This election season was an important one for so many reasons and Celebrate Cannabis is proud to endorse candidates that support a healthy and diverse local economy in Central Oregon. The County Commissioner race was very close for both Amy Lowes and James Cook but unfortunately for our cannabis community, they did not win. Given how close the votes were, we are very proud of James, Amy and everyone who worked so hard to promote their campaigns. Michael Harper of Harper’s Highlands, another Celebrate Cannabis endorsed candidate, won an elected position on the La Pine City council. Way to go Michael!! If you want to see our local election results, please check out Deschutes County election results.
Last month The Initiative, an accelerator program, business bootcamp, and funding resource for female-founded cannabis businesses, held an event for women in the cannabis space right here in Central Oregon’s backyard. Roughly 175 women filled Braasda Ranch for the first ever Hustle Hard Retreat, an immersive workshop style retreat focusing on business, finance, and funding with just the right mix of connection and inspiration. Celebrate Cannabis Board members Ellen Parkin and Lindsey Pate and Austin Dilling, owner at Highline Accounting in Bend, helped out at the event. Ellen recalls the event with excitement, “the event was extremely empowering for women. I felt that in that time and space, we could accomplish anything together. The event really promoted a strong, collaborative environment.”
Interview with new Celebrate Cannabis Board Member Taylor Du Mond, Owner, and Chef at Delta 9 Confections.
Taylor is the founder and owner at Delta 9 Confections, a local edible and beverage company that specializes in a classic line of nostalgic type products that are all handmade and baked with love in Bend Oregon and we are so lucky to have him on the Celebrate Cannabis Board.
What was your motivation for starting Delta 9 Confections in Central Oregon?
It all started years ago for medical patients; my father passed away from cancer about 8 years ago and cannabis and edibles really helped him with pain and quality of life to the end. After that, I continued to make edibles for local medical OMMP dispensaries and that is what eventually became our current local company, Delta 9 Confections, in 2015 in Bend Oregon. My family and I love living in Central Oregon because it has the best of all worlds. Bend is not too small, not too big. Everything we look for in a home is here in Central Oregon; mountains, lakes, outdoor activities and beautiful weather all summer. Skiing and snow sports in winter, and of course the mecca of craft beer and cannabis. Central Oregon is special to me because it is home, it’s where I live, work and raise my family.
Where do you see the edible industry going?
The edible industry is big and I believe it will continue to grow at a rapid rate. With forms of ingesting Cannabis outside of inhalation, there are lots of options for eating, sublingual applications, beverages, etc. that provide a healthy alternative to smoking or inhaling cannabis. There will always be some craft products available in terms of edibles and beverages in but my opinion when it eventually goes legal nationwide or worldwide, unfortunately, I see it moving to the regular food industry now; vast options of over processed, mass-produced food items that are made by some of the largest companies on earth.
What keep you committed to your craft and to Central Oregon?
Seeing the way the cannabis space is changing keeps me very dedicated to my craft; outside investors and big money, jumping into the space with low price points and low-quality products that are mass-produced, is hard for me to see. Born and raised in Oregon, I am happy and proud to be a local, small family owned and operated business. There is always room for craft cannabis companies, especially in a place like Oregon. I always support local, support small business, I am a firm believer in anti-corporate cannabis.
Outdoor Burn Season in Central Oregon
Winter is coming and with the change of seasons local Fire Chiefs within Central Oregon have coordinated and opened outdoor burning. Before you get too excited and light it up like the Starks in the North, be sure you know what fire district you are in and the rules you need to be following. High winds, extended periods of dry weather and availability of fire responders can cause temporary bans on outdoor burning. Always call your local outdoor burn line before starting any outdoor fire, be mindful of weather patterns and use best burn practices, such as a “circle fo safety”.
Celebrate Cannabis president, Lindsey Pate, talked with Fire Marshal Traci Cooper, of Redmond Fire and Rescue, to learn more about the differences between agricultural burns compared to non-commercial or residential burning. “Commercial Agricultural burning is often a necessary tool for farmers and it’s important to our department that we respect the needs of the farmers while promoting safe burn practices. What separates agricultural burns from other types of non-commercial burning is if the farmland in question is currently profiting off a legal farm use. It can be a bit more complex and I encourage residents to reach out to your local fire district to learn more and check out the DEQ website.”
- Alfalfa Fire District, Contact 503-910-6129 for permits.
- Bend Fire and EMS, Outdoor Burn Line, 541-322-6335
- Crook County Fire and EMS, Outdoor Burn Line, 541-447-BURN (2878)
- Crooked River Ranch Fire & Rescue, Outdoor Burn Line, 541-923-4633 *ALL burns require a permit.
- Jefferson County Fire District #1, Outdoor Burn Line, 541-475-1789
- La Pine Rural Fire Protection District, Outdoor Burn Line, 541-536-9056 *ALL burns require a permit.
- Redmond Fire & Rescue, Outdoor Burn Line, 541-504-5035
- Sisters Fire, Outdoor Burn Line, 541‐549‐2333
With the new year in sight, we are reminded to be thankful for what we have, to celebrate life and to be gracious and giving to those around us. If you have an idea for community involvement, events or just want to lend a hand, please reach out the Celebrate Cannabis team.
As always, we will continue to feature a conversation with a new member, sponsor or another 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.