Last month our Central Oregon Cannabis Community came together and provided important testimony on the proposed land use changes that will impact unincorporated farmland making cannabis production and processing less workable for businesses. Roughly 13 community members gave testimony at the hearing along with many letters sent in supporting our cannabis economy. This collaboration makes a big difference against a loud minority opposing cannabis business; you can read more about it the in the Bend Bulletin.
The recent county public hearing is a bold reminder to us all that our upcoming elections are an important piece to continuing the process of normalization and protecting the work done this far to legalize cannabis. Over the last month, Celebrate Cannabis is proud to endorse local political candidates that support workable regulations, protect our farmers and will speak out against the abundant misinformation. Please take some time to learn about our endorsed candidates and donate to their campaigns.
- Amy Lowes, Deschutes County County Commissioner
- James Cook, Deschutes County County Commissioner
- Amanda La Bell, Candidate for State House District 54
- Michael Harper, La Pine City Council
Stay tuned for a special newsletter this month to learn more about the upcoming elections, the candidates and how you can be involved.
Interview with Lindsey Pate, Celebrate Cannabis’ New President
The Celebrate Cannabis Board is also pleased to unanimously vote Lindsey Pate to serve as President of Celebrate Cannabis. We want to thank Jennifer Clifton for her leadership as the outgoing president – she was instrumental in getting this organization off the ground. Thankfully, Jennifer will continue to serve as a Celebrate Cannabis as a board member.
Lindsey Pate is CEO and Co-founder at Glass House Grown, a local craft cannabis business. She has been an active voice in the local cannabis community serving as a member of the Marijuana Advisory Committee for Deschutes County and facilitating industry tours to further progress local normalization efforts.
What drives you to serve your community and advocate for cannabis?
When I was young I was very inspired by civil right leaders and their movements that opened doors for equality. For me cannabis advocacy is connected to innate civil liberties and Central Oregon’s right as a community to have positive economic development from this plant. I am so inspired by the history of cannabis as an industry and where we are headed. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing!
What do you hope to accomplish by working with Celebrate Cannabis?
Coming out of the shadows and into the light is what cannabis reform is all about and we need community involvement every step of the way to ensure that our local cannabis economy is true to Central Oregon. I want help create a space where cannabis can be celebrated openly and a platform that supports community collaboration.
We are excited to welcome Ellen Parkin to the Celebrate Cannabis Board.
Ellen received a M.S. in Brewing Science from OSU and came to Bend to work at Worthy Brewing. After starting the Worthy Brewing lab, Ellen hopped into the growing cannabis industry. She is the lab director at the Bend EVIO Labs and recently was appointed as the EVIO Labs corporate Quality Assurance Officer. In her free time, Ellen loves to spend time outside with her dogs and husband. In addition to serving as a Board Member, Ellen has also taken on the role of Secretary for Celebrate Cannabis.
What similarities do you see now between the beer and cannabis industries?
Beer and cannabis are similar in that we are striving for the highest quality products we can produce. Craft beer and craft cannabis have become a staple in our everyday lives and have helped all of us understand both products more deeply – through flavor, taste, and visual cues.
From a testing preservative, as the industry moves forward, I see international and standardized testing methods being developed and implemented. Almost all other industries have implemented these and this could help with grower and processor faith in the testing results.
Why do you believe its important to Celebrate Cannabis together as a local community?
I am so excited to be a part of Celebrate Cannabis. Our industry got off to a rocky start and the more we can work together and build a strong community, the more we will be able to accomplish together. This industry and the people in it have so much to offer and Celebrate Cannabis can help us come together to share that with our communities – both cannabis and non-cannabis.
Thank you and welcome to the Team, Ellen!
We hope you enjoyed reading this month’s newsletter. Each month we will continue to feature a conversation with a new member, sponsor or other influencer in the cannabis community. If you’d like to be considered for a feature, please consider joining our organization, or just reach out to us. Please don’t forget to share this with someone that would make a great Celebrate Cannabis member.