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Concentrate Novice Everything first-time users need to know about the art of cannabis concentrates.


The Future Of Cannabis The pros and cons of using concentrates versus flowers.


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Lansing City Attorney to Draft Ordinance to Keep Collectives Open

On June 10, the Lansing City Council’s Public Safety Committee had a public meeting to discuss options surrounding the city’s current medical cannabis ordinance. During the meeting, it was decided that the committee would give Interim City Attorney F. Joseph Abood and his office until July 8 to provide a “viable and legal” third draft of an ordinance that regulates medical cannabis collectives and complies with state and federal laws. If Abood fails to draft such an ordinance during the allotted time, the city will proceed to close down all medical cannabis collectives operating within the city. Although medical cannabis in Michigan was legalized in 2008, state law does not specify that medical collectives can legally be run under its original verbiage, according to Lansing State Journal. Abood however, has promised that he will draft an ordinance by July 8, stating that he doesn’t want medical cannabis patients to suffer by closing down all of the city’s collectives.

Medical Cannabis Education Center Established in Pennsylvania Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has created what it is calling the first medical cannabis research education center. The Center for Medical Cannabis Education & Research will be part of the Institute of Emerging Health Professions and will educate physicians and patients on medical cannabis therapies, as reported by the news magazine Philadelphia. Leading the center will be Doctor Charles V. Pollack Jr., who believes that the current dialogue surrounding medical cannabis is highly based off of “hype and advocacy.” Pollack Jr. believes that there is not yet enough scientific research to truly educate anyone properly on the plant’s medicinal properties. This announcement came one month after Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis. Funding for the center will come from groups interested in the advancement of medical cannabis.

Detroit Cracks Down on Medical Cannabis Collectives In March, Detroit city officials notified many medical cannabis collectives that they had 30 days to put in a bid in hopes of being one of the few businesses chosen to operate legally. Collectives that met requirements set forth in an ordinance approved by the city council last year would be approved, and those who did not make the cut would be subject to closure. Daily Detroit reports that the city is not taking the crack-down lightly, shutting down 22 collectives in the first month after the 30-day window closed. While medical cannabis is legal in Michigan, Detroit’s cannabis laws make it nearly impossible for collectives to run legally due to unclear zoning regulations and its anti-grandfather clause. City Mayor Mike Duggan has openly expressed his opposition to cannabis and praised Councilman James Tate on his efforts to shut down medical cannabis collectives, showing a clear bias based on personal beliefs.

Pakistan Spreads Awareness for Cannabis Legalization With the constant political unrest in Pakistan right now, local medical cannabis activists decided to host one of the country’s first ever cannabis meetups last month, at Bin Qasim Park in Karachi. “The idea is to build a community, a society who believes in peace as much as we (the artists) do. This community serves as a bridge between artists, musicians and cannabis/hemp enthusiasts and gives them all a common ground to connect,” stated Agha Nomaan, a cannabis activist and filmmaker who helped coordinate the event. The meetup allowed for peaceful cannabis activists to join together as part of a campaign intended to persuade other Pakistani citizens and government officials to consider cannabis legalization. With online hashtag #420khi for social media to promote the event, the meetup reached an estimated 30,000 people.


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The number of signatures collected by MI Legalize that were recently deemed invalid by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers:


The number of medical cannabis collectives operating in Detroit that have been shut down as a result of the new licensing and zoning rules that began in March: (Source: CBS Local)


(Source: Sun Times)


The amount of money, in millions of dollars, that MI Legalize spent on collecting signatures for their ballot initiative: (Source: Detroit Free Press)


The number of days that signatures for the MI Legalize ballot initiative could not be older than in order to be considered as valid for ballot (Source: approval:


The number of pages that make up the third draft for a medical cannabis ordinance proposal in Lansing: (Source: Lansing State Journal)


The amount of money, in millions of dollars, that the state of Illinois has made in medical cannabis revenue since November 9, 2015:


(Source: The Washington Times)

The number of votes from the Ohio House, out of 97, that were in favor of legalizing medical cannabis in the state: (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer)


The percentage of patients in Israel who reported significant improvements of their ailments after using medical cannabis: (Source: The Jerusalem Post)


The number of signatures that supporters of Initiative 182 in Montana, which would create a medical cannabis program, have collected to get the initiative on the November ballot:



Ann Arbor Street Art Fair WHAT: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. WHEN/WHERE: Thurs, July 21-Sun, July 24. Thurs-Sat, 10am to 9 pm . Sun, 12pm to 6pm . Fair takes place on North University Avenue, East Washington Street and Ingalls Mall, Ann Arbor. INFO: For specific locations and artist’s information, visit

Ann Arbor is home to four award-winning art fairs, but the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the OG of the bunch. Each year, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair hosts 200 artists from the Ann Arbor Potter’s Guild and seven to eight emerging artists via the “New Art, New Artists” program. The fair also serves as a platform to help enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of contemporary 10

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art. This year’s event will honor Jenny Pope, a woodcut and ceramics artist whose work consists of colorful and abstract depictions of animals. Aside from Pope, a number of other local artists will be honored through a series of awards being presented throughout the duration of the fair. Support your local artists and maybe pick up a nice souvenir at this year’s Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. JULY 2016




Bias vs. Betterment Michigan state sued by activists after cannabis petition gets rejected


by Jamie Solis I Legalize, a local initiative to get recreational cannabis on the next ballot, is now suing Michigan after the state’s elections board claimed that activists did not get the proper number of voter signatures needed for a future statewide vote on recreational cannabis, according to Detroit Free Press. In early June, The Board of State Canvassers rejected Michigan’s recreational cannabis petitions with a 4-0 vote. The board claimed 137,029 of the 354,000 signatures collected by The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee did not meet requirements to get recreational cannabis on the November ballot. This is because the state board claimed 137,029 signatures obtained over 180 days prior to being submitted were “stale.” Since January, the statewide group of cannabis activists have been stating in testimony at hearings in Lansing and through various announcements that it is unconstitutional and against state law to require all the signatures be gathered within 180 days of being submitted. The group claims that the 180-day limit on signatures was created to ensure that those signing petitions are currently registered voters within the state of Michigan. The leaders of MI Legalize are going to use the state’s records to show the signatures all still meet this requirement, regardless of the date they were received. This 180-day limit was also first enacted in regards to ballot questions that aim to change the state’s constitution. The proposed cannabis petition did not seek to change the constitution, making the 180-day policy unnecessary.


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“The board claimed 137,029 of the 354,000 signatures collected by The Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee did not meet requirements to get recreational cannabis on the November ballot” It is claimed by several petition groups that this 180-day limit disallows grassroots groups the opportunity to get policies on the ballot. Many petition groups like cannabis and environmental groups don’t have the resources to pay staff to obtain signatures, and instead rely on unpaid volunteers, making the task to obtain signatures more difficult. The 180-day requirement used to be a policy that wasn’t regularly enacted by the state elections board, however Governor Rick Snyder just signed this requirement into law on June 8, immediately following the ruling against the signatures in question by The Board of State Canvassers. Snyder defended his controversial new bill in a news release, “Establishing reasonable time limits on when signatures can be collected helps ensure the issues that make the ballot are the ones that matter most to Michiganders.” The lawsuit filed by MI Legalize claims that the old policy and new version of the law are both unconstitutional. The group filed its lawsuit in Michigan’s Court of Claims and appears optimistic for its success, as one Board Member of MI Legalize, Debra Young, shared in an email to supporters, “We have filed and we will prevail!” c

Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival During the 1920s and 1950s, Paradise Valley was a booming business district in Detroit with a large African American population, and it was also where famous musicians like Duke Ellington got their start. Back for its fifth year, the Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival is a three-day music event that is free to the public and celebrates the history of this historical district. This year’s event will feature over 30 musical acts including Phase 5, singing hits from The Dramatics and The Temptations, and Detroit’s very own Thornetta Davis. Guests who attend this event will also enjoy great food, vendors and much more. Come out and honor the rich cultural history that Detroit has to offer, taste delicious cuisine and have an all-around good time at the Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival. WHAT: Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival. WHEN/WHERE: Fri, July 15-Sun, July 17. Hart Plaza, 1 Nelson Mandela Dr., Detroit. INFO: Visit www. for additional information. JULY 2016



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“Many patients who require large doses of edibles to subdue pain or to help with other issues are dismayed when the only food options available are sweet desserts, loaded with butter and sugar.”

REGULATION IS KEY The present and future of cannabis edibles by Matthew Abel Infused cannabis products cover a wide range of forms. Many people are familiar with the classic “marijuana brownie,” but the selection has expanded and evolved. It now includes topical preparations in the form of ointments, oils and other more innovative products like trans-dermal patches. “Topicals” have many uses, with a documented history dating back to the 1800s. Other infused products are intended for ingestion in liquid or solid form. Liquids include not only infused beverages, but also tinctures, which are concentrates typically made with either food-grade alcohol or vegetable glycerin. Solids are generally referred to as “edibles,” which include not only the classic brownie, but there now are high end chefs preparing full meals where nearly every course is a gourmet cannabis-infused product. A meal could include appetizers, soup, salad, main courses, sauces and of course, dessert. Many patients who require large doses of edibles to subdue pain or to help with other issues are dismayed when the only food options available are sweet desserts, loaded with butter and sugar. Michigan has a big problem with the law covering infused products. Specifically, the law does not cover infused products. In the Carruthers case handed down by the Michigan 14

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Court of Appeals in 2013, the holding was that the brownies in that case were not made from dried leaves and flowers, but were made from “cannabutter” and were therefore illegal. The rationale was that the criminal law prohibits cannabis, which is defined as follows:

Sec. 7106. (4) “Marihuana” means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., growing or not; the seeds of that plant; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin. Marihuana does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks, except the resin extracted from those stalks, fiber, oil or cake, or any sterilized seed of the plant that is incapable of germination. Marihuana does not include industrial hemp grown or cultivated, or both, for research purposes under the industrial hemp research act.

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act allows a patient to possess 12 plants, and 2.5 ounces of “dried leaves and flowers.” The court reasoned that the failure of the Act to include the words “compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation” left those things untouched by any protections of the Act (and therefore illegal). Three years later, the legislature still has failed to act to correct this serious oversight. Now we hear that the bill designed to correct this issue, House Bill 4210, is the logjam in moving any dispensary legislation forward. Michigan State Senators apparently have fear that the public might suffer harm from the availability of infused products. The problem with that is that people need these infused products and are going to get them one way or another. Through the regulated market or through the illegal market, commerce will occur. Prohibition of cannabis did not work, and prohibition of infused products will not work either. The way to move this forward is with education, regulation and testing. Education is necessary so people can learn their options and learn what to expect. Regulation is so that there is consistency with the delivery of that product. Testing is to assure quality control. Accurate labeling will assure that patients obtain the information they need to avoid unintended consequences and further their preferred outcome. c JULY 2016



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Hello Wellness (Formerly Michigan Chronic Relief)

Top Selling Strain: Superglue Top Selling Concentrate: Wax Sky Walker (Shatter) Top-Selling Edible: Gummy Bears

18207 W. 8 Mile Rd., Detroit, 48219

How and when did your collective start up? Hello Wellness opened its doors on January 1, 2012. There are so many benefits from cannabis such as helping with seizures, pain, stress, depression and PTSD, just to name a few. We wanted to give patients a place where they feel welcome, safe and secure. What’s the story behind the name of your collective? As we were remodeling one of the first locations, we didn’t have a logo yet. One day we were medicating and we thought of a relative of the Owner/Founder who wrote “Hello =)” on everything. When the family member passed away, in honor and memory of the family member, we use “Hello =)” logo and a signature of Hello Wellness.


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What does your collective offer patients that they can’t find anywhere else? We offer a safe and secure location. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Our strains are tested and safe. We offer 50-plus strains with over 35 of them at $10 a gram donation. How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go? In the beginning we did not know what was going to happen day-to-day. We felt that people looked at us like we were crazy or stupid for what we were doing, but in the last few years that has changed. Many of them see Hello Wellness as a place trying to help people. There are still people against us

for what we do, and that is okay. That motivates us here at Hello Wellness to strive to improve and show we are here to help. We would like to see fair but strict rules and regulations in place for everyone to follow. Also in the near future we hope for Michigan to become a recreational state.

If someone wanted to open a collective and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them? All we can say is do your homework. Read up on everything.

What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a collective? Biggest joys? The greatest challenge is staying up to date on everything that has changed or is going to change. We want to be compliant to everything the state requires or asks of us. We enjoy being here to help people in both cannabis and if they just need someone to talk to. A

What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the MJ/ MMJ community? Our number one priority is to make a difference. We strive to help as many patients as possible, whether it’s by providing medicinal marijuana (cannabis) or useful information on CBDs, CBNs, THC and their benefits towards your health and wellness. c

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Permafrost While some claim Permafrost to be the child of Trainwreck and White Widow, others insist its lineage reigns from Kali Mist and Trinity Snow. This strain is named for the flower’s frosty coat of crystal trichomes and scent of fresh pine. Consumers who have yet to build up tolerance to medicating with extracts should be gentle with dosage (65.4 percent delta 9 THC). As this extraction is a sativa-dominant hybrid, expect to medicate yourself into an extremely productive state. Though, being so fine tuned to sensory detail, you may find yourself half completing one chore, moving along to another task having become slightly distracted by new motivation that pleases your senses—but at least you’re productive, right? Permafrost offers soothing and motivating relaxation, through body and mind. Patients treating symptoms associated to ADD/ ADHD and anxiety will likely find this extremely beneficial for its ability to stimulate and motivate. Permafrost’s unique benefits have also been noted to bear significant relief to patients with arthritis, asthma, Multiple Sclerosis and gastrointestinal disorders. An Iron Laboratories test confirmed this product to be free of contaminants.

Chem Sour Available at: Holistic Earth in Davison.

Space Fire OG Coming in hot! This 100 percent pure indica strain, grown by 3rd Coast Genetics, is quite the heavy hitter. Be strategic about sparking this bad-boy up, as you’ll likely get locked for quite a while. Look closely at these vibrant light-green nugs and you’ll discover copious fluffy calyxes, dusted in trichomes, cradled between a few darker green leaves, which peek out amongst rich earthy-orange hairs. The incredibly divine bud structure speaks to the stellar background of this strain’s genetics. Parent strains Tahoe OG and White Fire OG (often referred to as WiFi OG) equally lend their wildly popular traits of beauty and potency. Relief comes in varying forms to those living with arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, migraines, Multiple Sclerosis and PMS.


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This de-waxed nug run comes straight from @High_ Octane_Concentrates. Aromatically, this concentrate has a sharp sour bite paired with an earthy Chem-funk. As concentrate could not exist without flower, it’s important to pay respects to the genetics of Chem Sour as they undoubtedly play a role in the outcome of the final extraction. Parent strains Chemdawg and Sour Diesel procreate wonderfully, to create Chem Sour’s unique flavor and sativa-dominant effects; uplifting, energizing pain relief. The consistency of the extracted concentrate is firm but much more sticky than shatter. When medicating with extracts it’s important to know the dosage that is right for you. When in doubt, try a smaller dab first and work your way up to a larger amount, if needed. Whether you dibble or glob-out, you’re sure to be super-pleased with the robust Chemfunk flavor with a bold bite of sour at the end, and no matter the dosage, you’re likely to feel quite energized and productive afterward.

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The Stoner’s Coloring Book: Coloring for HighMinded Adults Jared Hoffman TarcherPerigee / Penguin Random House Coloring can be a very therapeutic and meditative activity for any adult that needs a mental break or release. Researchers have acknowledged the therapeutic qualities of art for years, and today, art therapy is used to help people express themselves when what they’re feeling is too difficult to put into words, such as when they’re faced with a cancer diagnosis. Art therapy is also helpful among people dealing with a variety of other conditions, such as depression, dementia, anxiety and PTSD. This coloring book adds the particular theme of cannabis to an already fun and helpful activity. It's a must have coloring book for any adult. (Alex Bradley)


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Monster Hunter Generations Dev. And Pub. Capcom The action-packed Monster Hunter (MH) games have seen great success for over a decade, and a new addition to the series, Monster Hunter Generations, is bringing some great updates to the table. Players will choose one of 14 weapons and set out into the world to hunt down a variety of monsters, from small raptors to massive dragons, to make better armor and equipment. Unlike previous MH titles, this game allows players to play as Felynes, and also adds new combat styles and special attacks—perfect for those who thrive on challenge and improving their skill. (Nicole Potter)

Anomalisa Paramount Pictures Dir. Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson

For those already familiar with Charlie Kaufman’s work both as a writer and director (Being John Malkovic), pushing the limits of modern fiction and storytelling, it shouldn’t be surprising just how different his most recent film, Anomalisa, is. This stop-motion animated film tells the story of a troubled and disconnected man, Michael Stone, who meets a young woman who seems to reinvigorate and restore his purpose. However, like many Kaufman films, nothing is truly as it seems, and audiences will be blown away by both the beauty and impressiveness of the animation, as well as the unique, novel qualities of the script and the performances. (Simon Weedn)

case/lang/veirs Neko Case, K.D. Lang, Laura Veirs ANTI-Records/Epitaph Taking influence from the careers of singers Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, who banded together for their Trio record in 1987, modern singers Neko Case, K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs have their first outing together with case/lang/veirs. While Parton, Harris and Ronstadt’s record was a coming together of three of the most wellknown country singers, case/lang/veirs brings together a much more musically diverse grouping. The songs and arrangements are ethereal, the harmonies wonderfully lush and each singer stretches and pushes their own limits to meet the others. (Simon Weedn) JULY 2016


by Addison Herron-Wheeler It’s no secret that cannabis, hip-hop and an entrepreneurial spirit have gone hand-in-hand for a long time. Hip-hop music about hustling cannabis is as old as the genre itself. Obviously, because of the negative stigma that has unfortunately surrounded herb since the inception of rap music, these songs have largely been criminal anthems. But the year is 2016, where cannabis is largely becoming legal and decriminalized across the U.S., and Berner, aka Gilbert “Berner” Milam Jr., hustles hard. He has his hands in the cannabis business in multiple ways and profits like crazy from the sweet green plant. And, it’s all legal—from his raps about cannabis on Wiz Khalifa’s label and at live shows, to his cannabis accessories store and water company, to his part in popularizing the Cookies family, it has all been one hundred percent above board. He even got his start selling cannabis to fund his career—not out on


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the streets, but in the legal club that he ran before striking it big in the rap game. Having success that is founded in hard work, perseverance and maintaining a good name in the worlds of rap and cannabis have made Berner driven, inspired and loyal. He’s a family man and a father, and is just as likely to pen a song about raising his daughter as he is to write one about smoking a blunt. Berner became successful as a rapper later in life, and he wasted no time putting out dozens of albums and mix-tapes, touring and getting as involved in business as possible. When we caught up with him, he was on the road, taking a moment between gigs to smoke some good herb, write some verses and talk to CULTURE. The pearls of wisdom he dropped about Girl Scout Cookies, his latest album and the realities of the rap world ring as true as the verses he pens on a daily basis. >>

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about the things that can bring you down, real life type stuff, not just the good stuff and how well I’m doing. When did you get signed to Wiz Khalifa’s label, Taylor Gang, and how did that happen? Have you had a good experience with them so far? I got signed by them about three years ago maybe, and it happened really naturally. Wiz was my friend, and we were just smoking and chilling together, and I felt like he had a platform that could help take me to the next level. I think it was a good thing for me for sure, and it’s been working out great.

How did you get your start as a rapper, and when did you experience your initial success? I started rapping in 2003 or 2005, just kind of playing around, but I didn’t really get my first taste of success until 2007 when I put out my first album. That’s when I’d say I first had real success as a rapper. What do you feel is one of your biggest accomplishments since entering the rap scene? Being able to work with all the artists I grew up with and wanted to work with, for sure, is one of my biggest accomplishments. I was able to work with people I genuinely like listening to and really vibe with, and that’s kind of the reason I got into music, was to work with people I like, and with people who put together beats that I really like, people I want to be associated with. How would you describe your sound? What kind of beats do you like to use, and what subjects do you usually rap about? I like melodic sounds, like a real melodic type of beat, something real hypnotizing. That’s what I’m mostly using these days. My sound is chill; it’s real wavy. I talk about shit I’ve been through in my life, my daughter and things that helped me get to where I am today. I speak from the heart. A lot of people say that most rappers talk about their success in the drug business, the glorifying of all that type of stuff, and of crime, and all the good things they have in their lives, but I talk 26

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You also released 20 Lights as a solo record, which features Wiz Khalifa. How active has the collaboration between the two of you been, and how did that come about? It’s a natural thing; we make music when we’re together. People like our chemistry; we vibe out, we make music. We have a good time together. Rap is a genre where the artists tend to put out a lot of records, and you already have an impressive amount under your belt considering you didn’t put out your first record until 2007. What recording are you the happiest with? Which would you choose if you had to pick one to define your career? I would probably say Urban Farmer or Drugstore Cowboy; they are both mix-tapes I worked on that we gave away for free, but they are the first things I put out after hooking up with Wiz. They all have their own vibes and their own sounds though, so it’s hard to choose. I like ‘em all. >> JULY 2016


How do you feel about the success of your latest album, Hempire? What are you the happiest about with the record, and what were some of the biggest themes of the album? I’m just happy that we built something strong and it’s sticking—we did 11,000 the first week, and that’s bigger than what I’ve done before so I’m happy. I’m just really happy the people enjoy the music–not much has really changed, but the overall feedback is that people really like the album. If you can keep releasing music and people like it that’s really a plus—I didn’t really get anyone saying it’s the same old shit—everyone is really positive. A lot of big artists complimented my album. People are giving me mad props for this album.


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Have you been touring or playing shows lately? I am on tour right now, and I’ve been playing shows lately all across the world. We stay moving. There is a lot to look forward to in the future; I plan to be on the road a lot. What is your creative process like as far as writing and rapping? I write it down when I rap usually, but when I am in a different city around people I don’t really know, it motivates me to be dope and adapt to the city. The city I’m in and where I’m at definitely play a big part in what I write and how I create. You just opened a clothing and lifestyle store in the Bay Area, called Cookies. How did this come about?

The clothing store came from an online store we had for a few years. We sell men’s and women’s street wear and a whole line of creative smoke accessories, our own jars; and we carry a lot of other dope stuff as well. Mostly smoking accessories and clothing. Obviously the big rumor and story surrounding your career is that you helped invent the strain Girls Scout Cookies. How true is this rumor, and how involved were you in coming up with the name? My boy Jive created Girl Scout Cookies and I was there all along being an ambassador, trying to get the name out there. It’s a group effort. The Cookie fam definitely played a big role in that, but I was there from day one.

Is Girl Scout Cookies your favorite strain? Right now, my favorite strain is Gelato—it’s a Skunk and Cookie cross. How else have you been involved with the cannabis industry over the years? Every way possible. I ran a cannabis club when I was 18 years old; I’ve been an activist for it; I own a bunch of companies in that field; I have a partnership with RAW Papers; I’m in it every way I could picture it. I’ve got my hands in it all over the place (laughs). I also have my marijuana consulting business, which is going great. My Hemp2O water company is also doing really well, and the beverages are everywhere—711, CVS, Shell gas stations, etc. >>

How do you feel about changes to the cannabis industry since legalization began? It’s interesting—it’s very obvious that the feds and the government don’t know how to treat this yet, so they are just letting people open up with different rules in different states, but they are trying to figure out the best way to monetize it, and they don’t necessarily know how. People are watching to try and learn how this works. I think the whole venture capitalist shit is starting to get

annoying; at first it was exciting, but a lot of venture capitalists are coming around and picking people’s brains, getting a lot of knowledge and a lot of information for free and not following through with shit. A lot of real estate gurus and big banking guys—you can’t start a business with money that’s not in the bank and you can’t really put cannabis money in the bank, so you get a lot of these bigwigs who try and come in and help and they can take shit away real quick if they take your money; it’s kind of scary. We just

keep getting closer to legalization, though, which is what I hope is the main goal. How do you work cannabis into your creative process? Do you smoke while writing and rapping or only when relaxing and recreating? I smoke when I write, when I relax, when I eat and when I don’t eat. Right now, my homie just got in the room, and we smoked some Skittles. It’ll make our flavor different, and when I get tired I'll smoke some Snowman. >> JULY 2016


In the past, cannabis and rappers have always been negatively associated with criminal connotations, but that is changing a lot more now. Do you think you are helping with that, running your store, rapping about Cookies and being so visible? The number one thing people tell me when they meet and see me is, you motivate me to do something great;

you’re a good father; you’ve got your business right. I realize that everybody needs money to get their thing going, but we try not to support getting money in a way that’s not legit. I do rap and I do rap about weed, but I show publically that there are all kinds of things that got me good, so I definitely try to send a positive message. What do you have going on right now, in terms of music, selling clothing or other endeavors? I can’t even wrap it up in one sentence. There’s so much going on; I’ve got my hands in 20 different herbrelated projects. I’m just trying to work. I’m letting the Mexican in me come out right now (laughs). I’m just gonna stay working. What do you hope the future holds for your music and career? I’m trying to retire, but I want to be able to leave a legacy. When I pass away, I want people to care; I want people to know about it; I want people to reminisce on my music and what I did in this world. It’s just trying to find a way to make it last forever–Tupac is gonna be forever, Biggie’s gonna be forever, so the goal is to get to where I can be remembered forever somehow, whether it be through cannabis, the music or whatever. c


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A How-To Guide What You Need Dab Rig

Varying in size, this piece resembles a glass water pipe, however the glass bowl is replaced by a nail and glass dome.

Nail and Dome

A nail or skillet made from titanium, glass, quartz or ceramic. This hot plate is usually surrounded by an open-ended glass dome to help hold in the vaporized extract.

Heat Source

You need to secure a way to heat your nail. Electric nails are great, because the nail is its own heat source. Electric nails also appear much safer than the other popular alternative, which is a blowtorch. However, many still choose to safely use a blowtorch with caution and proper ventilation. An experienced friend is also a plus.


A ceramic, metal or glass tool used to manipulate cannabis concentrate and drop it onto nail/ skillet.

A Vaporizer Pen

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Vaporizer pens are a simple alternative to a dab rig, giving you a convenient and discreet way to vaporize your cannabis extracts while on the go. >>

Choosing the Right Concentrate Options are always a good thing, and when it comes to cannabis concentrates, the options are seemingly endless. From budder and hash to shatter and wax, these different forms of cannabis concentrates are all great for dabbing, while the best cannabis extract for vaporizer pens varies from pen to pen. Choose whatever cannabis extract is going to meet your needs, and be sure the concentrate will be easy to manipulate using a wand. For this reason, something sticky and pliable like budder, shatter or wax is going to work better than an oil when it comes to dabbing. On the other hand, you may have a pen that works best with oil. When buying a concentrate, you definitely want to keep in mind that a little bit of product goes a long way. A gram of cannabis flower is much less potent than a gram of concentrated cannabis. Always start small and build slowly from there.

Seasoning Your Nail If you have never used your nail before, you have a little preparation ahead of you before you can jump right in. You must “season” your nail, which means you need to burn any harmful fumes from the nail, such as machine oils or polishes. In this process, you want to carefully heat your nail while it is on the rig until the nail is near red hot. Do not overheat your nail. Next, you want to coat the usable part of the nail with some concentrate, and reheat the nail. Once the extract has burned away, use tongs to move the nail into a bowl of water. Let the nail cool, and repeat the process a few times.

How it Works Dab Rig Add an appropriate amount of water to your rig, just enough to filter the vapor. Take your metal or glass wand, and scoop up a small amount of cannabis concentrate onto the end. Put the nail onto the rig, and heat it either electronically or by safely using a blowtorch until it’s just shy of red hot. Then cover the nail with the glass dome. Carefully drop the concentrate onto the heated nail through the opening in the dome. When the cannabis compound hits the heated nail, it turns into a vapor. You will want to gently inhale the vapor through the water chamber of the rig and into your lungs. Prepare to feel instant effects.

Vaporizer Pen Depending upon the type of concentrate compatible with your vape pen, add a small amount of cannabis concentrate into the designated area on your pen. Most pens operate at a simple press of a button. If you’re looking for even more convenience, some collectives sell pre-filled vaporizer pens. c JULY 2016


The Benefits, the Drawbacks and the Facts of Vaping “According to a recent study by Chief Medical Officer Perry Solomon of HelloMD, legal consumer sales data indicates that 66 percent of people enjoy vaping and 71 percent prefer smoking the herb.”


by Addison Herron-Wheeler As time goes on, it seems that more and more patients, recreational users and legislators are leaning towards concentrated cannabis vs. actual flower. The new trend in legalization is to allow only vaping—no smoking, and many patients prefer vaping because it gives the needed medical dose in a quick and easy way. Similarly, recreational users favor it because they want to be able to vape discretely and save their lungs from inhaling unnecessary plant matter. But is this really the future of cannabis, or is an all-synthetic cannabis landscape problematic? According to a recent study by Chief Medical Officer Perry Solomon of HelloMD, legal consumer sales data indicates that 66 percent of people enjoy vaping and 71 percent prefer smoking the herb. The study also indicated that it is our younger generations that prefer vaping

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to smoking flower more frequently than older generations. Similarly, anecdotal data supports that more patients and recreational users are turning to vaping as a way to medicate or recreate more and more. Joshua Hindi of Dabble Extracts stated that he has seen a definite trend, as many of his cannabis consumers are purchasing extracts rather than flower. “There are several reasons why patients prefer vaping,” he explained. It’s substantially more discrete, and if you compare flowers and concentrate pound for pound, you probably need a gram of concentrate for an eight of flower. There’s also more likelihood that if users are with someone who isn’t familiar with the industry, they won’t know what the concentrate is—it’s substantially more discrete, and overall just a lot more convenient and a lot easier to use.” >> JULY 2016


“Concentrates are usually for the more experienced cannabis user or for people working with illnesses like cancer,” Jennifer Price of HelloMD told CULTURE, referring to the strength of the medicine for treating more serious conditions. Many patients seek concentrates like oils and tinctures for their severe ailments, which are much easier to take than a shatter or a wax. While flowers generally range between 10-15 percent THC, a concentrate roughly ranges 50-80 percent THC. However, with the everexpanding and evolving technological side of the cannabis industry, concentrates can be specified for ailments, giving patients only what they want and need. For example, patients can get tinctures that are only high CBD, or a shatter that is 30mg CBD and only 10mg THC. Note: The CBD concentrates are a good place for a newbie to begin. In addition to the medical benefits for patients, healthy recreational users can

degrees, according to The Dab Lab and Seibo Shen of VapeXhale. Though most consumers generally gravitate toward concentrates because of their discretion or their high potency, in recreational markets, the cannasseurs have drifted toward concentrates in search of “flavor hunting.” Cannasseurs who have been using cannabis recreationally or medicinally for a long time are often looking for new flavors and experiences when they smoke something. Ry Prichard from the The Denver Post and The Cannabist explains, “Because well-made concentrates provide concentrated flavor instead of being muddied up by the taste of burning plant material, a properly-done concentrate will provide the pure flavor of the terpenes in that strain, giving a tasting experience like none other,” he says. “If you’ve ever had a flower that smelled amazing but just didn’t taste that great, chances are that it would be much more appealing in concentrate form.”

“In a society that is becoming increasingly digital, fast-paced, and clean, it is no surprise that concentrates are fitting right in as the new and sleek way to use cannabis.”

also benefit from trying concentrates instead. The fact that vapers can avoid inhaling unnecessary plant matter such as pesticides, contaminants and residual solvents, and are only combusting THC or CBD, is a good way to help keep lungs clear and avoid the perils of traditional smoking. It is important however, to keep the issue of temperature at the forefront of your concentrate curiosity. Often times, cannasseurs turn up the heat on their vaporizers to produce an extra thick vapor or smoke, mostly for show. But, this can cause benzene production, which is a carcinogen. Benzene can be found in things like car exhaust and tobacco. Cannabis tends to produce low benzene levels, according to a 1986 study which found that benzene levels in cannabis consumers are lower than those of tobacco consumers, but higher than non-smokers. However, the chemical can still be released when consumers heat their product over 365

“While some people have a preference of an extract’s consistency, what’s important to many people is the solvent used and how compatible that extract is with their preferred consumption method,” Washington-based cannabis advocate and Leafly’s Engagement Specialist, Bailey Rahn explains. “Most concentrates are extracted using CO2, butane, hydrocarbons, propane, water, alcohol, and heat. Solventless extracts made using water (e.g., hash) or heat (e.g., rosin) are excellent choices for those wary of how consuming solvents might affect them.” Gearing more toward concentrates could eliminate health problems associated with smoking and some of the stigma of using cannabis, as vaping is better for patients as well as those who want to recreate in public discretely. However, just because this form of imbibing is gaining popularity and has a lot of benefits, does not mean it is time to out flower completely.

“I find people are moving towards concentrate more today because of all the interesting things happening with them,” added Kelsey Liedman, store manager for Colorado dispensary Verde Natural. “CO2 extractions, adding terpenes for flavors and so much more. It’s new and exciting for many of us out there. However, there’s nothing better than rolling up some sticky, stinky flower and sharing it with your closest friends. As long as you’re doing the research on the grow methodology, source material, strains and extraction methods, it’s simply a personal preference.” In a society that is becoming increasingly digital, fast-paced, and clean, it is no surprise that concentrates are fitting right in as the new and sleek way to use cannabis. However, the cannabis flower can still offer many insights for research and benefits to the smoking experience and is a classic way to imbibe that some people will always love a little bit more. c


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Trouble in Paradise Hawaiian cannabis activists sue to stop local collectives Medical cannabis has been legal in the state of Hawaii since 2000, when its legislature became the first in the U.S. to allow seriously ill patients to use the plant under Act 228. Last year, the state decided that it would expand access to patients and caregivers by passing House Bill 321, now Act 241, which will allow eight collectives to legally operate on the islands, with the possibility of running two collectives each. In turn, it will grant convenient access to caregivers and patients who are unable to grow plants due to disabilities. The act will also prevent counties from enacting zoning regulations that show bias towards collectives and will allow transportation of medical cannabis in any public place by a caregiver, patient collective or production center. The act took effect immediately on January 1, with the intent of collectives opening their doors by July 15. This expansion, however, is not sitting well with cannabis activist Mike Ruggles, who according to West Hawaii Today is facing charges for selling cannabis from an illegally run collective. In attempt to stop the collectives from opening under Act 241, Ruggles decided to file a lawsuit against state officials. The suit was filed 38

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by Ruggles on June 9 in U.S. District Court under the pretense that Act 241 violates federal law and should be overturned. Ruggles also argued that Hawaii’s new collective system seeks to phase out home growing amongst caregivers and patients. Under Act 178, which is essentially a 2013 revision of Act 228, caregivers and patients are allowed to grow seven plants regardless of maturity. Act 241, would eliminate the state’s caregiver program by 2018, which legislator sees as a way to completely illuminate the black market. “Next year, no more caregivers. Year after that, patients won’t be able to grow at all,” Ruggles stated. “They’re trying to make money off of the backs of sick and poor people.” Ruggles’ suit lists Governor David Ige, State Health Director Virginia Pressler, State Attorney General Douglas Chin and the four approved collectives as defendants in the case. A spokeswoman for Ige stated that neither the Department of Health nor the Attorney General have been served stating, “Once it is served, we will have to review it before taking appropriate action.” State legislature agrees that the act is “imperfect” and proposed House Bill 2707 on the last day of the legislative session, which occurred on May 5. This bill does make an attempt to salvage Hawaii’s caregiver program. According to Hawaii Tribune Herald, HB-2707 would establish a medical cannabis advisory committee, clarify certain tax provisions and clarify that patients will not be convicted for being in possession of cannabis paraphernalia, amongst other clarifications. Nothing is written in

“ . . . HB-2707 would establish a medical cannabis advisory committee, clarify certain tax provisions and clarify that patients will not be convicted for being in possession of cannabis paraphernalia, amongst other clarifications.” HB-2707 that would give caregivers the continued right to grow cannabis. While the intent of the act is being scrutinized by Ruggles, prior to this incident, Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawaii Executive Director, Carl Bergquist stated, “In developing Act 241, lawmakers conducted a rigorous review of the 15-year-old program, seeking reports from the State auditor, studying recommendations from the Dispensary Task Force, and hearing direct input from the public. Eightyeight percent of Hawaii voters support safe, legal access to medication for Hawaii’s registered patients statewide, and now, thanks to this diligent effort, the Legislature has listened.” Currently, there are 3,000 caregivers in the state of Hawaii and 13,000 registered medical cannabis patients. Marijuana Business Daily says that the state’s caregivers serve as competition for the newly instated collectives because they have built personal relationships with patients, something that will take collectives some time to accomplish. c JULY 2016



Testing the Varieties: Part 6


by Ed Rosenthal

Last month, the winter garden was still hanging, taking a long time between drying and curing. Now they are all properly dried and are hanging out in glass jars. The buds were tested using infrared light to determine percentages of cannabinoids. We tested for heated THC and heated CBD for a number of different strains. The THC levels were not high. The main reason is that the plants were receiving only a moderate amount of light during flowering. The total hours of light averaged only about 10.5 hours daily. The winter and early spring sunlight received was weak and mostly indirect. This was supplemented with six hours of HPS light, still too little to produce maximum bud development and to reach THC potential. THC levels differed greatly between strains, showing the relative THC/CBD potentials of the varieties. Except for specialty varieties, all had very little CBD. Varieties differ in effects because they have different ratios of terpenes (odor molecules that affect mood and have medical qualities). About eight weeks ago, I picked up five plants, transplanted them and then let them grow in the greenhouse. They were under lights for an extended period JULY 2016

each day, long enough to prevent them from flowering. About four weeks ago, the supplemental lighting was turned off and the plants started to flower. A couple weeks later, the plants were showing the slightest sign of temptation to turn vegetative, some leaf growth and a slight stretching of bud. I had to take action immediately to prevent the plants from returning to a vegetative state. The solution was to increase their dark time to 12 hours or more each day. I decided to use a 5’ x 9’ “utility frame” built for a previous project and covered it using a high grade reinforced opaque polyethylene film. “Panda plastic” is colored white on one side and black on the other. The frame was wrapped white side out, reflecting sunlight to keep the interior cool. The black interior absorbs any stray light that enters. No light entered when the

The dark chamber is used to prolong the dark period, promoting flowering.

flaps were closed. Each of the five plants were in five gallon soft containers, sitting in 4’ x 8’ trays and placed on top of a moving caster, for easy mobility. Each evening towards the end of dusk, the plants are pushed into the dark chamber. Yesterday, that occurred at 9 pm . In the morning, bright and early at 11am , the flaps are opened and the plants are wheeled into sunlight. They receive about 11 hours of light and 13 hours of darkness daily. The long dark time promotes flower ripening. The first of the five plants, a Rom-Grapefruit, is almost ripe. In the last two weeks, it transformed from a softy to a hard ripe bud bulging with trichomes. The other four plants will ripen within the next week or two. The dark chamber is a convenient addition to my tool chest of growing supplies and I intend to use it again for my next crop. c

The flaps are up and the plants are about to emerge.

The tray is resting on a moving caster, making it easy to push around the yard during the day allowing the plants catch the best rays as well as avoid shade.

When you are growing plants in containers with wheels, it’s easy to move them around. Even large plants can be moved without too much effort. This can become an important factor as the position of the sun changes over the season. Parts of the garden that were in sun early in the day or earlier in the season often become shaded later on. Moveable plants can always be in a sunny position.

Copyright by Ed Rosenthal. All rights are reserved. First North American Magazine rights only are assigned to culture Magazine. No other reproduction of this material is permitted without the specific written permission of the author/copyright holder.

The plants are basking in the sun.

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Geneva and Bern, Switzerland Flower in Summer






by Sheryll Alexander


Geneva and Bern are Switzerland’s top cannabis-friendly travel destinations, especially in the summer months when toking for the country’s estimated half million medical cannabis patients and recreational users go outdoors during this central European country’s short warm season. In the ’90s and up until a famous bust in 2005, a loophole in Swiss law allowed hemp farmers to grow high-THC flowers (along with fiber and seeds for industrial and artisan hemp-based products). But sadly, long gone are the days when tourists could just stroll through

Switzerland’s urban centers or tiny medieval towns to find a “hemp shop” or “smoke shop.” In 2013, cannabis possession (under 10 grams) was famously decriminalized. However, a recent announcement from Swiss officials this spring reveals the government is gearing up for a “pilot project” in four cities (Geneva, Bern, Zurich and Basel) to legally sell small amounts of medical cannabis to authorized patients. Geneva (or Genève) is the mostly French speaking, yet multinational urban center (The UN and The Red Cross

are headquartered here) as well as the country’s financial center. Situated at the very southern tip of Lake Geneva, where the mighty Rhone River empties, Geneva becomes almost like a beach zone in summer as city is surrounded by miles of lake-front parks. With sweeping views of The Alps and The Jura Mountains in the distance, locals and tourists alike relax, play and dip in these cold lake waters during summer’s hottest days. Bern may be the capital of Switzerland, but it feels more like a village caught in a medieval time warp. Cannabis culture is very much alive in Bern, and politicians are even considering selling cannabis flowers and THC-laced products at pharmacies. Tourism in Bern is at its peak in the summer months as this vibrant city is a designated UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site. Not only does Bern boast one of the world’s first moving time clocks, but also one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe along with hundreds of other historic buildings, fountains, museums, parks and towers. c


Time to Go: Summer Weather: Light sweater weather with occasional showers. Budget: $$$$$

if you go: Switzerland famously decriminalized cannabis in 2012, which was implemented in October 2013, and allows for anyone 18+ to carry 10 grams or less of cannabis flowers. This important “federal” law unified Switzerland’s previous patchwork of regional policies. Caught with more than 10 grams (or selling any amount), stiff fines and potential prison time is enforced. Growing and selling cannabis is also illegal at the moment although Swiss farmers and cannabis advocates are battling against the pro-pharma system.

Fun-Filled Facts Bern is known in summer for perhaps the most fun and most unusual water recreation in Switzerland. Locals and tourists literally jump into the icy waters of the fastflowing Aare River, which runs right through the town, and float down in a state of summertime bliss. 1

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Perhaps the best jazz music festival on the planet happens every summer (July 1-16) in nearby Montreux. An hour’s drive of Geneva along a breathtakingly scenic route of 45-mile-long Lac Leman, The Montreux Jazz Festival and its stunning shoreline location attracts tens of thousands of jazz lovers and some of the world’s top jazz musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Simply Red, JeanMichel Jarre and Patti Smith. 2


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Linda Krystal Lopez







Age: 26 Condition/Illness: Cervical Cancer, Epilepsy, Severe Anxiety

Why did you start using medical cannabis? I started using medical cannabis in early 2013, when I was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer. Later that year, I was diagnosed with late onset epilepsy due to the stress on my body. The epilepsy caused several chronic issues such as insomnia, depression and neuropathy. I was wheelchair- and walkerbound for quite a while. The prescription pills were also causing more harm than good. I decided to go on a strict diet, and made sure to consume as much CBD based products as possible as well as smoke to relieve the pain, stress and regain my appetite. I went into full remission in September 2014; however, I use CBD daily still, to prevent any further cancer. Now, I am able to do all the things I was able to do before my illnesses set in. Did you try other methods or treatments before cannabis? For the cancer, chemo and radiation were offered

to me as well as a full hysterectomy. I immediately declined. I tried some of the basic medications given to epileptic patients, but they were causing neuropathy and pulling my appetite. I lost about 20 pounds in only a matter of months. If it weren’t for this holistic form of healing, I don’t know where I’d be health wise, but I am not sure it would have been pleasant for me. What’s the most important issue or problem facing medical cannabis patients? I think the biggest issue would be the accessibility and lack of knowledge. General physicians and specialists seem to not give proper information or for the most part not even advocate this safe and effective way of healing. I’ve personally experienced a doctor telling a family member of mine that medical marijuana and CBD is only for nausea. I think patients should always be given options and different forms of help. What do you say to folks who are skeptical about cannabis as medicine? I’d say to do some proper research. Talk to advocates, speak to survivors. Research the proven medical benefits. Be open minded. Don’t just dismiss something you know nothing about. Meet patients going holistic and hear the positive responses. If we all become open minded, we can make a change and save or improve some lives. Being a survivor and being able to help is a blessing and I will continue to advocate and share my story! c

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Summertime Sous Vide Menu: Medicated Shrimp and Mango Fresh Rolls Infused Olive Oil Lemon Curd

I created Sous Weed while I was at Nomiku, a company that makes the smallest sous vide device for precise temperature cooking. I found that the sous vide method lends itself perfectly to cannabis cooking. It’s easy to set up, safe, precise and discreet. The cannabis is sealed in a jar and placed underwater, so there’s absolutely no smell, and you no longer need to babysit a stovetop. Sous vide is French for “under vacuum,” and is a cooking process where you cook food in a temperature-controlled water bath in airtight containers (usually either plastic bags or glass). This process cooks the item evenly and helps to retain moisture. I make lightly medicated meals to enhance my day, manage my chronic lower back pain and reduce stress. Here are some of my favorite recipes for summer.

Makes 1 1/3 cups

Infused Olive Oil Lemon Curd Ingredients: 6 tablespoons cannabis-infused olive oil 3/4 cup granulated sugar Juice of 3 lemons (I used Pink Lemons) 2 tablespoon lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 5 egg yolks


Warm infused olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat until you see bubbles. Remove pan from heat and whisk in sugar, lemon juice, zest and salt until all is uniform. Whisk in egg yolks until smooth. Place egg mixture back on low heat, whisking constantly until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Immediately pour lemon curd into a clean jar and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.


Monica Lo is an activist and photographer working to change public perception of cannabis users. Monica is the creator of Sous Weed, co-founder of WeedHorn, the co-creator of Asian Americans for Cannabis Education, and a photo contributor at Stock Pot Images. Monica has many years of experience in food styling and photography. She has trained at The Institute of Culinary Education in NYC and with Andrew Scrivani from the New York Times. Monica just wrapped a photo shoot for a Sous Vide at Home cookbook with Ten Speed Press and Nomiku, slated for a November 2016 launch. Monica has also cooked and shot with Top Chef Mei Lin, Dara the Bow Girl from MasterChef Junior, Opening Ceremony, Chef Jacques La Merde, and has been featured on PopSugar.

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Sous Weed (Sous Vide) Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil

Legal Disclaimer Publishers of this publication are not making any representations with respect to the safety or legality of the use of medical marijuana. The recipes listed here are for general entertainment purposes only, and are intended for use only where medical marijuana is not a violation of state law. Edibles can vary in potency while a consumers’ weight, metabolism and eating habits may affect effectiveness and safety. Ingredient management is important when cooking with cannabis for proper dosage. Please consume responsibly and check with your doctor before consumption to make sure that it is safe to do so.

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t Additional recipe can be found at

Makes 5 rolls

Ingredients for Dipping Sauce:

5 round spring roll rice paper wrappers 1 teaspoon sesame seeds 2 tablespoon medicated olive oil 10 large cooked shrimp, peeled and sliced in half length-wise 1 Persian cucumber, julienned 1 avocado, sliced 1/2 large mango, sliced 1/4 cup mixed greens Handful mint leaves

3 tablespoons peanut butter 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon medicated olive oil 1 garlic clove, mashed 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 teaspoon sriracha


*Note: Mangoes have the same myrcene and terpenes found in cannabis. When you consume cannabis and eat a mango, the psychoactive ingredient THC will interact with the terpenes and enhance the effects.



Place sliced shrimp in a small bowl and toss well with sesame seeds, medicated olive oil and a pinch of salt. Next, soften the rice paper by filling a large bowl with warm water. Dip one rice paper very carefully and let it soften for 20-30 seconds. Lay rice paper flat on a clean cloth and start arranging mint leaves, 3-4 shrimp halves, 1 avocado slice, 2 mango slices, 2 cucumber strips and mixed greens. Fold the sides inwards towards the stuffing and then tightly roll the rice paper. The fresh roll should resemble a little burrito. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients. To prepare the sauce, blend all ingredients together. Serve your medicated fresh rolls immediately!

Makes 16 oz

Sous Weed (Sous Vide) Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil Ingredients:


Pour olive oil in two 12 ounce mason jars. It is important to use jars specific to canning, so please, no repurposed mayo jars. Inspect the jar for cracks. A freezer-safe zip bag may be used as well. Decarboxylate your cannabis to activate the THC. After decarboxylation, pour the cannabis into each jar of olive oil. Seal the jars finger tight. Set your sous vide water bath to 85˚C (185˚F). Once the sous vide water bath has reached its temp, gently place the jars in the water bath. Sous vide for 4 hours. Remove from water bath and strain. Discard the clippings and allow the infused olive oil to cool. Store in a cool dark place, and use at will. JULY 2016



16 oz extra virgin olive oil 1 oz cannabis clippings/trim or flowers (add more or less depending on desired potency)




Ingredients for Fresh Rolls:


Medicated Shrimp and Mango Fresh Rolls


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News of the

Weird LEAD STORY—Jail Is Hell u The eye-catching Vietnamese model and Playboy (Venezuela edition) Playmate Angie Vu complained to the New York Daily News in April that her five-plus months in jail in Brooklyn have been “torture” and “cruel” because of her lack of access to beauty care. Vu is fighting extradition to France for taking her 9-yearold daughter in violation of the father’s custody claim and is locked up until a federal judge rules. Among her complaints: “turning pale” in the “harsh light”; lack of “Guerlain’s moisturizer”; inability to look at herself for months (because glass mirrors are prohibited);

and “worrying” about being hit on by “lesbians” (thus causing “wrinkles”). At least, she told the reporter, she has found God in jail and passes time reading the Bible. QUESTIONABLE JUDGMENTS u Chef Mahbub Chowdhury pleaded guilty in April to food and hygiene violations in Swindon (England) Magistrates Court after inspectors found “brown fingerprints” in the kitchen at his Yeahya Flavour of Asia carry-out restaurant. Chowdhury was candid about his “cultural” habit of bypassing toilet paper and using his hand to clean himself. The plastic bottle with the fingerprints, Chowdbury said, contained water that he normally used instead of the toilet paper, and his lawyer argued that since the bottle was never actually lab-tested, the brown spots could have been “spices.”

u England’s Brighton and Hove City Council, striving to be progressive, issued a directive to parents of new school students (kids as young as age 4) calling on them to mark the gender identity they prefer—and notes that any child who identifies as other than male or female should leave the space blank and consult with officials individually. (Critics, according to The Sun, expressed that school should be for “developing” such identities without the necessity of declaring them so early in life). UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT u “Zero tolerance” claimed another victim, in Charlotte, North Carolina, in April, when Jaden Malone, 12, came to his bullied friend’s aid, was knocked down himself and repeatedly punched in the head by the bully, and pushed the boy off of him to avoid further damage—but was himself suspended for three days by his charter school Invest Collegiate. A school official pointed out that the bully got five days, and besides, the policy against “all” physical violence is very clear. (After having Jaden treated for a concussion, his mother promptly withdrew him from the school). u Ms. Madi Barney, 20, courageously publicly reported her own rape accusation recently in Provo, Utah, and as a result has been disciplined as a student at Brigham Young University for allegedly violating the school’s “honor code.” (She is barred from withdrawing from courses or reregistering). Whether the sex was consensual must be investigated by Provo police, but BYU officials said they had heard enough to charge Barney with the no-no of premarital


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sex. (Critics decried the advantage BYU thus gives rapists of BYU females— since the women face the additional fear of university reprisals irrespective of the criminal case). LATEST RELIGIOUS MESSAGES u Idaho’s law protecting fundamentalist faith healers regained prominence recently in the case of Mariah Walton, 20, who was born with a routinely repairable heart defect but who received only prayer and herbs because of her parents’ religious rejection of doctors. Walton’s nowirreversible damage leaves her frail and dependent on portable oxygen, and she will likely need lung and heart transplants to survive. Idaho and five other states immunize parents from criminal prosecution if they reject medical care on the ground of religious teachings. u Latest From Evangelicals: (1) Christian political activist David Barton told his “WallBuilders” radio audience recently that Disney’s anthropomorphic characters (e.g., Bambi) are simply gateways to kids’ learning Babylonian pagan worship. (2) Brooklyn, New York, “prophet” Yakim Manasseh Jordan told followers recently that he has arranged with God to bring people back from the dead if they—cheerfully— offer a “miracle favor cloud” of gifts as low as $1,000. (3) James David Manning, chief pastor of the Atlah Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem, in a recent online sermon, stepped up his usual anti-gay rhetoric, warning “sodomites” that God would soon send flames “coming out of your butthole.” (A gay and transgender support group is fundraising to buy Atlah’s building and set up a shelter). JULY 2016


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