Oregon Cannabis Appellation Regions: A Proposal

Male Cannabis Sativa Plant

A solution for unwanted cross-pollination of hemp and marijuana

By Keith Mansur

 

Introduction:

After decades of prohibition, the cultivation of hemp and medical marijuana are now allowed in Oregon. Hemp licenses have been issued and medical marijuana has long been legally grown in the state. Due to the passage of Measure 91 in November 2014, personal cultivation of marijuana will be allowed as of July 1, 2015, and commercial production for the coming retail market will begin. The conflict between marijuana and hemp production is inevitable due to the differing nature of the same species plant and the need to control traits in plants, yields from harvests, and quality of product. The easiest and most effective way to insure both industries can thrive is to create appellate cultivation system, or cannabis appellation regions, in the state.

Final Arguments in Cannabis Case that Hinges on Scheduling

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

Final arguments were heard February 12th in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento, CA in a marijuana case that hinges mainly on the current status of Marijuana as a Schedule I drug. The case stemmed from the arrest and indictment of Brian Pickard and 15 others in California for cultivating marijuana in October 2011. Zenia Gilg and Heather Burke, who are members of the NORML Legal Committee, filed a motion in November 2013 to dismiss the case against Pickard and six others in the case, on constitutional grounds.

Oregon Issues Hemp Farming Licenses

Hemp Field

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture began accepting applications at the beginning of February for licenses to grow industrial hemp under a list of new rules that will regulate the industry in the state. The licenses, which cost $1,500.00 and last for three years, are expected to be issued in time for spring planting.

The crop, which holds arguably the most versatile fiber on the planet, has been illegal to produce in America for over 6 decades due to its association with marijuana. In 1938, the Marijuna Tax Act prohibited people from cultivating cannabis, which includes marijuana and hemp. For a brief period during World War II, Americans were allowed to grow it to help the war effort, but by the early 1950's, it was once again banned.

More Than 100 Native American Tribes May Enter The Marijuana Industry

Hopi Reservation Sign

By Johnny Green

The Weed Blog

Late last year the Obama Administration issued a memo stating that if Native American tribes wanted to grow and/or sell marijuana on tribal lands, that the administration would not stand in the way. It was unclear at first just how many tribes, if any, would pursue marijuana cultivation and/or sales. Then slowly but surely news came out about tribes exploring the idea from California to Minnesota. Now it appears that over 100 Native American tribes are considering the idea. Per the Huffington Post:

"More than 100 Native American tribes have reached out to FoxBarry Farms, a management firm building the nation’s first marijuana facility on tribal land, over the past month to express interest in the cannabis industry.

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Oregon Cannabis Appellation Regions: A Proposal

Male Cannabis Sativa Plant

A solution for unwanted cross-pollination of hemp and marijuana

By Keith Mansur

 

Introduction:

After decades of prohibition, the cultivation of hemp and medical marijuana are now allowed in Oregon. Hemp licenses have been issued and medical marijuana has long been legally grown in the state. Due to the passage of Measure 91 in November 2014, personal cultivation of marijuana will be allowed as of July 1, 2015, and commercial production for the coming retail market will begin. The conflict between marijuana and hemp production is inevitable due to the differing nature of the same species plant and the need to control traits in plants, yields from harvests, and quality of product. The easiest and most effective way to insure both industries can thrive is to create appellate cultivation system, or cannabis appellation regions, in the state.

Final Arguments in Cannabis Case that Hinges on Scheduling

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

Final arguments were heard February 12th in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento, CA in a marijuana case that hinges mainly on the current status of Marijuana as a Schedule I drug. The case stemmed from the arrest and indictment of Brian Pickard and 15 others in California for cultivating marijuana in October 2011. Zenia Gilg and Heather Burke, who are members of the NORML Legal Committee, filed a motion in November 2013 to dismiss the case against Pickard and six others in the case, on constitutional grounds.

California Leaders of Legalization Gather in SF

Ethan Nadelman

David Downs

Smell Te Truth Blog - SF Gate

 

California’s leaders in the historic drive to legalize cannabis in 2016 are gathering in the cradle of the movement — San Francisco — this President’s Day weekend to keep working while the rest of the nation slacks off.

The International Cannabis Business Conference opens Sunday morning at the Hyatt Regency in the Financial District to an expected sell-out crowd of investors, business operators, and advocates from California and beyond.

Oregon Issues Hemp Farming Licenses

Hemp Field

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

The Oregon Department of Agriculture began accepting applications at the beginning of February for licenses to grow industrial hemp under a list of new rules that will regulate the industry in the state. The licenses, which cost $1,500.00 and last for three years, are expected to be issued in time for spring planting.

The crop, which holds arguably the most versatile fiber on the planet, has been illegal to produce in America for over 6 decades due to its association with marijuana. In 1938, the Marijuna Tax Act prohibited people from cultivating cannabis, which includes marijuana and hemp. For a brief period during World War II, Americans were allowed to grow it to help the war effort, but by the early 1950's, it was once again banned.

The 2016 Presidential Election and Marijuana Policy

Rand Paul

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

One of the ways to fast track major policy change in America is to have that policy be a major plank in the presidential election cycle. One only has to look back to 2008 and see that Obama was elected because he promised to stop the wars and fix healthcare.

Franklin Roosevelt, in 1932, was elected on a platform everyone remembers called the “New Deal”. What many don't realize, Roosevelt also promised to repeal alcohol prohibition, which happened in 1933. The Democrats took a huge majority in that election in both chambers of Congress, as well.

Choco Canna Dipped Strawberries

Choco Canna Dipped Strawberries

Choco Canna Dipped Strawberries

 

By The Mansersons

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of extra large, fresh strawberries (leave the stems on while cleaning)
  • 3-4 grams of decarboxylated kief
  • 12 ounces of dark chocolate
  • 6 ounces of white chocolate

 

Directions:

Chop up the dark and white chocolate into small pieces (keep in separate piles).

Using a double boiler, melt the chocolates in separate bowls. Stir until smooth.

Stir the kief into the dark chocolate until it dissolves into the chocolate. Remove the chocolate from the heat.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip the strawberries into the dark chocolate and set on the baking sheet. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.

Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

 

Keif Infused Oil

Keif

Keif Infused Oil

 

By Keith

This is a simple recipe for keif infused oil that I use in many of my recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 20 grams (approx.) Keif
  • 1 1/2 cups oil (you can use vegetable, olive, canola, etc.)

 

Directions:

In a small sauce pan combine oil and keif. Mix well to combine. Heat slowly on the stove top for about half an hour to decarb.

You Must stir frequently (every 5 minutes or so) for the keif settles and we don't want to burn it. Make sure your temperature stays at 200°F (give or take a few degrees).

Cool completely before using in recipe.

 

Note: To calculate mg THC per serving:

First, find out how many grams of THC is in recipe...

20 grams of keif

x 0.23 %THC in your keif (our's is 23%)

= 4.60 grams total THC per 20 grams keif

Marijuana, Marijuana Everywhere

Legal States Map

Marijuana, Marijuana Everywhere!

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

It seems the last election let the proverbial cat out of the bag. States across the U.S. Are scrambling to get legislation in place to deal with marijuana, it's medical value, criminal penalties, and regulation of existing systems. Our friends at Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) put together a list of states and the bills in motion, grouped in 3 categories.

As MPP explains on their 2015 Marijuana Policy Reform Legislation page:

More Than 100 Native American Tribes May Enter The Marijuana Industry

Hopi Reservation Sign

By Johnny Green

The Weed Blog

Late last year the Obama Administration issued a memo stating that if Native American tribes wanted to grow and/or sell marijuana on tribal lands, that the administration would not stand in the way. It was unclear at first just how many tribes, if any, would pursue marijuana cultivation and/or sales. Then slowly but surely news came out about tribes exploring the idea from California to Minnesota. Now it appears that over 100 Native American tribes are considering the idea. Per the Huffington Post:

"More than 100 Native American tribes have reached out to FoxBarry Farms, a management firm building the nation’s first marijuana facility on tribal land, over the past month to express interest in the cannabis industry.

Cannabis and Child Safety

By Cheryl K. Smith

At a panel discussion held by Compassionate Oregon in McMinnville, individuals both in favor of and opposing medical marijuana facilities expressed concern regarding “medibles” that will appeal to children. These include not only the traditional marijuana brownies, but candies usually considered to be for kids, like gummy bears.

Over the years there have been rare case reports of children who had been hospitalized after exposure to or ingestion of cannabis products or derivatives. These include:

  • a 1989 report of six children in British Columbia, three of whom arrived in the emergency room with varying degrees of altered mental status—from drowsiness to coma requiring assistance in breathing, as well as dilated pupils and decreased muscle tone.

Higher Potency Pot Doesn’t Predict Dependence

by Radical Russ Belville

The National Cannabis Coalition

Researchers in the Netherlands have concluded that the THC potency of marijuana used by consumers does not reliably predict their risk for marijuana dependence.  The amount of THC consumed, whether from low-potency or high-potency sources, also did not tend to indicate a person’s chance of marijuana dependence.

Peggy van der Pol, a doctoral candidate at the Trimbos Institute of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction and her team decided to investigate the commonly held belief that marijuana smokers who use higher potency varieties will adjust their smoking pattern to use less marijuana.

Does Cannabis Cure Cancer?

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

Orig Pub. Aug/Sep 2014 Issue

As the publisher of the Oregon Cannabis Connection I have had many opportunities in the past four or five years to review many claims about cannabis curing cancer. I have heard numerous people make claims that cannabis cures dozens of ailments, including the big “C”, but I have a skeptical mind, and need scientific proof of almost anything before I will believe it.

So, I set out on a little research project to see what all the hubbub is about. With a quick Google search, you can find all sorts of websites making “cannabis cures cancer” claims. There are videos, websites, blogs and more, many with convincing anecdotal stories of someone that was “cured” by using cannabis.

Rep. Blumenauer Demands Answers From FDIC About Marijuana Banking

By Johnny Green

The Weed Blog - Jan 29, 2015

Today, Representative Blumenauer sent a letter to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Martin Gruenberg asking for clarification on what guidance the FDIC provides to banks who offer financial services to marijuana-related businesses, and what role, if any, the FDIC played in M Bank’s decision to abruptly suspend operations in Colorado.

The Use of Cannabis in Patients with Hepatitis C

HCV Virus

By Cheryl Smith

In her presentation at the 8th National Conference on Cannabinoid Medicine, Diane Sylvestre, MD, urged caution those with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in their use of marijuana.

In the US alone, four million people have the virus, and some don’t even know it. Until 1992, blood donors were not routinely tested, so while the epidemic was silently incubating in the bloodstreams of Americans, one out of ten people who received a transfusion became infected. This is no longer the route of transmission; instead, HCV has become spread mainly through IV drug use. Nevertheless, those with this virus can have a variety of symptoms that they have to cope with unless and until they receive the cure.

Whitefly ID and Prevention

By Robert Bergmen

I Love Growing Marijuana

Whiteflies will hide underneath your cannabis leaves much as the spider mite and can be just as detrimental. They are teeny tiny and spread diseases as they munch on one plant then move to another. Worse, they traverse afar and spread plant diseases in exponential proportions. To check for whiteflies, all you need do is shake your plant. If you see a swarm of what looks like white dust with wings once disturbed, you have discovered one of the most damaging bugs to your cannabis crop.

Harvesting Basics

By Roach

The Good Earth Organics

Can you believe it's harvest time already? Seems like we were just prepping our soil for transplant and now here we are getting ready to pull our ladies down. I genuinely hope everyone has had a great growing season and is prepared for a bountiful harvest! We're almost ready for vacation and I expect to be seeing each of you at Mt.Bachelor this year for shots of Fireball and extra unsafe skiing but before that let the roach give you a few tips for harvest season that will ensure all your hard work wasn't for nothing.

When we harvest, our trim technique, how we dry, and the manner in which we store our material plays a major roll in the quality and longevity of our Cannabis. You and your patients will be consuming this for the next year so lets be sure to treat it properly so we aren't all smoking brown hay by next September.

Winters Loses, Jackson County Gets New Sheriff

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

As was expected, the long awaited exit of Sheriff Mike Winters from the Sheriff's office in Jackson County is days away. On Jan 5th, Ashland Deputy Police Chief Corey Falls, who grew up in the Applegate, takes over. Fals thoroughly trounced the incumbent Sheriff by receiving over 75% of the vote, which was no surprise after Winters announced that he would “retire” after the election and actually threw his support behind his opponent, an odd and surprisingly humble move by the usually hardened, egotistical, and dismissive Sheriff.

Portland D.A. Drops Marijuana Cases

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

I was having a conversation on the phone with my daughter just after the election on Nov 5th and she wondered what would happen to her friend's marijuana case in Portland. I told her that I believed the Portland D.A. likely would not pursue cases on people that would be legal under the new law, even if the “crime” occurred before the law passed. Why waste the resources? Right?

High Times Brings Their “CUP” to Portland

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

Johnny green pled with High Times® to bring their famous Cannabis Cup© to Portland, and they seem to have listened. Earlier this year, way back in July, Johnny posted on his popular online blog, The Weed Blog, a plea for them to bring it to Portland.

Per Johnny's post:

Three is a Magic Number

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

Oregon voted November 4th to become the 3rd state to legalize marijuana for adults. Joining Washington D.C. (technically not a state) and Alaska (who's polls closed 2 hours after ours did), Oregon sent a clear message to the nation and the world, enough is enough!

Three seems to be the magic number: