Tag: Oregon Medical Marijuana Program

STILL More Arrests for Cannabis Than All Violent Crimes Together

We’ve made so much progress all across the nation legalizing and regulating cannabis for both medical and adult use, that it baffles the mind that we are still arresting and jailing so many people for cannabis in this nation. While some people try to brush off the importance of ending cannabis prohibition, the war on the cannabis community continues to ruin lives and disrupt an industry that is one of the bright spots in today’s economy. In fact, the United States arrests more people for cannabis than for all violent crimes combined:

According to the Uniform Crime Report, which was compiled by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, police in the U.S. made 10,085,207 arrests in 2019. Of that total, 545,602 were for cannabis violations. That number is higher than the 495,871 individuals arrested for violent crimes and represents more than 5 percent of all arrests carried out by law enforcement that year. Cannabis arrests made up about one-third of all drug-related arrests despite being considerably safer than other illicit drugs or opioid-based prescription medications. 

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“Police across America make a marijuana-related arrest every 58 seconds,” said Erik Altieri, executive director at NORML. “At a time when the overwhelming majority of Americans want cannabis to be legal and regulated, it is an outrage that many police departments across the country continue to waste tax dollars and limited law enforcement resources on arresting otherwise law-abiding citizens for simple marijuana possession.”

The total number of arrests only tells one part of the story. There is a notorious disparity between rates at which white people are arrested versus those from black and Latinx communities. However, the rates at which these groups consume cannabis are similar. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, black Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis-related violations. 

It is imperative that we don’t remain complacent and continue to urge our federal officials to end prohibition. Too many people are losing their freedom and livelihoods and cannabis businesses can’t flourish without reasonable banking and tax policies. Cannabis businesses in legal states are creating jobs and generating revenue for important social services, and it is simply nonsensical and un-American to continue the harmful and wasteful war on the cannabis community.

Be sure to take advantage of living in the great legal state of Oregon and enjoy the selection and deals at Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique. Discounts available for Oregon Medical Marijuana Program Patients, seniors, veterans, and everyone utilizing the pick-up window. Order online via Leafly to save time.

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.

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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