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southern california’s premier cannabis lifestyle magazine

Dec

2010

BY JULIE COLE

feature:

2010

these go to eleven

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New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve wasn’t it? It seems like every day there was something big happening in the news. In sports, The New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl (Who dat!), The San Francisco Giants won the World Series and the Lakers took another one. Tiger Woods apologized to the world for cheating on his wife, Ben Rothlisberger was accused of sexual assault, the longest tennis match ever was played and Brett Favre gets into hot water over some steamy texts. The Gulf of Mexico gets another blow from BP this time, the iPad hit the market, health care reform is passed, Lindsay goes to jail…all in all it was a year of a lot of who would have ever thoughts?

Year’s Eve.

The Hilton Hotel

3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa

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Step on board this historic vessel for a night you will never forget. The Queen Mary’s New Years Eve Party is actually 6 parties for the price of 1 ticket. You can enjoy jazz in one of the ship’s historic salons, sing along to Dueling Pianos, put on your dancing shoes for Big Band, Disco and party all-night sets by a local DJ. The dining is fantastic and you really feel like you did something unique by taking a journey back in time. This could be your “Titanic” New

// i live in orange county and hollywood is too far

The Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa hosts what has unofficially become the Official New Year’s Eve party in Orange County. It includes four general admission party areas with three additional VIP zones, multiple live music stages, DJs, roaming entertainment, a fashion show and an Orange Ball Drop. After Party is across the street at the Hotel Hanford Costa Mesa.

Either way, New Year’s Eve is a time to hope for the best, to wipe the proverbial slate clean and resolve to do better, be better and make fewer mistakes. It’s also a time to party your ass off and there are no shortages of options in the City of Angels. Even the OC does a good job of blowing off last year’s steam.

Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball

Queen Mary New Year’s Eve

1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

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So perhaps 2011 will be calmer. For Haiti and Cuba, this would be a welcome change. For the US, calmer might mean that the economy is leveling out or our sports heroes behave themselves. Most likely though, it seems we are in a time of transition and upheaval and I would think that 2011 might be a repeat of WTF?!

//‘cuz you’re fancy

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orange county:

Hello, New Year’s Eve! 2010 was a wacky year,

los angeles:

//you want to go out but avoid the mayhem

//gettin’ jiggy wit it

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los angeles:

4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach

//stay in!

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8Eighty8 Nightclub

New Year’s Eve is for Amateurs

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6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

Your Mom’s House

Celebrate NYE in Style, Elegance, & Grace along the Walk of Fame in the beautifully tented, heated, World Famous Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre Courtyard plus 3 Egyptian themed indoor venues with, Hollywood’s Best DJs spinning Top 40, hip-hop mash-ups, balloon drop, confetti blast, giant Projection LED light show & a VIP open bar all night to ring in 2011 with perfection.

If you want to avoid everyone, try staying close to home or even at home. New Year’s Eve house parties are sometimes the best way to ring in the New Year with friends and without cover charges and taxi shortages. Think about a theme party. You can do a murder mystery or a disco party…80’s prom is always fun! If you’re a guest, just remember to bring Champagne and cab fare!

8Eighty8 is a stylist and sophisticated nightclub and restaurant with an amazing menu, offering both Asian and Italian cuisine. Their regular weekend nights are always packed with OC fashionistas and good music for late night dancing. This year is sure to be just as hot as last year’s party, which was full of confetti blasts, 4 rooms of music, go-go dancers and a very pretty crowd!

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No matter how you spend the last night of 2010,

IF YOU DRINK, PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE.

features

inside

The benefits of this ancient Chinese form of medicine is used worldwide to cure all types of ailments. Read part 2 series of this series on the benefits on this non traditional medicine.

18 | This Month in Weed History by Jay Evans

10 The Health Report: Acupuncture

56 Sheldon Black

Another great glass design by one of the premiere glass manufacturers in the industry. Delivers a smooth smoking experience everytime.

66 Post Traumatic Stress

How a professional rescue EMT witnessed two traumatic helicopter disasters and found that medical marijuana was the only medicine that managed his PTSD.

72 Happy New Year

14 | Holiday Volunteering by Charlotte Cruz 22 | Strain Review by Michael Dillion 28 | Going Green by Charlotte Cruz 34 | So Cal Travel by Charlotte Cruz 40 | Rose Parade by Jay Evans 44 | Hempful Hints by Valerie Fernandez 50 | Cannabis Industry Report by Steep Hill 62 | Holiday Gift Guide by David Downs 64 | Puff’n’Stuff by Josh Kaplan 74 | Yosemite National Park by D’Andre Moreland 76 | Recreational Tokers Catch A Break by David Downs

The one time of the year you can choose to go all out or just not to go out at all. Read about the fun events in LA and the OC.

78 | My Week As A Marijuana Farmer by Bud Lee

88 Holiday Cheer

82 | Medical Marijuana Coalition by J.B. Woods

From our resident Chef Herb -- classic recipes to help warm you home with holiday favorites 6

80 | Growers Grove: The Cannabis Clock by Jade Kine 84 | Music Roundup by Dillion Zachara 86 | We Dig This: Daniel Tosh by Josh Kaplan


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from our resident Chef herb -- ClassiC reCipes to help warm you home with holiday favorites


from the editors hile certain District Attorneys like the Steve Cooley’s of the world are forging ahead to ban medical cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles County and also in Orange County, at least one judge in Los Angeles is stepping up to protect patient’s rights to access to medical cannabis. At a time of year when many celebrate holidays and welcome the New Year, for many Los Angeles dispensary owners, their holiday gift may have arrived earlier this month, December 10th to be exact. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr issued an injunction against the City of Los Angeles stating that the medical marijuana ordinance adopted in June of this year by the Los Angeles City Council is unconstitutional. Judge Mohr stated, “there is a good chance that a large number of collectives could open once this injunction takes effect.”  Mohr ordered Los Angeles not to enforce several portions of the onerous ordinance, giving the city limited ability to have power over existing dispensaries and opening the door for new ones to open. The most critical part of Judge Mohr’s ruling enjoins provisions in the ordinance that outlaws dispensaries that weren’t registered with the city before November 13, 2007. An arbitrary classification was created by the city which since became referred to as “pre- ICO’s” and “post- ICO’s.” His basis for throwing this part of the ordinance out is because the moratorium (also known as the Interim Control Ordinance) imposed by the city expired and was therefore improperly extended. In essence there was no moratorium or control ordinance in force when the dispensaries registered or opened up for business after the arbitrary November 13, 2007 date. “The justification for using that date as a bright line was compromised, if not confounded, by the fact that it was unnecessary to register,” he wrote. “The requirement had ceased almost two months earlier, and no one could have anticipated that compliance with a dead statute would be necessary in order to continue as a collective three years later.” 

Isn’t it time for cities in California to fulfill the intent of the voters who passed Prop 215 and act more compassionately toward the rights of medical marijuana patients? Mohr said that the November 13, 2007, deadline was therefore “arbitrary and capricious such that it violates the equal protection clauses of the (constitutions of the) United States and the State of California.”  While the Judge did not throw out the entire ordinance, nor has the underlying case been litigated, the Judge encouraged the City Council to amend the ordinance to reflect what portions of the ordinance he has determined are unenforceable or unconstitutional. He also said that his ruling does not preclude cities and local entities from attempting to regulate medical marijuana collectives and in fact he encourages them to do so. So where does this leave the medical marijuana dispensaries and patients in the city of Los Angeles and what can other cities learn from Judge Mohr’s injunction? First of all there is no a longer a valid distinction between pre and post ICO’s so don’t be surprised if you see dispensaries that have previously been closed, reopen for business, as well as completely new ones opening. Most importantly cities should learn that writing capricious ordinances, or creating outright bans and moratoriums will only undermine a local municipality’s ability to properly regulate medical marijuana. Isn’t it time for cities in California to fulfill the intent of the voters who passed Prop 215 and act more compassionately toward the rights of medical marijuana patients? Let’s hope that the New Year brings innovative and improved city and county ordinances and regulations that will end the ongoing political battle that we have witnessed in 2010 and the unnecessary waste of millions of taxpayer dollars that are constantly being spent by those fighting to uphold a medical marijuana patient’s right to safe access to their medicine. PEACE AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF YOU FROM ALL OF US AT KUSH AND dailybuds.com

Kush Editorial Board, www.dailybuds.com

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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SLIPPERY FALLS, SNOWBOARDING SPILLS AND LIFTING HEAVY BOXES. INJURY IS DECEPTIVE since often we don’t realize that perhaps we overdid it in the new post -thanksgiving workout. Sometimes a muscular injury can linger as a dull ache or pain when actually tissue, tendons or nerves may actually be damaged. As disciplined or motivating “pushing through the pain” may seem, often we do more damage than good by aggravating an injury. Sports injury, perhaps the most common form of injury, includes: medial & lateral epicondylitis, frozen shoulder, plantar fascitis, acute olecranon bursitis, acromioclavicular joint separation, rotator cuff tendonitis, osteoarthritis of all joints, meniscal tears, bicepital tenosynovitis, lumbar disc herniations, anterior & posterior cruciate ligament tears, patellofemoral syndrome, Osgood Schlatters syndrome, and more. Pro sports teams and clubs often have acupuncturists on staff to decrease healing time and treat lingering injuries. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat acute injuries and was and still is used commonly in martial arts to speed up healing. Repetative physical activity is one of the easiest ways to injury yourself; that’s why so many exercise programs emphasize muscle confusion and of course, the importance of stretching. But if you do go overboard and find your tennis elbow has turned into no-moretennis elbow, acupuncture may be an excellent way to aid the healing process and get you back to serving up aces. Acupuncture plays the role of inducer in the healing process and the effect are accomplished because acupuncture decreases inflation and swelling, relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation. Some athletes with sprains have even reported a 3-day healing time as opposed to 1-2 weeks that the healing process takes with the absence of acupuncture. Chronic injuries can be effectively treated with acupuncture as well. If that knee you “messed up” playing high school football still bothers you when it rains and “goes out” every once in a while, your injury may never have properly healed. Chronic injuries are a deficient condition, meaning that the affected area is losing strength and stability. What acupuncture does is treat the surrounding muscles and areas near the injury to increase stimulation while simultaneously reducing pain. Chronic injuries often take longer to treat (8-10 sessions is generally the consensus on when you will start to see improvement in a lingering injury area.) but if it’s a coin-toss between lifelong pain and discomfort, 8-10 sessions and regular follow-ups don’t sound so bad. As with every injury, it is always a good idea to get an MRI or x-ray to know exactly where the damage is. Many acupuncturists and chiropractors provide these services but you may need to see your doctor. In any case, the not knowing can cause more harm in the long run so it’s better to be err on the side of caution when it comes to your body. It is after all, the only one we’ve got!

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Holiday ng Volunteeri

By Charlotte Cruz

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eople volunteer for a number of reasons, among them being: Achievement-- You feel like you did something good from beginning to end. You didn’t just think about it, you did it. Sense of Belonging --You found a way to be with like-minded people and serve together for the greater good. Social and Community Change—You do want to be the change in the world and you have taken a step toward making this world a little bit better. Maybe you don’t know why you volunteer or why you should, but the fact is, it can only be and do good and that’s what the season of giving is all about, not iPads or video games. Every nonprofit relies heavily on volunteerism to stay up and running. Since most people start feeling that this is the time of year to get out there and do some good, this may be the one time of year where your help is needed in a more non-traditional way than working in a soup kitchen or donating to toys for tots. Some volunteers at the holidays actually find themselves bored with little to do since so many people extend themselves to the needy, so this year, try to do some research on local organizations that can use your time wisely. Senior Centers are a great place to give some time and attention to the elderly. Many people in nursing homes

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Give a little, get a lot!

or elderly care facilities are without family nearby and a friendly face can brighten the day of someone who may find themselves lonely this season. The holidays are a time for togetherness and not everyone has the luxury or means to be near their loved ones. Children and adults alike in literacy programs all over the nation need support. If you are bilingual, volunteering at an ESL nonprofit can make a tremendous difference in the life of someone trying to learn English. Even if you are not bilingual, children who are having a hard time reading benefit tremendously from one-on-one tutoring. Or check with your local library to find out about holiday programs that you can become involved in. Reading Twas the Night Before Christmas to a group of smiling Kindergartners is an amazing way to spend an afternoon. Check with your local food bank to find out when you can lend a hand.

Food banks help provide not just holiday meals, but food year round for the hungry and the operations are always looking for people to help pack and repack food.

The food bank is a place where you know that what you are doing is really helping someone and their family and hopefully you will find your time there so rewarding that you continue service after the holidays are over. No matter what you do to give back this year, no mater how small your donation or scarce your free time is, it is the season to be grateful for what you have and do something selfless for someone less fortunate. Happy holidays to you and your family. May the new year bring you health and happiness.


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WITH SO MUCH GOING ON IN DECEMBER, KUSH would like to remind you how far we’ve come in our battle to legalize Marijuana. With 73+ years between its inception and today’s liberal standard (in comparison) we take a look back at the very significant Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. This December power play had deep implications then, and they are still rippling into the news of the day. IT WAS DECEMBER OF 1937, and not much different from today’s standard practices, there were political parties in favor of one issue over another, inherently propelled by some other issue within some other industry, that happened to have their hand (or tentacle) in the reach of a convincing politician. Case in point, the DuPont family and their desire to curb the booming Hemp Industry. With hemp being used as a cheaper substitute for paper pulp, Randolph Hearst felt it a threat to his extensive timber holdings, while Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon was protecting his huge personal investment into DuPont stock, and its latest product “nylon”. With Hemp out-performing these common and innovative products, big business turned its cheek on rational thinking, and proposed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, essentially enforcing certain provisions on the use or possession of Marijuana or Hemp, forcing the need for a “tax stamp” to grow, or distribute Marijuana. Although the tax was only equal to $1 for anyone dealing commercially in Cannabis, Hemp, or Marijuana, the Act did not criminalize the possession or usage of Cannabis, Hemp or Marijuana, (while the provisions were enforced for those handling the products.) Violations of these procedures had penalties up to $2000, and five years imprisonment. That was a lot back then, and it was all the control the government needed, at least for a few decades...

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IN 1969, LEARY VS. UNITED STATES PROVED part of the Act to be unconstitutional as a violation of the Fifth Amendment, since a person seeking a tax stamp would have to incriminate him or herself in doing so. In response the Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act in 1970. Leave it to big government to merely re-write a flawed law, putting the clamp down even tighter in the revision. This has historically proven to be “The American Way” - Love it or leave it!

With Hemp out-performing these common and innovative products, big business turned its cheek on rational thinking, and proposed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 SO AS YOU ENJOY YOUR EGGNOG and holiday festivities, let’s keep the focus on the future, and hope that we as a people are learning from the past, and can make future laws based on fact and rational, not that of political arm-twisting or back-scratching.


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New York is known for a lot - pizza, crowded streets, taxis, the subway, art, clubs and bars open until 4am, live music, Broadway, and a million other things. But it seems that over the years, kush isn’t typically included on that list. California to the west, Canada to the north, and even Mexico to the south seem to take all of the credit for good medical marijuana strains. Well a little Diesel strain that could, has come chugging along from NYC, trying to bend some of these common stereotypes. NYC Diesel is a fine hybrid strain of medical marijuana, commonly grown from seeds originating in the Big Apple. Like early settlers, these seeds have naturally made their way out west. Many of the most common NY Diesel seeds originate from a cannabis seed bank called Soma Seeds. The hybrid is a cross of Mexican Sativa & Afghani (indica), with some variations being closely related to the Sour Diesel strain. The indica/sativa balance is somewhere right around 50/50, but can go 60/40 either way depending exactly where you get it. THC levels are certainly a bit higher than average, registering at a percentage somewhere in the high teens. Strong, but definitely a good, manageable kind of strong. In terms of physical characteristics, NY Diesel has a wonderful amount of orange and red hairs scattered over a light green landscape bedazzled in shiny white trichomes, oozing with THC. It’s pretty dense and can often be real sticky, but at its best is soft and light as a pillow, smoking with a consistent smoothness. The taste is often compared to that of sweet, ripe grapes with hints of citrus. The smell weighs more heavily on the citrus side, sending you into a world of grapefruit and sugar coated lemons. It’s pretty easy to see that this is going to be a good experience just from the appearance and smell alone... it satisfies all of the necessary senses quite nicely. The buzz is just about perfect, somewhere in the middle of passing out on the couch with two pounds of munchies and finding the inspiration to clean the house, make an ambitious to-do list, and wash the car. With a typical amount of ingested THC, it should last around 90-120 minutes. It’s a really good daytime buzz, with a cerebral quality fit for solving problems and being productive at a relaxed, manageable pace. Also works pretty well for being social, rather than one of those kush strains that makes you want to shut off your phone, curl up with a movie, and just enjoy your own company. This can easily lead to one of those highly talkative and insightful highs where you wish you’d taken notes on all your great ideas the next day. Strong bouts of giggle fits are also not uncommon. In New York, it’s not quite as easy to obtain a gram or eighth of weed as it is in states where medical marijuana is legal. When I visited the city a few months ago, my friend told me about his selection and process to obtain. While many names were the same as what I can find at my dispensary, he was paying more than double my price and delivery was the most common method of getting it. His plights made me 110% more grateful of being in one of the pot-friendly states. In Colorado, an eighth of NYC Diesel should not run much more that $50-$60, and seeds are relatively easy to find. If taking the ambitious and botanical growing route, you’re probably making a good call. Yield is said to be particularly high, with a flowering period around 9-10 weeks. Rightfully so, NYC Diesel is no stranger to awards. It has long been a favorite amongst avid smokers in Amsterdam, and the Soma seeds have placed in the Cannabis Cup 3 times (2001, 2003, 2004). I suggest you get a little taste of New York in your diet, and considering the hassle and cost of travel these days, why not just dabble in NY Diesel kush? Be sure to pick this up and sample where it’s available. Chances are you’ll be going back for more.

The buzz is just about perfect...

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The season

has changed and that

means that a lot else changes, too. It’s time for layers and sweaters, coats and socks. Summer has gone and even the Indian variety is done for the year. It’s getting cold. When it’s time to adjust your life to the falling mercury, we do the usual things: We pull out the down comforters and flannel sheets; we think about the fireplace; we buy new clothes or dig out the old ones and retire the tank tops to make room for longer sleeves; we turn on the heat. While we all want to be comfortable in this cooler weather, the changing climate also opens up the energy conversation and that means finding ways to stay warm without depleting resources, both natural and financial. There are ways to be ecofriendly and reduce the gas bill that are simple and inexpensive. This winter, stay warm and stay green.

BUNDLE UP Wearing an extra layer or two of clothing while you are inside your own house is a simple way to reduce the amount of time you run your heat. Since we lose a lot of heat from our heads, a warm hat will keep heat locked in and make your whole body feel warmer. On a day when you want to run the heat at 74, try setting it at 68 and let your body do the rest. A little layering goes a long way!

WEATHERIZE� If you own your home, weatherizing is one of the keys to keeping heating costs down. By checking for cracks in windows, doors and foundation, you can fill them in and reduce drafts. Weather stripping and caulking gaps in drafty areas is well worth the time and money and will likely pay for itself within a season or two. If you rent, talk to your landlord if you notice drafts coming in and suggest a little weatherizing to save you some money and him weather damage.

TURN IT DOWN� Before you go to bed, make sure that your heat is lowered a few degrees. Your body and the extra blankets will keep you comfortable and if you have ever fallen asleep with your heat too high, you know that waking up with hot air on you can cause scratchy throats and dry sinuses. It’s not only better for you; it’s better for your bill and better for the environment.

REPLACE BULBS� Since there are fewer hours of sunlight in the winter months and you will likely be keeping lights on longer. If you haven’t already, CFLs are a must-do replacement for regular light bulbs. The long-lasting bulbs can save you hundreds over the course of a year and take less energy and emit as much or more light. A great idea any time of year!

BY CHARLOTTE CRUZ

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we settle in to winter, which by all accounts is a very

mild

situ-

ation here in sun-kissed So Cal, weekend or even day trip getaways become a vital part of waiting to retire the socks and shoes for permanent flip flops. I forgot just how much of a cruel game it is to find the matching socks after laundry and since I will never win, I know that I have to find a diversion and a way to make it through to Coachella, which is my own personal demarcation of spring. Palm Springs is a lot closer than Vegas and if a trip to a casino, some sun and maybe even a little golf are your idea of a getaway, then don’t bother taking the long road to Nevada. Palm Springs is a great little town with all the charm of Sonoma and without the mind-bending traffic of Las Vegas. It’s one of those getaways that make you feel like you re-

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ally are out of town without having to spend a fortune traveling. And since it is so close, you can perhaps splurge a do a little more shopping or a little more playing than you might elsewhere. Palm Springs recently launched an ad campaign that touts that they are better than Vegas and

Staying in Palm Springs is easy.

some of the points they make are

There are countless budget hotels

very valid: They don’t blow up

and options for every price range.

their 50-year-old architecture. En-

If you go with a group, it’s always

joy spectacular backdrops unob-

fun to rent a pool home for a cou-

structed by giant neon cowboys or

ple of nights and spend the day

fake Eiffel Towers. These are truths

barbecuing and lounging by your

about Palm Springs and further-

own private pool.

more, there’s no Going Home traf-

If it is adventure you seek, Palm

fic on the 15 that adds 2-4 hours to

Springs has a lot of great hiking

your trip.

and mountain biking trails. Near-

With winter highs in the 70’s

by Mt. San Jacinto, Indian Can-

and 80’s, it’s easy to see why so

yons, Joshua Tree National Park,

many people live there during

Coachella Valley Preserve, Painted

these months. While we may not

Canyon, Ladder Canyon and other

have too much to worry about

desert landscapes make for some

(other than the sock dilemma),

amazing foot travel. Go later in the

finding perfection 2 hours away is

day so you can catch a sunset on

a perk of living in the Southland. I

your descend and make sure you

recently took up golf, or something

have a camera.

where you hit a white ball with

So while Coachella is still a few

a golf club, and Palm Springs is a

months away, it’s never too soon

place to enjoy spectacular courses.

to enjoy the warmer weather, the

Since I’m so new at it, I stick to the

endless sunshine and a day or two

driving ranges and putting greens

out of your regular routine.

for now. Palm Springs has at least 10 driving ranges where you can go swing the club in the sunshine. Even if you don’t play, everyone likes to hit things in the sunshine. It’s one of the things we do best. The casinos in Palm Springs are very much like Vegas, full of entertainment options, stretching buffets and gambling. Agua Caliente, Morongo and Spa Resort are some of the bigger casinos and you can often catch a great live show, music or otherwise. And just like Vegas, time stops in these meccas and you can get lost until the wee hours of the morning at a blackjack table or in a dance club.

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The Rose Parade in Pasadena JANUARY 1,2011 There are only a couple of parades that will make me get out of bed early, and fight the traffic and parking of our beloved City of Angels - of course, any Lakers Championship parade, and the staple of our city (or neighboring city) the Rose Parade in Pasadena, New Year’s day. This tradition was started in 1890 by The Valley Hunt Club, with the addition of the “Rose Bowl” football game in 1902, to help supplement the costs of the parade. Today it is all just part of a fun, celebratory day, filled with pride and Americana (football). What started as a tradition to show off our beautiful winter weather, by flaunting our blooming flowers, turned into the Tournament of Roses. Over the years, the floats have become more and more detailed and advanced. With everything on the floats having to be covered in natural materials, such as flowers, seeds, plants, seaweeds, nuts, vegetables or bark, makes for some challenging ideas, yet every year seems to exceed the last. Major sponsors have raised the bar, and the level of clever designs is off the chart.Completed by volunteers of all ages, these floats seem to come together overnight, and can be viewed up close in the days following the parade. This is a great chance to see the amount of pride and effort exuded each year by these tireless volunteers. Colorado Boulevard fills up fast, with reveling nightowls filling the streets in sleeping bags and tents to get the best seats for the early morning action. The parade features many top level marching bands, color guards, and stables-full of beautiful horses. The traditions of the Rose Parade seem to kick the New Year off perfectly, almost re-registering our “Americana” for the impending year. So, whether you’ve got tickets to the big game, or you just want to ring in the new year in a fun and exciting way, get out to Pasadena this New Year’s day. The city is blooming, and the energy in the air is uplifting. There are plenty of great bars in the area to enjoy the games afterwards, so get there early, park the car, and enjoy walking the streets with all the other partiers.

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by VALERIE FERNANDEZ

With so many great Hemp products out there to spotlight, Hempful Hints spends great effort bringing you new and exciting ones to enjoy. We’ve told you about the many health benefits, and some outstanding products optimizing the strengths of this wonder-plant, and now we want to take a break - not your normal 420 break, but one with a different satisfaction. This break is more the type to enjoy with your kids, or during the holidays with family. We’re talking about the Cool Hemp product line, which includes Frozen Desserts, Energy Cookies, and even Cool Hemp Protein Powder, Hemp Balm, and Hempseed. Let’s stay focused on the sweet stuff though.... Owners Christina and Robbie Anderman make their non-dairy frozen desserts using 100% organic products, including the innovative use of Hemp oils to reproduce the creaminess of “ice cream”, or in this case, frozen dessert. Cool Hemp Frozen Dessert comes in Chocolate, Maple, and Natural. Rich in nutrition, a small 125 ml portion of Cool Hemp provides you with half your daily need of the Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3 and 6, as well as being high in iron and calcium. It’s yummy too!!!! What better to accompany a frozen dessert than a delicious cookie, right? Cool Hemp’s wheat-free, vegan cookies are a great source of fiber, Iron, Thiamin, and Niacin, and come in Raisin, and Chocolate Chip (of course). Not only is their plant certified by the OCPP/ Pro-Cert which governs all organic foods in our country, but their product line is Kosher - and that is governed by a much higher power. Their packaging is earth friendly with the vision of using hemp fibre packaging in the future. Even their community farm is solar-powered, with wood and solar heat, and they use only recycled or tree free hemp paper. Since they are a Canadian based company, most of their products are only available in Canada. However they do have a limited number of products available online for purchase. For more info on acquiring these Cool Hemp products, go to www.CoolHemp.com. Your taste buds will thank you! Living Harvest located in Portland, Oregon also provides great frozen hemp desserts called Tempt™ made from hemp milk (filtered water and hulled hemp seeds) available in 5 delicious flavors --Vanilla Bean, Mint Chip, Coffee Biscotti, Chocolate Fudge and Coconut Lime. These yummy non-dairy desserts provide all the benefits of the hemp seed featuring the essential fatty acids of Omega 3 and 6. Living Harvest also sells Hemp Milk in five flavors including original (sweetened and unsweetened), vanilla (sweetened and unsweetened) and chocolate. To see a complete list of these earth friendly products check out http://www.livingharvest.com/products/. While their frozen desserts are not currently available for ordering online, their milk, protein powders and hemp oils are.

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Today’s boutique medical cannabis grower invests significantly in grow room construction, increasingly expensive electricity, high quality nutrients, and state of the art equipment to produce their highly valuable crop often worth 10’s of thousands of dollars. Strangely, the same grower may rely on antiquated techniques to determine harvest time when more precise methods are readily available. Patients are now armed with laboratory analysis of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (Cannabidiol), and other cannabinoid potency to choose what cannabis is right for them. More and more, growers and breeders are implementing cannabinoid profiling to determine their ideal harvest time in conjunction with the other tools they have been using up until this point. By conducting potency tests at our lab, we have seen a notable increase in cannabinoid strength in the final two weeks of flowering. There is a peak point where the percentage of THC and CBD starts to decline. The peak of potency is prime harvest time. Most growers follow the directions from seed companies and clone providers about the specific number of days until prime maturation. This is certainly a good place to begin but at Steep Hill Lab we see notable variation across strains based on variables such as environment, growing medium and nutrients. Flowering time has become one of these factors. Recently we encountered a strain that went from 11.3% THC at day 56 of flowering to 15.9% at 63 days. The grower had been growing the strain for a few years and had always harvested the plants at 56 days on advice from the breeder but after analysis of laboratory results, the grower decided to change their grow cycle to reflect the significant increase in THC with an added 7 days. In this instance, Steep Hill did 4 potency tests over a 12 day period. In his book, Organic Marijuana Soma Style, breeding guru Soma writes, “Not knowing the correct time to cut plants down is the downfall of many growers out there. In the Amsterdam coffee shops buyers continually turn down marijuana that has been picked too early.”

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On the advice of master growers, most growers we meet harvest based on visual indicators from the plant’s trichromes. Ed Rosenthal said in his book, Marijuana Growers Handbook, “At maturity the glands should sparkle like individual jewels in bright light. The individual glands should appear clear under magnification. When the glands turn amber, the buds should be harvested.” Rosenthal’s advice is based primarily on bag appeal which along with economics has historically driven the cannabis market. Using these traditional indicators in addition to laboratory analysis finely tune a product that is meeting more competition than ever. David Pate, internationally renowned cannabis scientist said, “Visual cues within the trichromes, for determining overall peak flower cannabinoid levels, are probably less effective than accurate scientific analysis. This is certainly a fertile area for investigation of a very important parameter in the life of this plant.” Growers are learning that using lab testing to harvest at the time of peak potency increases the value of their crop to collectives. In the experience of Rachael Szmajda, purchaser at Harborside Health Center, the largest medical cannabis dispensary in the United States, it is beneficial for growers and breeders to focus on optimizing the cannabinoid profiles of their crops. Szmajada said, “Cannabis of higher cannabinoid content sells faster than the same strain with a lower cannabinoid profile.” By AnnaRae Grabstein, CEO Steep Hill Lab, California’s premier medical cannabis analysis laboratory and Wilson Linker, Sales Executive at Steep Hill Lab and host of Cannabis Cuts on Pirate Cat Radio.

This graph reflects potency data determined by Steep Hill Lab over the last 12 days of flower for a Northern California indoor grower. The THC profile drastically climbed during the final days of budding. By conducting multiple potency tests at different times throughout the grow cycle, growers can learn about the maturation of their strain.

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SHELDON BLACK HAS BEEN ON A TEAR SINCE BECOMING SHELDON BLACK. This is not too surprising

considering their previous experience and success in producing premium smoke ware. The same force driving the SB label is who brought ROOR products to the American market in the mid 90s as an independent unit of the now ubiquitous moniker in smoking culture. However, in the late 2000s as hoards of counterfeit ROOR products flooded the market and differences arose amongst the parent German company and the licensed US division, ROOR USA closed up shop and transitioned into Sheldon Black. Today the Sheldon Black brand is rapidly gaining widespread recognition in the smoking world for their line of high-end glass products. With complete control of design, production, and marketing of their own label, the team behind Sheldon Black focuses on fulfilling the promise of creating quality innovative devices that hit better than any other pieces available. The SB Single Chamber Bubbler is a testament representing what their entire line stands for. The Sheldon Black Bubbler includes all the unique design elements that make a Sheldon Black design stand apart from the products of every other glass maker. The piece itself is reminiscent of the classic ROOR bubbler except everything has been beefed up and several enhancements have been made to its over56

all design and construction. The Sheldon Black Bubbler comes with four separate glass pieces that are perfectly crafted and removable making the piece incredibly easy to set-up, transport, and clean. The main chamber stands on a sturdy base of very thick glass and features the simple and classy Sheldon Black cursive logo down the side. Each crevice and rounded surface has been expertly smoothed over, especially the side-arm leading to a 14mm joint for the detachable mouth piece. The glass of the mouth piece flows perfectly to a hole which is just the right shape and size allowing for optimum balance and pressure when gathering


smoke in the chamber and inhaling. What really sets apart Sheldon Black from the competition is the quality and innovation in which they approach diffusion. The 6-arm removable down stem, which also features the Sheldon Black logo, is a truly impeccable demonstration of glasswork being totally symmetrical and sturdy with perfect slits for filtration. To top off the bubbler, a large solid matching bowl is included. Besides being blown to absolute precision and including the Sheldon Black cursive logo, each piece of glass features the SB engraving which not only looks awesome but also serves as an anti-counterfeiting measure, a major factor in the design of each piece and the development of Sheldon Black as a company. Subtle touches such as these are the pride of Sheldon Black and have propelled them to elite status in the world of glass products. The time and effort the company takes making each piece of glass is instantly apparent when looking at or using the bubbler. As far as performance goes, the Sheldon Black results in one of the best all around tokes you can get out of any piece. The rate it clears is perfect and the hit is incredibly smooth. You get good size snaps on it and it is an excellent choice for a smoking device in almost any situation and travels well too.

Overall the Sheldon Black Bubbler is one of the finest pieces available and is highly recommended if you want to smoke the best and are willing to spend the cash to do so. Sheldon Black is quickly becoming the company leading the glass industry in making the highest quality products. Beyond the Single Chamber Bubbler which is perhaps their most simple product, SB has now ventured into creating all sorts of models based on different diffusion innovations and has also developed new lines featuring more artistic glass designs. Look ahead for big things to come from Sheldon Black.


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This Holiday, harm reduction is in. It’s a school of psychology and sociology that assumes rational adults are going to sometimes engage in risky, unhealthy behavior. Harm Reductionists believe teaching people to reduce the harm of their behavior is as valid an approach if not a more valid approach that simply banning and criminalizing certain behaviors. With more than 300,000 qualified medical cannabis patients in California alone, and Arizona becoming the 15th medical marijuana state, there’s a huge demand for safer, more sustainable ways of medicinal cannabis delivery, and the market is meeting that demand head on. Fold A Bowl Pipe

RAW Rolling Papers Organic, vegan, and sustainable has come to rolling papers. Normal rolling papers can contain unneeded chemicals and flavors. Sodium, potassium and magnesium are used as accelerants and papers are often bleached white. The Raw brand of rolling papers came out of Spain to awe the market this year with an additive and bleach-free rolling paper that’s thin, and translucent, holds fast with a natural hemp-based gum, and burns clean with no taste. The Raw King Size comes with forty, 1 1/4-inch wide, unbleached hemp fiber papers packaged so artfully, they don’t even have a crease, the culmination of twelve years of research, RAW says. $2.50

Space Case Grinder

Tightvac Container Keeping cannabis in plastic bags is actually a no-no. THC is an acid, which means it breaks down soft plastic like sandwich bags, causing leaching of petrochemicals into the plant matter. Best stick to glass containers, Pyrex jars, or the popular Tightvac line of vacuum sealed, super-hard plastic containers. , Tightvac jars have a button on the top of them and you need to squeeze the release button to pull the top off. Fill up the Tightvac, and when the top is pushed back down, the jar sucks out air, creating a vacuum seal that’s smell-proof, air tight and highly water resistant. Tightvac containers come in a range of colors and sizes – from tiny, pocket containers, all the way up to bread loaf-sized. Based out of Venice, CA. Tightvac Minivac TV-1 (.12 liter; 2 7/8-inches tall)\ $8.25

There’s nothing safe or sane about flying with medical marijuana and supplies. Fold-A-Bowl makes the practice a little safer with its line of disposable, foldable stainless steel pipes. Each Fold-A-Bowl is the size of a credit card, and comes with a tiny instruction sheet, explaining how to fold the stamped, medicalgrade steel into a palm-sized smoking utensil. No need to buy cheap paraphernalia in shady parts of a strange town. And no regrets about tossing a low-cost Fold-A-Bowl before a return flight home. $4.95 for Four

Hempwicks It’s always surprising to see hard-core foodies, environmentalists or health nuts using a standard butane lighter to do anything, let alone ignite plant matter going directly into the lungs. Lighters run on butane, and contain sulfur and flint, which are highly poisonous if inhaled. Long-term butane exposure causes internal organ and nervous system problems. Made from hemp and bees wax, the Hempwick has emerged as a substitute. A six inch-long piece of thin twine, you light the Hempwick and then use the strong, cleanburning wick flame to combust medicinals. Made from Sacramento company Ital, they’re waterproof and work well even in the wind. $1.25 per pack

Grinders have emerged as the most effective way to create more surface area out of buds, mandatory for vaporizing, and quite effective for rolling or packing in a pipe. But not all grinders are created equal. Shoddily made, imported metal grinders can grind away at themselves, creating tiny metallic shavings in herb, and that’s not very medicinal. Space Case makes a top of the shelf, two-piece grinder, precision machined from high-quality aerospace aluminum, with super sharp cutting edges that will not dull. The large 3 1/4inch wide grinder goes for $49.61 63


by JOSH KAPLAN

For all the KUSH readers living in Hollywood, you are probably familiar with the delicious Thai dishes being served up at Toi on Sunset, or Torung on Hollywood Blvd. After many shows, these spots have always been there to satisfy any late night pangs for spicy noodles. But where do you go if you’re visiting your folks in the Valley, or just cruisin’ Reseda? KUSH mag has found a spot for you. Top Thai, at 7333 Reseda Blvd., is between Sherman Way and Saticoy on the west side of the street - and if you’ve just taken some medicine, or partaken in a super session like me, you’ll be very happy. Top Thai is a very clean restaurant, with bright lights shining through large windows. Boasting an “A” from the City is what initially gave me a good feeling about the place. As we enjoyed the traditional décor, with an array of travel posters presenting the highlights in Thailand, we were helped attentively by a charming young woman named Apple. She suggested some favorite dishes like the Pad Thai Noodles, with Chicken, Shrimp, Scrambled Egg, Bean Sprouts, and ground Peanuts….. Delicious! We also shared the Crispy Duck Dinner, which came with fried rice, with two good sized shrimp, and a savory deep fried duck. To accompany these meals, we had the Tom-Yum Gai Soup with Coconut milk, Lemon grass, Chicken, and Mushrooms. Having the word “Yum” in this name seemed fitting, because this soup is YUMMY. 64

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Becoming a firefighter/paramedic at the remarkably young age of 16, Derek had seen tragedy. Fatalities, and dealing with them, were part of the job. “Among all the living species on Earth, humans are the only ones who have learned to stop the dying process,” he says. “I was getting in the way of the Grim Reaper, sometimes head-on. On some days we won, some days we didn’t.” Those fatalities also included people he worked with. “In my time on the job,” he relates, “I personally knew five people who committed suicide.” After 20 years on the job, however, Derek appeared to be one of the last people who’d fall victim to the psychological trauma that plagues firefighters and medics to the extreme of taking their own lives. “From the time I was 14 years old,” he says, “I never thought of doing anything else.” Nothing in that 20 years, though, had prepared Derek to deal with the events of June of 2008, tragedies that pushed him to the brink of suicide after the initial treatment attempt he underwent completely and utterly failed. Forced to choose between permanent disability due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or curing himself, he created a treatment that finished fixing the damage almost completely on his own. And ironically, Derek himself would have never considered that the treatment would involve medicinal use of marijuana. “I’m not exactly a poster-child for pot-smoking,” he’ll still say now, looking more like the critical care flight paramedic that he was than a tie-dyed, bong-twirling Bob Marley fan. This also makes it easy to see him right in the middle of two tragic airrescue accidents that occurred in northern Arizona in June of 2008 - three

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helicopters crashes that caused seven fatalities within just 48 hours, an unprecedented event in helicopter rescue history. The first accident occurred on June 27th.

“At that time, I managed or assisted management of bases in Show Low, Prescott and Kingman,” Derek recounts, “pulling paramedic shifts out of Show Low. I had just gotten to sleep around midnight, and at 4am I got the call that Air Evac 31 went down and the crew was being transported to Flagstaff Trauma Center.” Air Evac 31 was responding from Prescott to an emergency call about 50 miles north when it went down at 3:30am, rolling over four times and throwing two of the three crew members out of the helicopter as it slammed into the ground. “You couldn’t have picked a worse place to crash,” Derek says. “It was in the middle of nowhere. Prescott was a base I had helped start up. Everyone there was family to me, so I was the first one notified.” As he rushed to the Trauma Center two miles from where he lived, Derek had no idea of the extent of their injuries. “I was told that they thought everyone was still alive,” he says, “but there had been some chaos. There was bad communication.” Procedure for emergency air rescue assistance calls for the highest-ranking member of the crews responding to determine the landing zone for the helicopter, and the FAA later determined that the wrong LZ was chosen for the helicopter - with disastrous consequences. “The LZ was like fine talcum-powder desert,” Derek recalls, “like walking on the moon. Every step you took kicked up dust. The crew is under nightvision goggles, so when the pilot tried to land dust kicked up through the rotor blades, throwing everyone’s equilibrium off. On the helicopter, what was happening outside looked completely opposite of what was really

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happen if I left,” he says. “I thought something bad would n’t feel any emotions at “I was so sleep-deprived I could w I couldn’t let it affect that point. I knew I would, but I kne for my guys.” re me right now. I needed to be the happening. They came in tail low, the tail hit the ground, and blew the helicopter everywhere.” Derek arrived at the Trauma Center as three other helicopters were dispatched to rescue the injured crewmen. A familiar face there, where his wife (whom he was separated from at the time) also worked, he dashed straight through the lobby up to the helipad, waiting 45 minutes for the first helicopter to arrive. “It felt like it took forever,” he says. The first helicopter transported the male nurse, in need of an immediate assistance due to injuries causing him extreme difficulty breathing. “He was conscious, but I could barely recognize him,” Derek recalls. “His flight suit was all cut up, and his whole body was caked in that light brown powder. He was in shock, saying ‘I thought the helicopter was going to explode. I thought it was gonna burn up’.” The nurse told Derek he’d landed just 20 feet from the wreck on top of one of the rotor blades, covered in jet fuel. He couldn’t see the aircraft’s jet engine, which had landed three feet from his head, but feeling the intense heat, he was sure it would ignite the fuel and explode. Derek also learned the dust had been so thick that it took rescue personnel on scene a 20- minute eternity to find the crew. Derek held his injured crewmate’s hand, talking to him to him as he was transported down the elevator into the trauma room, and continued to hold his hand as the ER staff went to work. “Everybody knew not to push me away,” he says. “They worked around me.” Derek was soon informed that the second helicopter was five minutes away, transporting the flight medic, so he ran back up to the helipad to assist. The medic, who had been flying for 25 years, had sustained the worst injuries and was barely clinging to his life as he arrived unconscious at the trauma center. Derek was informed that the man had suffered severe internal injuries, and he repeated the routine of taking the medic’s hand, talking to him as he was taken down the elevator into the ER. “You learn in medic class,” he said, “that even if the patient appears unconscious, you still have to watch what you say because the brain could still be awake. They could be in a coma, but still be completely awake, in pain and not able to tell you.” As if the scene wasn’t chaotic enough, Derek’s phone then began ringing non-stop. “Air Evac has about 400 employees,” Derek says. “I was management, making my number easy to find, so people started calling my phone like crazy and I’m trying to be there for my guys, so all I could tell them was everyone was still alive and I had to go.” As he waited with the medic to get a CT scan, Derek realized the extent of the man’s injuries. “He was white as a ghost,” Derek recalls. They couldn’t get a pulse, he was about to go into cardiac arrest, and I actually expected him to die before our partner got out of his CT scan. They were about to start CPR when they finally found a pulse. In my mind, that changed it to he’s not going to die now, but he’s going to die tonight.” When Derek saw the x-rays on the injured medic, his worst fears were confirmed. “I thought there was no way anyone could live with what I’m looking at.” Amazingly, the man pulled through and eventually got back on a helicopter, though it appeared for months that he would never even walk again

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without assistance. Then Derek heard the third helicopter touching down with the injured pilot. “So I ran back up to meet the pilot, the best off of the three physically, but he was carrying a heavy burden. He was crying, ‘Oh my god, what did I do?’ At that point, he wished he was dead.” The pilot, suffering from fractures and other injures, had tried in vain to find his crew after the crash. “This was devastating to him,” Derek says. “He told me he could hear them calling for him but couldn’t find them. A firefighter there literally picked him up and carried him away from the wreck before it could explode, but he kept saying ‘No, I’ve got to go back for my crew.” With the pilot now down, Derek went back to stay with the still-conscious the flight nurse, and found himself taking on the role of liaison between the injured crewman, family members and other medical personnel arriving at the ER, though nothing in his training had prepared him for this and he was literally dealing with the situation as it unfolded as best he could. “I was just trying to stay focused on answering calls and being there for my guys,” he says. Derek began spending time in each room with his injured crewmen while continuing to act as liaison. Over the next 24 hours, the medic had multiple surgeries and repeatedly almost died while Derek fought to maintain his composure, watching his friend fight for his life and while continuing to deal with the mounting number of people arriving at the hospital. Of the 1200 hours of paramedic training Derek had underwent, only two hours were devoted to “coping” with traumatic situations, but “coping” wasn’t exactly what was taught. “What we had when I started my career” Derek says, “was called ‘Choir Practice’. You got off work at 7am, split a pitcher of beer and an omelet with your crew, talked sports, went home with a buzz and that was that.” When Derek was finally ordered to go home by his superiors Sunday morning at dawn, he still didn’t want to leave. “I thought something bad would happen if I left,” he says. “I was so sleep-deprived I couldn’t feel any emotions at that point. I knew I would, but I knew I couldn’t let it affect me right now. I needed to be there for my guys.” Unfortunately, the weekend’s tragic events were not over yet. Another horrendous situation was about to unfold, one even more devastating than the first.

Derek had been awake for only 30 minutes Sunday when he got the call that a second accident had occurred. “A flight paramedic from Air Evac called to tell me Lifeguard 2 had just crashed into the side of Mount Eldon. I asked him when, and he said right now, it just happened.” Though this helicopter was not from Air Evac, Derek still responded. “Why I felt like I had to do anything to this day I don’t know,” he says. “It was an automatic reaction.” As he rushed to his car, Derek could see the smoke plume from one of the two wrecks. At this point, he still didn’t know that a second helicopter had also gone down. “One accident site was just 500 yards from the ER entrance,” he recalls. “Half the ER staff was outside just standing there. A flight medic was also standing there catatonic. People were crying and screaming.”


The “catatonic” flight medic was part of the crew of one of the two helicopters that had just crashed. His helicopter couldn’t hover-land at the med center because it was overweight, carrying a full crew and patient, so it did a “skid landing” like a plane would land at an airport two miles away from the hospital. He then bailed out so it would be light enough to hover-land. Tragically, this would set in motion a chain of events leading to the helicopter collision just minutes later. A second rescue helicopter from another company was also converging on the med center with a patient, and though both pilots knew they were in close time proximity to each other, a communication breakdown failed to warn them that the crucial minutes they thought they had between landings were erased when the medic was let off. Moments later, both helicopters were on final approach from the north and south of the helipad and unable to see each other due to their landing angles. They collided 500 yards short of the helipad, sending both careening into the foothills of the mountain. “As I pulled into the ER,” Derek recalls, “I saw a medic and an EMT arguing about which way to go. This was the first I heard about a second helicopter involved.” Still not fully clear on what had happened, Derek launched into rescue mode. “I walked up, grabbed both of them and yelled go over there and you’ll know what to do when you get there, pointing then to the first accident site.” Derek then ran to the ambulance with them. He also called the director of Air Evac to inform him of the situation, and to let him know that he was responding with the Guardian ground crew. “The questions was,” Derek now says, “was I on duty at that point, or wasn’t I? He could have said you have no business being over there. Go be with our crew. In hindsight, that’s what he should have said, because I had just been through something very traumatic, and this is the reason why we pull people off the helicopters before going on other calls. He was supposed to put the brakes on, like I would have with one of my crew.” As the ambulance rolled towards one accident site, a police officer redirected them to the other accident site. Derek then fully realized that two helicopters had gone down. As they pulled up they came upon a flight nurse, who’d landed 80 feet from the wreckage and was unconscious with a serious head injury. Jumping out of the ambulance to assist the nurse, Derek saw the pilot still stuck in the wreck. He raced up to assist the pilot, and then ran back down to help transport the nurse to the hospital. Derek then returned with the ambulance crew for the pilot. When they arrived, they found the pilot of a state police helicopter who had flown in to assist giving the other pilot CPR. There were no survivors of the other crash. Tragically, the liquid oxygen tanks on the other helicopter exploded moments after the aircraft went down, killing the entire crew and patient before they were pulled clear of the wreckage. After transporting the pilot to the med center, Derek found himself standing outside in a daze. “That’s when all three days hit me,” he recalls. “I remember thinking ‘How could this have all happened?’. I felt my knees go weak, and I started to get sick.” He then realized his wife Kelly, working in the med center ER, had come outside to get him back inside to clean up. “The Air Evac nurse and pilot had to relive their accident tenfold when they were told their friends had crashed and not survived,” Derek remembers. “The nurse that I worked on, the only survivor of the collision on Sunday, died the next day.” The incident still weighs heavily on Derek to this day. “There are so many things you can look back on,” he recalls. “There are so many things that could have happened to stop it…but didn’t. The perfect combination of events led to this immense tragedy.”

Derek was again finally ordered by his superiors to go home Monday morning, where he collapsed and slept for 18 hours. “Over the course of the next week,” he recalls, “I never ate alone. I was always with co-workers, and we were never alone unless we went home to sleep. This was nothing official. We were just trying to be there for each other.” Group therapy sessions also began with counselors, members of the base, family and combinations of everyone meeting over the next ten days. “It was a way for people to vent,” Derek recalls. “People were mad. There was a lot of anger, a lot of misconceptions about how things should be dealt with.” Unfortunately, these sessions didn’t help Derek. “The people there,” he explains, “were all seeing it from the outside, being there hours or days later. Nobody was there from the very beginning like I was.” Derek also felt himself about to blow. “I sat there thinking, ‘How could you be so upset?’” he recalls. “You didn’t see it. You didn’t smell it. I understood them being upset, but still felt like I had much more of a right to be angry and depressed, and I was holding it together better than people who weren’t there. I was getting mad at them. It was like, how dare you? What I didn’t realize was that this was a protective mechanism that had kicked in.” The sessions did make it clear to Derek that he was going to need help himself. “I knew I was going to need to see somebody private,” he remembers. “During the group sessions they were asking me questions, and I was responding as best I could. I was helping them, but it wasn’t helping me. I was on the wrong side of the therapy.” People began noticing Derek was not himself, and that he was in trouble. “I was showing no emotions outwardly,” he remembers. “People could see that I was holding it in and ready to lose it, to explode and go off the deep end. I wasn’t looking normal. My facial expressions and reactions were different. I had what’s called the ‘thousand yard stare’, like you see in combat veterans. I was slightly catatonic without knowing it.” The counselors also noticed the difference, and alerted his supervisors. Unfortunately, they didn’t notice and try to get him help until a full week after the accidents. “I think that was a little late,” he says now. “I didn’t feel I had any input in it. I didn’t feel I needed or didn’t need it. I just did what I was told to do. I was on autopilot, but with less of my senses than when the accidents were going on. When I was with my partners in the ICU I had to focus. Now I had nothing to focus on. At that point, it was clear to them that at any moment I could go home and blow my own head off.” The assistance available to Derek was also fraught with problems. “I was left on my own,” Derek recalls. “They didn’t help me find anyone. If I wanted to do it through the company, I’d have to go to Phoenix over two hours away.” Derek did find out that he was guaranteed eight sessions with a mental health professional, so he located the only PTSD Specialist in Flagstaff on the company insurance plan. “Most of the counselors there were for rape victims or family trauma,” he says. “There was almost no one for a public safety worker in need of help. This was a whole different monster.” As no one could go back on duty without counseling, Derek set up an appointment. This would become yet another disaster that almost ended Derek’s life.

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New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve Hello, New Year’s Eve! 2010 was a wacky year, wasn’t it? It seems like every day there was something big happening in the news. In sports, The New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl (Who dat!), The San Francisco Giants won the World Series and the Lakers took another one. Tiger Woods apologized to the world for cheating on his wife, Ben Rothlisberger was accused of sexual assault, the longest tennis match ever was played and Brett Favre gets into hot water over some steamy texts. The Gulf of Mexico gets another blow from BP this time, the iPad hit the market, health care reform is passed, Lindsay goes to jail…all in all it was a year of a lot of who would have ever thoughts? So perhaps 2011 will be calmer. For Haiti and Cuba, this would be a welcome change. For the US, calmer might mean that the economy is leveling out or our sports heroes behave themselves. Most likely though, it seems we are in a time of transition and upheaval and I would think that 2011 might be a repeat of WTF?! Either way, New Year’s Eve is a time to hope for the best, to wipe the proverbial slate clean and resolve to do better, be better and make fewer mistakes. It’s also a time to party your ass off and there are no shortages of options in the City of Angels. Even the OC does a good job of blowing off last year’s steam.

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Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball

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New Year’s Eve is for Amateurs

6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

Your Mom’s House

Celebrate NYE in Style, Elegance, & Grace along the Walk of Fame in the beautifully tented, heated, World Famous Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre Courtyard plus 3 Egyptian themed indoor venues with, Hollywood’s Best DJs spinning Top 40, hip-hop mash-ups, balloon drop, confetti blast, giant Projection LED light show & a VIP open bar all night to ring in 2011 with perfection.

If you want to avoid everyone, try staying close to home or even at home. New Year’s Eve house parties are sometimes the best way to ring in the New Year with friends and without cover charges and taxi shortages. Think about a theme party. You can do a murder mystery or a disco party…80’s prom is always fun! If you’re a guest, just remember to bring Champagne and cab fare!

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//you want to go out but avoid the mayhem

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Queen Mary New Year’s Eve

1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach Step on board this historic vessel for a night you will never forget. The Queen Mary’s New Years Eve Party is actually 6 parties for the price of 1 ticket. You can enjoy jazz in one of the ship’s historic salons, sing along to Dueling Pianos, put on your dancing shoes for Big Band, Disco and party all-night sets by a local DJ. The dining is fantastic and you really feel like you did something unique by taking a journey back in time. This could be your “Titanic” New Year’s Eve.

orange county: // i live in orange county and hollywood is too far

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The Hilton Hotel

3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa The Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa hosts what has unofficially become the Official New Year’s Eve party in Orange County. It includes four general admission party areas with three additional VIP zones, multiple live music stages, DJs, roaming entertainment, a fashion show and an Orange Ball Drop. After Party is across the street at the Hotel Hanford Costa Mesa.

//gettin’ jiggy wit it

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8Eighty8 Nightclub

4647 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach 8Eighty8 is a stylist and sophisticated nightclub and restaurant with an amazing menu, offering both Asian and Italian cuisine. Their regular weekend nights are always packed with OC fashionistas and good music for late night dancing. This year is sure to be just as hot as last year’s party, which was full of confetti blasts, 4 rooms of music, go-go dancers and a very pretty crowd!

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alifornia’s schizophrenic cannabis laws change slightly for the better on January 1, when simple possession of under an ounce of recreational marijuana is reclassified from a misdemeanor down to an infraction. More than 60,000 Californians were arrested this year for simple possession of up to 28.5 grams of the plant. They used to face a $100 fine and a misdemeanor mark on their “criminal record” that lasts for two years. But they could also fight the misdemeanor in court, requesting a jury and public defender. It cost the debt-laden state tens of millions of dollars in court costs. According to defense attorney Omar Figueroa, founder of the Cannabis Law Institute, that changes on January 1, 2011 because of new state law SB 1449 from San Francisco State Senator Mark Leno. Possession of under an ounce without a medical cannabis card will become an infraction, subject to the same $100 fine. Police can still arrest you, but they cannot book you if you have valid identification and promise to appear in court. Once issued the infraction, defendants simply sign the citation in lieu of appearing in court, and send in their money. They can also contest the ticket in front of a judge, but they lose the option of a jury trial and a public de-

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fender. The infraction will not appear in state and federal criminal databases. But there are plenty of caveats. Possession of any amount of concentrated cannabis, commonly called “hash” can result in up to a year in prison. Possession of more than one ounce of recreational plant cannabis can land convicts in jail for up to six months and result in fines of up to $500. Selling someone any amount of cannabis can also result in up to four years in state prison for the more than 14,000 recreational cannabis vendors caught this year. Possession of under an ounce on school property can result in ten days jail and up to $500 in fines for adults. Those under 18 caught with marijuana at school can be fined up to $250 for the first offense and get ten days incarceration and $500 in fines for the second offense. Federal law also bars college students who’ve been convicted of “any [drug] offense” from receiving financial aid. Applicants for aid must disclose any convictions. But if a student fails to disclose, the federal government lacks the resources to check its hundreds of thousands of applicants each year. Even if they looked, they would not be able to find an infraction in federal or state databases. Most job applicants will not have to fear disclosing an infraction either. Possession of under an ounce inside a vehicle in California would be considered an infraction, but if the driver was found to be under the influence of cannabis it counts as a misdemeanor - or in cases of an injury accident, a felony - that will go on DMV and criminal records, and cause car insurance rates to rise. Of course, qualified medical marijuana patients are exempt from criminal penalties that would limit possession of up to eight ounces, or cultivation of six mature medical cannabis plants, unless higher quantities are recommended by a physician. Figueroa says the downgrade of cannabis to an infraction should result in less tickets being issued, and is part of a larger trend of decriminalization in California, despite the failure of legalization initiative Proposition 19 this year. “Probably not a whole lot will change at first, but over time officers will issue less tickets as they use their discretion. It’s already not a serious crime to them, Figueroa says. “This is a little blip, but it’s part of trend that leads to the 2012 election with a new initiative.”

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As

A YOUNG CHILD, BROUGHT UP IN THE ERA OF THE

“SAY NO TO DRUGS” CAMPAIGN (ironically enough, led by the

Queen of cocaine trafficking), I never thought that Marijuana would get to the point of “quasi-legality” that it has in California. With dispensaries popping up faster than McDonald’s, and the idea of legalization finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, Marijuana’s overall acceptance is finally heading in the right direction. Having many friends in all aspects of the Marijuana industry, from growing and sales, to Hydro shops and fertilizers, to water pipe makers and distributors, to KUSH magazine, means I’ve been around my fair share of buds. I’ve always been intrigued by the plant, it’s many stigmas, it’s place in pop-culture, and it’s natural beauty, so when a friend asked me to spend a week on his farm to help the cause, my first instinct was “Hell Yeah!!”. But then my childhood instincts envisioned helicopters, hordes of DEA agents raiding us, and being sent down the river on a major distribution rap. Whoa! This was all pretty surreal for a kid from the Valley, raised in a very liberal, but non-using household. With memories of TIME and NEWSWEEK magazine articles, depicting huge growths, (some gorilla-styled growing in National Parks of all places) right under the authorities noses, and the very different legal ramifications that using or possessing Marijuana can hold in this great country of ours - it‘s still amazing how liberal California is, compared to most states. Some laws are so absurd that people are rotting away in jails for possessing as little as a roach. The thought of this happening has incensed me for years. I wasn’t sure if 78 78


I was ready to cross that bridge…. (the figurative one, not the literal one…) but these fears were put into perspective once I found out that the Sheriff of the town is also a farmer. Hmmm?!? That’s a new one, right? Not for this area, it isn’t. So convinced that I would be safe, I ventured up north to a very lush part of our beautiful state. Out of respect for the whole process, I will refrain from describing exactly where I went, but let’s just say I did cross a bridge on that trip, both literally and figuratively. I was no longer just casually watching this story unfurl from the sidelines - I was entering the world of the growers… ….I was going to add “Marijuana Farmer” to my long list of jobs I’ve tackled in this lifetime……………

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always perceived Marijuana as the least dangerous “evil”-

drug, and even though it was tagged as being a “gateway-drug” to far more dangerous evils, it was also processed with the farcical images of

Arriving

Reefer Madness, The Freak Brothers, and of course, the iconic Cheech at the farm after dark was a bit creepy, but as

and Chong. Was Marijuana so bad? Was it so evil? Would it lead me

morning arose for the first day of work, I was amazed at the beautiful

down the path to hardcore drugs and a life in the gutter? Would my

location and surrounding plants - about 90 of them. Tucked just 15

trip to the Marijuana farm put me behind bars? No, none of these

minutes from “civilization”, this fifty acre farm had a house, running

stigmas or fears were going to come true. And as time has gone on,

water, a natural pond used for watering, and most amenities of the av-

I’ve learned to use Marijuana for its virtues. I’ve seen the present

erage home, including cable TV. This wasn’t the makeshift hillside vil-

wave of Marijuana acceptance take shape. To think that one could

lages I’d seen on NBC’s Dateline. This was a real, very normal farming

go get a prescription, (quite easily), and go shop for weed, just like

operation, probably not too much different from a pig or sheep farm.

in Amsterdam…. Was this really happening in my hometown of Los

With barely enough time for breakfast, we were off in a 4X4 go

Angeles? Had the inmates taken over the asylum? No, the realities of

cart, and heading out into the forest to feed these enormous 9‘-10’

Marijuana’s benefits had finally grinded through enough generations

plants, 7’ in diameter. Holy Shit! I was in the middle of a real Marijua-

where its stigmas just wouldn’t stick anymore. This was amazing! The

na farm, and helping feed and water these massive plants, with amaz-

talk of legalization that was once just a comedic skit, has become an

ing budding nuggets of gold and purple, emblazoned with glistening

actual issue on the ballot, and is in the process of being passed. Wow!

green and purple leaves. Between all the trips to Cannabis Cups in

Never in my lifetime would I have thought. With our obvious edge

Amsterdam, and all of California’s best weed, I had never seen any-

in liberal thinking, the Golden State has carried the torch for the rest

thing quite like this. This was like Mecca for a pothead. Round and

of the country in regards to this very sticky subject. Let’s hope that the

round, all day. Circling the plants like some over-zealous nut. Feeding

rest of our country follows suit.

nutrients in 5 gallon buckets, and watering plant after plant, day after day. It was quite grueling work for the first three days. The work of a Marijuana farmer is no walk in the park. It takes a lot of hard labor and diligence to bring that many plants of that size to their budding fruition. With many tasks to attend to, including chopping firewood for the impending winter, we worked around the heat of the mid-day sun, thus breaking up the work with well needed breaks, while conserving our energy. With most of the hard work done in the first three days, the last few days were mostly spent watering. This was much easier than the feeding process.

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Sometimes I think Cannabis plants keep better track of time than some of us do. Their internal clock measures the length of the night (or dark period for indoor growers) in order for the plants to know when they should start to produce flowers during the season. Indoors, growers use a lighting timer to simulate the short days of fall and give their plants 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. This ratio of light to dark is called the “photoperiod”. Proper control over a garden’s photoperiod is crucial to its success. While most new growers have heard that their lights need to be on for 12 hours and off for 12 hours in order to produce buds, few of them understand why or how the process works. Many growers don’t appreciate how sensitive photoperiod is. The tiniest bit of light during the dark cycle – even for a moment – can disturb the garden’s photoperiod and cause irregular hormone patterns in the plant. These disturbances can induce male flowers in sinsemilla crops and seed the garden. A few cheap but important tools can allow growers to keep a more consistent, reliable photoperiod while still being able to work in the garden during the dark period. By understanding photoperiod and some simple techniques to manipulate it, growers can better control their gardens and avoid simple but devastating mistakes. Growing Cannabis involves two basic stages – the vegetative stage, or veg, and the flowering stage. Because Cannabis growers have absolute control over when the plants begin their flowering stage, plants can be induced to produce buds when they are still small cuttings (each one may produce a few grams to an ounce), or kept in a vegetative stage for years (as is sometimes the case with keeping mother stock). Most plants grown for medicine are kept in a vegetative stage for a few weeks to a few months before the grower initiates flowering.

THE VEGETATIVE DEBATE There are two basic Vegetative photoperiods. There’s the “24 hour” photoperiod – which means the lights are simply left on 24 hours per day or the “18 and 6” photoperiod where the lights are left on for 18 hours and left off for 6 hours. So long as the lights are on at least 18 hours, Cannabis will not flower (rare exceptions apply – perhaps 1 in every few hundred varieties of Cannabis will flower if given 80 80

any regular dark period, but most will not.) The Cannabis growing community has been forever divided on which photoperiod is the “best” for vegging plants. The 18/6 regimen has been widely popular ever since General Hydroponics included it in the basic instructions given on their nutrients many years ago. These growers frequently say that it is “unnatural” for plants to have only sun and no night. The other half of the growing population just leaves the lights on 24 hours per day for vegetative growth. Now, there’s no wrong answer here since both photoperiods keep plants in the vegetative stage, but I typically side with the 24 hour crowd since the plants do grow proportionally faster with the extra light. The amount of electricity is the same overall, but other fixed overhead costs like rent cost more the more days you stay in a vegetative state. Overall vegetative times for the crop when given 18 hours of light are typically several days longer than on a 24 hour photoperiod. I’ve never seen any stress caused by a 24 hour photoperiod and it’s worth pointing out that there are places on earth where at certain times of year the days are 24 hours long. Plants grow in Alaska quite well despite the short season because of the extra light. The only reason to give the plants a small increment of regular darkness during veg is to create a temperature differential in the room. (Lights left on constantly can sometimes make the growing area a constant warm temperature as well which can favor many plant diseases including mildew. If the grower has proper controls in place for pathogens, it’s usually not a problem. But if the grower has a problem, a change in temperature of 10 - 30 degrees each day can make the environment less comfortable for the pathogen, while not posing any harm to the plants.) A few hours of darkness timed at the coldest part of the day – usually the few hours before dawn – can give a nice temperature differential.

DON’T FUSS WITH 12/12 There may be some debate as far as vegetative photoperiods, but there is no debate about 12/12. Over the years, a few growers have asserted that manipulating the crop with a photoperiod other than 12/12 can be useful. I have never seen that to be true. In situations where a grower is coming up on the end of a lease


and absolutely has to finish their crop early, they sometimes decrease the light and increase the darkness to finish the crop sooner. This always leads to a proportional loss of yield and can also diminish quality in many varieties if they ripen up before the floral clusters become sufficiently developed. Often, the weight and quality of the flowers is better if they are simply harvested early. Prematurely harvested Cannabis might not be ideal in looks, but usually has a clearer, more uplifting high than full term crops. It might not be as bad if the crop began with a slightly different ratio like 11 hours on and 13 hours off, but changing the timer mid-crop is almost always trouble. The 12/12 photoperiod is a universal standard for very good reason – stick with it for the best results.

SO HOW DOES DARKNESS MAKE FLOWERS? The hormone that makes Cannabis flower has been referred to as “Florigen”, although the specific compound has yet to be isolated and identified (perhaps due to a lack of research on this particular plant species). The important aspect of this hormone that we do know is that it is “photosensitive” – that means it breaks apart whenever light hits it. When the lights go out in your garden, these photosensitive hormones start assembling themselves at a predictable rate. It is this buildup of hormones that signals the plant to flower. When the hormones accumulate to a certain critical point – the plant knows the days have become short enough to indicate the onset of fall. It’s like a timer that goes off after a certain length of time. Because the plant is carefully measuring the length of the night with light-sensitive hormones, any amount of light during the dark period will “reset the timer” at zero and the process of hormones building up will have to start again. Inexperienced growers will sometimes intrude on their grow room “just for a second” to either check on the plants or retrieve a pH meter, etc. By “disturbing” the photoperiod like this, the grower can cause the plants to produce unwanted male flowers.

GREEN LIGHT INVISIBILITY Growers can use green lights to see inside dark grow rooms without disturbing the plants. However, the space outside the door of the grow room must be completely dark or only lit with green light when the door opens. Some growers build small enclosures around the door of their rooms in order to keep light out. There are many different ways of supplying green light. One of the cheapest and easiest is a green CFL (compact fluorescent) bulb attached to any standard fixture like a drop-light. They’re widely available at many hardware stores and the bulb uses green glass to filter the light. Avoid the traditional incandescent style “party bulbs” – they are coated with a very thin layer of green material that can peel off over time and allow white light out. Hydroponic stores also carry a wide variety of novel green lights for growers. There are green light headlamps as well as green lights that can be worn over the ear or clipped to the bill of a baseball cap. There are also “flashlight” applications for smart phones that allow the screen to be changed to a bright but completely green screen if you need a green light in a pinch. The reason green light doesn’t disturb photoperiod is because the plants themselves are green. When something is a certain color, it is that color because it’s reflecting only that color of the spectrum. White light has all the colors and many of them such as the red and blue spectrums are absorbed by plants. But the plant appears green to us because it is reflecting the green portion of the spectrum back at us. In essence, green light is invisible to plants and simply bounces off the plant without being absorbed. So if a green light turns on in an otherwise totally dark grow room, the plants still believe it’s dark since they can’t see that part of the spectrum. The major benefit here is that growers can safely manage their flowering garden during the dark cycle. Spraying safe pest controls in the garden can also be done during the dark period to avoid having the plants wet when the lights are on (a big no-no).

SOMETIMES DISTURBING THE PHOTOPERIOD CAN BE A GOOD THING There are a few situations when growers can use the extreme light sensitivity of flowering hormones to their advantage. For instance, greenhouse growers that grow during the winter can keep their plants in the vegetative stage despite the days being so short that they would otherwise flower. One small light left on in the greenhouse can keep the plants from flowering long enough to reach the desired vegetative size. Once the plants are large enough to flower, the light can be removed. Also, there is a common growing situation called a “two-stage” garden which refers to having two flowering rooms on the same electrical panel. The 12 and 12 cycles are set opposite of each other, so that only one room at a time can have the lights on. A few minutes after one room turns off, the other room turns on. This is done in situations where the grower has more space than electricity – a common situation in older houses that are spacious but have a smaller, outdated electrical panel. The problem the grower faces is that they cannot put the lights in either room on a vegetative photoperiod. However, a single light bulb hung in the center of the room will allow the grower to veg despite the main lighting system staying on a 12/12 flowering photoperiod. In this situation, the grower could simply switch a regular light bulb out with a green bulb when they induce flowering to use the same fixture for both vegging and flowering.

TIMER TIPS THAT CAN SAVE YOUR GARDEN If you’re using a timer for lighting control in a garden – it must have a backup battery. If it doesn’t, your garden could suffer serious damage from something as simple as a power outage messing up your photoperiod. Pump timers and timers for other garden equipment are usually ok without a backup battery, but the timer that controls your lights has to have a secondary power source. Some timers come with an internal rechargeable battery. Others have a removable battery. Recently, a grower brought a timer to my attention that actually has both types of backup batteries. Available at regular hardware stores, the Stanley brand TimerMax OutdoorPro is a 15A digital timer with dual battery backup. There are also many types of battery backup units made for computers that will work with simple timers as well. Also, use lighting control boxes in multi-light gardens in order to keep all the lights on the same timer. Sometimes growers will have several lights all running on separate timers, which greatly increases the chances of one of them staying on when it shouldn’t. I’ve been surprised several times over the years by how little adjustments – even 10 or 20 minutes one way or the other on a timer can confuse sensitive varieties of Cannabis. Some plants will flower no matter what once it has begun to, but others keep a more exacting clock. The bottom line is that you want your garden’s schedule to remain as stable as possible. Keep your battery backed up timer away from places that it can get accidentally bumped. Get some green light for nighttime trips into the garden. If you want to change your lighting schedule, do so between crops. Don’t adjust your timer’s clock for daylight savings. If the plants never experience any amount of photoperiod stress, they’ll direct all of their energy and hormonal signals into producing buds. The result is a stress free experience for both ganja and grower alike.

(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 to horticultural training for growers. Got a grow question for Jade? Drop him a line at JadeKine@gmail.com Complete bio at JadeKine.com)

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For anyone that owns a medical marijuana business, they know how exciting and turbulent the industry has been over the last several years. In the book by F. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled, Peck could be describing the journey dispensaries or infused products manufacturers have taken when they opened their doors. The book starts out with, “life is difficult,” but dispensary owners could add “especially in the medical marijuana industry.” Unable to find willing or suitable vendors to support their businesses and burdened by state and local regulations, many owners have been left frustrated or humiliated trying to conduct normal, everyday business dealings. In contrast, other industries outside of medical marijuana are able to participate in trade associations that help them operate their businesses. Over the years, trade associations have flourished, providing support to attorneys, realtors, printers and banks. Members can take advantage of privileges that include education, resources, and legislative assistance to ensure their interests are properly represented in Congress. In addition, they might offer seminars on employment or discounts for essential products and services to operate their company. They rely on their trade association for answers to common problems faced by their peers, and present a united front when tackling larger issues that might threaten or challenge their business. Finally, the medical cannabis industry has its own trade group to represent their interests and allow them to rally as a legitimate economic force. The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) was launched at KushCon II at the Colorado Convention Center this month. The initial board will consist of over 20 professionals representing dispensaries, media, legal services and other ancillary businesses. All of them are connected by cannabis, but differentiated by their specialty. According to Executive Director, Aaron Smith, between state sanctioned medical cannabis providers and ancillary businesses, the amount of tax revenue paid each year could reach hundreds of millions of dollars. Smith further says, “By joining NCIA, cannabis business professionals will be able to exert their collective strength as a unified and legitimate national industry. Our plan is to ensure that these dynamic businesses are no longer ignored as the tremendous economic force that they are.” For More Information: National Cannabis Industry Association P.O. Box 78062 | Washington, D.C. 20013 | P: (707) 291-0076 | F: (202) 232-0442 Email: Info@TheCannabisIndustry.org | www.thecannabisindustry.org

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‘Together As One’ w/ Rusko, Dada Life, Laidback Luke, Wolfgang Gartner 12.31.10 @ Los Angeles Sports Arena (South LA) The proverbial ‘rave’ of NYE, ‘Together As One’ brings SoCal some of the biggest names in electronic music at the LA Sports Arena on December 31st, and into the early/late morning of 2011. Rusko, the king of dubstep, along with Dada Life, Laidback Luke, and Wolfgang Gartner come together for a lineup that will be sure to keep the candy kids dancing all night long. Last time Dada Life was in town for a show at Avalon for Control, it got shut down by the fire marshall. This should be a pretty wild event, and possibly the best option to dance your way into the new year! www.newyearsevela.com

The Pharcyde (w/ Live Band)

12.31.10 @ Key Club (West Hollywood) South Central LA’s own, The Pharcyde come together for a New Years Eve show to send you in to 2011 with a little extra 90’s swagger. Boasting a live band for this show, the boys should be in top form. Most active and well known in the 1990’s with hits like “Running”, “Drop”, and “Passin Me By”, original members Imani, Bootie Brown, Fatlip, and Slimkid3 will get back together for an unforgettable night of classic hip hop. West Hollywood is a pretty good place to be on New Year’s regardless of what you’re doing, but this is really the cream of the crop. www.thepharcyde.com

Little Dragon

1.08.11 @ The Echoplex (Echo Park) Little Dragon is a little electro band from Gothenburg with a mellow neo-soul/synthpop sound. Band members include front-woman Yukimi Nagano, Fredrik Källgren Wallin, Håkan Wirenstrand, and Erik Bodin. The band met in high-school and have been together since 2006, releasing two albums and touring extensively throughout Europe. Certainly an emerging group to keep an eye out for stateside, with plenty of blog love and a song placement in Grey’s Anatomy catching a more mainstream audience’s attention. Two of the members were also featured on the Gorillaz’s newest album Plastic Beach. The Echoplex will probably be packed, so get tickets in advance and spend this Saturday night in good company, with great music. www.little-dragon.se

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Boyz II Men

1.13.11 @ The Canyon (Agoura Hills) What can one really say about Boyz II Men that hasn’t been said before? From “Motown Philly” to “End of The Road” and “On Bended Knee”, these R&B singers have soothed souls around the world for the last two decades. They have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and have accompanied probably twice that many bouts of love making. It’s worth the trip up through the Valley to see these legends, as they will swoon the saltiest of souls into a romancing lover. www.boyziimen.com

Dashboard Confessional

1.16.10 @ House of Blues (Anaheim) In November, Dashboard Confessional re-released their first album, The Swiss Army Romance in honor of their 10 year anniversary. How “emo” of them, you may say. And that certainly is the term to describe this group... the professional emo band that so many lonely bros have listened to while sulking in their bedrooms. Song titles like “Pretty Pathetic”, “Screaming Infidelities”, “Rapid Hope Loss”, or “Don’t Wait” all demonstrate this melancholy brand of emotion poured out of lead singer Chris Carrabba’s soul. Millions of break-ups have surely been sound-tracked by DC albums. Despite their indie/alternative vibe, they have always been the mainstream band of the ‘sensitive jock’ who is in touch with his feelings. Formed in Boca Raton at the beginning of the century, they continue to fill the world with sad music that for some reason makes you feel a little better about yourself... an outlet by comparison perhaps. Maybe you haven’t had such a great start to the year? Well here’s your chance to go let those pent up feelings loose with a bunch of other emos. www.dashboardconfessional.com

Joe Satriani 1.16.10 @ The Orpheum Theatre (Downtown LA) One of the most respected guitarists in the world, Joe Satriani has been shredding since his teens, finding inspiration in Jimi Hendrix shortly after his death. As legend has it, Satriani was 14 years old at football practice when he heard of Jimi’s death, and he walked up to his coach and quit on the spot, opting to become a guitarist instead. A career guitar teacher, in addition to performing with acts from Mick Jagger to Alice Cooper and Sammy Hagar, Joe also writes a lot of his own music. Thirteen albums since 1986 to be precise. His most recent, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, was released in October and he is now embarking on an extensive US tour, with this show being his only scheduled SoCal date. www.satriani.com

Willie Nelson & Family

1.19.11 @ House of Blues (Anaheim) 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 in 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. Busted again recently, it’s pretty clear that they won’t stop him, but only slow him down. Whether you like country music or not, this is a show everyone can be comfortable at. Barring some sort of long term imprisonment for the recent bust, Willie and the fam will be keeping you company at the House of Blues in Anaheim on this January evening. www.willienelson.com

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are so many types of comedy styles: the observational everyday stuff from George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, and Chris Rock. There’s the self-deprecating comedy of Rodney Dangerfield, or the machine gun insults of Don Rickles. There are the physical comics, such as Jim Carrey, John Belushi, or Conan O‘Brien. Deadpan comics like Steven Wright or Mitch Hedberg (another tragic loss to hard drugs), or witty intellects like Woody Allen or Groucho Marx. For the darker side of “black” or “blue” comedy, there are many greats to enjoy: Bill Hicks, Redd Foxx or Eddie Murphy to name a few. With so many greats to draw from, there is only one relevant comic right now who effectively uses a bit of everything - his name is Daniel Tosh, and if you haven’t heard of him by now, you’re either failing “Pop Culture 101”, or your head is under a rock. Daniel Tosh hosts a show on Comedy Central called TOSH.O that recently toppled the Jon Stewart Show, and the Colbert Report, with 2.2 million viewers. So what if most of the viewers are college kids playing drinking games (a shot for every “bleep” cut from Tosh’s often vulgar, irreverent rants), or males in the 18-34 year old age bracket… That’s who he appeals to, and it seems to be working. The show is based around the internet, and commenting on the wacky things that take place there. He has special exposes’ on these “non”-celebrities that somehow gain 15 minutes of “fame” based on the number of hits they’ve received on YouTube.com. Whether you’ve seen most of them or not, Tosh has a gift for taking these people and highlighting their talents, or lack thereof. His segment entitled Web Redemptions does just that, giving those who have sang, danced, or biffed their way into our lives, a chance to redeem themselves, and they often do.

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Tosh’s skits are another hilarious part of his show. Because it’s a web based show, he will often combine his own graphics and bits into the original videos, making his comedy multi faceted. For his live show, expect a more traditional stand-up act - mic stand, and bottle of water on a stool. A traditional set up, with not so traditional punch lines. Some of his stuff can be eye, and ear popping, but his all American appeal, along with his cardigan sweaters and casual jackets allows him to get away with a lot - tongue in (or out) of cheek. To get a taste of Tosh’s comedy, check out Comedy Central’s listings, and their website at www.ComedyCentral.com/tosh.o and see about getting tickets to his “green-screen” tapings here in Culver City. For those who caught Tosh early December at the Gibson, you already know how sick this mother-fucker is - hilarious, but still sick.


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Rudolf’s Red Nosed ViNaigRette IngrEdIEnts -1- 12 oz. jar of raspberry puree -1 cup raspberry vinegar -1 ½ cup THC oil -1 squeeze lemon juice -Salt and Pepper to taste dIrECtIOns In a bowl, whisk raspberry puree with raspberry vinegar. Slowly drizzle in oil, continue to whisk until dressing looks shiny, about one minute. Whisk in lemon juice, salt and pepper. Make your own combination of greens and veggies, pour vinaigrette over salad.

PomegRaNate sPiNach salad IngrEdIEnts

-1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach leaves, rinsed and drained -1/4 red onion, sliced very thin -1/2 cup walnut pieces -1/2 cup crumbled feta -1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts (optional) -1 pomegranate, peeled and seeds separated -¼ cup medicated balsamic vinaigrette dIrECtIOns Place spinach in a salad bowl. Top with red onion, walnuts, feta, and sprouts. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the top, and drizzle with medicated vinaigrette.

QuiNoa cRaNbeRRy salad IngrEdIEnts -1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained -2 cups water -1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans -1/2 cup dried cranberries -1/4 cup THC olive oil -2 tablespoons lemon juice -salt and pepper to taste

dIrECtIOns Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Scrape into a mixing bowl, and cool to warm, about 20 minutes. Once the quinoa has cooled, stir in the pecans, cranberries, THC olive oil, and lemon juice; season to taste with salt and pepper to taste. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.

gReeN salad with PeaRs aNd goRgoNzola IngrEdIEnts -1 head of butter lettuce (or Boston lettuce), cored, washed and dried and torn into bite-sized pieces -1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries -1/3 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese -2 pears, cored and sliced -1/2 cup candied pecans drEssIng -2 teaspoons whole grain mustard -2 tablespoons champagne vinegar (or red wine vinegar or balsamic) -1 tablespoon honey -1 tablespoon of minced shallot -1/3 cup THC olive oil -Pinch of salt and pepper dIrECtIOns Toss lettuce, cranberries or cherries, gorgonzola, pears and pecans in a large salad bowl. Set aside and prepare dressing. Alternately, set lettuce leaves on 6 salad plates, and top with cranberries or cherries, gorgonzola, pears and pecans. Place mustard in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in vinegar, honey and shallot. Slowly drizzle in THC olive oil, while whisking constantly, to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper. Toss salad with half of the dressing (or drizzle over the plated salads). If more dressing is needed, add it a little at a time, taking care not to drench the leaves. Taste for seasoning and add more salt or pepper if needed. Serve immediately.

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cRowN PoRk Roast with aPPle cRaNbeRRy stuffiNg aNd PoRt wiNe sauce IngrEdIEnts stUFFIng stUFFIng -Âź cup THC olive oil -3 onions, chopped -1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon -1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper -1/4 teaspoon ground allspice -1 14- to16-ounce package of cornbread stuffing mix -1 cup pecans, chopped -3 apples cored, not peeled and chopped -1/2-cup fresh cranberries, chopped CrOWn rOAst -1 12 to16 rib crown pork roast -2 teaspoons salt -1 teaspoon ground black pepper sAUCE -1 cup chicken broth -1/4-cup port -3 tablespoon THC butter COOKIng InstrUCtIOns stUFFIng: In large skillet over medium heat, heat THC oil until shimmers. Add onions and cook about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until translucent. Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon, pepper, and allspice to combine. In large bowl combine onions, stuffing mix pecans, apples, and cranberries. POrK rOAst: Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle roast inside and out with salt and pepper. Add stuffing to inside cavity; do not pack it. Cook for about 2 hours 20 minutes, or until a thermometer in the thickest part of the meat registers 155 degrees. Remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil. Let rest at least 15 minutes. sAUCE: Place roasting pan over medium heat; add broth and port. Bring mixture to a boil, scraping up bits on the bottom of the pan. Reduce liquid by about half. Add THC butter and swirl to combine

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PecaN cRuNchy salmoN IngrEdIEnts -3 tablespoons Dijon mustard -3 tablespoons THC butter, melted -5 teaspoons honey -1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs -1/2 cup finely chopped pecans -3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley -6 (4 ounce) fillets salmon -salt and pepper to taste -6 lemon wedges dIrECtIOns Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the mustard, butter, and honey. In another bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, pecans, and parsley. Season each salmon fillet with salt and pepper. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with THC mustard-honey mixture. Cover the top of each fillet with bread crumb mixture. Bake for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, measured at thickest part, or until salmon just flakes when tested with a fork. Serve garnished with lemon wedges. .

choco-PRetzel sticks with a kick IngrEdIEnts -12 ounces white or semi-sweet or chocolate chips/melting disks -24 pretzel rods (8-oz. package) -4 tsp THC vegetable oil -2 cups of your favorite candy, nuts or topping -8 clear plastic bags -8 ribbons COOKIng InstrUCtIOns Line three baking sheets with wax paper and set aside. Melt chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. dOUBlE BOIlEr Place chocolate and THC vegetable oil in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Water should barely simmer, not boil. Stir the chocolate frequently with a rubber spatula until melted, approximately 5 to 10 minutes.


MICrOWAVE Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 50 percent power for anywhere between 2 and 4 minutes (cook times vary with different models). Heat in 20-second intervals, stirring in between. Finish heating when most (but not all) of the chocolate is melted. Stir continuously until chocolate is smooth, shiny, and completely melted. Remove the bowls of melted chocolate from the double boiler/ microwave. Working in the chocolate bowl, dip in each pretzel. If the chocolate level is shallow, use a silicone pastry brush or rubber spatula to help smooth the chocolate over three-quarters of the pretzel. Be sure to leave a small portion of the pretzel uncovered by the chocolate to serve as the handle. Shake off excess chocolate so the pretzel has a thick – but not too thick – layer of chocolate. Place each dipped pretzel on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with your toppings. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until chocolate is completely set. Gently peel the pretzel rods off of the wax paper and place 3 to 4 rods in each cellophane bag. Tie each with a ribbon and refrigerate until ready to give.

almoNd butteR cookies IngrEdIEnts -Cooking spray -3/4 cup all purpose flour -1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour, or regular whole wheat flour -3/4 teaspoon salt -1 teaspoon baking soda -1/4 cup unsalted THC butter, softened -3/4 cup smooth, unsalted almond butter -1/3 cup packed light brown sugar -1/3 cup granulated sugar -1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract -1 egg -36 raw whole almonds dIrECtIOns Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, salt and baking soda. In another large bowl beat together the THC butter, almond butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat until well combined. Gradually stir in the flour mixture, blending well. Shape the dough into 3/4 inch balls, and place on the baking sheets. Place an almond in center of each cookie and press down lightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

tasty thc PRaliNe cookies IngrEdIEnts -8 ounces THC butter -1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed -2 teaspoons vanilla -2 cups sifted all-purpose flour -2 cups finely chopped pecans -sifted confectioners’ sugar, optional dIrECtIOns Cream THC butter and brown sugar; stir in vanilla. Gradually work in flour. Mixture will be crumbly. Add chopped pecans and work into dough. Pinch off dough and roll in hands to form balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place on greased baking sheets; bake pecan cookies at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes, until firm and browned on bottoms. If desired, roll pecan cookies in confectioners’ sugar while still warm.

tRaditioNal holiday iRish cReam (No thc) IngrEdIEnts -1 cup heavy cream -1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk -1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey -1 teaspoon instant coffee granules -2 tablespoons chocolate syrup -1 teaspoon vanilla extract -1 teaspoon almond extract dIrECtIOns In a blender, combine heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, Irish whiskey, instant coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Blend on high for 20 to 30 seconds. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. Shake well before serving.

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DISPENSARY Listing L.A. COUNTY DISPENSARIES ARLETA Valley Patients (VP)

8953 woodman avenue ste 101 arleta, Ca 91331 (818) 895-5645

CHATSWORTH Green Horizon Collective (GHC)

9517 irondale avenue Chatsworth, Ca 91311 (818) 349-3300

CANOGA PARk 2am Dispensary

ENCINO kind Meds (kM) 17523 ventura blvd. encino, Ca 91316 (818) 880-7533

The Healing Touch

FONTANA

California Herbal Healing Center (CHHC)

One Love 40 Cap 16820 valley blvd. fontana, Ca 92335 (909) 232-2833

HOLLYWOOD California Herbal Healing Center (CHHC)

All Greens

Evergreen Compassionate Collective 1606 n. Grower street hollywood, Ca 90028 (323) 466-2100

21315 saticoy street unit r Canoga park, Ca 91304 (818) 887-0980

Hezekiah Incorporated

Herbal Pain-Relief Center (HPRC)

High Quality Caregivers

21521 sherman way Canoga park, Ca 91303 (818) 716-1860

Holistic Alternatives, Inc. (HAI) 21001 sherman way unit 12 Canoga park, Ca 91303 (818) 703-1190 fax (818) 703-1187

CITY OF INDUSTRY Go Green Industry

15941 Kaplan ave City of industry, Ca 91744 (626) 961-6808

EAGLE ROCk American Eagle Collective (AEC)

2501 Colorado blvd. unit b eagle rock, Ca 90041 (323) 739-0215

Colorado Quality Pain Relief (CQPR) 1615 Colorado blvd. eagle rock, Ca 90041 (323) 257-0903

California Caregivers Alliance (CCA)

2815 w. sunset blvd. unit 201 los angeles, Ca 90026 (213) 353-0100

1437 n. la brea avenue hollywood, Ca 90028 (877) 420-Kush (5874)

Discount Co-Op (DC)

1833 e. vernon ave. los angeles, Ca 90058 (323) 233-1779

18013 ventura blvd, unit a encino, Ca 91436 (818)881-1462

8239 Canoga avenue Canoga park, Ca 91304 (818) 264-0790 7127 Canoga ave. Canoga park, Ca 91303 (818) 835-1842

Best Quality Herbal Medicine

6051 hollywood blvd. suite 202 hollywood, Ca 90028 (323) 467-6484 1344 n. highland avenue ste 103 hollywood, Ca 90028 (323) 848-4914

LA PUENTE Azusa Patient Remedies 393 s. azusa avenue la puente, Ca 91744

La Puente Co-Op

15524 amar road (near hacienda) la puente, Ca 91744 (626)723-4218

LOS ANGELES Adams & Hill

discount Center 2602 s. hill street los angeles, Ca 90007 (213) 440-8595

Absolute Herbal Pain Solutions (AHPS)

910 s. la brea ave ste 3 los angeles, Ca 90036 (323) 932-6263 fax (323) 6264

Alameda Medical Caregivers (AMC)

1901 s. alameda street suite 112 los angeles, Ca 90058

1437 n. la brea los angeles, Ca 90028 (877) 420-Kush

California Patients Alliance (CPA)

8271 melrose ave ste 102 los angeles, Ca 90046 (323) 655-1735

Canna Health Caregivers 5208 w pico blvd los angeles, Ca 90019 (323)932-0370

City Compassionate Caregivers (CCC) 606 e. 4th street los angeles, Ca 90013 (213) 221-7086

Dank Collective (DC) 6130 wilshire blvd. los angeles, Ca 90035 (323) 692-1420

Downtown Collective (DC) 1600 south hill street unit d los angeles, Ca 90015 (213) 746-5420

Downtown Medical Caregivers (DMC)

1301 s. main steet, ste 204 los angeles, Ca 90015 (213) 741-0901

Downtown Patients Group (DTPG) 1753 s. hill street ste 8 los angeles, Ca 90015 (213) 747-3386

Eden Therapy (ET)

6757 ½ santa monica blvd. los angeles, Ca 90038 (323) 463-8937

Exclusive Meds (EM) 7619 ½ melrose avenue los angeles, Ca 90046 (323) 951-9513

Flower of Life Collective (FOLC) 1950 s. santa fe ave ste 109 los angeles, Ca 90021 (213) 488-9464

Granddaddypurp of Los Angeles (GLA) 2626 s. figueroa street, ste a los angeles, Ca 90007 (213) 746-6535

Mary Jane Collective 4901 melrose avenue los angeles, Ca 90029 (323) 466-6636

Grateful Meds (GM)

Med X Express Caregivers (MXEC)

Herbal Solutions Los Angeles (HSLA)

Natural Remedies Caregivers (NRC)

744 n. la brea los angeles, Ca 90038 (323) 939-9111

735 n. la brea aveue los angeles, Ca 90038 (323) 933-herb (4372) (888) 993-herb (4372)

Holistic Healing Alternatives (HHA) 1400 south olive street los angeles, Ca 90015 (213) 746-4445 fax (213) 746-4477

Hollywood Compassionate Caregivers 9224 s. vermont ave. los angeles, Ca 90044 (323) 756-7787

House of kush (HOk) 1632 Colorado blvd. los angeles, Ca 90041 (323) 259-5874

kelly’s Collective

441 ½ e. 16th street los angeles, Ca 90015 (213) 746-6256

927 ½ n. western avenue los angeles, Ca 90029 (323) 871-9500 fax (323) 871-9501

Nature’s Wonder

1330 w. olympic blvd los angeles, Ca 90015 (213) 380-Kush (5874)

New Era (NE)

1238 s. flower los angeles, Ca 90015 (213) 747-7969

Olive Tree

643 s. olive street st 415 los angeles, Ca 90014 (213) 627-2940

Organic Healing Center (OHC) 1733 Colorado blvd. los angeles, Ca 90041 (323) 257-7200

8638 w. pico blvd los angeles, Ca 90035 (310) 854-5874 (Kush)

Progressive Options (PO)

kush Collective (kC)

Purple Heart Compassionate (PHC)

1111 s. la brea avenue los angeles, Ca 90019 (323) 938-Kush (5874)

9901 san fernando road, ste 41 los angeles, Ca 91331 (818) 899-4540

5823 w. pico blvd. ste b los angeles, Ca 90019 (323) 272-4392

kush korner

2214 s. vermont avenue los angeles, Ca 90019 (323) 733-2581

LA Organic Pharmacy (LAOP) 4911 melrose avenue los angeles, Ca 90029 (323) 463-3920

LA Wonderland Caregivers (LAWC) 4406 w. pico blvd. los angeles, Ca 90019 (323) 936-4410 fax (888) 569-3565

Living Earth Wellness 4207 w. pico blvd. los angeles, Ca 90019 (323) 936-5000

Rainforest Collective 12515 venice blvd. los angeles, Ca 90066 (310) 391-0011

Rampart Discount Center 264 s. rampart blvd. los angeles, Ca 90057 (323) 263-3009

Slauson Center (SC)

3708 w. slauson avenue unit b los angeles, Ca 90043 (877) 310-weed (9333)

St. Andrews Medical (SAM) 432 s. san vicente blvd. los angeles, Ca 90048 (310) 855-0420 fax (310) 855-0182

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DISPENSARY Listing Sunset Organic Center (SOC) 2210 sunset blvd los angeles, Ca 90026 (213) 908-7442

The BlueGate Collective 3428 whittier blvd. los angeles, Ca 90023 (323) 263-3009

The Clinik Caregivers/Super Herbal Health 7101 w. sunset blvd. los angeles, Ca 90046 (323) 798-5243

The Green Easy

7948 w. 3rd street los angeles, Ca 90048 (323) 782-0255

The Natural Way

LONG BEACH 1515 Collective

1515 e. anaheim street long beach, Ca 90813 (424) 209-0643

1a.m. Natural Solutions (1ANS) 743 east 4th street long beach, Ca 90802 (562) 612-3836

1 Love Beach Club (1LBC) 2767 east broadway long beach, Ca 90803 (562) 343-5388

2200 Industry Green Collective 2200 n. lakewood blvd. long beach, Ca 90815 (562) 986-9400

5817 pico blvd los angeles, Ca 90019 (323) 963-4300

2nd St. ODC

The Spot

45 Cap Nature’s Cure Collective (NCC)

3200 Cahuenga blvd. los angeles, Ca 90068 (323) 851-7166

Western Discount Center 1570 s. western ave. #102 los angeles, Ca 90006 (323) 445-0164

Westside Discount Center 12211 wilshire blvd, ste a los angeles, Ca 90025 (310) 207-1200

Vermont Herbal Center (VHC) 955 s. vermont avenue ste t los angeles, Ca 90006 (213) 387-5203

LOS ANGELES – EAST LA Colorado Collective (CC) 1121 Colorado blvd. los angeles, Ca 90041 (323) 550-8043

Compassion Union (Soto St. Collective)

1260 s. soto street unit 1 los angeles, Ca 90023 (323) 262-8288 fax (323) 262-8388

Cornerstone Research Collective (CRC)

4623 eagle rock blvd. los angeles, Ca 90041 (323) 259-8933 fax (323) 259-8702

Nature’s Cure Patients Collective (NCPC)

4577 valley blvd. los angeles, Ca 90032 (323) 225-1815 fax (323) 225-1630

5470 e. street unit b long beach, Ca 90803 (562) 439-0009

3925 long beach blvd. long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 612-1400

4 The Patients

2335 long beach blvd. long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 469-8857

50 Cap

1066 east anaheim street long beach, Ca 90813 (562) 326-4297

Alternate Health Collective (AHC)

3428 long beach blvd. long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 427-9999

Alternative Herbal Health (AHH)

3702 east anaheim street long beach, Ca 90804 (562) 597-1199

Alternative Medicine Collective (AMC) 5543 atlantic avenue long beach, Ca 90805 (562) 612-4637

Artesia Boulevard Collective (ABC)

2801 e. artesia blvd. ste a long beach, Ca 90805 (562) 633-8888

A Soothing Remedy Cooperative 1521 w. willow street long beach, Ca 90810 (562) 612-4388

Belmont Shore Natural Care (BSNC)

Happy Acres

Starlight Center

Calm and Collective (CC)

Herbal Solutions – Carson (HSC)

Sunshine Holistic Patients Association

4311 Carson street long beach, Ca 90808 (562) 425-8310

678 redondo ave. long beach, Ca 90814 (562) 434-5010

Canna Collective Long Beach (CCLB)

Long Beach Collective

The Ballast Collective

4010 long beach blvd. long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 492-6091

1731 artesia blvd. long beach, Ca 90805 (562) 984-2520

Care Mutual (CM)

Long Beach Green Room

5375 2nd street ste 5 long beach, Ca 90803 (562) 987-0210

2515 e. anaheim street long beach, Ca 90803 (562) 398-3786

110 w. ocean blvd. ste 20 long beach, Ca 90802 (562) 432-1300

Chronic Pain Releaf 1501 santa fe avenue long beach, Ca 90813 (562) 437-leaf (5323)

CSH

537 west willow street long beach, Ca 90806 (562) 595-4111

Dank City

2340 e. pCh long beach, Ca 90804 (562) 22-4937

Dank Depot (DD)

5595 e. 7th street long beach, Ca 90804 (562) 597-6041

Eltie Herbal Center (EHC) 1330 east south street unit 5 long beach, Ca 90805 (562) 423-2222

Emerald City Collective (ECC) 2501 e. anaheim street long beach, Ca 90804 (562) 434-3065

Final Cut Collective (FCC) 1175 wardlow long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 443-7742

Green Earth Center (GEC) 3748 atlantic avenue long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 989-0300

Green Medci Works (GMW) 1088 redondo avenue long beach, Ca 90804 (562) 433-6600

Green Valley Patient Care Center (GVPCC) 1561 west pacific Coast hwy long beach, Ca 90810 (562) 436-1400

110 west ocean blvd. 7th floor ste 728 long beach, Ca 90802

1735 e 7th st. long beach, Ca 90813 (562) 591-0001

Long Beach Organics 851 a pine ave. long beach, Ca 90813 (562) 495-2000

Long Beach Patients Group 4332 atlantic blvd. long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 424-4535

Long Beach Quality Discount Caregivers 1150 san antonio dr. long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 988-8889

Natural Patient Solutions Collective 957 east 4th st. long beach, Ca 90802 (562) 432-1263

Natures Top Shelf Medicinal 1530 e. wardlow rd. long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 989-0000

OC THC

(562) 787-2008 valley view & the 22 fwy

Peoples Nursery Care 3926 #b virginia rd. long beach, Ca 90806 (526) 313-7241

Positive Vibrations Collective 2137 pacific ave. long beach, Ca 90806 (562) 507-0985

Royalty Patients Association 3751 e. anaheim long beach, Ca 92801 (562) 986-9379

Superb House Of Herb 2740 e. broadway long beach, Ca 90803 (562) 438-4300

333 pine ave. long beach, Ca 90807 (562) 437-2477

501 e. broadway ste. b long beach, Ca 90802 (562) 590-4200

The Giving Tree

1742 e. broadway long beach, Ca 90802

MARINA DEL RAY Marina Caregivers

730 washington blvd marina del ray, Ca 90292 (310) 574-4000

Westside’s Finest Collective (WFC) 3995 inglewood blvd. marina del ray, Ca 90066

MISSION HILLS 420 for the People (420FTP) 15300 devonshire street ste 11 mission hills, Ca 91345 (800) push-420 (818) 891-0800

NORTH HOLLYWOOD California Compassionate Care Network (CCCN) 4720 vineland avenue north hollywood, Ca 91602 (818) 980-meds (980-6337)

Green Miracle Healing (GMH) 7503 laurel Canyon blvd. north hollywood, Ca 91605 (818) 232-8684

Green Victory

12011 victory blvd north hollywood, Ca 91606 (818) 385-7671

Natural Choice Healing Center (NCHC) 6006 vantage avenue north hollywood, Ca 91606 (818) 358-2620

NoHo 5656

5656 Cahuenga blvd north hollywood, Ca 91601 (818) 762-8962

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DISPENSARY Listing North Hollywood Compassionate Caregivers (NoHoCC) 4854 lankershim blvd. north hollywood, Ca 91601 (818) 980-9212

Patients & Caregivers (PC) 6141 vineland avenue north hollywood, Ca 91606 (818) 588-1307

Purple Valley Collective

12736 sherman way north hollywood, Ca 91605 (818) 582-9400

Vapors

13432 sherman way north hollywood, Ca 91605 (818) 765-2500

NORTHRIDGE Cyon Corp. Cannamed of Northridge (CCCN)

9345 melvin avenue unit 1 northridge, Ca 91324

Green Happiness Healing Center (GHHC) 8707 lindley avenue ste G northridge, Ca 91325 (818) 886-2479

Green Valley Collective (GVC) 17017 roscoe blvd. northridge, Ca 91325 (818) 881-GvC1 (4821)

Medifornia

8924 reseda blvd. northridge, Ca 91324 (818) 718-6336

PANORAMA CITY San Fernando Valley Discount Medicine 13550 roscoe blvd. #7 panorama City, Ca 91402 (818) 908-9951

RESEDA Medical Herbs 4 U 7122 reseda blvd. #207 reseda, Ca 91335 (818) 666-8080

True Healing Collective 7329 reseda blvd reseda, Ca 91335 (818) 277-0807

SAN PEDRO PR Collective

136 s. Gaffey st. san pedro, Ca 90731 (310)832-2420

SANTA FE SPRINGS Nature’s Green Cure

11821 slauson ave santa fe springs, Ca 90670 (562) 696-3646

Organix

10338 s. painter blvd santa fe springs, Ca 90670 (562) 944-4420

SHERMAN OAkS Emerald Triangle Collective Ministries 13321 ventura blvd. suite b sherman oaks, Ca 91423 (818) 788-8803

Green Leaf Remedies (GLR) 14925 burbank blvd unit 3 sherman oaks, Ca 91403 (818) 788-0558

Medical Marijuana Relief (MMRC) 14303 ventura blvd. sherman oaks, Ca 91423 (818) 783-3888

Sherman Oaks Holistic Oasis (SOHO) 13650 burbank blvd. sherman oaks, Ca 91401 (818) 345-5477

SILVERLAkE Sunset Junction 4017 w. sunset silverlake, Ca 90026 (323) 660-0655

SOUTH GATE SouthGate Herbal Healing Center

Perennial Holistic Wellness Center

Sylmar Caregivers Inc. (SCI)

Studio City Caregivers (SCC)

VALLEY VILLAGE

11705 ventura blvd studio City Ca 91604 (818) 505-3631

3625 Cahuenga blvd. los angeles, Ca 90068

Studio City Private Organic Therapy (SCPOT) 11557 ventura blvd studio City, Ca 91604 (818) 506-7144

Wellness Earth Energy Dispensary (WEED)

12021 ½ ventura blvd. studio City, Ca 91604 (818) 980-2266 fax (818) 980-2265

SUN VALLEY Infinity Alliance

1623 sheldon street ste a 2nd fl sun valley, Ca 91352 (818) 768-2400

Sun Valley Caregiver’s (SVC) 11000 randall ste e sun valley, Ca 91352 (818) 504-2661 (818) 504-2557

TARzANA Reseda Discount Caregivers

Dr. Green Meds

4741 laurel Canyon blvd. suite 101 valley village, Ca 91607 (818) 985-4020

Holistic Therapeutic Center (HTC) 12410 burbank blvd. ste 103 valley village, Ca 91607 (818) 980-5999

VAN NUYS Alt Med

13611 sherman way van nuys, Ca 91405 (818) 908-9333

Boo-ku (Bk)

6817 sepulveda blvd. 2nd floor van nuys, Ca 91405 (818) 908-9255

DEC Medical (DECM)

6309 van nuys blvd. ste 110 van nuys, Ca 91401 (818) 835-1420

Delta 9 (D9)

6102 reseda blvd. tarzana, Ca 91335 (818) 757-0434

7648 van nuys blvd. van nuys, Ca 91405 (818) 997-1003

So. Cal Co-Op (SCC)

Green Dragon (GD)

19459 ventura blvd. tarzana, Ca 91356 (818) 344-7622 fax (818) 344-7623

7423 van nuys blvd. ste C van nuys, Ca 91405 (818) 442-0054

WC Spot (WCS)

The Green Earth (TGE)

13194 paramount blvd. ste b south Gate, Ca 90280 (562) 634-1354

18663 ventura blvd. ste 230-a11 (second floor) tarzana, Ca 91356 (818) 332-5548

STUDIO CITY

TORRANCE

City Organic Remedies (COR)

10037 Commerce avenue tujunga, Ca 91042 (818) 273-4567

Harbor Area Caregivers Club

6811 woodman avenue van nuys, Ca 91405 (818) 994-1045

kushism (k)

7555 woodley avenue van nuys, Ca 91406 (818) 994-3446

Universal Caregivers Inc. (UCI) 13611 sherman way van nuys, Ca 91405 (818) 988-9333

Valley Herbal Center (VHC) 6805-b hazeltine avenue van nuys, Ca 91405 (818) 786-1100

The Wilshire Clinic (TWC) 6741 van nuys blvd. ste a van nuys, Ca 91405 (818) 997-0633

VENICE Ironworks Collective 4100 lincoln blvd venice, Ca 90292 (310) 305-8425

Pacific Collective (PC) 905 pacific avenue venice, Ca 90291 (310) 392-9988

SOS

328 lincoln blvd. venice, Ca 90291 (310) 450-9141

WEST HILLS Global Health Center (CHC) 22323 sherman way ste 7 west hills, Ca 91303 (818) 884-1028

WEST HOLLYWOOD The Buddha Bar Collective 440 ½ n. la Cienega blvd west hollywood, Ca 90048 (310) 657-4202

The Sunset Super Shop (SSS) 8921 sunset blvd. west hollywood, Ca 90069 (310) 728-6200

zen Healing Collective (zHC)

11306 ventura blvd. studio City, Ca 91604 (818) 980-1122

22708 w. western ave. torrence, Ca 90501 (310) 787-9004

IVXX 24/7

TUJUNGA

13655 victory blvd ste 205 van nuys, Ca 91401 (818) 782-7641

ALCC

Red Moon Inc. (RMI)

HOPE Wellness Collective

Strain Balboa Caregivers Inc. (SBC)

WHITTER

11222 ventura blvd. studio City, 91604 (818) 985-4899

Natural Herbal Pain Relief (NHPR) 11626 ventura blvd studio City, Ca 91604 (818) 508-0955

7624 foothill blvd. unit a tujunga, Ca 91042 (818) 353-9333

Foothill Wellness Center (FWC)

7132 foothill blvd. tujunga, Ca 91042 (818) 352-3388 fax (818) 352-3301

Montana Caregivers

14350 oxnard street van nuys, Ca 91401 (818) 997-6912

7207 balboa blvd. van nuys, Ca 91406 (818) 908-9900

8464 santa monica blvd. west hollywood, Ca 90069 (323) 656-6611

WESTMINSTER 13950 milton ave #405 westminister, Ca 92683 (714) 897-hope

Whitter Hope Collective (WHC) 8116 byron road unit d whitter, Ca 90606 (562) 945-2420

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DISPENSARY Listing WOODLAND HILLS Ashmoon Caregivers (AC) 21610 ventura blvd. woodland hills, Ca 91364 (818) 999-3313

California Stress & Pain Management Resource Center (CSPMRC) 21777 ventura blvd. ste 236 woodland hills, Ca 91364 (818) 716-6348

Green Joy (GJ)

22851 ventura blvd. woodland hills, Ca 91364 (818) 222-1882

Herbal Solutions Collective (HSC) 22728 ventura blvd. woodland hills, Ca 91364 (818) 704-1300

H.I.P.

22831 ventura blvd. woodland hills, Ca 91364 (818) 436-2243

Topanga Caregivers (TC) 6457 topanga Canyon blvd. woodland hills, Ca 91364 (818) 716-9200

West Valley Caregivers (WVC) 23067 ventura blvd. ste 104 woodland hills, Ca 91364 (818) 591-5899

West Valley Patients Group (WVPG) 23043 ventura blvd. woodland hills, Ca 91364 (818) 224-4146

DELIVERY SERVICE Alternative Treatment Collective (424) 222-3415

A.PA. Delivery Service (714) 814-papa (7272) www.papadelivery.com

East Bay Collective (714) 206-9464

Green Mile Delivery (714) 655-0077

Releaf Central of Pasadena (818) 929-6045

DOCTORS

Best Price Evaluations 6819 sepulveda blvd. ste 209 van nuys, Ca 91405 (877) 670-6338

Best Price Evaluations

Fat Burger

10970 sherman way ste. 104 burbank, Ca 91505 (818)565-5656

22148 sherman way ste 200 Canoga park, Ca 91303 (877) 670-6338

Green Point Insurance

Happy Medical

GrowSetup.com

7353 melrose avenue ste b los angeles, Ca 90046 (323) 944-0437

Inglewood Health Service Center

233a market street ste 101 inglewood, Ca 90301 (310) 431-0339

Long Beach 420 Medical Marijuana Evaluations 1737 e. 7th street long beach, Ca 90813 (562) 599-8420

Medical Advisory Center (M.A.C.) 4221 wilshire blvd # 170-15 los angeles, Ca 90010 (323) 965-0420

THCeval Center

1600 sawtelle blvd. ste 330 los angeles, Ca 93304 (877) my-420-dr (694-2037)

West Coast Evaluations 8949 reseda blvd ste. 111, northridge, Ca 91324 (818) 701 0420

Woodvic Medical Care & Clinic 13653 victory blvd. van nuys, Ca 91401 (818) 988-9825

LEGAL SERVICES/ COMPLIANCE Los Angeles Collective Association

(888) 405-7420 losangelescollectiveassociation.org

Medical Marijuana Compliance Team

(877) 623-Kush (5874) x109

Affordable Evaluations 1040 elm avenue ste 210 long beach, Ca 90813 (877) 789-9339

OTHER SERVICES

Thegapp.com

(310) 295-2085

(310) 407-9042 growsetup.com

Mishtix.com (888) 927-7334 mishtix.com

Steep Hill

Cannabis analysis laboratory (510) 698-4446 steephilllab.com

YAH Custom RX Bags (760) 809-9021 yahconcepts.com

ANAHEIM 420 Primary Caregivers 231 north brookhurst st. anaheim, Ca 92801 (714) 758-3500

A.P.C.C.

1125 magnolia ave. ste 105 anaheim, Ca 92801 (714) 821-5874

Anaheim 420 Caregivers 231 n. brookhurst st. anaheim, Ca 92801 (714) 758-3500

Anaheim Herbal Healing Center

The Next Dimension

1025 east Katella ave. ste b anaheim, Ca 92802 (714) 385-8148

Mid-County Patients Association

3164 east la palma ave. ste p anaheim, Ca 92806 (714) 630-6272

Orange County Wellness Services

2000 west lincoln ave. ste 204 anaheim, Ca 92801 (714) 635-5101

1671 west Katella ave. ste 105 anaheim, Ca 92802 (714) 635-9600

kush kingdom

1083 n. harbor blvd. anaheim, Ca 92801 (714) 533-7594

Compassion Center

13892 harbor blvd. ste 4b Garden Grove, Ca 92843 (714) 818-7253

The Healing Center

26841 Calle hermosa ste C Capistrano beach, Ca 92624 (949) 481-5046

COSTA MESA CMPA

1755 orange ave. ste C Costa mesa, Ca 92627 (949) 645-8382

kush kingdom

522 w. 19th st Costa mesa, Ca 92627 (949) 200-2751

Newport Mesa Patients Association 779 west 19th st ste n Costa mesa, Ca 92627 (949) 891-8289

Tri County Patient Care Association 1812 newport blvd Costa mesa, Ca 92627 (949)310-5791

34213 south pacific Coast hwy ste C dana point, Ca 92629 (949) 248-5500

Green City Collective

13311 Garden Grove blvd. Garden Grove, Ca 92840 (714) 748-1111

IRVINE

Anaheim Medical Co-Op

1811 west Katella ave. ste 24 anaheim, Ca 92804 (714) 271-8240

Green Hills Patients Association

Beach Cities Collective

DANA POINT

Eco Friendly Solutions

10700 west Katella ave. ste f Garden Grove, Ca 92804 (714) 590-9025

CAPISTRANO BEACH

126 north brookhurst st. anaheim, Ca 92801 (714) 860-4080 1100 orangefair lane ste a anaheim, Ca 92801 (714) 680-5874

Garden Grove Organic Caregivers

The Point Alternative Care

Holistic Health

24582 del prado ste G dana point, Ca 92629 (949) 542-7722

FOOTHILL RANCH Care Mutual

26730 towne Centre drive ste 20 foothill ranch, Ca 92610 (949) 215-4467

GARDEN GROVE Canna Clinic Of Garden Grove 9758 west Chapman ave. Garden Grove, Ca 92841 (714) 537-0420

17165 von Karman ste 107 irvine, Ca 92614 (949) 751-9106 laguna hills

OC Wilbur’s

23151 verdugo drive laguna hills, Ca 92653 (949) 297-3997

LAkE FOREST 1 AM Lake Forrest Discount Caregivers

24602 raymond way suite 207 lake forrest, Ca 92630 (949) 357-3473

Café Vale Tudo

24601 raymond way lake forest, Ca 92630 (949) 454-9227

Independent Collective Of Orange County 24602 raymond way ste 20 lake forest, Ca 92630 (949) 855-4420

The Health Collective 24602 raymond way ste 21 lake forest, Ca 92630 (949) 355-7841 midway City

CARE Patients Association 14942 Jackson st. ste d midway City, Ca 92655 (888) 714-6337

Orange County Patients Collective 15142 Jackson st. midway City, Ca 92655 (714) 892-8647

Synchronicity Street 15112 adams st. midway City, Ca 92655 (714) 421-6605

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DISPENSARY Listing The Variety

15052 adams st. midway City, Ca 92655 (714) 893-1263

MIDWAY CITY

Orange County’s Patient Care 1921 Carnegie ave. ste 3h santa ana, Ca 92705 (949) 752-6272

Patients Premium Collective

1900 east warner ave. unit 1a The Beach Quality Caregivers santa ana, Ca 92705 (714) 720-2735 7852 bolsa ave ste a midway City, Ca 92655 Premium Green PCA (714) 899-Kush (5874) 1905 east 17th st.

SANTA ANA Access OC Central

santa ana, Ca 92705 (714) 835-0500

1833 east 17th st. ste 322 santa ana, Ca 92705 (714) 972-2000

Roman A Clef

Aloha Community Collective Association

Santa Ana Compassionate Caregivers

2112 east 4th st. ste 227 santa ana, Ca 92705

Alternative Medical Group 1102 west 17th st. santa ana, Ca 92706 (714) 648-0195

American Patient’s Collective 2550 north Grand ave. santa ana, Ca 92705

CannaCare Wellness Center 1401 north tustin ave ste 330 santa ana, Ca 92705 (714) 667-0600

GanjaVana

1535 east 17th st. santa ana, Ca 92701 (714) 884-4151

Go N’ Green P.C.A. 1801 east edinger ave. santa ana, Ca 92701 (714) 766-0420

Healing OC

1665 east 4th st. ste 112 santa ana, Ca 92701 (714) 835-4206

kush kingdom

722 south main st. santa ana, Ca 92701 (714) 881-7054

Orange Coast Premier Collective

3619 west pendleton ave. unit a santa ana, Ca 92704 (714) 591-7000

Orange County Patient Group Collective 2315 east 17th st. ste 4 santa ana, Ca 92705 (714) 547-2525

1820 e. Garry ave suite #108 santa ana, Ca 92705 (949) 251-0305

705 w. 17th street santa ana, Ca 92706 (714) 442-0339

Santa Ana Patients Group 1823 17th st unit 209 santa ana, Ca 92705 (714) 568-0041

So Cal Compassion

1651 east edinger st. ste 209 santa ana, Ca 92705 (714) 417-1322

South Coast Patients Center 1202 east 176th st 200 santa ana, Ca 92701 (714) 547-4800

The Natural Alternative Patient Association 1665 east 4th st. ste 111 santa ana, Ca 92701 (714) 834-9900

California Patients Association 1201 east 17th st. santa ana, Ca 92701 (714) 542-5600

Cool Calm

1820 east Garry ave. ste 201 santa ana, Ca 92705 (949) 734-1841

Green Coast Wellness Center 2001 east 4th st. ste 205 santa ana, Ca 92705 (714) 542-2277

Omega Healthcare Collective 1800 east Garry ave. ste 202 santa ana, Ca 92705 (949) 836-4833

SUNSET BEACH

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Green Sunset

17061 5th st. sunset beach, Ca 90742 (562) 296-5780

1 AM Lake Forest Discount Caregivers p 12

Melrose Healing Collective p 67

1 Love Cap 40 p 32

Montana p 60

Adams and Hill p 39

Mothers Nature’s Remedy p 51

Affordable Evaluations p 33

Natures Wonder p 49

All Greens p 36

Noho 5656 p 31

Alternative Treatment Collective(ATC) p 12

OC Medical Center p 29

Anaheim 4v20 Caregivers p 41

OC THC p 48

Azusa Pateints p 32 Belmont Shore p 26

Patients and Caregivers p 16 & 17

Best Price Evaluations p 45

Perennial Holistic Wellness

Best Quality Herbal Medicine p 12

Center p 30

Canna Health Caregivers p 43

Positive Vibrations Collective p 54

California Compassion Care Network p 42

PR Collective p 61

California Herbal Healing Center p 59

Purple Valley Collecitve p 9

Chef Herb p 87

Rampart Discount Center p 24 & 25

Chronic Pain Releaf p 47

Redmoon p 54

Cloneville p 30

Reseda Discount

Downtown Collective (backcover)

Caregivers p 5

Dr. Green Meds p 30 East Bay Collective in Orange County p 47

San Fernando Valley Discount Medicine p 11

14020 rancho road westminster, Ca 92683 (714) 893-7777

Eden Therapy p 47

Santa Ana Compassionate

Emerald Triangle p 38

Caregivers p 20

Evergreen p 37

Steep Hill Lab p 21

Pacific Island Care

Fat Burger p 32

Sunset Junction Organic p 57

14022 edwards st. ste b westminster, Ca 92683

Gapp p 83

The Ballest Collective p 20

Green Horizon Collective p 27

The Bluegate Collective p 58

DOCTORS

Green Mile Delivery p 19

The Buddha Bar Collective p 48

Affordable Evaluations

Green Point Insurance p 87

The Clinik Caregivers p 98 & 99

Green Victory p 2 & 3

The Green Easy p 97

Happy Medical p 26

The Giving Tree p 60

Harbor Area Caregivers p 54

The Healing Touch p 43

Hezekiah Incorporated p 54

The Olive Tree p 7

Hollywood Compassionate Caregivers p 13

Tri-County Patient Care Asso. P 60

Hollywood THC p 46

True Healing Collective p 15

Inglewood Health Services p 54

Western Discount p 65

kelly’s Collective p 26

Westside Discount Center p 67

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Woodvic p 60

Sea & Sand

17191 pacific Coast hwy sunset beach, Ca 90742 (562) 370-6734

West County Patient Collective Association 16722 pacific Coast hwy sunset beach, Ca 90742 (877) 237-2005 westminster

Clean Green

6622 westminster blvd. westminster, Ca 92683 (714) 897-73v19

Golden State Patients Association 12570 brookhurst st. ste 5 westminster, Ca 92683 (714) 530-3311

MedMar West

1665 s. brookhurst ste a1 anaheim, Ca 92804 (877) 789-9339

Best Price Evaluations

7200 Greenleaf avenue ste 370 whitter, Ca 90602 (877) 670-6338

OC Medical Center

2050 w. Chapman avenue ste 177 orange, Ca 92868 (714) 366-9129

BAkERSFIELD Hezekiah Incorporated 12420 Jomani dr. suite b bakersfield, Ca 93312 (661) 589-7411

kush kingdom p 55 kush korner p 48 LACA p 71 LA Organic Pharmacy p 4 Long Beach 420 Medical Marijuana Evaluations p 23 Marina Caregivers p 53 Medical Herbs 4 U p 46

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