*New Video* Interviewing Hippie Marijuana Farmers In Oregon

During my July journey to and through the Pacific Northwest, I drove to southern Oregon, where I spoke with Michael, Amber, Cody, and Mae. This hippie farming foursome talked about life on a marijuana farm, defending their crops with punches and a shotgun, how smoking weed keeps them healthy, about the area culture war (redneck…
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*New Video* Conversation At A Marijuana Store: VPNW #4

“I just smoked 10 minutes ago.” In Clackamas, just outside Portland, Oregon, I entered Stoney Only marijuana dispensary. I expected them to resist being on camera, as had another pot store I visited. But after talking to a young man behind the counter, he immediately got the owner, who happily sat down with me. Owner…
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Conversation With A Portland Pot User

Okay, here we go: My first interview from the Pacific Northwest. This summer I traveled this region to talk to people about their lives, about life in this part of the country, and about their outlooks on the world. My first conversation with a Pacific Northwesterner occurred just outside a marijuana store in Portland. It’s just like a liquor…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: Elk, Sand Dunes, And Agri-Culture

The night camping at the marijuana farm was just the beginning of my exposure to Oregon agriculture.  On July 7, I awoke before all the pot farmers did and crawled out of my tent. I guess their sleep schedule differs from the farmers I’m used to. By the end of this day, I’d meet more…
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People Of The Pacific Northwest: A MARIJUANA STORE And FARM

That which is taboo (and even illegal) in one place can be ordinary in another. This can cause us to pause—especially when such a contrast is apparent within two places in the same country. In the case of what I saw in Oregon, it can cause us to question the merit of law and policy…
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People Of The Pacific Northwest: PORTLAND

I had arrived. After two full days of driving, sightseeing, and people-meeting, I parked at my buddy Jay’s house in eastern Portland the night of July 3. He and his wife and daughter opened their home to me in this quiet, residential neighborhood–the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore the eccentricity of this city.…
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Ayla Travels The World, Part 13: Staying At The Florida Weed House

After Ayla’s dad flew back to Norway, Ayla was left alone for the third time on her three-month world excursion. And it didn’t take long on this last solo leg for Ayla to walk into an interesting situation… *** My dad left me at my cousin Kenneth’s house in St. Petersburg, Florida. He and his…
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Justice Going To Pot

Our Minnesotan boys in blue have been caught green-handed pulling some peculiar police work. Fox 9 news out of the Twin Cities had the story last night and the video below is definitely worth a look. Last April, several police officers from around the state were taking part in a program designed to help officers…
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