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At The Height of Success Whoopi Goldberg is one woman who needs no introduction—read what she has to say about her line of cannabis products for women and the future of the industry. O n t he C O V E R :

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Gift Guide

CULTURE provides you with some of the best gifts to "wow" your family and friends this holiday.





Altruistic Aid Cannabis businesses continue to prove that they are not causing the homelessness problem—in fact, they are part of the solution.


Art Through Inspiration Bellingham-native Linnea Hoover is a talented fine artist who appreciates how cannabis influences her thought process.

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Justice and E q ua l i t y


his month’s issue is one of CULTURE’s best. First and foremost, we scored an exclusive interview with the one and only Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg gracing the cover of our magazine is iconic for many reasons. Goldberg’s name has been synonymous with cannabis advocacy before it became trendy for celebrities to openly embrace the plant, let alone venture into the world of cannabis entrepreneurship as Goldberg has. Between her countless awards for acting and being the most recognizable actress in modern history to embrace cannabis, there is no person we would rather feature on the cover as we wrap up 2017. Goldberg isn’t just famous for being a cannabis entrepreneur and esteemed actress. She is an activist who has helped to pave the way for other women and people of color on the silver screen and in business. While she has succeeded and made a name for herself over the course of her career, there is still much progress to be had to ensure justice and equality for people of color. Unfortunately, institutionalized racism continues to target minorities in so many facets of American society, with incarceration for cannabis-related offenses still disproportionately affecting people of color serving as just one example. Recent evidence of this was published last month in a Policy Brief by Partnership for the Public Good, which found that Black, African American and Latinx people made up 80 percent of low-level cannabis possession charges in New York State in 2016, while it was reported these groups only made up 31.1 percent of the state’s population, according to the United States Census Bureau.



These facts are appalling. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a letter from Birmingham City Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” People in the cannabis industry must remain dedicated to not only ending racism, but also making the changes necessary to ensure those who have been disadvantaged by the “War on Drugs” are given the opportunities they deserve to succeed. Much like Goldberg said in her interview with CULTURE in regards to the representation of women and people of color in cannabis business and the silver screen, “ . . . lots of things have changed, lots of things have not.” Even though we have moved forward, there are still miles and miles for us to go in terms of progress. Take a moment to recognize the people in the industry who are driving us toward positive change. Support politicians who acknowledge and work to change racial disparity in our nation. Most importantly, let’s continue to support and celebrate the power that we each have at an individual level to demand a more equitable future for each and every human on Earth. On behalf of CULTURE, we hope you have a beautiful holiday season with your family and friends, and don’t forget to continue fighting the good fight and loving your neighbors. c


Jamie Solis Editor-in-Chief





Washington State Department of Agriculture to Play a Role in Lab Certification Emails obtained via the Washington Public Records Act have shed light on recent actions from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), which oversees the regulation of cannabis testing labs, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). On August 4, Deputy Director Kirk Robinson emailed the

LCB, requesting funding for a new cannabis lab certification program. Robinson emailed the LCB again on August 31, indicating that a lab certification program is moving forward. A spokesman for the WSDA could not reveal any details other than confirm that the WSDA would be playing a “role” in lab certification management. The WSDA has already participated in some of the LCB’s duties, including a partnership earlier this year to test for illegal pesticides. Meanwhile, the WSDA will appoint someone to a “cannabis coordinator” position, according to the leaked emails.

Board Seeks Input on Cannabis Advertising Rules Before Public Hearings The LCB is seeking input from the public on proposed amendments to its cannabis advertising rules prior to a public hearing scheduled for January 10, 2018, in Olympia. The changes would include a ban on false or misleading information on cannabis labeling and advertising, as well as a ban on some

New York Governor Signs Bill to Add PTSD as Qualifying Condition On November 11, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed five bills supporting veterans. One bill in particular, Senate Bill S5629, added Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to New York’s list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. “Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon and it is our duty to do everything we can to support them



promotional giveaways and coupons. “The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board would like your input on the attached proposed amendments to Marijuana Advertising Rules in Chapter 31455 WAC,” the board released in a statement. “These proposed rules are to implement recent changes to advertising by marijuana businesses in state law (RCW 69.50.369).” Public input will be accepted by fax, email or traditional mail through January 10. Additional requirements would include labels that warn against impaired driving and underage consumption.

when they return home,” Cuomo stated. “From improving access to healthcare treatments and services, to removing barriers to employment, all five of these bills take important steps to ensure that veterans have every opportunity to continue succeeding when they return home.” In addition, Cuomo launched a new series of license plates honoring the 770,000 military veterans that call New York home. An estimated 19,000 of those veterans suffer from PTSD and could benefit from having access to medical cannabis.



The number of years that legal recreational cannabis has been available in Washington: (source: KOMO News)


The estimated amount of cannabis sales revenue, in billions of dollars, that was collected in Washington State between January and September 2017: (Source:


The amount of land, in acres, that is being used to cultivate Washington’s first modern-day hemp harvest: (Source: KUOW)


The approximate number of cannabis businesses currently operating in unincorporated areas of Yakima County: (Source: U.S. News)


The amount of money, in millions of dollars, that is planned to fund development for a new hemp processing plant in western Kentucky: (Source: WKMS)


The number of companies that have already applied for permission to cultivate cannabis in Denmark: (Source: The Copenhagen Post)


The estimated percentage of government employees who work in Washington D.C. and have purchased legal cannabis: (Source: Forbes)


Winterfest 2017 WHEN: Fri, Nov. 24-Mon, Jan. 1, 2018 WHERE: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle WEBSITE:

Seattle Center’s Winterfest provides over a month of festive and fun activities for those looking to get into the holiday spirit. Winterfest will feature live performances and various student showcases on weekends throughout the event. The festival will open with a Holiday Harmony Performance and conclude by ringing in the New Year with fireworks 14


and a dance party. Winterfest will also showcase various ice sculptures, with one full day dedicated to ice carving mastery, while ice-skating and the popular Winter Train & Village exhibit provide fun for the whole family. With various activities that change every day, Winterfest provides a gift for the community that keeps on giving. (Tyler Shultz)





“The Commissioners wanted to judge the sentiments of the citizens.”

Closing Doors Unincorporated Yakima County bans cannabis businesses By Emily Manke


nincorporated Yakima County is not a friendly place for cannabis businesses. Recently, residents voted in favor of Proposition 1, which maintains a ban on cannabis businesses in the region. The original ban was put in place by the Board of Yakima County Commissioners without a vote due to the fact that when Initiative 502 passed in 2012, nearly 60 percent of the voters in this region voted against cannabis legalization. Cannabis advocates were confident that seeing all the money to be made, and the lack of harm from legal cannabis would change voters’ opinions on the matter. That was not the case however, and when the ballot results came back in November, cannabis advocates in the region were not pleased. The ban was upheld, and since the ban has now been voted into place, the County Commissioners can now allocate funds to shut down existing businesses.



This means that cannabis businesses that have invested in that region will have to relocate, shut down or be willing to shell out a lot of money for legal defense. In a time when employment is hard to come by in rural areas, it’s unfortunate that a region would choose to shut down good opportunities for local residents. CULTURE asked County Commissioner Rand Elliott why Proposition 1 was on the ballot. Elliott replied, “The Commissioners wanted to judge the sentiments of the citizens.” When asked what this vote meant for existing cannabis businesses, Elliot wrote, “[T]hey have been and are out of compliance with our zoning ordinance.” Among over 20 cannabis businesses, mostly producer/processors, who were impacted by this ban were producer/ processors Greenzone in Selah and Sticky Budz outside Zillah. Jamie Muffett, owner of Sticky Budz, told the Yakima Herald that Sticky Budz would “continue doing what we’ve done the last three years, continue to do business, to operate our business.” As other cannabis businesses in the country flourish and grow, perhaps residents of unincorporated Yakima County will see what they’re missing out on and decide to come around. In the meantime, it looks like the cannabis producers/processors in unincorporated Yakima County may face long legal battles in the future. It’s unfortunate when one county tries to keep its residents from the progress others throughout the state enjoy. c

Xtreme New Year’s Theater sportsTM Party Seattle’s only fast-paced comedy improv battle, Xtreme TheatersportsTM splits 20 improvisers into four different teams as the audience gives scores to which team is the most hilarious. Get ready to enjoy an evening of laughter like never before, induced by a variety of local comedians. Teams will compete from 10 until almost midnight when the countdown to the New Year begins. Gifts will be given out and hats, streamers and other New Year’s Eve decorations will be available to help guests celebrate and ring in the New Year. End the night of laughter and fun with a special Champagne toast as the ball drops at midnight and 2018 finally arrives. (Tyler Shultz) WHEN: Sun, Dec. 31 WHERE: Unexpected Productions Improv, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle WEBSITE: www.






Strength of the mark;

2. Proximity of the goods; 3. Similarity of the marks; 4. Evidence of actual confusion; 5. Marketing channels used; 6. Type of goods and the degree of care likely to be exercised by the purchaser; 7. Defendant’s intent in selecting the mark; and 8. Likelihood of expansion of the product lines.

Protect Yourself Don’t become the next cannabis trademark infringement statistic By Alison Malsbury


wo prominent cannabis companies have been in the news lately for having been sued for trademark infringement by well-known brands. Earlier this year, the Gorilla Glue Company filed a trademark infringement case against GG Strains LLC, a Nevada-based cannabis company. The case, in which Gorilla Glue company, a prominent manufacturer of a variety of adhesives sold under the “Gorilla” brand and distinctive logo, alleged trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition and cybersquatting, recently settled. Gorilla Glue alleged that by marketing its strains under “confusingly similar” names, GG Strains was trading off the goodwill and reputation established by Gorilla Glue over the course of 23 years. Shortly after the Gorilla Glue case settled, news broke that Tapatío Foods LLC, the famous American hot sauce brand, had filed two separate complaints against TCG Industries, LLC (d/b/a Payaso Grow), alleging federal trademark infringement, federal and state unfair competition, 18


and dilution. TCG has a cannabisinfused hot sauce called “Trapatío” that bears an image of a “man in [a] sombrero, yellow shirt, and red tie” that is (according to Tapatío) “confusingly similar” to Tapatío’s trademarked images. These two cases illustrate the importance of choosing a brand that doesn’t infringe an existing trademark registration. Most business owners know that they cannot flagrantly copy another brand, word for word. But the standard for trademark infringement is actually significantly lower. Not only can you not use a mark that is the same as a registered trademark, you cannot use a mark that is confusingly similar to a registered trademark. Understanding the standard for assessing “likelihood of confusion” can be helpful for knowing which marks to avoid when developing your brand. United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (which sets the law on this for Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) in AMF Inc. v. Sleekcraft Boats, developed an eightfactor test for determining whether one mark is confusingly similar to another. Here are those eight factors:

Some of these factors are clear-cut, and some are highly subjective. The Ninth Circuit has repeatedly reaffirmed that this is a flexible test, but it is useful to consider these factors when choosing a name for your brand that may be similar to another registered mark. For example, if the other, similar mark is a well-known brand, or a household name, your risk of infringement goes up. If the goods you are selling are similar to the goods provided by the other brand, your risk goes up. Likewise, if the marks are very similar, if similar marketing channels are used, or if either company intends to expand into the market of the other, your risk of infringement goes up. You’ll notice that the court also considers the intent of the defendant. This means that if you knew from the outset that your mark was similar to a registered mark, the court is less likely to look favorably on your case. In both of the aforementioned cases, the intent of the defendant would likely have been a factor weighing heavily in favor of the plaintiffs. It would be tough for GG Strains or TCG to make a case that they weren’t intentionally referencing and playing off of the brands of the well-known plaintiff companies. Before adopting a new brand name, it’s important to consult with an experienced trademark attorney and also to perform a trademark clearance search to ensure your brand won’t be upon infringing any existing registrations. This recent increase in cannabis trademark litigation is only an indication of what’s to come as the cannabis industry continues to grow. c








store highlight

Gypsy Greens

Interviewed: Raffelina Reyes, A.K.A. Raffe Gypsy Greens Manager - Chehalis

1570 N National Ave., Chehalis | (360) 996-4030 234 Division St. Northwest, Olympia | (360) 943-9338

How would you describe your store? We are a recreational cannabis shop that is building its 420 family in the community. What is your specialty? Gypsy Greens’ specialty is our customer service. We are [members of] a team who pride ourselves 22

on customer service and putting smiles on our customers’ faces. We listen to our customers’ needs, and together we can figure out what best product fits for their individual lifestyle. What do you offer consumers/clients that others don’t? Gypsy Greens has so many


specials to offer from daily to weekly promotions. [Such as ] Daily $6 Joint, Wax Wednesday [and] Shatter days (Saturday sale on oil/wax). We also have Toca Thursday and Stoner Sunday at our Chehalis location only, [and] we keep up with our WeedMaps menu so that our customers know what our daily inventory is. What words of advice would you offer anyone seeking to enter the world of cannabis business? My advice to anyone who would like to get into the cannabis industry is to be passionate and honest about you. Educate yourself, and don’t underestimate all the handwork and common sense that you will need

to be a positive person in the cannabis industry. A “stoner professional” is the term I use to describe my professional status in the cannabis industry. What are the goals and vision moving forward for your company? Where do you see your company in five years? My vision is to allow my company to continue to grow in a positive direction. I would love a bigger space so that I can give my 420 family the best selection a shop can have to offer. What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry? It’s simple—I want to have the number one shop in Washington. c




strain, edible & concentrate

Non-Dairy Creamer by GaGa With all of the options for edibles now available on the market, cannabis-friendly holiday gatherings in Washington are sure to get lit. One new edible product that is worth getting excited about this holiday season is GaGa’s Non-Dairy Creamer. The discreet and attractively packaged product will surely be a hit at any gathering. The creamer, which comes in a powdered form, will come in flavors Original, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Caramel, Mocha and Irish Cream. The package comes with 10 pouches containing 10mg of THC in each packet, so you can make your tasty, hot holiday beverages with as much or as little THC as you’d like. You can make everyone’s drink to order, according to tolerance. The product is easy to use, blends right in your hot beverage, and it tastes delicious. No discernable cannabis flavor is present, just delicious creamy goodness. Not only is it a steady, reliable provider of a dose of THC, but it’s a great creamer as well! It is perfect for a gift, party favor, stocking stuffer or just to have in the cabinet at home.

Available wherever: GaGa products are carried.

Sunny G by GabrielTM

Available at: Green Collar Cannabis in Tacoma.

It’s nice when cannabis brands take a chance with their product branding and go big. The label for this Sunny G has a retro vintage vibe with bright chrome tinted colors. The packaging still managed to look elegant and simple even with this flashy touch. As soon as you lift up that rubber stopper the musky, orange scented goodness comes at you. The flower is a remarkable dark purple color with hues of dark green blended in. Crystals are literally dripping off this lovely flower, and its prominent trichomes are a sight to behold. A water pipe and vaporizer were used to enjoy the Sunny G, and enjoy it we did. With its unmistakable spicy, sweet citrus flavor, Sunny G will be a treat for anyone who loves cannabis. According to the brand’s website, Sunny G was bred from a Gummo mother and a Sherbet male, resulting in a super hybrid that offers the best of both worlds. Relaxing, but doesn’t knock you off your feet, this flower is perfect for any application.

Master Platinum Kush by HempKings With this impressive flower, HempKings continues to prove the regal nature of its famed products. Large, dense, expertly cured buds make this flower standout among even the best of the best. Once you pop this baby open, you’ll be entranced by its powerful Kush scent. When you break into those humongous nugs, that fragrance will stand out all the more. This cross between Master Kush and Platinum OG is a supreme indica, with all the relaxing and pain relieving benefits that a true indica provides. The CULTURE team used a water pipe and flower vaporizer to sample this delectable flower. The effects were quick-acting and powerful, giving a sort of déjà vu vibe to early days of cannabis use, when even the smallest of tokes would sometimes take you over the line. This strong flower is perfect for a variety of uses, including pain relief, major chilling or taking the edge off of the holidays.



Available wherever: HempKings products are carried.




White Sour Diesel by Mammoth Labs This White Sour Diesel hydrocarbon wax from Mammoth Labs is the perfect companion for holiday indulgence. At 70 percent total THC, this extract is not for the faint of heart. The terpene profile is diverse and robust, with flavors for everyone, savory and sweet lovers alike. The color and texture of this extract are ideal. A dark honey-amber hue tints the perfect wax texture—malleable and moist. The fragrance of the extract gives a hint to the exceptional flavor, as herbal, floral and citrus were the most notable scents. After using a water vaporizer to sample this fine extract, the CULTURE team noted immediately that it was incredibly smooth, and the flavor was exceptional, giving off the same notes as the fragrance. Don’t be deceived by the easy to hit nature of this wax! It’s incredibly powerful and best for home and/or nighttime consumption. This would also be an excellent product for those looking for powerful pain relief.

Available wherever: Mammoth products are carried.

Dutch Treat by Capital City Chronic Available at: Gypsy Greens locations in Chehalis and Olympia.

The CULTURE team unanimously loved the minimalist clean packaging from Capital City Chronic. The jar is adorable, reminiscent of a little jelly jar. There were no bells and whistles, or a bunch of little parts to lose, just a glass jar with metal lid, which was sustainable and attractive. The label is cleverly designed as well, with Olympia’s Capitol building looming with a moon behind it and a chrome sky. A simple sticker indicates the strain, Dutch Treat. And of course, the Dutch Treat inside that jar is what makes this product truly remarkable. A popular sativa favorite, Dutch Treat is always a pleasure to review, and of course this was no different. The flower was dense and perfectly cured, sticky but burned like a champ. The crystals were densely packed on the leaves, making the flower all the more perfect. A water pipe and vaporizer were used to sample this flower. It was easy on the lungs, with a sweet and earthy taste. The effects were a great testament to the strain—blissful, chill and perky.

Honey Crystal by Oleum Flower by Lifted Cannabis Oleum has long had a product that sets the standard for Washington State concentrates. This Honey Crystal continues this trend of exceptional products. Honey Crystal was created using flower that was a cross between Gorilla Glue and 501st OG, grown by Lifted Cannabis. The texture and color are a perfect prototype of honey crystal, which makes you understand where it gets the name. This truly does seem like a crystal-laden honey. It’s easy and efficient to work with. Terpenes are at 7.9 percent, and the fragrance reflects the blend of popular favorite flavors from Oleum Extracts. Using a water vaporizer to sample this gooey goodness, the CULTURE team was able to fully enjoy the diverse terpene profile. One member noted a subtle pineapple flavor. The effects were fast-acting and intense. This is certainly a very potent product. Honey Crystal by can be helpful for pain relief, extreme relaxation and perhaps even a very down-tempo holiday shindig.



Available wherever: Oleum Extracts products are carried.





Release Date: december 1 Available on: Nintendo Switch


Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America Emily Dufton Pub. Basic Books The “War on Drugs” covered many gains and losses for the cannabis community over the years. Historian Emily Dufton highlights the correlation between the state of cannabis today with the state of cannabis 40 years ago, when legalization seemed inevitable. We too soon forget that the swinging 1960s were a long, forgotten memory by the time the Reagan era had returned to demonizing cannabis. Dufton’s book helps us learn from the mistakes of the past knowledge and apply that to the movement to legalize cannabis. (Richard Saunders)



Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Dev. Monolith Soft Pub. Nintendo Further proving how the Nintendo Switch is the more exciting console of this generation, the arrival of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is definitely giving open world action role playing game fans something to look forward to. The rest of the human population is now living on the back of massive monsters called Titans, and three main characters set off on a quest to locate a paradise called Elysium. The game is fully fleshed out, complete with a constant cycle between day and night, seamless connection between new zones and environments, plenty of unique items and weapons—and so much more. (Nicole Potter)



Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Dir. Luc Besson EuropaCorp Distribution The science fiction genre is experiencing a kind of renaissance at the moment with some of the most fantastical universes and worlds ever dreamt up and realized on the big screen. Perhaps one of the most ambitious of these worlds is the one in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Helmed by director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Léon: The Professional), the film follows characters Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) as they take a visually psychedelic thrill ride to save one of the most important cities in the universe. (Simon Weedn)


Blue Dream The Flavr Blue Self-Released After just two years, Seattle’s indie pop emissaries The Flavr Blue return with its second full-length record, Blue Dream. Picking up right where its debut album left off, Blue Dream finds the trio continuing to deliver some of the slickest and most wellpolished pop and R&B songs one might hope to find. Though the album’s production is as smooth as porcelain, The Flavr Blue manages to keep the glossiness from becoming sterile and instead finds the kinds of depth and honesty sorely lacking in most modern pop. (Simon Weedn)



GUIDE! 2017

Whether you’re buying the latest gear, tools and accessories for a friend or putting cannabis-infused goodies on your personal holiday wish list, here are the CULTURE-approved musthaves to help you wrap up your holiday shopping.

Pulsar Go Series Wax/Smoker

In space, pulsars are white dwarf or neutron stars that emit a beam of electromagnetic radiation, and this vaporizer company’s products are similarly powerful. Can’t decide between a vaporizer or a pipe? Pulsar has you covered. The Pulsar Go Series Wax/Smoker is dual purpose, and it can be utilized for both your dry herbs as well as your wax. There is a separate coil for vaporizing as well as another coil for smoking dry herbs. Just change out the coils. It provides discreet relief and relaxation while delivering the most versatile solution. #EnjoyHigherCulture

Toker Poker®

Bring cheer to every toker on your nice list! Whether you vape, dab, toke or roll, the Toker Poker® is your go-to tool. Finally, your poker, tamper, hemp wick and lighter are all in the same place. This soulfully designed lighter sleeve provides all of the essential tools needed to enjoy your smoke. Glow-in-the-Dark, Artist Edition, Sparkle and other limited styles are now available online. Your stocking stuffer search ends here! Use “CULTURE25” at check out for 25 percent discount online at (offer expires 12/31/17).



Pulsar RIP Knuckle Bubbler

The brass knuckle-styled design is definitely something that our reviewers at CULTURE have never seen before. Everybody loves a mini-bubbler, and the Pulsar RIP Knuckle Bubbler is the perfect size to fit in the palm of your hand. One size fits most, and you hold it like you would hold brass knuckles. It can be used to smoke spliffs or cone blunts as well. The bubbler is available in many different colors, or you can opt to consume cannabis in the dark using the glow-in-the-dark neon green colored Knuckle Bubbler. #EnjoyHigherCulture



Cheech & Chong™ Glass Labrador Grande Hand Pipe

Breaking the Grass Ceiling

Named after the famous scene from Up In Smoke, the Labrador Grande Hand Pipe is a larger version of the wildly popular Labrador Hand Pipe. The Labrador Grande looks more like the original from the movie, making this hand pipe a must-have for any Cheech & Chong fan. Available in color changing or white glass, the Labrador Grande features a bigger bowl for bigger sessions that are sure to get the job done, even if you don’t have any dogs around.

Breaking the Grass Ceiling is a biographical collection featuring 21 powerhouse women who own and operate companies in the cannabis industry. From Dr. Sue Sisley and her efforts taking on the DEA to Wanda James, the first black woman in America to own a licensed edibles company, each woman lends her unique story, triumphs and challenges while working to promote gender-equality in the industry. One-hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to California Grower Association’s Fire Relief efforts. Snag a copy today on Amazon, at or email us at to learn more about the dispensary consignment program!

Pulsar Flow Dry Herb Vaporizer


Pulsar APX Vape The Pulsar APX Vape is one of the first exclusive units from Pulsar, and online reviewers have been raving about it. Choose your weapon of choice in brushed aluminum and in colors of black, blue, gold or silver. It’s also available in artistic designs including Skulls, Tie Dye, Wood Grain, THC Molecule and the new Urban Design that will impress your friends. It heats up in a mere 30 seconds. This is a heavy-duty hitter with an enhanced LED display and ergonomic mouthpiece. #EnjoyHigherCulture




The Pulsar Flow Dry Herb Vaporizer re-envisions the shape of a vaporizer, and it transforms it into a shape that slightly resembles an elongated Millennium Falcon. It quickly heats up your dry herbs in 40 seconds using its 1600mAh battery. The chamber is lined with quartz and designed to last. Its unique embossed vaporcooling internal airflow pattern produces solid hit after hit, without the heat. The vaporizers are available in wood grain, carbon filter, black-on-black, silver or black-on-silver colors. The kit comes complete with accessories and cleaning supplies. The lid is also conveniently magnetic. #EnjoyHigherCulture



Spirited Star Whoopi Goldberg is a powerful force of talent and entrepreneurship By Addison Herron-Wheeler


woman who truly needs no introduction, Whoopi Goldberg is one of the most beloved and recognized actresses on the silver screen. As the winner of a Grammy, a Tony Award, an Oscar, two Golden Globe Awards and nine Primetime Emmy nominations, Goldberg is hands-down one of the most celebrated entertainers. From a lifelong fascination of Star Trek that led her to a recurring role in Star Trek: The Next Generation, to a voice role in The Lion King, to her heart-wrenching, breakthrough performance in the film adaptation of The Color Purple, it is an understatement to say that Goldberg has had a varied and rewarding career. However, Goldberg is more than just an iconic figure who is incredibly talented. She is also a spirited advocate for cannabis and other causes that she believes in. Throughout her career, she has been known to speak up for human rights and stand up for both women and people of color. She also used her influence to become an outspoken cannabis activist. Recently, she has turned that advocacy into action, with Whoopi & Maya, her line of cannabisinfused premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menstrual pain relief products that she co-founded with Maya Elisabeth, the successful entrepreneur behind Om Edibles. Launched in 2016, Whoopi & Maya products have already gained a loyal following in California among women who seek menstrual relief. Now, Whoopi & Maya is expanding its line from California into Colorado and partnering with GroundSwell Cannabis Boutique. Available now in select Colorado locations, the line offers medicated raw cacao, an herbal tincture for pain relief, a lavender bath soak and a body balm that can be applied topically to help relieve cramps. Whoopi & Maya’s aesthetic appears to be simple, tasteful and above all, medicinally beneficial. Goldberg was kind enough to give CULTURE the inside scoop on the expansion, the inspiration behind menstrual relief products and the future of legalization.



What inspired you to launch your own line of cannabis products? What is your history with cannabis, and why did you want to get involved in the industry? I’ve always had cannabis products in my life because I’m old [laughs]. The way I got involved was hearing people say, constantly, “Oh, this guy is in the industry, or this guy is doing this.” I finally said to my friend Rick (who would say this to me all the time), “Is there anybody doing anything for women, for cramps or anything?” And he said to me, “It’s a niche market,” and I said, “It’s a niche that is half the population; that’s ridiculous!” So, I asked him to find someone who could help me do this, which is how I got involved with Maya, and I wanted to be sure we had something medicinal, for people who have cramps, something they could rub on, and also something for young people, women, who are getting their period for the first time. Our products don’t get you high, but they will relieve pain for lots of people. What can we expect from your company in the future? What are your goals? We want to make sure

that we get Whoopi & Maya around the world. With Colorado being our first dispensary area outside of California, we are on our way. We are all over California, and with GroundSwell, we will be all over Colorado. Their sensibilities match ours; we are not trying to be big and flashy. We just want people to know that if they are having cramps and issues like that, they can get help. We liked the fact that GroundSwell represents a lot of different folks.

“We are not trying to be big and flashy. We just want people to know that if they are having cramps and issues like that, they can get help.”




Even though women are helping to lead the cannabis industry, there aren’t many products out there that are specifically marketed for PMS and menstrual relief. Why did you think it was important to market that way, rather than just labeling your products as effective for pain relief? Because I didn’t have it when I was growing up, and I had horrific cramps, and most people don’t believe they are real, so you are sort of getting the same reaction from different people. You even get it from women who haven’t had cramps. But for me, when you do your homework, the Pamprin and Midol were created in the 1960s and 1990s. People didn’t really give a lot of thought to that kind of pain for us until then. So I felt it was important to isolate it, because no one else was doing it; it was very generalized. So for me to participate in the cannabis industry, I felt this would be the way I could do it. How do you feel about cannabis legalization so far? What do you think could be done better or differently? I thought we were doing really well 38


and then we had a big change in Washington, and having to re-educate and re-explain to people after that has been a challenge. Because if you are treating it from a medical perspective, you have to treat it a lot like penicillin; it used to be legal and got a really bad rap by and from the government, and there are all kinds of conversations people have about it being a gateway drug. Well, if you have an addictive personality, everything is a gateway drug. You have to get people on board with what [cannabis] has been able to do, especially for kids, cancer patients and women with cramps. Now, getting the states to say these are the things that are covered treatment-wise, is the next big move as far as things are concerned,

“The way I got involved was hearing people say, constantly, ‘Oh, this guy is in the industry, or this guy is doing this.’ I finally said to my friend Rick (who would say this to me all the time), ‘Is there anybody doing anything for women, for cramps or anything?’ And he said to me, ‘It’s a niche market,’ and I said, ‘It’s a niche that is half the population; that’s ridiculous!’”

because [when it comes to what types of cannabis are medically legal], they will say it doesn’t cover this and that, so you can’t get any help for it. But not everyone gets help the same way, so you have to be a little smarter. States will say you can’t smoke it—well, some people can only smoke it. You and your doctor should have that conversation, and that’s it. However, we deal with what we have now. Some places are great for recreational, too. I just prefer to look at it from a medical perspective. What is your favorite strain? I’m really just about my own product, but I like Girl Scout Cookies. I think that strain is wonderful, but I can’t smoke anymore. Once I stopped smoking cigarettes, I can only do the vaping. I can only put things in my pen; so that’s how I do everything. As an iconic film star, how do you feel about the representation of women and people of color in TV and film since your career started? Do you think representation has improved, and how can representation improve even further? The answer to both of those things is, there is a long way to go. Yeah, a lot of things have changed, but I don’t really stop to look at what is happening. But, it’s kind of great to see more and more women in the cannabis business. I met with these wonderful women from CBD For Life, and that’s all women-run. They are reaching other women and coming around wanting to know how we do what we do. As far as Hollywood is concerned, you really have to talk to the people who cast the movies; that’s who it is. Anyone could have been in La La Land. So, lots of things have changed, lots of things have not.



It Takes Two

Experienced cannabis entrepreneur Maya Elisabeth steers her business partner Whoopi Goldberg toward success

What can we expect from you and your company in the future? Do you have anything new in the works? Right now we are in Colorado, and it’s great. Eventually we are going to move into other states and work with the legislators. Most people don’t have menstrual cramps listed as something you need relief from, and we’d like to see that change. So, aside from trying to do world domination, no not really much [laughs]. We’ve also been adding to our line, and we have new containers; you can pop ‘em in your pocket book. It’s kind of great. You have a pretty interesting collection of shoes that you’ve 40

made public. How did this interest come about, and what is your favorite pair? I couldn’t tell you what my favorite pair was right now, but I looked over one day and saw that all these women had really great clothing, looked really svelte, really great, and I thought, “Gee, maybe I should find some fun shoes or something.” So, I started doing it to make myself laugh. They all exist at work. I don’t have them at my house, ‘cause at my house I just wear Birkenstocks. It’s crazy! Is there anything else you’d like to add? We are going to be all over Colorado! We are really happy that we found GroundSwell,


and we’ll be making partnerships hopefully in places like Reno, Nevada, Oregon and wherever we can get to. This is what we are trying to do, because I believe every woman should have relief from cramps, so we are kicking ass and taking names. We used to just have a tub of our product; we had tinctures and soaps, but now you can put the new, smaller version in your bag, so you can just rub it wherever you are. You can have it at work since it’s in a smaller jar, and then productivity comes back because women aren’t missing two days of work every month if their cramps are bad. We are trying to save the world—one rub at a time. c

Whoopi Goldberg may be the face of the brand behind Whoopi & Maya, but Maya Elisabeth is equally important to the entire operation. While Goldberg brings her unbridled passion for cannabis and women’s health to the table, Elisabeth brings an impressive background of experience in the cannabis-infused edibles industry. As founder of Om Edibles, Elisabeth won several High Times Cannabis Cup awards for her company’s products, and she gained a rocksolid reputation in her home state of California. She was a clear choice for a partnership with Goldberg, and her insider knowledge combines well with Goldberg’s passion and experience to form a strong duo. “Whoopi is amazing. She is truly inspirational and I look up to her so much,” Elisabeth explained to CULTURE. “I think our partnership is really positive. One of the things we have in common is our business, and also our connection being women. Being a pair is actually really beautiful because we get along.” In addition to serving as company cofounder, Maya also serves as the company’s infuser—she is the woman in charge of ensuring proper dosing for the contents within every product. As Elisabeth explains on the company’s website, she got her start in the cannabis industry working in a dispensary, but didn’t feel that she was entirely putting out her own product. She eventually became a cultivator and edibles manufacturer, putting a personal touch in every product. Now that the brand is expanding from the market in California to Colorado, Elisabeth is ready to share her product with even more eager women and spread the word about natural menstrual pain relief. “We are most excited about making our products available and accessible to more women countrywide,” Elisabeth said. “We are all about safe access and education, and we couldn’t feel happier about expanding to the Colorado market.” Whoopi & Maya products are now available in select stores in Colorado, and these two women are proud to provide relief to a wider pool of women.




The Evidence is Clear

A Magnanimous Gesture

While homelessness is an ongoing issue, cannabis businesses are set to support the homeless community By Amy C. Witt


ontrary to what some have speculated, cannabis legalization has not contributed to an increase in homelessness. Back when recreational cannabis sales first began, skeptics believed that legalization would have a negative impact. They predict-

ed that homeless people across the state and the country would invade regions with legal cannabis. But in reality, if cannabis has done anything, it has created a connection of love across almost every demographic. The homeless population has not affected the industry negatively, and some cannabis businesses recognize that their efforts could be a helpful solution to improve the lives of people who are homeless.



Dr. Donald Burnes, executive director and founder of Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness in Denver, Colorado at the University of Denver, agrees that there is a misguided impression on the correlation between cannabis and homelessness. Through his research, data shows that at least in the state of Colorado, there is no evidence that people “flocked to the state” and have become homeless. Burnes also noted that like many other avenues of revenue that flow to other statewide funds, even more tax money from legal cannabis sales should be put toward improving the lives of those who are currently homeless. “Clearly, the arena of extreme poverty and homelessness is competing with other important local issues, such as education, transportation, infrastructure, climate change, etc., and we are interested in maximizing the flow of dollars to ad-

dress the issue with which we are engaged,” he said. Through cannabis tax revenue, states like Colorado are taking action in developing resources for their communities. On May 26, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the SB-17-254 “2017-18 Long Appropriations Bill” into law, which aims to “provide permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing assistance for individuals with behavioral health needs, and for individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.” In California, Attorney Marc Wasserman from Pot Brothers at Law, one of California’s leading medical cannabis law firms, provides pro bono criminal defense cases if a homeless person is charged with a crime. Wasserman believes that “ending cannabis prohibition will help the homeless,” and that the cannabis community will be a strong force for change through their charitable actions. It’s no longer just about business, but about caring for people in need.



Taking a Stand The cannabis community has recognized a need to take further action in contributing its efforts in highlighting the benefits cannabis has for all, as many companies are giving back to their communities. With the holiday season in full swing, this time of year is all about giving thanks and giving back. From monetary donations to product and customer involvement, these are just a few businesses that go above and beyond to change or rebuild the lives of individuals, families and animals. For instance, Kaya Cannabis is on a constant mission in improving healthy, happy and safe environments throughout the community. Through the company’s efforts, Kaya Cannabis claims to be the first company in the industry through its Grow it Forward projects, to donate a percentage every month for every purchase to four local organizations that are improving individuals' lives in Colorado. CEO Amanda Gonzalez believes that her company is one of many to set out to assist the homeless population. “We hope that our company can help be part of the work to end homelessness in Denver and that our contributions continue to make Colorado a more vibrant place to live, work and play, in general,” she said. California’s Potters Cannabis Co. and Golden State Greens Point Loma partnered this November, as they helped assemble lunch bag meals and distributed them to those in need throughout San Diego while teaming up with #Hashtag Lunchbag, a humanity service movement dedicated to empowering and inspiring humanity to reap the benefits of giving through the use of social media. “Some people that we handed a lunch to, hadn’t eaten in five days or more,” said Heidi Rising, general manager and event coordinator for Golden State Greens Point Loma. “We love to help our community. It keeps us going, and it feels good to give back. We never know what another person is going through or what has put them in 44


[that] situation. Love does not cost anything, and we all have a little extra to share, so go share it.” One of Organa Brands’ core values is being a strong representative and leader in the local community. From hosting charity golf tournaments, volunteering time, helping victims affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, to local coat and food drives, the company feeds and clothes hundreds of people. Chris Driessen, president of Organa Brands U.S., spoke about how his company is making waves in the community’s representation of altruism. “We are extremely proud of the success we’ve had as a company—but with success, comes huge responsibilities. We feel a real onus to serve the communities in which we operate in a meaningful and positive way. Things like the coat drive and partnerships with organizations like Grow For Vets help establish the cannabis industry as an asset to the areas in which we operate.” Not only does the cannabis industry give support to those who are homeless, but it supports humanity and dignity overall. On its own, cannabis creates unity, love, relationships and connections. Cannabis is the gift that keeps on giving, and it will continue to do so as long as members of the community care. c

“We love to help our community. it keeps us going, and it feels good to give back. We never know what another person is going through or what has put them in the situation.”



When and how did you get started as an artist? I got started as an artist early in life; it was always just something I did. My father was and is very creative, and both of my parents have been very supportive of me. Art for me wasn’t just that I was drawing, it was a way for me to focus or calm down, or express [the things that I had trouble putting into words when I was younger]. I didn’t make it a career until after college. I initially wanted to be in animation, but I found it to be too restrictive. So after I left school, I started my own business making fine art.

High Art

Fine artist Linnea Hoover finds inspiration by living everyday life, traveling to artistic destinations and consuming cannabis By Emily Manke


innea Hoover is a woman of many talents. As a painter, photographer and multimedia artist, she can do it all. From art shows in New York City to doing a commissioned seven-foot-tall piece for a Los Angeles Dodgers’ player, Hoover has seen success as a fine artist. Currently, Hoover is living and creating art in Bellingham, where she is working on putting together a show featuring some of her art and photos at a local gallery in 2018. In the meantime, Hoover is enjoying life as a Washingtonian, embracing all of the benefits our region has to offer. Hoover took time to answer some questions for CULTURE about her art, her influences and of course, how cannabis plays into her artistic processes.



Who are your artistic influences? I’ve had many artistic influences in my life. A huge one for me actually came from a trip I took to France when I was 16 for some art classes. I got to see pictures in the Louvre including the “Mona Lisa,” a Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec. By far the biggest influence while I was there was the Lascaux cave paintings. I didn’t even realize it until many years later when I was looking through some old photos. They were and still are some of the most beautiful and intense paintings I’ve ever seen. From what I understand they don’t let many people see them now, the oil on our bodies erodes the pigments, so I feel very fortunate I got to see them. Now one of my hopes is to see a real Gustav Klimt in person,

his style of art has always spoken to me. Has cannabis influenced your art at all in terms of making it more psychedelic or enhancing your creative process? Definitely! Some of my best ideas come to me when I’m high. The trick for me is not going so far out there that I forget to write my ideas down. One of the things I like to do is sketch with my left hand when I’m high. I’m naturally ambidextrous, but I’ve found the sketches with my left hand to be more loose and free. Combine that with some really good ganja, and I come up with some really interesting stuff. A lot of it I can’t use, but every once in awhile there’s a real gold nugget. Do you have an artist or a style of art you love looking at when you’re using cannabis? One of my favorite movies to watch when I’m high is The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled Cut by Don Bluth, before the studio executives took it and made it into a musical. A lot of it is still in storyboard, or it hasn’t had color filled in, but it is a masterpiece of animation, and the patterns and movement really mess with your brain. I also love to look at black and white photography. I’ll spend hours sorting through portraits, especially portraits of older people, there’s something about the wrinkles that always capture me . . . c




culture growing RECI P E S COUR A GE IN P RO F ILE

Tweaking Bud Potency Using Light By Ed Rosenthal People used to think that plants were vegetables; that they have no way of reacting quickly to their environment and were more like couch potatoes with very slow reactions. There were always signs in clear sight that this isn’t necessarily so. Sunflowers move so they always face the sun. The Venus flytrap closes on its victims the second its prey touches it. A fraction of a second after lights are turned on, plants start photosynthesizing. Mimosa pudica, also called “the sensitive plant,” quickly collapses its leaves upon being touched. However, when it is touched repeatedly by the same stimulus, it becomes habituated and stops reacting. After not stimulating the plant for weeks, it still “remembered” the stimulus and didn’t react. It had “learned.” Rhodopsin is a pigment that is very sensitive to light. A version of Rhodopsin is found in bacteria, and it is used in our sophisticated sight system. It’s also found in plants and helps cannabis regulate its flowering by distinguishing light from dark periods. Plants also share stress responses with animals regarding UV light. In animals, dark skin has high melanin content to protect against UV light. Light skin develops more intense stress reactions and respond to the light by producing melanin, causing tanning, or more severely, sunburn, which actually results in destruction of layers of skin and other destructive reactions. Plants growing under natural sunlight develop resistance to these harmful UV rays in several ways. They grow longer protective cells (palisade cells) to disperse the light

to minimize its intensity, and they produce higher levels of pigments, flavonoids and terpenes as sun shields. In various experiments and anecdotal reports THC production increased by 10 percent. Terpene levels also increase significantly. There are positive effects in other plants, too. For instance, tomatoes grow thicker skins and contain more flavonoids. When plants grown indoors are placed outdoors in late spring or summer, they sometimes get sunburned. Their leaves droop or dry out, and they suffer tissue damage. Whether or not they survive and thrive, they are set back. For this reason plants should be gently, gradually introduced to direct sun, perhaps first placed in the shade or by using shade cloth to protect against the sun’s intensity. You might think that plants in greenhouses are getting full sun. However, most plastics and glass are opaque to UV light. One exception is acrylic sheet, often known by its brand name, “PLEXIGLAS.” Indoors, fluorescents and HPS lamps produce no UV light. Metal halide lamps often produce small but significant amounts of UV, but the plate glass required for safely enclosing the lamp in the reflector is opaque to it. Some LED manufacturers include the spectrum in their mixes, but emitters in these spectrums are still costly. The lamps need only be used during the last 10 to 15 days of flowering, for six hours a day. For instance, plants growing outdoors receive the highest amount of UV light in the summer when they are in the vegetative stage. I haven’t seen the results of any experimentation on this. This is an area where there is a lot of room for experimentation. c

This room is illuminated using tanning lamps. Usually they are used five hours a day in conjunction with HPS lamps. In this photo the HPS lamps have been turned off for illustrative purposes.

A view of the room showing the six-foot tanning lamps.

A tanning lamp with reflector.

Reptile lights can be used to supply UV light.

Garden of the Month® Coral Cove Greenhouse, Jamaica.

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.









aulo Lacerda Sobral

Age: 35 Condition/Illness: ADD Using Medical Cannabis Since: 2013 Why did you start using cannabis? I got curious about cannabis when I was 31 and watched a documentary about psychedelics. At the time I was just diagnosed with adult ADD and got into meditation. Cannabis made me more aware of my body and mind and actually helped me focus. An added benefit I didn’t anticipate was that it made for an excellent pre-workout. When I work out high, I’m completely focused and more aware of my individual muscles and joints. When I play basketball high, I feel like the defenders are in slow motion, and I’m operating in a flow state. The day after grueling workouts I go to CBD, and I can walk with little discomfort.   Did you try other methods or treatments before cannabis? I put my health above anything, and other methods and treatments might cure a certain symptom, but then cause 10 other negative side effects. Even when I

would have surgeries or sports injuries, I refused opiates and other pain killers. The main side effects I could find with moderate cannabis use is that some strains cause some people to feel sleepy. What’s the most important issue or problem facing medical cannabis patients? Stigmas which lead to shame—my fiancé’s mother just passed away from cancer, and her pharmacist told her that medical marijuana was bad for her health. Our government has really done its citizens a disservice by not sharing medical research on the benefits of cannabis. I now work in sales for Bloom Farms, a cannabis startup in California. I hope by being open about my cannabis use and showing that I’m an active, professional member of society, I get more people curious about cannabis. What do you say to those who are skeptical about cannabis as medicine? “Medicine” is a loose term. Almost anyone can agree that stress causes excess cortisol in our bodies, which has many devastating effects on your general health. If you do nothing else but smoke a joint after a long day of work, you’re getting medicinal benefits. c

Are you an medical cannabis patient with a compelling story to tell? If so, we want to hear from you. Email your name, contact information and details about your experiences with medical cannabis to



Menu: Honey Butter Glazed Ham Beef Brisket with Onions Classic Champagne Cocktail



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1/2 cup honey


Honey Butter Glazed Ham


Classic Christmas Recipe


Ingredients: 1/4 cup cannabutter

Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Melt the butter in a small microwavesafe bowl. Stir in the honey, brown sugar and mustard until smooth. Stir in thyme and garlic; set aside.

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2. Place the ham in a roasting pan large enough to hold it with room on the sides. Score the top surface of the ham in a diamond pattern, making the cuts about 3/4” apart. Spoon half of the honey butter mixture over the ham.

3-5 pound fully cooked half ham

3. Roast the ham, uncovered, for

2/3 cup brown sugar 2-3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves


The holidays are a celebration recognized by many different cultures with traditions that span generations, and the food that is served during this time of year is no exception. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or nothing at all, there is no better time to make a thoughtful, special meal for your friends and family—especially when it's infused with a little bit of cannabis cheer. Embrace the sweet and savory flavors of a traditional Christmas ham, delight in the scents and flavor of a juicy brisket, and top it all off with the clinking of Champagne glasses to ring in the New Year. Sprinkle with joy, laughter and fun— and you have the ultimate recipe for an enchanted holiday season!

20 minutes, then spoon over the rest of the butter mixture. Roast for another 20 minutes, then baste the ham with the pan drippings. 4. Roast for another 20 minutes (for a 3-pound ham), 40 minutes (for a 4-pound ham), or 60 minutes (for a 5-pound ham) or until the ham reaches 145° and is glazed. 5. Baste every 15 minutes with drippings. Slice thinly to serve. Serve this ham with scalloped potatoes, sautéed green beans and some big dinner rolls with lots of butter for a great holiday meal.

Beef Brisket with Onions Ingredients: 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

2 teaspoons thyme, chopped 1 teaspoon oregano, chopped 1 tablespoon sweet Hungarian paprika  1 6-pound flat-cut brisket  1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms

2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups dry white wine  1 cup chicken stock  2 cups diced canned Italian tomatoes, drained  3 bay leaves  3 medium onions, thinly sliced  2 tablespoons garlic cloves, chopped

Note: Like most braised dishes, this brisket is best made a day or two in advance. Look for a leaner, flat-cut or first-cut brisket with a layer of fat that is at least one-eighth inch thick. If you can’t find a 6-pound piece, buy 2 smaller pieces.

Classic Champagne Cocktail Instructions:

1 THC-infused sugar cube

1. Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a Champagne flute. Saturate the cube with bitters. Add the brandy.

2-3 dashes Angostura bitters 1 ounce brandy

2. Fill with Champagne and watch the sugar cube dissolve. Garnish with an orange peel or maraschino cherry.


Ingredients per drink:


1 cup hot water

3. Add the brisket, fat side down. Cook over moderately high heat until well-browned, about 8 minutes per side. Transfer brisket to a plate and pour off any excess fat from the casserole. Add the wine and chicken stock, then pour in the reserved mushroom soaking liquid. Scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the casserole and stir in the drained tomatoes, porcini and bay leaves.

5. Transfer the brisket to a carving board and cover loosely with foil. Simmer the sauce for a few minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Discard bay leaves. Carve the brisket across the grain into 3/8-inch thick slices and arrange on a large, warm platter. Spoon sauce and onions over the meat and serve. If cooking the brisket ahead, let the meat cool in the sauce before refrigerating. Skim the fat from the surface and slice the brisket, then rewarm the meat in the sauce.


1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon cannabisinfused olive oil


Classic Hanukkah Entree

2. After 20 minutes, remove the mushrooms from the soaking liquid; rinse and coarsely chop them. Reserve the soaking liquid. Preheat oven to 350°. While the oven is heating, heat oil in a large enameled cast-iron casserole until shimmering.


1. In a small bowl, combine salt and pepper with the thyme, oregano and paprika. Rub the seasonings all over the brisket. In a medium heatproof bowl, cover the porcini mushrooms with hot water, and set aside until softened, about 20 minutes.

4. Return the brisket to the casserole, fat side up. Scatter the onions and garlic over the meat and into the liquid and bring to a boil. Cover and cook in the oven for 1 hour. Uncover and cook for 30 minutes. Spoon the onions on top of the brisket and cook for about 30 minutes longer to brown the onions. Push some of the onions back into the liquid, return the cover to the pot and braise for another 2 hours, or until the meat is fork-tender.



4-6 ounces Champagne Orange peel or maraschino cherry

Note: It’s best to add the Champagne at the very last minute.



News of the


By the Editors at Andrews McMeel

LEAD STORY—TRADITIONS The 72nd annual Yellville (Arkansas) Turkey Trot, which took place on Oct. 14, is famous for its Turkey Drop, in which live turkeys are dropped from a low-flying airplane and then chased by festivalgoers. This year, KY3. com reports, several turkeys were dropped during the afternoon despite animalrights activists having filed a formal complaint with the sheriff’s office, saying the pilot “terrorized” the birds. But pharmacist and past pilot Dana Woods told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “We treat the turkeys right. That may sound ironic, but we don’t abuse those turkeys. We coddle and pet those turkeys. We’re good to them.” Wild turkeys can fly, but in 2016, about a dozen turkeys were dropped and not all survived the fall. According to The Washington Post, over the past several years, local sponsors and the chamber of commerce have distanced themselves from the Turkey Drop, now more than five decades old. The Federal Aviation Administration is checking to see if any laws or regulations were broken, but said it has not intervened in past years because the turkeys are not considered to be projectiles. ‘TIS THE SEASON Could turkeys be sensing the peril of the season? Police in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, tweeted a warning to the town’s 52

residents on Oct. 15 about aggressive wild turkeys, WBZ-TV reported. As proof, an accompanying video showed four turkeys chasing a Bridgewater police cruiser, but police were not as amused as their Twitter followers. “Aggressive turkeys are a problem in town,” the department tweeted. “State law doesn’t allow the police or (animal control) to remove them.” UPDATE In 1990, Marlene Warren, 40, answered her door in Wellington, Florida, and was shot in the face by a clown bearing balloons (one of which read “You’re the greatest!”) and flowers. On Sept. 26, Palm Beach County Sgt. Richard McAfee announced that Warren’s widower’s current wife, Sheila Keen Warren, 54, had been arrested for the murder, 27 years after the fact, and taken into custody in Abingdon, Virginia. Sheila Keen married Michael Warren in 2002, NBC News reported. (Warren went to prison in 1994 for odometer tampering, grand theft and racketeering in connection with his car rental agency.) Sheila had worked for him, repossessing cars, and they were reportedly having an affair when the murder took place. While Sheila had always been a suspect, new technology finally allowed prosecutors to retest DNA evidence and build a case against her. SEX THERAPY Zookeepers believe China’s four-year-old giant panda Meng Meng, currently on loan to the Berlin Zoo, displays her displeasure with her surroundings, food or caretakers by walking backward. “Meng Meng is in puberty,” Zoo Director


Andreas Knieriem explained to the Berliner Zeitung newspaper on Oct. 22. “The reverse walk is a protest.” To address the situation, zookeepers will introduce Meng Meng to Jiao Qing, a male giant panda three years older, who presumably will ease her frustration by engaging in sexual activity with her. LUCKY! Kenyans Gilbert Kipleting Chumba and David Kiprono Metto were among the favorites to win the Venice Marathon on Oct. 22. Instead, Eyob Ghebrehiwet Faniel, 25, a local running in only his second marathon, took the prize after the lead runners were led several hundred meters off-course by an errant guide motorcycle. Faniel is the first Italian man to win the Venice Marathon in 22 years. “Today’s race shows that the work is paying off,” Faniel said following his victory. Uh, sure. MOST CONSIDERATE CRIMINAL Nelly’s Taqueria in Hicksville, New York, suffered a break-in on Oct. 3, but the burglar redefined the term “clean getaway.” Surveillance video showed a man donning food-service gloves and starting a pot of water to boil before hammering open the cash register. He secured $100 in his pockets, leaving a dollar in the tip jar, then started “cooking up a storm,” owner Will Colon told Newsday. Cameras recorded as the thief cooked beans, sauteed shrimp and chicken, and helped himself to a cold soda before enjoying his meal standing up. “The way he handled that pan, man, the dude had some skills,” Colon said. Afterward, he carefully stored the leftovers

in the refrigerator, cleaned his pans and wiped down all the surfaces he had used. Then he took off through the back window, the same way he had come in. PEOPLE DIFFERENT FROM US In Lissone, Italy, 40-yearold fitness instructor Laura Mesi made news when she married herself in late September. “I told my relatives and friends that if I had not found my soul mate, I would marry myself by my 40th birthday,” Mesi said, according to The Independent. She spent more than 10,000 euros ($11,700) for the occasion, which included a white wedding dress, a threetiered cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests. Mesi is part of a self-marrying movement dubbed “sologamy” that has followers all over the world. Her marriage holds no legal significance. “If tomorrow I find a man to build a future with, I will be happy, but my happiness will not depend on him,” Mesi declared. An anonymous collector from Palm Beach, Florida, was the winning bidder in an Oct. 11 online auction for a half-smoked cigar that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill enjoyed during a 1947 trip to Paris. AP reports the 4-inch cigar remnant brought just over $12,000 in the auction managed by Boston-based RR Auction. The company says Churchill smoked the cigar on May 11, 1947, at Le Bourget Airport. A British airman, Cpl. William Alan Turner, kept the cigar after he and his crew flew Churchill and his wife between Paris and London. The label on the Cuban stogie includes Churchill’s name.







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