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Celebrate the 4/20 Holiday with Great Deals at Kind Leaf!

Everybody knows that April 20th is a special holiday for the cannabis community and there is certainly a lot to celebrate this year. Since 4/20 last year, Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, Virginia, and New York have all voted to end prohibition. The latest Gallup Poll revealed that 68% of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal, an all-time high since the polling firm found that only 12% felt the same back in 1969. The most recent Pew Research Poll revealed that over 90% of Americans believe that cannabis should be legal for either adult-use or medicinal purposes, and the SAFE Banking Act passed the United States House of Representatives by a whopping 321-101 margin. The banking bill, an extremely important piece of legislation for the cannabis industry, now moves onto the Senate with a lot of bipartisan momentum. With tons to celebrate, there are no better places to stock up than Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

Pendleton’s Kind Leaf is always the best shop for cannabis connoisseurs and novices alike, but the 4/20 deals are especially epic. This year there are too many amazing deals to even list them all, but to name just a few: 30% off Oregrown and Willamette Valley Alchemy products; 40% off of Green Bodhi, Fox Hollow Flora, and 7 Points Oregon top shelf flower; 40% off of Select Elite and Live Resin; 20% off Grön Chocolates, Mule Extract Gummies, and Happy Kitchen Edibles; 30% off of Exotic Blends and Blues Brothers; 40% off of fire & Jane and Loyal Oil Co. products; and $50 ounces of flower will be available! And just in time, Nathan Apodaca AKA the one and only Doggface that cheered up the world by vibing on his skateboard, is making his introduction into the Oregon market. All while supplies last, so don’t be a late slacker.

There are a lot of dispensaries to choose from in beautiful Oregon, but at Kind Leaf you know that you are choosing from the very best selection in the Great Northwest and that you are supporting a local business that gives back to the local community. You can order online at Leafly and conveniently pick up your products. Or just come on in and the knowledgeable, friendly staff will be happy to assist you. There are always great deals and discounts for military veterans, senior citizens, and OMMP patients. Thank you for the support and have an amazing, and safe, holiday celebration.

Congress, Pass a Jobs Bill! Legalize Cannabis.

It’s an understatement to say that there’s a lot on the plate of our nation and leaders. While our economy has started to improve, much more still needs to be done and it is imperative that we learn to adapt quickly and think about how we can best address our needs into the future, and not just plan for “the last war”. Over the past year, one of the few economic bright spots has been the cannabis industry. Legalized states have produced thousands of new jobs and generated millions upon millions in additional revenue, while the cannabis industry, with one hand tied behind its back, has emerged as an essential, multi-billion dollar industry. Ending federal prohibition will allow the cannabis industry to truly flourish with a similar tax code and access to banking services like other business sectors. As Rolling Stone reported, ending cannabis prohibition could lead to a better economic revival in states like Michigan that have lost manufacturing jobs, and all across the land:

For example, according to a recent report by the cannabis media platform Leafly, there are more legal cannabis professionals nationwide than there are electrical engineers, dentists and paramedics. In Michigan, more than half of those cannabis-related jobs were added just in 2020 alone. Referring specifically to Michigan, the report dryly notes, “In a state known for its auto industry, the number of cannabis workers is now roughly equal to the number of auto repair mechanics.”

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In 2020, according to Leafly’s findings, our industry sold $18.3 billion worth of product and supported 321,000 full-time jobs. The cannabis industry created this value last year without access to the regular security of banking and without even basic insurance programs available to every other business. Across the country, the industry did it with a concurrent illicit market competing against us every step of the way. We did it without being able to sell products between states as we do with automobiles or soybeans. Our industry is the industry of the 21st century — and it may just save us all.

This has undoubtedly been a terrible time in our country, but while so many other consumer industries have been shaken, cannabis has flourished during the darkness, proving that it can be the job creator and economic driver we need as we look to a much brighter future.

As Congress debates some serious issues about where to spend our hard-earned tax dollars and best move our nation forward, they shouldn’t ignore cannabis legalization for too long. With broad bipartisan support, sweeping Reefer Madness prohibition into the dustbin of history is a win-win for our nation. Thanks to hardworking advocates, legalization is here to stay in 17 states already, and will come to most remaining states eventually. For once, our legislators can embrace the future and help bring more jobs and revenue to communities that have suffered so much over the past year.

When you support Kind Leaf in beautiful Pendleton you are supporting an Oregonian-owned craft cannabis boutique that supports the local economy and community.

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

March 10 marks four years since the opening of Kind Leaf. Through hard, work, perseverance, and, yes, great cannabis, a hope and a dream has evolved into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique. There is no better place to acquire cannabis flower and products in Oregon, with a selection that can rival any place on the planet. Kind Leaf is there for the cannabis community and even for your friends and family that don’t partake as the shop stays stocked with great non-cannabis items, making it a one-stop shop for tourists and local connoisseurs alike.

When shopping at Kind Leaf, you know that you are supporting a local, Oregon-owned small business that gives back to the community and cares about its neighbors. Kind Leaf supports local events and businesses, with everything culminating in the Kind Tree program that benefits families in need of help providing a magical Christmas Day for children who would otherwise go without.

Regardless of the headlines screaming about record-breaking profits and the next state passing a legalization measure, the cannabis industry is not for the faint of heart by any means. The rules, regulations, and taxes are very burdensome and the profit margins are way too slim, but if your heart is in the right place and you provide a quality product, you can actually achieve the American dream. Kind Leaf is a great example for other businesses to follow, as good work and good deeds can equal great business. Happy fourth birthday, Kind Leaf, here’s to FOUR MORE YEARS. And then four more. And then four more…

There are always great deals at Kind Leaf that include discounts to military veterans, OMMP patients, and all senior citizens. There are birthday specials to commemorate March 10th (the soft launch anniversary) and March 11th (the Grand Opening anniversary) and you can order online via Leafly.

The U.S. Cannabis Industry Now Employs More than 320,000 People

As too many of us are all-too familiar, the job market is extremely tough these days. One of the few bright spots has been the cannabis industry which now employs more than 320,000 people across the United States, outpacing many other professions. On one hand, it’s rather remarkable that the industry has been able to accelerate hiring during the COVID pandemic while some states irrationally cling to prohibition and the many regulatory roadblocks placed in front of cannabis businesses. On the other hand, it isn’t surprising that more employees are needed to keep up with record-breaking sales across the country as more states and localities move towards legalizing regulated cannabis commerce.

From Leafly which just issued its 2021 jobs report, a collaboration with Whitney Economics:

Cannabis job growth in 2020 represents a doubling of the previous year’s US job growth. In 2019, the cannabis industry added 33,700 new US jobs for a total of 243,700.

Despite a year marked by a global pandemic, spiking unemployment, and economic recession, the legal cannabis industry added 77,300 full-time jobs in the United States in 2020. That represents 32% year-over-year job growth, an astonishing figure in the worst year for US economic growth since World War II.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March, many in the cannabis industry worried about a potential industry-wide shutdown. Instead, governors in most states declared cannabis an essential product. Dispensaries and retail stores responded by offering online ordering, curbside pickup, and delivery as COVID-safe options for their customers.

I am so proud of relient cannabis entrepreneurs, especially craft cannabis boutiques like Kind Leaf, that give back to the community and provide quality jobs. While those on the outside see the big sales and revenue numbers making headlines, those without an intricate knowledge of the industry aren’t aware of the many headaches that cannabis businesses face. It’s amazing that mom-and-pops and other small to medium retailers are finding ways to overcome a lack of banking services, an exorbitant tax rate, and other regulatory hurdles to compete with multinational companies with shareholders and deep pocketbooks.

Americans are Utilizing Cannabis to Combat Pandemic Burnout

Everybody knows that 2020 was an extremely stressful year, so it’s no surprise that Americans turned to cannabis to help them cope with the stress and isolation brought on by the COVID pandemic. As use has become mainstream and Reefer Madness propaganda has been debunked, a supermajority of voters support ending prohibition, making it no surprise that legalization won big at the November ballot box across our nation. Cannabis was purchased in record numbers in legal states, with consumers wisely turning to online ordering and curbside pickup, like the services offered by Kind Leaf.

Leafly found that nationwide cannabis sales increased by 67% over the previous year, increasing sales from from just over $7 billion nationwide in legal states to nearly than $11 billion. And as Leafly noted, a large number of consumers turned to cannabis to deal with burnout, pandemic related or otherwise, as retail outlets’ were deemed “essential businesses” a rather crazy turn of events for those of us who remember prohibition days:

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the United States in March, many in the cannabis industry worried about a massive industry-wide shutdown. Instead, governors in most states declared cannabis an essential product. Dispensaries and retail stores responded by offering online ordering, curbside pickup, and delivery as Covid-safe options for their customers.

Customers, in turn, responded by stocking up for those weeks of stay-at-home advisories. After a brief dip in late-March revenue, most stores saw a significant bump in April—and then the bump became a plateau.

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In October, multi-state dispensary operator Verilife surveyed more than 2,000 Americans and found that 72% of respondents named the Covid-19 pandemic as the leading cause of stress and burnout in their lives this year. Nearly 40% said they have used cannabis to cope with that burnout. Around 37% said they have used CBD, and a further 29% said they have considered using marijuana to lower their stress level this year.

Some nuggets from Verilife’s nationwide burnout survey:

Why are so many Americans experiencing burnout? Well, one reason might be that 73% say life has become overly complicated and 80% say life is more stressful than it was for previous generations. Surprisingly, 89% of Gen Z respondents (age 18-23) feel that their lives are more stressful than other age groups while millennials were least likely to say that their lives are more stressful than other age groups.

One thing all respondents agreed on is that the COVID-19 pandemic was the top reason for burnout in their lives. The pandemic was followed by work, finances, politics and the news. Our habits may be contributing to burnout as well especially during a 24/7 news cycle. Overall, 73% admitted to “doomscrolling,” or scrolling through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing. As Americans were glued to the TV and the news during the 2020 presidential election, 67% say they experienced burnout from watching, reading or listening to the coverage. 

With the workplace currently going through dramatic changes such as remote work and social distancing, many respondents say they’ve been stressed out in the workplace. In fact, 80% say burnout has prevented them from focusing at work and more than half (56%) say burnout has prevented them from going to work.

Over 70% of all respondents reported that life has become too complicated, regardless of their generation, and I must admit that I’m envious of those that don’t feel like life is too complicated. We live in trying times and stress is literally a killer. According the the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to several leading causes of death including heart disease, cancer, and suicide.

If you are among the nearly 70% of folks that either utilize cannabis or are thinking about using cannabis to relieve stress, then don’t hesitate to venture into Kind Leaf in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon. Not only does Kind Leaf have the best and biggest selection of cannabis and infused-products around, but the staff is knowledgeable, and there are many non-cannabis items to peruse as well. Check out the amazing deals, order online, and use the convenient pick-up window. As always, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique offers discounts for military veterans, senior citizens, and OMMP patients.

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.

Will the 2020 Election Lead to Federal Cannabis Legalization in 2021?

Cannabis legalization, for both medical and adult use, is on the ballot in a few more states in 2020. Will more state victories lead to some common sense cannabis banking and tax law reform? Or, dare we dream big that the federal government will finally end the failed and harmful policy of prohibition in the coming years? Next year?

It’s always dangerous to pin your hopes to the words of most politicians, but if things go right, Uncle Sam could finally sweet Reefer Madness cannabis prohibition into the dustbin of history. Leafly has a breakdown on where the state efforts currently stand as election day nears:

New Jersey? Fuhgeddaboudit. Voters there are expected to approve adult-use legalization (Question 1) in a landslide.

The adult-use vote (Prop. 207) in Arizona may be a little closer, with 55% currently supporting legalization and 37% opposing.

Montana legalization (I-190 and CI-118) looks secure, as long as undecided voters break at least partly in favor of adult use.

South Dakota voters seem to love medical legalization (IM-26) but remain split on adult-use legalization (CA-A).

In Mississippi, a lack of recent polling, along with new campaign donation data, lead us to put that state’s medical marijuana legalization measure (Initiative 65) in a tight 50-50 battle going into Election Day.

As Marijuana Moment reported, United States Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told Green Enterprise that success at the state level has demonstrated that cannabis legalization works, it’s a necessary step to promote racial racial justice, and that he looks forward to championing a legalization bill next year:

“I’m a big fighter for racial justice, and the marijuana laws have been one of the biggest examples of racial injustice, and so to change them makes sense,” he said. “And that fits in with all of the movement now to bring equality in the policing, in economics and in everything else. Our bill is, in a certain sense, at the nexus of racial justice, individual freedom and states’ rights.”

Schumer’s legislation, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, was first introduced in 2018 and was refiled last year with a House companion version.

If he’s reinstalled as senate majority leader, the top Democrat said he “will put this bill in play,” adding “I think we’ll have a good chance to pass it.”

Regardless of how the 2020 election plays out, or who you support, it will be imperative that the cannabis community continues to make progress at the state and federal levels. Small, craft cannabis businesses like Kind Leaf need banking and tax reform to fully unleash their potential. And we need to end the federal war on cannabis. Too many lives are being held back and ruined. Please vote, and make your voices heard.

Be Kind, Be Safe, Wearing a Mask Required in All Oregon Businesses Starting July 1st

Kind Leaf has been at the forefront of consumer and public safety, long before the coronavirus pandemic, taking precautions that protect everyone, including a curbside, walk-up window. Now, every Oregon business is required to enforce mask wearing inside, as The Oregonian reported:

Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that she will require Oregonians to wear face masks everywhere in the state — not just in a handful of select counties — to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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The governor hinted that the new statewide requirement could be a last-ditch measure against surging numbers of new cases and hospitalized patients over the past month in Oregon. Repeatedly in recent weeks, Oregon has broken records for the number of new cases.

“I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing,” she said in a news release. “If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public.”

Kind Leaf would like to remind its customers that wearing masks is now the law of the land, no different than checking identification, so please don’t take out the new mandate on them, or any or local business. Kind Leaf is a true Oregon-owned small business and is only following the rules required of everyone. A message from Kind Leaf that has been posted on its Facebook page:

👉🏼 We know, we know – but hey, we’ve been wearing them all along – just pretend you’re a ninja with the rest of us for the duration of the mask mandate. 😷

🎈If you do not want to wear a mask, you can totally place and online order and utilize our pick-up window – which actually gets you an extra 5% off your order- 🧾

☝🏼Please remember we are just doing as directed, our staff didn’t make the rules, but we do have to abide by them in order to remain in compliance with our regulatory requirements. 📋

✌🏼 Please do not provide our staff members with your personal political opinions – they are valuable, but others are waiting in line for our staffs time, if you would instead send an email to your state representative that would be amazing! 📝 🙌🏼

#BeKind

Kind Leaf
1733 SW Court Ave
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 612-8588

You can order online and check out all of the great deals and products Kind Leaf has to offer on Leafly.

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.

Happy 4/20! Celebrate Safely with Kind Leaf!

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

Kind Leaf Store Safety First

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

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

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

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

Vape Cartridges – 20% off all varieties

30% OFF all GLASS bongs, pipes, dab rigs

20% OFF all Apparel items

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

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