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It is two years since recreational marijuana was legalized in Oregon, and the business-end of weed has quickly emerged and matured into a multi-billion dollar industry, from farmers to retails, and side-businesses like marketing and equipment suppliers. To gauge the economic forecast for the industry, we asked a handful of

With the cannabis controversy wilting away, this multi-billion dollar business is stirring up a potpourri of business ventures. From software development, delivery services and cuisine connoisseurs, the weed industry is sprouting new and innovative entrepreneurs every day. These three Southern Oregon businesses have caught the wave being felt around the

Photographer Ezra Marcos Ayala loves to capture the spirit of people. His compassion is palpable, pulling one behind his camera lens to see the world from his eyes, a world of color and diversity. When the call went out for submissions to Oregon Humanities’ online multimedia project, This Land, Ayala

Rogue Valley Messenger: This is our “weed issue.” Medford City Council has had some strident debates about legalized weed—and, in some ways, the policy is split, in that dispensaries are legal but outdoor grows not. Do those policies seem at odds with each other? Kevin Stine: It is the compromise

As we exited the theater after seeing, Off the Rails, which opened at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on July 27, and will run through October 28, my girlfriend said exactly what I was already thinking: “That’s going to be hard to write about.” And boy howdy was she right. The

Try thinking of a food that goes better with summer than ice cream. Nothing really comes to mind. Since around the 17th century, ice cream has become one of the world’s favorite desserts, and throughout history vendors have been experimenting with new and perfecting traditional flavors, including a few places

Cannabis and hops are natural allies. Portland-based Coalition Brewing isn’t the first to point out that the two share a common flavor profile, but they are the first brewery in Oregon to combine them in a commercially produced beer. The result is a complex IPA that has beer drinkers draining

While art education in many school curriculums are less funded, that doesn’t mean children can’t learn or practice art outside of school. For years Central Art Supply in downtown Medford has been offering classes to anyone interested, regardless of age. “Central Art offers a space in which local art instructors

I discuss with my patients the benefits of changing their eating habits.  However, patients often become overwhelmed by the process of reviewing and selecting specific recipes. I have found that offering recipes is the best way to help them through this process. Here are three recipes I have found to

Short films are the incubator of cinema. Whether from a new talent stretching their wings or experienced hands trying out new visual styles and techniques, short films present a less expensive, faster alternative to the epic struggles of long-form filmmaking. Often, a short film—typically, five to thirty minutes in length—is

Sound

Miracles can come in unexpected forms, and in certain cases they can even come in the form of a seductive reggae-electronica duo. The Burton brothers were both born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disorder which leads to severe lung and kidney problems, and were told they would only live to

When describing a band, lounge, is kind of a dirty word, a term that’s most commonly employed to mean corny. Background. Elevator. But like all genres, it can be used for good or evil. It’s just that in a modern context, lounge is most commonly used for evil. But the

  No matter their genre of choice, most music fans will claim that the good stuff isn’t what’s on the radio. But perhaps nowhere is that split more pronounced than in country music, in which Nashville dominates the charts worldwide, but arguably isn’t even country music at all. That split
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