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It feels progressive to be talking about traveling and Cannabis, when only a few years ago the concept was entirely a pipe dream. I remember hiding small amounts 11 of weed or vapor pens and having panic attacks trying to get through airport security, or hiding the dab rig as a car headed into California at the fruit check station. My, how things have changed. CANNABIS AND Today I have clients who have rented private TRAVEL GO jets simply to transport their Cannabis, and the HAND IN HAND TSA official policy on all drugs seems to be “if you AS JOINTS aren’t a dealer we won’t bother you.” Now that ARE PASSED our favorite drug of choice is spreading around AROUND THE the country and world, we Cannabis lovers get to WORLD, AND choose our vacations around the plant-- and they THIS MONTH’S don’t include a jail cell. ISSUE DIVES Cannabis and travel go hand in hand as joints INTO SOME are passed around the world, and this month’s GREAT LOCAL issue dives into some great local and national opportunities to experience Cannabis. Whether it’s AND NATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES eating high, hiking while medicated, or melting TO EXPERIENCE into a music festival, there’s a lot of opportunity to enjoy your medicine while having fun this summer. CANNABIS. A known side effect of Cannabis is feeling good, so get out and enjoy it! With Cannabis Bed & Breakfast retreats opening all over the country, consumption lounges popping up in California, Nevada and Alaska, and major events like Cannabis Cups happening in the US and elsewhere, now is the time to be a Cannabis pioneer. While we always recommend traveling safely and cautiously, the only thing I am scared of is missing a good time. I hope you enjoy this amazing issue of Northwest Leaf, and remember to take it with you to guide your adventures this summer. Thanks for reading and sharing the Leaf!
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THE LEAF AT NINE “Whatever our dreams, ideas or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it and then reap the fruits of our labor.” -Oprah Winfrey
I love the metaphor and the potential contained in a single seed. How amazing is it that life can be contained in something so tiny, perfectly outfitted with everything needed to become a towering Sequoia tree, or a humble blade of grass? A flawless vessel for life to blossom, waiting for the right environment to be planted. Social change is created when the right environment is met by those willing to plant the seeds of change, often knowing that the metaphoric trees being sown will not provide shade in an individual’s lifetime. Without the vision, the hope, and the demand for change - the seed will lie dormant and not be planted. After nine years of planting seeds, it is amazing to see what the Leaf has grown into, and that our seeds of change are sprouting around the world. Seeds of freedom, health, and love as a plant that was once demonized is now taking its rightful place in our society. Northwest Leaf began in 2010 as an idea around a coffee table, to serve the plant and the industry that was just beginning to sprout. I was tired of being arrested and stigmatized for Cannabis, which was a big motivator, but more fundamental to the inception was the idea that the plant could help heal lives. The lives of the sick, and those who had lost freedom for seeking the comfort of Cannabis. In June of 2010, the first issue of Northwest Leaf went to print, and I wasn’t sure if we would even make it a year. It was an advocacy journalism project, meant to carry me into law school. Even I couldn’t see the impact of the seeds we were manifesting at that time. Today, our amazing team has published over 3,000,000 copies of the Leaf across Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Maryland. Each issue is full of wonderful stories of people who love the plant, and live the ideals that we strive to uphold and share. Freedom for our plant, and freedom for our people.
What I love the most about the model of the Leaf is that we get to uplift those who are creating the social change we desperately need, and in doing so act as a mirror to reflect the amazing growth and healing that is happening in our communities. I feel extremely blessed to be sharing these stories, every single month we publish the Leaf. Perhaps the most amazing thing of all is that our mission and movement are just beginning. Yes, we have some form of legalization here in Washington and in many states, but in the time it took me to write this several Americans went to jail for the plant that we love. Our work is not done! Our seeds of change still need to be sown! And that is a cause our Cannabis community must continue to gather around. We must fight for equality, for freedom, and for the healing of our nation and planet. We are in a precarious situation for the future, but I truly believe that with hemp we can heal our planet, and with Cannabis we can heal our bodies and minds. Do not forget what we are fighting for, or those that sacrificed or died along the way to have safe access to medicine. This is about so much more than getting high, but that is exactly what we must do! We can rise up with this plant, and ourselves become seeds of change, for the betterment of the world. Thank you for reading the Leaf. That is why I have the pleasure of writing here today, and sending another amazing issue to print. Thank you for sharing the plant, and believing in the potential it contains. I would also like to thank all the writers, designers, editors, salesmen, photographers, delivery drivers and the many other team members that have helped build the magazine each month. And thank you to the advertisers who have chosen to support our model of independent Cannabis journalism. Without our readers, team and supporters, the Leaf would still be a seed waiting to be planted.
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HEMP FOR A BETTER WORLD Almost a year ago, Alaska Leaf publisher Wes Abney and I found our conversations wandering from medical and recreational Cannabis to hemp. Over time we shared dreams and frustrations about a plant we knew was a game changer. Not only was hemp on the verge of becoming mainstream, its potential impact never ceased to amaze us.
October 2018 was sister edition Northwest Leaf’s 100th issue. Wes’ editor’s note stated “Hemp is going to save the planet, that’s no exaggeration.” No surprise - we’re both fathers and look beyond ourselves to our children and their future. I was flattered when he offered me a regular column to share my thoughts about hemp. And then came the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, a.k.a. The Farm Bill. Signed into law on December 20th, Wes and I ran into each other at an industry event that night. We laughed that in addition to 4/20, we now have another holiday, 12/20. Little did we know how the hemp industry was going to explode in the months to come. CBD has introduced the plant to non-smokers. It’s not any one company or a slick Super Bowl ad, or any one thing actually. It’s a chorus of people talking about how cannabidiol has worked for them. Charlotte’s Web seems like a long time ago, but CBD products good, bad and otherwise - are in front of shoppers all over the country (and internet). CBD is a short window but that’s okay, because for now it’s small and localized. With most states in the country allowing cultivation, this year thousands and thousands of farmers will grow and sell hemp. Talk about a thousand points of light. Hemp cultivation will be on small farms starting out, but will scale and consolidate quickly. Farmers will add hemp to their rotation and learn what works for them. The cultivar/terroir matchups are trial and error now, but farmers will learn which cultivars grow best in their location. In response, breeders will specialize, targeting specific markets and stabilizing seeds, clones and tissue culture along the way. The learning curve will be bloody but worth it for those who stick it out. Growing hemp isn’t like growing corn, wheat or soybeans. There are no John Deere attachments specific to hemp. Tools need to be developed for cultivation and post-harvest processing. Deseeders for grain and oil crops, drying workflows for everyone. The list goes on.
Farmers will have to PEOPLE WHO’VE NEVER embrace pesticide-free SMOKED A JOINT ARE practices. Hemp grown for CBD extraction needs EMBRACING CBD. FARMERS to pass more tests than WHO’VE NEVER SEEN A POT merely being below PLANT ARE CLIMBING ON 0.3% delta-9-THC. THEIR TRACTORS TO PLANT Concentrates, edibles and other hemp-derived ACRES AND ACRES ALL products need to be OVER THE COUNTRY. pesticide and heavy metal free, and pass microbial and mycotoxin tests. Hemp that doesn’t meet a processor’s requirements can’t be sold. Monsanto/Bayer can’t sell Roundup to hemp farmers. Hemp will motivate conventional farmers to transition to organic certification. Fiber & food are the real markets and CBD is the stepping stone. The short term money is in CBD. It’s the classic salesperson’s foot in the door. There’s way more money in hemp grown for CBD than almost any other crop. This will change as the CBD market grows and consolidates. As hemp proliferates, it will be grown for food and fiber too. IMHO these two markets will quickly dwarf CBD. If you think a lot of hemp will be grown this year, wait until food and fiber gear up. Small family farms will find their niche. Large farms will standardize on as few cultivars as they can in order to be profitable. Think of all the apple varieties there are, and then go to your local grocery store and see how many are on the shelf. Then go to your local farmer’s market where you’ll find vintage heirloom apples you won’t find anywhere else. Farmers will specialize, whether it’s hemp for CBD, food, fiber, or plastics alternatives. Speaking of plastic, it could be the real winner. Of all the things hemp can do for us, creating alternatives to petrochemical-based plastics may be one of the best. Yes, hemp requires fewer toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Yes, to the degree it replaces cotton and wood it will shift destructive industries to more sustainable models. But the negative effects of plastic is something that needs to be addressed immediately. Petitions, phone calls, and op-ed pieces aren’t the answer. Having a biodegradable replacement for plastic will halt the spread of nanoplastics, as well as reduce the amount of garbage generated by a society obsessed with consumption. Hemp will legalize Cannabis through the back door. We’re already seeing the cracks in the wall. The Farm Bill removed industrial hemp from the Schedule I list and control went from the DEA to the FDA. Interstate commerce is legal. Can unrestricted access to banking and other financial tools be far behind? (Are you listening PayPal?) Wrestling with the arbitrary distinction between hemp (good) and Cannabis (bad) is causing people to question Prohibition and the War on Drugs. Combine this with the greater acceptance of medical marijuana, and complete legalization with amnesty for Cannabis prisoners can’t be far behind. Call me idealistic. Call me naive. I take both as a compliment. Hemp is here to stay. People who’ve never smoked a joint are embracing CBD. Farmers who’ve never seen a pot plant are climbing on their tractors to plant acres and acres all over the country. Wes, I have to hand it to you. You saw this coming. Thanks again for inviting me to come along for the ride! Many will try to enter the hemp market. Some will make it, others won’t - all of us will learn something along the way.
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Travel writer Rick Steves always says that travel is a political act. To Rick Steves, traveling is not just about fun in the sun, but is an opportunity to learn about other cultures and how other people live in their communities. Travel writer Rick Steves always says that travel is a political act. To Rick Steves, traveling is not just about fun in the sun, but is an opportunity to learn about other cultures and how other people live in their communities.
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BONNIE Customers always ask me if they can fly with Cannabis. What is the best way to travel with Cannabis?
reat question for the summer! Diversion, or the process of transferring Cannabis across state lines, remains one of the main pillars of concern with legalization. Especially since Washington was one of the first states to legalize Cannabis, there were huge concerns that users would flock to Washington to take the Cannabis to other states. Because of this, traveling across state lines with Cannabis remains illegal and punishable by law. With that in mind, as a legal professional I could never advise someone to cross state lines with Cannabis. This is unfortunate, because while on vacation one should never have to resort to finding Cannabis illegally due to safety reasons. Taking Cannabis with you is surely the safest option for those of us who like to imbibe while relaxing on vacation. If youâ€™re traveling by car in Washington, you can absolutely legally take your Cannabis with you. Just remember to make sure the Cannabis container is not open in your car, as you could still get an open container violation. If you do have open containers, be sure to keep it in the trunk or locked up while driving. If youâ€™re traveling outside of Washington or by plane, recognize the risk you are taking by researching the laws of your destination. Some states are still very vigilant in enforcing their prohibition on Cannabis, and you should do a risk assessment before you decide to travel with your Cannabis. TSA security scans also pose a risk of confiscating or even criminal penalties, although it is my personal understanding they are scanning for weapons and explosives, instead of dime sacks and joints. Traveling with Cannabis is a risky endeavor and you should always be knowledgeable and safe. Do your research and be safe on your travels!
I wholeheartedly agree with Rick Steves here, and when I travel I often make a specific intention to learn about how Cannabis is treated in other worlds. In places where Cannabis is legal for recreational use, one facet of the industry I always look into is the use of smoking lounges. Smoking lounges are places where Cannabis users can go to imbibe Cannabis without breaking the law. These places very often do not allow alcohol, have a time limit on how long you can stay, sometimes allow you to bring in your own food, sometimes will sell you Cannabis in the same space, some allow only vaping. Every Cannabis lounge has their own rules. But every Cannabis lounge serves the same purpose - to provide a safe space for Cannabis users to use Cannabis without fear of prosecution. Coffee shops in Amsterdam often sell beer and food, and largely resemble bars or coffee shops in the states. Medical stores in Barcelona have been known to have lounges with couches, books, wine, pool tables, televisions, and board games. Recently, California opened a few smoking lounges in select cities such as San Francisco, where Cannabis users can buy Cannabis in the same space and spark in the lounge If you are area. Dab bars are slowly becoming more traveling outside common in San Francisco, as Californians of Washington get used to its new found legalization. or by plane, Indeed, where Cannabis legalization recognize the risk exists, it is seemingly inevitable to have you are taking smoking lounges follow, in order to by researching provide a safe space for Cannabis users. the laws of your Unfortunately, in Washington, Cannabis destination. lounges are expressly prohibited under criminal prosecution. Under RCW 69.50.465, it is a Class C felony for anyone to operate a business, for profit or otherwise, to maintain a location where people can keep or consume Cannabis on the premises. Aside from the blatant violation of our constitutional right to assemble, this law is severely harmful to all Cannabis users smoking in Washington. It is currently illegal to smoke Cannabis in public places. It is similarly illegal to smoke inside, due to the Clean Air Act. So smokers in Washington, including both residents and visitors, cannot smoke inside or outside. What good is legalization if Cannabis users do not have a legal place to consume Cannabis? Sure, Cannabis is legal - but if every Cannabis user must break a law in order to smoke Cannabis, are we really truly free to legally consume Cannabis? Until RCW 69.50.465 is changed or abolished, Cannabis smokers continue to be criminalized every time we light up. House Bill 1945 was recently introduced, which would allow retailers to obtain a Cannabis consumption lounge special endorsement. It is in its early stages, but at least some lawmakers see the disparity in our legalization system and are moving toward change. Until this bill or something similar passes, Washingtonians will have to use the power of travel to see smoking lounges. The information contained in this column is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.
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I started off the interview confirming Em & Priscilla’s preferred gender pronouns, which reminded Priscilla of an occasion at the retail Cannabis shop where the two had worked in the past. “I remember when Em first started at the shop. Someone asked, “Is that a boy or a girl?” And I said, “Did you ask what their pronouns are?” And they said, “No.” Em adds, “Pronouns are still a thing that a lot of people are not comfortable talking about. If people are gender-nonconforming, that seems to be an uncomfortable thing for people. And it’s uncomfortable for me to try to explain myself to people. It takes a lot of energy, and it gets tiring after having to repeat yourself.” Em recalls her time as an employee at a recreational Cannabis shop, and overheard a coworker saying about a customer, “I don’t know if they’re a boy
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or girl, that’s all just confusing.” Knowing Em had heard that conversation, she still asked what their pronouns were. “It’s just not an inviting place yet, and that needs to change.“ When I asked if this was standard practice for the Cannabis industry to be less than accepting of gender nonconforming people, Kucklick responded “I would say the Cannabis industry right now is still very cis-gendered, white male. That’s where a lot of the problem comes from, they don’t understand their privilege or make space for other people Sometimes people forget that the Cannabis legalization movement in America really started because gays were dying of AIDS, and cancer patients needed alternative relief options.” Priscilla was also met with homophobia and racism at a job interview in the Cannabis industry. She noted that not only did they not discuss her experience or knowledge in the interview, but they informed her that if she worked there she had to be “ok with the things they talked about.” Meaning, they weren’t politically correct, and they weren’t going to change for her. They told Ramirez that the last person who wanted their meetings to be politically correct was fired. “It’s a tough situation because I want to be in the industry and I need a job, but I don’t want to work for someone who is telling me I have to be okay
with them saying gay slurs, racist slurs. They gave us an example where if someone from the company came in and said “that’s gay” about something, not to take it offensively and that it’s just a joke. I’m visibly queer and brown, and I have to be okay with all of those things? I have to pretend it’s a joke?” Another incident where Em felt discriminated against led them to file a complaint to their boss. This manager did nothing about “PEOPLE FORGET the homophobic slurs that were being used in the store and THAT THE CANNABIS basically told Em that it was “too bad.” When I asked what the industry can do to be better allies to queers, Em responded that LEGALIZATION “It really needs to start with people taking more accountability MOVEMENT IN and making moves to get those types of people out of their AMERICA REALLY business.” We need to be more accountable as managers and have human resources practices in place. This is about standing STARTED BECAUSE behind our team members. Not only as employers, but also as GAYS WERE DYING friends. We cannot remain complacent in the face of homophoOF AIDS, AND CANCER bia and racism. “I call people out now when people use ‘gay’ PATIENTS NEEDED in negative connotation. I make them explain what they mean,” Kucklick noted. ALTERNATIVE RELIEF “We do see our friends have stopped using that. It’s such a popular term that people just forget it’s offensive. It sucks people OPTIONS.” have to be reminded, but our friends have stopped themselves. Everyone needs a gay friend.” Priscilla and Em kept their spirits light throughout our chat. “Everyone HAS a gay friend!” Em seems to be very confident about this assertion. Fortunately, both Priscilla and Em have found their places among friends and trusted allies in the Cannabis community and industry. “They’re very accepting. We are humans, so there are moments where something would be said that’s a mistake. But we are very cool and a community, and we can check each other and apologize when that happens.” Not only have they created healthy relationships, but they also now have leaders to look up to in their professional environment. The couple both work for Seattle Bubble Works, fondly referred to by Em as “the most diverse production place we’ve ever been in,” with a joint team run by all women of color. I asked the couple, “What was the moment in the Cannabis industry that you felt the most seen, or able to express yourself as a queer person?” Priscilla responded that it was when she worked in a dispensary, and asked if she could wear a rainbow button on her badge for Pride Month. “They were actually really supportive of it and ended up decorating the whole store rainbow for me. It was nice for them to take a stand and say this is pride month and anybody who doesn’t like it, doesn’t have to shop here. I felt really backed up and safe.” Em’s experience was slightly different, but remembered just as vividly. “What made me feel the most seen was when I had regular customers come in and talk about being queer with me, and then come back and be a constant customer. They would have other people come, and they knew it was a safe place. They feel comfortable, because a lot of the Cannabis shops have the same type of person who they can’t relate to.” We all agreed that more queer representation is needed for industry members in high-powered positions. “Maybe I’ll be that gay boss,” Priscilla muses. “I’ve never met someone while working in Cannabis who looks like me, or looks like someone I’d talk to outside of the work environment. It’s slowly getting better. I don’t know if companies are afraid to have a gay, trans, or black person be the face of their company, but Sticky Buds does a really good job. Effie is amazing.” Priscilla notes that seeing a queer as one of their brand representatives makes her trust Sticky Buds, because as she notes, “Obviously, they are queer friendly and I can feel comfortable being around them.” High employee turnover causes employers to constantly be training new employees on protocols and regulations, leaving little to no time for sensitivity training. “That’s where management comes in,” Em said. “I would have loved to have a sign on the door that says ‘no racism, no homophobia, no transphobia’ - but I didn’t feel like my bosses would have been comfortable with that. And that’s bad, that’s where it needs to start, at the door.” Priscilla adds, “It’s ridiculous to continue serving this person who obviously makes you uncomfortable in your comfortable workspace.” Just like we learn the regulations, we can learn to make the workplace safe for queers in Cannabis. We want to encourage retail management to take into consideration their employees safety, and not just focus on the customer. “We don’t need that sale that bad,” Em explains. “People forget, it’s kind of a privilege. This wasn’t a thing five years ago. It’s so new still, that’s why I feel excited. I feel like there is a lot of room for us to grow, and we can make a difference. You need your employees to feel comfortable and safe. Unfortunately, a lot of employers’ mindset is that they’ll find someone else if an unhappy employee leaves, but you can’t replace good people! Especially if they’re knowledgeable.” Em adds, “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re here to sell Cannabis!”
STORY & PHOTOS by DANIELLE HALLE @SWEET.DEEZY
JUN. apR. 2019
HOW CANNABIS IS PROVIDING A BETTER LIFE AND TREATING SCLERODERMA \
that’s what’s been really important. I don’t think “I DON’T THINK I’D BE I’d be alive without it, and if I was, I don’t think I’d ALIVE WITHOUT IT AND IF be really happy,” said Alejandra. “Pharmaceutical I WAS, I DON’T THINK I’D drugs are necessary for sure, especially if you have BE REALLY HAPPY.” a disease with no cure or treatment - you have to try something. I feel like Cannabis has given me such a better outlook on life. I don’t think I would have even had that opportunity without it.” Unfortunately, Cannabis isn’t the end-all-be-all for Alejandra. While it has improved her lung disease and asthma, a couple of injuries and trauma to the body triggered her disease back into motion. She isn’t completely biologic-free, but the FECO keeps her from needing prescription muscle relaxers - a small victory in the ongoing fight for normalcy. Because Scleroderma is systemic, it affects all parts of Alejandra’s life. “I’ve been told that I won’t ever have normal sleep. I just have to smoke until I fall asleep.” Calzadillas’ experience as a Cannabis industry employee was both positive and accommodating. Her employers at Satori knew from the beginning that Alejandra’s disease limited her physical capabilities, and so they made sure to give her duties and shifts that she could comfortably perform and appear at. FINDING THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
As a budtender, Alejandra was able to find and research products that would help relieve her muscle spasms, such as FECO from Fairwinds, Lost Coast OG from Virginia Company, and Raven Grass’ CBD oil tinctures. She also found that topicals, in combination with hot water to open the pores, were effective in relieving and relaxing her muscles. She’s committed to gaining knowledge on how to treat herself by combining scientific research with Leafly articles and Cannabis literature. “I figured if I studied this, I could figure [my disease] out. There’s no treatment or cure, but there is a treatment being researched now, which is called Resunab. It actually mimics parts of the Endocannabinoid System. My doctors heard of the study at UCLA, but it’s not something you hear of everyday. It’s such a rare disease that only one out of two million children get it. According to one of the articles - “The Endocannabinoid System as an Emerging Target of Pharmacotherapy” - Resunab is the only drug even testing for this disease. Not only does Alejandra work had to educate herself about Cannabis, but she also has coordinated, in addition to her infused book club, medical meetups with her coworkers from Satori and industry professionals to speak to and to educate consumers. Even some members of her Buddhist temple have joined in to learn how Cannabis can heal them. “Bridging that gap is so important, and it was cool to see the two worlds come together.”
STORY by DANIELLE HALLE @SWEET.DEEZY | PHOTO BY ANNIE KACZOR @HAPPYHIPPIEWIFE_
ALEJANDRA CALZADILLAS was only a minor when she was diagnosed. “For children they call it Juvenile Progressive Systemic Sclerosis. It basically calcifies your skin or your insides, which is the version that I got,” remarked Alejandra. By the time she was 18, doctors told her that she had lost 1/8th of an inch of each finger. The bones began to become brittle like honeycombs, which made it very difficult for her to live in colder climates. “The rest of the United States, however, doesn’t have good doctors [for scleroderma]. All the good doctors are between here and LA, there’s nowhere else you want to go.” The Scleroderma caused Alejandra’s lungs to become calcified, another way of saying she has Fibrosis, or Interstitial Lung Disease. “That’s the thing about Scleroderma, it branches out and gives you a bunch of other diseases and conditions,” she said. It wasn’t until she quit smoking Cannabis that she realized the medicinal benefits it had on her. A week after she turned 15, she began the chemotherapy that would suppress her appetite. Soon after, she was in need of a G.I. tube. Alejandra had lost so much weight, just by not smoking, all due to her organs shutting down. Finally, at 17, Calzadillas came clean to her mother about her Cannabis use, which was awkward for Alejandra because her mother was, in fact, a detective - and had been for 20-something years. “It was hard for her to endorse it. She actually took me to get my medical card. She dropped me off with money and drove around the corner and waited for me. It showed a lot of growth for her,” recalled Alejandra. The mother and daughter had already seen so much of the disease in her childhood, and knew its potential to get worse. If Cannabis was working for Alejandra, why stop now? Back in the medical days there was a lack of traceability and reputable sources for strain knowledge, so Alejandra kept a rolodex to fill with information on products she tried, and the effects they had on her. “I went to The Joint Co-Op a lot,” she said. “They really helped me out as far as learning what actually worked to help me sleep, and different conditions. And that’s when I started really adding to that little rolodex. Just because I wanted to approach it as an educated human being. I was in college and wanted to do this right.” Calzadillas was taking Lyrica for her chronic pain for a long time, and on one occasion accidentally forgot to fill her prescription before traveling. She ended up involuntarily detoxing from the drug, due to not being able to access her prescription, and is currently a month out from that detox. She is starting to feel increasingly better. WHAT’S In addition to homemade Cannabis tea, Alejandra WORKED takes Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO) twice a day to > FECO BY FAIRWINDS, LOST COAST OG BY relieve her muscle spasms. VIRGINIA COMPANY, “It’s been helping a ton lately. It’s actually been AND RAVEN GRASS’ CBD OIL TINCTURES KEEP helping me keep track of my thoughts and actually HER FROM NEEDING speak like I DID go to college for several years.” PRESCRIPTION MUSCLE RELAXERS. “Cannabis has been bridging the pain gap, and
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AS THE ONLY REMAINING ORIGINAL HOST OF THE VICE CULT-CLASSIC SHOW BONG APPÉTIT , VANESSA LAVORATO HAS BECOME ONE OF CANNABIS’ MOST INTRIGUING AND RESPECTED FIGURES IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. Lavorato’s calm and collected personality goes against the stereotypes that we usually associate with celebrities that embrace a Cannabis consumption habit. Her demeanor demonstrates a sort of professionalism not usually found in a person that is consuming large quantities of Cannabis. But make no mistake - Lavorato definitely consumes large quantities of Cannabis. Lovarato is Canadian and American, growing up in Canada (where her father was a player for the CFL), and then moving to the Bay Area in high school. After graduating college and before joining Bong Appétit, Lovarato started her own Cannabis infused chocolate company, Marigold Sweets. Marigold was designed to aim at a higher-end clientele, with high-quality confections that were accurately dosed – this during the medical era of Cannabis where infusions of Cannabis could top 300-500 milligrams in a confection. Lavorato is inspired by Alice B. Toklas – an arts patron and cookbook author from the 1950s who tried to normalize Cannabis usage among everyday people, in a time before this sacred herb moved outside of society and became associated with counter-culture. In many ways, Lavorato is making an attempt to do the same thing with her work on screen and with her chocolate company.
Lavorato often advocates for responsible use of Cannabis, encouraging consumers to enjoy themselves but not to take it too far. In an interview with the literary blog No Tokens Journal, Lavorato talks about her own approach to infusing and dosing Cannabis for her chocolates. “I want people to see it as an herb — excess is never good,” Lavorato said. ”If you put too much garlic in something, it’s not going to be good. Educating consumers on how to use it is important.” This ethic, the idea of responsible use, and learning what dose works best for the individual is opposed to the way that most people think about consuming substances in our overloaded culture, but it is the way that Cannabis will continue to be normalized in the future. On Bong Appétit, Lovarato is a calm and inquisitive personality. The show was her first ever on-camera gig, and she quickly demonstrated a knack for being in front of the camera. The show is entertainment, of course, but viewers also learn something about cooking and Cannabis infusions from the show, and that’s mostly due to Vanessa’s interpretations on screen. Vanessa Lovarato is one of the new breed of Cannabis advocates that straddled the line between pre-legalization culture and this new era that we find ourselves living through today. Without celebrities walking the careful, nuanced line that Lovarato occupies in the world, we might be further behind than we are currently.
THE ENTERPRENEUR AND TV SHOW HOST IS INSPIRED BY ALICE B. TOKLAS, AN ARTS PATRON AND COOKBOOK AUTHOR FROM THE 1950S WHO TRIED TO NORMALIZE CANNABIS USAGE AMONG EVERYDAY PEOPLE, IN A TIME BEFORE THIS SACRED HERB MOVED OUTSIDE OF SOCIETY AND BECAME ASSOCIATED WITH COUNTER-CULTURE. By PACER STACKTRAIN for LEAF NATION
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Grown in North Seattle by the owner-operators of Plantworks NW, this CBD strain hails from years of medicinal breeding prior to enterting the recreational market. Given the popularity of CBD rich strains, the Lemon Stash was a tasty and beautiful road trip ready strain to feature for the Travel Issue. Created by breeding Plantworks in-house Stashsquatch (Forum GSC x True OG) with Easy Time CBD (from medical), this strain is unique to the farm and can’t be found anywhere else. Inside the all LED light sustainable growing facility, each plant is hand watered and given individual attention, and the love is immediately apparent when checking out their lineup of flower. The Lemon Stash has a medium density body with fluffy looking buds, featuring red hairs that stick out randomly from a body that is covered in tiny bright trichomes. Opening the jar releases sappy, sugary notes that are reminiscent of a lemon bar, with earthy mint undertones that come from the Stashsquatch parentage. The flower is pleasantly sticky but cured perfectly, with the first toke of a bowl burning smoothly and noticeably light on the lungs. Our favorite part of this strain is the impeccable sweetness in the smoke, which coats the palate in lemon kisses while delivering a relaxing but uplifting indica hybrid CBD high. Happy chill is the best way to describe Lemon Stash CBD, with anxiety and stress replaced BY a fun, easygoing buzz that’s appropriate any time of day. Definitely a craft micro strain in both the unique genetics and the sustainably grown techniques, this is a heady CBD choice for connoisseurs and patients alike. We recommend trying all of the Plantworks lineup of craft Cannabis strains that are grown and shared with love. Ask for the Lemon Stash CBD and other flavors at your favorite Cannabis retailer!
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THE TRAVEL ISSUE
MOBILE MEDICATING A GUIDE TO TRAVEL-FRIENDLY CANNABIS CONSUMPTION Summer is here and the season is right for traveling and enjoying all the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. This is our reward for suffering through another Winter, and before we know it the sun will be setting at 4:30 PM and we’ll be getting high to avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder. But don’t be sad! Now is the time to get out and enjoy the sunshine, and there’s no better way to do it than with Cannabis. We have chosen a few of our favorite items to make a journey better - all designed to make getting high on the go a breeze.
Remember to never smoke and drive, and to be aware that national parks are federally regulated, and that Cannabis is not recognized as legal inside. And for the love of all things green, do not be the person who tosses a joint roach and starts a forest fire. Pack it in, pack it out, use Cannabis responsibly and get lifted up this summer - however you choose to enjoy it. Look for these tasty products at your local Cannabis retailer, and try out your own combination for getting mobile and share it with @nwleaf on social media! #nwleaf #leafnation
If you love Sriracha, then this 100mg tincture from Fairwinds Manufacturing is perfect for your summer adventures. It packs some serious heat, and a heady high, which means every meal can be both delicious and uplifting! Check out the full line of tinctures and capsules from Fairwinds - they have everything to make a summer trip extra special ($25-35).
FULFILL THC/CBD 1:1 MINTS
Fresh breath and a relaxing buzz is definitely on the menu this summer, and these 10mg THC/10mg CBD mints bring both in an affordable and fun way. We chose the Fulfill 1:1 version because we love a little extra CBD, which is great to get the party started or help the recovery process after. With sativa and indica blends as well, there’s a mint pack for every occasion by Mari’s Mints ($15-25, 10-pk).
PINEAPPLE PARADISE CHEWS
Leaf Chews are the only buttercream based candy on the market, and they have a luxurious and soft bite that melts perfectly into an afternoon buzz. With flavors like Orange Dreamsicle, Goodness Grapecious and Luau Punch, there is a tasty chew waiting for you to enjoy on your summer adventure ($20-25, 10-pk).
DISPOSABLE VAPE CARTRIDGE
Ready to go right out of the package, these disposable cartridges are perfect for getting high on the go! Made with delicious strain specific distillate and with natural Cannabis terpenes reintroduced, the high is both tasty and true while being simple to use. Just puff and go! ($30-40).
PREROLL PARTY PACK
Nothing brings the party like jar of fire weed, and the Platinum Party Pack delivers just that. Filled with 10 half gram joints and two grams of flower in nug form, these jars have everything you need to get things lit! ($30-35).
Gold Leaf creates some of the best Cannabis in Washington, using organic methods and loving each plant they grow. Naturally, their solventless hash infused joints are some of the best on the market, and we love the Diamond Tips for the intense high and long burning smoke. Clean and delicious, these will take your high to the next level! ($12-17).
VOLCANIC ORANGE MANGO JUICE
If you want to get majorly baked with a refreshing drink, the Major is the choice for you! Delicious Orange-Mango juice and a smaller size make it easy to drink, and the 100mg dosage is perfect for patients or heavy users alike. Try mixing it with soda water for a Cannabis cocktail! ($15-20).
BLUE RASPBERRY CRAFT SODA
Nothing says summer like an old fashioned soda, and Olala has a bunch of tasty flavors to help kick back and beat the heat. We like the 10mg version because it’s a perfect buzz for any time of day, but there are higher dose options ranging up to 100mg for those seeking a serious high. ($5-7).
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We live in a brave and dichotomous new world, where Cannabis is legal in some states and tremendously illegal in others. For those of us who count on it, the struggle to know where you stand when it comes to traveling with your medicine is a real one. In the interest of clearing things up a bit for NW residents, we’ve researched some travel options you may be considering – and discovered some key information that may be of interest as you get ready for summer trips.
MOVING AROUND THE TRAVEL ISSUE
WHEN YOU’RE HOLDING
PLANES According to Forbes, in 1971, just 49 percent of the US population had flown on an airplane. Compare that to 81 percent of the population today. It’s true: for most of us, taking a flight is the main way we get to where we’re going. It’s also the most heavily policed form of travel on the planet. According to Kama Simonds, Media Relations Manager, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) checkpoints are “mission specific in their effort to prevent things passing through checkpoints that could impact flight safety. Cannabis is not one of those substances the TSA screens for, per se, however, if a traveler is passing through the security checkpoint and the TSA detects an organic substance about which they have questions, they call airport police.” Then, the police respond to decide the next steps. First, “if the traveler is of legal age, and carrying a legal amount, and has a boarding pass for a destination within the state, the traveler will be allowed to proceed through the screening process. Additionally, if asked, we advise travelers to check with their airlines for the air carrier’s policy related to traveling with marijuana as different air carriers have different policies.” Then, “if the traveler is of legal age and possesses a legal amount, yet the traveler’s boarding pass is not for a destination in the state, the traveler will be asked to return the product to their vehicle or give it to a friend or family member who may have dropped them at the airport for storage and/or destruction.” In other words, if you’re hoping to fly out of state with Cannabis products, be prepared to have to return them to your vehicle or risk having them taken or destroyed. In addition, it may become more of a hassle because of the process and can lead to being late for or missing your flight.
AUTOMOBILES While many feel that driving while under the influence of Cannabis is far safer than driving under the influence of alcohol, that is certainly not how the long arm of the law looks at it. If you’re pulled over in Washington and the officer thinks you’re under the influence of Cannabis, they’ll ask you to participate in a sobriety test (walk the line, touch your nose, count backward, etc.). It is then the discretion of the officer to determine whether one is unfit to drive based on the tests. After that, the driver is sent to a drug recognition expert – and if Cannabis metabolites are found in the system – DUII charges are filed. This is problematic because of how long Cannabis metabolites stay in the system (weeks to a month). So, while the car might be the most regular way one travels with Cannabis, because of current law – it’s also the riskiest because of arcane laws.
TRAINS Even though we do have Amtrak service in the northwest, this conversation should also include public transportation. It goes without saying there’s no smoking or vaping allowed on public transportation on TriMet, or on an Amtrack train - but being too inebriated from consuming Cannabis can also get you kicked off (or have the cops called) by staff. In terms of bringing Cannabis products along, there is no TSA-like security for rail travel. So, no one will be there to check your bags. However, if you’re traveling out of the country by rail (say, to Canada) you will need to go through customs and have your bag searched. Bringing Cannabis into Canada of Mexico can have MAJOR consequences. Don’t do it.
Don’t drive why high/stoned, store your Cannabis in the trunk, don’t carry used (half-smoked joints, etc.) material in your car. Don’t consume in the car (looking at you Instagrammers).
In the continental US, bring what you need.
Any form of transportation is subject to the same laws regarding inebriation as driving. I know it’s crazy, but you could (technically) get a DUII for smoking with biking or riding a skateboard. Don’t shoot the messenger.
Be careful out there!
ON-FOOT You can theoretically be as blazed as you’d like just walking around. But, if you end up being so intoxicated that you become a public nuisance – you could still run into trouble with the law. However, in our vast experience, Cannabis consumers are nothing like heavy alcohol consumers – and unfortunately, our laws have not caught up to speed with that reality yet. Here’s hoping for more reform, as soon as possible.
Fly with vaporizers, concentrates or edibles but leave dank Cannabis flowers at home.
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THE TRAVEL ISSUE
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RED EYE FLIGHTS have never appealed to me in the past, as I need my eight hours to properly function. But when you have a travel budget and only so many hours to talk about weed with the political heavyweights of the nation, ever y minute has to count - and a late night flight out of SeaTac put me into Dulles International Airpor t just in time to catch morning rush hour into Washington, D.C.
This gathering of canna-businesses and marver the course of a very busy three ijuana interests was organized by the American days in early May, I joined a patchTrade Association for Hemp and Cannabis work of Cannabis organizations from (also known as ATACH). They have spent years around the country to go speak with meeting with lawmakers not only to discuss what lawmakers and policy staff about fedchanges can be made at the federal level, but eral marijuana reform. Most of the folks on the they also connect folks like myself with elected trip had been out a few times and were reminiscofficials and policy staff to tell our story and show ing fondly about past trips, the people they were them that legalization works - and that organizaable to meet, and the sites they were able to see. tions and businesses like ours are dedicated to I had travelled to Olympia, Washington a few making a better world through weed. times to discuss marijuana policy and regulation ATACH choreographed our trip down to the with state lawmakers, but walking up the steps of minute to ensure that every moment we had was the Capitol Building and seeing declared presiused talking about Cannabis with people that dential candidates strolling around made me feel needed to hear from us. We spoke with several like a west coast fish out of water. leaders of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus It comes as no surprise to many of us in the about their work on the SAFE Banking Act. If Washington Cannabis space that we have some passed into law, the SAFE Banking Act would of the strictest adult use Cannabis laws in the allow mainstream banking and financial services nation. And why shouldn’t we? We were one of to do business with Cannabis the first states to jump into this companies. grand experiment, and that TEN STATES Many lawmakers were commeant creating a legal frameHAVE LEGALIZED pletely unaware of the amount work that was strict enough to of financial challenges encounprevent federal interference. RECREATIONALLY tered by Cannabis businesses Years have passed, ten (PLUS SORT OF DC, and their employees. They states have legalized recreIT’S COMPLICATED) heard from business owners ationally (plus sort of DC, it’s AND 33 STATES HAVE who had their credit cards complicated) and 33 states cancelled and had to conduct have some version of medical SOME VERSION OF payroll in cash when direct marijuana legalization. Public MEDICAL MARIJUANA deposit was shut down. opinion on Cannabis conLEGALIZATION. They heard about budtenders sumption is overwhelmingly and trimmers getting denied car positive and corporate giants loans, or not getting apartments because of the in pharma, and commercial food and beverage industry they work in. are starting to take notice. We can say with some There are now about ten thousand people confidence that Cannabis is here to stay, and I employed by the Cannabis industry in Washingbelieve the rest of the country and the world are ton state, and we wanted to make sure everyone starting to pay attention.
understands that each and every one of those employees deserved equal access to banking. Much to our surprise, many of the people we spoke with said that the SAFE Banking Act had critical momentum in Congress and they believed the bill could pass later this year or early next year. This not only clears a major hurdle for Cannabis employers and employees around the country, but clears the way for federal decriminalization and legalization. We spoke with presidential hopeful Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and staff members from both Senator Cory Booker’s and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s offices. All of them support the SAFE Banking Act, and are working to review and amend the STATES Act. The STATES Act is much broader than the SAFE Banking Act in that it allows states to legalize Cannabis without any risk of federal interference, and settling into law the current status quo where states can legalize Cannabis if they want to, but aren’t required to by any means. We also met with just about every member of the Washington state congressional delegation or a member of their staff. Both Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray took the time to discuss Cannabis reform with our group from the Washington Cannabusiness Association. They counseled us on the challenges ahead and where to focus our efforts in connecting with lawmakers who needed to hear firsthand from people in Cannabis, especially lawmakers in states with no Cannabis laws. They see Washington Cannabis as a huge opportunity and a huge boon for the state when Cannabis legalization happens nationally. Hearing first hand from folks so close to the legislative process that some degree of federal legalization was not only on the horizon, but could get started sometime this year or next, was news many of us did not expect. But the work is not done; there are businesses and organizations around the country that do this every day at every level of government and regulation. Years of advocacy and education saw the first recreational Cannabis laws passed seven years ago - and that work must continue.
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-Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York stands with members of Washington State’s Cannabis business community. -Gillibrand spoke with the entire American Trade Association of Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) delegation about the ongoing efforts at federal Cannabis reform, especially in a Senate seen as a major obstacle to progress on the issue.
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INTERVIEW WITH A PRESIDENT The tiny plane lurched to a stop in Leon, Mexico. Among the normal passengers that day were a mix of attendees bound for Cannamexico to be held later that week. With a murder rate more than double that of Chicago, Leon didn’t attract many tourists, and it was easy to spot the only gringos on the plane.
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Rob, our cameraman, chatted up a group of seniors who seemed out of place. A talkative woman in a bright floral dress proudly announced that they were coming in from Orange County and would be guests of President Vicente Fox during their stay. My ears perked up at the mention of jefe Fox. One time Coca Cola Mexico CEO, Vicente Quesada Fox had been elected president in 2000 as member of the National Action party. His win represented a major cultural shift, defeating the Institutional Revolutionary party for the first time since 1910. Fox himself had once joked that if Cannabis was legal in Mexico, even he would own a business in it - and we were here to interview him on just where he stood in the emerging Cannabis scene South of the border. Signs written in Spanish guided us through the tiny airport as our trio made its way towards customs. An enforcement officer manning a podium checkpoint blocked our way. Next to her was a red button and she motioned for each passenger to press it as they passed by. I led up the rear behind Rob and Jeremy, watching as they took their turns at the button. I had packed an ounce of good flower in my carry on and was now reconsidering my position heavily. Rob and Jeremy passed through with ease and I maintained my nonchalance smiling warmly at the officer as I pressed the button firmly. The attendant frowned back as a red X appeared on the screen next to her. Still frowning, the woman motioned me towards a second line. My stomach groaned as I saw what I was in for. Half a dozen people ahead of me, much gruffer looking enforcement officers thoroughly checking each bag, unfolding clothes and examining luggage for items that might be secreted away. It had never occured to me that the police would be looking for something coming into Mexico, and I cursed myself silently for indulging in my need for good American weed abroad. Looking around for an out I realized that the woman from Orange County had also been diverted with a friend and was now complaining loudly behind me. “I think they’re confused,” she stated plainly, motioning towards the attendant. She turned to the operator of one of the other baggage lines. “Excuse me sir,” she said though the man clearly spoke no English and was doing his best to convey that to her. “I think
they put us in the wrong line. We’re just going to go,” she said again as if the man could understand her. I jumped in place next to her like an overgrown grandchild, resuming Rob’s conversation from the plane as she headed for the exit. No one protested as I held the exit door open passing into Leon, Mexico with our luggage unmolested. I let out a sigh of relief catching back up to face the jeers of the crew. A small bus had been there to greet us and I collected my thoughts on the drive through Guanajuato towards Centro Fox. Since his time in office, Vincente had taken some interesting board seats, most notably among them High Times Magazine and a Colombian Cannabis company by the name of Khiron. It was clear that the ex president wanted to position himself in the Cannabis sector, and I was here to ask him how exactly legal Cannabis was to take place amidst the chaos of the cartels - which currently controlled the illicit drug trade in Mexico including marijuana. The farmers themselves were paid a few hundred pesos a kilo and contributed little to the violence making headlines. No one could believe that making Cannabis legal would somehow force out the illegal players, but maybe legalization meant a better life for the farmers who now faced random prosecution. It had only worked for a small few back in the states. Many had found themselves shut out of an industry they helped create after recreational took over. Our bus arrived at the gates of a large compound, a guard waved the driver to enter, and we pulled into an ornate roundabout centered with a fountain and a large eagle rising out of it. I all but rubbed my eyes. The stark comparison between the poverty outside and the wealth inside was shocking. Large bullet ridden walls encircled hacienda de Fox and included the vaulted library next door, which sat below ground level. It was billed as a hotel but every guest was there by the request of Mr. Fox, and the place seemed to be coming alive for our arrival. Fountains hummed to life and workers added water to the pool. An attendant greeted us with margaritas giving us a brief tour of the grounds. Our interview with the ex president was set to begin the following day, and we settled in for a night of drinking, smoking, and eating with some of Vincente’s staff who fawned over the imported Tangie I had snuck in my bag. I paced around my room the following morning with a joint hanging from my lips. The time zone was fucking with me and I had woken up earlier than I needed to. The sun was already streaming in through the cracks and I could smell food being cooked below me as I opened the wooden shutters to peer out. It was 6:30 A.M. but the hacienda was abuzz with action.
A female tucane sounded loudly from her cage as if directing the commotion, and I couldn't help but think of Pablo’s hippos. The crew was up now, by the time President Fox made his first appearance they had already finished breakfast and were nervously going through an equipment checklist. Mr. Fox’s assistant Victor checked in with us. “The president is ready,” he announced in perfect english, his arms open wide to convey his excitement. Victor was a clean cut kid in his mid 20s who had played soccer in school and was now the smiling face of Vincente’s Cannabis interests, and our point of contact while we were in Mexico. We had met in Spain, becoming fast friends and had spent the previous night getting high and exchanging war stories in the rear of the hacienda. I followed Victor to an open corridor where Rob had arranged a small interview area near the President’s private suite. Mr Fox’s imposing figure came out to greet me. He was well over 6 feet and still carried himself with the regal air of a once president extending his hand to greet me. “Good afternoon Mr. Jonah,” he said smiling. His grip was firm and his hand steady. “Good afternoon Mr. President, it’s an honor,” I replied almost grinning. Rob gave us the thumbs up from the camera and we took our seats.
It had never occured to me that the police would be looking for something coming into Mexico, and I cursed myself silently for indulging in my need for good American weed abroad.
I could tell the first few minutes of the interview were routine for him, as he pantomimed responses he had given a hundred reporters in the past. We worked our way through the easy stuff as I circled towards the question I really cared about. “What did all this mean for the cartels?” I finally blurted out. I could tell the question paused him but he responded quickly. ”The way I see it is that we all together were able to take this plant - this beautiful plant - from the criminals who made wrong use of this beautiful plant, and now it is in the hands of the entrepreneurs,” he stated, explaining that the farmer who was currently engaged with the cartel would now be a legitimate business man. I frowned at his response as I calculated my own. “If the cartels currently control Cannabis in Mexico, isn't it illogical to think that legalizing Cannabis would take away from their market share? Wouldn’t it just allow the same players to operate in the light?” I asked. This time it was Mr. Fox who was smiling at me. “Of course,” he said. “But we have to allow the players to make the transition to becoming legitimate businessmen.” He was right of course. Cannabis in the U.S. wasn't given to us, we had taken it. Through the voting system, but we had taken it nonetheless. Most of us had come from the black market in some way or another - illegal growers and extractors all quietly setting up clandestine businesses that would one day become legitimate operations. Who knew where all this was headed but one thing was for sure, Mexico was a production region and they wanted in. Cannamex was a relative success, drawing in interested parties from around the region. Ed Rosenthal railed against alcohol from the mainstage as complimentary drinks were served from the back, and Dr. Dina gave a speech about the importance and dangers of celebrity brands to an attentive crowd who listened via translators. As we boarded the Aeromexico jet bound for home, I thought back on the scene we had witnessed. For the guys in suits this was about national exportation, about emerging markets, and staking a claim not just on a state but on the whole world. For better or for worse, Cannabis was getting bigger - and for now I was just happy to have a place in it...
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Located in beautiful Denver, CO, this luxurious, Cannabis-friendly bed and breakfast offers travelers the chance to enjoy some of the region’s finest herbs, all in a relaxing and soothing atmosphere.
What inspired starting a Cannabis friendly bed and breakfast? We were both working at a medical/recre-
ational dispensary in Fort Collins a couple of years ago, and due to how close we were to the Wyoming border a lot of the clients we dealt with were out of state tourists looking to indulge in the exciting Cannabis market. One day in particular, we had several groups of tourists, back to back, each group spending hundreds of dollars at a time. The question they all seemed to ask at the end of their transaction was “Where do I go to smoke this?” And at the time, the only answer was nowhere. We watched countless groups of people get frustrated, scared, and confused at how to legally and safely use the product they had just invested so much in. Thus, the idea for Luxx Retreat was born.
Should people be nervous to smoke weed at Luxx?
There’s no need to be nervous as a Cannabis consumer at Luxx Retreat. Our focus has always been guest experience and the ability to ensure that everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from, can feel comfortable and refreshed when they stay with us. Everything we provide and the way we provide it is legal and in compliance with local authorities. Our home is comfortable and inviting, close enough to downtown that necessities are still convenient, but just far enough away you avoid the sirens and hum of the city. We also maintain about 18 different consumption devices that are all free and available for use, so whether you’re a veteran or brand new to the world of Cannabis, there is something pleasant and efficient for you to consume with.
now that psilocybin is decriminalized in colorado, can people consume mushrooms?
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As for the use of psilocybin mushrooms at Luxx Retreat, we at Luxx are very proud of our local community in becoming active in advocating for their own rights in self treatment and personal liberty. However, the focus of Luxx Retreat now and for the foreseeable future is to provide amazing experiences enriched with Cannabis to our guests.
what made you call the b&b, Luxx? We have a unique eye for detail that seems to be sorely lacking in our sector. Everything from the consumption devices, to the artwork on the walls and species of indoor plants, was specifically chosen to enrich the space and make it ultra luxurious. We put the time and resources into researching the best of the best when it comes to the dispensaries and service providers we choose to network with. It’s the extra amount of compassion and diligence we put in to maintain our own high standards that makes all of the actual luxury possible.
What additional experiences do you offer?
We hand selected our network of service providers so we could be sure to have industry leaders in quality and compliance with us. Currently we offer black car service, private massage, yoga, private chefs, guided meditation, and a grow facility tour. All of our services (except the tour because it’s at a licensed facility) are all either Cannabis infused, or Cannabis friendly. Most of our services are in-home, as well as polite and affordable.
what is the coolest story you can share about someone’s stay at luxx? We respect our
guest’s privacy a lot, so without giving away too much, we can say that we’ve helped people celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and friendship. The coolest story is always getting to be there when a guest consumes Cannabis for the first time. The reactions, emotions, and comments are so pure and honest, there’s nothing else like it.
What are your future goals for Luxx? We strive to be an international company, a global leader in luxury Cannabis accommodations and a helping hand to short term rental operators who just can’t seem to make their property reach the potential they know it has. Making money was never the main goal and that won’t change for us, from the get go we’ve strove to help bring up the people around us. We’re already starting to set trends in the canna-tourism industry and we certainly intend to keep leading the way. LUXX RETREAT / DENVER, COLORADO / HISTORIC 3-BR VACATION HOME ACCOMODATES UP TO 8 GUESTS CONTACT@LUXXRETREAT.COM (720) 353-4244 @LUXXRETREAT
Why choose Denver for Canna-tourism?
Denver has been a talking point for Cannabis for almost two decades now, and in a lot of aspects it’s still ground zero for the industry. We were the first state (along with Washington) to legalize recreational Cannabis and that has given us a major advantage in being able to develop our market, culturally and technologically. So for real Cannabis enthusiasts, Denver is a can’t-miss tourist stop. And because product purchased in the state can’t leave the state, the only way to enjoy all the high quality and unique Cannabis products in Colorado is to come to Colorado!
Do you consume Cannabis with the guests?
Some people like in person demonstrations or just to sit and smoke and get to know us as their hosts. We have a tolerance higher than the average consumer so it’s easy for us to partake with a group without becoming intoxicated. We cannot provide any Cannabis or marijuana infused products, so anything that gets consumed has to be purchased by the guest and then shared with us. Cannabis is a really amazing socialization tool that lets people interact more openly, it’s been incredible to see.
Where do you see Cannatourism in five years?
Federal legalization will be the most influential factor for canna-tourism in the coming future. If we do go legal nationwide it will be an interesting thing to watch play out, because from what we’ve learned canna-tourism doesn’t follow regular hospitality trends. Non-traditional, one of a kind, and experience based vacations are proving to be desirable to travelers.
Everything from the consumption devices, to the artwork on the walls and species of indoor plants, was specifically chosen to enrich the space and make it ultra luxurious. INTERVIEW BY WES ABNEY | PHOTOS COURTESY LUXX RETREAT
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A SHORT CAR RIDE INLAND AND EASTWARD, down the 36 from the 101, led us down a country road lined with blossoming wildflowers and surrounded by majestic forested hills. We arrived in the evening, when the tree cover blocks out any trace of light, leaving us in a darkness that even swallowed up the high beams, allowing only a few feet of dimmed light in front of us. I saw the evening lights and heard the laughter increase as we finally approached the farm. I realized quickly that the pictures I saw prior to arrival had not captured the grandeur of the property. This feeling, these vibes, the inviting smell of the herb, the bright celestial blanket of millions of stars could never be seen in a photo anyway. Warm amber lights lined a white washed wooden fence that bordered the property. As we turned in, our path was illuminated by an amber lit apple orchard. I could tell by their incredible size that they had been growing and sustaining life there since the farm’s origins. A warm summer night’s breeze blew through the sheer linens in the window, wafting out laughter, a dank aroma, and the smell of Chef Desiree’s filet, grilled to perfection with a creamy red wine and wild mushroom reduction. It was then that I finally got to meet Chef Desiree Robinson, a mother, wife, boss, and master of her culinary craft. As if my senses were not already aroused and euphoric, she proceeded to let us know that she would be making breakfast fresh weed waffles, topped with house made vanilla whipped cream and Rebel Moon maple syrup. I am never leaving, I thought to myself. About that time, she opened the refrigerator and pulled out a few ingredients that were obviously homemade, clothed in huge mason jars. “What is that?” I asked in anticipation. She told me those were very special hemp oils, infused with medicinal farm herbs, and set with intention for healing and enlightenment. All handmade by Sunshine Johnston of Sunboldt Grown. It was clear their ambition was driven by a vision for the future of our health, wellness, and for betterment of her community for future generations to come. Our menu choices of her healing medicines were truly a gift from the Earth: -Wanderlust Olive Oil blood orange & fennel salad with roasted beets, goat cheese and toasted walnuts.
With the recent wave of Cannabis legalization, when I travel to recreational states, I can now also expand my nearby travel interests to include the scoop on the local “green market” activity, just to see what’s shaking in that county -Pennywise CBD Hemp Oil – ever so slightly drizzled in warm butternut squash soup with bacon and sage. As she recited the description of these unique dishes, I thought to myself with a big sigh, “Okay, I can’t stay here forever and eat, I have things to do. But maybe a few extra days won’t hurt?” With the recent wave of Cannabis legalization, when I travel to recreational states, I can now also expand my nearby travel interests to include the scoop on the local “green market” activity, just to see what’s shaking in that county, and seek out more experiences like Riverbar Pharms. Most licensed Cannabis companies are not able to market and advertise themselves the same way, or as effectively as traditional companies can. Cannabis gets treated like the tobacco industry in that regard, and it is very frustrating to those fighting to change the stigma of it all. Some common sites that restrict or delete any Cannabis and hemp content include Google Ads, Instagram and Facebook, Yelp, and ticket platforms like Eventbrite and StubHub. As Cannabis brands, you could not promote on these without fear of being shut down or losing revenue and attendee contacts. Be in the know. You really have to know where and how to search the web to discover the greener goods and local happenings in the Cannabis industry. Despite legalization, most Cannabis companies face a daunting uphill battle to promote themselves effectively in any mainstream media markets. Companies like Eventhi.io, founded by tech revolutionary Ali Fahkri, are solving these challenges by pioneering a promotion platform that has fostered a growing edge in the Cannabis events industry for the last several years. They set out initially to simply provide the industry with a safer, less costly but equally as effective, alternative to Eventbrite type sites that were creating havoc amongst small business owners. Although the words Cannabis and hemp are not usually a choice you can filter out on Trip Advisor’s drop down menu, you can still find the
finer things in life by just going and experiencing the local scene and asking around at the nearby dispensaries. Can you imagine if your filter options included things like: • Fresh ingredients every meal organic and raised/harvested within 10 miles • Michelin Star quality cuisine • Renowned chef to personalize all of your meal requests • A weed fairy, aka licensed Cannabis delivery service in Humboldt • CBD massages and wellness gurus at your beckon call • Plant alchemists to introduce you to new concepts and nature’s secrets • Bed & Breakfast guest Krayzie Bone, a member of the Grammy winning hip-hop group, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, to take you on a forest hike, to a lost beach coastline, and introduce you to his new Cannabis brand, “Strains of Legends.” I experienced all of these things and more at my recent visit to Riverbar Pharm’s Bed & Breakfast. Like most girl bosses, Chef Desiree Robinson has completely transformed the original 1904 farmhouse into one of the most progressive hospitality establishments in America. With the help of her husband and talented team, they are cultivating the beginning of a new kind of hybrid industry between hospitality and health. Next up for this dynamic team is the potential for the first ever Cannabis café in Eureka California. Chef Desiree wants to combine her world class culinary experience with Cannabis in all aspects. If approved, she would host a daytime café serving raw CBD juices & CBD espresso, and in the evening a more delectable upscale dinner menu, plus a smoking lounge. On site will be mandatory parking spaces, with drivers during all operating hours for guests’ safety. They also have plans to create a first run protocol for the state, by training restaurant staff to monitor and regulate tolerance to avoid over consumption. This sustainable business model for the Cannabis industry in Humboldt did not legally exist in the United States before them. This peaceful sanctuary is not just a stoner’s utopian fantasy - it is in fact, very real. Unless this could be Heaven? Or were we still just in Humboldt?
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This aptly named and chic Ballard cocktail bar has creative drinks and a lots of tasty nibbles to enjoy - all with a view of the sunset.
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Right in the heart of downtown Bellingham, this local favorite is where the best of the northwest meets southern tradition - in a room with lots of love. Order a local beer to cool off their delicious jambalaya and be sure to order the housemade fresh cornbread on the side!
Owned and operated by Top Chef alum Chef BJ Smith, Smokehouse Provisions fits perfectly into a stoner mission for delicious barbecue. Featuring locally sourced meats, rotating taps and craft cocktails, Smokehouse Provisions has everything but the smoke!
This creative bar and eatery features delicious and unique hot dogs and other items in a fun environment. Located right on bustling 6th Ave, The Red Hot Tacoma is cozy and entertaining, immediately welcoming all in for unpretentious good food with flair.
THE FLYING GOAT 3318 W NORTHWEST BLVD, SPOKANE
On top of a great name, this neapolitan style pizza restaurant has a great outdoor patio and lots of craft beers on tap!
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STRAWBERRIES WITH MASCARPONE Serves 4
2 cups washed and trimmed strawberries, sliced 1-2 tablespoons sugar, (optional) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ½ cup honey 4 teaspoons canna-oil 1 cup mascarpone
1. In a large bowl, toss the berries with the lemon juice and add optional sugar. 2. In a small bowl, combine the honey with the canna-oil. 3. Divide the berries between four serving bowls. Place a dollop of the mascarpone on top of the berries and drizzle infused honey.
ORANGE CAKE WITH WHIPPED YOGURT AND BLUEBERRIES Serves 12
Baking spray 1 cup plus one tablespoon EVOO 4 tablespoons canna-oil 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 ¼ cups whole milk ½ cup orange juice zest of one orange 1 ¾ cups sugar 2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder Powdered sugar for dusting 1 cup Greek yogurt, whipped* 1 cup blueberries
WE’RE STEPPING UP THE FANCY FACTOR THIS MONTH FROM OUR MORE CASUAL APPROACH. SINCE IT’S JUNE AND NOT TOO HOT TO BAKE YET (AND THERE’S LOTS OF FRESH STUFF TO BAKE WITH) COOKING AND EATING SEASONALLY IS A MUST. #DONTFEARTHEEDDIBLE
CHOCOLATE MOUSSE Serves 8
2 large eggs, lightly beaten ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 ½ cups heavy cream 2-3 tablespoons melted and cooled canna-butter 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (about 1 cup) 1. In an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar for 4-5 minutes.
2. In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup of the cream with the canna-butter until just before boiling. Allow to cool for 3 minutes. Slowly pour the hot cream into the egg mixture and combine with the mixer on low. 3. Return the hot liquid to the saucepan and cook for five minutes, stirring constantly. It will thicken. Do not let it come to a boil. Remove from the heat and add in the chips, stirring until melted. Chill mixture for two hours. 4. In the bowl of the electric mixer, whip the remaining cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the chilled chocolate mixture. Use a rubber spatula, and fold until the cream is no longer visible. Serve plain or with a dollop of freshly whipped cream.
1. Heat oven to 325. Cut a piece of parchment to fit the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan. Spray with baking spray. 2. In a large mixing bowl combine the oils and eggs, whisking well to combine. Add the milk, juice, zest and whisk to incorporate. Whisk in sugar. 3. Add dry ingredients and mix ‘til combined (don’t overmix). 4. Pour the batter into prepared pan and place on a baking sheet. Bake 65-70 min. Cake should be golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Top with whipped yogurt and blueberries.
*Whipped yogurt - in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine 8 ounces of Greek yogurt, 6 ounces of heavy cream, 3 tablespoons honey, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all the ingredients and whip for 4-5 minutes. Start on low to avoid cream flying all over the place.
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My roommate had a bag of Funyuns. I had a bag of Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos. My other friend had brought over a bag of Sour Cream Ruffles with ridges that he mistakenly left on the coffee table the night before next to the bong, the rolling tray, and the dab rig. There was a Domino’s pizza box with a couple slabs left over, too. We heated up the pizza and placed one slice on two separate plates, then as a side dish, combined three handfuls of each style of chip and mixed them all together. We called this dinner a Pot-Purri. One time my cat, whose name is Todd, nibbled a bud that had somehow trickled its way underneath the recliner, where it sat undiscovered for months. Well, when Cannabis gets aged, the THC slowly degrades into CBN through oxidization - creating a very relaxed, sedated result when used. So, when the effects started to take hold, Todd proceeded to find his favorite spot in the apartment - atop the pile of dirty laundry, right next to the water heater in the pantry - and didn’t move for 24 hours other than to get up, take a drink of water, dine on some Fancy Feast, and comfortably poop. There were a couple times we thought to take his pulse to make sure he was still alive, if it weren’t for the continuously vibrating circadian motor in his chest, accentuated by an unmistakable Cheshire smile. We called this Pot-Purri. And by the way, last time I was in Pier 1 Imports with my girlfriend I saw this $16 bag of dried bark and walnut shells that smelled like grandma’s foot deodorant. They called that Pot-Purri. What the hell is this world coming to?
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Published on Jun 3, 2019
Northwest Lear celebrates 9 years in print, providing exclusive Cannabis journalism since 2010! This special issue also highlights travel an...
Published on Jun 3, 2019
Northwest Lear celebrates 9 years in print, providing exclusive Cannabis journalism since 2010! This special issue also highlights travel an...