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Check Out Our "Cannabis Guide 2020: Cannabis in the Time of COVID"

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There’s little “good news” while in the middle of a pandemic. With the national death rate topping more than 200,000 and positive coronavirus cases reaching 7 million, it’s pretty easy to slip into a state of hopelessness and depression. However there are things we can do to power through this hellscape and hopefully emerge wiser and stronger on the other side—and more people are discovering that cannabis can help in the process.

The therapeutic benefits of cannabis are well-documented, which may be one reason why a growing number of people are now discovering the benefits of THC and its less stoney, calmer sister CBD. That’s why the Mercury is devoting our annual cannabis guide to the subject of “Cannabis in the Time of COVID.” We’ve got a lot of great information and tips to share, including best practices for getting cannabis delivered to your home during quarantine, what weed works best for anxiety, insomnia, or depression, and best practices for using pot to increase creativity and productivity.

But the interesting stuff doesn’t stop there! You’ll also get rock-solid reviews of various edibles, as well as info on the not-so-fun effects of mixing alcohol with weed, and what local activists are using to mitigate the mental exhaustion of nightly protests. Plus you’ll meet the maker of cannabis hand sanitizer, and a “death doula” who uses flower to help terminally ill patients gently pass to the other side.

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Hall Monitor: An Authorized Militia

Law enforcement officers approach protesters Saturday night.
Law enforcement officers approach protesters Saturday night. Mathieu Lewis-Rolland

Hall Monitor is a regular column on issues related to Portland City Hall and its influence on the community it serves.

On Saturday morning, hundreds of law enforcement officers swarmed into Portland, sent to monitor a potentially violent rally organized by the Proud Boys, a national far-right organization that has ties to white nationalist and militia groups. But it was the police, not the Proud Boys, who left Portlanders bloodied, bruised, and traumatized by violence by the day’s end.

The Proud Boys billed Saturday’s gathering as a rally to “take back” Portland from those engaged in the city’s months of nightly protests for racial justice and against police brutality. In preparation for the event—which, before it began, bore many of the hallmarks of other far-right gatherings in Portland that have turned violent—Oregon Governor Kate Brown preemptively announced a state of emergency in Portland. She also made a few significant changes to police leadership.

A week earlier, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler banned the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) from using CS gas—a potent and dangerous tear gas favored by law enforcement agencies—on any protesters in the city, regardless of circumstances. Wheeler’s prohibition extended to all officers working under the command of PPB. When Wheeler then asked the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) to help Portland officers respond to the upcoming Proud Boys rally and its related counter-demonstrations, those law enforcement agencies refused, explaining that they wouldn’t send their officers to the protests without the ability to use CS gas.

That’s when Brown intervened. On Friday, Brown announced that PPB would not be in charge of law enforcement’s response to the weekend’s protests; instead, OSP and MCSO would direct police actions on Saturday, with PPB under their command.

Brown’s decision not only meant that Portland officers would be allowed to use CS gas, but also that they were no longer beholden to a court order that had kept PPB officers from targeting specific people in the crowd. In early July, a federal judge approved a temporary restraining order against PPB, prohibiting Portland officers from arresting or using force against nonviolent legal observers or members of the press after police had declared a protest a “riot.” That federal order, however, does not apply to other law enforcement agencies, unless they are explicitly under PPB’s command.

With state and county law enforcement agencies calling the shots on Saturday, the rules and regulations that over the past several months have been specifically designed to curtail PBB's most violent tendencies were off the table.

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Good Morning, News: Police (Not the Proud Boys) Attack Portlanders, Barrett Nominated for SCOTUS, and the Trump Tax Returns Reveal!

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- The Proud Boys came to town Saturday for a small rally (attracting a sliver of the promised 20,000 attendees), which concluded without the anticipated levels of violence that's usually associated with gatherings of far-right dudes in our leftie metropolis. Three miles away, thousands of antifascist Portlanders gathered to support mutual aid groups, celebrate local civil rights organizations, and joyfully ignore the right-wing visitors.

- I wash brainwashed by plantbloc:

- The anticipated Proud Boy violence that had lawmakers wringing their hands instead came from law enforcement officers Saturday night. Officers appeared to take pleasure in trampling and shoving hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Portland to decry police brutality and listen to speeches by Black activists.

- Despite deeming the response a victory, Gov. Kate Brown has asked the police to please investigate themselves to make sure they didn't do a bad thing. Seems foolproof!

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Live Blog: Proud Boys Come to Portland, Antifascists Counter-Demonstrate

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Peninsula Park. Alex Zielinski

Update, 5:00 pm:

The afternoon is coming to a close with live music, speakers, and dancing at Irving Park. But, while the Proud Boys are off chugging brewskis in Vancouver, there's still nervous energy in the air around what the night may bring.

Activists haven't announced a planned protest for this evening, but judging by the past four months (!!!) of nightly demonstrations, it wouldn't come as a surprise. And it could draw a response from the right-wing reactionaries still putzing around town. We're ending our live coverage of the daytime activities, but our reporters will continue to keep an eye on the streets this evening.

Stay safe, Portland.


Update, 4:30 pm:
Portland Police have confirmed that officers pulled over a vehicle without plates carrying weapons that had been at the Proud Boy rally. No reports yet of any police response to the Proud Boy members who were openly carrying AR-15 rifles in a public park (which is illegal unless you have a concealed gun permit).

Meanwhile at Irving Park, more speeches and music—and not a whiff of insecure Proud Boy testosterone.

Update, 3:30 pm:

Our Alex Zielinski filed this report from Peninsula Park:

The sun came out this afternoon just in time for speakers to take the stage, drawing a crowd of more than 1,000 to the lawn. The scene is familiar: several thousand Portlanders gathered at this same park on May 29 before marching downtown just days after George Floyd’s murder. Today's crowd heard from Demetria Hester, Albert Lee, Mic Crenshaw, Juan Chavez, Olivia Katbi Smith, and others. The park erupted in cheers after learning that the Proud Boy rally had wrapped—but leaders advised the group to be on the lookout for roving fascists tonight. By 3:15 pm, the group had begun to disperse—some lingering to pet a llama and others snacking on leftover pizza.

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Good Afternoon, News: Troopers to Police Proud Boys, Oregon's Biggest COVID Day Yet, and Trump's Anti-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee

A Proud Boy wrestles a protester during a Portland clash in 2017.
A Proud Boy wrestles a protester during a Portland clash in 2017. Doug Brown

Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

• In response to the far-right, white nationalist-aligned Proud Boys coming to Portland on Saturday, Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state emergency, assigning Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to have jurisdiction over the rally. The Portland Police Bureau will work under OSP and MSCO—and all three law enforcement agencies will have the power to use CS gas (or tear gas), despite a recent ban from Mayor Ted Wheeler. (Note: All three agencies include officers who have been chummy and more than accommodating with those in far-right organizations—which is a baaaaaad sign for peaceful protesters showing up to demonstrate against hate. Be careful out there.)

• To learn more about the Proud Boys, their past visits, and the questionable deference they've received from the Portland Police, check out this very informative story by our Alex Zielinski.

• In this fascinating investigative piece from OPB, it's noted that Oregon has an unlawful paramilitary activity law that would stop weapons-carrying groups like the Proud Boys from causing civil unrest. This was pointed out to Mayor Wheeler as a possible legal response to violent right-wing groups like the Proud Boys... and was promptly ignored.

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Portland Prepares For An (Unwanted) Visit From the Proud Boys

Members of the Proud Boys shake hands during a August 2019 rally in Portland.
Members of the Proud Boys shake hands during a August 2019 rally in Portland. Karen Ducey / Getty Images

By now, you may have heard: The Proud Boys, a national far-right organization rooted in white nationalism and male chauvinism, is visiting Portland this weekend.

The group has planned a noon rally at Delta Park, where attendees from across the country plan to "take back" Portland from the grips of several villains, including (but not limited to) Black Lives Matter protesters, antifascist activists, Mayor Ted Wheeler, and District Attorney Mike Schmidt.

The dramatic rhetoric surrounding this rally comes straight from Tucker Carlson's soundbites, with organizers accusing Wheeler of allowing "domestic terrorists" to besiege his city. In a press release, the Proud Boys said they were protesting on behalf of Aaron Danielson, the man who was shot and killed during a pro-Trump rally in Portland, along with other "victims" of Wheeler's leadership, including Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The press statement goes on to suggest that the two police officers shot in Louisville during a Wednesday protest were "emboldened by Wheeler's inaction in Portland."

While the group says they intend on having a "peaceful" demonstration, it's clear they're preparing for a fight.

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This Week in Portland Food News: Delivery Chicken, Birria Tacos, and More!

Doug Miriellos new cheffed up Nashville-style chicken project Charlies Hot Chicken serves loaded crinkle-cut fries.
Doug Miriello's new "cheffed up" Nashville-style chicken project Charlie's Hot Chicken serves loaded crinkle-cut fries. Charlie's Hot Chicken

Put on your sweatpants, queue up some Netflix, and order some chicken: Dimo's Apizza chef Doug Miriello has launched his new Nashville-style hot chicken delivery-only concept, and Andy Ricker of Pok Pok is teaming up with Reef Kitchens to offer his famed fish sauce wings for delivery as well. In other news, there's a new birria cart and a new outdoor bar highlighting gin cocktails. Read on for all that and more essential updates. For more ideas, check out our list of places to drink fresh hop beer, our takeout and delivery directory, and our outdoor dining directory.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS


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If you just binged the new season of Taco Chronicles on Netflix and are now jonesing for tacos stuffed with birria (spicy stewed meat), the new food cart Birreria PDX, which opened in early September, is here for you. Offerings include consommé (broth), quesabirria (a quesadilla with birria), queso tacos, tortas, mulitas, and even ramen birria.
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Gov. Brown Puts State Troopers, Sheriff's Office in Charge of Policing Proud Boy Rally

Gov. Kate Brown and OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton.
Gov. Kate Brown and OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton. State of Oregon screenshot

Gov. Kate Brown is giving the Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MSCO) jurisdiction over Portland this weekend in preparation of a planned far-right rally on Saturday. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) will work under OSP and MSCO—and all three law enforcement agencies will have the power to use CS gas (or tear gas), despite a recent ban from Mayor Ted Wheeler.

“I am incredibly concerned about the increased risk of violence this weekend," Brown said at a press conference Friday morning. “I need to do everything I can as governor to assure the safety of Oregonians.”

The Proud Boys, a far-right extremist organization with white supremacist ties that has staged violent rallies in Portland before, plans to hold a demonstration in Delta Park on Saturday. Left-wing and antifascist organizers are planning several counter-demonstrations, including one across the street from Delta Park. OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton and Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese will have jurisdiction over Portland for a 48-hour period on Saturday and Sunday, serving as joint incident commanders.

"You will see a massive influx of Oregon State Police troopers beginning tomorrow morning," Hampton said. "They will be saturating North Portland, Interstate 5, between the venues of Delta Park and Peninsula Park, with our colleagues, the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.”

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The Best Movies to Stream in Portland This Weekend: September 24-27, 2020

Do what Brad and Janet didnt do and stay in your car for double-feature screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Monty Python and the Holy Grail this Friday and Sunday at the 99 Drive-In.
Do what Brad and Janet didn't do and stay in your car for double-feature screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Monty Python and the Holy Grail this Friday and Sunday at the 99 Drive-In.

Fall has officially fallen, but there are still a couple of drive-in theaters catering to car-havers! We've rounded up options at Cinema Under the Stars and the Northwest Film Center's Cinema Unbound. If you'd prefer to hygge it up at home, we've also compiled movies streaming online through local theaters (like the noir thriller Native Son and the kung-fu film Shaolin vs. Lama) and through national platforms (like the Sherlock Holmes spinoff Enola Holmes on Netflix). Also, be sure to check out our guide to online film festivals this season.  

DRIVE-INS
Say Anything
Join the Rose City Rollers in swooning over John Cusack's sweet courtship of his valedictorian high-school sweetheart in Cameron Crowe's directorial debut Say Anything. The Coop food truck will be on-site selling tasty BBQ. 
Cinema Under the Stars at Oaks Park
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Good Morning, News: RBG Lies in State, Resisting the Proud Boys, and The Most 2020 Debate Ever

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at the Supreme Court.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at the Supreme Court. Getty images / pool

Good morning, Portland! It's time for another rainy Friday.

Here are the headlines.

• Even after being publicly contradicted by Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders, Donald Trump is doubling down on his refusal to promise a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election. I know Trump lies as often as he breathes, but this feels like a situation where we should believe what he's saying and prepare accordingly?

• Meanwhile, another transition in Washington, D.C.:

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Good Afternoon, News: Eviction Moratorium Extended, Double-Checking Fed Approved Vaccines, and How Cops Get Away with Murder

Louisville cops point weapons at protesters during last nights Breonna Taylor demonstration.
Louisville cops point weapons at protesters during last night's Breonna Taylor demonstration. Jon Cherry / Getty Images

Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

• Thirteen Portland protesters were arrested last night during a demonstration in response to the Kentucky grand jury that exonerated the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor. Federal officers joined Portland Police in using munitions and physical violence to disperse the demonstration.

• Teri Jacobs, an independent photojournalist, is suing the city of Portland and a group of Portland Police officers for injuries sustained while covering a protest last month, including being hit in the face by a police baton. Blair Stenvick has more on this infuriating story.

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Activists Counter a Planned Proud Boy Rally with "Black Joy Weekend"

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A planned Proud Boy rally this weekend has inspired local activists to counter the far-right group's appearance in Portland with a donation-based outreach plan called "Black Joy Weekend" (Sept. 25-27)—an event intended to lessen the emotional fallout caused by the rally while "fostering relief, healing, and joy for Black Portlanders."

The Proud Boys are a white nationalist organization that has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Their violent Portland rallies—also attended by other far-right groups such as Patriot Prayer—have garnered national attention, and the group uses video from these clashes to further promote their cause.

Formed by Brown Hope and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, "Black Joy Weekend" intends to counteract the anticipated trauma that's associated with violent clashes between Proud Boys, protesters, and police, by financially supporting Black Portlanders and encouraging them to avoid what could be a dangerous, violent situation. Instead they are asked to use the money to "live their best lives." Organizers are hoping to raise $50,000 and distribute the money via a Google form to 200 self-identified Black Portlanders, giving each applicant $150 to "fund a family activity and a shared meal for four people." Those who choose to also take a family vacation to the beach this weekend could receive an extra $150.

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What the World Needs Now Is a New Nancy Meyers Film

Pictured: The Father of the Bride cast, and one beautiful kitchen.
Pictured: The Father of the Bride cast, and one beautiful kitchen. screenshot

Even if you’ve never heard director Nancy Meyers’ name, you are probably familiar with her oeuvre.

She’s the genius auteur behind such white-women-with-mild-personal-dilemmas flicks like Baby Boom, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated (it really wasn’t that complicated!), and The Intern. Meyers is responsible for pioneering what I call kitchencore, in which her protagonists may have fucked up personal lives, but their kitchens are always enormous and decked out, perfect for whipping up some honey-lavender ice cream for an ex-husband played by Alec Baldwin at a moment’s notice. She’s also given us some of Diane Keaton's most delightful roles. (Take that, Woody Allen!)

Meyers’ work is like if the acclaimed late Norah Ephron shot all her movies through a sunny Instagram filter. And from The Parent Trap to the Father of the Bride series to The Holiday, they’ve always served as cinematic comfort food for me. I think the last Meyers movie I re-watched was Something’s Gotta Give, an early-2000s Hamptons-set love triangle between Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Keanu Reeves as a young, handsome doctor. I streamed it on New Year’s Eve when I was home sick with a brutal sinus infection (in retrospect, definitely an omen for 2020). The white/beige color palette and smooth pacing of Keaton and Nicholson gradually realizing they’re meant for each other went down easier than cough medicine.

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Fresh Hop Beers to Try in Portland Before They're Gone: Fall 2020 Edition

Double Mountain Brewerys new Killer fresh hop series is made with over eight pounds of fresh Willamette Valley hops per barrel.
Double Mountain Brewery's new "Killer" fresh hop series is made with over eight pounds of fresh Willamette Valley hops per barrel. Double Mountain Brewery

It's the most wonderful time of the year for beer lovers: fresh hop season! Fresh hop beers are made from hops processed no more than 24 hours after being harvested, resulting in brews with a milder, more botanical profile and less bitterness. And Pacific Northwest craft beer drinkers are particularly blessed: Because of the bounty and proximity of the hops in Yakima Valley and Willamette Valley, it's hard to beat the range of fresh hop beers available in our region. These beers are only here for an extremely limited time, so we've rounded up a list of beers to try, including Double Mountain Brewery's new "Killer" series and Little Beast's Green Keeper, so you can make the most of the all-too-fleeting season. For more food and drink inspiration, check out our full food and drink calendar, our full in-person dining directory, and our takeout & delivery directory.

Note: Availability may vary due to the ephemeral nature of fresh hops; we'd recommend calling ahead or checking online before visiting.

Binary Brewing
The digitally minded brewery launched Farm 'n Kettle, a fresh hop pale, available on tap at Uptown Beer Co. and various tap houses.
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Good Morning, News: Breonna Taylor Verdict Ignites Protests, Beaten Photojournalist Sues Cops, and Trump Refuses a Peaceful Election Transition

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Louisville police arrest 100 protesters following grand jurys refusal to indict the officers who killed Breonna Taylor.
Louisville police arrest 100 protesters following grand jury's refusal to indict the officers who killed Breonna Taylor. Jon Cherry / Getty Images

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! My eyes roll in my head, I toss and turn in my bed, in the morning when I think about you (yes I do). LET'S GO TO PRESS.

• In response to a Kentucky grand jury who refused to charge the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor, protests erupted across the country last night, including Portland. Protesters gathered at the downtown Justice Center where speeches were made, and later a smaller crowd began throwing rocks at the Central Precinct. Police report that three Molotov cocktails were thrown at which point they declared the gathering a "riot" and with the help of federal officers fired munitions and air-borne irritants, while using physical force to push the demonstrators out of the area. Several people were arrested.

• The Portland Parks Bureau has denied a permit for violent, right-wing, white nationalist group Proud Boys to hold a rally this Saturday at Delta Park. The city says their estimated number of participants exceeds safety mandates during the COVID crisis.

• Reminder: The far-right agitators who planned to commit violence before the Trump caravan debacle in Portland, are doing it again in advance of this weekend's Proud Boy rally. Read this story and then watch the cops, who also have this information, to see who they end up defending.

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