Last Wednesday was July 1st, and not only did we launch the website here at Direct Cannabis Network, it’s also the day that Oregon’s Measure 91 came into effect. This measure, passed in November of 2014, allows for adults age 21 and older to cultivate up to 4 plants per household on private property, consume and possess up to 8 ounces of usable cannabis in a private residence, and possess 1 ounce in public. Recreational marijuana use is now legal for adults over the age of 21 in Oregon, and people were dancing in the streets. Literally.
That evening, Portland’s Willamette Week magazine hosted the “first ever legal pot party” in Oregon at Falcon Art Community. The Best of Potland event was free, open to the first 500 attendees 21 years of age or older to RSVP online. Networking events like these are crucial to the emerging cannabis industry. This is a community that has been unable to advertise or market their products openly for decades, and I thank the Willamette Week for starting us off right. There was food available from two local food carts, free beer, comedy, and music. The party kicked off at 4:20 in the afternoon, fittingly, with free joints for all. It was a relatively intimate event, with only about a dozen vendors, and everyone was showing off their brand.
Golden XTRX, Proper Oil and True North Extracts were there showcasing their stellar concentrates with vape pen samples and free dabs, while Goochy Gardens and Eco Firma Farms were handing out samples of some beautiful flower. Women Grow had a booth, and if you are looking to network in the cannabis industry I recommend you check out this organization. Women Grow was founded in Denver in 2014, and their goal is to connect, educate and empower entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, focusing mainly on women. The Weed Blog team was next door, an excellent source for cannabis related news.
When I stopped by the Bud Rub booth to grab a sample I also got to hear more about their products. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I’ve learned the benefits of topically applying salves and different essential oils, and the crew at Bud Rub know what they’re doing. I picked up a couple samples, and I look forward to reviewing them for you.
The most innovative product I saw at the event was the Prodigy, a new all-in-one digital vapor rig made by Seattle based company Spry.The Prodigy has the look of a traditional water pipe, but does so much more. The custom titanium nail is heated by an allelectric system which is built in, and you have full control over the heat level with the digital temperature control. There’s a charging base that does need to be plugged in, but once it’s charged you can pass the Prodigy around the same way you used to pass your water pipe, except with no lighter or extra accessories needed.
There were several dispensaries in attendance as well, handing out t-shirts, stickers, hats, and information. Nectar Cannabis, and GreenSky Collective were there from Portland, as well as representatives from Washington recreational stores High End Market Place and New Vansterdam,which recently opened a medical marijuana dispensary in the Portland area called New Vansterdam Medical. Recreational cannabis sales in Oregon were set to begin in 2016 after the regulations were finalized and taxes were set, however, it seems likely that legislation will pass to begin the sale of recreational cannabis on October 1st in the 310 approved medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.
Anthony Johnson and Peter Zuckerman of New Approach Oregon, the campaign to pass Measure 91, were both present and spoke a few words. They celebrated the end of prohibition in Oregon, but also reminded us of the work still to be done. While several of the states which have legalized marijuana use in some form have also scaled back the punishments for marijuana related offenses, there are still areas of the country with severe punishment for possession of even a small amount of cannabis. There are thousands of people still incarcerated for nonviolent, marijuana related crimes, and with crippling health conditions who could greatly benefit from easier access to marijuana for medical research. If you are reading this in a state that is still under some level of prohibition, maybe now is the time to get involved in your community’s legalization movement. If you don’t have the time, you can also just call or write your state representative to make your voice be heard. Perhaps before you know it, you’ll be at your own legalization party.