy group in Olympia, Washington. “There’s no demographic that benefits more from cannabis.”

With evidence showing that medical cannabis access helping opioid patients decrease their use of addictive narcotics and a reduction in opioid prescriptions overall, it is time that the federal government do right by our veterans and allow medicinal cannabis as a part of their healthcare. They’ve given too much to be forced to buy from the unregulated, illegal market or to take more addictive and lethal drugs. Let’s not pay lip service to supporting the military. Allowing cannabis use won’t fix all of the problems facing our service members and veterans, but it’s a start.

A friendly reminder that Kind Leaf provides a 15% discount to all registered Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients and a 10% discount to all veterans. Order online or come on into the store and peruse the biggest and best inventory in the Great Northwest.

Med Men Debacle Illustrates the Value of Supporting Craft Cannabis Boutiques

Splashy corporate mergers and big stock deals make for great headlines, but for those with a lot of experience in the cannabis industry, we know that the so-called “Green Rush” has been much more hype than substance when it comes to long-term success. Quality products and solid business practices that build strong relationships with top-notch companies and local communities go much further than a shaky foundation built upon public relations and marketing. Politico’s expose of Med Men illustrates the benefit of supporting craft cannabis boutiques like Pendleton’s Kind Leaf instead of multinational corporations that are only about the bottom dollar.

From Politico’s “Lavish Parties, Greedy Pols and Panic Rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ Collapsed:

In October of 2018, MedMen announced a deal to purchase PharmaCann, an Illinois-based retailer with operations in several states, for nearly $700 million in stock. It was to be the largest-ever cannabis acquisition in the U.S., and the move played well with investors.

But by the end of the year, the spending and the bravado began to catch up with Bierman. In the second half 2018 alone, MedMen lost more than $130 million according to its disclosures.

In November, two MedMen subsidiaries were hit with a class-action lawsuit in a Los Angeles court alleging labor law violations. At the time, a MedMen spokesman told Marijuana Business Daily, “We offer competitive compensation and strive to cultivate a thriving work environment.” The case remains ongoing.

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In April, cannabis sales in Florida set a record. Yet in the first week of May, in the latest sign of corporate distress, MedMen shuttered five of its eight retail locations in the state, a move it is describing as temporary. In contrast to the company’s ballyhooed store openings, the closures came abruptly and without explanation.

While companies like Kind Leaf don’t make international headlines, they chug along, doing what they do best: providing top-shelf cannabis and products while helping build up their local community and burgeoning industry. By supplying the biggest selection of strains and instituting programs that uplift local families and the city of Pendleton, Kind Leaf has become an example for others to follow. Sustained success over time and doing good deeds are simply good business practices that can help any company weather any storm. As members of the cannabis community, let’s seek out and support craft cannabis boutiques like Kind Leaf over the Apple-of-Cannabis wannabees looking to cash in big for their executives and shareholders.

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Oregon Cannabis Sales Up 60% During Coronavirus Pandemic

Oregon cannabis sales are stronger than ever. Many thought that the record-breaking first quarter sales might just be the result of consumers stocking up before businesses were ordered to close, but sales have flourished during the coronavirus pandemic. State fiscal analysts expect the industry to expect a bit of a decline, along with every other business sector as the state recovers from the economic consequences of the COVID-19 health crisis, but I think that these experts may be missing something.

From the Oregon Department of Administrative Services Economic Forecast:

Marijuana sales during the pandemic have been quite strong. The dollar amount of recreational sales since March 1st are up 60 percent relative to a year ago. These increases are not only related to the stockpiling consumers did after the sheltering in place policies were enacted, but have continued through April and early May.

Interestingly, the share of home delivery sales has more than doubled in recent months but remains just 1.4 percent of all sales. Consumers still prefer to shop in store.

Some of the increases in sales of usable marijuana are in part due to rising prices, but underlying demand is up as well. The increase in sales for other marijuana products, like concentrates, edibles and the like, are due to significant gains in consumer demand as prices are flat or down.

All told, marijuana available resources are revised higher by $9 million in 2019-21 due to recent sales. Expectations are that some of these increases are due to temporary factors like the one-time household recovery rebates, expanded unemployment insurance benefits, and the shelter in place style policies. As the impact of these programs fade in the months ahead, and bars and restaurants reopen to a larger degree, marijuana sales are expected to mellow.

Over the extended forecast horizon, marijuana sales are reduced approximately five percent relative to the previous forecast due to the lower economic outlook. A relatively smaller population indicates fewer potential customers and lower total personal income than previously assumed indicates less consumer demand, all things being equal.

What could the state experts (who have continually been too conservative with their projections) be missing that could allow cannabis sales to buck the downward economic trajectory expected to hinder all of Oregon? Two things: tourists and the fact that cannabis can replace other products that people buy. It’s hard to predict how many travellers will visit Oregon and state analysts have underestimated the number of tourists shopping at regulated cannabis stores.

While Americans will take fewer vacations during an economic recession or depression, Oregon could remain a sought out vacation spot as the state is relatively inexpensive compared to traveling to California and other more expensive locales. Additionally, with fewer people, including tourists, feeling comfortable packing into restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries, cannabis dispensaries could be more of a go-to stop for those visiting the Beaver State.

Finally, cannabis has been shown to decrease both alcohol sales and the use of prescription drugs. As more and more people start realizing that cannabis is a safer choice than most other substances, with fewer side effects (including hangovers), folks’ limited dollars could continue to flow into the cannabis industry, to the detriment of Big Alcohol and Big Pharma. Will the state experts be right or wrong, only time will tell, but Oregon’s analysts initially projected that the state would only bring in $40 million per year in cannabis tax revenue and the state more than doubled that amount last year and may just triple it in 2020.

While you are deciding on where to spend your hard-earned dollars, there is no better place than Kind Leaf for your cannabis needs. Kind Leaf offers pick-up, walk-in, and curbside delivery through Leafly online orders. And if you want to come into the store and peruse the best selection in the Great Northwest, you can count on Kind Leaf for great products, a knowledgeable staff, and top-notch safety precautions.

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
Photo by Yash Lucid

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.