Friday, July 3, 2015

The Portland Oregon #BurnsideBurn

The Burnside Burn, an infamous night on Burnside Bridge in Portland Oregon. This night was the eve of the end of Cannabis prohibition in Oregon. This night there was to be a free weed and seed giveaway, this night there was to be a smoke out on Burnside bridge, this night was to make history.

With the passage of Oregon's Measure 91 last November by voters, recreational marijuana growth, possession, sales and consumption were legalized in the state. On July 1st, 2015 the law went into effect at midnight. Across the state veteran smokers and curious first-timers alike sparked up bowls and joints of high-quality Oregon grown cannabis to herald the new freedom. Portland though, Portland Oregon naturally kept it weird and created beautiful chaos that captured the attention of the entire nation.

The Uber Positive Pork Chop of Portland~

A man named Pork Chop, a very dedicated, obstreperous and irresponsibly loud activist decided that he would take it upon himself to shut down the Burnside bridge. In the months preceding Oregon's official implementation of measure 91 he rallied people around his idea, even calling me during the Rose festival, until he caught the attention of larger area activists like Russ Belville president of Oregon's chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) who aided in publicizing and organizing the event.

Pork Chop became a celebrity overnight for gathering a line of thousands behind him, like the pied piper, with the promise to give away 420 pounds of cannabis flower to bystanders 21 and over. He captured the hearts and minds with the  of the crowd with the promise of the large amount of free weed and with chants like "Fuck the DEA" and "Free The Weed", he gave out a handful of joints and free seeds to people, myself included.

Making Weed NORML

Russ Belville, founder of and president of NORML Portland, brought plenty of attention to the event on his various platforms, inviting people to join in the fun atop the Burnside bridge at 11:30 on the eve of legalization in Oregon in anticipation of a public smoke-out that was to take place at midnight. He brought the maximum allowable according to the new state law, and smoked with friends and those close by at midnight along with 90% of those on the bridge. The group from NORML were able to gather the bulk of the revelers near the iconic Portland Stag sign, making photo history happen.

The #BurnsideBurn

When the crowd announced that it was midnight there was a collective cheer and thousands of BIC lighters clicking in unison as people excitedly celebrated their newly legal status, within minutes a giant cloud of smoke began emanating from the Burnside bridge. Sporadic coughing and loud shouts brought full realization to the nely relaxed marijuana laws in the state of Oregon. This giant smoke session signaled the death of Cannabis prohibition in Oregon, one of five US states to do so.

The Crowd

There were easily over 2500 people gathered on the infamous Burnside bridge in Portland spanning over the Willamette River. Some eagerly awaited free cannabis, others were content with just being a part of the highly energetic and populated albeit random event that took place in standard peaceful protest fashion, permitless. This gathering of spirits revealed the diverse peoples and cultures who were brought together in this one moment to celebrate a common ground. I heard a number of foreign languages spoken in excited tones no doubt talking about the change in law. People traveled from across the country, even as far as Tennessee and New York; some were from as far away as Canada.

The City-

The city of Portland, Oregon got very stoned this night as giant clouds of marijuana smoke rolled past their bedroom windows that were left open to enjoy a nice willamette valley summer breeze. They awoke the next morning feeling rejuventated and revitalized and had a lot of interesting local news to read about.

Check out the hashtag #Burnsideburn on Instagram and Facebook.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Free Weed Seeds in Oregon

Jenifer Valley & Mike Mullins founders of Stoney Girl Gardens

With traffic at a stand-still, backed up for 6 miles on highways 212 and 205, the Stoney Girl Gardens commemorative free marijuana seed giveaway was a giant success and a full realization of the newly legalized cannabis laws in Oregon. Ten thousand seeds of cannabis, derived from six signature Stoney Girl strains were given away to anyone twenty-one or older today.

Military veterans, school teachers, ice cream men, UPS drivers and more filed through the alleyway directly behind their soon to open Clackamas cannabis dispensary, Stoney Only. The Stoney Girl team comprised of their gardeners, office personnel and more were present to check ID, cook free food, and hand out seeds to eager visitors. Over 8,000 visitors appeared at the HWY 212 location, next to “Ole’s Medium Rare” steakhouse bar. The dispensary which is under renovation was open for tours to give the public a personalized cannabis experience that doesn’t have to be lived vicariously through media headlines.   

When asked about the company marijuana seed giveaway, Jenifer Valley aka Stoney Girl said, “It felt really amazing to be a part of history, I know this is going to cause a lot of change here in Oregon, and it will give 10,000 people the opportunity to grow their own cannabis.”

News crews were present to interview and film the giveaway, which directed people where to go. Documentary filmmakers Mike and Amy McDermott of “Studio Mcdermott” were in attendance to gather content at this historical happening for their film developing film, “Oregon: The State of Cannabis.” Amy McDermott said, “ What impressed me most at today’s free seed giveaway was the older folks picking up seeds. There will be a lot of grandmothers in Oregon growing cannabis this summer.

Erin Purchase, pediatric cannabis therapy patient, Brave Mykayla’s mother, who also works closely with the seed company, was present jubilantly handing out seeds, reminding people about the therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana and what it did for her daughter during her successful fight with childhood leukemia. She had this to say about the giveaway, “Today to me was a celebration for all the hard work that every activist has put into ending prohibition. I felt honored to take part the largest seed giveaway that has ever taken place on American soil. When the truckers honked in frustration at the waiting line of cars, it made me happy that so many people wanted to come get free seeds to grow legally, and it made our collective effort seem like a real accomplishment” 

This is the first time an American Cannabis seed company has openly and publicly handed out the still federally illegal seeds, let alone 10,000 of them. A local marijuana edible company, Mr. Ucked Up, had a booth from which they were gifting of age passersby with hash infused otter pops and frozen concentrate infused chocolates. Neighbor Dave’s Organics teamed up with Stoney Girl gardens at the giveaway and handed out free gram bags of high-grade organic cannabis flower.

The number of seeds given away today as gifts to the citizens of Oregon was stunning. 10,000 marijuana seeds, which will be planted and grown by Oregonians. The end of Cannabis prohibition came to Oregon today, July 1st, 2015. It was replaced with revelry and generosity. The team at Stoney Girl Gardens has done Oregon a service, it has given people the opportunity to grow their own marijuana, and share it with others; paying forward what was done for them today by Jenifer Valley and Michael Mullins, the founders of Stoney Girl gardens.

This is what a free marijuana seed giveaway looks like~


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To Sell Marijuana Or Not, That Is The Question.

The Oregon Legislature is considering  the adoption of a plan to allow already existing medical-marijuana dispensaries to temporarily sell cannabis products to adults 21 and when  recreational marijuana becomes legal July 1, under measure 91.

The proposal was brought to the table by Republican Senator Ted Ferrioli (John Day) as a potential solution to the problem of where to buy cannabis while the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) begins implementing licenses for recreational growers, processors and dispensaries.

OLCC chairman Rob Patridge has admitted that the licensing process is not likely to be finished until late 2016, even on into 2017—more than a year after measure 91 allows for recreational cannabis possession and consumption in Oregon. The OLCC ‘s time frame and reasoning for it have been questioned considerably by the joint committee on marijuana in Oregon.

The Willamette Week quoted Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland), who chairs the House-Senate committee on legal weed~
"I don't know that we can pull this off," Burdick says, "but I think the concept is a good one. It would allow people to get marijuana without going through other channels that might be illegal."
My personal opinion is that this proposal may sound awesome, and is definitely a possible solution, but Oregonians need to beware and remain vigilant. This could be a short sited set up to merge medical and recreational dispensaries~

Photo: Tom Burns via CelebStoner
We know from #‎BurnsGate -Where the OLCC Fired Oregon Pot Czar Tom Burns for Leaking a Document, Then Lying About It that there was a plot being formed showing the OLCC planned for greater control of medical weed.- this could still happen if we aren’t careful, and prepared.

The state of Oregon wants nothing more than to surpress the black market in anyway possible, which is of course agreeable, as is the point of taxation which supports Oregon's economy- benefitting all residents, not just cannabis consumers.

However, we cannot allow this to move too rapidly. In the drive for the best marketplace we cannot become short-sited and hurried in finding a solution that fits best, we all know people want to buy weed, but we have to think of everything- If this is allowed, then we have to make sure that we dont lose rights as OMMP patients.

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