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22 Green Living, Green Giving Kush showcases area dispensaries that are giving back to the community.
72 Adam Carolla The man never shuts up and we don’t want him to! He even (finally) talks about his first time...
86 On Being A Successful Stoner He’s a billionaire, she’s a billionaire, you can be a billionaire too!
90 The Best Summer Fests Kush compiles a list of Colorado’s biggest and baddest Summer Festivals.
99 KUSH COUPONS Kush Magazine introduces the new perforated way to save on your meds! Nifty! 6
10 | The Health Report: Diets by Elaine Ruggieri 16 | Splurging at the Broadmoor by Valerie Fernandez 28 | Strain Review: Sexy Oil by Robie Amadeus 32 | Hempful Hints: Yoga by Valerie Fernandez 36 | Living Well: Headaches by Elaine Ruggieri 40 | Beating the Heat by Tyler C. Davidson 46 | Henry Hemp by Jake McGee 50 | Killer Weed on Broadway by Mike Marino 56 | Rob’s Corner by Robert Corry 58 | Ask Ed by Ed Rosenthal 62 | Fertile Ground by Brian Vicente, Esq. 64 | Colorado Legalization: It’s Begun by Mason Tvert 66 | Patients Out of Time by Al Byrne 68 | Legislative Roundup by Noelle Leavitt 70 | Man Versus Machine by Mike “The Poet” Sonksen 76 | Run on Grass by Jake McGee 78 | This Month in Weed History: Allen Ginsberg by Jay Evans 80 | Growers Grove: The Rain Table by Jade Kine 84 | Sex for Dummies: Seeds by Ben Holmes 88 | Maximize Your Meds by Mull 92 | Colorado Concert Calendar by Dillon Zachara 96 | Healthy Summer Recipes by Chef Herb 103 | The Green Pages: Dispensary Directory
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olorado Governor John Hickenlooper (Dem), has signed into law bills meant to clarify the state’s current medical marijuana laws. This move makes Colorado’s medical marijuana laws the most sweeping and sophisticated in the nation. By standing up to warnings by Federal prosecutors in Colorado and several other medical marijuana states that the big bad feds will be showing up because pot, medical or otherwise, is still federally illegal, Hickenlooper truly should be hailed the true Governator. The new law extends for one year, until the summer of 2012, a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries, loosens residency requirements for people working in marijuana centers, and sets up a new caregiver registry for those small home growers who act as caregivers for up to five patients. The Governor also signed into law a bill setting labeling and packaging standards for edible cannabis products. This all comes at a time when the United States Attorney General Eric Holder has promised that the Justice Department will issue a clarification on the Feds plans for state marijuana laws. Holder’s action comes following a lawsuit filed by the Arizona Attorney General seeking resolve on the Federal Governments position on Arizona’s new MMJ laws, the results of which will set a precedent for other states. Even Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, an outspoken proponent for her state’s medical marijuana laws, was scared into vetoing parts of a Washington bill regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. So the question returns…what is a patient or medical marijuana business owner supposed to do? Numerous lawyers in the state have written a letter to State Attorney General John Suthers stating that the time has come and gone for Colorado to buckle to Federal pressure. Colorado has taken so much money from medical marijuana businesses that if the state were to cave into Federal pressure this would be deemed a form of eminent domain. By Colorado holding its ground, hopefully it
Colorado has taken so much money from medical marijuana businesses that if the state were to cave into Federal pressure this would be deemed a form of eminent domain. will set an example that might prevent other medical marijuana laws in the country from spinning backwards. This requires an organized effort for everyone including centers, edible companies, doctors and patients to get on the same page. As the cover states, “United We Stand, Divided we Fall.” We will continue to closely monitor and report the political and legal events transpiring at warp speed in Colorado and throughout the country. So enough of the heavy and onto the lighter…make sure to check out the Kush interview with Adam Carolla, where, for possibly the first time, the outspoken Guinness World Record holding radiohost/podcaster speaks up on his first experience with cannabis (p 72). And with summer upon us, we kick off the season of music and festivals with our Summer Festival Breakdown on page 90 and our traditional Music Round Up for June and July on page 92. And to cure your exhaustion after all that fun in the sun, we introduce you to a great escape right in your own backyard…take a drive to Colorado Springs’ historical Broadmoor Hotel (p 16), definitely worthy of being part of 1000 Places to See Before You Die. On a higher note, Kush Magazine is proud to present Kush Coupons, premiering in this issue on pages 99 and 101. Check out the specials offered by our advertisers that will save you money on your next medical marijuana related purchase. And right after that, peruse the new look of our listings…appropriately named ‘The Green Pages,’ where, each month, we will provide you with the most comprehensive listings of medical marijuana centers, businesses and services. So enjoy the beauty of summer and remember to medicate responsibly.
Kush Editorial Board, www.dailybuds.com
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Diet plans have become a multi-billion dollar industry that seems to keep growing. Approximately 45 million Americans go on some sort of diet every year. Unfortunately, 95% of all diets fail causing many to either give up hope or consider unhealthy measures. What most people do not realize is that dieting can be the very cause of the problem. Dieting slows down your metabolism. Eventually your slow metabolism will become a permanent problem making weight loss seem impossible. Your body requires food for energy. If you do not supply your body with enough food, it will store body fat as it goes into survival mode. Therefore, when you burn calories from exercise or daily activities, you will lose muscle mass instead of body fat. Every pound of muscle burns 35 to 55 calories a day. Having a healthy muscle to fat ratio is the key to success. This is why it is important to incorporate strength training into your weight loss program. It is crucial to, at the very least, maintain the muscle you currently have as you lose weight. The average diet plan is designed to put a person on a calorie deficit with the idea that if you eat less than you will lose weight. Actually, this can be counterproductive because if you are on too much of a deficit, your body will store fat and burn through muscle. You may see temporary results but what you may not realize is that you are hurting yourself in the long run. Sooner or later you will stop the diet and merge back into your regular eating habits. Over time, you will notice the weight creep up on you. This is because you have slowed your metabolism down. Unfortunately, the weight you put back on will be made up of fat and not the muscle you lost. Now you weigh more, have a higher body fat percentage and a slower metabolism. So, like most Americans, you will start a new diet and the vicious cycle all over again. How do you know how many calories you should consume without knowing how many you burn each day? For best results, find out how many calories you burn. Once you know that, you can determine how many calories you need each day to lose weight, maintain muscle and reach your overall goal in a healthy and realistic way. Generally, the average person should have five to seven meals a day. Eating within 30 minutes of waking up in the morning will jump-start your metabolism. A breakfast that consists of oatmeal, whole grain cereal, fruit and/or toast is a perfect start. Eat every three to four hours thereafter to keep the body going. Too many hours between meals can slow your metabolism. The meals between breakfast, lunch and dinner can consist
by Elaine Ruggieri
of simple snacks such as fruit, cheese sticks, protein shakes, yogurt or almonds. The idea that you should not eat after a certain time at night is a myth. Some people find that eating too late keeps them up all night but it is not likely the problem with weight gain as long as you stay within your daily calorie range. In fact, if you are someone who likes to stay up very late, you may want to have a small, late-night snack that is high in protein and low in calories and fat, such as plain tuna (4oz) or a protein shake with water or low fat milk. There is a difference between fat loss and weight loss. Losing fat will likely lead you to a healthy weight that you can realistically maintain throughout your life, whereas focusing on just losing weight will put you on the same path as those who struggle, such as Kirstie Alley and Oprah Winfrey. The yo-yo effect is common - particularly among women.
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Loss of body fat Losing inches instead of weight Eating five to seven meals a day Knowing how many calories you currently burn each day and going on a slight deficit.
• Eating an hour before you work out to fuel your muscles and prevent muscle loss • Eating/consuming protein within 30 minutes after a workout to help with recovery and replenish nutrients • Strength training to maintain or add muscle along with cardiovascular exercise (Too much cardio can be counterproductive as well. No more than 45 minutes/5-6 days a week.) • Proper supplements when necessary Most of all, it is important not to be so hard on yourself. Create a plan that you will stick with for the rest of your life. Allow yourself one cheat day a week so you do not feel completely deprived of your favorite foods.
Elaine is the former host of "The Shape Fitness Show" on 97.1FM and 980AM in Los Angeles. Check out her site at GodaiFit.com
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When traveling, whether for business or for pleasure, finding the right hotel can make or break a trip. It doesn’t matter if it’s a one-day meeting, or a two-week vacation with the family, the accommodations can often be the most memorable thing. Maybe the staff was particularly pleasant, or the housekeeping went out of their way to make sure you were well taken care of. Maybe it was that comfortable bed, or that wonderful candlelit dinner. Sadly, it’s usually the less impressive memories that stick in our heads: like the dirty sheets, or the rank room service. Maybe the spa and facilities aren’t exactly what was pictured in the brochure. If you’ve experienced a less than favorable stay somewhere, and your next destination just happens to be Colorado Springs…well, here’s a spot that will alter your perspective on hotel excellence forever: The Broadmoor Hotel. Exemplifying the 5-star system is what The Broadmoor does best. Built in 1918 on 3,000 lush acres, the facility is perfectly nestled in the midst of the Rockies. This exclusive destination was once, and still is, home to some of the largest meetings, conclaves, and international summits the country has seen, hosting everyone from athletes to heads of state. Needless to say, the views are spectacular…both inside and out. With elegantly decorated rooms (or cottages if you so prefer), and beautiful picturesque views, it can make staying inside seem like a welcomed vacation. This is one place where cabin fever can be a good thing, as the design, décor, and accommodations allow those to truly relax, and get away from the tethers of everyday life. Nevertheless, the surroundings of this multifaceted facility are very conducive for pleasure, rest, and tranquility, and it’s a safe bet that much of your time will be spent under the sun. With three award-winning golf courses (one of which played host to seven PGA Majors events), the greens alone will keep you smiling. Then there are the pools (both indoor and outdoor), tennis, hiking, biking, and even rafting and world-class fly-fishing all within the area.
The top-notch spas and boutiques will cater to your indulgent side, and the three on-site AAA 5 Diamond restaurants will more than adequately tantalize your taste buds. However, although this is high-class at it’s best, indulgence doesn’t mean have to mean destructive. Being here in Colorado, and surrounded by breathtaking examples of Mother Nature at her best, the Broadmoor is doing more than its part to minimize human impact on the lush indigenous habitat. In addition to implementing strict water conservation measures, they’ve recently switched over 30,000 light fixtures to make the facility more energy conservative. This has not only helped the destination in its bid to become more ‘green,’ but it has also led to reduced labor and maintenance cost. This was done with great attention and care, making sure to retain the comfortable ambiance of the hotel. It is refreshing to see that even a five star hotel can take steps to help us all. It takes a village (as they say), and The Broadmoor is one large, beautiful village. So next time you’re in the area, stop by, even if just for lunch and a massage. Here’s one that you can cross off the coveted ‘1000 Places To See Before You Die’ list…and it’s right in your backyard. For further information, head over to www.Broadmoor.com See you on the back 9!
A Spotlight on
Dispensaries Helping Communities While there are certainly great deals available at many Colorado dispensaries, there are also shops that are doing a great deal for their communities. This is just a few of them.
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From there, the “Cans for Cones” program was born, allowing patients to donate canned food products for pre-rolled joints of top shelf cannabis. Starting on March 1st, they set out to collect 2,000 pounds by 4/20, a lofty (and hefty) goal. It wasn’t long until they reached their first MMJ roadblock. While patients were receptive, some food banks were not. “It was a little scandalous for some of their more conservative donors,” DiIullo notes. “There’s no hard feelings, though.” Media coverage generated by the refusal from one bank helped them generate more interest, and in turn, more donations. After doing some research, Urban Cannabis found A Community Taking a Stand (ACTS), who was more than willing to take donations from a dispensary. When all was said and done, 2,200 pounds went to individuals and families in need. They won’t be resting on their laurels, however. Starting in July, Urban Cannabis and Mile High NORML will be hosting a first Friday event called “Cannabis Canvas”, where patient artists can hang art in the Santa Fe art district, with proceeds going to local families with cancer. “We’re a 1.7 billion dollar industry, we have a lot to give,” says DiIullo.
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I don’t often consume butane extracts because most people don’t know how to properly remove all traces of it from the final product. Leftover solvents can pose health and/or safety risks to a patient, as well the extractor. That said, if butane extracts are your thing, you‘ll probably want to check out Sexy Oil. On a consistent basis while there are a wide variety of extracts to choose from, Sexy Oil is a top choice that shouldn’t be missed.
the slightest bit of residue. The high was immediately uplifting and motivating. I made my way to City Park where I thoroughly enjoyed a game of kickball in the sun. I was able to run around and make plays, then mingle between innings with ease. I didn’t feel antisocial or anxious in the large group of people.
While picking up my sample of Sexy Oil, I also stopped to purchase a titanium Skillet to use with my trusty old Jerome Baker. I would have purchased a titanium nail setup, but the shop I visited didn’t have my size adapter in stock at the time. There are all sorts of extract consuming apparatuses at varying price levels, so almost any budget can be accommodated.
The appetite stimulation properties of this medicine must be noted. I’m a notoriously slow eater and don’t think I ever finish eating before my friends. While at dinner the other night I found myself going back for seconds while my friends still had half of their food left. Let me reiterate, this does not happen to me on any normal day. Each time I tried the sexy Oil, I wanted to be snacking right from the get-go. If you have issues with appetite, this might be a great med for you.
The oil looks like a dark peanut butter. The smell is sweet, but not overwhelming, and is close to what I usually expect from a concentrate. It is sticky, and pretty easily consumed, with the right touch. It vaporized right away, leaving only
Full Spectrum Labs tested this extract at a respectable average of 68.03% active cannabinoids. There was an average ratio of 0.3 for CBD, which made the high level of THC more tolerable, and quite enjoyable.
by Valerie Fernandez
Mind, Body, & Soul with Hemp Yoga Gear
With as many types of yoga as there are strains of Marijuana, it takes some individual exploration to see what’s right for you. Is it physical, mental, or even religious that this act that can give one a literal high, as well as take us to a state of enlightenment, insight, and tranquility? It can be all of the above, and to bring the two worlds together, what could be better than yoga products made from hemp? It’s really a perfect marriage bound with holistic ties and spiritual outcomes. Our friends at Rawganique.com have most hemp products covered, and now they have yoga selections too. They offer hemp yoga and meditation mats as well as hemp yoga straps. Strong enough and stylish enough to double as a floor mat for any entry hall, these colorful hand-woven products start out as organically grown hemp from Europe, are PVC and synthetics-free, and have a zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compound). Unlike other PVC mats that can get slippery and soggy, these yoga mats are naturally absorbent and breathable and can be machine washed and laid flat to dry. Why not stretch out on something natural? Now that you’ve got your hemp mat, you may as well keep it rolled up nicely in a hemp yoga mat bag. This will keep your mat fresh, and prevent it from getting ruined or sun bleached in the back seat of your car. This stylish and organic bag is fairly priced at $21.95, and can be found online at AlternativeConsumer.com. This site has a little bit of everything, from design fashion and baby clothes, to furniture and tech gadgets - all with an eco-green twist. If you’re reading KUSH, and doing yoga, it’ll do you good to get hip to this green site. When you’re looking good, you’re feeling good, and if you’re already doing yoga, than you probably look and feel pretty good. If you’re more flexible than fashionable, or not quite sure, head over to Swirlspace.com. This site has a variety of cool, sexy hemp clothes, and specifically yoga wear, with unique colors and styles. Made locally in San Francisco, they use a local fair-labor sewing factory, dye house and screen printer. If you’re reading this article because it’s the last one in this issue you haven’t read (and you’re more into growing and smoking than crouching or stretching), maybe you have a boyfriend or girlfriend who’s into yoga and you could use a clever gift to keep things fresh. We have your key to happiness wrapped up in one web site EverythingYoga.com. This site has everything from help with breathing techniques to hemp Bolsters, clothes, mats, blocks, props, and DVDs. This one-stop-yoga-shop will have you and your partner looking good, feeling good, and breathing good. There’s even a blog community for those who want to converse more on the subject. So whether you are new to the game and wouldn’t know a Half Moon Pose from a Monkey Pose—or maybe you are a certifiable guru who can fit into a box - either way, KUSH suggests you take a little time every day to relax, and an easy and efficient way to do it is to breathe and stretch. Breathe stretch - breathe – stretch. Let yoga be part of your routine. It’ll not only make you healthier, but it’ll help increase your lung capacity (just saying).
Every year an infinite number of people suffer from headaches. There are various levels of severity right up to excruciating agony. But is a headache simply a headache? Not exactly. There are two basic types of headaches: tension headaches and migraines. Tension headaches, which are the most common type of headache, are usually associated with a band-like tightness on one or both sides of the head. They can be anywhere from mild to severe. Stress, caffeine withdrawal, lack of sleep, straining of the eyes, not eating enough food and many other daily factors can cause tension headaches at random times in your life. Migraines, on the other hand, are chronic headaches that affect over 29 million Americans. It can be a debilitating condition with moderate to severe pain on one side of the head lasting anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Migraines, more common with women than men, can lead to nausea, vomiting and light and sound sensitivity. Stress and hormones are the two most common causes of migraines. Some will argue that 90% of the time when people assume they have a sinus headache, they actually have a migraine. There seems to be some truth to that according to the Mayo Clinic. Sinus headaches fall into the secondary headache category. Many people have trouble determining if they have sinus headaches or migraines. One way to determine which one you have would be to ask yourself if… 1. 2. 3.
You have a moderate to severe headache You are experiencing nausea You have sensitivity to light
If you have two or more of the above, you most likely have a migraine and not a sinus headache. So how do you know for sure you have a sinus headache and what do you do about it? Sinus headaches are often a result of Sinusitis, which is an inflammation of the cavities in the skull. These cavities are behind your nose, cheeks, forehead and eyes. Inflammation of the sinus prevents the natural outflow of mucus causing pressure in those areas. The condition can be brought on by allergies, bacteria, viruses or autoimmune issues. Sinus conditions caused by allergies may begin as inflammation of the nasal membranes and work its way to the sinuses resulting in pressure and pain. The pain, which may start on one side of the head and work its way to the other, can be dull and constant and can get worse when bending over. High altitudes, swimming, nasal bone spurs or tumors, deviated septum, asthma, cigarette smoke and allergies are all high risk factors.
Common Symptoms of a Sinus Headache or Sinusitis Include: • Consistent pain in the bridge of the nose, cheek bone area or forehead • Change in intensity of pain with head movement • Pressure or fullness in the ears • Post nasal drip • Yellow-green, thick discharge • Swelling of the face • Fever • Worse pain in the morning • Nasal congestion • Malaise • Fatigue • Cough Sinusitis should be treated properly and immediately because over time the infection can move to the brain or you can develop other serious medical problems. CT scans or an MRI may be necessary to determine if you, in fact, have a blockage. Typical treatment includes the administration of antibiotics for any infection and possibly the use of antihistamines. Treating the underlying sinus inflammation is the best way to combat these types of headaches. However, if you have allergies, you should seek a specialist and treat them separately. There are some common foods that should be avoided if you have problems with sinus headaches including dairy products, wheat, peanuts, corn and too much sugar. A high fiber diet free of mucous forming foods can help alleviate sinusitis. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, is known for reducing inflammation, which may help. Before taking bromelain, consult your doctor as there could be side effects. Relaxation techniques, head and neck stretches, steam inhalation and saline nasal sprays can offer relief for sinus congestion. When all else fails and depending on the cause, your ENT doctor may recommend endoscopic sinus surgery or balloon rhinoplasty. Determining what type of headache you have may not be easy, but it is necessary so you can take the proper measures to control them before they control you. --Elaine is the former host of “The Shape Fitness Show” on 97.1FM and 980AM in Los Angeles. Check out her site at GodaiFit.com
Welcome my cultivating compadres! After all the rain this year, people could be forgiven for forgetting that the season of extreme heat is upon us - and I for one can hardly wait! Outdoor grilling, days at the lake, tubing down the river, waterskiing, windsurfing…
using air conditioners so the initial extra expense will be repaid in the form of electricity savings. You want to buy a unit with at least 50% more cooling capacity as your calculations say you’ll need, so it can cycle off regularly.
funny how so many of our favorite summer pastimes involve some way of
I have always been reluctant to bring in outside air to heat or cool a
cooling off, but what about our precious little green friends? Once again,
grow room, due to uncontrollable temperature swings, but since most
faithful growers, I bring you easy and effective tips to help keep you from
homes already have a built-in HVAC system, why not use it? After all, your
frying your plants, and just in the nick of time!
house is carefully engineered to regulate temperature to comfortable
First, it’s essential to know your local conditions - both in your town and in your grow room. Keep in mind that your growing area is its own little microclimate, affected by the inputs from your equipment, its location inside the building, even which side of the house it’s on. A word about air conditioning vs. evaporative cooling is in order; the differences are many. First, air conditioning cools, and dehumidifies, the existing air in the room; it does not exchange much, if any, air with the outside. A swamp cooler by contrast depends on a large volume of outside airflow, and it does this by ADDING humidity. This is why I recommend evaporative cooling for most arid west applications - cool air and higher humidity are both desirable. If you live where it’s very humid (regularly over 70%) then air conditioning is the better choice. Now in order for a swamp cooling system to work properly, air has to flow through the system in large volumes to get OUT as efficiently as it’s being pumped in. Since hot air rises, your best bet is to place your exhaust vents at or near the top of the room. It is important to have fans pushing air out through these vents, as well as the blower in your swamp cooler pumping air in, to help ensure adequate air turnover. Done properly, this can easily keep temperatures 20 or 30 degrees cooler than ambient!
levels, so drawing air from inside the house and exhausting it outside is a great way to keep costs down while effectively regulating temperature. Another good option is to set your flowering schedule to be on at night, and off during the hot part of the day. Again, be sure there is enough cool air flowing through to keep temperatures and humidity levels stable. Now, how to keep the scent from permeating your home? When designing your air movement system, keep in mind that the airflow of the fans sucking air out of your grow room must be higher than the pressure of fans pushing air into it, or air will inevitably find cracks to push through and transport the smell to the rest of the house. If you’re like me, you don’t want to advertise the presence of a grow room to everyone who walks through the front door, so keeping a relatively high airflow rate through the grow room helps reduce scent buildup and reduces the need for expensive filtration systems - and it’s good for the plants. So, to recap; cool your hot dry air with an evaporative cooling system if your climate allows it, pull it through your grow room reasonably quickly to maximize convective heat transfer, and be sure your exhaust fan is powerful and well sealed to prevent leaks and reduce pressure buildup in the grow room which may lead to odors inside your home. If you live where the humidity is too high to use swamp coolers, your best choice may be air
To keep air on its intended path, you want to be sure that the venting
conditioning and a sealed room setup. For larger commercial operations
system doesn’t leak air between the fan and the actual exit of the grow
the goals remain the same, the equipment necessary to achieve them is
room. The better this seal, the more efficient the system. Typical leak points
include any openings between the fan housing and the exhaust port, like the window frame, or the ducting. Even simple materials such as duct tape and plastic sheeting will work to seal air leaks. Now, back to air-conditioning in more humid climates - because the lights in your room add heat, you need to make some decisions about how to effectively deal with it. The two main options are to either do flow through ventilation or a sealed room approach. If you go with a sealed room setup, keep in mind that the air conditioning has to handle not only the outside heat that seeps into your room, but also all the heat generated by equipment inside, such as lights, ballasts, CO2 burners and the like. I suggest spending the extra money to get chiller units as they cool water,
which can then be used to cool the room. This is about twice as efficient as
That’s it for now, so stay safe and happy growing! Feel free to send any comments or questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to answer them!
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local law enforcement agencies continue to raid medical cannabis providers, even if the provider’s conduct is legal under state law and complies with all city and county regulations. Medical cannabis providers need to prepare themselves, both mentally and operationally, for a raid. Until federal law is harmonized with state law and state laws are fully implemented, raids are always a possibility. Preparing for a raid does not have to be an exercise in paranoia. In fact, knowing that you are as prepared as you can be may ease anxiety. The Americans for Safe Access Raid Response campaign only works if a community is prepared in advance; this means providers and the community alike. We developed this campaign to provide support to victims of law enforcement raids and frame the media coverage. We have orchestrated over 200 emergency Raid Response efforts, which have supported countless victims and helped frame this issue as a patients’ rights issue in the media
How it works: When ASA is alerted by the community that a raid is progress, all ASA staff stop their work and turn their attention to the encounter and begin the following steps:
Step 1: ASA staff looks in our database to see if we
have information about the person or center being raided. This database comes from the medical cannabis provider filling out the “Let ASA Help in the Event of a Raid” online form or sending in the worksheet. If we do not have any information, it can be hard to carry out the rest of the campaign, so it’ll do you good to visit SafeAccessNow.org and fill out the form right away.
Step 2: Confirm raid
ASA gets false alarms about raids everyday. If the medical cannabis provider has filed out the “Let ASA Help in the Event of a Raid” form, then we have several individuals we can contact to verify reports of a raid.
Step 3: Launch the Raid Response:
• Contact the medical cannabis
• Contact local media
• Send out text alert to the community
• Contact spokespeople from “Let ASA Help in the Event of a Raid” form • Track individuals through the legal system
provider’s attorneys and support system
Step 4: Follow up
What happens after a raid can be as important as what happens during a raid.
• Issue press release
• Convene local activist for next steps
• Issue national action alert
• Support victims
The steps above are ASA’s commitment of support during and after a raid, but for these responses to have real impact, it is important that communities are prepared in advance to carry out their part of this campaign. For all the resources you need to organize this campaign in your community, visit SafeAccessNow.org, click on the Projects tab, and jump into the Raid Center. 42 42
Henry Hemp is a strange cat, no way around it. Wearing a foam hat shaped like a marijuana leaf, and bracelets made of synthetic reefer leaves, and a big, bright smile on his face at all times, you’re not quite sure what to make of the guy. Then you see him in action, and you quickly realize that Henry Hemp is a modern-day superhero, whose primary goal is to Free the Weed.
way or another, were each fighting to end the war against marijuana.
But like any other superhero worth mentioning, there’s a very genuine element of humanity to Henry Hemp. Standing on the corner of Adams & Crenshaw in South Central Los Angeles on an overcast California morning, Henry confides, “sometimes I wonder if I bit off more than I can chew with this character, being Henry Hemp.”
On the surface, Henry Hemp - aka Magic Ellingson - could very well seem out of his mind, but in reality he’s deeply focused, aware and compassionate about the struggle to fully legalize marijuana. In a city of bullshitters, Henry Hemp walks his talk.
Then right after he says this, he snaps back into character, spreading the good word about cannabis, talking with Traffic Officers, even getting a fire-truck to wail its sirens in support of ending the prohibition of marijuana. We’re there to lead the 13th Annual Million Marijuana March in L.A., an event being celebrated simultaneously in over 300 cities around the globe, but by 10:30, it was looking like we were the only ones dedicated enough to actually make the 2-mile hike down Crenshaw Boulevard to Leimert Park. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was all a big goof, like someone up high was playing a joke on me. Was this my welcome to Los Angeles, to get stuck on Crenshaw with some nut walking around dressed as a pot leaf? If it weren’t for the 8 cars from the City of Los Angeles Parking Enforcement lined up waiting to escort us, I might have succumbed to doubt. Thankfully, people started showing up, and by 11:30 we had about 40 ganja activists and several cars eager to march proudly down the middle of the southbound lane, a parade celebrating marijuana with the rest of the world. Pedestrians stopped and watched; shop workers came out from work, most of them cheering us on. At that point, our tribe included Steve Collett (an upstanding citizen with a huge dog running as a Libertarian for U.S. Congress in California’s 36th District), legendary activist Richard Eastman, various representatives from NORML, and many more. Leimert Park was laid out for a grand 2-day festival. Booths hosted the likes of Chronic Jerky for all their insanely delicious jerky; DJ Kaliman sold his shirts; Union Collective showed up; there were pipe vendors, and all sorts of good food. On stage, lionized musicians from RBX to Ditch to Yo Yo played to a large, diverse crowd of people who, in one
“Part of success,” Henry says, “80% of it is showing up. You got to show up, you got to stand up loud and send a message to the world when things need to be changed, and we definitely need to change the laws and stop prohibition, and we need to free the plant.”
An actor and filmmaker, Ellingson came up with Henry Hemp about three years ago. As he explains, “I was asked to put on the hat and be part of a parade. I was walking home - I lived right off Hollywood & Highland, that famous spot where all the characters hang out - and people started stopping me, taking pictures and handing me money. The wheels started to turn, I bought the domain name henryhemp.com, and I started walking out on Hollywood Blvd.” Soon after, Henry was given a copy of “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer. The legendary guide to cannabis and its numerous uses had a profound impact on Magic. “Oh my gosh, not only was I having fun and spreading smiles and joy to people just because of a silly hat, now I had the TRUTH put in my hands. I was inspired by that.” He transformed into his new alter ego, and crafted the role of a friendly, positive and well-versed activist. “I am Henry Hemp and I represent the male energy of the Hemp plant!” he declares. He started producing polished and informative video skits enlightening the masses about our beloved cannabis, and quickly became an underground celebrity, frequenting radio shows, protests, and ultimately leading the 420 march at Washington, D.C. this year. “Honestly,” he says, “I think I’m in the process of creating one of the most loved characters of all time, because it’s about a plant that is used in all cultures, all around the world. People from every walk of life look at this character, and they seem to smile.” He’s not just a dude looking for his next bong-rip, though. “I’m actually Henry HEMP. HEMP, that’s food, fabric, fuel, fiber. Quit cutting down trees, quit using oil, let’s save our planet, keep it green for our future, for our children.” Henry Hemp now offers his own line of water pipes, clothes, comic books and more. Check out henryhemp.com
by Mike Marino
Killer Weed on Broadway:
Fishnets and High Kicks!
The left over baggy of the generation of seeds and stems of Haight Ashbury’s purple hazed daze and the tie-dyed Summer of Love have long since gone up in smoke. It was a dimebag time of rolling papers, roach clips, and badda-bing, badda-bong pipes. Tim Leary, the High Priest of The United Psychedelic States of America, told us it was high-time to turn on, tune in and drop out. If you had some spare time, along with your spare change, you could also Kick Out The Jams, Brothers and Sisters! Pot, protest and politics combined to create a strange violently sexy menage a’ trois, and the cast of cannabis characters is the stuff of killer weed legend.
Our story begins in a grassy bowl galaxy, far, far away in time..to a place inhabited by the evil troll Harry Anslinger who lived under the bridge with his head up his ass, and was the trail blazing pathfinder of getting marijuana declared “illegal” and out of bounds, warning America of the deranged conditions it produced, turning clean cut collegians into hairy hungry werewolves in disguise, and defiling the virginal vaginal purity of the youth of America. Gasp!! Negros for Christ sake smoke this jazzed up shit in Harlem, and those strange brown migrants from some alien planet south of the border are bringing their filthy weed onto American soil. It wouldn’t be long before the cream of our youth would be turned into turned on voodoo zombies ready to mass murder mom and dad in the beds where they slept. Anslinger had an idea...let’s teach the children about the evils of the green leafy substance through moving pictures, graphic photographs that move in a thin strip and fill a movie palace theater’s big screen with enough mayhem and screams. Referred to and referenced to as Reefer Madness, a film was produced in 1936 called Teach Your Children, sort of a high school hygiene class film documentary that showed American youth engaged in wild abandon and debauchery (nothing like
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a little debauchery to set the hipsters apart from the oldsters). Of course, it was all anti-pot political bullshit, as is most information that spills out of the government cavity. It backfired however, as Anslinger’s slingshot did not dissuade “youth” from the evil weed, in fact, the film became an iconic cult classic in the altered state Sixties as the doobie darling of the midnight marijuana madness movies. Of course, one had to be stoned to truly appreciate the childlike presentation of the film. It packed the houses like a well rolled joint and laughter filled the theater thicker than all the weed that was going up in smoke. The Wasp-like youth of American, pure and virginal in the dirty Thirties, unlike those of color, black, brown, red, are the target of the corrupt dope dealers who want to strip them of their virginity, their respect for the red, white and blue and mom and apple pie. (The pie would be replaced with brownies from the kitchen of Alice B. Toklas in short order!) The storyline involves innocent Bill and Mary, high schoolers played by actors in their late 20s or early 30s, so much for credibility Harry! Bill and Mary for the most part don’t smoke tea, they drink it after a few rounds on the tennis courts, but then again, every clean cut person has a looming Eddie Haskell in their lives - just ask Wally and Beaver, yes, Beaver and don’t get me going in that direction! This Eddie is named Jack, and he invites the wholesome delicious looking couple up to this apartment where dopers and stoners while away the hours in oblivious abandon. They have fiendish laughs and dance wildly to the crazed piano player who does more than tickle his ivories...he fucks them with pounding motion until they orgasm. Bill becomes hooked on the evil weed after one joint. If only he knew he could say “I never inhaled” and the story would have gone down a different road. Mary also tries one and after it begins to giggle as Ralph the Addict cops feel after feel of fresh flesh like a garden of Hedon at his fingertips. Bill, hearing and not believing his eyes, bursts out of the bedroom to mix it up with Ralph, and in the fray, Mary is accidentally shot...followed more shootings, courtroom drama and the inevitable sentencing to a mental institution...the film ends with a voice from on Hollywood high, godlike, says “The dread marijuana may be reaching forth next for your son...or daughter...or yours...or YOURS!!” It was a black and white propaganda extravaganza that morphed into a marijuana-meets-Ethel-Merman-show-tune-
filled-lollapalooza in 1998 in the City of Angels. Satire? Reefer Madness...the musical? You bet your ass! It opened on the Left Coast at the Hudson Theater, then this off beat beast headed east for the off Broadway production that high kicked in campy fish nets in September of 2001. It was the roar of the roar of the crowd and the smell of the green leafy greasepaint on the move. The curtain went up and the crowd was wowed. It was a “hit” so to speak, no pun intended. It has now taken its pot pedestal stance on the shelf along with other camp favorites such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, Young Frankenstein and San Francisco’s outrageous Beach Blanket Babylon. Crank up the camp! The stage play was not My Fair Lady, or West Side Story but a faithful, lyrical representation of the original black and white celluloid incarnation on the silver screen. Unlike the filmatic by the fanatic Anslinger, this one has a voice, or many voices, and tunes, show tunes, toke tunes, reefer references, and cannibus camp with such songs as Jimmy Takes a Hit, The Dead Old Man, Jimmy on the Lam, the Brownie Song, Little Mary Sunshine and the Finale: Reefer Madness.
A film version was made for Showtime on TV in 2005. Since then local theater groups have undertaken to daunting task of producing this little gem in theaters from London to Sydney to Seattle. When Showtime aired the premier of the film, someone at programming was actually paying attention and played it back to back with the original film that was the inspiration for the musical interpretation. It became available on DVD just before Christmas in 2005. Mary-wanna Emmy? No problemo, it won in 2005 for music and lyrics, and garnered Emmy nominations for choreography and make-up. So there is our tale as it was told to us by the Wise Ones who were there. Anslinger, fortunately, is deader than a doornail, Medical Marijuana is making “headway,” and decriminalization is looming somewhere near the horizon. So no matter what they say about the green leafy matter...There’s no business like dope business..sing it loud...sing it proud!
It’s showtime girls...get ready to high kick in those fishnets!
Q: Rob, I am a Medical Marijuana patient subject to occasional random drug testing at my job. Can my employer fire me for being a patient or testing positive for THC? -C.J., Edgewater
A: MIt depends. As a practical matter, this injustice happens all-toooften since Medical Marijuana patients are the new second-class citizens in Colorado. Recently, my client Paul Curry was fired from his long-time job at
discriminatory and illegal. Moreover, the Colorado Revised Statutes have a provision prohibiting employment discrimination for reason of disability. C.R.S. § 24-34-402. If you are a licensed medical marijuana patient, by definition and as a matter of law, you automatically have a disability, i.e., a “debilitating medical condition.” If you did not have a “debilitating medical condition,” diagnosed by a licensed physician, the State of Colorado would not
MillerCoors, for the medical use of marijuana, during off-duty hours
have issued you a Medical Marijuana Registry Card. Medical Marijuana
and outside of the work place, detected in a urine test. Initially, the State
Patients opt to follow their doctor’s orders to use marijuana to deal with
of Colorado Department of Employment even denied Mr. Curry his
unemployment benefits due to his medical use of marijuana. Thankfully, Mr. Curry hired me, and we persuaded a Department of Employment Hearing Officer to reverse his denial of unemployment benefits, so now Coors is paying my client while he tries to get his job back. The written decision in Mr. Curry’s unemployment case, available
Colorado law also has a “Smoker’s Rights” provision codified at C.R.S. § 24-34-402.5, which provides “It shall be a discriminatory or unfair employment practice for an employer to terminate the employment of any employee due to that employee’s engaging in any lawful activity off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours.” This statutory
at my web site (RobCorry.com), is a very positive development for the
provision was passed in 1996, predating the 2000 amendment of the
civil rights of Colorado’s Medical Marijuana patients. It establishes that
Colorado Constitution to include medical marijuana, and inspired not by
patients are allowed to use medical marijuana off the job, and have
Marijuana Smoker’s Rights, but by Tobacco Smoker’s Rights. Historically,
protection against job discrimination. This is a new and developing area
certain employers would fire tobacco smokers due to increased health
of the law, sure to change in the coming months if we bring a civil rights
insurance costs, or smell of tobacco on workers’ clothing, or general social
action or lawsuit against Coors.
discrimination against smokers. This provision also protects medical
The starting point for the legal analysis is the Supreme Law of the
marijuana patients who medicate legally during nonworking hours.
State, i.e., the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII § 14, which generally
Hopefully, we will arrive at a day when the Paul Currys of the world
codifies the constitutional right to the medical use of marijuana. Section
will be safe in following their doctors’ orders. In the meantime, until we
14(10)(b) provides that “Nothing in this section shall require any
reach a more just world, we will need to smoke the haters in courts of law..
employer to accommodate the medical use of marijuana in any work place.” Thus, an employer can probably fire a patient for using medical marijuana in the work place, but also must allow and accommodate a patient’s medical use of marijuana outside of the work place. This means that a firing for legal marijuana use outside of the work place is
Robert J. Corry, Jr. is an Attorney licensed to practice in Colorado, California, and the District of Columbia. This column does not constitute formal legal advice, and should not relied upon as such. Please submit comments or questions to www.RobCorry.com.
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SETTING UP Pug (Internet): I am a first time indoor grower. I have access to indica clones that I like to smoke. Would this be a good plant for me to try? Would you suggest soil or growing it hydroponically? Ed: Indica varieties are good choices for novice growers. They are compact, grow and mature quickly and don’t require as intense a light as varieties highly influenced by sativa parentage. If you have no experience growing plants I would suggest using a commercially produced enriched planting mix rather than growing hydroponically. The mix doesn’t require as much expertise and the ingredients contain a lot of carbon, which buffers nutrient imbalances a bit.
PRUNING BOTTOMS The Smoking Gun (Washington State): I am concerned about the balance in weight, between bottoms or no bottoms on the plant. I understand clipping off the bottom growth sends nutrients to the top, producing heavier buds. Typically, small underbrush doesn’t receive enough light and you end up with a bunch of leafy budlets. I had the idea of creating an open globe in the center of the plant by clipping the 3 or 4 shoots on each branch closest to the main stalk. I figure this is less stressful than taking off bottoms. The plant doesn’t have to spend much time on repairing itself than it does when big branches are lopped off. It also creates good airflow inside the plant while reducing chance of mold or bug infestation and the outer shoots of each branch can finally turn into something rewarding.
Is the weight going to be any different if I rip off bottoms and have bigger buds, or should I refrain from removing any branches or buds and have some smaller leafier product of equal or greater weight? How about removing only the inner buds? Is there a difference in weight or only quality? Ed: Lets look at light. When a bit of light hits a leaf its energy is absorbed by the leaf. The light is spent. It cannot get to another leaf. So even the brightest light penetrates only one surface. Anything under that surface, such a another leaf, is not being illuminated and is not receiving light energy, so it is not photosynthesizing. This is a good reason to use light movers; just as with sunlight all parts of the plant are lit, but at different times. Any parts of the plant that are shaded all the time are costing it resources. Their energy needs are supplied by the upper leaves, which are producing sugars. In indoor gardens, especially sea of green systems, the lower leaves are hidden by the upper canopy and are of no use to the plant. They can be removed. Outdoors opening the plant by removing the top gives the side branches light from in the hole in the middle. Without the shadow of the top and its inhibiting auxin these branches grow very large buds. By removing secondary branches you will have a larger harvest of grade A buds. Who wants shwag when you can grow bud? New Grower (Los Angeles, CA): I am building a planter in the ground. How deep should it be? Do you recommend a gravel foundation for drainage? How deep should the gravel foundation be?
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Ed: Planting holes are usually dug between a meter and 4’ deep. To a great extent the width of the hole determines the diameter of the plant canopy. Placing a gravel foundation helps drainage in clay soils that don’t drain rapidly. In loam and sandy soils they are not needed. Digging a planting hole is hard work to do manually. You might think about using a backhoe to dig the hole. If you are growing a number of plants consider digging a wide trench, which may make maintenance easier. Raised beds are an alternative to digging holes. They are much easier to construct and fill than digging. There are also commercial high strength pop-up containers that come in all widths. They make outdoor gardening especially easy. Raised beds have several other advantages over holes, too. They have no problem with drainage. In holes, even when they are filled with well draining planting mix, soil porosity and the water resistance of the surrounding soil determine the water holding and drainage capacities. It also raises the level of the soil in relation to the ground. This helps protect plants from predation caused by many small pests.
BALCONY GARDENING Jojo (Internet): I live in an apartment with an enclosed eastfacing balcony that gets strong, direct sunlight about five hours per day. I sprouted a few seeds, and I have been supplementing the remaining ambient light with three incandescent grow lamps (two 65 watt bulbs and one 120 watt bulb) that I leave on 24-hours per day, but the plants are not growing so well. The tomato and pepper plants I am growing under the same conditions are doing very well; it’s only the cannabis that is struggling with short, stocky stems, but only a few tiny leaves after 3 weeks. I would like to use an HPS lamp, but right now, the initial cost is prohibitive, and the layout of my apartment does not really provide a discreet area to set up a grow room inside.
Are there any strains of cannabis that require less direct sunlight than most? Ed: Your plants are struggling from being in a soil that is too acidic for them. First check the soil using a pH test kit or meter. Raise the pH using a liquid lime or pH Up (available at indoor garden shops). Replace the incandescent lamps with four 24-watt compact fluorescents, each with a reflective hood. This will provide the plants with more light. The plants will start to flower during the winter as soon as you turn the lights from constant to 12 hours a day. Make sure to keep apartment light away from them so they experience 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness daily. About two months after the lights are turned down the flowers will ripen.
KIEF EXPERIMENT Anonymous: I had some interesting results from an experiment I tried. I placed fresh powdered kief into sealed Seal-AMeal pouch. Then I submerged it in water heated to 77-88° F water for 2-1/2 hours. The pouch ballooned out. Red oily dewdrops spotted the sides of the plastic. Then I put it inside a freezer for 2 hours. The package lost its balloon shape and looked like the vacuum-sealed pack it started out as. I removed and dried the patty to room temperature. The patty crumbled easily. Its color changed from original gold to red with earthy cocoa undertones. I let some of it age. In 4 weeks chocolate and vanilla flavors appeared. The high was dramatically more intense but less confusing. What occurred chemically? Ed: Thanks for your letter. I am planning to try your process soon and to have it tested for changes in cannabinoids.
SALVE FOR PAIN RELIEF Mimi H. (Internet): In making a salve, what part of the plant do I use? Some recipes say use leaf, while others recommend using buds. I want to use it to decrease my pain (and hopefully not to get me loaded). Ed: Bud is the most expensive part of the plant, while the leaves are very reasonably priced. They are a byproduct of bud production and contain about one quarter to one sixth the amount of cannabinoids that are found in the bud. They are not used for smoking because of the taste and feel of their smoke. However they make a fine ingredient for tinctures and salves.
CHANGING LIGHT TIMING
This raised bed was 1.5’ in depth and 6.5’ wide. Notice that the plant canopy spread a little wider than the diameter of the bed.
Frido (Casablanca, Morocco): I’m growing with an indoorhydro setup. I’m in the desert, and my main problem has been temperature control. I have been running the flowering lights at night, from 7 pm to 7 am. When we go into winter I want
to run the lights during the daytime, which will allow me to do maintenance during the day. What is the best way to change the light cycle to on at 7 am - 7pm, without interrupting the flowering cycle? Ed: The best way to change the cycle is to keep the lights dark one cycle. The garden will be dark for 36 hours. Then when the lights are turned on again the timing will be reversed. The buds may speed maturity by a couple of days.
NOT ENOUGH LIGHT Enrique (Florida): I have a 4’ x 8’ tray with 30 plants in flowering and a 1000-watt high-pressure sodium light on a 6’ light track. Will I have a bigger yield per plant if I add another 1000-watt light? Is it worth spending the extra $350? Ed: Your plants are not getting an intense enough light. The garden should have an input of 495-726 watts per square meter, depending on plant type. Indicas do well with the least light and sativas require the most. Your garden has an input of about 363 watts per square meter. Rather than moving the single 1000 watt lamp over the entire table, have it move back and forth only 1’ so it changes the angle of light over a more concentrated area. Both the quantity and quality of the buds will improve considerably.
A raised bed made with cement blocks. This raised bed and greenhouse was constructed out of cement blocks and PVC pipe. Two people put it together in a few hours. It is easy to cover with plastic for light deprivation.
Before you buy the second light invest in a CO2 system that supplies the gas using a tank regulated by a PPM meter. This will improve the efficiency of the plants’ use of energy, resulting in a considerably higher yield per watt. The CO2 unit is a one-time purchase since the single unit can be used as the garden grows. Once you have the light mover covering a shorter distance and the CO2 installed, your garden will produce more high quality bud, faster. Then it’s time to move up to a second light. The light mover should be rearranged to move both lights back and forth 9-12”. This changes the light angle so that more parts of the plants are illuminated some of the time.
Readers can submit questions to: Ask Ed 4096 Piedmont Ave, Suite 268 Piedmont, CA 94611, USA. You can also Email Ed: email@example.com All questions featured in the Ask Ed column will be rewarded with a copy of Ed’s book, Best of Ask Ed: Your Marijuana Questions Answered. Sorry, Ed cannot send personal replies to your questions. Plants in small containers on a porch. They make it easy to move the plants out of shadow and into the sun. It also makes in convenient to use light deprivation by moving them into a dark place.
Fertile Ground highlights the hottest state and national issues surrounding marijuana reform. This column is brought to you by Brian Vicente, the Executive Director of the advocacy group Sensible Colorado, and a partner at Vicente Consulting, LLC, a full service medical marijuana law firm.
By Brian Vicente, Esq.
News flash: The U.S. Attorney is Not the Surgeon General Upon taking office in 2010, Colorado’s new U. S. Attorney John Walsh declared his intention to focus his office’s prosecutorial resources on economic crimes and terrorism. Despite his initial intentions, Walsh has jumped on the bandwagon of medical marijuana bashing. Walsh recently sent a memo asserting that the DEA will continue to consider medical marijuana a crime in Colorado and his office will prosecute these offenses unless they involve “individuals with serious illnesses and those who care for them.” One is left wondering how exactly a federal attorney determines who has a “serious illness.” Most Colorado patients qualify for medical marijuana based on serious, debilitating pain. Is crippling pain “serious” enough to avoid Walsh’s grasp? The implication from Walsh - and the stated view of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers - is that many of the 125,000 cardcarrying medical marijuana patients in our state are feigning pain in order to access medical marijuana. A review of the data shows that pain is a very real and very prevalent condition, both inside and outside Colorado. According to a 2006 report issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 25 percent of American adults suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain disables more people than cancer or heart disease and costs more than $90 billion per year in medical expenses, disability payments, and productivity. The most common types of chronic pain are headaches, back pain, arthritis pain, “whiplash” pain, sciatica, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Because of
the prevalence of chronic pain, the 106th U.S. Congress declared the 10-year period beginning January 1, 2001, the ‘‘Decade of Pain Control and Research.’’ If that many American adults have chronic pain, it means approximately 900,000 Coloradans are currently suffering from this condition. About 100,000 medical marijuana cards are issued for chronic pain which means that one in nine pain patients in Colorado is choosing medical marijuana to manage their condition. The other 800,000 adults either receive no medication or use prescribed opioid painkillers, of which the most common examples include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and methadone. According to a 2010 CDC report, there has been at least a tenfold increase nationwide in the medical use of opioid painkillers in the last 20 years. In 2007, the number of deaths involving opioid painkillers nationally was almost twice the number of cocaine deaths and more than five times the number of deaths involving heroin. The number of deaths - ever - from medical marijuana is zero. Given these statistics, a person suffering from chronic pain must make a very serious decision in determining which medication to use, a decision that should not be influenced by law enforcement authorities. Upon taking office, Walsh claimed he would focus on terrorism and white-collar crime. The citizens of Colorado would greatly appreciate if he fulfilled his promise of pursuing these major issues, instead of targeting patients based on their choice of medicine.
by Mason Tvert for SAFER
It’s begun… Colorado Legalization Has
Officially Made It’s Presence Known! Late last month, a broad coalition of activists and organizations formally initiated the process of placing a statewide legalization initiative on the 2012 ballot by filing initiative language with the state. Essentially, the proposed constitutional amendment would do two things:
1) remove all penalties for private marijuana possession and limited home growing; and
2) establish a legal and regulated marijuana market for adults 21 and older. In other words, it would officially end marijuana prohibition in Colorado. Eight versions of the language were filed, each of which include the same basic framework but with very slight variations. The purpose of this was to address any unforeseen objections election officials might bring forward and ensure the best possible initiative emerges following the intensive initial stage of the initiative process. For example, one version of the measure includes a small section that would legalize cultivation of industrial hemp, whereas another leaves it out in case its inclusion is found to violate the state’s single-subject rule, which requires initiatives to address just one subject. Arriving at the language of the proposed ballot measure entailed a lengthy and exceptionally exhaustive process. It started out with a very basic outline drafted by attorneys in Colorado and Washington, DC, who specialize in the field of marijuana policy reform. Among the core members of the coalition were Sensible Colorado, SAFER, the Marijuana Policy Project, the Drug Policy Alliance, NORML, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, along with support from the ACLU. From there it was shared with a variety of local and national organizations, their legal teams, independent attorneys, and elected officials to provide comments, express any concerns, and propose edits. The coalition also made it a point to engage the medical marijuana community, including a vast cross-section of patients, caregivers, business owners, and organizations. Comments from the public were also solicited throughout this process via e-mail blasts to state and national organizations’ lists of thousands of Colorado reform supporters, as well as
magazine ads and public events around the state. Ultimately, the process took about six months and 20 drafts before being filed. Yet it is still far from over. Submitting the initiative language is just the very first of many steps that must be taken before it is placed on the ballot. It must be thoroughly reviewed by the state in multiple stages before receiving the okay to begin collecting the approximately 85,000 signatures necessary to qualify. During this process there are opportunities to make slight changes to the language if they seem necessary, and of course there also remains the opportunity to re-file other versions of the language altogether. As you can imagine, it is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to produce initiative language on which everyone will agree entirely. This is not just the case with a marijuana-related initiative, but with legislation regarding any subject. Hence, the goal here was to draft the strongest, most viable law possible – one that will accomplish our goal of bringing an end to marijuana prohibition as quickly as possible and allowing for future progress, all while appealing to a majority of Colorado voters. It is hoped that, in the end, supporters of reform across Colorado will feel comfortable with the final product, take ownership of this initiative campaign, and become part of the growing coalition working together to bring about victory in 2012. -Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) works to educate the public about the fact that marijuana is safer than alcohol. saferchoice.org
Patients Out of Time George
he first time I saw George was in the summer of 1990.
and included Corrine Millet, Elvy Musikka and Irv Rosenfeld, was broadcast
He was to be on a panel that would discuss the use of
live over C-Span and then repeatedly broadcast for weeks on that channel.
cannabis therapeutically from a patient’s perspective.
The publicity caused an unprecedented number of contacts from all
He was a regular user of cannabis to alleviate the worst
over the US and the five patients and I realized we had hit on a subject
of his symptoms, which included pain, spasm and
ripe for public discussion. The result was the formation of Patients Out of
nausea. He began a medical cannabis protocol on March 16, 1990. George McMahon was the fifth patient admitted to the Investigational New Drug Program (cannabis protocol) and at our first meeting he was
Time (POT), a Virginia corporation founded in April 1995 that included patients, MDs and RNs with expertise in this then emerging therapeutic pursuit.
using crutches and had most of his torso, a leg and an arm in tight braces.
George became POT’s physical presence in state after state. He talked
When George penned the following words 9 years later, he was able to ride
to Senators, law enforcement officers, Congressmen, journalists, church
a bicycle miles for exercise:
groups, students and at fairs across the country. He asked for nothing
“...My particular prescription requires a one month dosage of eight cured
except expenses (after all he was and is disabled and subsisting on Social
ounces of (sic) marijuana. The dosage is administered through inhalation
Security benefits) and some help getting around. Margaret, his wife, was
at various times throughout my professional and private life. I experience
constantly, quietly, at his side. She is another unrecognized individual
no negative or work orientated problems as a result of this dosage. In fact,
trying to help others by physically and verbally supporting George and his
without medication I could not function to my present capacity.”
personal journey of medicinal cannabis education.
I have worked (and still do) with men and women who are quiet
George has a disease called nail patella syndrome. It is a rare genetic
heroes. My military life put me in touch with dozens of such folk, as has
disease that is identified and named because of his lack of fully developed
my advocacy for therapeutic cannabis, and George is in their company.
nail beds and kneecaps and his symptoms include chronic pain, the
He could have taken the federal government’s cannabis and shut up but he
breaking of bones with little stress often caused by out of control spasms,
did not. As a matter of fact, he did the exact opposite…starting the very
and the internal distress of nausea. George will tell you that he doesn’t get
day we met.
“high” from cannabis and that the low-level THC cannabis works best for
The panel referred to above was part of a NORML conference that some members of the Board of Directors thought necessary to inform the attendees
his symptoms. Cannabis successfully treats all symptoms. He has outlived all known patients suffering from this affliction by dozens of years.
about the therapeutic potential of this plant. Serendipity occurred when the
In 2001 George, along with Elvy (federal patient #3), Irv (patient # 2) and
panel presentation, brilliantly moderated by “Patient #1” Robert “Bob” Randall,
Barbara Douglass (patient #14), met with myself, Ethan Russo, MD, and Mary
Lynn Mathre, RN in Missoula, Montana to study the effects of legal cannabis
in this case executed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
on these patients after years, even decades, of daily use. George was reluctant
and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doctors. NIDA and
to enter the study. He had been probed, drained, x-rayed, cut, drugged, and
the FDA begin a medical cannabis program that is forced on them by
observed for years and he did not desire another bout of the same. George
a lawyer (judge), after a lawsuit by a citizen, to provide appropriate
swallowed his grumbling and resistance and submitted himself to three full
medical care to Bob Randall. George qualifies for the program because
days of physical testing along with the others. To do what you do not want to
nothing else in ‘modern science’ is known to help him. Meanwhile,
do - do not have to do - on behalf of others, is noble.
being physicians, the NIDA and FDA are aware that his disease will be
The result is the “Chronic Cannabis Use in the Compassionate New
passed to his children, yet they continue to forbid him from helping
Drug Program: An Examination of Benefits and Adverse Effects of
them with the very medicine he is authorized to take for the very same
Legal Clinical Cannabis” (Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, Vol. 2(1)
condition. Instead, they cancel the program for new patients, effectively
2002). The study was conducted at the St. Patrick Hospital by Russo,
dooming his daughter and grandchild to an early and painful death.
Mathre and a host of hospital professionals. Tests included MRI scans
Furthermore, NIDA does not study the results of George’s treatment
of the brain, pulmonary function tests (spirometry), chest x-ray (P-A
in the “investigational” program; in fact they totally ignore the years of
and lateral), neuropsychological test battery,
data and the plight of his family. America…
hormone and immunological assays (CD4
these are the folks in charge of drug abuse in
counts), electroencephalography (EEG), P300
this country. If the behavior of NIDA in this
testing (a computerized EEG test of memory),
instance is not patient abuse and abuse of the
and a neurological history and examination.
medical creed of “do no harm,” then what is?
After analysis of the data, the primary
These are federal employees who pretend
authors concluded that cannabis smoking, even
that the world-wide research of the eighty
of a crude, low-grade product (federal grown
years past, since cannabis was removed
cannabis), provides effective symptomatic relief
from the US Pharmacopoeia, does not
of pain, muscle spasms, and intraocular pressure
exist. They insist that the dozens of health
elevations in selected patients failing other modes
care organizations, including the American
Nurses Association and American Medical Association, are incompetent when they call
Other findings include:
for their members to educate themselves
- “These clinical cannabis patients are able to
about therapeutic cannabis. These are
reduce or eliminate other prescription medicines
federal gnomes that have yet to ever mention
and their accompanying side effects.”
in public that over 15 years ago, scientists
- “Clinical cannabis provides an improved quality
of life in these patients.”
unknown system in all mammalian creatures
- “The side effect profile of NIDA cannabis in
called the endocannabinoid system.
chronic usage suggests some mild pulmonary risk.
It’s been 21 years since that panel in 1990, and over the course of
No malignant deterioration has been observed.”
these two decades, George and I have become good friends. He is now
“retired” from his peripatetic journey spreading therapeutic cannabis
“No consistent or attributable neuropsychological or neurological
deterioration has been observed.”
education around the states, but continues to work with Patients Out
- “No endocrine, hematological or immunological sequelae have been observed.”
of Time to keep our work current, science-based, and free of whimsybased, rather than reality-based, discussion of the proven clinical use
Despite zzthese promising findings, there is another issue with George
that no tests can determine how to handle - nail patella syndrome is hereditary. I have met his family many times, daughter, grandkids. All of
them stand to deal with his illness but none of them can avail themselves
Al Byrne for Patients Out of Time
of his cannabis. The rules state clearly that if George were to give even a
gram of his cannabis to another, even his stricken daughter, his medication would be gone forever, leaving him to die. That’s one hell of a penalty for passing less than a joint. Now let’s put all this into perspective…think of the medical mentality
by Noelle Leavitt
Colorado’s Medical Marijuana laws are a constantly evolving set of rules and regulations, and with each year comes the opportunity to clarify and edify the lessons learned from the year prior. This is to be expected in a new and emerging industry and economy, and growing pains are a part of the process. Colorado’s legislative session ended in May, and this time around, two of three major medical marijuana bills have hit the governor’s desk for approval. A third was put aside until next year. Here’s a breakdown of all three.
House Bill 1250, Edible labeling and packaging
Initially, House Bill 1250 would have prohibited the manufacturing and sale of “medical marijuana-infused consumable food and beverage products.” Yet, after careful consideration by lawmakers, the bill was amended to read that it’s illegal to sell “medical marijuana-infused products unless they are in special packaging that is designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open, that does not allow the product to be seen without opening the packaging material, and are clearly and properly labeled.” Essentially, that means that every edible product on the market must be properly labeled according to the new law. “This bill doesn’t really mean anything,” said Kriho, adding that most edible manufacturers already properly label medical marijuanainfused products.
House Bill 1043, MMJ Clarification and “clean-up” bill
House Bill 1043 tackled several contentious matters within the MMJ community. For starters, it amends the current “Colorado Medical Marijuana Code for licensure, licensee operations, sales and use taxes, access to records, patients, physicians and caregivers, and research and development.” The bill clarifies how long dispensary owners and employees are required to live in Colorado prior to opening an MMJ dispensary or operating a grow facility. Under former provisions, both shop owners and employees were required to live in Colorado for two years prior to working in the medical marijuana industry. Now, the clarification holds that “residency requirements of two years are maintained for owners but employees only need to be current residents.” HB 1043 also changes the patient’s registry rights. For example, if a patient is approved for an MMJ card and is waiting to receive the card from the state, the patient can still purchase medical marijuana if they were “diagnosed with end-stage cancer or end-stage AIDS, or is in hospice care or receiving chemotherapy.” In such cases the bill reads “the patient may present the application and a photo identification at the time of purchase in lieu of the registration card.” The bill also outlines penalties for unlawfully releasing patient records, making such a violation a class 1 misdemeanor. If someone steals patient records, they could be charged with a class 6 felony. Perhaps the most contentious piece of language in the bill makes growers expose the location of their grow operations to the state. The bill states that “primary caregivers are required to register the location of their cultivation operation with the state licensing authority, and provide the registration identification number of each of their patients.”
The Cannabis Therapy Institute has a huge problem with this provision and the entire clean-up bill in general. “We can’t support any kind of clean-up bill,” Kriho said. “It’s unconstitutional. The patients have won some small victories, but the legislation has become dominated with high-paid lobbying groups who don’t have patients rights in mind.” While medical marijuana proponents can expect various changes to the current MMJ laws as illustrated above, one proposed bill was put on hold until next year:
House Bill 1261 THC/DUI
Lawmakers decided to postpone any major decisions regarding House Bill 1261, assigning a task force to better review the scientific standards set forth in the proposed law. The bill outlined regulations for those driving while under the influence of marijuana by testing the amount of THC in the blood stream. “The bill was a product of the drug task force in the first place,” said Rep. Clair Levy, D- Boulder, who sponsored the bill. “I’m a little skeptical…it would be important to get some new data that hasn’t been looked at.” The bill stated that those who drive with a THC blood content of “5 nanograms per milliliter or more” are subject to be charged with a DUI. That means that if a driver is pulled over and suspected of being stoned, the police officer can request that the driver get a blood test. When the bill was first drafted, the Cannabis Therapy Institute, a Boulder-based non-profit, had major issues with the bill, stating that there was “no evidence to back up the need for this bill,” said Cannabis Therapy Institute director Laura Kriho. The Cannabis Therapy Institute and MMJ supporters fought hard against the bill. “I think that was a huge victory for patients, and it shows the importance of grassroots lobbying,” Kriho said. “We had a lot of letters come in on that.” Ultimately, legislators decided that more concrete information was needed, so they set up a task force that will review several provisions and scientific data starting this July. The task force will present new data to the Colorado General Assembly in the 2012 legislative session. Months of hearings from an advisory panel made up of the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division (MMED), members of the medical cannabis community, as well as law enforcement, has culminated in over 70 pages of regulations, all set to go into effect on July 1. Only businesses that met the rigorous filing and fee deadlines in 2010 are subject to the new rules. Everyone else interested in getting into the Canna-Biz in Colorado must wait until July 2012 to even start the application process. Although many states with similar pending pieces of MMJ legislation are in a holding pattern awaiting clarification from the US Attorney General, Eric Holder, about the fed’s position, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed both bills which have now become law. Meanwhile as the furry and confusion of medical cannabis laws forge ahead, 8 new marijuana legalization initiatives have been submitted and are under consideration by the Colorado Office of legislative and Legal Services to be put on the 2012 ballot. Stay tuned…
Upon entering the studio I didn’t hear any formal greetings between Adam and his staff, instead Adam began talking to the room (and no one in particular) about the poor design of his key chain car alarm. It seemed to be an ongoing discussion, and like most of his rants, it was not only funny but it was also so simple and logical that I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it myself. What I’ve always heard about Adam Carolla is that he is exactly the same guy off-air as on. That proved it. Part of Adam’s appeal is that when he gets going on a tirade he seems to make himself angrier and angrier and works himself up the more he goes. And he can get just as angry about war in the Middle East as he can about the inefficiency of ketchup packets. But there’s a method to his madness. Behind every rant there is a logic that is so concise that it makes you feel like you’ve always felt the same way even when you hadn’t…or didn’t know how to say it. Adam has often said that what he loves about radio is it enables you to build a relationship between host and audience in a way that television won’t allow. Podcasting has taken that relationship to a new level. It all began when CBS-owned KLSX decided to change formats in 2009 in favor of a top-40 format. This effectively rendered Adam unemployed. His producer and childhood friend Donny Misraje (‘The Weez’) suggested they begin podcasting as a way to keep the connection with the audience while they plot their next move, and it has worked beyond their wildest expectations. By some estimates, his podcast is being downloaded more than 200,000 times a day, a feat that has landed the former host of The Man Show and Loveline a Guinness World Record for most downloaded podcast ever. As a fellow podcaster (www.shoddyradio.com), my co-host Danny Savage and I were excited when Kush Magazine gave us the opportunity to sit down with one of our heroes and a pioneer in this emerging medium. We met with Adam in “The Pirate Ship” (his pet name for his studio) to chat about pot, parenting, and podcasting.
Here’s how it went: Danny: You spent a lot of time talking to teenagers on Loveline. Do you think much about what it’s going to be like when your twins become teenagers? Adam: They’re going to be a disaster in high school anyway you slice it. I mean you’ve got your choice: your son’s going to do some donuts in the parking lot of the supermarket when its closed, your daughter’s going to sneak out and hook up with her boyfriend in the 11th grade, then you have the full-blown junkie, “lets light a hobo on fire!” Or “lets get pregnant and then light a hobo on fire!” So, you know, there’s shades and grades - you know your kid’s going to try pot, he’s going to try a beer, but is the kid going to be a full blown drug addict? Is the kid going to drop out of 10th grade and follow Phish around the country? So what you try to do at this point is you just try to work with them as much as you can so they’re just sort of minor fuck-ups in high school.
Danny: So, as far as your kids trying pot and beer…do you feel it’s inevitable and would you be against it?
die or that there is a difference between pot and PCP, then all of a sudden they look at the people that told them like they’re all liars. That’s why the message should be ‘no, pot’s not going to kill you and no it’s not going to make you go insane. Sure there’s a place for it but, no, you don’t want to get totally baked and get behind the wheel of a school bus. And if you wake and bake every morning you’re probably not going to climb that corporate ladder as quickly as you would have if you didn’t.
Chris: Assuming they’re over 18, would you be opposed to getting high with your kids at some point?
Adam: I would hope that I have the kind of relationship with my kids where we don’t feel like we need to break through to the other side, so to speak. I would kind of hope that me and my kids have a dialogue and that we’re cool and that they look at me as their dad but also as a human being that has a little bit more knowledge than they do. But we don’t have to get to a place where we have to alter ourselves to get to some next level in our relationship. It’s sort of like “I need to rub some of this Ben-Gay on my cock so I can enjoy sex.” I don’t need you to take the Altoid and a mouth full of 7-Up, a blow-job will do. Danny: We’ve been fans of
Adam: No, I don’t have
yours for a long time but we’ve never heard about the first time you got high.
anything against them trying pot, or trying chili fries...
Danny: That’s the order it will go in too.
Adam: (Laughs) Yeah,
Adam: Well it’s hard to tell because pot was so shitty back then (but) my mom had a pot plant in her backyard, and (she) was sort of a hippie and kind of depressed and hung out with other hippie whatever folks. And she kind of self medicated. But the pot was so weak back then there was a lot of shake and leaves and stuff. But, uh, I think she gave me a hit off her joint once when I was like 9 years old or 10 years old or something.
usually it’s never the other way. “Now lets get stoned. I’m full.” I mean obviously it would be great if they didn’t pick it up and run with it, like ‘hey man I’m going to start a reggae band, you know, like that’s my new life.’ But I also don’t want my kids to be scared of things. Fuckin’ beer buzz is awesome, getting high is fun, and part of being an adult and making the transition into adult life is being able to regulate and monitor yourself.
Danny: Wow, really?
Danny: Well we both grew up during the DARE to keep kids off drugs
Adam: Yeah, well, she wasn’t a great parent.
generation. I was scared of pot growing up and if I even smelled pot I got this uneasy feeling in my stomach. It took me a long time to get over it.
Chris & Danny: (Laughing)
Adam: I had the same thing with snuff porn but eventually you evolve.
Danny: You’ve talked openly before about marijuana stories involving Jimmy Kimmel. Do you have any other good celebrity marijuana stories?
Chris & Danny: (Laughing) Danny: But yeah, sort of like if you make something a taboo you give it more power than it deserves by taking it all away.
Adam: You give it a power by creating almost mysticism about it and then…when the people eventually do imbibe and realize they didn’t
Adam: Uh…if you go to one of Sarah Silverman’s birthday parties you will eat a brownie that has more than fudge in it and you will feel differently than you felt before you ate the brownie. And there will be recognizable people around. I mean I never got high with a senator or anything.
Chris: I’m only inclined to believe you because if you did, it’d be all over the internet by now. But while we’re not on the topic…the internet…this is the new element now, the new medium. Adam: It’s how the future works. Every time technology moves forward - before it moves forward you think, oh this would be mind-numbing and then when it does, it becomes passe very quickly. So you were over the cell phone ten minutes after you got your first cell phone, it just became “where’s my phone.” And now all of a sudden “hey man, what the fuck, no canyon reception? It’s bullshit man!” So, you know the internet and all that comes with it, our kids will grow up with it like other kids grew up with indoor plumbing 150 years ago versus shitting in a chamber pot. Chris: Well, if the internet was around when I was 13 years old, every girl at school would have seen my dick.
Adam: As opposed to just the faculty? Danny: While we’re on the topic, you seem to have benefited from the internet and the podcast and its place in the evolution of technology. Can you talk a bit about how it’s affected your approach and the trajectory of your career? Adam: Well, the podcast has enabled me to do what I want to do when I want to do it. I just turned down a multi-year, multi-million dollar terrestrial radio gig.
Chris: (Clapping) Adam: Thank you. Screw the man! For me I just said I don’t want to turn around the pirate ship and head back to port, number one. And number two, you get to do this on your own terms but you also get to do your own schedule. [The] FCC the man all that’s great to avoid, but to me I love the accordion nature of it the way you can do a million different things and keep up with the podcast.
Danny: I’ll tell you why I think podcast’s are so much better then the radio is you can listen to them on your schedule. You know, I work a regular job and I listen to 8 hours of podcast’s a day. You can’t do that with radio. I listen to what I want instead of shitty radio. The accordion goes both ways.
Adam: Sure. Is he saying he’s bi-sexual? I don’t get the accordion reference. Well, we were thrilled to hear that the pirate ship will continue to sail. We look forward to continuing to have our ears raped and pillaged with hilarity. And check out The Adam Carolla Show at AdamCarolla.com If you enjoyed this interview you can download the full audio recording for free at shoddyradio.com. Chris and Danny, along with fellow comic Ben Shields, host Shoddy Radio, a weekly podcast that has been listed by iTunes as a New & Noteworthy Podcast and has been featured on Comedy Deathray Radio. Shoddy Radio has been called the greatest achievement in comedy since ‘Mama’s Family.’ Check ‘em out at ShoddyRadio.com
While attitudes toward marijuana are gradually becoming more permissive and tolerant, there’s still that stigma that people who enjoy grass are lazy stoners. Dirty dopers, the most activity you’ll get out of a pot enthusiast is when they get off the couch to grab a tub of Rocky Road ice cream from the freezer...right? The truth is, many marijuana users are very active. The very existence of a medical marijuana industry has exposed a vast majority of cannabis users who are super active, if not physically fit. While the dude who scores schwag weed off the streets might do little more than smoke blunts, play Xbox and eat Taco Bell all day, those who go out of their way to get a medical marijuana card and buy from a dispensary rather than a street dealer, tend to take their health a little more seriously. Athletic people have long enjoyed marijuana. It has little to no affect on their performance, but despite this, they still have to face wrath when they get caught. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps smokes weed, and that didn’t stop him from winning 8 gold medals. Of course, when a picture of him smoking a bong leaked out, he had to act like it was some dreadful mistake, and Kellog’s stopped endorsing him because they felt that, suddenly, he was a terrible influence on all the little, innocent children who looked up to him. Mark Stepnoski proudly admits he toked up during his time in the NFL, and he went to the Pro Bowl five times, not to mention winning two, ahem, yes two, Super Bowls. Kareem Abdul Jabbar has smoked pot for decades, but nobody in the NBA has yet to take his spot as all-time best (not to mention, he’s also a well-respected author and historian). Hell, former NBA All-Star Charles Oakley once said, “You got guys out there playing high every night. You got 60% of your league on marijuana.” Even Lebron James has admitted to smoking...though he’s since recanted, saying he tried it once at a party in high school. His explanation is only as ridiculous as the scorn athletes get for smoking marijuana. Unlike Jabbar, Oakley and Stepnoski, James still has lucrative endorsement contracts to think about, in a world where something as benign as cannabis is still looked at through the blinders of Reefer Madness. In short, the notion that marijuana use has no place in an athlete’s regimen is antiquated and silly.
Enter Run on Grass, a new group of cannabis advocates who also promote exercise, specifically running. As fun as the name Run on Grass sounds, it apparently isn’t simply a group of potheads going going for a jog and passing a joint around. Rather, their mission is to spread knowledge about the benefits of marijuana use, and to stand as examples of how people can enjoy cannabis and still be healthy, fit, and responsible citizens. Based in Colorado, Run on Grass was started by Georgia Edson, a middle-aged mother, wife and amateur runner. After losing her “mainstream job,” she found herself working in the medical marijuana industry...and was pleasantly surprised when that fact bothered nobody she encountered. On the contrary, just about everybody she talks to ends up being in support of ending the prohibition on marijuana, and the taboo that surrounded talking about marijuana seemed to dissipate. Invigorated, she started sporting her company logo - pot leaf and all - during her races. Eventually more people joined her, and before long, Run on Grass was jogging a 5k run in Denver on May 21, 2011. According to their website, their goal “is to educate people about marijuana, its uses, its users, while staying fit and having fun. We want to show that athletes of all shapes and sizes can support medical marijuana and the end of marijuana prohibition.” They’ve since picked up sponsors, and are set to run in at least two more races in June. On June 18, they’ll run in the Set the Pace for Prostate Cancer 5K in Denver to help raise awareness for Prostrate Cancer; and on June 25, there’s the “Slacker Races,” 1/2 Marathon/ Relay/4 Mile Races, that raises money for various charities. Eventually, Edson hopes to expand this idea to other athletic activities. She hopes to see a future with Ski on Grass, Board on Grass, Hoops on Grass, Hike on Grass, Bike on Grass, Golf on Grass, Ultimate on Grass, Fish on Grass, and on and on.
Run on Grass. It sounds crazy enough to actually work! For more information and a list of upcoming events, head over to RunOnGrass.com
This Month In Weed History
With so much happening socially, politically, musically, artistically and culturally in the late 1950s and into the 60s, there are only a few people who can be called the head of an actual “movement.” There was Martin Luther King Jr. of course, who lead the civil rights movement and preached equality through nonviolence. There were the Kennedys, Elvis, The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, and many other greats who would define what we listened to, how we cut our hair, wore our clothes, and smoked our joints. Artists like Warhol defined a whole “pop” movement, using everyday items as the latest subject matter. This was an era that spawned many great movements, many of which are not long forgotten. Emerging from that scene, and practically threading all of the other movements together, was a “beat” poet named Irwin Allen Ginsberg, born June 3, 1926. We celebrate this man’s lifelong work and accomplishments, not only in the name of free speech and protest, but also out of sheer chutzpah and moxy. This outspoken leader displayed both. Coming out of the post war era, street corners were filling up with disenchanted youth, or the “beats” as they were soon called. Speaking out on controversial subject matters like politics, sex, drugs, activism, and freedoms - they were perceived as beaten down youth, drug addicts, and petty thief hustlers, who would bum or hitchhike their way around America. As leader of this thriving new movement, Ginsberg didn’t see the beats as delinquents, but rather people of intense conviction and character. The term “Beatnik” arose from this period, and was prelude to the “Hippie” movement, and the Woodstock Generation. It’s even safe to say that the latest “Hipster” movement is a direct derivative of Ginsberg’s work. Hey, if we’re building the family tree, these branches don’t lie. Any hipster worth his or her single-speed bicycle has probably at least heard of Allen Ginsberg. If not before, than definitely after this article.
ably didn’t help, Ginsberg still won the case after a judge found the poem to have “redeeming social importance.” With McCarthyism fresh on American’s minds, Ginsberg must have feared for his freedom, and possibly his life. This modest, un-daunting figure had the courage of a lion. Ginsberg not only stood up for his, yours, and my rights as an American, but he laid the groundwork for others at the time, like John Lennon, Timothy Leary, George Carlin and others who seemed to thrive in the cross-hairs of the authorities. This wasn’t an easy period, especially for those who were not only trying to change societal rules, but also for those coming out of the closet, as Ginsberg proudly spoke of his homosexuality. Ginsberg’s liberal thoughts on sexuality often found him under the scope of suspicion, and followed him throughout his adult life. Ginsberg’s influence reached far beyond his own movement. It’s never shocking to see him pop up in photos of just about everything that was hip during that period: from hanging with the Beatles and Dylan, to swinging at Studio 54 and celebrating the famous “bed in” with John and Yoko. As off “beat” as he may have seemed, Ginsberg always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. He was the true original “Hipster.”
While Ginsberg and fellow beatnik Jack Kerouac were helping define this movement through the written word, a free verse style of poetry, political and social gatherings, and freedom of speech, the government was busy trying to peg Ginsberg as a defiant pornographer, claiming that his poem “Howl,” about the taboo subject of homosexuality, was against the First Amendment. While his use of terms like “c**ksucker,” “f**ked in the ass” prob-
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A Biomimicry Approach to Hydroponics When it comes to watering plants, there’s really nothing like the rain. Water gently saturates the soil evenly over the entire surface area and nutrients that have collected on top of the soil are slowly dissolved into the soil for uptake by the plants. Modern hydroponic methods of crop irrigation have tried to take their cues from nature, but in many cases have fallen short of the real deal. Two of the most common forms of hydroponic irrigation are “drip” systems and “flood and drain” systems. Each of these systems has it’s pros and cons, but the way to harmonize the benefits of both systems while eliminating the disadvantages may lie in a more careful examination of nature through a process called biomimicry. From Wikipedia.org:
“ Biomimicry or biomimetrics is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems. The term biomimicry and biomimetrics come from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimensis, meaning to imitate.”
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In addition to having grown Cannabis for many years, I’m an avid gardener and horticulturalist of “regular” plants, especially citrus, gardenias, orchids, peppers and roses. While installing an irrigation manifold on a rose garden a few years ago, I started thinking about the way that certain irrigation sprayers imitated the action of rain. As the idea evolved, I imagined a new style of hydroponics that would imitate the rain, while still incorporating recirculating hydroponic principles. Traditional drip systems typically use ¼ inch tubing to irrigate plant sites. These “spaghetti” tubes are run to the base of each plant site. Smart gardeners use two lines for each plant site, as drip systems are prone to clogging failures. But even when two drippers per plant are used, there is still the problem that the water from these tubes only waters a small portion of the medium. This can create a situation where the roots in the pots will gather in the area where the drippers water, but not elsewhere in the medium. Flood-andDrain tables (also called Ebb and Flood) water plants from the bottom by intermittently flooding a tray with nutrient solution and letting the plants soak up the solution before the water level recedes back into the reservoir. When using rockwool, this is very easy, as rockwool will “wick” up any moisture that touches it. However, when flood-and-drain irrigation techniques are applied to soils and soilless mixes, the medium often times will not absorb moisture above the water line of the flooding level and roots will only grow in the area that gets saturated with water. In flood-anddrain situations, plants need occasional rinsing from the top down to avoid an accumulation of nutrients at the water line. In order to blend the best of both systems while avoiding their downsides, I developed what I call the “Rain Table”. This system is based on replicating a natural rain effect over the root zone of the plants in order to water the plants evenly from the top down without relying on individualized emitters for each plant site. The design of this table is quite simple. Using acrylic glue (called acrylic welder), a short wall of plastic is glued around the edges of the tray as a backboard for spraying water. Then, a simple irrigation manifold of ½ inch soft pipe and compression fittings is made around the inside edge of the tray. Into this soft pipe, I’ve placed an overlapping series of “micro spray” emitters. These micro sprayers
are the core of the system – they make small rain sized drops in various flat spray patterns. In this case, they are all 180-degree sprayers spraying laterally across the tops of the root zone. While some micro sprayer emitters will spray with an upward arc to the spray pattern, these Rain Bird emitters spray an almost perfectly flat spray. This allows the grower to create a layer of rain just inches above the tops of the pots. Each sprayer has an adjustable flow valve, which makes evening out the pressure a snap, even if you build an odd shaped manifold. If a sprayer ever does clog, simply opening up the valve fully will clear most blockages. This first prototype of the Rain Table is the display garden inside MedMar Healing Center in San Jose, CA (more pictures available at SJMedMar.com). The simple irrigation manifold is on its second crop and is performing every bit as well as I’d hoped. Air pots made of fabric have been incorporated in the system to allow the root zone to obtain more oxygen while irrigating more frequently. Because many redundant sprayers overlap across the top of the pots, clogging of an emitter won’t leave any plants dry. Just like in an ebb and flood system, if you see the system turn on, then every plant got watered. There is no need to check individual plant sites like with traditional drip systems and the plants are watered more evenly as well. This system also retains the advantage of a small reservoir to tray ratio, unlike ebb and flood systems that typically require twice as much water (and nutrients) per square foot of tray. In this case, a reservoir that holds 10 – 15 gallons easily sustains a 3 x 3 tray worth of space and would probably suffice for a 4 x 4 if topped off regularly. The most important benefit of this system is how efficient it is with water and fertilizer resources. Plus, it makes hydro-organic gardening much more user friendly and inexpensive by reducing reliance on liquid organic fertilizers. By mimicking nature’s irrigation style of rain, it is also possible to mimic the way that nature fertilizes plants. With each rain, Mother Nature dissolves accumulated organic fertilizers (decomposed debris and animal litter) and washes them into the soil where (if it’s a healthy soil) the nutrients will be broken down and made available to the plants. With the Rain Table, small amounts of highly soluble, dry organic fertilizers can be applied
as top dressings in the same manner that outdoor growers might do for their larger plants. Because the Rain Table is a recirculating hydroponic system, the nutrients that leach through the pots are recovered in the solution. By checking the solution regularly with an EC meter, the grower can have precise control over how much fertilizer is applied even when using top dressing applications. Overall, the Rain Table is simple yet high performance, cheap, easily adaptable to various mediums and makes hydroorganics cheaper and easier than ever. The materials required for the Rain Table are readily available at any hardware store or garden center and it’s very easy to build which is something else I like about this design. The plastic used here is from Tap Plastics, which is also online (TapPlastics.com) if you don’t have one in your area. In any case, my use of acrylic was a personal preference and I’m sure many materials could serve the same purpose as a backboard (although acrylic does look hella cool). The medium inside the fabric pot is a heavily drained soilless mix of perlite, rockwool croutons, and peat. A layer of pea gravel on top prevents both algae growth and fungus gnats. Although the medium filters out almost all debris, I still recommend wrapping a filter around the pump for extra protection. Here I used ordinary window screen secured in place by the ever-so-handy zip tie. The water can also be filtered again as it re-enters the reservoir by attaching a fish tank net below the discharge outlet. In next month’s Grower’s Grove, we’ll look more closely at the hydro-organic principles and fertilizers used in the Rain Table garden. Also, using cheap, widely available hardware store materials, we’ll construct a super oxygenated reservoir so you can transform your ordinary reservoir into a veritable compost tea brewer – constantly digesting wholesome organic fertilizers into available plant nutrients. Plus, this exercise in nature-inspired simplicity also meets up with some advanced hydroponic technology for automatic pH control. My full review and notes on the Milwaukee SMS122 coming up next month right here in the Grower’s Grove.
—Jade Kine (Growers Grove writer Jade Kine is a former greenhouse manager for the medical Cannabis industry with over a million plants worth of experience. He is also the founder of CannAcademy, a trade school dedicated solely to horticultural training for growers. Got a grow question for Jade? Drop him a line at JadeKine@gmail.com Complete bio at JadeKine.com Facebook/Twitter: @JadeKine)
Most flowering and fruiting plants are monoecious, meaning that both male and female flowers occur on the same plant. Cannabis Sativa is different in that there may exist plants with only male flowers or plants with only female flowers (diecious plants). Alternatively, there may exist plants with both male and female flowers (monoecious). Monoecious plants are commonly referred to as hermaphrodites. It is important to understand the differences in male and female cannabis plants. Male plants are best used for producing fiber or pollen to make seed. There is very little cannabinoid content in male plants. Males in the garden will pollinate the female plants, and produce seeds. This will in turn lower the yield of smokable product and reduce the value of the crop. Female plants, however, are rich in cannabinoids which are expressed in tiny glandular trichomes on the surfaces of the female flowers and associated leaves. It is these cannabinoids that deliver the desired effects of cannabis to the user. For these reasons it is desirable to produce an all female garden of cannabis plants. The importance of identifying male plants so they can be removed is critical to this goal. Learning to visually recognize both male and female plants in the early stages of development is an essential basic skill for the cannabis gardener.
Sexing Cannabis Plants Using Preflowers Most cannabis plants if grown under 18 hours of light will express sex in the form of premordia (preflowers) along the main stem at the nodes. These preflowers begin to develop at about the 5th or 6th node, usually by the 4th or 5th week of growth. A node holds a bud that turns into another stem, leaf, or flower(see photo). Nodes are counted starting from the bottom-up.
Identifying Female Cannabis Plants Female plants can be identified by flowers that appear as two fuzzy white hairs of roughly equal length protruding from tiny, green, figshaped organs called calyxes.
Identifying Male Cannabis Plants Male plants can be identified by the appearance of small, round ballshaped clusters that develop at the nodes. The first appearance of male flowers should not alarm you. There is typically a 2-3 week interval between the first sign of male flowers and the first release of pollen. This gives you plenty of time to allow the earliest flowers to develop so that a more certain identification can be made.
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There are few things in modern history that have received more negative, inaccurate and just plain ridiculous press than marijuana. Going back to well before the 1930s, when the release of ‘Reefer Madness’ hit the theatres all across the country, portraying your average pot smoker as your typical homicidal maniac, marijuana was being racially stigmatized decades before as “something that influences negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on a white man’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.” These common fear tactics where also directed towards Mexicans and other foreigners as “snaring white children with marijuana” and commonly became known as the “Devil’s Weed.” What completely baffles me however, is this same type of inaccurate, ridiculous stereotype that is commonly used to describe marijuana users today. If you think of the typical stoner stereotype, in our “modern” society, what do you come up with? It doesn’t take long to think of that 40 year old stoner, living in his mom’s basement, no job, no future, Doritos residue fiercely entrenched in his dreadlocks, while taking monster rips from the bong with Buffalo Soldiers blaring in the background. Doesn’t sound too bad actually, but the point is you don’t quite picture the pinnacle of success do you? We have been told our whole lives that drugs kill your brain cells, only losers do drugs, and to ‘Just Say No.’ At the same time, we were watching our parents and grandparents smoke cigarettes and drink themselves into oblivion all in the name of the American Dream. However, while this anti-marijuana propaganda may have endured all the way into this new millennium, there is new hope on the horizon: The Facts. Facts that include Fortune 500 fund managers, Billionaire Entrepreneurs, Best selling authors, WorldRenowned Musicians, even Presidents of the United States, and I do mean Presidents, as plural, all using marijuana. Now do you picture the pinnacle of success? Individuals like Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Empire, estimated worth over 5 Billion, and the 236th richest person in the world. Not your typical 40 year old basement stoner, this man built his entire multi-billion dollar fortune from absolutely nothing and not only still smokes weed today, but gets high regularly with his 21 year old son. Richard Branson was even quoted to say that there is nothing wrong with
smoking pot and if it were legalized, he would sell it! Richard Branson isn’t the only multi-billionaire to have smoked marijuana, far from it actually. This list also includes Billionaire entrepreneur Ted Turner who single-handedly invented the 24-hour news cycle and owns several television stations (and even once owned Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves). Ted Turner is not only the largest single landowner in America but also used to grow pot in his college dorm room. What about Billionaire author Stephen King who proudly admits to being a ‘pothead’ and is one of the more vocal proponents of legalizing marijuana. Stephen King has authored upwards of 50 novels and short stories and has sold over 500 million copies of his work worldwide. Aaron Sorkin, another world-renowned author and creator of the “West Wing” has won multiple Emmy awards and attributes marijuana as a leading motivator and stimulant in his life. And Oscar nominated actor James Franco (“127 Hours”) is probably one of the most celebrated contemporary celebrities who’s been described as having “a superhuman ability to focus,” all whilst under the spell of cannabis. He reenrolled at UCLA in 2006 as an English major (where he was taking 62 credits per quarter as opposed to the normal 19), he attended graduate school simultaneously at Columbia in their writing program, NYU’s film program, and Brooklyn College’s fiction writing program, and currently, he’s a PhD student in English at Yale. Other famous and successful individuals to use pot, just to name a few, include Michael Bloomberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Phelps, Kareem Abdul-Jabber, Carl Sagan, even Queen Victoria, not to mention countless other musical artists, athletes, entrepreneurs and celebrities. However, probably two of the most famous and successful individuals to ever smoke marijuana are our 42nd and 44th Presidents of the United States, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Both Presidents used marijuana regularly in their formative years and even credit marijuana as something that helped them to form a broader, less cynical worldview. Not only would these men grow up to be exceptional scholars, and successful politicians, but also rose to the highest office in the land, even though they both smoked marijuana. When Barack Obama was asked in an interview if he ever inhaled, he quoted “When I was a kid I inhaled frequently, that was the point.”
For example, let’s say you’re an aspiring musician or artist. Instead of sitting around and smoking and zoning out for a few hours, use getting high as an opportunity to step outside of yourself and simply create something without judging it or overanalyzing it. Sit and lose yourself in the guitar, play from your spirit. Get high and start drawing or painting whatever comes to your mind. Don’t stop mid way through and criticize it, just have fun and create something. Have something to show from your high. If you’re a photographer, smoke some marijuana and get out of your house and take some photos, go to the park, go to the zoo, talk a walk in the forest. Let the marijuana inspire you. Whatever you can do to get out of your normal comfort zone and use your marijuana high as a catalyst to your success, rather than a detriment. You may also want to consider the type of marijuana you’re ingesting. Marijuana generally comes in two basic types, sativa and indica, and both have different effects on the body. A sativa high is generally characterized as an uplifting and energetic high, while indicas are more tailored towards stress relief, relaxation and an overall sense of calm and serenity. If you may need an extra push to get motivated, a sativa high may be perfect for you to get yourself moving and motivated to accomplish something. On the other hand, if you’re a high stressed individual, a solid indica high may help you to calm down and feel relaxed enough to follow through with something you may have been putting off. When becoming a successful and motivated pot smoker, one must realize that marijuana is simply a conduit for what’s really inside of you. It’s going to bring out what’s inside of you if you like it or not. If you’re a lazy person who wants to sit around all day and have no ambition or motivation, that’s what your going to do regardless of how much pot you smoke. But if you’re a motivated individual with dreams, goals, and a fierce determination to succeed, the only thing holding you back is yourself. To become a successful and motivated pot smoker you need to set goals for yourself. You need to smoke and do something with your high, whether it be write a book, play some music, play basketball, workout. Whatever creative thing your high is telling you to do, do it. Embrace your high. Use it as a conduit to tap into the deep reservoirs of your potential, and let that sweet leaf speak to you and show you the kind of person you really are and what you’re capable of.
: r e i l p i t l u M Force
Cannabis lovers go to a lot of effort to maximize their buzzes; spending plenty of time, energy, and money to obtain or grow great buds. Yet we often overlook one simple thing we can do to ensure we maximize our buzzes. The secret is not in better nutrients or using a special vaporizer. The secret lies within us, each and every one of us. It acts as a force multiplier, amplifying the effects of whatever bud we are smoking.
attribute it to the cannabis. If we don’t, we blame the cannabis, however, to get the maximum effect from our buds, we need to get back to the basics, and take an active part in creating our buzzes.
One way to do this is by making your first smoke of the day into a ritual, and what is helpful in a ritual is the mindful intent and special attention and care given to the actions we choose. Eventually you can tailor-make your rituals into something perfectly adapted for you, but for now try the following ‘ritual’ and see how it works for you:
Normally, many of us simply light up a bowl without thinking go through the motions almost by habit. If we do get ‘high’ we
Put on some music you like, preferably something instrumental and mellow. Silence is also wonderful and allows one to be more aware of what is going on in body and mind, but if you prefer music, go with it.
Sit in a comfortable chair (or place) and run through a ‘pre- flight’ check list, observing how your body feels. Notice how you feel in general, and any places where pain and tension exist. Begin by ‘scanning’ the body - starting with the head and working down to the toes. Don’t react to the pain - simply take stock of it, notice it - you are simply being present in your body and mind, finding out where you are now before you move on. Look at the bud you are going to smoke as if it was your first time ever seeing one. Observe its beauty and natural symmetry Allow a sense of gratitude to wash over you as you do. You are totally lucky, to be here now, in this particular minute, getting ready to smoke this particular nug. Pick it up, looking even more closely at it. Smell it, savoring the essential and powerful scent. Check out your pipe (if you’re using one), being glad it is not broken, being glad that you chose such a cool pipe. Filling each motion with grace and intent, load a bowl (or roll a joint all the while relishing your freedom of choice). Enjoy the smooth glass of the pipe on your skin, the slightly rough texture and sticky sweetness of the plant as you load it.
Look around you. Be glad you are where you are. Let your awareness expand to all the good things in your life, and your heart beat with the rhythm of new life. Smile. You are one of the lucky ones.
With this feeling of gratitude in mind, light up and take your first hit. Savor the feel of the smoke in your mouth and lungs,
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feel its power as it flows into your blood. Close your eyes. As your attention takes a tour through your body, notice the difference in feeling and sensation between the present moment and how you felt at the start. Be glad, relishing the sensations. Allow this relaxed space to imprint itself in your brain and in every cell of your body. With each breath, send more of the gladness and relaxation you feel into every cell of your body. Enjoy this sensation. Send extra attention to any places that feel tight, painful, or uncomfortable. Now send your attention to your mind; observe its workings and thoughts as you would the passing clouds on a summer day. Notice any difference in feeling from when you first took stock, and be glad for the change. You have helped create this change and this space by adding your non-judgmental attention and observation to the process. Allow your attention to relax and just simply feel. Take another hit if you feel the need. Feel how the smoke exits your lungs, how they fill back up with air - the power of life. Feel the buzz slowly begin to creep over you, as your mind and body relax. Slip into the flow of life, allow it to rise in you as you synchronize with the world. Be happy as you smoke and bring that happiness out into the world when you are done. Make a deal with yourself to stay present, to not to ruin your nice buzz with any bad feelings or negative thoughts. Be gentle and kind with yourself and others. Enjoy the feel of the air on your skin, the life throbbing within you, the crystalline clarity of your being.
Now that’s maximizing your experience!
With Memorial Day in our rearview, and the tax refund check just a fading distant memory, it can only mean one thing: Summer is here!!!! Yeah!!!! That’s right, and you know what that means - it’s time to start planning your summer festival schedule. We here at KUSH are all about fun and sun with friends n’ fam, and what better place to pull off this hat-trick than at one of Colorado’s many summer festivals? You’ve got your daunting choice of music, art, food, theater, cars, planes, BBQ’s and fireworks, but not to worry, we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you. Let’s take a look at the hottest haps in the state.
Red Rocks Indian Art Show
June 19 through August 21, Third Sunday of the Month RedRocksOnline.com Any excuse to hit the Red Rocks sounds like a great day to me, so don‘t miss the Red Rocks Indian Art Show, from 6/19 - 8/21. Here you can not only explore the beautiful surroundings, but experience some of Colorado’s history, with authentic Indian artwork from the Lakota, Assiniboine, Arapahoe, Pueblo, Navajo, Cree and Comanche tribes. Among the artifacts are paintings, stone sculptures, pottery, leather-work, and originally designed dream catchers and jewelry. This reoccurring event takes place the third Sunday of each month, so get out there and enjoy our Native American roots.
Alpenglow Free Summer Concert Series
June 27 through August 15, Every Monday CrestedButteArt.org If music is your passion, the Alpenglow Free Summer Concert Series might be just the place for you. It takes place from 6/27 - 8/15, every Monday at 5:30pm, at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. With a variety of musical acts scheduled from around the world, food and drinks available for sale, and nothing more than a blanket or lawn chair needed, this sounds like a perfect, economically sound investment. A beautiful view, and great tunes, for free - you can’t beat that!
108th Annual Cowboy’s Roundup Days & 4th of July Celebration July 1-4, Steamboat-Chamber.com
Here’s one for all you buckaroos, the 108th Annual Cowboy’s Roundup Days and 4th of July Celebration. This is as close as you can get to all of your cowboy fantasies. One of Steamboat Springs’ oldest traditions, this four day festival includes a rodeo, cattle drives, a downtown parade, and, of course, BBQ and fireworks. This is another free event, so dust off them boots, and saddle up for a darned good time.
Vino & Notes: Woodland Park Jazz, Food & Wine Festival August 13, VinoAndNotes.com
With summer festivals, comes a drink or two, or three, or four or five, ok…. So you understand where I’m going with this. For a perfect way to bring wine, food, and music together, try the Vino and Notes Woodland Park Jazz, Food and Wine Festival. This charitable event will get your toes tappin’ and your taste buds buzzin’. Don’t forget to bring your designated driver. We like our readership to stick around.
The Rocky Mountain Music Festival August 28, TheRockyMountainMusicFestival.com
Taking place in Littleton, this year’s Rocky Mountain Music Festival features the BoDeans, Everclear, the Fabulous Thunderbirds & Desert Rose Band, along with fifteen local acts and 150 vendors to keep your spirits high. Tickets are $35 for early birds, and $43 at the gate. Youth from 12-17 pay $20 and kids under 11 are free, so get the family together for a rock ’n’ rollin’ good time.
The 7th Annual Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Celebration September 2-5, Steamboat-Chamber.com
The 7th Annual Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Celebration from 9/2 - 9/5 sounds like a great time with the kids. With the Rocky Mountain Bull Bash, Steamboat Stock Dog Challenge and Wild West Air Fest all in one place, there’s something here for everyone. Check out warbird airplane displays, remote controlled aircraft, and classic car shows.
18th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival September 16-18, TellurideBlues.com
Ok, this one’s absolutely one of our favorites…The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. Nestled in the midst of some of the most spectacular peaks in the state, Telluride Town Park plays host to exactly what the title says…beer and blues. With a lineup that includes Willie Nelson, The Flaming Lips, and Moe, mixed with free tastings from over 90 specialty breweries…what can go wrong? Oh…and the free gondola rides…oooh yes, the free gondola rides…
For those looking to rock out a little harder, here are some more mainstream fests to check out:
Mile High Music Festival
August 14-15 @ The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Featuring Jack Johnson, Dave Matthew’s Band, Nas & Damien Marley (MileHighMusicFestival.com)
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival July 17 @ Comfort Dental Ampitheater featuring Disturbed, Godsmack & Megadeth (RockstarMayhemFest.com)
Vans Warped Tour
August 8 @ Invesco Field featuring Against Me!, Less Than Jake, and The Devil Wears Prada at (VansWarpedTour.com)
Rocky Mtn Folks Festival
August 19-21 @ Planet Bluegrass featuring Jackson Browne, Bob Weir, Chris Robinson and Jackie Greene (PlanetBluegrass.com)
Colorado Concert Calendar
Live Music Preview June/July
Pharoahe Monch + Guests
6.16.11 @ Black Sheep (CO Springs) 6.18.11 @ Marquis Theater (Denver)
Pharoahe Monch is a soulfully driven hip-hop/rock/gospel artist from Jamaica Queens, New York. His latest album, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), was released in March of this year, and he comes to Colorado for two shows that are a sure bet for a good time with good tunes. Doing his thing since the late eighties, Monch started out as a part of the group Organized Konfusion, but has released 3 solo albums since breaking out on his own in the late nineties. Get to one of these shows for an inspired performance full of raw, organic, hip-hop. pharoahe.com
6.18.11 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Bassnectar comes to us from Santa Cruz, CA as one of the leaders in a wave of wobbly dubstep production. As with most producers, he also DJs, with a show that borders on rave-status. This will be an intense event, filled with glitchy electronic, dubstep, and breakbeat jams that are accompanied by an always present light show. The kids will be on drugs, and zombie-like dancing will be in full effect. If you’ve never been to a dubstep show, this may be the one to pop your cherry, as Bassnectar falls on the relatively softer side of the genre. bassnectar.net
Black Lips + Guests
6.19.11 @ Bluebird Theater (Denver)
The Black Lips are a self described “flower-punk” band from Atlanta, making comedic, psychedelic / no-rave rock music. They will be releasing their 5th studio album on June 7th, and make their way to our glorious city just a couple days later. This night should be full of fun-inspired, light hearted rock music to sooth your soul. The band puts on a pretty energetic live show that should make for a great Sunday night, wrapping up what should be a splendid summer weekend. Bluebird is the place to be, and Black Lips are the band to see on June 19th. black-lips.com
6.21.11 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson is one of those American heroes that everyone knows and loves. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone speak unkindly of this man. His voice is infectious, his songs are timeless, and he’s one of the friendliest men with his level of fame that you’ll find. His strong support for the legalization of marijuana has undoubtedly shed positive light on the issue to a more conservative crowd of fans, and he’s seen his share of controversy in relation to that (have you ever smoked a joint on the roof of the White House!?). Whether you like country music or not, this is a show everyone can be comfortable at. willienelson.com
Matt and Kim + The Thermals + Autobot 6.21.11 @ Ogden Theater (Denver)
Matt & Kim come from Brooklyn just as advertised, a guy named Matt and a girl named Kim who make upbeat pop-punk tunes that will make you want to dance with everyone in sight. Kim plays drums, Matt plays keys, and both sing. Songs like “Daylight,” “Yea Yeah,” and “Good Old Fashioned Nightmare” have gained them widespread recognition in the indie community since forming in 2006. And while they seem destined to expand and grow into a more mainstream success, for now their simplicity and independent spirit seems to be one of the more charming aspects of the pair. Joining them at Ogden on this fine evening are Portland’s indie punk band, The Thermals and Autobot, who is one half of the Chicago DJ duo Flosstrodamus. Get to this show on Tuesday, the 21st! mattandkimmusic.com; thethermals.com;
6.29.11 @ Bluebird Theater (Denver)
The Meat Puppets are best known by most people for their accompaniment of Nirvana live on MTV’s Unplugged performance. The Arizona band has been rockin’ on and off since
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1980, with several recognizable tunes, like ‘Backwater’ and ‘Plateau’ (performed on Unplugged). Primarily made up of brothers Cris & Curt Kirkwood, with many coming and going over the years, their sound falls somewhere between punk-rock, folk, and psych-country (might have just created that genre). A highly respectable act with a lot of history, these guys are worth checking out June 29th at the Bluebird. themeatpuppets.com
Blues Traveler + Matisyahu + Toad the Wet Sprocket
7.04.11 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Here’s a fun show, with a tremendous bill, on the 4th of July. Seeing Blues Traveler + Matisyahu + Toad the Wet Sprocket may be one of the most American things you can do on this patriotic holiday. Get a little blues, rock, and reggae in your soul and jam out to the wonderful sights that Red Rocks provides. Can’t go wrong with this ticket! bluestraveler.com; matisyahuworld.com; toadthewetsprocket.com
7.12.11 @ Ogden Theater (Denver)
The House of Blues will be rocking on June 29th, with Gonzo, Terrible Ted, The Whackmaster, Uncle Ted, Motor City Madman...The Nuge rocking the house! One of the most prolific guitarists in the past 40 years, the man, myth, and legend continues to perform live shows to enthusiastic crowds. If you’ve never seen the likes of “Cat Scratch Fever” or “Stranglehold” performed live this is your opportunity, although it probably won’t be the last. Ogden is certainly a great places to see Ted Nugent, and what better do you really have to do on a Tuesday night? tednugent.com
7.13.11 @ Ogden Theater (Denver)I certainly don’t know this first hand, but Ben Folds has always just seemed like a really cool guy to me. His carefree spirit and love of music comes across very clearly in his live performance, both with the Ben Folds Five and when he performs as a solo artist. Recently appearing as a judge on NBC’s acappella show “The Sing Off,” Folds has become a household name and is having a damned good time with it. Get to Ogden on July 13th for a heavy dose of fun, piano driven rock music. benfolds.com
More Great Shows! Mumford & Sons : 6.15.11; 6.16.11 @ Fillmore Auditorium (Denver) Ray Lamontagne : 6.17.11 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre Panic at the Disco : 6.28.11 @ Ogden Theater (Denver) LexiconDon + Flashlights : 7.02.11 @ Meadowlark Bar Matisyahu : 7.03.11 @ Black Sheep (CO Springs) Kenny Chesney : 7.06.11; 7.07.11; 7.08.11 @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre David Gray : 7.13.11 @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House (Denver)
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Cannabis industry leaders from across the country have recently come together to form the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the first cannabis trade association in the U.S. NCIA is already working in Congress to address problems facing the cannabis businesses community â€“ from banking to reforming unfair tax laws to eliminating unreasonable Drug Paraphernalia statutes. NCIA is the only organization representing the cannabis industry on the national stage and we need your help. For as little as $100 a month or $1,000 a year, your business can be part of the growing list of industry leaders that make up the National Cannabis Industry Association. Membership also includes member discounts, access to exclusive industry events, and a listing in our industry directory. Contact us to join or receive more information today. National Cannabis Industry Association Phone: (202) 379-4861 E-mail: info@TheCannabisIndustry.org P.O. Box 78062 Washington, DC 20013
NCIA Board of Directors: Tristan Blackett
420 Science, HI
Simply Pure Medicinal Edibles, CO
Dale Sky Jones
Oaksterdam University, CA
Altitude Organics Corporation, CO
Marijuana Policy Project, DC
The ArcView Group, CA
Chameleon Glass, AZ
Harborside Health Center, CA
Colorado Dispensary Services, CO
Northeast Patients Group, ME
Sensible Nevada, NV
Capitol Hemp, DC
Berkeley Patients Group, CA
Kush Magazine, CA
Montana Medical Growers Assoc., MT
Sensible Colorado, CO
New MexiCann Natural Medicine, NM
Full Spectrum Labs
Arizona Medical Marijuana Assoc., AZ
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Shrimp, Artichoke, and Edamame Salad Ingredients: 6 cups baby spinach 3/4 pound cooked shrimp 3/4 cup frozen edamame (soybeans), thawed 1 14-ounce can water-packed artichoke hearts, drained 3 vine-ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges For the Citrus Dressing: Juice of 1 medium orange Juice of 1 large lemon 4 tbsp extra-virgin THC olive oil 1 tbsp water Directions: Wash and dry spinach leaves. Arrange in 4 bowls or on 4 salad plates. Arrange shrimp, edamame, artichoke hearts and tomato wedges on top. Combine dressing ingredients in a small jar and shake vigorously until blended. Drizzle over salad just before serving.
Grilled Pepper Salad
Ingredients 4 bell peppers, (mixed colors), halved, seeded and stemmed 1/4 cup halved and pitted oil-cured black olives 1/4 cup rinsed and chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes 4 tablespoons extra-virgin THC olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1/8 teaspoon salt Directions Grill peppers on medium-high, turning once, until soft and charred in spots, about 5 minutes per side. When cool enough to handle, chop the peppers and toss with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, THC oil, vinegar and salt in a large bowl
Roasted Corn and Shallot Vinaigrette Ingredients 3 cups fresh corn kernels 4 tablespoons extra-virgin THC olive oil 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon minced shallot 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste Directions Preheat oven to 450째F. Toss corn and THC olive oil to coat and spread out on a large baking sheet. Bake, stirring once, until some kernels begin to brown, about 20 minutes. Combine basil, shallot, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the corn; toss to coat. Serve warm or cold.
Watermelon Gazpacho Ingredients: 8 cups cubed seeded watermelon 1 apple, diced 1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper 2 teaspoons fresh basil 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 4 tablespoons THC olive oil Directions: In a blender, puree watermelon with the apple and 1/4 cup each of the onion and green pepper, then pour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients (including the other 1/4 cup of onion and green pepper). Refrigerate, covered, for at least an hour to blend flavors.
Shitake Mushroom And Basil Fettuccine Ingredients 4 tablespoons extra-virgin THC olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced (1 1/2 cups)
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons lemon juice, juice 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste Freshly ground pepper, to taste 8 ounces whole-wheat fettuccine, or spaghetti (see Ingredient note) 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, (1 ounce) 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, divided Directions Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil for cooking pasta. Heat THC oil in large nonstick skillet over low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. Meanwhile, cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Add the pasta, the reserved cooking liquid, Parmesan and 1/4 cup basil to the mushrooms in the skillet; toss to coat well. Serve immediately, garnished with remaining basil.
Strawberry Apple Spinach Salad Ingredients 1 pound fresh spinach, torn 2 cups chopped unpeeled Granny Smith apples 3/4 cup fresh bean sprouts 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon For The Dressing: 3/4 cup extra virgin THC olive oil 1/3 cup white wine vinegar 1 small onion, grated 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons salt Directions In a large salad bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Just before serving, pour over salad and toss
Raspberry Lemon Muffins Ingredients 1 lemon 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup nonfat buttermilk 1/3 cup THC canola oil 1 large egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup white whole-wheat flour, or whole-wheat pastry flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberries Directions Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 large (1/2-cup) muffin cups with cooking spray or line with paper liners. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the lemon in long strips. Combine the zest and sugar in a food processor; pulse until the zest is very finely chopped into the sugar. Add buttermilk, THC canola oil, egg and vanilla and pulse until blended. Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk mixture and fold until almost blended. Gently fold in raspberries. Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Bake the muffins until the edges and tops are golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm.
Zucchini Blueberry Bread Ingredients 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup THC vegetable oil 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/4 cups white sugar 2 cups shredded zucchini 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 pint fresh blueberries Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 4 mini-loaf pans. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, THC vegetable oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Gently fold in the blueberries. Transfer to the prepared mini-loaf pans. Bake 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
Cakey Bakey Peanut Squares Ingredients 4 eggs 1-3/4 cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1/4 cup THC butter, melted FROSTING: 7-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 2/3 cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt 6 cups finely chopped peanuts Directions In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and lemon-colored, about 4 minutes. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture. Beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in milk and THC butter. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Cover and freeze overnight. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla and salt until smooth. Frost the top and sides of frozen cake squares; roll in peanuts. Place on wire racks to set.
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Bud Cellar p 55
KushCon III p 85
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Canna Mart p 9 & 99
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Stone Mountain Wellness
Cannabis 4 Health p 37
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Mad Hatter’s Smokeshop
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Cheeba Chews p 7 Chef Herb p 65 Chronic Wellness p 4 & 99 Colorado Apothecary p 35 Connect 2 Cannabis p 71 Custer Roberson p 21 Delta 9 p 39 Denver Canna Club p 57 Denver Med Stop p 57 Doctors Orders (Co. Springs) p 38 Doctors Orders (Denver) p 63 Ed Rosenthal p 54 Evergreen Apothecary p 115 & 99 EZ Natural Alternatives
The Clinic p 43
Maggie’s Farm p 30
The Clone Store p 99
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MMJ America p 2 & 101
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MMJ Daily Deals p 77
Timberline Herbal Clinic &
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Full Spectrum Labs p 25
Green Miracle Medicinals
The Herbal Cure p 47
The Pleasure Cafe p 34
NCIA p 95
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Metro Cannabis p 51
Post Modern Health Preferred Organic p 115 Pure Intentions Wellness Center p 115
Urban Cannabis p 115 Urban Dispensary p 41 & 99 VIP Wellness p 13 & 99 Walking Raven Dispensary p 51
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