MacKenzie Grown’s Gelato 47 (also known as Mochi Gelato) is a salute to where it all began here in Oregon: the medical community. It’s a community that’s been immensely impacted by the shifting canna-landscape. While the Oregon Health Authority’s July 2022 “Medical Marijuana Statistical Snapshot” showed 19,453 cardholding patients (a number down from pre-legalization’s 72,000-plus), it’s clear in day-to-day conversations with consumers and budtenders alike: “Medicinal” use as most define it has not slowed down, it’s merely being mixed-in and taxed.
Travis and Chamelle MacKenzie are on a mission to build back a bit of the OMMP community and the patient-oriented care that came with it – starting from the ground up again with a family-owned-and-operated garden and medical dispensary. MacKenzie Grown is located in Eugene, in one of the state’s top three concentrations of OMMP cardholders: Lane County. At the time of this piece, MacKenzie Grown is the only licensed OMMP dispensary (operating) in the entire state of Oregon.
Their single-source flower, including this Gelato 47, is grown by the owners themselves with organic, no-till methods that they’ve been using since well before those growing terms came in and out of style. There’s a smooth heartiness to this flower’s flavor and the timeless Sherbet x Thin Mint GSC combination offers a creamy, menthol kick to the nostrils. The smoke sings to a wider array of notes, so don’t be surprised when a slightly meaty, savory spark tickles your tongue. There’s a deeply soothing sense waiting inside these dark, dense, purple and green buds. This writer found it balanced a chaotic mind and mended the mountains of tension building in the back and shoulders.
Maybe it was the one-on-one, pick-up appointment in the shop’s cozy, carefully-curated atmosphere. Maybe we could taste the love poured into this plant. Either way, we can tell it’s Cannabis cultivated with intention and a passion that has persisted through thick and thin.
This article was originally published in the June 2023 issue of Oregon Leaf.
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