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his December marks a first for us here at DOPE Magazine. In your hands is our first ever issue dedicated specifically to Women. TOKiMONSTA, a Los Angeles-based Music Producer, graces our cover and openly discusses her third full-length album, Lune Rouge, and what it’s like recovering from brain surgeries that left her unable to comprehend her greatest passion: music. She’s back in full force and has brought listeners one of her best albums to date! Diving in, this issue highlights British trans activist Charlie Craggs and her globe-trotting Nail Transphobia campaign. She sets up pop-up manicure shops and, acting as manicurist for a day, talks openly about what it’s like to be trans. She’s manicured children and grandmothers alike, educating the public one session at a time. We also touch base with trans activist Buck Angel to discuss men, feminism and his vagina. This piece is an exploration of privilege, feminism and a man’s place in the feminist sphere. We catch up with the ladies over at Titan Hemp, Amy Ansel and Tanya Hart, to discuss why hemp hasn’t taken over the world yet. They’re currently working alongside True Hmong Global and over 4,000 local Thai farmers to secure the future of hemp production. Pairing this with Titan Bioplastics, their sister company focused on sustainable production sciences—definitely something worth writing home about.
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Our travel writer visits Ibiza to discuss cannabis on the notorious party island, and Jonah Tacoma reports back on his travels to Oregon, where he had the pleasure of visiting local cannabis grows. This issue is packed with stories and products from the very people who make this industry possible—Women. Don’t forget to check our website during the month of December for an indepth look into more fascinating females in the cannabis space.
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FEATURE BRITAIN’S RISING TRANS ACTIVIST CHARLIE CRAGGS
CULTURE THE FUTURE OF CANNABIS IS FEMALE
LIFESTYLE DOPE ON THE ROAD WITH JONAH TACOMA OREGON-GROWN
EDITOR’S CHOICE THE LEVO MACHINE
TRAVEL IS THERE WEED IN IBIZA?
FEATURE THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE
FEATURE TITAN HEMP AND BEYOND
COVER FEATURE MUSIC PRODUCER TOKIMONSTA: UNDER A NEW MOON
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CULTURE VAN DER POP MEETS DOPE
GROW WHY WE USE THE FEMALE PLANT
CULTURE THE CINEMATIC EVOLUTION OF THE FEMALE STONER
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f you follow astrology or believe in the power of the moon, you know this year birthed many divine lunar marvels, including the Great American Eclipse on August 21st. The last time the moon totally eclipsed the sun from coast to coast was almost 100 years ago, and like any new moon, a solar eclipse represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of something new. Lunation that appears red has a message all its own; red is often affiliated with stubbornness, confidence, courage, passion, aggression, honesty and standing out in the spotlight. A red moon is said to represent selfawareness and our ability to survive and thrive, both of which encapsulate the story behind TOKiMONSTA’s latest release, Lune Rouge, meaning “red moon” in French. “A red moon is a rare and pretty awesome event from a scientific perspective,” she told us, “and to me means significant change.” Producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA was born Jennifer Lee to Korean immigrants. She sat across from us at Ace Galler y in Los Angeles, fitting right in with the collection of contemporary art. Lee is a woman who always speaks with intention. Comfortable, but not outspoken; easygoing but direct. Lee’s last nine releases have propelled her from creating beats in her dorm room on Fruity Loops software to traveling the world, producing unique albums with their own individual soundscape and story. Each album keeps you captivated from start to finish, a feat few artists can accomplish in an industry that seems focused on the next big single. Lune Rouge is her third full-length album, recorded after two brain surgeries for a rare neurovascular condition called Moyamoya. The procedures left her unable to comprehend language: “I could still think thoughts,” Lee explains, “but all the words I knew were gone.
I even tried texting people, and my texts were complete gibberish. It was almost like suddenly I spoke a different language than everyone else.” She had to relearn to walk, and most devastating of all, she was unable to comprehend her greatest passion: Music. “All music just sounded like noise,” she recounted to Pitchfork recently. “I remember being like, ‘Ooh, this is weird! This is metallic, harsh nonsense to me.’” Her recovery was grueling, but there were more struggles to come. Body reeling from surger y, she suffered perhaps the most universal ache: “My boyfriend broke up with me—after my surgery, after taking care of me,” Lee reveals. “I got dumped by someone I loved a lot while I was still recovering from surgery, still slightly unable to walk, still working on my language, still unable to make music.” But being the woman she is, she took the blow with elegance and grace and created art from the heartbreak. “That moment was probably the worst I’ve ever felt in my entire life. But that sadness allowed me to regain some clarity. I knew I had to overcome it.” And she did, painting a picture of grief and triumph with fellow artists like Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna. “We could talk for ages when we got in the studio together,” she told us. And as she noted in the press for her new album: "I'm super grateful to have created a song with Yuna . . . I was a fan of hers for a while, so I have to shout out the world wide web for allowing two people on different continents the ability to create together. The message of the track is really more than unwanted phone calls, but the idea of people deciding to show up only when they need you.” The last verse of their collaborative song, “Don’t Call Me,” illustrates their message of anger and weariness at a two-faced ex: “Funny how when you see you're glowing up, Wanna try and make it up Suddenly just showing up Where were you when I was crying? Left me on the floor just dying Can't come to the phone, realign Now you wanna be my friend, but I ain't buying it”
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Lee has never been one to shy away from a challenge, however. Don’t let her gentle demeanor fool you. She has shattered barriers for women and women of color in the electronic music industry, often unknowingly, explaining time and time again that “[she’d] rather be last in someone’s top 20 producers than be their top female producer.” Lee doesn’t want a pass because she’s a woman, but simultaneously understands that “electronic music is traditionally 1) male and 2) white,” as she explained to Kore Asian Media. “There aren’t a lot of minorities, period, in dance music, and even fewer women . . . As a role model, I want other women to see what I’ve done and know that they can do it, too.” “I don’t think I deserve any passes, either,” she continues. “Don’t book me just because I’m a female producer. But when it comes to integration, let’s fight for it—let’s get women into the Top 10 DJs of the world list.” Lee understands that there’s still room for intersectionality in the electronic world: “It’s something I’m aware of and try not to focus on outwardly, but I’m proud of the music I make. If it touches you, there’s nothing more important.” Lee’s contributions to the electronic music scene have illuminated how powerful women in the industry can be— when they’re given the chance. With influences like Björk and Missy Elliot, we should expect nothing less. Both have been powerhouses in their own right for decades, and artists Lee hopes to work with one day. “They have always been my childhood heroes,” she proclaims. “They set themselves apart by being explicitly unique and different, yet not pretentiously so. The autonomy they have in how they control their craft is also something I respect a lot.” Depressingly, in 2016 it was estimated that only roughly seven percent of the Audio Engineering Society’s members
were women, and no woman has ever won a Grammy for producer of the year for a nonclassical piece. Even Björk had to set the record straight that she did indeed produce much of her 2001 album, Vespertine, explaining, "It feels like still today, after all these years, people cannot imagine that [a] woman can write, arrange or produce electronic music." Ultimately, we’re currently experiencing yet another shift in consciousness and women are leading the charge, ready for progress. Lune Rouge, like the eclipse or a red moon, is about more than astronomy or music—it’s about culture. It has the potential to elevate us in celebration of duality and enlightenment. Just as many see the 2017 Great American Eclipse as a gift to our divided nation, we should also see the raw release of Lune Rouge as a disruption to the autonomy men have held over the music industry, and recognize the beauty behind the generosity of Lee’s latest release. “I faced some of the most difficult and uplifting moments of my life,” imparts Lee. “Seeing myself at the edge of my own mortality and how I chose to move past [it] is a story told in this album. Each song is its own story and vision, and the album is this overlaying theme of personal freedom and joy.” “As a woman, I am proud and happy with who I am,” Lee has shared—as all women should be— and we are proud to highlight her as the cover of our Women’s Issue. With the music and film industries finally openly discussing the value of women in their respective fields, as well as recognizing systemic problems that place less value on women than their male counterparts, we hope this shift in consciousness will lay the foundation for men to stand with women; for women to work together until there is real accountability and an acceptance of an equal artistic evolution.
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mg as if! Acting like I’m Beyoncé or something.” I’m emailing with C h a r l i e C ra g g s , a 2 5 - ye a r - o l d British transgender activist and current rising star. She’s responding to my excitement about doing a story on her, and for all her accolades—creating the Nail Transphobia project, filming a reality docu-series with HuffPo called New Activists, profiles in publications from The Guardian to Vogue, a recent book launch—Charlie remains humble. And hilarious. Her Nail Transphobia campaign is what started it all. Nail kit in tow, with the goal of using “nails as a catalyst for conversation,” Charlie travels “around the U.K. to galleries, museums, festivals and schools/colleges, basically just public spaces,” and sets up a pop-up manicure booth. Charlie does strangers’ nails for free and answers any questions they have about what it’s like to be trans, hoping to shed light on her experiences one manicure at a time. She wants the campaign to be “accessible to everyone,” hence her preference to set up shop in public. “If I was throwing private events in private spaces,” she maintains, “mostly just LGBTQ people, feminists and progressive people would come.” All the proceeds from her line of nail decals, available on the NailTransphobia Etsy page, help fund Charlie’s Angels, her “free self-defense classes for trans and non-binary femmes.” Violence against members of the trans community has increased in recent years. According to The Independent, a U.K.-based publication, hate crimes against members
of the trans community saw a “sickening 170 percent rise” as of summer 2016. When Charlie holds discussions via Nail Transphobia, she wants to bring about social and political change; with her self-defense classes, she’s trying to save lives. “I’ve painted the nails of people of all different races, religions, sexualities and genders, from 5-year-olds to 85-year-olds,” she explains. She’s bringing her campaign to the U.S., and her goal for 2018 is to “do more international events and take my message further.” Her book, To My Trans Sisters, is out now. As an editor, Charlie collected nearly 100 letters from trans women—a sort of “‘What we wish we knew,’ from how to deal with that five o’clock shadow to how to deal with transphobia,” she tells me. The letters are penned by figures from “80-year-old tech pioneer Lynn Conway, [whose] inventions changed the way the world works to America’s Next Top Model’s Isis King, who changed the way the world sees us as trans people. I like to call it an ‘encyclopedia of trans excellence.’” In her typical, hilariously brash style, she jokes, “It’s a really good book, you should definitely buy it . . . and I’m not just saying that because I wrote it and the royalties will be paying for my boob job. JK, Miss Thing!” Miss Thing being me. She zigzags effortlessly between cheeky humor and unfaltering passion. Reflecting on her hopes for the future of trans representation in the media, Charlie notes that “positive representation of trans people in the media is so important; it helps the public to understand trans people, but also helps trans people to understand
“PEOPLE THINK THERE’S ALL THESE NEW RULES WHEN DEALING WITH TRANS PEOPLE, AND THAT THEY HAVE TO WALK ON EGGSHELLS, BUT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TREAT US THE WAY YOU’D TREAT ANYONE ELSE.” – ACTIVIST CHARLIE CRAGGS
themselves and see their potential.” We have movies and television shows such as Tangerine, Transparent and Orange is the New Black, but we still have a long way to go. “For so long,” Charlie continues, “the only time you’d see us in the media was when we were being mocked or when we’re being killed, and this has a damaging effect on both the public’s perception of us and our perceptions of our own selves as trans people. But we are more than punch lines and punching bags.” I ask Charlie how she feels about being in the spotlight, and she retorts, “It’s about fucking time. I have a lot to say.” And she doesn’t take her new platform lightly, recognizing that social media has made it easier to spread her message—“anyone anywhere in the world can make a post about something they feel passionately about, and it has the potential to go viral and be seen by millions of people”—but has also led to slacktivism, people pretending to care about a cause while putting in a minimal amount of effort; a few retweets here and there bookended with a pat on the back. But how can we become allies to those in the trans community? Charlie states that “it’s pretty much common sense, and just a case of treating us like anyone else . . . People think there’s all these new rules when dealing with trans people, and that they have to walk on eggshells, but all you have to do is treat us the way you’d treat anyone else; you (hopefully) wouldn’t ask any other stranger about their genitals or what surgery they’ve had, you (hopefully) wouldn’t listen to your friends and family make bigoted comments about any other marginalized group. It’s really that simple.” Speak up when you hear ignorant comments, and intervene if you see someone being harassed in public. Silence condones hate.
Her burgeoning fame does have some strange drawbacks. Charlie tells me that there’s an odd conspiracy theory out there, scribed by a deranged, transphobic author, that she is actually Twilight actress Kristen Stewar t. Yep. The anonymous author believes an Illuminati-esque group farms out gorgeous celebs to pose as trans people to normalize male attraction to trans women. “It’s scary,” Charlie admits, “but also flattering . . . Just to confirm, though, I’m not Kristen Stewart. If I was,” she jokes, “I wouldn’t be doing this interview because I’d be too busy sucking Robert Pattinson’s dick.” My final question entails what’s next on the docket for Charlie Craggs. “Girl, a rest hopefully,” she quips. “I’m exhausted!” FOR MORE OF CHARLIE CRAGGS, VISIT: WEBSITE: NAILTRANSPHOBIA.COM INSTAGRAM: @CHARLIE_CRAGGS ESTY: @NAILTRANSPHOBIA
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ave you ever wondered what your sister, friend at the gym or fellow PTA parents would think of you if they knew you consumed cannabis? Fear of judgment, being misunderstood and unfair stereotypes are all valid reasons as to why many women still hide their cannabis use. We are slowly beginning to expunge many of these fears, however, as cannabis becomes normalized and understood on a medical level. Van der Pop SESSIONs were designed to shed light on the power of the plant and educate women on why they shouldn’t be ashamed of turning to a legal, non-pharmaceutical option for dealing with stress, depression, anxiety or pain—and the list goes on. DOPE staff had the privilege of attending a Van der Pop SESSION, and despite working in a
PHOTO / JORDAN SWENSON AND JIM LANGER pro-cannabis environment, we all left the SESSION with a better understanding of what it means to be a woman who uses cannabis in 2017. As the ladies arrived at a beautiful loft space in downtown Seattle, they were greeted by women who are making a living—and killing it, I might add—in the cannabis arena. We mingled as we took in the breathtaking view of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains before breaking into small groups for an evening of fabulous, handson tutorials. Each station, hosted by female professionals, gave us the opportunity to learn something new about not only ourselves, but the brilliant happenings in cannabusiness.
STATION 1 | BOND / VASHON VELVET Duni Disston of BOND and Susie Gress of Vashon Velvet sat on a bed tucked away in a nook in the loft. The setting was well-suited for the topic at hand—sex. Yep, sex. Vashon Velvet is in the business of growing artisanal, boutique cannabis in Washington State. Susie spoke of cannabis’ ability to reignite intimacy between couples, and they currently grow and harvest a strain that cannabis consumers are raving about. Some of Gress’ close friends, originally skeptical of smoking weed again (for many, it had been decades since their last puff) gush to her about her strain’s ability to bring them closer to their partner than they had been in years. It was almost as if they were reignited with their youth, reliving their younger years with their partner. Disston excitedly spoke to us of the wonders that BOND Sensual Oil has provided her clients; couples who had lost their spark came together for an experience unlike anything they’d felt in a long time. Many of the SESSION attendees, while shy at first, began asking questions about some of their intimacy concerns. In the end, that is why April Pride, Van der Pop Founder, began bringing woman together under one roof to discuss cannabis. SESSION is a safe place where woman can share their needs, feel supported and walk away with solutions to some of their most basic needs.
STATION 2 | LEVO Chrissy Bellman, LEVO Founder, and Olivia Harris, COO, had a treat in store for us: infused Pistachio Matcha Snack Balls. And the best part? We got to make them ourselves. We pulled up our sleeves with big smiles on our faces—it felt like baking cookies with grandma again, but this time our cookies had an extra special ingredient. The LEVO machine is incredible, and having had the pleasure of seeing the device in action more than once, I can state that with certainty. Chrissy and Olivia are one-of-a-kind, and were there to answer any infusion or recipe questions we had. Making cannabis treats in the kitchen with friends is not only fun, but a healthy get-together where everyone gets to leave with a goodie bag in tow.
STATION 3 | VAN DER POP A VdP SESSION is designed to offer women a safe place to consume cannabis and talk about their cannabis use in an open, non-judgmental environment. VdP Founder April Pride spoke to us about her initial concerns moving into the professional cannabis space. As a mother, she wanted to create a company that was viewed as a forward-thinking business entity built on traditional business models. She spoke to us the evening of our SESSION and shared with us some of the new products VdP is creating. We had the opportunity to try out VdP’s innovative new beauty line that includes sleek, odor-concealing Italian leather stash bags, balms, serums and even CBD capsules for the woman on the go. The best part of the evening was the sense of community April has created through the VdP SESSION; she’s an inspiration in the cannabis arena, and a true advocate for what it means to be a working woman today. If you’re looking to attend a VdP-hosted SESSION in your area, sign up for the VdP newsletter at vanderpop.com/sign-up-for-cannabis-news WEBSITES LEVO: LEVOOIL.COM BOND: BONDSENSUALOIL.COM IG| BONDSENSUALOIL VASHON VELVET: VASHONVELVET.COM FB| @VASHONVELVET
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GENDER, RACE AND DISENFRANCHISEMENT IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY WRITER / CHRISTINA CASSEN
WOMEN IN CANNABIS It’s clear that the cannabis industry is a burgeoning one, and we’ve all heard the encouraging narrative that women are leading the way in the green arena. But is it true? We can look to author Hanna Rosin, who recognized the rise of the economically powerful woman and the associated cultural shift with her 2010 article in The Atlantic, “The End of Men,” which she followed with a book of the same name in 2012. Rosin explores the ways in which the U.S. patriarchy is ending, and how women are becoming the more dominant sex: “Men dominate just two of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most over the next decade: janitor and computer engineer. Women have everything else— nursing, home health assistance, child care, food preparation.” Apparently, women now have cannabis, too. Marijuana Business Daily published a report in October 2015 that showed 36 percent of executives in the cannabis industr y are women, compared to a 22 percent average for all U.S. industries. Then, from August to September 2017, they published four installments of a series of charts regarding women and minorities in the cannabis
industry; the updated statistics show 27 percent of executives in the cannabis industry are women, compared to a 23 percent average for all U.S. industries. While it’s encouraging that the cannabis industry is more populated with women than other enterprises, should we be content with these figures—and potentially complacent? After all, according to the U.S. Census, 50.8 percent of the country is female, so the cannabis industry is hardly equal—yet. It’s worthwhile (or, at least, it’s fun!) to explore why the cannabis industr y is so female-dominated. Whether or not you believe that the female cannabis plant has an agenda to bridge the gender gap and feminize our culture, we have evidence that the latter is underway. Women are uniquely poised to suppor t the female cannabis plant by normalizing it with our families and communities, make smoking weed as normal as drinking wine, and raise the next generation without the stigma currently associated with cannabis. Women are also well-suited to the more compassionate side of the industry, particularly with medical cannabis, having historically played the role of nurturer and caretaker.
MINORITIES IN CANNABIS Are women excelling in the cannabis industry while minorities are being left behind? What role are women playing in the whitewashing (or ushering in the gentrification) of the cannabis industry? Historically, Latino and black men have been the ones mass incarcerated by the War on Drugs. We know that systematic racial prejudice drove cannabis arrests in communities of color; the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch report that in 39 states that provided sufficient data, black people are four times more likely to be arrested for cannabis possession than white people, although they use cannabis at similar rates. The word marijuana itself (or "marihuana" in some cases) has received a negative connotation as a result of a 1937 federal campaign to criminalize cannabis by associating it with the people of Mexico. In a 2017 report, Marijuana Business Daily revealed that "the percentage of minorities holding executive positions at cannabis businesses stands at 17 percent, according to first-of-its-kind data," compared to a 13 percent average for all U.S. industries. DrugWarFacts. org reported in 2015 that 33,280 people whose most serious offense was a drug charge are incarcerated in state prison, and the Drug Policy Alliance provides further detail that the â€œproportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison who are black or Latino . . . is 57 percent.â€? There are an estimated 19,000 black and Latino people incarcerated in state prison whose most serious offense
was a drug charge. According to Marijuana Business Daily, there are at least 165,000 workers in the cannabis industry, and we can extrapolate that 44,550 of the total are female, given the assumption that women comprise an average 27 percent of the cannabis industry. Imagine the impact if every woman in a position of power within the cannabis arena hired a black or Latino person who was previously jailed for a drug chargeâ€”we could change the tide of racial inequality and begin to repair the effects of systematic racial prejudice associated with the War on Drugs. Women may not be the majority in cannabis yet, as evidenced by unequal and recently reduced female representation, but women could make an impact by partnering with those who have also faced adversity, rising together for true equality. *To read more on the criminalization of Mexican people The Latino Threat by Leo Chavez is a great starting point.
WE ’ RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER White women seem to benefit from this recent feminine cultural shift, as well as the varied opportunities in the booming cannabis industry—more so than their minority counterparts. White women should consider the impact of their success and how they can help the minorities who came before them in cannabis. We have the opportunity to set a precedent of equality in the cannabis industry if we are mindful and consciously drive towards this intention. Meanwhile, cannabis maintains its illegal, Schedule I federal status. The Drug Enforcement Administration considers crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and PCP to be safer than toking up. We have the opportunity—and responsibility—to continue to fight the stigma attached to cannabis. Women will shape the future of our beloved plant and its blossoming industry. Join us.
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t was just past noon and we were making good time as we crossed over the Columbia river into Portland, Oregon. Fall was settling in, and many of the outdoor grows that dotted the landscape were already being prepped for harvest. While recreational cannabis came to the state in 2014, Oregon was the first state to decriminalize simple possession, setting the groundwork for a full-scale paradigm shift in the U.S. Our destination was Blissful Botanicals, a 3,000-plant outdoor grow just outside Oregon’s largest city. We stopped by Clay Wolf Extraction in Clackamas to link up with good friend and longtime industry regular Pat Emerson before heading further into the rural countryside. While tales of California’s Humboldt Triangle a re wo r l d - re n ow n e d , t h e g row s c e n e i n Oregon has been quietly exploding for years. Temperatures have been consistently rising in the area—and across the country—causing California’s coveted green belt to slowly migrate north. The migrating climate became a doubleedged sword as grape growers began to follow the shift north, finding themselves in direct competition with cannabis farmers over the agricultural land required for licensed outdoor grows in the state. We asked Pat what it was like to be a part of the cannabis community in Oregon. “After seven years,” he told me, “it’s still an honor to be in an industry based on helping people.” Pat got his start in the legal industry just as I had—both of us began as volunteers. I smiled to myself, thinking about how differently things could have gone. I’d been a small time pot dealer for most of my life, bouncing from one school to another—and eventually from one jail to another. By the winter of 2011, my daughter was four years old. I was beginning to abandon all hope of a life outside the ordinary. I was running a small landscaping
business I had started in college, and winters in the Pacific Northwest meant little to no work. My plan to subsidize my income with a small basement grow was not going as well as years past. Medical cannabis was in full swing, and there was no competing with dispensaries that carried more flavors than an ice cream shop. It was time to join the movement, and I walked into the country’s first cannabis farmers market and volunteered to work for free. Back to Oregon. We veered off onto a small country road, heading east for a pit stop at Old Apple Farm. It was a surprise stop and my first visit. A row of giant hoop houses dominated the scenery, and some of the crew were tossing hatchets at a large cedar round as we pulled in. Michael Getlin introduced himself as the owner and I was struck by how young he was. No one on the farm seemed to be over 30. The place had a sort of commune feel that immediately put me at ease, allowing me to relax from the long morning on the road. Farm dogs intertwined themselves between our legs, making circles through the pack of newcomers as they made their own introductions. Michael fired up a giant barbeque pit before leading us towards the rows of hoop houses. As we finished our tour of the gardens and prepared for lunch, I found myself thinking back to what had attracted me to a career in cannabis. And it wasn’t the free weed or a chance at fame. What started as a way to supplement my income ultimately led me to something greater. We had a community in cannabis, and it didn’t matter if you were black, white, yellow or brown. If you believed in the plant, then you were one of us. You had a place. America had been divided long before we were born; cannabis was a chance at something more for a generation that had otherwise been marginalized.
It was another half hour on the road before we would reach our destination at Blissful Botanicals. The harvest was in full steam, and some 2,000 plants were already being processed as we arrived. Piles of untrimmed branches filled the shop tables and an army of young trimmers and farm hands buzzed around like bees, paying little mind to our intrusion. Owner and head grower Eric lead us through the shop doors and into the sun to see the remaining thousand plants. “This is the fun part,” he grinned. “This is where all the work comes together and we get to see the final product. It’s the wild west right now. It’s a new industry, and we’re still getting everything figured out.” He led me down the small hill into the large, open air garden. A 12-foot security fence marked the perimeter. Just like the last farm, these were young kids getting their start in the world. Eric didn’t seem to be a day over 25 and oversaw his million-dollar operation with an optimistic enthusiasm that seemed to pervade the workplace. Pat locked me in a bear hug, his 6’5” frame nearly squeezing the air out of me as we said our goodbyes and prepared for the trip back home. The road that led us both here had not been a straight one—but ultimately, it took us down the same path. For us, cannabis was a fork in the road, a divergence from the mundane into the exciting possibilities of a world where two poor kids, born to poor parents, could suddenly find themselves carving a niche in an eight billion-dollar industry. FOR MORE OF JONAH TACOMA, VISIT: WEBSITE: DABSTARS.COM INSTAGRAM: @JONAH_TACOMA
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WHY WE USE THE FEMALE PLANT WRITER / DAVID BAILEY
ost people know that weed comes from a female plant, and if you didn’t, you do now! What most people don’t know is why. I’ve heard guesses ranging from “females grow buds and males are hemp plants” to “the males impregnate the females, so we get buds”; both are catastrophically wrong. What’s the deal with male and female plants, and why does it matter? The main reason, plain and simple: We don’t want seeds. The lovely flower we’ve all come to know and love is grown to be ‘sin semilla,’ or without seed. The way you keep the seeds out? Keep the males out. When males release their pollen, this pollen sticks to the female pistils (the little white hairs you see growing out of cannabis flowers), which act as the plant’s sexual organs. And you know what comes next…babies! Once the female flowers are pollinated, they push all their energy into seed production. This is where problems begin to arise. When female cannabis plants start to
develop seeds, they slow their production of cannabinoids (chemical compounds such as THC and CBD)—usually the reason we’re growing the plant to begin with! The higher the seed production, the lower the amount of cannabinoids produced. Aside from a less potent product, the weight to value ratio is thrown off. The seeds are heavier, making the apparent density heavier, and all you get is more seed and less of what you wanted (cannabinoids). Now, this isn’t to say male cannabis plants are bad—you’re probably wondering how we even keep creating crops if we kill all the males. Cloning has become the preferred method of propagation for most cannabis growers, due to the consistency of the genetics and a zero percent risk of males entering the grow space. By cutting off a small branch from a vegetative plant and placing it in an ideal soil environment, it will grow roots and begin to vegetate itself: A clone. This technique has been used by all types of vegetable growers for decades!
Breeders and certain hemp producers, however, demonstrate praise for male cannabis plants typically reser ved for females. For breeders seeking the next best combination of genetics, males play as crucial a role as females in genetic outcome; males are often judged by their vigor, growth style and scent. Similarly, many international hemp farms produce hemp seed for oil, fiber, protein and more, and the only way to get seeds is to have males pollinate the females. Much like breeders, the higher the quality of males, the better the subsequent harvest will be—notwithstanding various environmental factors, of course. As far as the flower, bud or ganja you grab from your local pot shop? That’s always going to be female. Yes, even CBD flowers are only female. So the next time someone tells you seeds in your sack is a good thing, or that “hemp plants are only male,” let them know they better stop lying about your favorite lady—Ms. Sinsemilla is the only thing you’ll be putting in your pipe!
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FROM VAMPY VIXENS TO LAID BACK CHICKS AND PTA MOMS WRITER / LISSA TOWNSEND RODGERS
rom Reefer Madness to Pineapple Express, marijuana has been depicted on-screen for decades. But while the dude with the doob has become a trope, ladies’ par ts in these films have either been exaggerated into ridiculousness or downplayed into oblivion. As more and more women become cannabis users, will they finally get their fair share of stoner screen time? In the late ‘30s, a slew of films warned of the deathly menace of marijuana. During this era, Federal Bureau of Narcotics head Harry J. Anslinger mounted his antimarijuana campaign, largely fueled by sordid stories about the horrors of marijuana; he testified before Congress that marijuana causes “women to seek sexual relations.” A slew of films warning of (and wallowing in) the menace of demon weed immediately followed. T h e s e p re a c hy p o t m ov i e s a l l owe d characters (and audiences) plenty of sin and sex before a final five minutes of repentance. In Marihuana, a group of ladies declare, “We tried their giggle water, now let’s try their giggle weed!” and wind up stripping for a nude swim, leading to vague images of naked white backsides in the water overdubbed by endless, shrill laughter. Weedsploitation movies featured two kinds of women: The platinum-blonde pot pusher and the big-eyed brunette who gets her life ruined by dope. Both appear in Assassin of Youth. Doused in peroxide and mascara, Linda struts into a party, whips off her cape and pulls out a handful of doobs, announcing, “No credit—cash offers only,” surrounded by a bevy of evening-gowned young ladies clutching bills. At the same time, sweet young Marjorie smokes a joint—
then sets her clothes on fire, tries to stab her boyfriend and lapses into a coma. During the ‘40s, marijuana paranoia gave way to the horror of war, but at the end of the decade, She Shoulda Said No brought weedsploitation back with a dash of protoreality TV: Star Lila Leeds, who was caught in a highly publicized pot bust with Robert Mitchum. The arrest emphasized his badboy image and brightened his star power, but the bad girl label immediately ended Leeds’ career. Here, she begins as a naïve dancer putting her brother through college, but winds up as a dope-dealing trollop, puffing and passing through a series of droll montages, horror-movie Theremins whining menacingly as the smoke rises. It was a kickoff to the ‘50s, when tight-sweatered loose ladies indulged in the devil’s lettuce in movies like High School Confidential and on the covers of pulp novels such as Reefer Girl. Through the ‘60s and ‘70s, the sexual revolution and the rise of the drug culture turned the potentially dangerous druggie into a simple, sexy stoner chick. From the girls in the graveyard with Peter and Dennis in Easy Rider to the groupies that latch onto Cheech and Chong in Up in Smoke, they’re along for the ride, defanged versions of the sex-anddrug-crazed vamps of the ‘30s.
Women smoking pot made it into big-budget films with 1980’s Nine to Five, about three secretaries versus their boss. The scene in which Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton toke up on some Maui Wowie and share surrealist fantasies about overthrowing the asshole in charge is the film’s comedic zenith. It also provided the rare filmic glimpse of grownass, successful women getting high to unwind and enjoy themselves— something Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign would soon put a stop to. The ‘90s brought in a new batch of stoner movies—Friday, Half-Baked, The Big Lebowski—but women remained on the sidelines, often with a slightly disapproving gaze. The few who managed to roll with the boys were throwbacks to the ‘70s, both in cutoffs-and-a-bong style and (lack of) substance; Bridget Fonda in Jackie Brown, Milla Jovovich in Dazed & Confused. But there was 30 minutes of real women smoking on a 1993 episode of Roseanne where Roseanne, her husband and sister try to relive their hippie days by getting stoned—each one with their own distinct high style, from goofy to paranoid to “This isn’t working!” With the new millennium, ladies began playing a less passive role. The 2002 British film Saving Grace concerns an upper-class British widow whose husband has not only left her bereft, but broke. She applies her green thumb to her gardener’s straggly pot plants and grows a huge, healthy, mortgage-paying crop. She even hits London to sell it, dressed up in a white suit and picture hat like teatime Superfly—the drug-pushing sexpot in it for dollars and debauchery turned into a humble housewife trying to keep a roof over her head. A similar plot also powered the series Weeds, although this time the pot-dealing widow was younger, prettier and in California. The show’s ads styled star Mary-Louise Parker in a similar busty pinup style to the girls who used to grace ‘50s novels, and her move from mom paying the bills to mogul, felon and cartel associate puts her closer to the wicked women of the ‘30s.
“WITH THE RISE OF WEB SERIES AND STREAMING SERVICES, THE FEMALE BUD BUDDY COMEDY FINALLY HAD A PLACE TO BLOSSOM.”
The aughts were about the stoner adventure/comedy, although as a dudes-only genre. In 2009, Smiley Face offered a female protagonist, with Anna Farris as an unemployed actress who eats a plate of pot brownies and embarks on a strange, solo journey through L.A. Unlike Harold, Kumar, Franco, Rogen or any of the Hangovers, all of whom emerge from their shenanigans unscathed, Farris ends her exciting day with a suspended sentence and a few hundred hours of community service. With the rise of web series and streaming services, the female bud buddy comedy finally had a place to blossom. While not every episode of Broad City is centered around cannabis, it usually wafts across the screen at some point each episode. And, for all the overthe-top nuttiness, the show is rooted in smoker reality, from the friend who never has their own weed to being out and scrounging through your apartment for stray nugs, to getting high and busting your credit card at Whole Foods. And as consuming marijuana has become more common among older women, TV has followed suit. Grace and Frankie brought back those potsmoking O.G.s, Fonda and Tomlin, as a mismatched but devoted pair of pals—of course, hippie artist Frankie is a regular cannabis consumer, but when uptight businesswoman Grace gets high with her daughters, it shows how women are really smoking now. Netflix’s Disjointed stars Oscar-winner Kathy Bates as a California dispensary owner; it’s a 30-minute laugh track that drips with hippie references and pot puns. As marijuana merges into the mainstream in society, it also becomes part of mainstream media: The dangerous dame pushing the demon weed has become a mellow mom proffering pot brownies. After all, when Hollywood gives you a sitcom, it’s means they’re no longer scared of you—and no one else is, either.
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MY HUNT FOR CANNABIS ON THE NOTORIOUS PARTY ISLAND WRITER / SESHATA
biza is world-famous for its high-paced, frenetic atmosphere and clubbing lifestyle—not usually my “thing,” but as one of my best friends was celebrating her birthday, I was persuaded to join in on the action for a few days. While I was there, I set aside some time for fact-finding about the local cannabis scene to see what Ibiza has in store for the everyday stoner. We stayed in Sant Antoni de Portmany, the island’s “original party town,” which is situated on the northwest of the island. Like many other Spanish holiday destinations, it’s absolutely full of English tourists, with a healthy sprinkling of Italians, Germans and Dutch. Unlike other destinations such as Magaluf or Benidorm, Ibiza does have a certain air of sophistication. In general, it attracts a more affluent, “classy” crowd—the lavish nightclubs charge high prices for both entry and drinks, and attire is expected to be smart and sexy. The island’s main party towns get astonishingly crowded during the summer, but it’s less likely to be full of half-naked, vomiting British teenagers than other holiday hotspots. We avoided the peak-summer crowds on this visit, opting to wait until the
first week of October to attend the closing parties of the big clubs. The clubs themselves were full of late-season partygoers, but the streets were otherwise peaceful and relatively empty of tourists. Being distracted by clubs, alcohol and ner ve-grating house music, I didn’t do anything cannabis-related for the first few days. I did keep my eyes open for signs of people smoking weed, but didn’t really notice much at all—at first. I started to wonder if Sant Antoni was even weed-friendly. Maybe with this much house music, the only available drugs would be cocaine and MDMA! I had often been told of Ibiza’s cannabis growing community, but I was obviously in the wrong part of the island. While slightly drunk and stumbling homewards on our third night, however, I randomly encountered a Gambian dude who kindly offered to help me out with some herb. We negotiated a jaw-droppingly exploitative “tourist” price for his tiny bags of dark-green, leafy schwag. As soon as we’d exchanged cash for goods, I made my excuses and went off to find my friends, who’d impatiently wandered off by then.
Getting back to our apartment, I realized the bud was practically unsmokable—but given my semi-drunk state, I didn’t really care so much. Toking resentfully on my subpar, blindingly-expensive joint, I resolved to find something better the next day. Of course, once I was focused on the mission, things started to fall into place pretty quickly. I managed to find my first local Spanish contact and made arrangements to meet later that day. Unfortunately, high winds elsewhere on the island meant my motorcycle courier couldn’t make it to me. I went back to the drawing board. Walking along the beach later that day, I quickly detected the fragrant aroma of top-shelf herb. The fine scent appeared to be wafting from a shirtless tattooed guy standing on the beach, overlooking the bay. He turned out to be a grower, originally from the U.K., and was more than happy to help me out—providing I kept any identifying information to myself. He confirmed what I’d been told several times previously: Ibiza is full of growers and extract artists. Finding decent product is easy most of the time, and the local climate yields outdoor crops of particularly high quality. Finding this new friend ticked a much-needed box for me, but I still had to complete my final stage of investigation into the local scene. Readers are no doubt aware that Spain has a large number of Cannabis Social Clubs scattered around its territories. I’ve personally covered the scene in the Canary Islands, Barcelona and the Basque Country, so I wanted to find out more about local clubs. According to Weedmaps, there are nine Cannabis Social Clubs on the island: Six in Ibiza town, and three in Sant Antoni. Throughout Spain, clubs are all members-only and make it policy to only serve local residents. In locations such as Barcelona, however, it can be very easy to circumvent the “local resident” rule and gain membership to multiple clubs. In more closed-off locations it can be much harder, but good networking can help get one’s foot in the door. In some cases being a journalist helps; in others, it has quite the opposite effect! I asked my Spanish friends for a connection to a Sant Antoni club, but was disappointed. I tried to email, text and call the most promising club on the list and got nothing in return but silence. I decided not to go and turn up on the doorstep, figuring it’d be a wasted trip. Eventually I managed to get a contact to a highly-rated club in Ibiza Town, the island’s capital. I was running out of time on the island, but on my way to the airport I managed to make a quick detour to stop off and say hello. Out of respect for the establishment, I am not able to give any concrete details about the place itself. The scene in Ibiza is tightly-closed, and the club owners have to deal with suspicious law enforcement agents. However, I can say that the staff were friendly and helpful, the weed appeared to be of high quality, and the establishment was clean and beautifully designed. On this sophisticated party island, it seems that the cannabis clubs also maintain top-shelf standards! We can only hope that Spain continues to liberalize its laws so we can all visit these remarkable establishments in a free and open environment.
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ACTIVIST BUCK ANGEL ON MEN, FEMINISM AND HIS VAGINA WRITER / SCOTT PEARSE
hen Buck Angel walks into a room, you’d likely notice nothing out of the ordinar y. The well-muscled physique, the shaved head and the tattoos may make the timid a little wary. But in conversation, that perception quickly changes. “I talk about my vagina all the time,” he reveals. Buck is many things: Man, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, adult film performer, human rights activist—and formerly a woman.
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Though Buck always considered himself a feminist and had an outspoken role as a woman he describes as a “butch dyke,” it was after he transitioned that his true role in feminism became apparent. “When my outside matched my inside,” he explains, “I was able to understand myself better than I ever had. I was able to be a man who embraced his past as a woman.”
With great privilege comes great responsibility “My whole life changed when I became a man,” Buck acknowledges. “People acted so differently to me. A lot of men don’t know they’re privileged because they’ve always been privileged. Now that I’m a man, I can literally walk wherever I want to walk and never have fear. But if I was the person I was before, I would never feel comfortable doing that. People say awful things to you when you’re a butch woman with tits.” Buck may have gained the privilege inherent to men, but his path is by no means as smooth as someone who has retained their gender from
birth: “I receive threats from people because I’m a man with a vagina. My vagina makes people go insane.” “I’m a man, you can see I’m a man,” he continues. “I walk the world very masculine, no one has a clue. Even when I get naked sometimes, people don’t know what they’re seeing. That said, I get into situations where people think they’re being fucking cool and talk shit about women. Of course, they don’t know that I used to be a woman. Now what do I do? Do I say something? As a feminist man, I have to say something.”
A man s place The question of where men fit into the feminist movement is contentious. It’s a women’s movement, and it would be problematic for men to be prominent at its forefront. Having lived as both genders, Buck brings a unique perspective to the question of how men can best aid women in the movement toward equality. “I have a chance of having a bigger voice,” says Buck. “As men, we already have a voice. It’s a very difficult thing, because some women will get upset about men even having this conversation. This is what I believe: If men don’t start having a conversation, we will never see true change.” “My history does make me entitled to have an opinion,” Buck asserts. “Many people will say that when I transitioned I lost my right to this conversation, but I lived as a woman for 28 years, and I still have a vagina. And not to say my vagina is feminine, because it’s not. But I lived a life as a woman.”
Men as allies The problem with men being involved in this conversation is that our male voices already take up so much space. The male voice is perceived as credible, informed, respected. This assumption of competence doesn’t often apply to women until they prove they’re capable of the same qualities. But without the space, without inherent privilege, where do women stand in the fight against the patriarchy? Buck’s solution? Men need to give over some of the space they currently occupy. “Sometimes we’re going to have to use our male privilege to open doors,” Buck explains. “I’m in such a unique, powerful space to see this from both sides. That’s why I encourage my male friends—if you hear anything that makes you cringe, it’s your job to speak up and support women. Having gained male privilege, I couldn’t imagine myself not using it.”
“THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE: IF MEN DON’T START HAVING A CONVERSATION, WE WILL NEVER SEE TRUE CHANGE.” – BUCK ANGEL, TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST AND EDUCATOR
When we come together Feminism’s goals are as numerous and varied as the issues women face simply because of their gender. Women are denied access to jobs, paid less than male counterparts, experience less physical security than men; history is not complete without understanding their subjugation and oppression. A woman’s experience is impossible for men to truly comprehend. Unless, of course, you were once a woman. Buck has such an important role to play in this conversation, a n d h e e n c o u ra g e s m e n t o get active and get educated: “Feminism needs men in order to move forward, and I don’t think that’s an anti-feminist statement. In order to create equality, we need to all be on the same page.” A voice in any conversation is a privilege—and it’s what you do with your privilege that counts.
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e’ve all heard the call for a hemp revolution—ever ything from replacing our paper and cotton clothing to the powder in our protein shakes; even switching composite plastics to hemp or some variation thereof. Many have gone as far as to say that hemp could save the world. And they’re not wrong. After all, hemp has a seemingly never-ending list of uses that only grows larger by the day. For example, it cleans and nurtures the soil it grows in, matures in as little as three to four months, is naturally resistant to pests, molds and mildews, and could effectively replace multiple heavily polluting industries. If all this is true, however, and Jack Herer illuminated the hemp-laden path of the future 32 years ago, why the hell isn’t everything hemp? Why are we still making cotton clothes, clear-cutting forests for lumber, and worst of all, making tons of plastic each year that cannot biodegrade, be recycled or largely even reused? Now this is where most would expect a rant about The Man keeping us down. Not to say those arguments don’t have some validity, but there’s a simpler problem holding hemp back: production. Everyone wants hemp, but affordable hemp isn’t currently available. Without an existing large-scale hemp production industry, processing and final products are substantially more expensive than less sustainable products. And as we all know, price is king. Without a way to get rid of hemp, farmers aren’t incentivized to grow it, so unless a government or massive corporation steps in, it almost seems like an impossible problem—to most. What if you could unite Thailand’s thirst for sustainable agriculture and a higher GDP with
Western manufacturing and consumerism? Imagine connecting 4,000 farmers over 350,000 acres of land to grow industrial hemp, simultaneously combining existing technologies in hemp graphene, bio-plastics, bio-fuel and more with the primary producers and purchasers in need of said goods. Going green is en vogue, but so far no one has been able to deliver a reasonable, sustainablyminded business model. Titan Hemp, a Seed to Sale™ hemp company and their sister company, Titan Bioplastics’ a bio-composite company, have bridged this gap. Uniting decades of experience in global alliances, distribution, bio science and brand development, they saw over the fog of red tape. While most hemp companies focus on marketing the final product, they neglect to highlight the green replacement capabilities hemp has long been championed for. By pairing a scalable industrial production and processing model with the support for scientific advancements, Titan Hemp and Titan Bioplastics will provide industry leaders with a sustainable alternative that’s price equivalent, even competitive. Most businesses start from the ground up. In the case of hemp, a traditional business might grow the plant, process it and create hemp-derived products, all with the hope of someday making it big enough to expand their efforts. A typical ‘ground up’ business model doesn’t have a chance against corporate structures like cotton or plastics manufacturing; these big businesses can effectively shut out the competition, and have practically engrained themselves into the fiber of almost everything we purchase.
P l a s t i c s m a n u f a c t u r i n g i s a s eve ra l h u n d re d - b i l l i o n - d o l l a r i n d u s t r y t h a t ’s developed rapidly over the past 15-20 years. Unfortunately, this industry is also the leading cause of material pollution, resulting in as high as 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste since its creation. Along with the need for an ever-adaptable product, substantial investments into the machinery and science of bio-plastic productions are crucial. By providing a one-for-one, interchangeable and sustainable alternative ingredient blend that can be utilized in existing equipment and processes, Titan Hemp and Titan Bioplastics effectively replace unsustainable products and processes with sustainable ones. Amy Ansel and Tanya Hart, Titan Hemp co-founders, have a way of seeing through problems that have held up generations of hemp activists. They combined their entrepreneurial spirits with decades of experience, pairing the corporate world with international connections. Each possessing their own specific assets and abilities, the duo is unstoppable—and it shows in their success. Barely a year and a half has passed since embarking on the project, yet these two women have unfolded a juggernaut of a mission. Now back to Thailand. Titan Hemp has secured an exclusive Alliance Partnership with True Hmong Global, representatives of Highland Research and Development Institute (HRDI) and True Hmong’s 4,000 locally
contracted farmers, to grow up to one million acres of industrial hemp annually. This will make Thailand the largest hemp-producing country in the world before they even achieve 50 percent growth capacity. Because of Thailand’s specific hemp phenotype, which is bred to finish quickly, the crop can be cycled three times annually in the tropical climate, allowing farmers full-time, year-round work. Not to mention, farmers make more money per acre, yet another incentive to grow hemp at the local level. The HRDI was created by the Royal Program as a governance over the nation’s industrial hemp program, based on Queen Sirikit’s 2003 initiative to monetize industrial hemp, while simultaneously working towards the minimization of chemical use in farming and manufacturing. After 13 years of slow growth and movement, thanks to Titan Hemp, the project is finally underway. With this said, Titan isn’t stopping in Thailand, they are continually developing industrial hemp pipelines, including within the USA, Uruguay, Peru, EU and Canada. With projects moving forward (and quickly opening a new market), Titan has also directed their energies toward development partnerships, like with one of the world’s leading bio composite scientists, David Abecassis and their JV, Titan Bioplastics. Perhaps the most exciting opportunities available are in the production of hemp plastic composites and hemp graphene. Graphene is a strong, atom-thick layer of carbon with
I believe you can better understand the vision and direction of a company when you know who’s standing behind it. The lifelong dedication and trajectory of these two women gives as much (or more) virtue to their works as the noble mission behind it.
AMY ANSEL In the early ‘90s, Amy received an internship with Microsoft straight out of high school. Her passion for technology quickly developed into a career managing global partnerships both for and with Microsoft. While fulfilled and challenged by her career, Amy knew it was time for a change. As a Washington native and long-time Seattleite, she boldly ventured into the cannabis and hemp space: Amy became the first female voice on AM radio reporting about the cannabis industry, and has continued to open doors and minds ever since. Her experiences abroad and exponential success in technology, alongside h e r h e m p a d vo c a c y, g a ve b i r t h t o t h e s e e d s o f Titan Hemp.
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n these cold, dark December days, nothing cheers me up faster than mouthwatering dark chocolate. My wife and I love going to specialty candy importers this time of year to see what delectable treats we can sample and use as stocking stuffers. Grön Chocolates has topped our list this holiday season, and we didn’t need to look further than our local dispensary! By exclusively sourcing local and fair trade-certified ingredients, Grön has captured the progressive spirit of Portland itself. Their Raspberry 2:1 bar is a CBD-heavy dark chocolate with just a hint of THC. The flavor is incredible; fresh, tart, local berries pair well with mellow, 72% Dark Cacao, and all infusions are made from Certified Clean Green Products. After trying half the bar, which equated to about 25mg CBD and 13.5mg THC, I felt solid waves of relaxation and calm. The hint of THC aided in a solid (but not overpowering) high. A perfect holiday gift for the chocolate lovers in your life! PRODUCED & PROVIDED BY GRÖN CHOCOLATE WEBSITE: GRONCHOCOLATE.COM INSTAGRAM: @GRON.CHOCOLATE.PDX TWITTER: @GRON_CHOCOLATE
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e m e t t h e ow n e r o f We s t e r n Oregon Dispensary, Sherri, early one morning in the burgeoning suburb of Newberg, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Well-known for their wine, the pace out here is a bit more relaxed and refined. WOD has been open for almost two years, and began with medical sales due to a ban on the recreational market when the shop first opened. “But with some hard work and persuasive conversation in some public forums, we were able to turn [the ruling] around, and it’s been a good relationship ever since,” Sherri tells me. But every store is a battle to open in its own way, and there’s never a shortage of hiccups that demand attention: “Every one of our licenses has either been banned, picketed or appealed,” Sherri notes, but so far they’ve been able to overcome the red tape. The lobby is comfortable and features beautiful local art and glass pieces to add to your wish list. Sherri said her shops are aiming for more of a one-stop shopping experience, and their selection shows it; a full array of edibles, flower and cartridges from award-winning companies are represented. “We weren’t the first state to go rec,” Sherri explains, “but [here in Oregon] we’re definitely pot snobs.” WOD also offers more non-traditional products like a Magic Butter Maker, just in case you feel like taking their top-shelf flower home and turning it into tonight’s dessert—quite the full-service shop! Sherri’s business savvy and calm demeanor really impressed me. She takes a slow and m e t h o d i c a l a p p ro a c h t o g row i n g h e r business, and her 30+ years’ experience in local business has served her well: she’s in the process of opening more locations, and currently boasts four shops. WOD also has two large grow sites that provide a portion of their product, as well as plans for an in-house cannabis kitchen, and they’ve collaborated with a top local purveyor of hard-to-find exotic foods to introduce some new food products to the market. I was really impressed with WOD and will make it my go-to stop before heading out to the beach or touring wine country!
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en Livengood’s unstoppable relationship with dance began at the age of ten. A foundation in ballet and jazz progressed into a more modern, contemporary style in high school and college, even while practicalminded parents pushed her to pursue a traditional career. While attaining a degree in Nutrition, Livengood’s heart kept dancing until she found aerial. The freedom of flight took hold for Jen, and she was instantly “obsessed with being in the air,” as she says. She found
aerial dance to be an intoxicating way to get her endorphins flowing, defying gravity and doing what she loved…dancing! Livengood’s enthusiasm for aerial dance, which is encompassed in the circus arts, is a socially available, inclusive form of dance that doesn’t discriminate. People who might not fit into other forms of dance can find acceptance and inspiration from aerial. The multidimensional experience of mathematical thinking and tying oneself up with ropes and
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Ghastly ghouls made their way to the Third Annual Oregon DOPE Cup on Sunday, October 29 to celebrate the Oregon cannabis industry’s incredible accomplishments. The annual Halloween event, presented by Ionic Premium Vape, was the very first celebration held at the amazingly unique Staver Locomotive warehouse in the heart of NW Portland. The thousands in attendance were treated to stellar music throughout the night. DJ Nature kept the vibe right with a soulful blend of music, and headlining was none other than West Coast rap legend Warren G, who put on a great set of his classic songs from “It Ain’t No Fun’ to “Regulators.” DOPE Cup Oregon would not be possible without all the fantastic sponsors and vendors who swagged attendees out with giveaways and more! A special thank you to our presenting sponsor, Ionic Premium Vape, along with our supporting sponsors: FlavRX, Lunchbox Alchemy, Heroes of the Farm, Leafly, Willie’s Reserve, Pharmer’s Market and Canna Daddy’s; The VIP tent was sponsored by Odin, and the Grower’s Lounge was sponsored by Green Leaf Labs and LeapFarms. Congratulations again to the DOPE Cup winners, and a big thank you to everyone who entered the competition. A fair, science-based judging platform is what makes the DOPE Cup the most legitimate cannabis competition out there, and we couldn’t do it without the services of the renowned Trichome Institute--their proprietary judging process will always ensure the best product gets the cup! Thank you to everyone who attended and participated this year. YOU are the ones who truly make the night DOPE!
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harmacists don’t typically advise their patients to utilize the healing properties of cannabis. Testing concerns, lack of federal legalization and a general absence of solid research from the U.S. tend to keep the healing plant outside the realm of prescribed medicine. Enter Victoria Starr. A registered pharmacist, she now acts as a consultant and educator to clients, politicians and doctors through NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwest Washington, and has par tnered with Oregon-based Gesundheit Foods to create an upcoming line of high-end edibles. The reason she no longer works for Big Pharma? She exposed her former employer’s unethical practices, resulting in one of the largest pharmaceutical settlements in American history. Starr was instrumental in taking down Janssen, a subsidiary of pharma giant Johnson & Johnson, and its inaccurate marketing of Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug. The story is soon to be chronicled b y G e o r g e C l o o n e y a n d t h e c re a t o r s of Making a Murderer in an upcoming Netflix documentary. When I spoke with Starr, she had just returned from a trip to Morocco where she took cooking classes and explored the local cuisine. She adores yoga, cooking, gardening and throwing lavish dinner parties for her friends and family. Cheer ful and frankly honest, Starr’s authenticity is hard to deny. She is a woman who knows her own heart. I asked if she missed working in the pharmaceutical industry. “Oh, I knew it wasn’t for me,” Starr quickly responded. She felt uncomfortable being forced to push Risperdal onto children and the elderly, in part because the drug wasn’t meant to be a “catch-all, cure-all” drug—yet that’s how it was being presented to clients. Nearly two hundred lawsuits have been filed against Johnson
& Johnson for the resulting gynecomastia (breast growth in boys) that came from Risperdal use. These days, Starr advocates for the use of cannabis as part of one’s healing journey through her work with NAMI—if it makes sense for the patient’s symptoms. A sufferer of Chronic Lyme disease, she experienced debilitating pain in her day-to-day life before experimenting with the healing properties of cannabis. “It was very much the type of pain that made me unable to have an active lifestyle, to do the things I love,” she recalls. Her husband suggested they visit a dispensary to see if they could find a product to alleviate her symptoms, but the trial and error of finding the right balance of THC and CBD became an issue. She missed going on hikes with her dogs, doing yoga, paddle boarding. “I didn’t have the energy to see what was going to work,” Starr says. “It’s unfortunate. What do you try? As a pharmacist, I was interested in looking at specific strains— specific ways I could get a dose, or a specific ratio of CBD to THC, and I kind of experimented with that. It was really difficult.” It took Starr over six months to find her perfect combo: A ratio of 4:1 CBD to THC that mitigated pain, without noticeable psychoactive effects. Industry standard concerns led Starr to partner with Gesundheit Foods—a Portlandbased company focused on high-quality, fresh ingredients—on a line of infused products. Edibles are often the safest option for those who suffer from auto-immune disorders, as they cannot smoke cannabis. “We need another avenue to get this medication into us,” Starr explains. “With the formation of Gesundheit, we’ll be able to have a consistent product, a healthier product, and we can actually directly formulate very specific medicines.”
“LET YOUR INTUITION GUIDE YOU. JUST FOLLOW IT. IF IT’S FOR THE GOOD OF ALL, YOU CAN’T GO WRONG.”
The Gesundheit Foods cannabis line will stay away from the sugary baked goods that saturate the current edibles market, and instead focus on organic, non-GMO ingredients. “No junk,” emphasizes Starr. I n f u s e d b eve ra g e s , c o c o n u t o i l , p o s t workout powders and even spreads such as margarine, peanut butter, jam and hazelnut are all in the works at Gesundheit. Their facility boasts a 5000-square-foot kitchen, and they plan for the space to act as an experimental venue where guests can sample and test new creations. The company also intends to give back to the community and donate to mental health foundation organizations. Her desire for precision dosing undoubtedly comes from her own struggle to find the correct cannabis prescription, as well as her work with clients at NAMI, most of whom are in their 20s and 30s and use cannabis to self-medicate. She consults with patients and recommends strains she believes will be beneficial to their specific symptoms. “People have always used cannabis for a recreational high, to get stoned,” Starr notes. “But for me, it’s more interesting [to look at] the medical aspects of it, breaking it down, to help with the different problems people might have.” Doing the right thing seems hardwired into Starr’s DNA. She reflects on her time as a whistleblower and the uncertainty of her decisions: “I honestly felt like a small, insignificant person when the investigation started,” she remarks. “I was so young and naive, but I knew that what was happening was wrong, and I was willing to speak up.” Whether its globe-trotting, her advocacy work, or experimenting with new edible concoctions, Starr is content with the path her life has taken. “So much of what I do comes from an irrepressible passion to help others live better lives,” she explains. “I feel that each and every person has a unique gift to share. It is held deep inside. The goal is for each of us to tap into that gift. Let your intuition guide you. Just follow it. If it’s for the good of all, you can’t go wrong.” Starr says she has zero regrets about her decision to leave Big Pharma. “Being in the trenches is more exciting to me.”
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hey say children hear everything. For Gretchen Olsen, her eight-year-old son’s acute awareness instigated her becoming co-owner of one of the original Bikram Yoga studios of Portland, Bikram Yoga Fremont Street. In the Spring of 2005, Olsen began her on-again, off-again relationship with Bikram Yoga, a 90-minute class of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, completed in a 105 degree room with 40 percent humidity. Olsen’s story is one many women can relate to: She never put herself first, and escaping to a yoga class seemed selfish. Then came a gift from her father, fully-paid tuition to the nine-week Bikram Teacher Training in Los Angeles. She packed her bags in the Spring of 2013 and spent six days a week practicing and studying to become a certified yoga instructor. Back in Portland, Gretchen’s life evolved. Divorce and life as a single mother drained her emotional energy, yet devotion to her yoga practice built her up again. Working as a flight attendant paid the bills, but she dreamt of owning her own studio. That’s when her son unwittingly told the previous owner of the Yoga Studio, “My mom and Danelle are going to have their own studio!” That comment led to a discussion that eventually transferred ownership of the studio to Gretchen, along with her friend Danelle Denstone, in January of 2016.
“. . . YOGA IS FOR ANY AGE AND ABILITY; CLASSES AREN’T FOCUSED ON CREATING A PERFECT PHYSIQUE, BUT WORKING TOWARDS A BALANCED MENTAL STATE.” In the past two years, Olsen and Denstone have created a beautiful, welcoming community atmosphere. Witnessing her students overcome emotional and physical trauma through yoga pushes Olsen to want to share these healing benefits with everyone. “Self-realization is a big part of the experience,” Olsen notes, wanting to instill in her students an energy of peace and inciting members to create their own story. She stresses that yoga is for any age and ability; classes aren’t focused on creating a perfect physique, but working towards a balanced mental state. Olsen was once a woman who, like so many of us, focused on taking care of everyone else first. By learning to value her needs, however, she now helps others focus on themselves.
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ellene Peralta has been on the torch for some time now. As a matter of a fact, I would call her an OG glass worker—and one of the best around, to boot. She first started in 1996 and has been creating one-of-akind pieces ever since. Dellene cites Clinton Roman as an inspiration from back in the day, explaining that he taught her how to make old school gold and silver pipes. Dellene loves the infinite possibilities that come from working with glass; her creativity and artistic approach can instantly be seen in her work. She’s known for her high heel shoe rigs and dichroic applications, but Dellene also
makes carb caps, pendants and fun sculptures. Most of what she makes are solo works, although she sometimes undertakes collaboration pieces with other artists. She can make any piece for any budget, ranging from one hundred to thousands of dollars. You can find her work for sale in shops around the country, including Holy Smoke, Mary Jane’s and Gathering Glass in Washington state, and at Amazon Organics, MellowMood, Hotbox and 42degrees in Oregon. She can also be contacted for the occasional custom piece. ARTIST DELLENE PERALTA INSTAGRAM: @DELLENEPERALTA
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DECADENT DARK CHOCOLATE CLUSTERS THE PERFECT HOLIDAY CANNACANDY! WRITER & PHOTO / LAURIE AND MARYJANE
oes chocolate make you happy? Wait, let me answer that: Yes, it actually does. Dark chocolate has significant health benefits, both mental and physical. Dark chocolate—the darker, the better—is a significant source of antioxidants and lowers blood pressure. Chocolate also boosts serotonin levels, which helps with depression. If chocolate is your jam, then this dessert has your name written all over it. Dark Chocolate Clusters: Creamy, crunchy and chewy! The tender raisins in this recipe add a touch of sweetness. These clusters make a delicious holiday gift for the special woman in your life. Or man, ‘cause men are special, too! For more of Laurie and MaryJane, visit: LAURIEANDMARYJANE.COM
INGREDIENTS Yield: 30 clusters 2 cups Melted dark chocolate 2-4 tbsp. Canna-butter or canna-coconut oil, melted 3/4 cup Toasted slivered almonds 1/4 cup Toasted coconut flakes 1/4 cup Raisins
INSTRUCTIONS Place the melted chocolate in a glass bowl, then add the infused oil or butter. Stir well. Add almost all of the ingredients, leaving just a handful’s worth to sprinkle over the chocolate before it sets. Place the candies on parchment paper by the heaping teaspoon. Immediately sprinkle with the remaining nuts, coconut and raisins. Let them set for at least an hour before eating.