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Roo Grostein

Roo Grostein

Host/Producer of Local Smoke Radio on KSKQ 89.5 fm Ashland & 94.1 fm Medford

Remember that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Well, the heavy population of hemp-CBD advocates who have been demanding rules to govern this newly legalized crop just got our wish—in the worst way. One hundred sixty-one pages of new rules just took a pot-shot (pun intended) at our burgeoning

If you run in the cannabis circles of Southern Oregon, the rumors had already started to circulate when I received an email Monday morning, October 15, that supposedly confirmed the growing concerns. Suicide by a hemp farmer. I’m so saddened to hear something like this hit our community. This is

I could cannavangelize for hours about the detrimental effects of cannabis prohibition. In fact, I do. Have you heard the weekly podcast I host, Local Smoke Radio? Individuals, families and entire communities still suffer at the hands of cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs. And now that businesses and

I’ve come to realize you may get tired of the endless cannavangelizing that I do on a regular basis. So, here is another attempt at an interview. I’d like to highlight a local community member who happens to consume cannabis. But that fact does not define her. Her story is

The tech and the entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon are leading the world in developing the cannabis industry (both high THC and hemp). The regional legal production of the actual cannabis itself is unrivaled anywhere else in Oregon and the beaver state holds its own even compared to California on sheer

The Milepost 97 Fire near Canyonville reminds me that our community now makes annual fire preparations a fact of life. Vineyard visitors and Shakespeare lovers alike have been overheard complaining of a smokey taste in the wine after a bad season of fires. Local businesses see sales dip. People generally

Legal cannabis in Southern Oregon has had four years to get its feet and shuffle for position in the green rush. I wanted to know what it’s like to run a cannabis farm right now as the dust settles a bit. To get my hands dirty with the issues, I talked

Happy CANNA-versary, Oregon! That’s right, it’s already been four years since our FAV plant became legal on July 1st, 2015. As the tip of the spear in the evolution of the cannabis industry, it’s time for the #southernoregoncannabisfam to step back and reevaluate what is happening to our plant, our

Oregon is beer. I realized that living in Massachusetts for a short time prior to becoming an Oregonian. But the concept stuck with me: Making a name for yourself as a region via the craft industry that people picture when dreaming up an experience. Now, as a resident of Oregon,

It’s that time again: “Festy” or Festival Season. A time when good weather permits great gatherings. May has arrived signaling the climate is almost ripe to let your world-tribe member out. I am probably not considered a traditional “hippie” by any means but I am ever implored to pay my