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On Thursday, July 7, 2011, the Marijuana Policy Project threw

the best party of the year, with their Liberty Belle Ball at the iconic Playboy Mansion. Sadly, Hugh Hefner was not in attendance, nor were there any orgies in the Grotto during the party. There were, however, tons of industry leaders and other luminaries in the battle to legalize marijuana, enjoying live music from Fishbone and various DJs, amazing food spreads, and overall having a great time. Indeed, an impressive lot of notables turned up to celebrate MPP’s progress including Jason Gann - from the Australian (and now FX) smash hit “Wilfred”- who accompanied Kush Magazine’s very own Cheryl Shuman. Bob Selan, CEO of Kush and Board member of NCIA, the first cannabis industry trade association, was also in attendance. Additional notables in attendance included Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Reed Diamond, and Breckin Meyer from TNT’s “Franklin & Bash.” Guests were very interested in talking to people from the cannabis industry including The 420 Times, Canna Bank, Vapor Room, Bhang Chocolates, Berkeley Patients Group, WeGrow, LA Weekly, and the main sponsor of the event, GreenLife Medical Systems LLC. Greenlife Medical Systems is the largest provider of verification services for medical cannabis recommendations across the United States and, after just 4 years since its founding, finds itself in a unique and coveted position. “4 years ago, we found Rob Kampia and MPP and talked about what we were trying to do, bring more standardization and accountability to this emerging market, which fell right in line with what they were trying to promote,” explains Greenlife’s Alain Gazaui. With over half a million patients being serviced in California alone, Greenlife has managed to fill a very necessary void in the continually emerging medical marijuana industry, helping to break taboo and allow doctors to feel more comfortable in recommending a medicine they are confident can help their patients. Not only does Greenlife provide the most advanced verification services in the industry, forcing a necessary accountability noticeably absent before their arrival, but, according to Gazaui, they also provide “protection from law enforcement agents 24 hours a day.” Plain and simple, “We’re here to make sure patients get the medicine that they need.” Playing 74

testament to their increasing influence in the medical marijuana community, Greenlife finds itself as the title sponsor of this year’s event. Additional sponsors, including WeGrow, have also seen monumental strides in recent years. “We just got our 1,000th application for a franchise,” glows WeGrow’s Mike Garcia. According to him, WeGrow is the only cannabis related business that has been given the permission to start franchising throughout the country. Garcia said his business is flourishing because they have the moxie to stand tall and proud, as they offer a grand superstore for everything one needs to grow medical marijuana. “Everyone else (other hydro shops) is hiding, and we’re the ones saying, ‘step out.’ Somebody has to step out there, and take the risk ahead of everybody else. We’re doing that thing; we’re taking the risk.” Thanks to organizations like MPP, the movement to abolish marijuana prohibition has gained more and more energy over the years, and the past year was no different. “I think it’s going really well right now,” Kampia noted. “We’ve had four significant state victories in just seven months: Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, and Vermont. We’ve had this explosion of state-level victories, which would have been unheard of a couple years ago.  “So I think we’re doing really well, in terms of laws changing on the state level. On the federal level, it’s a give and take. You know, we have obviously our best legislation ever in Congress, but it’s not so clear on the federal level that things are going in the right direction. It’s not a disaster and it’s not a dream, it’s somewhere in the middle.” Randy Welty from San Diego, and one of the board members of the newly formed Patient Care Association of California (PCAC) also had good news to share. “The PCAC successfully executed on a referendum to stop the ban against collectives as a result of an onerous City of San Diego medical marijuana ordinance. Over 46,000 signatures were gathered in less than 30 days.” Welty exclaimed, “We’re very happy to report that it is going to end up passing as a referendum.” The next steps according to Welty are to prepare and initiative that will instruct the City Council as to how the medical marijuana

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Colorado Kush Magazine August 2011  

Colorado's Premier Cannabis Lifestyle Magazine

Colorado Kush Magazine August 2011  

Colorado's Premier Cannabis Lifestyle Magazine

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