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ason Silva and I are shooting the shit. We’re seated in the kitchen of the art loft where we’ve agreed to meet, the video crew bustling around us, making their last preparations for our interview. Jason’s donning a black t-shirt with a circular sticker that reads “Support Psychedelic Science.” To say that I’m nervous is an understatement. I have quite a few interviews under my belt, but I’ve been intensely prepping for this one and know full well that keeping up with Silva’s answers will be a feat. He talks quickly, as I’ve learned from my research, and punctuates specific words in such a passionate manner, really reiterating their importance to the listener. It’s an endearing quality, a reminder that he’s human and not, in fact, a robot—a thought that had crossed my mind. We talk about our recent travels off-camera, and Silva feels like an old pal I haven’t seen in years. He’s calm, attentive and sits at ease. He’s charismatic, and I can tell he isn’t always waiting for his turn to talk. If you’ve subscribed to Silva’s YouTube channel, Shots of Awe, or watched National Geographic’s Brain Games, you’re well aware of Jason’s ability to effectively express his thoughts through a boisterous and intriguing employment of his hands as speaking tools. Yes, he’s a hand-talker and yes, it works. Silva’s charisma and passion is palpable; it radiates throughout the room, and it’s no wonder he’s made a living in front of the camera. A Philosophy and Film Major from the University of Miami, Jason went straight out of college to work as what Timothy Leary would call a “Performance Philosopher.” I ask Jason if he likes the term. He grins, then jokes, “I am happy to take it. It might be a little pretentious, but I do love the phrase that ‘philosophy should be performed, not taught.’”

I ask Silva his thoughts on the film Her. It’s become obvious to me that interviewing Silva without asking his thoughts on singularity would be a grave mistake. Written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze, Her is, at its core, about singularity. Jason notes, “Singularity is a term, a metaphor borrowed from physics to describe what it’s like going through a black hole.” I ask Silva if he thinks Her is a good representation of singularity for the layman. He does. I transcribed his full answer, and it’s 840 words long—more than half the space I have allotted to pen this piece. Precisely why plugging every answer of his—even as a synopsis—into this article would be not only impossible, but a tragic decision on my part. Luckily, all of Silva’s answers will be turned into short videos for your viewing pleasure on our website. Silva goes on to talk at length about black holes, time travel, Moore’s Law and super computers eventually shrinking to the size of blood cells. One of the most interesting components of his answer comes near its close. With palpable excitement, Silva asserts, “The origin of language was a singularity, in the sense that it changed the rules of reality as we knew them.” He’s talking about hominids, ape-like primates, and points to Terrence McKenna (the psychedelic philosopher and mystic psychonaut) who laid claim to the idea that “…the Cambrian explosion of mind and consciousness that language ushered was triggered by primates eating magic mushrooms.” The “actual” Cambrian explosion occurred 541 million years ago and is thought to have produced most major groups of animals as revealed by fossil records. Silva is using the Cambrian explosion as a metaphor for the way in which the use of psilocybin mushrooms may have resulted in an explosion of consciousness and the mind.

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Essentially, Silva notes, “Separate things, but related in that they both ushered in diversity and novelty—first with animals and later with language and mind.” As more legitimate, peerreviewed research studies are conducted on the relevancy and effectiveness of small-dose psychedelics to combat ailments such as PTSD, stress and depression, this idea that magic mushrooms may have been at the root of language fills me with hope and, as Jason might say, “awe.” The hair on my forearms points skyward. Silva’s ability to pull direct quotes seemingly out of thin air reminds me of the scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Dumbledore extracts a memory and reviews it in a Pensieve (a memory reviewer). It’s a somewhat uncanny ability, almost as though Silva is sitting in front of a teleprompter—which I assure you, he is not. “I am kind of what they call a quote hoarder or quote whore,” Silva jokes. Silva grew up in a household that celebrated language. His mom, Linda, teaches high school literature, and so Jason grew up with a sensitivity to language. He is also admittedly a control freak: “When I come across something astounding or inspiring, any passage that moves me, I immediately need to transcribe and archive,” he admits. “I don’t want to lose my connection to this thing. I have to bookmark it and write it down.” During our chat, Silva quotes verbatim Stuart Brand, Terence McKenna, Rich Doyle, Roland Griffiths, Tim Doody, Carl Sagan, Michael Pollen, Aldous Huxley, Helen Fisher, David Pearce, Timothy Leary and Jerry Garcia—among others. Silva has built his identity on anchoring in his memory the ideas and philosophies of others that resonate with him. Some of us have trouble simply remembering where we’ve parked our cars after exiting the grocery store. Silva divulges, “My love of words and language is probably why I retain so many of these ideas. To hold onto those ideas is to hold onto a part of me. I read a lot. I am always on the lookout for new things that resonate.” Jason’s identity, like anyone’s identity, is personal; built by the country that we call home; one’s nationality, linguistic principals, belief systems, geography, tribe, religion. Most importantly, as Jason so eloquently points out, our identity is very much about the lenses through which we see the world: “We see with our lenses and we see through our lenses, but we don’t always see the lenses themselves,” he maintains. “When we travel, we become aware of our own lenses by virtue of being exposed to the lenses of others.” Silva’s life—both onand off-camera—requires more travel than most. Silva likens travel to a mind-expanding drug, asserting that travel “exposes us to novel and new situations. New situations trigger new impressions, new reflections, new thoughts; and all of that, of course, is mediated by neurochemistry, which means that we are getting high. We’re getting a chemical rush from this exposure to novelty from travel.”

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The effects of travel can result in cognitive reframing—a term often used to describe the aftermath of employing psychedelics to expand one’s mind, thus altering one’s perspective. For those suffering with PTSD, suicidal thoughts, depression and/or anxiety, psychedelics are shown to transform chemical imbalances and reactions to trauma. “There have been a lot of wildly exciting results that have come from clinical trials in places like Johns Hopkins University, the Imperial College of London and other places that are using psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA, mind-altering psychedelics [to treat and absolve mental afflictions],” Jason points out. In the words of Tim Doody, “To entertain such ontologies is to re-contextualize one’s self as a marvelous conduit in a timeless whole, through which molecules and meaning flow, from nebulae to neurons and back again.” Doody is referring to the idea that certain psychedelic molecules may have the ability to not only connect with certain serotonin receptors in our brain but also, as Jason puts it, “[certain psychedelic molecules] can connect us to a grander cosmic reality” where time is non-existent. It is in this clock-less world where perspectives evolve and minds expand.

Doody goes on to say in The Heretic that if these molecules do in fact have this ability, then why shouldn’t we take a “peek”? The reality is that traditional treatments such as prescription medications are clearly not doing the job that they were designed to do. As Silva contends, “We’re living in a time where anxiety and depression are at epidemic levels. Eight-hundred-thousand people a year now are committing suicide globally, according to the United Nations. That’s a larger number than the amount of people who die from natural disaster and armed conflict combined. This thing with suicide, depression and anxiety is horrific.” Jason continues, stating that regardless of the propaganda you may have been exposed to, he is not encouraging anyone to take multiple tabs of LSD and run into the forest to cure their depression; quite the opposite. He suggests that we continue to “[create] protocols and frameworks that can use the potential of these molecules [psychedelics] to alleviate the suffering of many people across the world.” Who can’t get behind creating a new frontier for psychotherapy? Moreover, Jason asserts, “What the telescope did for astronomy, these psychedelics can potentially do for consciousness.” Psychedelics as a Psychotherapy assistant is not for everyone, and this article does not intend to convince anyone of that, but rather to offer insight into the possibility that psychedelics may have something to offer humans which prescription drugs simply cannot. “There is more to investigate here,” Jason declares. “I am still profoundly excited to learn more. We are at the edge of the new frontier here. And that’s what humans do, we explore, so we shouldn’t shy away from the implications of these studies, but rather embrace them whole heartedly.”

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Whether or not Silva is ready to take on the title of “Performance Philosopher” is really up to him. As Silva taught me, Timothy Leary came out in the ‘80s and ‘90s “as a singularity cyberneticist, and said, ‘In the information age, you don’t teach philosophy . . . you perform it.’” That is exactly what Silva is doing—creating a new platform for a new type of learner. To use Silva’s eloquent words, “If philosophy means love of wisdom, and if the way that we electrify and share wisdom or love of wisdom today is through memetics, through I.T., then YouTube is now the avenue for sharing a love of wisdom.” THISISJASONSILVA.COM @JASONLSILVA @JASONLSILVA

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he music video for the song “Wheat Grass” opens with a young black man in basketball sweats entering a corner store. The obligatory advertisements for alcohol, cigarettes and wire transfers adorn the store’s exterior walls. Three young black men sit outside the corner store, gold chains around their necks, caps worn to the side, a boom box joining them like a fourth companion. One young man says, “Man, the cops been hot up on the block lately.” The video thus far is notable only for its urban ordinariness. “I’m about to roll up in here and get some chips,” he continues, pointing to the corner store. DJ Cavem waves a hand no: “You don’t need to do all that, man. Check this out.” When the song’s central refrain begins, the viewer realizes that this artist is taking hip-hop into unfamiliar territory.

“We must cultivate the earth. Plant seeds, meditate and take it in.” Ietef Vita is a culinary climate action activist—that’s the short version of his biography. A quick search for Ietef’s (pronounced EE-tef) work will reveal he also goes by a dizzying array of titles: educator, emcee, vegan/raw chef, organic gardener, yogi, father of Eco Hip-Hop, cultural Jedi, Afro drummer, street activist, beat teacher, B-boy, deejay, graffiti guru and midwife. I ask about his midwife experience, only because it sticks out in the extensive list. “I’m a proud father of three girls,” he explains, “all delivered at home by just their mother and me.” This is a man who revels in nature and the experiences native to our existence, but he isn’t from the green hills of Colorado. Ietef’s natural environment is Denver’s Five Points district.

ECO HIP-HOP As a musician, Ietef’s work as DJ Cavem builds on the foundations of hip-hop. But through his experiences and lifestyle, he has a unique perspective he shares through his lyrics: “I’m on that raw food diet, have you checked the price of cancer—maybe you should try it?” Growing up green isn’t the usual result of a childhood spent in Denver’s Eastside communities, but fortunately for Ietef, his mother was politically active

and her influence was strongly felt. His father taught him to draw. “I was raised around artists,” he shares. “My mother was a community activist and organizer. That shifted something for me as a young person, to become comfortable as a performer and activist. Being present on the frontlines of protests.”

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THE PRODUCE SECTION Ietef’s work is uniquely influenced by trips to Africa to complete studies in permaculture and agronomy. “I took gangster culture and marinated it with different things I had been learning,” he says. “From there, I asked myself how can I have a concept about my lifestyle. I was like, ‘Alright, I eat vegan—maybe I should do an album about that so I can lead people to the produce section.’ And that was the idea. I was like, ‘Great! I’ll call my album The Produce Section.’

That’s my vibe. I talk about growing organic food; I educate from farm to fridge to table, and all the way down. I show people the hustle. Not only [how] to save your seeds but also how to hustle kale chips and sauerkraut and put it back on the block. I’m now teaching people to garden in the communities where I grew up without access to healthy food, so they don’t have to go through that. My community had better access to crack cocaine than it did organic produce.”

WHY FRESH FOOD ISN’T REACHING POOR COMMUNITIES Ietef’s mission to bring fresh, healthy food to poor communities faces many challenges; the billions spent on marketing junk food to children, the prohibitive cost of purchasing organic produce— if it’s even available. While proud of the culture of hip-hop, Ietef identified a pattern: “As the commercialization of hip-hop progressed into a multi-billion dollar industry, corporations began partnering with hip-hop to use it as a platform to market destructive ideas, imagery and, more importantly, bringing unhealthy food to communities.” The majority of the food issues created by our current food systems present themselves most fully in areas populated by black and brown people. Access to fresh food is one such issue. Commonly known as food deserts, these areas often have no supermarket and most residents

rely upon corner stores to purchase food. It’s much easier for a corner store to stock packaged goods than fresh produce, which include preservatives to keep food from spoiling longer. Consumers need to know how to use fresh food, which would then create a market—your local corner store might start a small produce section to supply the demand. The consequences of food deserts are many, but mostly manifest in diseases such as heart conditions and Type 2 Diabetes. “There’s a lot of hip-hop artists who’ve died from food-related illness,” says Ietef. “People I love, like Sean Price, Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, Guru—I could go down the line. These are some gangsterass artists, they talk about the hardest life. You would think police brutality or the gun would take them out, but it’s the plate. It’s ridiculous.”

GETTING THE MESSAGE THROUGH “I go into the hood, show the people how to grow the food, how to harvest the food, how to prepare it and then we show them how to hustle it.” Ietef took the idea of ‘ Thug Life’ and created the hashtag #KaleLife. Everybody wants to be an O.G., and Ietef is no exception—only he’s an Organic Gardener. “We think about how we use arts and culture to reach young people . . . That’s our recipe for resistance. We’ve created drug dealers, now we’ve got to create organic gardeners, holistic practitioners, yogis and vegan chefs.” “Cool to Live”—an autobiographical track about Ietef’s life—is also a great analogy for his work. He’s simply trying to make environmental food justice an issue that’s cool. Ietef takes a message we’ve all heard before, but brings it to us in a different package. Maybe that’s all the

hippies who created the same message were missing—marketing and cool. “It’s easy to educate when you make food from scratch,” he says. “It’s going to be really hard for me to bring a chicken into a classroom, let the children pet it, then be like, ‘Okay this is lunch.’ Kids are going to be crying. I can easily bring in a cabbage, chop the head off it—nobody’s going to feel nothing. It’s absurd that they’ll feed meat to kids but you can’t kill an animal in front of the child. It’s interesting the trauma they choose not to expose children to, but I’m all about the truth.” It’s a benefit to us all for Ietef’s message to spread like seeds—to create green communities where now there are only food deserts. It’s cool to live a long and healthy life, don’t you know. DJCAVEM.COM @IETEF @VEGANCHEFIETEF

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he DOPE Magazine team solicited nominations from the community and set out to meet the heroes of the wildfires that took place starting on October 8, 2017, in the Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties in California. The wildfires killed at least 40 people, dubbed the most destructive in state history. This piece is written with sincere gratitude to those who shared their stories in the midst of tragedy, and to all of the firefighters, police, dispatchers and first responders who remain heroes every damn day. Ashley Oldham of Frost Flower Farms awoke to her friend, Ira Chamberlain, banging on the front door of her Redwood Valley home as the fires approached. Fifteen minutes after Oldham and her daughter safely got out of the house, it was engulfed in flames. Although Oldham lost her home, processing facilities, two additional commercial greenhouses (that had just arrived on site and hadn’t yet been built) and a lifetime of genetics work, she did not completely lose her cannabis farm, which was the fourth farm permitted in Mendocino County. Oldham fought the fire with a garden hose and returned to her property to continue to fight the flames, hiking back in even when law enforcement would not allow her to pass road barricades in the ensuing days. Oldham is one of many cannabis farmers who did not receive the same consideration as neighboring wine grape farmers, who were able to tend to their crops in the days following the fires. Oldham and Ira, together and separately, saved multiple homes in their neighborhood by jumping onto roofs to set up sprinklers and putting out spot fires. Oldham showed DOPE a soilpile-turned-spot-fire that wouldn’t quit and the scorched line of the fires on her property, which butted right up to her large, cannabis plant-filled greenhouse. Oldham is hopeful that these remaining plants—approximately 70 percent of her forecast harvest this year—will pass testing.

FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE AMONG THE LUCKY ONES, LET’S CHANNEL OUR BLESSINGS . . . LET US UNITE AS A COMMUNITY, AND TOGETHER WE CAN BECOME THE PHOENIX THAT RISES FROM THE ASHES. – JESSICA LILGA, CO-FOUNDER OF ALTA SUPPLY

Across town, cannabis producer and distributor CannaCraft responded to the emergency by opening their doors to evacuees during the onset of the fires, then donated 12,000 square feet of office space for use as American Red Cross headquarters. They also converted industrial space into emergency housing, allowed RVs and trailers in their lot, and provided electricity, water, portable bathrooms and showers. CannaCraft additionally donated $100,000 worth of products to local dispensaries to be provided to evacuated patients in need of medicine. As Dennis Hunter, CannaCraft Co-CEO, puts it: “We have a responsibility to assist our community. I hope our actions demonstrate what our industry is truly about, and assists in de-stigmatizing the negative perception [of cannabis] held by some.” CannaCraft also donated the land in Santa Rosa for Burners Without Boarders to create “Oasis Village,” which serves as temporary housing for those who have been displaced by the fires. Camp Epic, a theme camp at Burning Man, gifted the shipping containers to house 75 people, and an additional 50 people will be housed in RVs on the site, complete with bathroom units, dining and lounge tents and a mobile kitchen run by a caterer who fed first responders when the fires hit. The project is managed by volunteers and self-funded by donors, along with a fundraising goal of $100,000. At the time this piece was penned, Oasis Village was awaiting residency permits from the City of Santa Rosa.


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Patrick King—aka “ The Soil King,” Founder of The Soil King in Cloverdale—and his team managed to harvest their cannabis farm as the fires were approaching. King then organized a number of relief efforts focused on the Mendocino and Lake Counties, and he hasn’t stopped since. King created a non-profit organization and led a drive for monetary donations, raising approximately $40,000 so far. King also provided space to create donation and supply drop-off locations, an animal sanctuary and a distribution warehouse of supplies and donations that moved $50,000-100,000 worth of donations per day. He also set up evacuation centers in the Redwood and Potter Valleys. King is particularly empathetic to undocumented workers who do not speak English and cannot bring their family to a shelter without the risk of being deported, so he sent trailers and trucks with supplies out to the beaches and coastal areas where many of these families were staying.
 Various dispensaries are doing their part in fire relief fundraising, both in-store and by hosting events dedicated to fire relief. Mercy Wellness of Cotati is a great example of this; Director Brandon Levine says, “We lost a lot of product ourselves, maybe 1,000 pounds of weed, but we still have enough to give away during this stressful time, when patients need it the most.” Mercy is organizing a donation drive to hand out free product to patients affected by the fires, which has totaled over $100,000 in donated product so far, and is matching every dollar donated in the shop. When DOPE visited the team at Mercy one evening, two employees, Zach Monday and Pat Keenan, who both lost their homes, were there rolling joints to be donated to others. Felicia Accomazzo is the Project Manager who organizes these donations. Accomazzo, a fire victim herself, medicates with cannabis to treat her brain cancer and knows the importance of having access to medicine. Jessica Peters, Founder of Moxie Meds and avid animal lover, spent eight days traveling between Oakland and the North Bay to rescue an estimated 300-400 animals. After a harrowing experience of rescuing goats and a longhorn cow from a corral that was on fire, Peters rented a U-Haul cargo van and filled it with twenty animal carriers, food, medicine and other supplies. Peters transported rescue animals to the fairgrounds and various animal shelters, while 18 rescue animals stayed at her own home, where she paid for veterinary bills out of pocket. Jessica Lilga, Co-founder of Alta Supply, a cannabis distribution company, is organizing a farm-to-farm aid program. Growers unaffected by the fires can donate flower, which can be tested by SC Labs, who is offering testing services for all donations. These flower donations will be sold by Alta Supply to dispensaries, and 100 percent of profits go to growers in need. Lilga implores, “For those of us who are among the lucky ones, let’s channel our blessings . . . Thank you for being part of what makes our industry so special. Let us unite as a community, and together we can become the Phoenix that rises from the ashes.” As it turns out, the love in the air is truly thicker than the smoke.

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e were a little over six hours into our seven hour flight from Seattle to Keflavík when the captain's voice came over the loudspeaker announcing that the northern lights could be seen in the distance. Leaning over a sleeping Jessica, I managed to catch a streak of color through one of the windows, a distant flash of light in the night sky over Iceland. I rifled through my bag as we prepared to land, searching for two chocolate chip cookies that needed to be eaten before we went through customs. Possessing, cultivating or consuming marijuana is allallstill are stillillegal illegalininIceland, Iceland,but butsimple simplepossession possession has has been been reduced to a fine and residents have been consuming more marijuana per capita than anywhere else in the world, according to several polls.

The customs agent gave us a friendly smile, stamping our passports without question. A quick stop by the rental car desk and we were on the highway towards Reykjavik, Iceland's biggest city. It was 6:30am local time, and the 40 minute drive took us through a Martian landscape of broken and distressed volcanic land. The Vikings who colonized the area had completely cleared the island of trees, and the whole thing made for a surreal scene as the 250mg cookies began to take effect. I had grown up in the bitter mountain cold of the Colorado Rockies and was familiar with what did and didn’t grow there. If there was cannabis in this climate, it was going to be in short supply—and that always means expensive. Iceland itself is one of the most expensive

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countries co untries in in the the world, world, owing owing largely largely to to its geographical isolation and high import tax. Products and services on the island are known to be triple the average cost stateside, but the population doesn’t seem to mind, as the country enjoys one of the greatest distributions of wealth in the world. With free education through college, a $30 USD minimum wage and universal healthcare for all, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live here. The sun was still down and the lights of Reykjavik were now visible in the distance. Checking into our rented flat, we dropped our bags and got back on the Reykjanesbraut Hwy, bound for the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermic hot springs set deep in the lava fields of Grindavík to soak out our jet lag. The lagoon had once been a celebrated secret amongst the locals who would gather to swim for free in the 100-plus degree ice blue water. Now it is a valued commodity, roped in by commercial interests and officially listed as one of the great wonders of the world. We passed a vape pen back and forth in the fog rising up from the middle of the massive natural lagoon, careful not to get it wet.

Rations were limited; we would be in trouble if we didn't find some form of pot soon. Leaning back, I closed my eyes, letting the minerals in the water push me to the surface. The remainder of the day was spent exploring the coves and caves of the lagoon, and stopping frequently at the swim-up bar before eventually heading back into the city. We were coming in blind and had decided the bars downtown were going to be our best approach to finding weed. Pulling up a quick list, we narrowed in on The Lebowski as our most probable chance. Fifty dollars U.S. got us two drinks, and we took a seat in the corner to nurse our wounded pocket books while we surveyed the landscape. The crowd seemed to be a good mix of locals and tourists. Drink in hand, I headed for the bar, doing my best to make my DOPE Magazine credentials show over the high counter. Leveling with a young Icelandic bartender, I laid out my crisis in clear language. Whether it was the story we were here to cover or my own need to find cannabis on this frozen island that motivated me, even I wasn’t sure. Chris, the bartender, examined me with a puzzled curiosity, as if

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somehow identifying with my plight, before offering directions to Dillon’s, a whisky bar within walking distance. “Go to Dillon’s, stand out back in the courtyard until you smell it,” he said, giving me a wink as if to affirm he, too, was a member of the fold. We rose with the sun the next morning, spending the day eating strange foods and exploring the tiny streets of Reykjavik, before eventually making our way to Dillon’s as the light began to fade. Securing our drinks, we took to the back as instructed. A door in the rear of the bar opened up to a tiny courtyard encircled and concealed by a row of large buildings. I smiled as a familiar smell hit my nose. A tall, gray, bearded man who looked to be in his fifties sat on the rail of the banister idly puffing on an oversized joint. I positioned myself to his left, taking a giant puff off my Dr. Dabber before extending it towards the stranger. “Cannabis oil,” I said,

exhaling the smoke in his direction, hoping it translated properly. He took it without hesitation, handing me the smoldering, finger-thick joint in exchange. We inhaled deeply in unison, a kind of symbolic “cheers” between stoners. I coughed on mine, choking on the smoke. It was mixed with tobacco, a local custom, he explained, introducing himself as Paul Paulson of Iceland. “Offislanders can’t handle Icelandic weed straight,” he told me. “You have to mix it for them!” We agreed to disagree, and I smeared a large portion of our oil reserves onto the remainder of his joint to seal the deal. “It’s a community of people helping each other out, and also people that are struggling helping themselves out by growing pot here and selling it,” he replied when asked about the cannabis scene in Iceland. “We have great weed in Iceland because of the water, cheap power and a good liberal education.” His

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eminism it is about uplifting and empowering women; it’s about giving women the same opportunities and treatment men have always been afforded. Whitney Bell’s work is doing just that. Bell is a proud proponent of intersectional feminism, and has taken to the galleries of California to start a conversation about sexual harassment in the digital age. Technology has made it easy for uninvited dicks to figuratively land in your lap at any time, even in the safety of your own home. In her art show, “I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics,” Bell recreates her home, complete with bed and bedside tables, couch, fridge…and about 150 framed dick pics on display, a visual example of how someone can invade your home, your safe space, without ever stepping foot in the door. She is also a writer for publications like Teen Vogue, HuffPost, Playboy and Cosmopolitan (to name a few), and addresses feminism, sexuality, dating, rape culture, medicinal marijuana and reproductive rights. Bell’s installation and writing has created a dialogue around these issues, but not without hostility. If history has taught us anything, it’s that oppressors are never happy when the oppressed begin to vocalize their rejection of the status quo. During one “A Lifetime of Dick Pics” event, Bell experienced an incident that only furthered the point of her show. “It was at our second event in San Francisco,” she recalls. “I didn’t see him personally, but a guest saw him masturbating in a hallway . . . she immediately alerted security, and by the time they got over there, he had disappeared.” A man bought a ticket to

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an event about sexual harassment and attempted to harass the guests, specifically women, in attendance. “Not only are they giving me more stuff to talk about, but they are further confirming my point,” Bell maintains. “[Harassment] is about their [the harassers] own sexual gratification. This is about them exerting some kind of power. This is an extremely selfish act that isn’t about getting laid, and isn’t about pursuing a woman.” And this isn’t the only incident Bell’s installation has faced. Men have asked to have their dicks showcased on the walls; one man showed women pictures on his phone of his penis ejaculating, as well as videos of him masturbating. Another man asked women if they wanted to see his penis, resulting in his removal from the venue. These incidents confirm the narrative that many men’s need for control often knows no bounds, and even an art show about sexual harassment can become the target of sexual harassment. Bell’s devotion to these issues has resulted in aggressive threats from strangers. After her article “What To Get A Friend PostAbortion” ran in Teen Vogue, she received a few “really scary threats.” I asked if she would write the article again, knowing the harassment to come, and she replied, “Absolutely. There was a ton of hatred— and those voices are the loudest—but there was also a ton of love. I got so many letters and emails from teen girls saying how much it helped them.” Bell stood by her unapologetic pro-choice stance, illustrating, “If I really am truly pro-choice, and if I really don’t think that a fetus at 15 weeks is a baby, then terminating that


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pregnancy isn’t taking a life. Terminating that pregnancy isn’t this life-changing, massive, monumental decision. It’s simply making the right decision for you at that time. It’s acknowledging your own limitations and where you are at and what you are capable of. I don’t think that is something to be ashamed of. In a weird way, I am not saying abortion is something to be proud of, but acknowledging what is right for you is something to be proud of.” Teen Vogue has been open about their new, more progressive direction, led by the second African-American Editor in Condé Nast's 109-year history, Elaine Welteroth. Teen Vogue now covers politics and social justice, and encourages young readers to become civically engaged while still talking fun and fashion. Bell wholeheartedly supports this transformation. “I think the success they ’ve had in the last year is indicative of the fact that teen girls are serious,” Bell states. “ They do want to discuss this stuff. There is a market for this kind of conversation, and I am not afraid of putting myself on the line to further that.” Her eloquent discourse about the importance of intersectionality and privilege as a white woman has been refreshing for many marginalized communities who are all too familiar with the detriment of white feminism silencing their voices. “I think empowerment is a privilege, just like race or socioeconomic status,” Bell explains. “The strength to find your own empowerment or the strength to act on your own empowerment is a privilege that not everyone has, so I think it would be selfish of me to not share mine.” In reference to her installation, she says, “We make this show as intersectional as possible. We make it an inclusive and safe space. On these panels,

I have transgender activists and tons of queer activists, speakers and journalists. I want to elevate those voices, but I don’t want to speak for them.” Empowering women is only one of her contributions to the movement for a more just society. She also does her due diligence to ensure her shop, Kidd Bell, is as inclusive as possible, with merchandise including t-shirts with the words “Queer” and “D.A.R.E to resist racism, sexism and homophobia” on them. Kidd Bell has partnered with Black Lives Matter and Happy Period, which supplies the homeless with the menstrual products they need, as well as the National Center For Transgender Equality. She also has a product line called “Fuck Housework” that benefits the National Domestic Violence hotline. “We try to not only empower the wearer with the clothing and products we have, but give them some agency in a time where it feels like we can’t do a lot to help each other—where it feels like it’s a constant battle,” Bell details. “I think giving people a small way to contribute with something easy is important.” In an age where a man can be caught in the act of raping a woman and still only get three months in jail, and a presidential candidate can be caught joking about sexually assaulting woman and still win the presidency, we need more voices like that of Whitney Bell. We need women who are unapologetic about the right to autonomy over our own bodies. One of Bell’s shirts at her shop says it best: “Women don’t owe you shit.” KIDDBELL.COM @SHOP.KIDDBELL @SHOPKIDDBELL

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DOPE Magazine: What is the overall intent of creating this platform? Green Market Report: To give people one website for the key financial news in the cannabis industry; trusting that the news is balanced. We want readers to be able to go to one website when looking for research and analytic information on the [cannabis] industry. We want readers to come to Green Market Report and not have to worry about being bombarded with a sales pitch or have to question the veracity of the story. What was the inspiration behind the creation? Was there a moment where you realized the industry was lacking this information?

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I wanted to create a “CNBC of Cannabis.” I’d written about the industry for several years and I wasn’t finding one site that had the type of coverage I wanted. Most were either selling stock tips or engaging heavily in sponsored content or blogging. I wanted a site where business coverage wasn’t just a vertical, where it was the sole focus.

Who is your audience? Our audience is cannabis investors and cannabis industry insiders. Fifty percent of our readers are in the millennial demographic between the ages of 25-44. What are the differences between Wall Street and the cannabis industry? The biggest difference is the amount of female entrepreneurs. There are more women-owned businesses [in the cannabis sector] than on Wall Street. Wall Street also has the approval of bad behavior from the government, while cannabis is punished without doing any bad deeds. Wall Street is a shrinking industry, while cannabis is growing and adding jobs. What information do people need to know before investing in the cannabis industry? Investors need to know the management team [they’re working with]. They need to be able to easily find the company’s financial documents. Once investors are able to read the financial documents, they must be able to clearly identify the source of the revenue. Once the revenue question is answered, expenses must be reviewed as well to determine if they are reasonable. It seems basic, but for some companies it’s like a puzzle.

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How risky is it to get into Real Estate investing in the cannabis industry?

How do you continue to bring credibility to the scene?

Real estate is probably the least risky sector in the cannabis industry. That’s why it draws the most conservative cannabis investors. It’s a familiar investment and takes the least amount of industry education. Having said that, with the cost of cannabis prices falling in mature markets, the cash cost per gram is becoming a key metric. Meaning that real estate in cannabis investing will only work if the costs are kept down.

Credibility will come from delivering strong journalistic integrity to the reporting. Readers will know that when they read about a company on Green Market Report that it will be based on the facts. The coverage will be balanced and good players will be applauded, while bad players will be called out. Will cannabis businesses start taking Bitcoin as currency?

How would you describe the financial state of the cannabis industry in 10 words or less? It’s in the first five miles of a marathon.

I doubt the cannabis industry will adopt bitcoin. Regular retail hasn’t even opened up to bitcoin and the people who have actually tried to use it find the premium price isn’t worth it. The cannabis industry is striving to be accepted as an equal player in the economy and bitcoin won’t advance that cause. What are some other resources you would suggest if someone wanted to learn more about cannabis investing? Green Market Report is the only cannabis website that provides access to multiple sources of cannabis analysis and the best analyst research reports for investors to use for when doing their homework. The basics of investing are the same for the cannabis industry as it is for any other industry. Learn how to read financial filings and do your homework before buying shares in a cannabis company. GREENMARKETREPORT.COM

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TONY BOWER GROWS AUSTRALIA’S BEST CANNABIS, THEN GIVES IT AWAY SCOTT PEARSE

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He grew up in Wiradjuri country in Bathurst, a country city most famous in Australia for a motor race that snakes its way around Mount Panorama. “I was always outside of society,” shares Tony. “We were the only Aboriginal family in Bathurst. When I was a kid, I wasn’t counted as an Australian—we were counted as fauna with the sheep and kangaroos. No one was talking about black or white fellas. I didn’t know I was any different. The information was withheld from us. We were only allowed access to the local pool on Wednesday nights. I didn’t know it was because we were Aboriginal. Mum said it was because we had a different religion.” Coming from a farming community, at a young age he began to experiment with breeding plants. Perhaps most importantly, he developed the habit of recording everything he noticed about his plants and their lifecycle. “The plant grows to you,” Tony explains. “That’s why when you grow your own dope, it’s always better than someone else’s. The cannabis plant isn’t able to spread unless you do it, so it has to keep you happy.” This habit of documenting everything followed him through his career as a commercial grower and led him to develop a deep understanding of the cannabis plant at a time when little information was widely available. He eventually created his own breed, Clever Man.

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Of course, as someone who had little time for authority, Tony had run-ins with the law. “I went to jail a couple of times when I was a kid. All cultivation-related,” he says. But it was his first experience at Australia’s MardiGrass festival that showed Tony there was much more to be done with cannabis than pumping out crops for profit. “My first MardiGrass was ‘98,” reminisces Tony. “I met some people and they ran a Compassion Club. They got leaf off people, cooked it all up and sent out cookies with a little certificate and all that. It was sort of above-board, the government knew it was happening. I thought, righty-o, I have a lot of leaf, and the dope I was growing was much better than anybody had up there.” It was the beginning of Tony’s compassion mission. Once he realized he was better qualified than anyone else to deliver medicine, he took the responsibility seriously. “I’ve got 500 people on my books. These are sick people. I’d drive up to Nimbin and set up the bus, and people would come and see me. People have always had to give me a doctor’s letter saying what’s wrong with them. They’ve gotta prove that they’re sick. Otherwise, I fall under the Drugs Misuse Act.” Tony has continued to operate in this legal gray space ever since.

Australia’s Cannabis Cup has been held in secret somewhere in Northern New South Wales. Tony Bower and the flower he uses to create his Mullaway tinctures have been making the journey to the competition for years. “I’ve won the cannabis cup ever y year since 2000. I gave up in 2013,” he says. The timing of his retirement from cannabis competition coincided with an arrest that led to a three-month stint in jail for cultivation. “You do the crime; be prepared to do the time. I’ve always said that my argument isn’t with the cops, my argument is with the government.” That hasn’t stopped his influence on Australian cannabis at the top level. “People who are growing Clever Man are still winning the cup.”

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DON’T BE A. STONER Tony’s activism has never had the feel of a wellorganized political movement; instead, he likes to throw himself headlong into trouble with the aim of starting a conversation. “I used to give the tincture away on the main street of town,” he remembers. By luck, the local member of parliament was named Andrew Stoner. “I’d set up a stall out the front of Stoner’s office and be yelling, ‘Free medical cannabis! Don’t be A. Stoner. Use medical cannabis!’ We’re good friends now, but I used to put it on him a bit. I’d follow him around to meetings and give him heaps. He would say, ‘People like you, it doesn’t matter! No matter what we do, you’d have something to say about it.’ And I’d say, ‘I don’t know, try doing something and we’ll see.’” Tony’s face creases with a smile at these recollections.

THE MIDDLE FINGER APPROACH Of the few people who have openly provided medical cannabis to patients in Australia, To n y ’s a p p r o a c h h a s b e e n t h e m o s t confrontational. “I’ve always said, the best form of defense is attack. While I was attacking the government, what are they going to do to me? We used to carry the tincture into parliament house, tried to give it to some of the politicians.” With the help of his wife, Julie, who he married when he was 18, Tony created a supply that can medicate hundreds of patients. But I get the feeling this has all been a bit fun. “In some ways,” he shares. “But back then it was pretty serious. I was looking after a lot of people with illness. I was trying to make it all, send it out—just me and Julie. Trying to do it all ourselves. It was bloody hard work.”

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Tony is at an age now where someone in a more typical career path would be looking at retirement, and health problems experienced by his wife have caused him to slow down. “ That’s mostly why I’ve stopped trying to annoy the government,” he tells me. “Because I want to be here to look after her. We’ve been married since I was 18. We’ve got three kids. My sons have 10 kids between them.” It’s difficult to say where Australian cannabis would be without Tony’s life’s work. He forced a conversation to take place while others remained silent. He’s helped hundreds— perhaps thousands—of patients. And he’s done it all while putting himself at risk, knowing there is little chance of personal reward. “I take my responsibility seriously,” he asserts. “I help because I can.”

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On a recent visit to the Rif region of Northern Morocco, we observed a dramatic and widespread evolution in cannabis cultivation techniques, centered in key geographical areas. We have previously reported on the rise of modern hybrid varieties 1,2,3 in the Rif, which are rapidly outcompeting the traditional kif landrace. However, these recent developments go far beyond the introduction of new varieties, and point to a potential transformation of the entire industry.

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THE RISE OF ROW-PLANTING The most noticeable change is the obvious increase in row-planting. With this method, rows of evenly-spaced holes are created to house individual plants. According to one farmer, each plant is given a full square meter (1.2 yd²) of space. The holes are often filled with nutrient-rich soil and compost, in order to provide the growing plants with optimum nutrition. During Seshata’s last visit to Morocco in 2015, there were already reports that some farmers had adapted their methods and begun to plant in rows. No first-hand evidence was yet available, and it is clear that the practice was not widespread at that time. But by 2017,

vast swathes of countryside around the Rif town of Bab Berred were carpeted with neat rows of cannabis plants, giving the landscape an appearance oddly reminiscent of the tea plantations of Darjeeling, or the vineyards of Tuscany. Of course, row-planting is far more labor intensive than the traditional method of broadcasting seeds (indiscriminately throwing seeds by hand over a broad area). So why has it taken off so dramatically in recent years? We’ll explore the reasons behind this evolution, and what it means for the wider Moroccan industry.

AN INFLUX OF FEMINIZED SEEDS While traversing the area, it becomes apparent that male plants are not present in these carefully managed fields. According to reports on the ground, feminized seeds are becoming much more prevalent—and some farmers are even beginning to propagate clones. A decade ago, feminized seeds were extremely rare in the Rif, and clones were essentially unheard-of. Now, we regularly hear reports of bulk purchases of feminized European seeds destined for Morocco. On some larger farms, plant count can range anywhere from 200,000 to over one million individual cannabis plants. Wholesale prices range from around €0.60 for

large bulk orders, to over €1 for each single feminized seed. Needless to say, the emerging feminized seed market is becoming hugely valuable in its own right. These valuable seeds are often germinated inside polytunnels, carefully nurtured until they are a few inches tall before being transplanted into their specially-prepared holes. In this way, farmers can ensure the seeds are protected during the earliest and most vulnerable stage of life and increase their chance to realize their full potential in terms of yield and quality. Of course, this also ensures that 100 percent of the plants in the fields are female.

Chouvy, Pierre-Arnaud & Afsahi, Kenza. “Hashish Revival in Morocco”. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25(3) (2014): 416–423. 2 Seshata. “Visiting a Modern Cannabis Farm in Morocco’s Rif Mountains”. PROHBTD (2015). https:// prohbtd.com/visiting-a-modern-cannabis-farm-in-moroccos-rif-mountains (accessed November 8, 2017). 3 EMCDDA. “Changes in Europe’s cannabis resin market”. Perspectives on Drugs series. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg (2016). 1

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IMPROVED PLANT CARE There are several other advantages to row-planting. Plants can be left to grow wider and bushier, increasing potential flower sites. Sunlight is able to better penetrate the canopy, leading to higher yields per plant and per field. Conversely, “broadcasting” typically creates fields full of tightly-packed plants, which grow tall and unbranched due to their limited space. Maintenance, pruning and watering of individual plants has become much more manageable. Indeed, individual plant care was

practically unknown a few years ago, except perhaps for the “good seeds” that farmers would save for planting close to the farmhouse. However, it’s important to point out that this hasn’t always been the case 4. Prior to the 1960s—when farmers in the Rif primarily produced kif sold as herbal cannabis, and the hashish trade had not yet begun— individual plant care was the rule, not the exception. So in some respects, these recent developments are in fact a return to older techniques, albeit on a far larger scale.

WHILE MOROCCAN HASHISH REMAINS THE MOST CONSUMED IN EUROPE BY FAR, IT IS BECOMING A GREAT DEAL HARDER FOR LOCAL PRODUCERS TO SUSTAIN THE PRICES AND DEMAND THEY HAVE HISTORICALLY ENJOYED.

Clarke, Robert Connell, Hashish!, (Los Angeles: Red Eye Press, 1998), 175. Clarke, Hashish!, 184-187 .

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HIGHER CROP QUALITY Harvesting methods are also improving as the need for high-quality product intensifies. The final quality of the outdoor cannabis harvest in Morocco is generally low; plants typically have a brownish appearance and poor aroma due to being sun-dried at high temperatures. However, we were fortunate enough to inspect the harvest of one farm utilizing these new methods. We observed well-formed,

light green flowers with a definite citrus fragrance and abundant trichome coverage. Apart from an extremely high presence of seeds (male cannabis pollen is ubiquitous in Morocco, and is routinely blown across the sea to Spain and France 5), the sample resembled high-quality outdoor cannabis of the standard grown in Spain or the Netherlands.

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WHY ARE HYBRID VARIETIES SO IMPORTANT? The European influence explains the popularity of hybrid varieties such as Amnesia, Critical and Cheese in the cannabis fields of Morocco today. Of course, the simple fact that they produce several times as much resin as kif is obviously another significant point in their favor. According to a local source, kif yields around 1.5% of its total weight when frozen and “sifted,” while modern hybrids reportedly yield around 2.5-4.5% when using identical techniques. Hashish made from these new varieties is often stickier and harder to handle 6 , (possibly due to increased presence of terpenes) but it is potent and extremely fragrant. Furthermore, it’s often possible to discern the characteristic aroma of the variety the hash is made from. In today’s connoisseur market, that fact alone has

wide consumer appeal. Plant selection criteria have dramatically changed. Traditionally, farmers would select good hash-producing plants from the local population, reportedly with some introductions over the years from other hash-producing regions such as Lebanon, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These landraces were known for their high resin production, but were generally not favored for their aroma. Today, most European consumers increasingly want and expect the famous, prize-winning modern hybrids over the traditional, earthy flavors of the past. Thus, selection criteria in Morocco have sharply moved away from merely finding good hash producers in favor of varieties that European markets are actively demanding—and are prepared to spend significantly more money on.

WHAT’S DRIVING THESE DRAMATIC CHANGES? Overall, these changes point to a rapid transition occurring within the Moroccan cannabis industry, which is almost certainly driven by changing European demand. Moroccan hashish has long suffered from an international reputation for mediocre quality, while availability and diversity of high-quality cannabis products in many European countries has simultaneously grown as laws on cultivation relax. While Moroccan hashish remains the most consumed in Europe by far, it is becoming a great deal harder for local producers to sustain the prices and demand they have historically enjoyed. The market has long been defined by a dominant amount of low-quality hash; farmers throughout the Rif are now sitting on stockpiles of poor-quality hashish they are simply unable to sell. Now, the best (or perhaps only) means of remaining competitive is to take the opposite route and focus on improving quality, even if it means that

initial investments are higher. Thus, the game is now on to raise standards in the hope of bringing the industry up to speed with rising international expectations and ensuring continued competitiveness. There is a clear and obvious need for the Moroccan hashish industry to evolve in response to global market pressures. The question of how successful these efforts will be has yet to be answered. But if no gains are made, it seems inevitable that the industry—and the farmers and families whose lives are inextricably entangled with it—will suffer immeasurably. In subsequent installments, we’ll go into detail on improved harvesting and processing methods, new hash-making techniques and equipment, as well as taking a closer look at the economic forces acting on the industry. We’ll also discuss the potential effects on the local landrace population, and the possible outcomes of losing the kif entirely.

Seshata (2015). “What’s Up With the Sticky Moroccan Hash?” PROHBTD. https://prohbtd.com/whatsup-with-the-sticky-moroccan-hash (accessed November 8, 2017).

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e met Sean, Founder of Just Herb, at one of his cultivation sites in Truckee, 5,817 feet above sea level. Just Herb, headquartered in the Bay Area, has two light-depravation greenhouses in Yuba County and a handful of indoor cultivation sites around Truckee. Working with a team of five, Just Herb focuses on small-batch, artisan cannabis. Sean’s background in sustainable agriculture pushes the company to find ways to reduce their ecological footprint. Sean started Just Herb in 2016 and credits legalization for encouraging him to put down roots, so to speak. These roots are comfortably nestled in Grodan cubes with flex irrigation that delivers water in 10-15 second bursts throughout the day. “We save a lot of water by watering more with less,” Sean explains. Local permits allow Sean the legal space to build proper infrastructure and hone his process while waiting on state regulations. “With legalization, it’s not who’s there first but who’s still there three, five years later,” he shares. When it’s time to harvest, Sean lets the plants go two to three days in complete darkness and one day without water; late stress causes cannabis to develop more flavorful terpenes, and a long, slow curing period brings out more terpenes. Using this process, Just Herb gets two to three harvests of high-quality, small-batch cannabis each year. “I’m drawn to cannabis because it’s challenging,” says Sean. “Working with new strains, you’re always learning and growing. It never becomes a routine.” His current favorite is a pungent Golden Lemon strain, and he hopes that California’s recreational move will allow more room for genetic exploration. In the future, he hopes to work with wilder heritage strains that do best outdoors and untended. They may not be the most productive or beautiful buds, but will give cannabis connoisseurs something to seek out and appreciate. JUSTHERB.CO

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2One2 relies less on pushing product, and more on finding what’s right for the customer. Photos and detailed descriptions replace rows of flowers on display, while product testing reports add texture to 2One2’s underlying narrative, highlighted by Dispensary Manager Brian: “We are all about quality. We haven’t lost a customer because of our smaller selection.”.

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o you know the Truffle Man, AKA Trevor, who hangs in Dolores Park? Of all the things I could tell you about him, I’ll start with something you probably wouldn’t guess: he loves clay so much, he used to cut classes in high school just to have more studio time. That’s how his truffle idea was born almost 15 years ago. And up until a few years ago, he funneled all his money into maintaining his ceramics studio. Firing a kiln is not cheap. We’re talking thousands of dollars a month just in electricity costs. I can relate—I myself have struggled to keep my kiln going. When you love clay, you’ll do anything to keep doing it. Trevor took up carpentry, hoping to get work in the industry, and being the creative perfectionist he is, he got so good at building he began to design

his own furniture. Trevor even caught the attention of some local restaurateurs who wanted custom pieces. And his craftiness didn’t stop there. His girlfriend at the time, who worked for a professional chef, taught him how to melt chocolate. He instantly saw an opportunity, and a few weeks later he made his first trip to Dolores Park. Today, The Truffle Man brand is on the rise. After 11 years of creating and selling over 2,000 truffles a week, he is 100% invested in building his company. We joked that soon his products will be selling at Barneys New York or in London’s posh Harrods. People love his truffles. And with flavors like Jamaican Rum and Salted Caramel, how can they not? A fan made him a Yelp page, and Apple maps even added him as an attraction at Dolores Park.

After talking about all that goes into making these truffles (I even got a lesson on tempering chocolates) and the struggles to keep up with changing laws and obtaining permits, I asked Trevor one final question: “What do you want people to know about The Truffle Man?” He smiled thoughtfully, then replied, “How immensely grateful I am. Even vending outside at the San Francisco Ballet, standing among men and women in formal attire, I was so well received. Even the folks who did not partake were still stoked to see me catering to them. At the park, SFPD would greet me with a friendly, ‘Hey Trevor.’” TRUFFLEMAN.COM @TRUFFLE.MAN

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nock, knock. Who's there? A federal officer on a bicycle pulling you over because he smells pot wafting from your car. That's about how it went. I am a California medical cannabis card holder, and received a notice of violation for possessing cannabis in Yosemite National Park. Although Yosemite is in California and I identified myself as a medical cannabis patient, the park ranger proceeded to conduct a full search of my car and cited me for possessing cannabis within the amount allowed by California for my personal medical use. I am still waiting for my United States District Court date and location to arrive in the mail from the Central Violations Bureau, and may have to wait up to a year after the date of offense. This offense is punishable by a fine up to $5,000, six months’ imprisonment, or both. I am sharing my own personal experience to educate and warn others. In speaking with multiple lawyers to gain perspective for this article, they shared client stories with me after

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I mentioned my Yosemite charge. It sounds like those facing a charge comparable to mine usually get off with paying a reasonable fine. One lawyer even said to me, "Good thing you're white." Isn't that the sad reality of our law enforcement, judicial systems and society? However, I also teased out stories of situations where it doesn’t go so well. For example, non-citizens at a U.S. border may face a lifetime ban from the U.S. if they admit to prior cannabis use, even in a U.S. state or another country where it may be legal. This is grounds to be considered inadmissible to enter the U.S. And we may continue to see senseless crackdowns like this by the federal government: Omar Figueroa, founder of the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, a boutique law firm focusing on cannabis law in California, believes that "we are seeing the end of the Wild West in cannabis, and the beginning of over-regulation." A p p a r e n t l y, eve n l a w ye r s p r a c t i c i n g cannabis law have reason to worry about cannabis' Schedule I classification. Timothy

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Fair, cannabis law attorney and owner of Vermont Cannabis Solutions, describes this double-edged sword: "Under the American Bar Association, attorneys cannot tell clients to break the law. So, by offering legal advice and support to establish a cannabis dispensary, technically and in the eyes of a federal prosecutor, a cannabis attorney is aiding an illicit or criminal enterprise, which could be grounds for being disbarred. Cannabis attorneys are in violation of federal law; we all are; we all have something to worry about here." So where does this leave us? The federal legalization timeline is completely unknown and unpredictable, particularly considering the current administration. The best thing you can do is know your rights and your boundaries. Here are a few tips:

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Do not fly with cannabis, even on flights between two legalized states.

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Do not smoke in public.

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can be used to attach lightweight items and metals to various surfaces. Brandon, the company's owner, wanted to incorporate something a little different— something to pique people's curiosity—and originally tried to include teeth in some of their designs. Fossils became the more viable option and have become a primary enhancement on Titan Glassworks. The fossils bring a prehistoric touch to the art; one that makes the pieces seem timeless, ready to withstand the tokes of time. Most of the fossil pieces are around six million years old, but some of the fossils date back as far as 250 million years. Since 2015, they've produced around 2500 pieces available at various glass shops around D O P E M AGA Z I N E .CO M

the country. Nowadays, Stephanie Spector, Brandon's mom, is on staff. She helps design a majority of the pieces while Sauce and Brandon keep the production line in motion. More than anything, Titan Glassworks doesn't want to get too big too fast, or get into a factory mindset. They'd rather stay small, and want to make their own pieces with quality, care and love—a testament to their ancient creations becoming new classics on the glass scene. TITANGLASSWORKS.COM @TITANGLASSWORKS @TITANGLASSWORKS


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THE BAY AREA’S CANNABIS DEN MOTHER KAISHA-DYAN MCMILLAN ASHLEIGH CASTRO

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f you’ve ever attended the First Friday Social on Oakland’s Lake Merritt, you’ve likely encountered the force that is Melodye Montgomery. Since she knows everyone, she’s rarely in one place for too long. She’s also always smiling, radiating a warmth so familiar you feel you’ve known her for years. Melodye is the de facto mistress of ceremonies at the event, organized monthly by the East Bay Cannabis Community, where she sits as a board member and actively posts on the Facebook page that started it all. This is where she is known as Mama Bear. “They don’t have parents that smoke weed,” she explains, describing the youth in the community responsible for her nickname, “[and] I am the mother that smokes weed. I’ll hug if you have a problem, but I’ll tell you if you get out of line.” This fiercely protective instinct fuels Melodye’s work as a guide and mentor in the local cannabis scene, inspired by a longstanding history with marijuana. “I’ve been smoking weed since I was 16,” says the Bay Area native. Melodye lived in towns like Pittsburgh and Antioch during a time of little diversity. “I grew up being one of the only people of color in a completely white neighborhood, at a completely white school,” she explains. Smoking weed was about more than youthful rebellion; it provided calm. “My life was full of anxiety without realizing there was anxiety,” she says. “Cannabis keeps me focused, it always has.” Marijuana’s presence in Melodye’s life endured as she raised her own children, but she was curious to learn more about the plant. So in 2014 she cashed out two weeks of vacation time to enroll in Oaksterdam University. Over two semesters, Melodye devoured hours of homework and extra credit projects. She felt her life changing. “I learned a lot more than I expected,” she shares.

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MY LIFE WAS FULL OF ANXIETY WITHOUT REALIZING THERE WAS ANXIETY . . . CANNABIS KEEPS ME FOCUSED, IT ALWAYS HAS. – MELODYE MONTGOMERY

During school, Melodye noticed that most of her classmates lived out of state and had nowhere to go for Thanksgiving. She invited them to an infused holiday dinner in her home and, to this day, Danksgiving remains an annual tradition. “It feels really good to be able to offer a place for folks when they can’t be with their family,” she says. Through this community, she received an invitation for a smoke sesh on Lake Merritt one Friday after work. This gathering of a few friends became the catalyst for the First Friday Social, now attended by as many as 200 people monthly. Meanwhile, friends always sought her advice regarding cannabis. Melodye started channeling her education, connections and lifelong marijuana experience into a consultancy called Learn What’s Right For You. “For $75, you get a one-hour consultation. After that hour, you get me for 6 months,” she states, explaining that patients can call her anytime. “I have vendors that give me samples or medicine at a lower cost. I’m tied to community in order to help my patients.” Melodye volunteers and provides mentorship for Oakland-based programs The Hood Incubator and East Bay Cares, and cofounded the East Bay Senior Cannabis Club, a monthly group that educates elders about cannabis. TendaHead, a topical spray she developed to sooth an itchy scalp, has taken on a life of its own as relief for everything from eczema to arthritis. It has been picked up by A+Collective, Ganja Tribe Farmacy and Magnolia Wellness. For Melodye, cannabis was and still is about fostering community: “I’m always of the mind that your community will be there for you when you’ve always been there for them.” Spoken like a true Mama Bear.

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COMEDIAN, ACTRESS AND BURLESQUE PERFORMER SELENE LUNA LISSA TOWNSEND RODGERS COURTESY OF SELENE LUNA

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’m a mouthy broad and I need to yap, I need to talk,” Selene Luna posits. Five tons of attitude in a 3’10” package, she’s done standup and burlesque, reality TV shows and horror movies, and recently added a big-budget Hollywood movie to her otherwise indie resume with a role in Pixar’s Coco. “You really have to be a well-rounded artist, because opportunities come in every shape,” she explains, “from live stage to TV to internet, so you have to be willing and able to manage all of the different platforms.” Cannabis has long been part of her mixed comedy bag— she’s joked about joints in her performances, hosted a “Yabba Dabba Doobie” standup night and demonstrated munchie cooking in a series of “420 Snack Attack” online videos. She notes that comedy has helped move the discussion about marijuana forward: “It kind of opens the door for all kinds of discussions on just about every taboo subject. The pot craze—it’s easy to discuss it in a standup platform because anything goes.” Yet Luna believes that the boundar ycrossing nature of comedy can also go into other areas; she doesn’t shy away from

politics, race and other issues. “I think humor really makes everything palatable, no matter how dark the message or the topic—if you can go in with a little laughter, people are willing to hear it,” she says. It’s something she learned from one of her comedy idols: “Richard Pryor—I really respect and adore him because of his brutal honesty. Not every joke was meant to get a laugh. A lot of it was him speaking about the harsh realities of life . . . you can keep it real in the middle of your yuk-yuks.” However, she says her biggest influence has been Margaret Cho, her friend, co-star and frequent touring partner. “The most useful lesson I’ve learned from Margaret? Don’t let your inner dialogue take over from what you want to do. You’ve got to just put all of that stuff aside—no one’s ever died from bombing on stage,” Luna asserts, “and every time you bomb, you better yourself.” Luna has also performed burlesque with the Velvet Hammer troupe and gone on the road with Dita Von Teese, experiences she still carries with her. “It kind of [took] away the mystery of the audience,” she says, crediting burlesque with giving her confidence and the

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ability to connect with the crowd. “Burlesque also really taught me that per forming on stage is not for yourself, it’s for the audience,” she adds. With a resume spanning everything from one-woman shows to My Bloody Valentine 3D, what does Selene Luna like to do best? “My preferred genre? It’s whatever pays my rent,” she chuckles. But there is something on her bucket list: “I really want to try scifi. I love science fiction, I’m really connected to the nerd side of me. I love anything outer space, I love a lot of visuals, anything with CGI creatures—I love to be bewildered as I’m watching something.” Sounds like the kind of movies where one might, erm, partake before viewing. “Stoner watching,” she explains. “I love fantasy stuff, things with really intense imagery—like Apocalypto. I just saw it for the first time a couple of nights ago. I had boycotted it because it’s a Mel Gibson film, but I broke down, I had a bowl, I watched it and I thought it was phenomenal.” She doesn’t have a specific strain she favors for movie night, but “it’s got to be a sativa, otherwise I’ll pass out.” And Luna now has her own trippy visual film with Pixar, Coco, an animated musical fantasy rife with Dia de los Muertos imagery. Not only is she abandoning solo performance mode but, as the voice of Tía Rosita, she’s acting without her physical body. “It’s very different,” she says. “Also, working with an ensemble cast, you really have to be a team member—you really have to be cohesive, one unit, a family when you’re collaborating with others. And there’s a level of professionalism,” she laughs. “I don’t want to get fired if I’m being my usual foul-mouthed self!” “I’m very proud of this film because it is the first time a major Hollywood studio is using an all-Latino cast,” she continues. Luna also hopes the movie’s message resonates loudly with one person in particular. “I really hope that people take away from that film that it’s a celebration of a beautiful culture. A culture [that is] all about love and family, and you cannot build a wall around it. What I’m trying to say is that Trump can go fuck himself!” Among Luna’s upcoming projects is the United Colors of Comedy tour, in which she’ll be sharing the stage with a diverse cast of comedians. “There’s something very liberating about per forming standup comedy,” she affirms. “You are the master of your domain for that time you’re on stage. It’s the ultimate in punk rock.”


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orange cake*, cut in cubes orange juice instant vanilla pudding, depending on size of trifle bowl milk canna-butter, melted and cooled for at least 10 minutes vanilla orange extract raspberries blackberries heavy cream sugar vanilla pomegranate seeds

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4. Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla. Top the trifle with whipped cream and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Trifle can be prepared a day in advance up to the whipped cream and pomegranate stage. Remember, dig deep while eating!


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