The skinny on solvents

Chemical Separation: Chemical separation is another technique used to remove the trichomes from the plant matter; but it is far different from mechanical because it uses what are sometimes very volatile gases for extraction. However many of the techniques are remarkably safe under the right conditions, and furthermore, many of the solvents used are not even very volatile. Regardless, there are many other parameters to consider when discussing solvent VS. non solvent extractions. Bottom line:…

White supremacy runs deep — Do we have the willingness to uproot it?

The horrific events that came out of Charlottesville, VA, have forced many regular white folks to realize that America has a white supremacy problem. But it's not enough to state that we have a white supremacy problem; we must grapple with how we got to this moment. We need to investigate why, in the wake of Charlottesville, it was when a white woman became white supremacy's latest victim — 32-year-old Heather Heyer — that suddenly…

The glass ceiling: cracked, but intact — When it comes to gender parity, don't let the cannabis industry fall behind

“Jane,” a caregiver in Oxford County, has been growing cannabis for more than a decade; an older female friend of her mother was the one who initially introduced her to the plant’s medicinal properties. These days, Jane serves multiple patients and has years of expertise under her belt. Yet sometimes, she still finds herself forced to assert herself among her male counterparts. Jane has resorted to “interrupting, talking over — even raising my voice —…

Do You Have a SAFE Plan?

If we’re not going to fool ourselves and each other, it is clear that there are some dangers in our society that we may have to face, through no fault of our own. Have you ever thought about some specific ones, and made a plan? Many Portlanders carry a spray, a mini-taser, or even a firearm. Others figure that, should a situation arise, their wits and resourcefulness will be what they depend upon. Between the…

It Starts with Tapping Your Toes

While it is true that an inordinate number of Portland youths are mostly sedentary, quite a few are not. Among those enthusiastic youngsters, some are lucky enough to have supportive parents and the opportunity to develop a physical skill, beyond everyday play. When play is organized, every sport is an arena of such skills. Ball-handling skills, passing accuracy, and shooting under duress are three examples from basketball alone. The self-engineered stamina and endurance of long-distance…

Get Your Butt to Strut Your Mutt

RJ is a gentle, fun-loving mutt who, not so long ago, was found wandering alone down in North Carolina. A partner group to Kennebunk’s Animal Welfare Society took him in. During the ensuing physical, it was discovered that the poor dog had a major diaphragmatic hernia, causing his internal organs to be disjointed and allowing his colon to encroach upon his heart. It didn’t look good. AWS’s partners didn’t have the resources for the requisite…

Let 'Em Talk

I’ve been told I’m a racist, neo-Nazi scumbag. Considering the source, I’m cool with that. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I think the Confederate flag is a symbol of treason and bigotry. If I found a statue of Robert E. Lee lurking in my front yard, I’d promptly take a sledgehammer to it. But in today’s hyper-tense political atmosphere, that’s not sufficient. To be deemed acceptable by the liberal guardians of social interaction, it’s…

Hungry Hungry Housing (Yes, Portland Is Dying)

Though a clerical error almost made the rent stabilization conversation moot before the debate could even begin, housing activists should mark their calendars for September 6th. That’s when the Portland City Council is set to vote on amendments to the inclusive zoning provision of the city code.   The changes amount to some very modest density incentives aimed at developers of affordable housing to make their projects viable. The amendments were written to be sensitive…

Paws in the Park and a Show to the South

If you’re a dog owner, there aren’t too many things that are more fun and relaxing than taking your fur-partner to the park for a little R&R. Throw a little ball, romp a little romp, discover a new ridiculous thing your dog wants to do to make you laugh. What could be better? How about 5,000 people like you and dogs like yours, all groovin’ to some live local bands, at the 7th Annual Pet…

You're Not Friends, You Just Tolerate Each Other

Here’s this week’s episode of The Port City Chronicle, the continuing serial novel of Gretchen, a 46-year-old criminal defense lawyer, and her family and friends, seeking love and happiness in Portland the hard way: “How’s Grace? She having a good summer?” our neighbor Alex asked, seeing me out of the corner of his eye on the porch while he was leaning against his car reading the news on his phone. “And how’s Paul?” “Paul’s dead,”…
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