BEND, OR -- One of the area’s largest recreational marijuana dispensary is celebrating its first harvest from a Tumalo farm, with a party Thursday, in conjunction with "4/20," internationally recognized as cannabis day.
Oregrown co-founder Aviv Hadar says the crop was harvested about two weeks ago from the indoor part of the 84-acre operation. "This is the farm that was part of the Deschutes County opt out, and something we fought extremely hard to protect and preserve. And, what you see now is fruits of our labor; you’re seeing an extremely rare harvest of a very exclusive genetics that sold out within minutes. Basically, before it was even harvested, this stuff is sold and spoken for." He tells KBND News, "The first harvest happened about two weeks ago, literally just in time for 4/20. So, a little bit of marketing luck, a little bit of magic. It was the first crop in the new OLCC system, so it was tracked from seed to sale, all the way through, and it took us about three months to grow and harvest."
Hadar insists April 20 is no longer about smoking weed and getting stoned. "This is a day for the entire community to come out and share in this event with us; to celebrate the end of failed cannabis prohibition and the beginning of a legal, regulated industry. It’s those failed policies that have gotten so many different people into trouble." This is the third year Oregrown has hosted a 4/20 celebration and Hadar hopes it continues to get bigger.
At its downtown Bend dispensary on NW Wall Street, Oregrown will host food and product vendors at a 21 and older informational fair, Thursday morning. Then, the company will host a free, all-ages evening concert at Crow’s Feet Commons. No public pot use is allowed at either event.