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Re: “Literary Portland: A Brief Tour

And you know, Green Bean Books (1600 NE Alberta St.) This is great for families and aspiring picture book and kidlit writers and illustrators. There are regular readings featuring local and PNW artists- plus other talented folks from all over. Some big names that are coming up: Emily Winfield Martin, Karma Wilson, Audrey Wood, Don Wood, Mac Barnett, and Christian Robinson just to name a few.

Posted by Earl Dizon on 08/27/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Creepin' On Dogs

I have been a volunteer at the Humane Society for two years, and it is wonderful. I don't own a dog, but volunteering gives me an opportunity to hang out with so many wonderful pooches. I love walking them around our gorgeous dog path, playing fetch, and of course, hanging out for pets afterwards. It's heartwarming to see great dogs that have had a tough life go home to their furrever homes.

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Posted by Abraham on 08/21/2015 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Magic Friends

Must have adobe flash plugin to view

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Posted by kimchi on 08/19/2015 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Behold! The Winners of the Most Glamorous Pet Photo Contest

How did Max & Bambi not win?!?!?

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Posted by Hailey Rose Jones on 08/19/2015 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Getting Baked

I work for Attis Trading Company here in Portland. We have a dispensary location on SE Gladstone. We actually just replaced all our HID's with LED lighting systems. They are NOT cheap, however we do believe it is important to get ahead of this issue, the current indoor set ups are antiquated and grossly inefficient. The amount of air conditioning you need to use to cool Gavita's is disgusting. We already have been doing our part with outdoor and greenhouse grows, however we were not happy with the consumption of Gavita's. LED seemed like a natural choice, especially now that the technology can match the yields the grower's desire and the quality the consumer's desire. I hope the prices of LED's come down so more people can afford to use them. Oregon needs to lead the way for sustainable cannabis cultivation. We do also agree with Jorge, sun grown is the best and we also only grow organic medicine.

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Posted by Attis Trading Company on 08/17/2015 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Getting Baked

Led Zeppelin was ahead of their time. Dirigibles make great , large, grow rooms and can be anchored to a bicycle parking slot at an apartment complex. If the City of Portland want's denser housing, it ought to subsided the homeless to live in blimps.

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Posted by Big Ten Inch on 08/17/2015 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Getting Baked

I know plenty of people, myself included, who use LED. You didn't find ONE of them for this story?

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Posted by PDXwahine on 08/16/2015 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Getting Baked

Ice ages coincide with the cycle of Precession, where the Earth is at it's farthest most distance from the Sun. Why this causes an increase in volcanism, may have to do with internal planetary heating do to friction from rounding the apex of the elliptical path.

See Earth curst displacement theory:

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Posted by Big Ten Inch on 08/15/2015 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Getting Baked


To piggyback off of your reply to Aurelius, do you think that it makes more sense to build in better efficiencies from the get-go in an industry that's still in its nascent stages? I would venture to guess that if more efficient lighting technology exists and can be adopted and standardized early on, that that would be easier than to try and tackle the issue years later when growers might be set in their ways with the less efficient lighting they have on hand, and also reluctant to absorb the cost of switching to more efficient lighting.

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Posted by Snagglepuss on 08/14/2015 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Getting Baked

Why no mention of the 100% Renewable Power Option offered by PGE ???

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Posted by brianp on 08/14/2015 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Getting Baked…

"There is one big thing the Mercury itself could do to be more environmentally friendly: stop publishing."


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Posted by disastronaut on 08/14/2015 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Getting Baked

Wow, c-

I own 5000 + square foot climate controlled indoor grow using 1000w gavitas and my power bill is about 95% less what it would cost to power 300 houses. Also, Portland to NYC is 2900 miles X 7 = 20,300 miles = 461 gallons of gas. I can grow 2.2 pounds of pot in two months under one 1000w bulb. This light power costs me about $100 for the two months in my county. This author believes 461 gallons of gas produces the same emissions as one 1000w hps bulb run twelve hours a day for two months.

Take this researchy speculation with a grain of salt and an ounce of actual facts.

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Posted by otishertz on 08/14/2015 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Getting Baked

Why not grow it outside, FFS? Thought that was a big point of legalizing it - so people don't have to do this crap anymore. Growing it indoors on an industrial scale seems absurdly expensive.

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Posted by Leif on 08/14/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Getting Baked

It takes around 15,000 kWh to smelt one ton of aluminum (about 60,000 aluminum cans or a couple cars and appliances). The average American home uses about 11,000 kWh per year. One 1000 watt light left on for 1 hour full blast uses 1 kWh. You show me one indoor grow that uses 15,000 1,000 watt lights and then maybe we can start comparing it to an industrial scale, or cut the theoretical lights down to 10,000 lights with the other 5 megawatts (whee) going to ACs, dehumidifiers, pumps, fans, etc. Maybe one or two out there but I doubt even that.

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Posted by JRRTrollkien on 08/14/2015 at 5:10 AM

Re: “Getting Baked

I think this whole issue is a bit overblown.

Each bowl uses roughly six cents worth of energy to produce. Now that's not saying the industry couldn't stand to become more efficient, but the grid has already been supporting a huge number of guerrilla and medicinal grows for years, and hey, how about encouraging practices that use that big ol' grow light in the sky? ...and maybe we ought examine how much energy is being used by similar industries and compare that to the cannabis industry. Beer certainly comes to mind, what with the boiling of the wort and subsequent rapid cooling to fermentation temperature, and then cold storage up until consumption ...seems to me, there's a lot of BTU's per pint being shuffled around. ;)

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Posted by papaT on 08/14/2015 at 12:57 AM

Re: “Getting Baked

Moral of the Story: Don't try to enlighten folks that the great bud they enjoy is the result of GMO modification or uses far more energy than they like to acknowledge.

Don't be harshing on the high man!

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Posted by frankieb on 08/13/2015 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Getting Baked

Ay, caramba! With don Jorge Cervantes on board, the Merc will be at the cutting edge of Cannabis cultivation technology.

For those still interested in less conspicuous indoor gardening as pioneered by the Dutch, here's the state of the art, high output, low power consumption, LED lighting system with even light distribution.…

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Posted by Big Ten Inch on 08/13/2015 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Getting Baked

Wow, humans continue to use more power. More power will always be needed as populations grow. Maybe you should kill yourself.

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Posted by bobsyeruncle on 08/13/2015 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Getting Baked

Jorge Cervantes, this is Josh, the Cannabis Correspondent and Cannabuzz Columnist for the Mercury. I'd love to chat with you, please email at, or leave contact info with your book when you come into the office. Thanks!

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Posted by Josh Jardine on 08/13/2015 at 11:17 AM

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Posted by Drunk & Write on 08/13/2015 at 10:42 AM

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