It's legal. Yep that's right, recreational cannabis is legal in Oregon, one of four states in this fair union that has passed similar measures. My arrival in Portland was timed almost perfectly with the historic lifting of pot prohibition, so naturally I wanted to take a peak at what these new implications meant. After some research via high quality (free) literature found throughout the city, I decided it was the growers and their crop that I wanted to explore. The folks at the very core of what will likely be a large industry and important social movement.
In the first installment of my Green Thumb series I chose to feature Dave Nicholson and Forever Dank Farms. Dave has been on the leading front of cannabis cultivation for nearly 15 years. His expertise has netted awards and has produced legendary strains amongst medical patients. The outdoor growing season had just ended, so it was his indoor growing operation that had to take center stage.
Viewing Dave's operation was a great peak behind the veil of an industry that's poised to shine. To say that legal cannabis is new territory is an understatement, but that doesn't undermine its legitimacy. As progressive policy reform continues to migrate through the country, it's going to be very interesting to watch how the biggest black sheep of the country becomes commonplace.