The first time I saw a vape with an app, I was very excited. The original make of the first brand I encountered with an app, the Firefly, underwhelmed me. But with iPhone-based controls and some other new features, it seemed like the second edition would be a game-changer.
Well, I didn’t really like the Firefly 2, which I found buggy. That feeling is not universal—the Portland Mercury’s cannabis columnist called it “the best portable vaporizer on the market,” after getting the exact same review model I had—but for me it that opinion is rather deeply held. I’ve been a loyal Pax man since.
Well, the DaVinci IQ ($275) might finally flip me. This handheld loose-leaf vaporizer is one of the sleekest I’ve yet seen.
And that starts with the app. While the forthcoming Pax 3 also has an app, it’s not yet ready to link to the latest Pax, which has the same body as the Pax 2.
The DaVinci IQ’s app is up and running, and boy is it slick. It’s totally intuitive, makes a connection as easily as Bluetooth headphones and allows you to set up custom preset paths to bake the most out of any particular flower over a set time period. It heats up fast—about 2 degrees per second—and displays the temperature on a retro-futuristic array of dots.
There’s not many details to talk about with the app, which is the highest compliment you can give it. As far as I can tell, it’s accurate, gently toasting at 300 and charring a little once you move above 400. If you keep it up near 420 for any length of time, it also runs too hot to hold comfortably in your hand.
The body is about the size of a slide-open cellphone with nice rounded edges and a reassuring heft. It’s a bottom-loader with a battery that recharges inside the device by micro USB.
Like the Firefly (but unlike the Pax), it has a ceramic bowl and air path, which I find very easy to clean. At least when it’s new, a few taps leaves it looking like it did when it left the factory. I also found it makes for tastier vapor, a little smoother and milder than you get from flower baked in metal.
Like Pax, the DaVinci line makes a wide range of accessories, from a keychain pick to a little cloth carrying case. At least for now, little goodies like that $15 carry case, an adapter for glass, and a little aluminum bud box come with it, which definitely left me feeling like a baller.
Once the Pax 3 and app are fully operational, it’ll be interesting to compare and contrast the two. But if you’re shopping around, you should definitely check out the DaVinci.
Nobody would blame Portlanders for wanting to pull the covers over their heads when they woke up Nov. 9.
The night before, Americans summoned what has all the makings of a calamity upon the nation: They elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
Trump’s election doesn’t just mean a triumph for Republicans at the far right edge of the party. It means that a boor, admitted sexual predator and racist will occupy the White House. His victory emboldens white nationalists who would make this country great by silencing anyone who doesn’t look like them.
Mayor Charlie Hales and his Police Bureau have deployed compression grenades and tear gas, struggling to maintain balance between freedom and order. A leading Republican called for Gov. Kate Brown to impose martial law.
But the nonviolent protests are not cause for alarm. They are a reason to hope.
The marches deliver a clear message to Trump, one that few top Democrats have been willing to send:
This city will not kowtow to a president whose backward-looking policy proposals would turn America into a banana republic. Instead, Portlanders will resist. They will defy this president as he tries to turn the clock back. They will stand arm in arm with our most vulnerable neighbors and defend their right to an equal place in this country.
But to rise against Trump, we must understand where he actually threatens us.
In the following pages, we’ve assessed the dangers to Portland and Oregon posed by a Trump presidency. We have not attempted to rank them by significance—it’s impossible to weigh the risk to Latinos from mass deportation against the safety of women from sexual violence, and we’re not going to try. Instead, we’ve graded these threats by probability, on a scale of one to five Trumps. (Five is the most threatening.)
Predicting what Trump will do is not simple. He flips positions so fast that some of the risks we’ve identified could be obsolete by the time this story comes out.
Yet it is possible—and necessary—to judge Trump by what he has already done, and what he has promised to do.
Those facts are sobering, at times terrifying. But we aren’t presenting them to frighten you. We’re listing them so all of us can understand what’s at stake, and prepare to fight for it.
There are many ways to battle Trump. Street protests are an important form of resistance, but they are hardly sufficient. Most of the causes in the following pages have advocacy organizations that will use their energy and resources in positive ways to fight for the causes in which they believe. Oregon has progressive politicians, powerful organized labor, and deeply committed activists, all of which are bulwarks that can be forces of resistance—a more productive approach than despair.
But the first step is knowledge. It is the one thing that most frightens Donald Trump, and the greatest weapon against him.
—Nigel Jaquiss, Rachel Monahan, Beth Slovic, Aaron Mesh, Piper McDaniel and Sophia June
Women will lose reproductive rights when the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
Having recently decided he’s pro-life, Trump says no one’s getting onto the U.S. Supreme Court who doesn’t share his views on abortion.
But overturning Roe v. Wade, decided in 1973, would take filling two court seats—not just the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February.
Even then, success for Trump is no guarantee. A case directly challenging Roe would have to wend its way to the Supreme Court. That could take years. “Roe v. Wade has withstood some very conservative courts,” says Janel George, director of federal reproductive rights and health with the National Women’s Law Center.
If the court struck down abortion rights, the matter would turn to states, some of which still have laws on the books banning or criminalizing abortion.
That’s not the case in Oregon, but advocates here are already planning to buttress the defenses.
Michele Stranger Hunter, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, said her organization is “absolutely preparing” for worst-case scenarios in which Oregon becomes an island of reproductive freedom. “It’s beyond belief,” she says, “that my daughter will be fighting this fight, too.”
Meanwhile, providers in Oregon remain defiant. “Our health center doors will stay open,” says Jimmy Radosta of Oregon’s Planned Parenthood. —BS
Trump will launch a nuclear weapon.
The risk is not nil. Multiple political opponents—including Marco Rubio—have warned that Trump lacks the temperament to oversee America’s 2,000 nuclear missiles. And it’s not exactly reassuring that the nation most likely to provoke Trump—North Korea—shares the Pacific Rim with Portland.
But that bleak scenario depends on dozens of other things going wrong, all of them outside your (and Trump’s) control. Say a prayer that the White House keeps its cool, and focus your energy elsewhere. —AM
Thousands of Oregonians will lose their health insurance with the elimination of Obamacare.
The biggest headlines surrounding the Affordable Care Act in Oregon centered on the high-profile failure of the state’s online health care exchange, Cover Oregon. But the biggest effect of President Obama’s policy on citizens was different: the federally funded expansion of the Oregon Health Plan, which insures low-income Oregonians.
One of candidate Trump’s most consistent pledges was that he would treat the ACA like an unqualified contestant on The Apprentice. Here’s what his position paper on health care says: “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.”
State Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has been working on health care policy for more than 50 years. He says Trump and his supporters don’t understand what the ACA is. “I don’t think they know what the hell they are talking about,” says Greenlick. “They think it’s Obama and, therefore, it’s bad.”
Oregon has already applied for an extension of federal funding for its innovative coordinated care organizations, which could bring in $1.25 billion next June. And Trump is already walking his promises back. Early indications are that Trump may retain key elements of the ACA, such as requiring insurers to cover pre-existing conditions and allow parents’ coverage to extend to their children until age 26.
But if Trump goes along with critics of Medicaid expansion and pulls the plug, that could be a disaster. “Besides having horrible health outcomes, we’d have horrible economic outcomes,” Greenlick says. “That would take billions of dollars out of Oregon’s economy.” —NJ
Mexican immigrants will be deported.
Trump has made one thing abundantly clear: He will build that wall. Or maybe a fence. Maybe a wall and a fence.
Whether Trump ever succeeds in building anything—Mexico has said it won’t cough up one peso for the project—he’s not relenting on his vehement anti-immigrant rhetoric, telling 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl on a Nov. 13 broadcast that he wasn’t ruling out the possibility of a mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. His first priority, he says, is the removal of undocumented immigrants with criminal records.
His threats of deportation—and the acceleration of immigration policy under President Obama—tear at the fabric of Oregon, where between 120,000 and 160,000 undocumented immigrants, mostly Latinos from Mexico, live in mixed-status families. Many of those families include children who are U.S. citizens, whose lives would be turned upside down if their parents were deported.
“I cannot imagine the magnitude of the pain,” says Francisco Lopez, political director of Portland’s Hispanic Voice for Community Change. “It’s beyond what we’ve seen before.”
It’s also likely Oregon’s annual harvests of Christmas trees, hazelnuts and strawberries will suffer, says Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. “We have a hard time getting enough labor as it is,” he says. “Uncertainty does not help.”
Carmen Rubio, executive director of Latino Network in Portland, says her group will align with others to ensure no one’s rights are trampled. “We’re going to demand that our communities are respected,” she says, “and that justice prevails for all of us.” —BS
LGBTQ rights will be rolled back.
There are a range of threats to LGBTQ protections, although some safeguards are more at risk than others.
Amy Herzfeld-Copple of Basic Rights Oregon says overturning same-sex marriage would be difficult, because the president can’t simply change Supreme Court rulings at his discretion.
“The law is very strong that once people are married it can’t be taken away,” says Herzfeld-Copple. “It’s unlikely according to national legal partners. Courts generally respect prior [Supreme Court] rulings.”
Similarly, Herzfeld-Copple says, many of the Obama administration’s landmark LBGTQ inclusive efforts, such as the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which were congressional acts, would also be more difficult to undo.
Other protections are more vulnerable, such as anti-discrimination acts and protections for the trans community through health care. Herzfeld-Copple notes a lot will depend on the makeup of the Trump administration and what it targets. The onus will now be on states to play a stronger role as advocates and places of sanctuary. Oregon, one of the most LGBTQ-progressive states, has a broad array of protections, including a ban on conversion therapies that try to “cure” kids of being gay.
“We’ve seen really encouraging statements from officials in counties and cities,” says Herzfeld-Copple, “and we are positioned well with a strong governor. A lot will depend on how much the new administration can have an impact over federal law and orders.” —PM
Poor kids will go hungry more often.
Trump hasn’t been specific about poverty programs. His tax plan, however, would slash an estimated $6.2 trillion in revenue from the federal budget, according to the Tax Policy Center in Washington, D.C.—with most of the benefit accruing to the top 1 percent of Americans. Trump has also pledged not to cut the military, and to cut at least 1 percent from other agencies to fund the tax cuts, slashing the safety net.
When House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Trump in June, Trump pointed to Ryan’s vision for how to address poverty as a point of agreement, and Ryan has not been short on specifics about poverty programs. The House budget proposal from June would cut $3.7 trillion in programs to low- and middle-income families if you include cuts to Medicaid, according to an analysis by the Washington, D.C., think tank Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
Oregon’s projected budget deficit could exacerbate the effects of a Ryan/Trump budget. “These are all concerns to vulnerable populations,” says Oregon Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-Portland). —RM
Trump will reverse efforts to halt climate change
New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, among the country’s pre-eminent climate-change reporters, tweeted Nov. 9, “Yesterday may have been the worst single day for planet Earth since the end of the Cretaceous.”
The election of a climate-change-denier-in-chief may not really be the death knell for the planet as we know it: Truth be told, the chances were slim for humanity already. It’s possible to argue that the Paris climate-change accord, which Trump has pledged to overturn and which committed nearly every country in the world to lowering greenhouse gas omissions, wasn’t likely to be enforced anyway.
The Environmental Protection Agency rules designed to lower carbon-fuel emissions are likely to be revoked by the new administration or overturned by a newly conservative Supreme Court.
The result is no cap on fossil fuels and a steadily warming planet, close to reaching a point at which there will be no way to limit global warming.
“Things just went from really, really bad to worse,” says Adrianna Voss-Andreae, who founded the environmental group 350PDX. She spoke to WW through tears. “I’m a mom with young kids. And it’s hard to fathom.”
But cities like Portland have capacity to meet a substantial portion of international emissions goals. “Because cities are where the carbon is, climate actions delivered by mayors have an enormous effect,” says Josh Alpert, director of special projects for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.—RM
Free-speech rights will wither.
Attacks on the First Amendment could range from a crackdown on pornography and strip clubs to curtailing a free press.
That second possibility is more grave—and more likely.
In February, Trump pledged to “open up those libel laws, so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money.” He explicitly named the county’s foremost papers—The Washington Post and The New York Times, in particular—as his adversaries. (And this was before their stories on his tax returns or his admitting to sexual assault.)
The most immediate threat to the practice of journalism even without a Trump administration was probably billionaire-backed lawsuits, akin to the one funded by Peter Thiel against the now-defunct website Gawker. Thiel now serves on Trump’s transition team.
“What we saw there is the power of money; the power of money can undo civil liberties and civil rights,” says Mat dos Santos, legal director of the ACLU of Oregon.
The court’s interpretation of libel protections, notably in New York Times v. Sullivan, could be overturned through an amendment to the Constitution or a radical overhaul of the courts. But neither is remotely likely, says the Media Law Resource Center. And Oregon has exceptionally strong protections for frivolous so-called SLAPP suits.
Dos Santos pledges to keep fighting. “Free speech rights embedded in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution have been in place for centuries and have been protected by the ACLU and other groups for at least a century. We think they’re not going anywhere.” —RM
The deal would have lowered duties on footwear companies like Nike doing business in Asia. A spokesman for Nike declined to comment on the deal’s demise. But the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America calculated the deal would have lowered 18,000 taxes on U.S. businesses, possibly saving consumers money at checkout.
Some on the left aren’t mourning the loss. Shanti Lewallen, a Working Families candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2016, campaigned against trade agreements like TPP, arguing they represent a race to the bottom in terms of global wages. “I think the Nikes of the world will be heartened by a President Trump,” he says, “who on the campaign trail stated that American workers are paid too well.” —BS
There will be more homeless people, because federal dollars for affordable housing will dry up.
As with many other policies, Trump has been silent on this. Housing appears to be a low priority for him—one reason for cautious optimism that housing dollars won’t completely disappear.
If Trump includes housing in his infrastructure plan, that could mean dollars for housing. And the two key pieces to federal housing policy—rent assistance and the tax breaks for building housing—assist poor people but line the pockets of developers.
“They benefit private property owners and landlords,” says Kurt Creager, director of the Portland Housing Bureau. “I don’t see that changing going forward.”
The tax credits awarded to developers to build affordable housing have powerful senators in their corner.
U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who is chair of the Senate Finance Committee, has co-sponsored a bill to expand low-income housing tax credits with the ranking Democrat, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Home builders are lobbying to expand that tax credit.
But Trump is also likely to slash federal spending—eliminating any gains—and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is vulnerable, like any federal agency other than the Department of Defense.
“In terms of the priorities, I didn’t hear one word the entire election about housing,” says City Commissioner Nick Fish. “And Republicans are always targeting HUD.” —RM
Pay equity and workplace child care are lost causes.
“Equal pay for equal work.” That was Ivanka Trump’s pledge on behalf of her father to female voters in the U.S.
Trump, though, already has a poor track record. The Boston Globe reported in June that Trump paid female campaign aides 35 percent less than their male counterparts. And child care? All Trump thinks companies need to offer working parents are four walls, a warm body and a box of Legos.
“You know it’s not expensive for a company to do it: You need one person or two people, and you need some blocks, you need some swings, you need some toys,” he said last October. “It’s something that can be done I think very easily by a company.”
More than on most issues, Trump makes noises about wanting to help: He claims he supports giving new moms six weeks of paid time off, for example. But it’s difficult to believe he’ll do so, since he offers about as much detail about how he’ll pay for this as how he’ll pay for the wall. —BS
Gun control will be abandoned, and gun violence will increase.
Forget about gun control at the federal level. Trump has shown no interest in limiting firearms.
“The government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own,” he says in a position paper. “The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit.” During the campaign, Trump said mass shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., would have ended differently if victims had been armed.
Jenn Lynch, spokeswoman for the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety, says this election will further delay action at the federal level requiring background checks. “More people are going to die in the interim than if we had elected a president willing to push those through,” Lynch says. ”Our charge to make something happen federally has realistically disappeared for the next four years.”
State-level gun control efforts are Lynch’s hope. For example, three gun safety measures passed in Nevada, Washington and California last week, which extended background checks. In her election night victory speech last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown teed up the issue for the 2017 legislative session. “Now, I’m asking you,” she said to the crowd at the Oregon Convention Center. “Will you join me in the fight to pass common-sense gun legislation?”
President Trump will not. Oregonians might. —SJ
The Portland Police Bureau’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice will be gutted.
The U.S. Department of Justice under President Obama scrutinized police departments that had “patterns and practice” of excessive force. That included Portland, which in 2014 agreed to reform police officers’ interactions with the public, especially people with mental health problems.
Reforms are already underway, and the Police Bureau has made strides to reduce the use of force. But a DOJ under an attorney general such as Kansas’ Kris Kobach may not have patience or interest in continuing to monitor the bureau.
Food products, such as avocados, could disappear under agricultural tariffs.
Trump’s promise to tear up existing trade agreements has been central to his campaign. That’s scary because Oregon is a heavily trade-dependent state.
Trump will have unilateral power to make decisions about trade deals due to the North American Free Trade Agreement’s implementation law, which appears to give the president power to levy tariffs without congressional approval. If he abolishes NAFTA with Canada and Mexico, and enacts a 35 percent tax on Mexican goods, as he’s suggested, then many products could disappear from Oregon shelves—or just get really expensive. Those include avocados, limes, coffee and tomatoes.
“I don’t think it would be feasible to actually withdraw from NAFTA,” says Rossitza Wooster, a Portland State University economics professor who specializes in international trade. “Our economies are so well interrelated. If we all of a sudden change the relationship with that market, it’s not difficult to convince anyone that that will have huge implications for us.”
But if Trump does keep his promise, an increase in price is likely. “For the consumers at home,” Wooster says, “we’ll probably have less of the products, and by the law of supply and demand, they’ll be more expensive.” —SJ
Trump might place Muslims in internment camps.
Trump’s Islamophobic claims have a historical precedent: the Japanese internment camps during wartime.
“The Japanese community were the first ones to reach out” after the election, says Laila Hajoo, director of the Islamic Social Services of Oregon State. “They said, ‘You people need to understand, we see this is a possibility for you because of what we suffered from.’ I was thinking, is history going to repeat itself? Are they going to feel justified for safety reasons to do what the Japanese Americans had to go through?”
Like Franklin D. Roosevelt, who enacted internment camps with an executive order in 1942, Trump would have the power to issue a similar order. It would be subject to judicial review, and could be struck down if the courts determined it was unsupported by statute or the Constitution.
What’s more likely to happen, says Hajoo, is discrimination on personal levels—against Muslim women who wear head scarves, for example. According to a recent study from California State University, more hate crimes were recorded against Muslims in 2015 than in any year since 9/11. —SJ & PM
White supremacist groups will flourish.
There’s no question that Trump’s victory has emboldened the white nationalist movement known as the “alt-right.” In fact, one of Trump’s first acts as president-elect was to appoint Stephen Bannon, who has given racist and anti-Semitic ideology a megaphone at Breitbart News, as his chief strategist.
“There should be no sugarcoating the truth here: Donald Trump just invited a white nationalist into the highest reaches of the government,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said Nov. 14. “Steve Bannon bears substantial responsibility for the open and disgusting acts of hatred that are sweeping across our nation.”
“Of course we’re concerned about that,” says Bob Horenstein, director of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. “We always remind our community institutions to remain vigilant. As they say: If you see something, say something.” —AM
Trump will award Oregon’s top federal legal jobs to right-wingers.
The state’s most powerful federal law enforcement official, the U.S. attorney for Oregon, gets his or her job through presidential appointment. The president relies on congressional recommendations both for the U.S. attorney and for federal judgeships, which are even more coveted because they carry lifetime appointments. “The plum jobs are federal judgeships,” says Kerry Tymchuk, former chief of state for U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.).
Traditionally, the president relies on members of Congress from his party to suggest candidates. That means U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, rather than Oregon’s Democratic U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, will likely shape Oregon’s federal legal appointments.
Current U.S. Attorney Billy Williams, an apolitical career prosecutor, got his job by default when Amanda Marshall resigned in 2015. Williams will probably stay on until a permanent U.S. attorney is appointed—and because the job is one of the biggest political prizes Republicans can bestow, he’s unlikely to keep the gig.
Perhaps more significantly, Trump gets a chance to appoint a successor to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, who is retiring from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the country’s largest, busiest—and most liberal—appeals panel. —NJ
Organized labor will be gutted by right-to-work laws.
Organized labor dodged an artillery shell in March, when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association—a case aimed at slashing the power of public employee unions by allowing members to opt out of paying dues.
Joe Baessler, statewide political director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, expects Trump’s victory will give anti-union forces a second shot—and this time they won’t miss.
“We are a year away from a Supreme Court case that takes away our ability to operate like we do right now,” says Baessler.
One of the greatest powers a president wields is the naming of Supreme Court justices. Trump has said he plans to replace the late Antonin Scalia with another conservative, probably ensuring unions lose the next test case.
What might that mean for Oregon? Baessler points to two Midwestern states where unions got their wings clipped in recent years by state legislation curtailing union activity. Those states used to be solidly blue. “Look at Michigan and Wisconsin,” Baessler says. “They both supported Trump.” —NJ
Federal lands in Oregon will be lost to cattle grazing and strip mining.
If Ammon Bundy’s occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge put conservationists on notice, President-elect Donald Trump’s victory has them on red alert.
The federal government owns 53 percent of Oregon, a higher percentage of federal ownership than in all but four states. On the campaign trail, Trump made ominous promises.
“We will allow energy production on federal lands in appropriate areas,” he said in a Sept. 15 speech to the New York Economic Club. “We will also open up vast areas of our offshore energy resources for safe production.”
That kind of talk scares conservation groups such as Oregon Wild. “This administration is going to provide the treasure trove for logging, mining, and oil and gas industries,” says Steve Pedery, Oregon Wild’s conservation director.
Timber companies, frustrated for decades at environmental protections that have sharply reduced timber harvests, are likely to push legislation reopening Oregon’s forests. Pedery says conservation groups have faced Republican presidents before and know how to mobilize support.
Yet the pet issue of the Bundy gang—turning federal lands over to the states—is unlikely to gain traction within a Trump administration. Trump was a rare Republican presidential hopeful who dismissed selling federal lands during the primary.
“I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great,” Trump said. “And you don’t know what the state is going to do. I mean, are they going to sell if they get into a little bit of trouble?”
Public lands have an unlikely champion in Trump’s inner circle: Donald Jr., an ardent hunter of elephants and other big game. “Donald Jr. has been very outspoken about his opposition to public lands privatization,” Pedery says. —NJ
Light-rail projects will be scrapped for a decade.
Such projects require heavy federal funding—half or more. Under President Trump, such funding is unlikely to materialize.
Former Metro Council President David Bragdon, who now runs a New York advocacy group called TransitCenter, says the consensus in the transit world is Trump and the GOP-led Congress are likely to favor new highway projects in red states over urban train lines: “It would be a real stretch of optimism to expect this administration or this Congress to be anything other than antagonistic to transit.” —NJ
Over at Breitbart News—the springboard for Trump’s new chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon—Intel takes a beating for using thousands of H-1B visas to fill temporary jobs for engineers.
Trump has pledged to curtail the use of H-1B visas in the hopes of forcing companies like Intel—Oregon’s largest private employer and one of the United States’ biggest users of H-1B visas—to first seek American-born workers.
“I remain totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B abuse,” Trump wrote on his website in March. “I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program.”
William Moss, a spokesman for Intel, said the company wouldn’t comment on Trump’s stance. But past policy papers from Intel show the chipmaker believes strongly that its use of foreign workers boosts the U.S. economy through higher payroll taxes and the creation of additional jobs. —BS
Oregon will lose all influence in Washington, D.C.
This state was no powerhouse in the nation’s capital under President Barack Obama. It’s about to get much worse.
Of our seven members of Congress, only one—U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)—belongs to the party in power. Walden, just elected to his 10th term, has plenty of juice in his caucus: He just finished his second cycle chairing the National Republican Congressional Committee, a post from which he helped Republicans build their majority. He’s also reportedly close to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, a fellow former radio broadcaster.
But depending on Walden to generate pork is dicey because Oregon is small, far from the Beltway and still overwhelmingly blue. After the Nov. 8 election, Oregon is one of only six states still ruled by a Democratic trifecta—the governor and both legislative chambers.
“We will have much less influence than we have had before,” says former U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.). “That’s just a reality.” —NJ
The U.S. Department of Justice will try to outlaw legal cannabis.
The power of states like Oregon to legalize cannabis essentially rests on a document from the U.S. Department of Justice called the Cole Memo. Issued in August 2013, the memo called for limiting federal prosecution of marijuana crimes in states where pot is legal. A memo is not strong legal grounds for a continued guarantee the feds won’t crack down, and leading candidates for Trump’s attorney general—including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie—are no friends of cannabis.
But the new administration seems likely to stay out of our stash. Trump pledged on the campaign trail to let states decide this issue. It helps that marijuana has proved popular at the ballot box. Last week, California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine voters passed measures similar to Oregon’s on recreational use. It will soon be legal for nearly half of Americans to smoke up.
“It is obviously concerning,” U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) tells Marijuana Business Daily.“But…there were millions of Trump supporters who were part of this movement in the states that voted on [pro-cannabis ballot measures Nov. 8]. I do believe that the next administration will follow the policies of the Obama administration.” —RM
Trump will eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.
Trump likes his federal agencies like his women: slim and compliant. And he’s characterized the U.S. Department of Education as fat and sloppy, with too many responsibilities that should be in the hands of local school boards.
But undoing the agency would take an act of Congress—a feat unlikely to attract enough Republican support to pass. —BS
FEMA will fail to respond in the event of a Cascadian megaquake because the West supported Clinton.
Are we headed for another Katrina-style response if the Big One hits under the Trump administration? Or something worse? Trump has shown himself to be vindictive toward his political enemies—which Oregon clearly is. But the West Coast, even if it voted to soundly reject Trump, remains an economic powerhouse of our country. Observers of the Federal Emergency Management Agency say incompetence remains a bigger threat than spite.
“I’m not sure that even Donald Trump and Paul Ryan would deliberately fail to respond to an earthquake,” says City Commissioner Steve Novick, who has overseen part of Portland’s efforts to prepare for a Cascadian quake. “I would fear that the head of FEMA will be someone at least as unqualified as ‘heckuva job Brownie.’” —RM
Any progress on the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup will be lost.
After 16 years of study, cleanup of the polluted Portland Harbor is likely to be on hold again. Trump has even floated the possibility of abolishing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the regulatory body enforcing the cleanup of the Portland Harbor.
The best-case scenario: Republican leadership no longer requires polluters to clean up after themselves, and offers them tax breaks as an incentive.
“This could not happen at a worse time,” says City Commissioner Nick Fish. “If they eliminate the EPA or replace it with a toothless tiger, it could put our Superfund process in limbo.”
Environmentalists are holding out hope that the EPA will issue its formal decision for harbor cleanup by the end of the year, but cleanup will still require consensus from the polluting companies, who have no reason to come to the table and every reason to battle this in court.
“We’re looking at an unprecedented assault on the framework of environmental laws that has been in place for years,” says Bob Sallinger, conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland. “A huge part of [Trump’s] four years will be fighting rollback of federal mandates. We’ll be looking for the Oregon [congressional] delegation to play a huge role in that.” —PM & RM
The Columbia River could become a freeway for fossil fuels.
In recent years, environmental advocate Columbia Riverkeeper and its allies have waged a series of battles, mostly successful, against projects that would transport fossil fuels across Oregon.
The projects include a series of proposed coal export terminals, a propane terminal at the Port of Portland, and a dock in Vancouver, Wash., that would be the largest shipper of North Dakota crude oil. That crude would arrive on oil trains passing through the Columbia River Gorge—another mode of transportation opposed by Columbia Riverkeeper and its allies.
Under a Trump presidency, those battles will begin again.
“We are very concerned that the federal government will not comply with the laws that require protecting clean water and endangered species—or gut the laws that protect them,” says Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper’s executive director.
Government agencies—including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (which oversees pipelines), the U.S. Department of Transportation (trains), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (marine terminals)—have ultimate authority over whether fuels can travel to and through Oregon. Trump has pledged to eviscerate those agencies.
He says he “will reduce and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production, creating at least a half million jobs a year, $30 billion in higher wages, and cheaper energy” and “unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves.” —NJ
Violence against women could spike.
The genital-grabbing president-elect’s behavior and campaign bluster has ignited concern that violence against women will soar.
“The fear of escalation of violence against women is very real,” says Erin Ellis, executive director of the Sexual Assault Resource Center in Beaverton. “When we have a national leader spewing such deplorable rhetoric around devaluing the status of women, we now set a new tone for our children around what is acceptable.”
“The campaign rhetoric is an open invitation to everyone that we no longer are practicing tolerance and acceptance and inclusion, and that women are valued on their appearance,” Ellis says. But she and others are ready to defend women’s safety.
“Our agency has been open for 40 years,” she says. “We are not going anywhere.” —SJ
Coffee and weed: they rule. It’s a pairing that goes back to the early days of coffeehouse culture in this country, from the beatniks in the ’50s to the Berkeley hippies hanging out at the original Peet’s Coffee in the late ’60s. Today it’s not uncommon for baristas to receive a sweet nug or pre-roll in the tip jar, and they’re more than happy to return the favor with delicious drinks that play nicely with various buds and extracts.
Portland is one of the few places in the world where you can legally do this, with coffee bars and dispensaries chilling out in just about every neighborhood. Here are four ways to pair coffee and weed across the city without having to get in your car.
A chill little Kerns pairing starts at Alma Chocolate (140 NE 28th Ave., 503-517-0262, almachocolate.com), which sells the most chocolate-forward mocha in Portland. It combines Alma’s dark drinking chocolate with a deep, limbic-system hit from the Spella espresso base. It is a real treat.
Then wander your happy ass a few blocks to TreeHouse Collective (2419 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-894-8774, pdxtreehouse.com), which is probably my favorite shop on Sandy’s Wacky Tobacky Road stretching eastward to the Grotto. As recommended by the shop folks, pick up a half-gram pre-roll of Orange Cookies. This hybrid of Orange Juice and Girl Scout Cookies makes for a subtly obvious pairing choice, with citrus flavors in the terpenes that play nicely with that velvety chocolate mocha. The result is a nice uplift from the J and a pleasing Christmas candy-orange linger on the ol’ taste buds.
Although the espresso at Heart Coffee Roasters (2211 E Burnside St., 503-206-6602, heartroasters.com) is delicious—you can drink it as a single-origin, bigger-volume shot or a more classically proportioned two-bean blend—the best drink on Heart’s menu is whatever’s on the batch brewer that day. The daily rotating filter coffee is a clinic on how good coffee can taste in 2016, a rainbow of flavors from origins around the world, as distinct from one cup to the next as any beer or wine tasting. Your cup of filter will get better over the course of a half-hour, as it cools and mellows.
So too goes Frank’s Gift, available a few blocks away in Buckman at Botanica PDX (128 SE 12th Ave., 503-462-7220, botanicapdx.com). The deeply chill strain clocks in just shy of 15 percent CBD for a calm, cerebral high that has just enough uplift from its 7.8 percent THC. It’s the perfect progressive coffee-bar weed. Like the La Croix and poke bowl combo at Poke Mon, the pairing is peak Portland 2016.
Elbe’s Edibles has been baking since 2010, and it topped WW’s readers’ poll in 2015. Elbe’s classic butter-based oatmeal cookie is simple, familiar and delicious—packing 15 milligrams of THC into its very last crumb. This is an edible you will feel.
Either/Or owner Ro Tam’s signature drinks and Tanglewood chai are the best in town, and each fall she rolls out a seasonal special like Hot Buttered Yam, made from Tam’s drink base of garnet yams, black tea, bourbon and maple, steamed up with milk. The yummy, warm but not-too-sweet beverage will hook up with that edible in your belly. You’ll feel all nice and tingly, and the flavor combo is totes fall.
Andrea Spella has been digging deep into the Italian espresso tradition for a decade at his downtown cafe, and even longer before that at the original Spella cart. But here’s the thing: Italian espresso is just one small part of the wider palate in Italy. When I traveled there in my 20s, I was a half-pack-a-day smoker, in a country where that rate of consumption made me a casual dabbler.
Like WW contributor Wm. Willard Greene before me, I quit smoking tobacco at the onset of fatherhood, so the best I have now are ciggie substitutes like Pachecos, made by Eco Farma Farms in Canby and sold at both Serra dispensaries in Portland (2519 SE Belmont St., 971-544-7055; 220 SW 1st Ave., 971-279-5613; shopserra.com).
It looks like a cigarette and lights up like a cigarette—but brother, that’s no cigarette. The brand offers four styles of filtered pre-rolls, from the high-THC Hammerhead to the mellow, CBD-forward Keen blend. Pachecos even come in a cool little pack; the whole thing gives me feelings I’m not entirely comfortable discussing here.
But pair it with an espresso shot from Spella Caffe (520 SW 5th Ave., 503-752-0264 spellacaffe.com), maybe with a little stirred in sugar, and you’re in some weed-smokin’ version of Milan. The connection between the two, the smoke and the espresso, is oddly primal and works on some deeper level. I’m not saying you have to smoke cigarettes to dig this espresso, but goddamn if that familiar tug of smoke through the filter doesn’t magnify the sprezzatura.
Aside from branding, pot leaves are pretty much useless.
The distinctive shape of the leaf is eye-catching, but the vast majority of those leaves end up as mulch. Any time I see it, I wonder if the person who slapped it on a bright pink background and sent it off to the printer understood that those leaves are quickly snipped away from the precious flowers growing in their midst.
Hey, for a long time, I didn’t know that. The first of many times I smoked cannabis, I thought I was inhaling dried-up leaves.
Was it just me?
If Liz Nolan has anything to say about it, maybe pot leaves will finally have a use—as juice. Nolan owns Portland Juice Co., the Southeast Powell Boulevard juicery that specializes in cold-pressed juice made on a state-of-the-art hydraulic press. Late last month, she introduced what she believes to be the world’s first cannabis-leaf juice.
“We’ve been cold-pressing juice for four years, and we’ve juiced just about every fruit and veggie you can imagine,” she says. “Everything you can get at the grocery store and many you can’t get at the grocery store.”
In the cold-pressed juice scene—it has a fervent following in New York and L.A. and is now expanding to places like Bend with a large bougie population—everyone is looking to push the envelope.
“Every type of produce is going to have some unique micronutrients that are unique to that vegetable and that aren’t in anything else,” Nolan says. “Almost every juice company has some variation of apple-beet-carrot, maybe with ginger, maybe without, but nobody gets excited about apple-beet-carrot, as opposed to something like turmeric, which is hot right now.”
And thus, Ananda, the world’s first commercially available cannabis-leaf juice. It’s been on shelves for about two weeks, made from leaves harvested at a hemp farm in Nehalem, near the coast. The variety used is called fedora, which was bred to be a fiber plant. Portland Juice Co. used about 70 pounds of fresh green leaves. Because of the short season, those leaves joined cranberries as the only ingredients the company froze prior to use.
There’s about an ounce of hemp juice in every bottle of Ananda, and it definitely tastes like cannabis, though each $8 container also has grapes, lime and sea salt in it.
“Compared to other leafy greens like, for example, kale, it has a mild flavor,” Nolan says. “We wanted to complement it and not mask it like we would other greens.”
Because it’s made from a hemp plant, it has less than .03 milligrams of THC. That was the lowest the lab could read—it could be even lower. It’s also low in CBD, though a CBD-rich version could be next if Nolan can find a farmer that has plants bred for CBD instead of fiber. Since CBD is unscheduled, they could easily do it, too.
Either way, there’s a lot of potential here. Cannabis is a versatile, hearty plant, and yet most of it is wasted, even by an industry in which growers are scrappy and would take pride in finding a way to be more efficient with resources and to feed people. Since Ananda went on sale, Nolan says she’s gotten a few business cards from people in the cannabis industry who want to help her find a use for all those pretty leaves.
“It’s a really sustainable plant,” Nolan says. “It grows really quickly, and there’s definitely a lot of plant material that doesn’t traditionally get used that I think is an excellent source of nutrition and could be the next frontier for food sustainability.”
Remember Baggies™? It wasn’t so long ago that your cannabis came in a little Ziploc. I still have a few buds inside Baggies and sealed in Tupperware, actually. It’s a favorite strain (Space Queen) that mysteriously slipped through the cracks of Oregon’s rigorous medical marijuana regime two years ago, and which I have not seen again at recreational shops. It was a favorite, favorite flower for me, and I can’t quite bring myself to finish it off—especially now that it’s bone dry.
Ever crack a 5-year-old BridgePort barleywine that tastes like soy sauce? That’s what happens with old weed—except, in addition to the harsh flavor, it’ll be muted in effect.
But that’s not necessarily how it needs to be. Cannabis storage is getting serious, with products like the Cannador, a new humidor designed to maintain your flower at optimal humidity, like the Cubans I’ll soon be rolling blunts with. (Thanks, Obama!)
First, some cheaper and older wisdom: Your crazy college roommate wasn’t wrong. The best place to store your buds is the fridge.
“If it’s for a month or longer, cannabis does best in the refrigerator,” says weed wiz Jeremy Plumb of Farma. “The cool, steady temp helps to preserve aromatic compounds and freshness. It’s important to use an airtight jar, or the flowers will degrade due to dehumidification—ideally one that blocks light to prevent that oxidative force.”
Plumb says Mason jars are fine, but something that truly seals, like Oxo Good Grips, is a noticeable upgrade.
But if you really want to go pro? Check out the Cannador, which maintains cannabis at 55 to 62 percent humidity, which is the optimal range, according to a study by Boveda, a maker of tobacco and cannabis humidity packs.
The Cannador is priced between $159 and $249, depending on size, and is designed to maintain higher terpene and cannabinoid content along with robust flavor.
The company was founded by a cannaisseur-turned-gangapreneur named Zane Witzel, who came up with the idea in late 2013.
“I was out with a couple friends, and my buddy cracked out an old shoe box and brought out all his Baggies and paraphernalia and had them strewn about,” he says. “And I thought, ‘Good God, man, there has to be something better than this!’ And there wasn’t.”
I’ve long used cigar boxes for my best flower, which Witzel cautions against unless they’re made of mahogany; cedar has oils that taint the flavor.
The Cannador humidor has an odor-proof seal that works with beads or humidity packs that can be monitored with Bluetooth. It’s especially popular with vapers—the import drivers of the cannabis world—since dry bud is extra harsh as vapor.
Witzel says his system will keep flower as fresh as the day it was cured for at least three months.
And, he says, it can maybe help me bring back that Space Queen. He’s had success rehumidifying busted buds. Obviously, the terpenes will have degraded, but the burn of a desert-dry nug will be gone.
“At that point, at least it’s smokeable. You don’t have to throw it away,” he says. “There are obviously cost-effective means of doing that—you could put a Boveda pack in a Mason jar. But the Cannador is a normal, functional piece of furniture in my home, not some clear jar I have to hide in the closet. It’s a step up, I’d say.”
On Oct. 1, new rules went into effect for Oregon’s marijuana stores. While most of the talk about these rules is centered on testing and labeling, you might have noticed some products are now required to leave the store in a new, heavy-duty plastic bag.
Here’s the deal: According to an administrative rule, cannabis and cannabis products except for seeds and plants must now be in an Oregon Liquor Control Commission-approved, child-resistant container. The OLCC has a list of approved containers on its website. Some, like the screw-top containers that look like prescription pill bottles, are familiar. But any extract, concentrate or other product with more than 15 milligrams of THC must be placed in a package that is resealable and child-resistant.
The exit bags resemble the money bags businesses use. The product can’t be removed until the locking mechanism is triggered.
The exit bags provide companies a “work-around,” says OLCC marijuana spokesman Mark Pettinger. Perhaps in a nod to the somewhat complicated nature of the new rules, the OLCC has a website infographic suggesting that budtenders put anything they’re not sure about into an exit bag. And you might get it in an exit bag anyway, because it’s quicker to put an ounce into an envelope and then into an exit bag than it is to put the ounce into several child-proof containers.
While keeping weed away from kids is laudable, the bags are an attempt to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist. Data doesn’t lie: Kids in Oregon aren’t getting poisoned by pot in great numbers, with just 10 such cases involving children under age 6 reported to the Oregon Poison Center in the first quarter of this year. There were only 25 cases in 2015.
And while the bags are designed to keep kids away from the goodies inside, they can be difficult for the frail to open, especially people suffering from ailments such as arthritis, according to Oregon Grown Gift Shop manager Joe Frackowiak.
“We get all kinds of complaints,” says Frackowiak, adding that since his shop started using the bags in January in anticipation of the new rules, he’s received “complaints from elderly people saying they’ve had to cut the bag open because they couldn’t get the zipper open.”
Frackowiak estimates that his shop uses 300 to 600 bags per month, which also eats into the bottom line. He says Oregon Grown has “absorbed the cost” but might have to raise prices.
The bags also raise environmental concerns. Frackowiak says customers have refused to make purchases because they did not want their weed product in an exit bag.
Plastics are not progressive. Asked about exit-bag-related environmental concerns, the OLCC’s Pettinger mentioned Hi Sierra-brand exit bags as approved and recommended. However, despite the bags’ green claims (“Eco-Responsible,” “Eco Clean Manufacturing,” “Green Packaging”), the bag’s inventor, Mike Greenfield, says they are not recyclable because of the plastics involved in the manufacturing process. This means that unless you save your bags, they could end up in the belly of a whale, or in a landfill for future generations to deal with.
But there is still hope. Caleb Tice, operations manager of Foster Buds and Glisan Buds, believes use of exit bags will eventually decrease as weed manufacturers adjust their packaging to meet requirements.
“I’m happy to do it in the short term,” he says, “knowing that the packages are ultimately going to get to the point where we aren’t going to use them much.”
Jager, the sticky sweet green German digestif of bros and kings, is not my idea of a good time. But Jager, the sticky sweet green bud strain, most definitely is.
An 80/20 Indica dominant hybrid, this strain is also sometimes as “Jr.” or “Jgr” in the weed biz; like many weed strains its exact provenance is unknown, though it’s thought to be a genetic cross of Hindu Kush, Blue Dream and LA Confidential.
Jager smokes like a dank, green fairy, with notes of nori and licorice up front followed by a spicy, tasty Szechuan pepper tingle. The strain’s .23% THC comes on lightly spinny, but not freaky-outie. I tried this as a pre-roll from Kings of Canna, and 20 minutes after smoking I’m stoned but not incapacitated, heady but not a headcase, and happily able to complete an involved baking task—although I did at one point misplace the vanilla extract.
If all the high CBD strains we’ve featured recently make it feel like you’re drinking decaf, try some Jager, bro.
Jager is available at The Kings of Canna, 1465 NE Prescott St Suite C, $12/gram.
Tonight’s announcement marks the first time since the legalization of recreational weed that OHA has issued a health alert for a batch of cannabis.
“We’re asking people to look at the batch numbers on the labels of their products,” says OHA spokesman Jonathan Modie. “If the batch number matches, take it back to the dispensary or get rid of it—responsibly, of course. Flush it down the toilet.”
The health effects of the pesticide known as spinosad are unknown—but it can cause irritation if it gets on your skin or in your eyes. Modie says the affected batches came back from state-accredited testing labs with measurements far above safe levels of pesticide.
“Our concern is how this batch, despite the failed tests, made it from the grower to the dispensary, and from the dispensary to the consumers,” Modie says. “We’re investigating.”
Here’s the full release from OHA:
The Oregon Health Authority is issuing a health alert regarding marijuana products that may have been tainted with high levels of a pesticide and sold to about 130 people in the McMinnville area.
The alert is concerning dried flower marijuana that New Leaf, a medical marijuana dispensary located at 3325 NE Riverside Drive in McMinnville, sold under the strain names Dr. Jack, batch number G6J0051-02, and Marion Berry, batch number G6J0051-01.
The products were sold to about 130 recreational and medical marijuana customers between Oct. 17 and Oct. 19 and came from batches that failed a pesticide test because they contained high levels of a chemical known as spinosad.
Anyone who visited the dispensary during this time frame should check the label of the product they purchased and immediately return any of the tainted product to the dispensary, or dispose of it in a safe and responsible manner.
The OHA “action level” for spinosad is .2 parts per million (ppm). The batches of Dr. Jack and Marion Berry contained 42 and 22 ppm, respectively.
Effects of smoking marijuana containing spinosad are not known. Those concerned about exposure to spinosad or experiencing health problems after using affected marijuana strains should contact the Oregon Poison Center at 800-222-1222.
“There is no level of spinosad that has been shown to be safe in cannabis that is smoked,” says David Farrer, Ph.D., a public health toxicologist with OHA. “Our action levels serve as a pre-market screen, but should not be considered ‘safe levels.’ ”
EPA has established health-based levels of spinosad that are allowed on food products (http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?node=se40.24.180_1495&rgn=div8). However, these “tolerances,” as they are called, have not been developed for cannabis and assume that the product will be swallowed as opposed to smoked.
The tainted batches were transferred to the dispensary by a McMinnville grower that had the marijuana tested by an accredited and licensed cannabis testing laboratory. The affected strains came from just the one grower and were transferred only to New Leaf. Strains with similar names sold at other dispensaries are not believed to have been affected.
OHA is not naming the grower because that information is confidential under Oregon law.
OHA officials are investigating why the batches were transferred from the grower to the dispensary, and then sold by the dispensary to customers, as the products were transferred with failed test results.
If a marijuana item fails a pesticide test and a re-test, the batch from which samples were taken must be destroyed. More information about cannabis testing can be found at http://www.healthoregon.org/marijuanatesting.
OHA offers the following tips to consumers considering purchasing marijuana products:
— Read marijuana product labels. All labels must have the producer’s business or trade name and licensee or registrant number; the business or trade name of licensee or registrant that packaged or distributed the product, if different from the producer; the name of the strain; and the universal symbol.
— Request a copy of the pesticide test results from the dispensary.
— People choosing to smoke marijuana should consider the negative effects that smoking may have on their health.
According to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at Oregon State University, spinosad is a natural substance made by a soil bacterium that can be toxic to insects. It is used to control such pests as thrips, leaf miners, spider mites, mosquitoes, ants and fruit flies. NPIC also notes that spinosad is low in toxicity to people and other mammals, but it can cause irritation and redness if it gets on your skin or in your eyes. The effects of smoking a product contaminated with spinosad are unknown.
Pottle was born Nov. 26, 1950, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to Dorothy Ohlroegge and Harold “Hal” Pottle, loving Quaker parents of English and German descent. Mrs. Pottle named her two sons after her favorite singer, Dean Martin, while Smiley was an old family name.
Dean was raised in the small town of Wilton, Connecticut. Dean’s family also owned land in New Paltz, New York, including the breathtaking Mohonk Mountain House.
As a young man, he was enchanted by horses, which he would ride through the fields to the rear of the family home. He had a love for animals, always having a cat living with him. Like most boys, he loved outdoor adventures and was an Eagle Scout, proud that he could live off the land at a moment’s notice.
Dean was a real hippie in the late ’60s, drinking and pot smoking from an early age—pastimes he would later continue at Dean’s Scene, his famous Portland speakeasy.
He especially enjoyed live music and was a lifelong fan of Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper and the Who. As a matter of interest, Dean enjoyed sharing the views formed in his youth of equal rights for women, peace, justice and equality for all. Dean was a longtime vegetarian and an avid environmentalist.
In 1977, Pottle married Misty Lorien, and they enjoyed many adventures together. The marriage had its highs and lows, eventually coming to an end in 1996, at which time Dean moved to Portland. He purchased a home in the Fremont District across from Alameda Brewery, receiving the keys and beginning his newfound bachelorhood on Oct. 30, the day he has annually celebrated as the opening of Dean’s Scene.
Interestingly enough, it was Misty who bought him his first homebrew kit and set him on the path he would happily travel the last two decades of his life. Dean was known as a generous man of integrity and real principles.
With the conversion of his basement into a working brewery featuring a walk-in cooler and eight taps always flowing freely, Dean took the kindness he received from his friends and multiplied it, returning it to the entire world.
He was the master of ceremonies behind the bar at Dean’s Scene, where you never had to drink the same beer twice. Dean Pottle was a successful licensed plumber and small businessman for almost two decades in the Portland area. He plumbed several local breweries and numerous older houses. The underground speakeasy was continually upgraded. Many friends had a hand in the evolution of the home of Party Gyle Brewing.
Dean’s Scene became the lifeblood of the underground beer culture in Portland, Oregon. Dean collected numerous ribbons from homebrew competitions.
Dean was featured on local and national television programs and was the star of the Drinking With Daren series. Dean’s Scene became known throughout the world as one place you had to see if you ever made your way to Portland.
Dean was a man with a big heart, and he loved goodwill and good cheer. He is lovingly remembered by all he came in contact with for sharing his joy of life and love of great beer with them. He will be remembered as a man who loved a strong craft ale, a good political conversation, and a room filled with friends and strangers alike.
Dean is survived by his two sisters, Jill Pottle of Massachusetts and Leslie Carlson of Kansas, his brother, Martin Pottle of Rhode Island, and an entire planet of both humans and animals who are honored to call him “friend.” Portland will never be the same without him.
GO: A memorial celebration for Dean Pottle is at 3 pm Sunday, Oct. 30, at Alameda Brewing, 4765 NE Fremont St. Dress is “beer fest formal.”
The Portland beer community has lost one of its most unique and lovable personalities.
Dean Pottle passed away Thursday morning at age 65 from heart failure. Pottle ran Dean’s Scene, a speakeasy in the basement of Pottle’s plumbing shop where drinkers served themselves home-brewed beer made on a system in the corner of the basement.
The affable Dean presided over a an ongoing house party, where the curious and a collection of regulars congregated around a double-sided bar in a haze of smoke—cannabis and tobacco alike. Dean was the DJ—Alice Cooper and Frank Zappa were his favorites—and always eager to talk about beer. He attended dozens of beer festivals every year, did plumbing for a number of local breweries and was an active member of his homebrew club.
Sammy Sklover—Dean’s close friend who has been the brewmaster at Dean’s for the last few year’s and serves as de facto GM—wrote about Dean’s final moments on his Facebook.
“His last wish was to enjoy and share his favorite beer: Samichlaus Classic Beir from 1988, Which we served him from a snifter glass using a small sponge. After the second taste when I pulled away to saturate the sponge, he moved his head forward for more beer, which was the first voluntary action he had done in 12 hours. When his breathing stopped we poured the rest of the snifter down his throat. His final moment in life was him enjoying his favorite thing; drinking beer with friends.
Originally from Connecticut, Pottle moved to Portland 15 years ago this month. As he told me for a profile published in WW in 2013, he didn’t have his first craft beer until the early 1990s, when he was already 41. He moved to Portland in 1998 after a magical stay at Edgefield.
“I’d heard Portland had good beer, but we had no idea because we didn’t have the Internet back in those days,” he told us then. “I was from the East Coast, and I was like, ‘This is it!”’
“Out here they really cared about shit, and that got to me,” said Pottle. “That’s why people move here from all over the country, because they’re too good for where they’re from. And I feel bad, because they really needed me back there.”
There’s no place that doesn’t need a man like Dean Pottle, and Portland was lucky to have him. He was a quintessential Portlander, too—beyond loving beer, music and cannabis, he was also a committed pacifist and vegetarian.
Once in Portland, Pottle bought a house across from Alameda Brewing on Northeast Fremont where he lived and operated his plumbing shop. He was soon joined by his ex-wife Misty, who he’d been married to back in Connecticut. She moved out to Portland and they remarried. They split up again three years ago.
Pottle built up a scene in the basement of his shop. My 2013 story led to some notoriety—and to a visit from the OLCC, who convinced Pottle to fill out paperwork giving them the right to inspect his premises. They later warned him about some of his practices, such as the donation box by the door, and sent a letter that led to the spot’s temporary closure. There was some blame spread around over the whole thing but Dean’s Scene quietly reopened, and has been going strong since.
We’re pouring a collaboration beer at tomorrow’s Portland Pro-Am Beer Festival. The beer that Sklover made, with a little help from Dean and me, is a hazy New England-style IPA infused with CBD, a terpene found in cannabis that promotes relaxation.
Though things are still up in the air, Sklover tells me his intention is to keep Dean’s open in something close to its current form.
“Dean really wanted to have a place where people could come and talk about beer,” he says. “And drink craft beer, even if they don’t have money.”
To me, that was the most endearing part of Dean’s whole operation. It was very much a clubhouse, a little gang of beer-loving Lost Boys who’d drink, smoke, debate politics and drink some more. When I came over to brew the Pro-Am beer, one of Dean’s friends was asleep on the couch in his basement pub, and another was sleeping in a hammock in the back yard.
I asked Dean a few times why he wouldn’t go commercial and he told me that he would not get an OLCC license until they allowed cannabis use in bars. He foresaw a day where that’d happen, too.
There will be a memorial in Dean’s neighborhood announced very soon, Sklover says. Already, there is a GoFundMe to cover his final expenses. At the memorial, expect to hear a lot of funny stories about a kind, creative and loyal man.
Here’s my own favorite Dean story:
Back in the summer of 2012, Wilco played a show down in Jacksonville, Oregon, the quaint little town in Southern Oregon. I happened to stop into Dean’s three or four times in the months leading up to the show, and every time I came in Dean was playing Wilco on the stereo. He managed the stereo himself, and was very deliberate about creating the right vibe with music. Wilco is my favorite band, so I loved this. But you could tell Dean wasn’t into it. Finally, I nodded at him from around the bend in his little double-sided bar, and asked him what the deal was.
“I’m really trying to get into them,” he says through the thick haze of smoke. “My buddy and I are going down to the show next month and I wanna like them by then.”
Dean never did come to like Wilco.
But the fact that he tried so hard to get into the band struck me. This was a man in his 60s, not a teenager. And yet, that’s how he lived his life—with the spirit of a kid who wanted to get excited about the band his friends were excited about. And that’s why Pottle had so many friends that are missing him right now.