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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

When you search the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) database of Industrial Hemp Grower licenses, you find 1027 licenses registered with the state—probably more by the time you read this. There were 584 in 2018. That’s almost as many as Colorado. But we are surpassing Colorado’s hemp industry. We have

Spannabis – The World’s Best Cannabis Gathering In the first part of this series, I gave impressions on what the worldwide cannabis climate is currently like. Having never been out of the country beyond Canada, Mexico and Bermuda (Yes, I’ve smoked cannabis in all three locations) I was feeling rather

Since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, over which the the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has partial authority, much of the international community has banned cannabis as a matter of law. Further, international agreements and Richard Nixon’s 1972 declaration of a “War on Drugs” in combination with a ramping

  On the 1st day of August, 2015—exactly one month after cannabis became legal in Oregon—The THC Fair (The Hemp and Cannabis Fair) held its first cannabis industry expo here in Southern Oregon. There was a buzz about town. Especially if you were a consumer who wanted a glimpse into

Cannabis has been legal in Oregon for a few years now, but there is still a lot to learn about America’s favorite plant when it comes to shopping for a cannabis gift. It’s not as easy as picking up somebody’s favorite bottle of wine, especially when selecting strains of flower

Our new columnst for “Don’t Smoke the Messenger,” Roo Grostein, the Host/Producer of Local Smoke Radio on KSKQ, gives his reasoning why public weed smoking would be a good idea.

A few days before Halloween, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, with the autumn leaves blazing red and orange, the Messenger’s Board of Directors gathered for its first strategic meeting. (In case we haven’t hit you over the head with it, the Messenger became a nonprofit this summer.) The strategic meeting

Re: An Interesting Opposition to LNG Pipeline The letter from Gregg Marchese is ostensibly about the Jordan Cove Energy Project, but one of the five paragraphs in his letter (Messenger, October 26) is entirely dedicated to bigotry and hatred, specifically anti-Semitism. He describes Gary Cohn, an advisor to President Trump,