The Cannabis Issue 2016

The Mercury Cannabis Issue

Year One: So Far, Sooooo Good!

Four Ways to Use Weed Other Than Getting High

Here's Why Marijuana Advocates Are Excited About Its Many Uses

You Have to Come Out of the Pot Closet

If You Want Public Perceptions About Pot to Change

The Future of Oregon's Weed Industry

Our Cannabis Programs Are the Best in the Country

Confessions of a Hard-Working Unionized Stoner

I'm Proud to Be a Union Man and a Pot Smoker

I Love Weed! :) But I Hate Stoner Culture :(

How Other People Have Ruined My Favorite Pastime

Weed and Ladies: A Handbook for Women

The Cannabis World Is Hella Male-Dominated. This Gendered How-To Won't Solve That.

Our Topicals Trial Test!

We Attempt to Rub the Pain Away with Cannabis Balms and Salves

In the Pot Seat with Ted Wheeler

The Mayoral Candidate Answers Our Most Pressing Weed Questions

A Suppository That Transforms That Time of the Month

Our Informal Study Shows Very Promising Results

How to Say "Nah" Without Being a Buzzkill

'People Who Don't Smoke Weed Can Have Fun, Too!

REMEMBER WHEN they made marijuana legal in the state of Oregon? Yeah. That was pretty cool.

What's even cooler is how the cannabis industry has subsequently exploded, with creators, innovators, and investors all doing their part to make the most of the new economy. Even though we're still in our baby-steps phase, the presence of legal recreational weed in Oregon has changed our city for the better—and not just in the feeling-okay-about-getting-high way, either.

For our annual cannabis issue, we're looking at some new developments on the canna frontier, but more importantly, we've examined how those developments can affect our day-to-day lives. We did a trial run of some cannabis-based oils and topical treatments (with varying degrees of success), and we also tried a not-yet-available-in-Oregon vaginal suppository to aid with menstrual cramps (it was a winner). We also looked at how cannabidiol (CBD) is changing the medical scene, offering health benefits that are having resounding repercussions.

So, this is where we are, in the first year after legalization. It's an exciting place to be. But it's not like everything is hunky dory—some people are still victim to unfair drug testing, and weed culture still has some growing up to do. But mostly, we're here to appreciate how far we've come, and even if you're not a toker, there's a lot to celebrate.