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It started as a low rumble in the spring. Almost imperceptible. It was a minor annoyance. It started to get louder as the weeks wore on, becoming a persistent hum that was more and more insistent in its urgency. It’s now become a steady drumbeat. One that remains to be quelled. It’s the belief that education did not get the cannabis money it was promised when Nevadans went to the polls in November 2016 and voted to make recreational marijuana legal (Question 2). A lot of people were swayed to vote in favor of the legalization of cannabis, for that particular reason only, so schoolchildren could benefit from the lucre of cannabis. I think the confusion began during the 2017 Legislative Session when a second tax on the cannabis industry was introduced. The first tax, a 15% Wholesale Marijuana tax paid by cultivators on both medical and adult-use marijuana, was included in the Nevada Marijuana Legalization ballot question, aka Question 2. The second tax, a 10% Retail Tax that consumers pay on adult-use marijuana, was introduced by Governor Sandoval during his state of the state speech in 2017. Deciding where this tax should be allocated during the Legislative Session is where things got fuzzy because it was initially earmarked for education but eventually ended up going to the state’s Rainy Day fund. Fast forward to 2018 when both elected officials and the Clark Country School District trustees held various press conferences throughout the spring to demand that the money collecting in the state’s Rainy Day fund be moved over to education where it was more urgently needed due to shortfalls resulting from lost arbitration.
The bewilderment about the education monies continued when the state didn’t immediately disperse the funds collected from the 15% Wholesale Marijuana to the Distributive School Account. But that was because they had to wait for the fiscal year to end which wasn’t until June 30, 2018. Are you confused yet? It’s like a really bad game of who’s on first. All of this just seemed to turn up the volume on the topic as the finer details of the revenue disbursement, such as there being two taxes, seemed to get lost in the discussion muddling the issue even more. This seemingly drove the slow rumble of aggravation that started earlier this year. And it persisted. I saw posts on social media demanding to know why education wasn’t getting its money. When I was out and about I heard the constant lament. It seemed everywhere I went, from the gym to the grocery store, it was a source of frustration. Finally, the fiscal year ended, the state calculated up the monies, and as was written in the Question 2 ballot measure, the Department of Taxation transferred a total of $27.5 million to the state Distributive School Account in August. At last, I thought, relief was finally mine – no longer would I have to hear the peeved cries that education was not receiving its fair share of the cannabis cash. I was wrong. If anything, it’s grown even more aggrieved and insistent. While it is definitely a complicated issue to follow, perhaps, if we would have had more money for education 10 years ago the steady drumbeat of ignorance would merely be a hum.
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MY WAY Willie Nelson brings his show to the Cosmopolitan accompanied by a familiar refrain: pot is good for America By Josh Bell
Willie Nelson was a cannabis advocate before it was cool. At 85 years old, the country-music legend is still a trailblazer for promoting cannabis use, creating his own official line of marijuana products, Willie’s Reserve, which is available in dispensaries in five states, including in Las Vegas (and is coming soon to Canada). “We’re on the right side of history,” Nelson said in January, in a statement announcing the latest round of funding for the brand. “People have spoken with their votes and their dollars. Now that we’ve proven regulating and taxing is good for individuals and business and states, it’s pretty clear that pot is good for America.” But Nelson isn’t just jumping on the bandwagon now that recreational cannabis is legal. He’s been openly putting his support behind marijuana legalization for decades, and he serves on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). When he put out a song called “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” on his 2012 album Heroes, it wasn’t just a novelty single; it was a statement of lifelong purpose. Nelson is equally passionate about the rights of American farmers, and he’s one of the founders (along with Neil Young
and John Mellencamp) of the long-running annual Farm Aid benefit concert, which began in 1985 and in 2018 featured performances from Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Kacey Musgraves and more, in addition to its three founders. It’s not only as an activist that Nelson is surging past people half his age. He remains one of the most prolific and popular artists in country music, more than 60 years after releasing his first single, “No Place for Me.” He’s one of the only artists from his generation who’s still performing regularly, and he tours with the consistency and dedication of a musician who just released his debut album. He also releases new material with more frequency than most country singers at the beginning of their careers; he’s put out two albums in 2018 alone, with different stylistic approaches. April’s Last Man Standing is a collection of country originals that All Music called “ridiculously fun,” and September’s My Way finds Nelson covering classic American standards made famous by Frank Sinatra. “I learned a lot about phrasing listening to Frank,” Nelson told AARP the Magazine in August. “He didn’t worry about behind the beat or in front of the beat, or whatever—he could sing it either way, and that’s the feel you have to have.”
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These days, Nelson is often joined onstage by his sons Lukas and Micah, both talented multi-instrumentalists and singers in their own right. Lukas’ band Promise of the Real (POTR) and Micah’s solo project Particle Kid both played Farm Aid this year, and POTR also frequently opens up for Nelson on tour. POTR’s 2017 self-titled album hit the top of the Americana Radio Chart, and the group has been serving as Neil Young’s regular backing band since 2015. “There’s nothing that makes a parent happier than having your kids up there doing things with you, especially if they’re good,” Nelson told NPR in July, when he was about to head back out on the road following a string of cancellations due to illness. Nelson wasn’t about to let any health problems keep him from performing, though, and after a few months of recovery, he was back to his regular packed touring schedule. That schedule includes two shows this month (October 19 and 20) at the Chelsea Theater inside the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, which has been a very welcoming market for Nelson in recent years. He’s played at the Smith Center, the House of Blues and the Venetian (in a 2017 mini-residency that was also cut short by health issues), and he previously played at the Chelsea in 2016. The stylish and intimate venue at the Cosmopolitan is the perfect place to experience Nelson’s laid-back yet highly professional show. At that 2016 performance, Nelson ran
through 25 songs in 80 minutes, ranging from newer tunes to well-known classics to covers of songs by long-gone contemporaries Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams (both Sr. and Jr.). In addition to appearances by his sons, Nelson’s band features his sister Bobbie on keyboards, and at 87, Bobbie is even older than her brother and still touring just as relentlessly as he does. Nelson has a sense of humor about his advancing age, as heard in his 2017 single “Still Not Dead Again Today,” which jokes about persistent online rumors of his demise. Watching Nelson onstage, it’s easy to imagine that he’ll keep going forever, although as his recent health problems have demonstrated, even country legends are not immortal. That’s all the more reason to take the opportunity to see Nelson while you can, to hear beloved songs like “Always on My Mind,” “On the Road Again,” “Whiskey River,” “Georgia on My Mind” and many more, all in Nelson’s still-rich, distinctive voice. Nelson hasn’t specifically attributed his longevity to his lifelong cannabis use, but it’s still very much a part of his regular regimen, and a way to remain centered and calm. In his July NPR profile, sitting alongside Lukas and Micah, as well as his wife Annie, Nelson cut in when the interviewer asked his sons whether anyone in the family smoked as much marijuana as he does. Nelson’s iconic answer? “Nobody does.”
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LOVE, PEACE & CHICKEN GREASE On a wing and a prayer, cannabis changed the trajectory of Wing King founder’s life By Jim Begley
eing thrown into a windshield as a teenager changed Brian Peace’s life for the worse. And ultimately, cannabis changed his life for the better. An avid cannabis user and intrepid chef, dreadlocked Peace runs Wing King, a chill, reggae-themed chicken wing joint. The concept began after a Super Bowl party where his chicken wing prowess was on display. “I grew up outside New Orleans and LSU football is God out there,” he says. “Whenever we did tailgate parties, I always got stuck doing the wings.” Upon the urging of partygoers and with $3,500, Peace opened the original Wing King in the CSN food court. Now relocated into the former Chile Addiction space at Fort Apache and Flamingo, it has become a full-blown career, alongside being head chef for Magical Butter household extractors. His life would’ve never taken this trajectory if it weren’t for the accident which contused his brain and left him epileptic. Doctors prescribed a powerful combination of phenobarbital and Tegretol – “straight barbiturate brain drugs” as Peace
calls the pills – which controlled the seizures without ever completely eliminating them. But after relocating to the Valley where, needless to say, cannabis was a little easier to access than in his small Louisiana town of 156 people, Peace realized he hadn’t had a seizure after smoking for a year. So unbeknownst to his family, he weened himself completely off all his medications over the next 12 months. After eight seizure-free years using only cannabis, he’s a convert and an advocate. “If I can help any one person not go through what I went through in regard to Western medicine, then it’s all worth it.” And two years ago, his preoccupation with wings – Peace is actually a vegetarian nowadays and has killer vegan wings molded onto bamboo sticks on the menu – and love of cannabis intersected when a friend offered an a-ha observation: “Your sauces are the shit, dude. You ever think about putting weed in them?” That was the only impetus he needed to begin infusing the sauces with cannabis oil. To eschew the weed taste, Peach turned to raw distillate without terpenes and used isolate
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PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES Cook Time: 1 hour Serving: 1 cup / Yield: 4 cups / Mg per cup: 250 mg
INGREDIENTS: 2 Tbsp. liquified butter 2 Tbsp. organic all-purpose flour 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature) 10 oz. sliced baby portobello mushrooms (save 2 of the 10 oz. to sauté for garnish) 2 cups chicken broth (sub vegetable broth if vegetarian) ½ cup caramelized onions ½ cup heavy cream
4 oz. cubed Havarti cheese (save 2 oz. for garnish) 1 Tbsp. salt 1 tsp. ground black pepper 1/2 tsp. truffle oil 1.5 grams raw (no terpenes) 87%-90% THC distillate (there will be no cannabis taste without terpenes)
DIRECTIONS: Make roux (thickening agent) first, by mixing 2 Tbsp. liquified butter and 2 Tbsp. organic all-purpose flour and set aside. Add 1 cup unsalted butter to Magical Butter Machine. Add sliced baby portobello mushrooms, chicken broth, caramelized onions, and heavy cream. Add 2 oz. of cubed Havarti cheese, roux, salt, ground black pepper, and truffle oil. Add raw THC distillate. Secure Magical Butter Machine top and select 160° for 1 hour. Ladle into bowl. Add remaining Havarti cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and 1/8 Tsp. truffle oil. If you don’t have access to distillate, simply use Magic Butter machine with 1/2 oz. of cannabis flower and 1 lb. unsalted butter. Select 130° and cook 2 hrs. Then use 1 cup of infused butter to substitute plain butter. You will have a hint of cannabis flavor since it has terpenes. Please remember when cooking with medicinal cannabis you are cooking with a medicine and the medicine amount and portions of the food ingested should always be taken into consideration. Always start out with small portions or doses and wait 30 minutes to an hour before eating any additional portions of food that has been medicated.
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instead. For commercial consumption, he started infusing with CBD. But getting infused products into the restaurant proved to be difficult. Peace offered CBD-infused sauces for six months until his liquor license renewal arrived and the Liquor Board didn’t know what to do. “They didn’t know enough about it,” he recalls. “They just wanted me to stop.” But he didn’t want to stop and once they were reassured CBD was not cannabis, he had to jump through more hoops with the Health Department and ultimately the FDA. It was when the latter ruled that while customers could self-dose he couldn’t infuse the sauces on his own, Peace arrived at his current approach – a prepackaged, 100 mg-glass syringe sold for $7 and identified by those in the know as “love,” allowing customers to serve themselves. The combination of olive oil and isolate has practically no flavor, so it can be added to any sauce at will. And there are a lot of sauces to choose from as Peace has 100 on the menu, of which his favorites are honey mustard slam – an amalgam of honey mustard and his Jamaicantinged BBQ slam sauce – and a slightly sweet, spicy strawberry cheesecake. As you can imagine, the latter has its roots in a smoking session. But actually, practically all of them do. “When I first opened up this restaurant, we had 20 sauces,” he recalls. “Well, you can imagine when you open a little restaurant in the back of a little food court in the middle of nowhere like we were, I had a little extra time. So, I’d go out and smoke some weed in the back and next thing you know, we had 100 sauces! Whenever I smoke cannabis, it opens up my palate and my artistic abilities.” But it’s more important to him than just as an artistic escape. “Cannabis has kept me from having seizures and has aided me in opening up my own successful restaurant. I wouldn’t have anything if it weren’t for me hitting my head and cannabis coming in and taking care of it. Because of all the things it does, I couldn’t even tell you what my life would be without cannabis.” And now he’s glad to have a delicious outlet to educate others.
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Brewers add new ingredient to bring even more hoppiness to beer Many beverage companies are exploring the use of cannabis in drinks. Coke just announced plans to research the use of CBD in functional wellness beverages and beer giant Constellation Brands, parent company of Corona, announced an additional investment of $4 million in Canopy Growth to develop non-alcoholic cannabis-infused drinks. Heineken and Molson Coors have also signaled interest in producing cannadrinks. As the trend takes off, here’s some hemp and canna-beer already being brewed.
This summer Two Roots Brewing released a line of non-alcoholic THC- and CBD-infused craft beer. Two Roots uses state-of-the-art technology to de-alcoholize beer in five styles: Lager, Stout, New West IPA, Blonde Ale and Wheat. Available in Nevada at Las Vegas Releaf dispensary, cannabiniers.com Washington State-based Happy Apple Cider is a combination of homegrown apples and Northwest-grown weed. With three different doses -- 5mg, 10mg and 100 mg of THC per 12 ounces, none of which contain alcohol-- Happy Apple Cider uses Sorse, a company that creates cannabis emulsion. Happy Apple Cider is available at dispensaries across Washington, http://happyapple.com
Launched in March, the brewers at New Belgium have created The Hemperor HPA, an ale brewed with hemp hearts and dry-hopped with Simcoe and experimental HBC 522 hops to create a dank, pungent hop aroma balanced by a sweet, mildly bitter finish. Available in the Las Vegas Valley at Smith’s Food & Drug, and Lee’s Discount Liquor, newbelgium.com/ thehemperor
In 2016 Coalition Brewing released its CBD-infused India Pale Ale, Two Flowers IPA, with the help of Half Baked Labs. The base style is a west coast IPA that is light and crisp with a bitter grassiness that augments the hop bitterness and citrusy terpenes. Available in Oregon, coalitionbrewing.com/cbdbeer
Lagunitas Brewing Company launched Hi-Fi Hops in July, which is a non-alcoholic, IPAinspired THC- and/or CBD-infused sparkling water. Hi-Hops comes in two doses: one with 10 mg of THC and one with 5 mg of THC and 5 mg of CBD. CannaCraft, a manufacturer of cannabis-based products, is handling the THCinfusion process. Only available in California, www.lagunitas.com
Venice Duck Brewery’s Stoner Duck is a brown ale made with organic hemp and a backbone of caramel, toasted malts, chocolate and American hops. Available in Southern California only, veniceduckbrewery.com
Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale is brewed with toasted hemp seeds that add an herb-accented flavor with the American hops creating a perfect balance to the darker malts in this brew. Available in Las Vegas at Lee’s Discount Liquor, humboldtbrewingco.com
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In 2016 Dad and Dudes Breweria of Aurora, Colorado introduced a cannabidiol (CBD) oil-infused beer called George Washington’s Secret Stash, paying homage to the first president’s hemp farming habit. Currently only available in Colorado, breweria.com/dudesbrews/cbd-beer
O’Fallon Brewery’s Hemp Hop Rye is an Amber Ale steeped in toasted hemp seeds to create a nutty flavor in the finish that complements the rye and hops. Although available in 14 states, Hemp Hop Rye hasn’t quite made it out West yet, http:// ofallonbrewery.com
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LEGALEASE: BEER, HEMP & CANNABIS What you need to know about treating the waters By Derek J. Connor, Esq. The German purity law of 1516 (the Reinheitsgetbot) states that beer may only include three ingredients: water, barley, and hops. The original version did not include yeast, but subsequent versions accept the reality that without yeast we would not have beer. Old German laws notwithstanding, brewers use all sorts of ingredients in the brewing process such as wheat, rice, fruits, spruce tips, honey, and even pumpkin spice. Lately, a new ingredient has been finding its way into commercially available beer: cannabis.
Before I was an attorney, I was a home brewer. I originally started brewing as part of a class in college (we got to drink beer for credit) and the hobby stuck. Although I canâ€™t brew as often as I would like, I do like to keep up with changes in the industry. One big change in the brewing industry, was the announcement that Molson-Coors is partnering with a Canadian cannabis company, The Hydropothecary Corporation, to produce a cannabis-infused non-alcoholic beverage to be sold in the Canadian market after Canadaâ€™s legalization goes into effect this month. While big alcohol is just starting to take a look at big cannabis, other brewers have been testing the waters for some time. As a recreational brewer, the inclusion of cannabis as a brewing ingredient makes a lot of sense to me, after all cannabis and hops come from the same family and have fairly similar flavor and aromatic profiles. Hop flowers used during brewing give beers some of their unique flavors, an example of a hoppy beer would be an India Pale Ale (IPA). A few large commercial brewers are already using hemp or hemp products during different stages of the brewing process. Strictly in the interest of researching this article, I picked up a few six packs of what was available locally and tried them out. The first was Humboldt Brown from
the Humboldt Brewing Company in California. Humboldt Brown is an American style Brown ale with a dark caramel color and a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. According to their website, humboldtbrewingco.com/brews, they brew Humboldt Brown by adding roasted hemp seeds at the beginning of the brewing process along with malted barley. Another brewer is taking a slightly different approach to brewing with hemp. New Belgium Brewing, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, is brewing a beer known as The Hemperor. New Belgium is calling The Hemperor a Hemp Pale Ale or HPA. It is a hoppy beer with a relatively dark golden color and a strong hop/hemp aroma. To brew The Hemperor, New Belgium is using hearts of hemp seeds grown by Colorado Cultivars, a state licensed hemp farm, to match the aromatic signature of fresh hemp flowers. New Belgium has released their beer nationally (except in Kansas which banned it), and $1 per every barrel of The Hemperor sold is being donated to Hemp 4 Victory in support of its mission to raise awareness and promote pro-hemp bills in the House and Senate. While marijuana remains illegal under federal law, hemp has been legalized by Congress to some degree under the 2014 United States Farm Bill. In a nutshell, the Farm Bill continued on page 41
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BLIND FAITH elevate writer hightens senses while dining in the dark By Danny Axelrod
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ood is a funny thing, in that so much of it is visual. As my 11-year-old will assert on a daily basis, so much of what ends up being appetizing to us is based on whether it ‘looks’ good or not. So, what to make of food you can’t see? Well, it turns out there is a restaurant right here in Las Vegas that does dinner service completely in the dark. It’s got a catchy name...what was it? Oh yeah: Blackout Dining in the Dark. The creators of this dining experience tout it as “more than just a meal; it’s a journey of the senses that will make you re-evaluate your perception of taste, smell and touch.” They don’t mention it explicitly, but it also sounds like an interesting thing to do while high. Food and altered perception together in an interesting sensory way, what
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A vision-impaired host welcomed us again and led us to a kind of holding area where they prepare you to enter the dining room and be seated in total darkness. I thought that was a nice touch, and that he may have been the most experienced employee to deal with the overall concept of the restaurant without coming off as cheap or pandering. Once in the waiting area, servers put on night-vision goggles and have guests line up behind them, hand on the shoulder ahead of them, as they are led through what feels like a midnight raid on the Bin Laden compound. Once seated, the table environment is explained so you know where everything is and then we were left to get acquainted with our surroundings. Maybe it was the weed, but the darkness permeates like a substance you
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can almost touch. The murmurs of conversation from surrounding tables slowly comes more sharply into focus, your ears adjust, and you feel like you could almost join in any given conversation. After locating glasses and utensils on the table it became easy to manipulate them. It could have been that I was pretty stoned, but I convinced myself that by staring intensely into the void, I could actually make out shapes and objects like a bat (or Daredevil Matt Murdock). At one point a large group came in and we basically spent a good deal of time hanging on their boisterous conversation (it was almost like a co-ed bachelor party). My guest and I love to people-watch when weâ€™re dining out, and it was fun to employ a completely different sense to more or less the same effect. We also spent a lot of the meal staring blankly at presumably each other and giggling. Which brings us to the meal. We were presented with a four-course prix fixe menu (there is also a six-course option) and, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I love eating vegan on a regular basis, but I have had some hit or miss dishes around town, and I thought that my inability to view my food might cause it to have a middling quality. But the food was exquisitely prepared and bursting with flavors. Nothing squishy or slurpy, and the portions were very manageable for eating in the dark. Knowing that they were clearly not going to sneak anything overtly surprising into our meal, my guest and I had a lot of fun guessing the components of each course. With each plate, the server prepared us in advance with when and where things were being placed. They have a full beverage menu and we helped ourselves to a couple of glasses of a refreshing rosĂŠ. At one point, I had to use the restroom and became a little anxious wondering how I would ever find it. Not to worry, when a server came by to check on us, he kindly led me back out to the front where the restrooms were located. The transition from an hour in darkness to sudden light was a little jarring (but it turns out they give everyone free sunglasses to acclimate upon the completion of their meal). He then waited for me and quickly led me back to the table. We emerged like celebrities, with our complimentary shades. It was only then that we were shown the menu we had enjoyed. The typical price-tag for the four-course meal comes to around $80, excluding drinks. At the end of the day, this is a great idea for your typical Vegas cannabis user looking for something different, but so is bungee jumping off the Stratosphere. Wait, I am never doing that, so for the sake of future writing assignments letâ€™s stick with low-risk novelty restaurant concepts and the like.
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BLOSSOMING AFTER BREAST CANCER
Breast cancer survivor Kim Maddi, who was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma in her right breast in 2012, shares her cherry blossom tattoos. She started non-profit Ink Ribbon Foundation in 2017 to help women get their confidence back.
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“Yep, I made it and here’s my gold medal” is not the response you expect to hear from a breast cancer patient who has suffered through six months of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and breast reconstruction. But that was Rose Belleque’s reaction to getting a custom tattoo of two lotus flowers that artfully camouflage the fact she no longer has areolas while also hiding scars that run across her chest left behind as a permanent reminder of a mastectomy. “Following surgery you get changed, you try not to look at yourself post-surgically or at your incision,” explains Belleque, 52, who was diagnosed with invasive ductal HER2/neu breast cancer in February 2016. “Afterwards I didn’t want to look at myself, but I just feel better every day. I have a little bit of tattoo that shows if I wear a tank top and even just seeing that when I am completely dressed in the morning I think -- it really is pretty awesome.” This is exactly the feeling Kim Maddi, founder of Ink Ribbon Foundation, was hoping to give to breast cancer survivors when she started Ink Ribbon in 2017. “I just wanted a way to help women and help them feel beautiful again,” says Maddi, 41. “It was just an idea and my little tiny idea has now grown into this thing. I have already helped one wonderful lady and I am getting ready to help another wonderful lady. It’s a dream come true, to be honest with you.” Her tiny idea blossomed from the most untenable of circumstances. Maddi, too, is a breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma in her right breast in 2012, Maddi didn’t initially realize when she opted for a double mastectomy they would take everything including her nipples. “They said after you get your implants, you can have nipple reconstruction followed by tattooing of the nipple to make it look more natural. But I thought about it and I didn’t care too much about having fake nipples,” she relays with a small laugh, “it didn’t make much sense to me.” Then Maddi discovered an artist in Chicago who did beautiful artwork covering mastectomy scars and decided that was a more preferable way for her to go. “I had eightinch-long scars on each of my breasts and I just didn’t want to see the scars anymore. I pretty much knew if I was going to do something artistic, I was going to have to pay for it on my own. Then I discovered the 3D nipple tattooing or areola restorative tattooing would not be covered by insurance either,” she explains. Either way, tattooing is not an inexpensive proposition. Maddi’s research showed scar coverup tattooing would range from $1,200 to $2,000, which meant it was going to be a while before she was able to afford to conceal the ever-present reminders of her breast cancer. But fate intervened, and Maddi connected with a local tattoo artist named Tank who had experience doing mastectomy scar tattoos and wanted to help her. “I was originally planning on
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doing it for my five-year cancerversary, I had just passed my four-year cancerversary. I was so excited to get it done and he was giving me such a great deal because in his words, ‘you have already been through enough, I’m not going to make money off of your ordeal.’ He charged me the minimal of what it would cost for the ink. He freehanded my design and I am thrilled with the results.” For her design Maddi wanted cherry blossoms. “I wanted it to have branches, but I also wanted it to appear like it had movement or like wind was going through it. He put a piece of saran wrap over my breast and started drawing. A couple of weeks later he had a rendering that he taped on me and it was perfect,” says Maddi, who then spent approximately seven hours over two days getting her chest re-blossomed. “It was an overwhelming and emotional experience. It was like a weight had been taken off my shoulders, it was kind of like the closing of a chapter. I just had such a hard time looking at myself in the mirror and seeing those scars every day. It was just such a gruesome reminder of what I had dealt with and I was so looking forward to seeing something beautiful there now,” shares Maddi. It was this experience that she was determined to give to others. “Once I discovered I had cancer after the initial shock of it all, I just knew I had to do something. I can’t be a
survivor and go about my day and not think about this every day,” explains Maddi. “For me it just grew into a need to help people the way that I have been helped -- it’s just a dream come true.” During her tattoo research, Maddi had been following a lot of artists and discovered a few on the East Coast who were doing scar coverups to help survivors as charity. “There’s some amazing artwork out there and it’s so empowering to make a woman feel beautiful again after looking at hideous scars for so long. It’s an amazing experience for everybody,” she explains of being inspired by the idea. “A lot of women want them, but they can’t afford them because it’s really very costly. It was a such a great experience for me I just wanted a way to help them, truly help them without throwing my money into some pink ribbon foundation that really wasn’t doing anybody any good,” explains Maddi, who notes that no cancer organizations reached out to her post-surgery. “I wanted a way to help women, especially in Las Vegas, to feel beautiful again. We are a big town of 2.5 million people and there has to be some breast cancer survivors out there who want to get this service done.” Maddi collaborated with Tank on concepting the idea of Ink Ribbon which would become a reality in 2017. In addition (continued on page 43)
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In honor of All Hallows’ Eve elevate has assembled a special review of products that range from flower, vapes and lotion to crumble, edibles and cannagars. They are all different and offer varying effects from medicinal to recreational but one thing they do have in common is their ability to either serve as a trick or a treat. Will let you decide which one.
It’s Halloween! It’s Halloween! The moon is full and bright And we shall see what can’t be seen On any other night. Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls, Grinning goblins fighting duels, Werewolves rising from their tombs, Witches on their magic brooms, In masks and gown We haunt the street And knock on doors For trick or treat Tonight we are the king and queen, For oh tonight It’s Halloween!
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Carve those pumpkins and hang those cobwebs, ‘tis the season for all things orange -- and THC Nevada’s Orange POTUS matches the briskness of a fall day with its crisp, smooth smokiness. On the nose, users will be engulfed with a citrus sensory overload from this prime flower that springs from a terpene mix of 3.68 mg beta-myrcene, 1.72 mg beta-caryophyllene, and .72 mg limonene. Orange Potus is a hybrid cross of Herijuana and Orange Creamsicle. “The Herijuana lineage of Orange POTUS would suggest a heavy-hitting couchlock experience, but the Orange Creamsicle cross genetics help to lighten the effects of this strain,” says Nick Puliz, general manager, THC Nevada. “Great recreationally for hiking or outdoor relaxation, this strain makes an easy weekend afternoon so much better.” Is this product a trick or a treat for most patients? “I would say it’s a trick, because the THC is not really high (22.11 percent), but it hits you hard after you smoke it,” says Puliz. Sounds like a sneak attack we can get into. Stressed about the holiday season in general, Orange POTUS is perfect for mellowing out before or after gatherings. “Medicinally, this moderate strain will help alleviate minor pains while providing an uplifting experience that allows the patient to stay active,” Puliz says. “With its delightful fruity experience and its uplifting euphoric effects, this strain is a guaranteed favorite.”
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nostalgic cereal flavors. We wanted to create a blend that would be just as memorable as it was flavorful. And it truly has an unmistakable cereal flavor.” City Trees’ new Fruity Pebbles OG vape pen is a perfect addition to your morning—and evening—routine. “This is one of our newest releases here at City Trees. It has only been in the market for a few weeks,” Decatur says of the Fruity Pebbles OG vape that tests in at 86.65 percent THC, 2.22 gr/mg CBD, and 7.33 gr/mg CBN. City Trees created this in-house mix using Green Ribbon, the legendary Granddaddy Purple, Tahoe OG, and Alien Kush. Fall into fall mornings with something a little sweeter than an average bowl of Cheerios and full of rich terpenes including linalool (8.04 gr/mg), b-myrcene (3.77 gr/mg), and b-caryophyllene (1.16 gr/mg). And for those who enjoy rigs or water pipes, all of City Trees’ vapes fit directly into 14 mm female glass joints.
KYND MILK CHOCOLATE CBD BAR Halloween without chocolate is like Christmas without the tree, Thanksgiving without the turkey—it’s just not the same. Just for adults, take a bite of a special sweet with added benefits of Kynd’s Chocolate CBD bar this Halloween. According to Kynd’s Stacy Castillo, it’s definitely a treat at 1.48 mg THC and 33.3 mg CBD. “Adding our premium cannabis oil takes it to an indulgent new level. Our goal was simple: Create the most delicious way to unwind,” she says. “We sourced the highest-quality chocolate we could find and combined it with our pure, clean Co2 oil. It’s really the best of the best. Users love the rich flavor and wonderfully relaxing effects.” Expertly dosed for consistent effects every time, Kynd’s chocolate is available in single pieces or full bars, “an important decision when you consider your own willpower,” Castillo says. Scoop it up this Halloween and satisfy your sweet tooth without any added tricks.
MEDIZIN’S BANANA OG FLOWER “With a smell and flavor of overripe bananas, this indica-hybrid definitely earns its name,” says Medizin’s David Farris of Banana OG flower, an indica-dominant cross between the revered OG Kush and Banana. "The underlying goal was a high potency strain that can
DISTRICT PEACH GUMMIES, SWEET PEBBLES STRAIN “I consider the District Gummies a trick because they are so delicious you'll hardly realize they are infused but, of course, something that tasty would be considered a treat as well! It literally tastes like biting into a fresh, juicy peach. It reminds me of fresh peaches harvested in fall,” says District Sales Manager Margaux Hansberry. “There are so many unique things about consuming District Gummies. But people [are sometimes] surprised by the potency (10.96 mg of D9THC per serving). You will taste a juicy gummy similar to a gummy bear consistency with hardly any cannabis flavor [because] we use such high-potency distillate to infuse the product,” she says. Hansberry suggests giving the gummies a good chew to liquefy them for a quick sublingual absorption that will induce an all-around sense of well-being. She says the Peach Gummies “create a cerebral uplift that enhances my mood while keeping a warm body buzz.” And say goodbye to stale candy: “District’s Peach
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ultimately become a connoisseur's favorite,” Farris says. Can’t manage polishing off that half bag of Starburst leftover from last night’s frightening festivities? Too hyped up from an office sugar overload to get a wink of sleep tonight? Try Banana OG! “[It] has a reputation as a ‘creeper,’ usually reaching intense hunger and sleepiness. It may be effective in treating loss of appetite and insomnia,” Farris says. Since it’s packed with a terpene blend of limonene (3.007 mg), myrcene (1.475 mg), b-caryophyllene (1.198 mg), and b-pinene (1.127 mg) and often tests up to 31 percent THC, Banana OG is perfect for medicating away post-trick or treat aches and pains.
Gummies consumers love how fresh the gummies stay in our individual blister packs,” Hansberry says. “They keep their shape in the high heat, and even if melted will stay consistently dosed!” This Halloween pop a few peaches in your pumpkin pail.
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If the ghouls are keeping you awake this Halloween, State Flower Cannabis’ aptly named Shape Shifter is here to save the day. “Shape Shifter is a treat for anyone looking for a relaxing but cerebral experience. This strain in particular is one that can fit almost any mood,” says Hailey Stone, marketing coordinator for The Apothecarium. Shape Shifter is a cross between Old Man’s Purp, Malawi, NL Haze and Memory Loss with a THC count at 20 percent. “Malawi, NL Haze, and Memory Loss are all heavier sativa strains, but crossed with Old Man's Purp, we got a more sedative-type strain,” Stone says. This enchanting new hybrid is quite the looker, too. “It has the most unique coloring with vibrant purple hues throughout the bud and great orange hairs. Visually, this strain is stunning. When it grows, you can see the colors change from a lush green to a dark purple, kind of like a slow-motion aurora.” Take note of the pleasing, very berry taste. Beauty, taste, and a seasonally appropriate name. What more could you ask for? How about terpenes? “The main terpenes present in Shape Shifter are myrcene (4.62 mg), caryophyllene (1.88 mg), and limonene (.85 mg),” Stone says. “The heavier myrcene and caryophyllene give the user a nice, relaxing, and pain-relieving experience, while the limonene keeps your mood elevated.”
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There are, amongst thousands of others, two things trick-or-treaters never expect to see dropped in their candy bucket: bananas and butter. But if there are two things seasoned cannabis users expect, it’s bananas of the kush variety and budder of the extract variety. Budder, as every patient knows, is a smooth fragrant easy-tohandle concentrate that packs plenty of terp-heavy flavor.
SCARLET OILWORKS’ BLOOD ORANGE CRUMBLE Always a treat, Scarlet Oilworks’ Blood Orange Crumble is “an indicadominant hybrid strain that is a tasty phenotype of the infamous Tangie strain, a cross of Cali Orange and Appalachia,” says Jessica Woo, director of marketing and purchasing at CWNevada. Crumble, as its name implies, is the crumbly cousin of budder, another potent concentrate at 743 mg THC, 2.78 mg CBD, and .45 mg CBN that packs a punch. Scarlet Oilworks’ crumble does not disappoint. “The Blood Orange aroma is very flavorful, although much more potent, with hints of spicy sour citrus and zesty tangy
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And banana, particularly the banana kush variety, is a revered strain in experienced circles. So, here’s the question: Is Cannabiotix’s Banana Treez Budder a trick or a treat? Cannabiotix’s Joshua Broussard “would definitely consider the Banana Treez Budder a treat. It doesn't come around too often, but when it does, it always has such great flavor and smell. And the experience that comes with it is always a good one.” Banana Treez Budder, an extract of Banana Kush and OG Kush, is packed with a rich banana taste that “makes you want to [eat] bananas!” Broussard says of the extract which tests at 73 percent THC and 82 percent THCA. “The Cannabiotix production team wanted to create a relaxing yet euphoric experience with all the qualities it comes with. With this strain and run, the limonene is very high at 10 mg, which brings that relaxing and calming experience to the user.” Bring on the budder!
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earth,” Woo says. “Patients really like the fragrance. It has an earthy citrus undertone that stimulates your endocannabinoid system.” Scarlet Oilworks’ Blood Orange Crumble is no slouch when it comes to terpenes—in fact, it’s a veritable powerhouse. “It’s heavy in terpinolene (6.10 mg), limonene (1.88 mg), and b-pinene (2.51 mg). The three terpenes together create a synergistic effect which enhances the effects of THC and CBD. Terpinolene stands out the most because it is known to be anti-fungal, sedative, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial,” Woo says. “All of these properties could help an array of patients with different ailments.” Best of all, those of us without the proper equipment can simply sprinkle the crumble into a pre-roll or a bowl because “the crumble will enhance the taste and experience of your flower,” Woo says.
HOT MESS KUSHMETICS SUGAR HIGH CANNABISINFUSED BODY LOTION Celebrate the sweet side of Halloween this season by indulging in some high-end body products from Hot Mess Kushmetics. “This is definitely a treat. Sugar High Body Lotion is a great way to satisfy your cravings without the calories. It smells like candy, but in a deep romantic way—not overly sweet,” says Hot Mess Kushmetics’ founder Heather Vanek. This luxurious lotion is a treat that can travel—it’s “infused with pure CBD from hemp, making it legal in all 50 states—so you can travel with your medication. The first and most important goal when formulating our body lotions was to make sure it absorbed quickly without leaving a greasy residue. No one likes feeling greasy. But even more important, if a topical is greasy that means it’s sitting on top of your skin rather than absorbing, which means the CBD isn’t doing its job,” Vanek says. “We definitely accomplished our goal. Sugar High glides on smoothly and moisturizes deep beneath the skin.” With high expectations come high results, and Hot Mess Kushmetics’ lotion does not disappoint—it is packed with the good stuff: “[It] has a unique blend of terpenes. It’s high in limonene (on the surface, it smells
similar to cotton candy, but once you get to know it a little better, it kind of smells like lemon cake—that’s the limonene) and vanillin. You can actually see the vanillin in the lotion because it causes the cream to turn just a little darker than our other lotions without vanillin,” Vanek says. All of these premium ingredients add up to potent pain relief. “Yes, it smells amazing and feels glorious, but all of that means nothing if it doesn’t work. Most of our patients tell us that they receive fast if not instant pain relief when using this product,” Vanek adds. This lotion will be a treat for your loved ones as well. “One thing we often hear from women who use Sugar High is that it drives their boyfriends/husbands crazy. That’s because vanillin is a natural aphrodisiac.” “We love animals and humans way too much to cause any harm with the ingredients of our products, so we’re very selective with what we choose to use,” says Vanek of Sugar High being vegan, sulfate-free and paraben-free.
The classic joint is still a preferred method of consumption for many patients but there are ways to kick the tried and true up a notch. We asked Marc Baldwin of Exhale Nevada why we should upgrade to a Cannagar and he referred us to Redeye, the creator and principal of LV Cannagar Co. “The Cannagar is a twist on the old-school Thai stick, but created using cigar-rolling techniques. It is the most luxurious and exotic way to smoke on the market. Las Vegas Cannagar Co. creates only boutique cannabis products not found anywhere else in the world. It is simply a unique, handcrafted product with no limits, nothing held back in production. From start to finish, it is created using only ‘best of class’ in each component,” summarizes Redeye. “We only use the freshest flower available, so the product will vary. The most recent order we dropped was Hell’s Angel OG, an indica-dominant hybrid with an OG Kush and BlackBerry lineage.” Not only does the Cannagar look, smell, and taste above and beyond, it also boasts lots of pinene and limonene, which means it will help you feel great and
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tastes great too. “Hell’s Angel is a therapeutic strain commonly used to treat inflammation, insomnia and PTSD. This particular strain of Hell’s Angel was very flowery, with a woodsy, earthy scent and flavor,” explains Redeye. “Patients love our product for many reasons. The nostalgia, the look, the prestige. It is luxurious, it is unique, and it lasts longer with a longer burn time than any other product on the market.”
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October can be a tough month—scary for some, exciting for others, barely a blip for the unfortunate few. But if you’re a parent, teacher, or harried Halloween Superstore employee, October can be downright exhausting. Enter Rove’s premium Skywalker vape pen, sure to add some well-deserved relaxation—and a fast-acting trip to seventh heaven—to your life pronto.
Rove’s Skywalker pen is “an indica-dominant cross between Blueberry and Mazar, ideal for those who suffer from mild pain, insomnia, stress, or anxiety. Users of this potent strain are treated to an out-of-this world experience, punctuated by deep body highs and feelings of euphoria. Spread the earth beneath your feet and let the forces guide you,” says Rove Lab Manager Chris Marroquin. “The high is mostly relaxed, with euphoria and a mood boost. This is a good strain for insomnia, as well as anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, migraines, and PMS. It's particularly effective at pain relief.” Rove’s highly effective pen packs a discreet punch; it boasts 75 percent THC, which “seems low compared to other indica carts, but with 8 mg of myrcene and 22 mg/g of CBN, it will feel like an elephant tranquilizer,” Marroquin says. “CBN has extremely effective sedative qualities. Five mg of CBN is equal to 10 mg of Valium (diazepam) in regard to body relaxation.” And lest you worry about terpenes, well, worry not: Rove does not disappoint. “The combination of
ß-myrcene and linalool flanked by ß-caryophyllene is the perfect combination for insomnia, stress and anxiety,” Marroquin explains. “Linalool has a spicy lavender scent that is a huge contributor to a heavy sedative sensation along with being an anti-epileptic. High amounts of linalool and myrcene together make this strain a necessary item.”
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Evergreen Organix’ Cannacubes are the perfect potion for a quick, potent pick-me-up that will get you going without dropping you to the floor. “Our Cannacubes are micro-dosed for easy and buildable dosing. These tiny cubes are dosed at 5 mg each and come in packs of 20, so it's easy for consumers to take a few at a time to ingest a dose that is suitable for their tolerance level,” says Jillian Nelson of Evergreen Organix. Cannacubes are perfect for small, on-the-go doses to pep up your brain game. “The precise dosing, robust flavor, and ease of use have been a popular feature of our Cannacubes that consumers really love,” Nelson notes. Cannacubes are tasty, too; they come in a variety of seven flavors, so picky patients can find their match. Best of all, according to Nelson, “Cannacubes are vegan-friendly and sugar-free, so they are a great edible option for those with dietary restrictions.” After this Halloween, you’re gonna need to lay off the sugar—try a Cannacube instead.
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Canna-Rillo is a bit of both trick and treat,” says Laura Schmidt of The+Source and 8|Fold. “The treat is the devilishly good Inferno OG live resin from 8|Fold, which holds together the flower and wrap. The trick is that it’s not a traditional paper wrap, but rather fan leaves that wrap around the shatter and flower. They are hand-rolled by the amazingly talented Redeye and her team at Las Vegas Cannagars. Its parent strains are OG Kush and Blackberry, so this is definitely more of an indica.” This isn’t your average three-hit-and-it’s-quit smoking experience, however—the Canna-Rillo provides longlasting pleasure that your fellow partygoers might never, despite the high THC (testing in a 42 percent), ever forget. “It’s a more luxurious smoking experience. It burns slow so that you can savor and enjoy the ‘gar’ over a prolonged period of time. It’s great for parties where a group of friends can relax and enjoy it together,” Schmidt says. “It’s a really unique and visionary product; it’s the only cannagar on the market with 8|Fold flower and shatter.” The Canna-Rillo features a well-rounded range of terpenes, as well, including caryophyllene (11.52 mg), linalool (4.66 mg), and humulene (5.50 mg). Schmidt’s pro tip? “Take your sesh to another level by attaching a blunt bubbler to the end of the wooden tip for smoother pulls.”
Talk about a Halloween grab bag! Take your pick of the exotic treats on offer from Kabunky this October. Their Sugar Cookies Shatter, a potent concentrate similar to budder or wax but with a firmer, more brittle consistency, is a powerful indica-dominant hybrid of Crystal Gale (a reclusive descendent of Northern Lights), Blue Hawaiian (a mix of Blueberry and Hawaiian Sativa), and Sensi Star (an indica strain that deserves its own category). After consuming Sugar
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Halloween to-do list: Head to Shango to pick up their new cut, Orange Cookies, which “is a great strain for unwinding at the end of the day. It’s THC levels average 15-20 percent making it a great strain to enjoy and still function as one may need,” explains Shango’s Kraig McGee of it being a treat. “This hybrid strain has a great citrus aroma and imparts an uplifted yet relaxing effect when enjoyed. Perfect for a walkin’ around high, it’s great to get you prepared to trick or treat, or enjoy handing out the tricks or treats.” Shango’s Orange Cookies is a hybrid of Orange Juice (itself a hybrid of Orange and the legendary OG Kush) that assists in providing the motivated, focused and energizing feeling and the renowned Girl Scout Cookies (a vibrant, nearly shockingly potent mix of Durban Poison and OG Kush) that provides this strain's intense cerebral and physically relaxing high. Orange Cookies stuns with a sweet, juicy flavor reminiscent of tangerines and a bouquet of titillating citrus aromas resulting from myrcene (1.48 mg) and limonene (.81 mg). If you bring Shango’s Orange Cookies out this Halloween, you can expect wacky laughs and intense euphoria.
SHANGO'S ORANGE COOKIES FLOWER
Cookies Shatter you will be rocketed into a deep, fruity posttrick-or-treat sleep from the combination of 680 mgs of THC and a terpene mix of humulene (1.3 mg), limonene (2.0 mg), caryophyllene (5.5 mg), and pinene (1.4 mg). Kabunky’s Trap Star Krumble, another concentrate meant to be dabbed, is an indica-dominant hybrid of the rather bespoke and definitely mysterious strain The Cube and the revered and hallowed LA OG Kush. Its spicy, piney, terpene mix of humulene and limonene along with 731 mgs of THC is sure to bring the funk to a post-holiday slump. Finally, Kabunky’s Banana Pudding Flower will wow with its creamy dream aroma and mellow banana flavor. A mix of OG Eddy and Banana, this indica-dominant hybrid will knock your orange and black striped socks off with a THC count of 23.8 mg and 5 mgs of myrcene.
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(continued from page 17) In spite of federal prohibitions on commercially produced hemp beers, some state licensed marijuana businesses are producing cannabis-infused beers under state marijuana laws. In Nevada, pursuant to state law you cannot produce alcoholic beverages infused with marijuana. However, Nevada law does allow for the production of non-alcoholic beverages infused with marijuana. In fact, Two Roots Brewing Co. released a non-alcoholic marijuana-infused beer in the Las Vegas market this summer. Brewed in California and infused with THC and CBD in Nevada, it is available in lager, stout, new west IPA, blonde ale, and wheat beer. Made without alcohol, the beer contains low amounts of THC with options of 2 and 5 milligrams per can. I think the future looks bright for both brewing and cannabis. Hopefully in the next version of the Farm Bill, which is due to pass very soon, our elected officials will clarify the intent of the bill for our unelected administrative agencies and broaden the market for legally grown hemp products. With the current pace of state level marijuana legalization around the country, it’s not hard to imagine cannabis-infused beers sitting on shelves along with your favorite brew.
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allows hemp to be cultivated in states like Nevada that have legalized the practice. So why aren’t more commercial brewers using hemp flowers and other parts of the plant in their beer? The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will not approve any formulas for alcoholic beverages that include certain parts of the cannabis sativa plant (e.g. hemp flowers). However, TTB states that certain parts of the plant are exempted, including hemp seed oil, sterilized hemp seeds, and non-resinous mature hemp stalk. The TTB takes the position that the Farm Bill does not authorize the use of industrial hemp grown legally under the Farm Bill for use in alcoholic beverages (for further reading on TTB’s position, visit www.ttb.gov/faqs/a29.shtml). TTB’s position, and the position of several other federal agencies, has been a real problem for the hemp industry. I had hoped that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case of Hemp Industries Assn. et al. vs. U.S. DEA would have cleared up the question of whether or not products derived from hemp grown under the Farm Bill fall outside the Controlled Substances Act, but the Court essentially punted and dismissed the case on procedural grounds. The pleadings filed by the DEA during the case only served to muddle the issue even further.
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(continued from page 24) last October during Breast Cancer Awareness month that was tied to a battery donation from cannabis company Moxie. The dispensary sold Moxie’s pink batteries for $10 a piece with the total proceeds of $1,000 then donated to Ink Ribbon resulting in Belleque receiving her coverup tattoo in December 2017. The+Source is doing the same promotion this October with Moxie once again donating batteries. “Ideally we would like to surpass what we did last year. Then we can help more than just one person. Helping breast cancer survivors makes me feel fantastic but we didn’t do it to make us feel good,” says Barker. “It always feels good when you are improving someone’s quality of life and how they perceive themselves and that’s always our goal to give someone their confidence back.” Ink Ribbon’s second tattoo recipient received her scar coverup last month and Maddi is thrilled with the prospect of giving a third breast cancer survivor her dream of a tattoo later this year following The+Source’s donation resulting from its promotion this month. “I know what that woman feels like when all is said and done at the end of the day,” says Maddi. “When you are getting out of the shower and looking at yourself in the mirror you are smiling from ear to ear. You’re a different person after going through cancer everything is cool at that point, just waking up every day is cool.”
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to Tank’s tattoo artistry, she also brought on a photographer and makeup artist, so the charity could offer “before and after” shots as part of the coverup package. Her first goal was to become “a legit 5013c because I definitely wanted this to be a non-profit organization. We didn’t want to profit, we just wanted to help people.” Next she set a goal of helping one person a year with the hope of growing Ink Ribbon from there. She achieved her second goal quickly with a call out of the blue from cannabis dispensary The+Source who wanted to get in the pink. “One of our employees knew her (Maddi) and when we were trying to find something to do with breast cancer they suggested I contact her,” recalls Courtney Barker, purchasing manager at The+Source. “I just wanted to do something a little more impactful for someone in the community, rather than donating something to a foundation where someone like her (Belleque) might never see anything from it.” “Of course, I jumped at that when they wanted to donate funds especially getting it from a dispensary which we know, of course, the benefits of cannabis for breast cancer patients and survivors and for other types of ailments. I’m definitely on board with that,” says Maddi, who saw the partnership as “a match made in heaven.” Barker came up with a promotion The+Source conducted
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9a. Essence Cannabis Dispensary essencevegas.com 2307 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89104 702.978.7591
17. Nevada Wellness Center nvwellnessctr.com 3200 S Valley View Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.470.2077
28. The Apothecary Shoppe theapothecaryshoppe.com 4240 W Flamingo Rd Ste #100 Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.740.4372
2. Apothecarium apothecariumlv.com 7885 W Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV 89117 702.778.7987
9b. Essence Cannabis Dispensary essencevegas.com 4300 E Sunset Rd Ste #A3 Henderson, NV 89014 702.978.7687
18. NuLeaf www.nuleafnv.com 430 E Twain Ave Las Vegas, NV 89169 702.297.5323
29a. The Dispensary thedispensarynv.com 5347 S Decatur Blvd Ste #100 Las Vegas, NV 89118 702.476.0420
3. Blackjack Collective blackjackcollective.com 1860 Western Ave Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.545.0026
9c. Essence Cannabis Dispensary essencevegas.com 5765 W Tropicana Ave Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.500.1714
19. NuWu Cannabis Marketplace Nuwucannabis.com 1235 Paiute Circle Las Vegas, NV 89106 702.844.2707
29b. The Dispensary thedispensarynv.com 50 N Gibson Rd Ste #170 Henderson, NV 89104 702.476.0420
4a. Blüm LetsBlum.com 1921 Western Ave Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.718.Blum
10. Exhale Nevada www.exhalenevada.com 4310 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.447.1250
20. Oasis Medical Cannabis oasismedicalcannabis.com 1800 S Industrial Rd Ste #180 Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.420.2405
30a. The Grove TheGroveNV.com 1541 E Basin Ave Pahrump, NV 89048 775.556.0100
4b. Blüm LetsBlum.com 3650 S Decatur Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.627.Blum
11. Inyo Fine Cannabis Dispensary inyolasvegas.com 2520 S Maryland Pkwy Ste #2 Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.707.8888
21. Pisos Dispensary pisoslv.com 4110 S Maryland Pkwy Ste #1 Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.367.9333
30b. The Grove TheGroveNV.com 4647 Swenson St Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.463.5777
4c. Blüm LetsBlum.com 1130 E Desert Inn Rd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.536.Blum
12. Jardin jardincannabis.com 2900 E Desert Inn Rd Ste #102 Las Vegas, NV 89121 702.331.6511
22. Planet 13/Medizin medizinlv.com 4850 W Sunset Rd Ste #130 Las Vegas, NV 89118 702.206.1313
31a. The Source thesourcenv.com 2550 S Rainbow Blvd Ste #8 Las Vegas, NV 89146 702.708.2000
5a. CANOPI canopi.com 6540 Blue Diamond Rd Las Vegas, NV 89139 702.420.7338
13a. Jenny’s Dispensary Jennysdispensary.com 5530 N Decatur Blvd North Las Vegas, NV 89030 702.718.0420
23a. Reef Dispensaries reefdispensaries.com 3400 Western Ave Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.475.6520
31b. The Source thesourcenv.com 9480 S Eastern Ave Ste #185 Henderson, NV 89123 702.708.2222
5b. CANOPI canopi.com 1324 S 3rd St Las Vegas, NV 89104 702.420.2902
13b. Jenny’s Dispensary Jennysdispensary.com 10420 S Eastern Ave Henderson, NV 89052 702.718.0420
23b. Reef Dispensaries reefdispensaries.com 1366 W Cheyenne Ave North Las Vegas, NV 89030 702.410.8032
32a. Thrive Cannabis Markeplace thrivenevada.com 2755 W Cheyenne Ave Ste #103 North Las Vegas, NV 89032 702.776.4144
5c. CANOPI canopi.com 2113 Las Vegas Blvd North North Las Vegas, NV 89030 702.420.2113
14. Las Vegas ReLeaf lasvegasreleaf.com 2244 Paradise Rd Las Vegas, NV 89104 702.209.2400
24. Sahara Wellness 420sahara.com 420 E Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV 89104 702.478.5533
32b.Thrive Cannabis Marketplace thrivenevada.com 1112 S Commerce St. Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.776.4144
6. Cultivate Las Vegas cultivatelv.com 3615 Spring Mountain Rd Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.778.1173
15. MMJ America mmjamerica.com 4660 S Decatur Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.565.9333
25. Shango Las Vegas goshango.com 4380 Boulder Highway Las Vegas, NV 89121 702.444.4824
33. Top Notch THC topnotchthc.com 5630 Stephanie St Las Vegas, NV 89122 702.418.0420
7. Deep Roots Harvest deeprootsharvest.com 195 Willis Carrier Canyon Mesquite, NV 89034 702.345.2854
16a. Nevada Made Marijuana nevadamademarijuana.com 3195 St. Rose Pkwy Ste #212 Henderson, NV 89052 702.737.7777
26. ShowGrow showgrowlv.com 4850 S Fort Apache Rd Ste #100 Las Vegas, NV 89147 702.227.0511
34. Zen Leaf zenleafvegas.com 9120 W Post Rd Ste #103 Las Vegas, NV 89148 702.462.6706
8. Euphoria Wellness euphoriawellnessnv.com 7780 S Jones Blvd Ste #105 Las Vegas, NV 89139 702.960.7200
16b. Nevada Made Marijuana nevadamademarijuana.com 1975 S Casino Dr Laughlin, NV 89029 702.737.7777
27. Silver Sage Wellness sswlv.com 4626 W Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.802.3757
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1. Acres Cannabis acrescannabis.com 2320 Western Ave Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.399.4200
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After nearly 20 years at our Sahara Avenue location, we have outgrown our facility. When we started out, we were only a Land Rover store and at that time we had less than 20 employees. Today, with the addition of Jaguar two years ago, we have over 70 employees and we continue to grow. Not only is this a brand-new state-of-the-art facility, but it will be staffed with a dedicated professional team ready to help you obtain a vehicle that fits your lifestyle, and service it as well. The new 47,000-square-foot structure will feature the cuttingedge performance vehicles Jaguar and Land Rover enthusiasts have come to expect. Once in our new facility we will be introducing something we have never had: Electric plug-in (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, also referred to as a PHEV vehicle. The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUVs each have a 2.0-liter,
296-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine and a 13kW motor sporting 114 horsepower for a combined powertrain with 398 horsepower. Because the electric motor can be utilized separately from the petrol engine, one can conceivably commute to work and back with just electricity because it alone has a 31-mile range. On the Jaguar side there is the I-Pace. It is a plug-in only setup. With a dual-motor setup and 90kWh battery, it has a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a range of 270 miles. Charge times can vary depending on type of charging system used, but it can be as fast as a 0-80 percent charge in 40 minutes at a 100kW DC fastcharging station. Come visit the new location today at 6425 Roy Horn Way in Las Vegas and test drive one of our impressive vehicles.
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Jaguar and Land Rover to move into new 47,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility featuring a showroom full of electric plug-in vehicles
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FB: CUT ABOVE AGENCY
Established By Nature Cut Above Agency brings the winning championship mentality of a professional sports team to the cannabis industry. Saar Bokstein, CEO and President of Cut Above, founded the service agency on the principles of passion, teamwork, and achieving excellence. “It's not just about the trimming. I brought the discipline, commitment, and the will to win from the athletic world; and incorporated that into working with cannabis.”
As an athlete and former professional wrestler, Bokstein has always been inspired by the world of sports and is changing the game with Cut Above. “When we get a project, we work as a cohesive unit, a team.” Our employees not only demonstrate great trimming ability with their level of production, but possess intangible assets as well, like great attitudes, professionalism, responsibility, and accountability. “You can always see how much care we put into each project. The results speak for themselves.” Cut Above fosters the spirit of competition by hosting tournaments for employees to showcase their skills. Everyone can win prizes, but the tournament winner takes home the Championship belt, and more importantly, bragging rights. “I wanted to build a fun, challenging and safe working environment for our employees to truly grow and succeed.” We keep it interesting, so when we come to work everybody gives 1000 percent. Everyone starts with the same conditions and is given the same canna-education and tools. Everybody has two hands and one heart. Those with the will to succeed will always excel.” Cut Above works with some of Nevada’s finest cultivation and production facilities where we deliver a custom-tailored service. A client can request a team of their desired size and skill type to come in and service their facility fulfilling all needs from the garden to the shelf. While maintaining the highest quality and most efficient way possible. For the client, it’s as easy as ordering a pizza. Our employees are prescreened, trained, multi-licensed, insured, and receive ongoing education to continually improve their skillset. All while staying up to date on changing laws and regulations. “The difference is not only the level of excellence and efficiency that is brought to the table every day, but in the organization, and communication with all members of the company. Every team has a supervisor, which helps to maintain Cut Above’s five-star standard. We consistently exceed every client’s expectations and we are always beating the clock.” (References available.) Cut Above is always increasing production, reducing costs, and eliminating downtime for their clients. When we walk in you can see the difference right away. Everyone has a great attitude, is clean, organized, and ready to complete any task with a smile. “This company is fueled on passion and that’s the strongest fuel there is.” Established in 2016 by Saar Bokstein, Cut Above is the premier service agency for the cannabis industry and is ready to help with any task or challenges your business may be facing.
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Saar began his personal journey with cannabis in his early 20s and discovered that it was not only a plant that could make one feel good, but it also had a vast number of medical benefits as well. He then set out to learn as much as possible in a worldwide arena. Beginning his education in Amsterdam, he then moved to work in the cannabis industry in Israel and various states within the US.
Elevating the Conversation
with Bill Anderson, Director, Nevada Department of Taxation
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s director of the Department of Taxation, Bill Anderson oversees the collection and distribution of more than $6 billion annually in state and local government revenue from 17 different taxes. The revenue collected by the Department funds all levels of government in Nevada, including school districts, cities, counties, and the state. Prior to being appointed to director, Anderson was chief economist for the State Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation for over a decade. Anderson also oversees the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division which falls under the purview of the Dept. of Taxation.
As the state’s chief economist for over a decade, did you think cannabis would be such a strong economic force? I think what surprised some folks is that it happened so quickly. There wasn’t a buildup, although it did strengthen somewhat as the year went on. Right from the get-go we started seeing strong numbers. I was very pleased with how things unfolded, not just from the perspective of industry fundamentals, but also with respect to the regulatory situation. I think a lot of folks look at Nevada as the gold standard with respect to regulating the industry. What kind of factor has cannabis been in Nevada’s job growth since the industry opened its doors in 2015? I think the best way to gauge that is to look at our agent cards which all employees are required to obtain before working in the industry. We have issued about 8,500 employee agent cards. Now that doesn’t mean all of those folks are working at any given time, but I think what it tells us is that the industry is very likely home to several thousand workers. That’s a pretty nice chunk of jobs. There has been so much confusion about the allocation of cannabis’ tax revenues, especially with regard to education. Can you break that down? Part of the confusion comes from the 10% retail tax which wasn’t part of Question #2, it was an initiative proposed by the Governor. He proposed that those monies go directly to education but during the last Legislative Session when push came to shove, it was agreed that the money from that 10% retail tax would be sent to the Rainy Day fund. But in terms of the 15% wholesale tax, which was part of Question 2, right off the top $5 million of it has to support marijuana enforcement efforts at the local level, going to county and various localities. We have to pay for our own operating costs which are approximately $3.5 to $4 million dollars a year and that’s just for the marijuana program. Whatever is left over from the fiscal year is transferred over to K-12 education, which turned out to be $27.5 million that went into the Distributive School Account in August.
The Department of Taxation is tasked with making sure Nevada doesn't have an oversupply of cannabis. How is the Dept. of Taxation checking that? We constantly monitor the market, both formally and informally, simply by asking industry representatives what their take on the situation is. We look at information in our database that provides information on sales volume and things of that nature. Other states have had oversupply situations, so we are trying very much to avoid that. In fact, if you look at the current round of license applications we are in the process of accepting, those are only for retail establishments. We chose during this round of licensing to not accept license applications for cultivation and production because we feel right now we have an adequate supply. From a regulatory standpoint, the state has had a smooth ride. We had a pretty solid regulatory program for medical marijuana that preceded adult-use marijuana, so we were able to build upon those regulations and that helped as we put together the regulatory framework for adult-use marijuana. The Division of Public and Behavioral Health provided that strong foundation that we built upon rather than having to start from scratch. What’s the most surprising thing you have learned about cannabis since you started in your taxation role in February? One of the big surprises for me is the extent to which the industry is impacted by special events just like our regular sales and use taxes are impacted by the holiday shopping season or back-to-school shopping. The marijuana industry has its own set of special events that impact the industry on a day-to-day basis which has included touristdriven events including the Super Bowl, March Madness and EDC. To read the entire interview with Bill Anderson, visit elevatenv. com/Elevating_the_Conversation.
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