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  The 2015 comedy Dope has an 89 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com, with a critic’s consensus that it features a “starmaking performance from Shameik Moore and a refreshingly original point of view from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa.” It showed at Cannes and was nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance.

Measure 91 legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon effective July 1, 2015, but that doesn’t mean the marijuana festival was born on the first of July; it just means they might be a little different now. In the wake of the law change, the Oregon Smoke Fest, a musical celebration of

  In spring of 2003, my band, The Sucker M.C. Jive Turkeys, pulled into a back alley in Medford, and loaded into an echoey, cinder-block sweatbox: Musichead. Though it was a Portland band, three of our five members grew up in the valley and we were banking on our friends

  Re: Southern Oregon’s rental market is now worse than NYC’s All this has happened quite recently. Ten years ago, when I was fresh out of college, I rented a 1-bdrm apartment in a victorian fourplex in the railroad district for $550/month. A few years later, I rented a 2-bdrm

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Latin motto “Carpe diem” shouldn’t be translated as “Seize the day!”, says author Nicholson Baker. It’s not a battle cry exhorting you to “freaking grab the day in your fist like a burger at a fairground and take a big chomping bite out of it.”

One of the reasons I love living in Southern Oregon is the nature. The trees are like something out of a fantasy novel and there are animals everywhere. That’s why it’s so weird to see the backlash against urban deer. To me, they’re part of the package, part of the

Re: Gilbert’s Response to Our reponse to “Sterling,” Who Responded to “Bugsy” When you wrote to The Messenger asking they clarify their editorial position regarding letters, it seemed like you’re trying to pull some sort of “gotcha,” to pin them into an idealogical box of some sort. Which is really

A consistent reason cited by local politicians attempting to go backwards on marijuana legalization is a desire to boost tourism. But they have it entirely backwards: pot is an opportunity for tourism, not an obstacle. After legalization, Colorado found that approximately 40 percent of sales were to non-residents. Unlike Colorado,

Pot is legal! Hooray! Now get back to work. Oh, sorry. You thought this fight was over? Not by a long shot. Let’s start with the obvious: it’s still illegal federally. So long as that’s the case, then state legalization is at risk. Not to mention all the other issues

I’ve never gotten over the feeling of March 3, 2004. I was walking through downtown Portland, enjoying a beautiful—for Portland—spring day. And while the sun was sort of shining and birds were chirping, there was something else: an electricity to the air. Everywhere there were people running and smiling, positively