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Kick back & relax with our first-ever Leisure Issue, beginning with this beautiful cover art styled meticulously by hand by Malina (no Photoshop)! Many thanks to House of Cultivar in Seattle for supplying their buds, joints and fan leaves to help us create this one-of-a-kind piece of art. PHOTO by DANIEL BERMAN Instagram @bermanphotos STYLING by MALINA LOPEZ Instagram @malinalopez

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Editor’s Note Thanks for picking up The Leisure Issue of Northwest Leaf! This issue marks the 10th anniversary of Northwest Leaf, which we began publishing in 2010. Optimism was a big part of my mindset then - knowing that Cannabis healed lives and that it would one day be legal to grow and share. I feel the same energy today as I did a decade ago. We have so much to look forward to, for the scars of the war on drugs to I BELIEVE be healed and our planet to breathe through our sister THE MOST plants - Cannabis and Hemp. IMPORTANT I believe the most important trait we can embody at this time is optimism. It’s something you can’t buy or get from the news and it definitely comes from within. It’s a choice to view the cup as half full and live with a mindset that embraces the positive - allowing negativity to slip into the past.

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TRAIT WE CAN EMBODY AT THIS TIME IS OPTIMISM.

It is with that intention that we decided to create a Cannabis Mandala for our covers. Our hope is that Malina Lopez and Daniel Berman’s combined artistic efforts help to lift your spirits and radiate the happy energy of the plant. And once you’ve taken a deep breath of positive vibes and Cannabis, I invite you to explore our first annual Leisure Issue. June is traditionally our Travel Issue, but with the changing reality of Covid-19, we decided to focus on ways to enjoy life from the safety of home. Dive into our guide on all things entertainment and learn some new tips for mindful Cannabis use and keeping your bong or rig extra clean. So embrace the leisure, smoke a new strain and give some of our laid-back recommendations a try! In closing, I would like to thank you for reading. And to all our supporters, advertisers and team members who have contributed to this decade long journey - I can’t wait to see where the next 10 years takes us and the Leaf!

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“Let’s legalize adult use of marijuana.” - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo “The federal government failed Americans with opioids, And we cannot allow that to happen with cannabinoids,” gov. cuomo said in a may 20, 2020 announcement of a legalized marijuana program that could raise $300 million in tax revenue and billions more in economic activity, the new york times reported last month.

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TRUMP ADMIN. CUTS OFF FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH OVER MAINE’S MMJ ACCESS

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he federal government will not provide $3.3 million in approved funding for Maine’s mental health programs for kids, because the state allows students to use medicinal Cannabis when authorized. The state got the money as scheduled for the first two years, but recently learned it has been cut off due to a Trump Administration policy change, cutting off states that allow students access to medical Cannabis. Lender Makin, Maine’s Commissioner of Education, said the state has a statutory obligation to permit students to use medical Cannabis if they possess the necessary authorization to do so. Maine won a five year grant in 2018, providing $1.1 million annually for a program called Maine-AWARE, assisting in bolstering mental health support for students. State officials still don’t know if other federal grants will be impacted “by this new and arbitrary requirement,” said Kelli Deveaux, Director of Communications for the state Department of Education.


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ouisiana’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved bills to expand the state’s medical Cannabis program by including patients with more conditions, and allowing medical dispensaries to deliver Cannabis products directly to patients’ homes, reports Marijuana Moment. The legislation, passed in May 2020, lets doctors issue medical marijuana recommendations for all debilitating conditions, rather than a few specific maladies under the previous law. Both bills were sponsored by Rep. Larry Bagley, a Republican. Bagley’s medical expansion bill was approved 76-15, and the delivery legislation passed 80-15. “It’s something that deserves to be done,” Rep. Bagley said. “I never thought it had a chance to fail unless I messed up somewhere in the presentation.”

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Los Angeles County firefighters were injured while working to put out a warehouse explosion last month linked to an illegal butane hash extraction operation, The blast even soared across the street and damaged firetrucks.

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percent of Washington state residents believe that Cannabis legalization was a success, according to YouGov, an international research data and analytics group based in London.

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ecreational Cannabis shops in Massachusetts will be allowed to reopen on May 25 after a two month mandated closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, state officials announced on May 18. The shops had been deemed ‘nonessential’ in March, when Gov. Charlie Baker listed them GOV. BAKER SAID as such in his initial business closure AT THE TIME order. Medical dispensaries, however, THAT REOPENING RECREATIONAL were allowed to remain open and were encouraged to use curbside pickup POT SHOPS WAS to limit contact between patients and employees. A “NONSTARTER.” Gov. Baker said at the time that reopening recreational pot shops was a “nonstarter” - fearing the dispensaries would lure visitors from surrounding states at a time when people were being encouraged to remain home to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Cannabis plants and 300 pounds of weed were seized on May 19 by Lake County, FL deputies in what they hailed “the largest marijuana bust in Lake County history.”

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Where’s all the hemp plastic?

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Think of it as a contribution to the cause, putting your money where your mouth is.

I’m sure you’ve seen the meme or heard someone say, “If it can be made from plastic it can be made from hemp.” Given that plastic seems to be everywhere these days, why is none of it made from our favorite plant? We want it, where is it? Everyone wants to see petroleum-based plastics replaced with plant-based alternatives, but historically biobased polymers (aka bioplastics) make up a mere 0.2% of all plastic in use. The market is growing, with some predicting biobased plastics to make up 5% of all manufactured plastics in 2020 - though current economic conditions mean that all bets are off for the time being.

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There seems to be little room in today’s market for non-petroleum based plastics because the plantbased plastics cost more and often don’t have the same performance. Because the economies of scale will only work if and when a significant portion of the industry uses biobased polymers, there’s little motivation for the industry to shift if it isn’t as profitable. One would think that bioplastic made from hemp would be non-toxic, biodegradable and compostable. Many of the arguments against bioplastics are really about the environmental impact of conventional farming, including fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide runoff. Farm organically and sidestep these issues. On the upside, bioplastics compost better than petroleum plastics. This alone will have a big impact on municipal dumps and waste sites. Sixty percent of the bioplastic market is packaging and accounts for the largest share of the growth in the industry. The consumer demand is there, so where’s hemp bioplastic in all this? This is the second catch-22: until industrial hemp production shifts from CBD extraction to biomass and fiber, there’s no guaranteed source of bulk hemp suitable for bioplastic production. Compounding matters is the need for factories to be close to farms, otherwise transportation costs add to the manufacturing costs eating away at profits. Hemp contains 60-70% cellulose, and cellulose is used to make cellophane and rayon. Hemp fibers can be used to reinforce composite materials, providing increased tensile strength. I think a hemp-based PLA that can be run through 3D printers is the way to go. The market wouldn’t be large at first, but DIY enthusiasts will come up with prototypes and projects faster than waiting for large companies to lead the way. For a number of reasons, hemp plastics will take awhile to take hold. There’s incredible momentum behind the current plastic industry and change won’t come quickly. Hemp cultivation needs to ramp up to meet future demand for bioplastics. Increased R&D efforts will shorten the learning curve and propel the market forward. Meanwhile, we as businesses and consumers need to choose hemp plastics whenever possible. It costs more? Think of it as a contribution to the cause, putting your money where your mouth is. While 100% hemp plastics may be a lofty ideal, it isn’t necessarily an achievable goal - at least in the short term. Let’s not let that stop us from embracing it sooner rather than later.

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NORTHWEST LEAF BUDTENDER OF THE MONTH WHERE DID CANNABIS BEGIN FOR YOU? I started studying the science around Cannabis about the age of 15, and it sort of escalated from there. SO, YOU CAME OF AGE AS CANNABIS LEGALIZATION CAME OF AGE. HOW HAS IT IN F L U E N C E D YOU ? I have always been around it because my parents smoked, but it was never something negative - I just viewed it as my ‘Dad’s relief’ and his way of relaxing. Then I started looking at it as medicine and a way to make myself better through it, adopting Cannabis as a lifestyle because I have gastrointestinal issues. This plant has helped me overcome that and other obstacles, so I see it as a way to make myself healthier, as well as making the earth a more sustainable place.

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WH E N YOU USE CAN NAB I S AS M E DIC I N E , I S I T J UST F O R P H YS ICAL I M P ROV E M E N T O R ALS O M E N TAL ? Both. My entire medicine cabinet is full of topicals, tinctures and other things that are non-intoxicating. I use it for pain relief for something like achy feet after standing all day, but there are other times I use it for mental relief. I have a different product for every scenario, essentially.

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D O YOU USE AN Y OT H E R P LAN T BASE D O R NAT U RO PAT H IC M E DIC I N E S I N AD DI T IO N TO CAN NAB I S ? I do. I use a lot of products that you see in capsule blends. I take ginseng and ashwagandha, which you find in products like Fairwinds PTSfree Capsules. I’ll take those for depression and anxiety. Even as a teenager it helped me stabilize, so I’ve always been a huge advocate. HOW WOUL D YOU L I K E TO S P E N D YOU R SU M M E R ? I’m thinking a lot about the future, so I want to advocate for Cannabis as a way to help everyone. With hemp you can make masks and create jobs. So, going back to who we are and what we care about is what I’m focused on this summer. And not having to worry about the fear of missing out on concerts and other social events has been amazing. I think it would do us all good to reflect to a time when society functioned well before capitalism kind of ruined it.

“ I THINK IT WOULD DO US ALL GOOD TO REFLECT TO A TIME WHEN SOCIETY FUNCTIONED WELL BEFORE CAPITALISM KIND OF RUINED IT.”

TAYLOR is a passionate Cannabis advocate and hip-hop head, born and raised in the Seattle area. Having spent over a decade studying the intricacies of Cannabis, she now dedicates her time to educating the community to the wonderful world of Cannabis wellness through in-store consultations at Dockside and writing informative articles for Respect My Region’s most tried-and-true Cannabis brands, and some new favorites as well! Their socially responsible approach to Cannabis means a lot of things: a safe environment for everyone, caring about the products they stock and of course, extra care with customer service. Our budtender of the month is certainly a big part of what makes this shop so special.

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CAN NAB I S I S E S SE N T I AL . WHAT E LSE D O YOU CO N S I DE R E S SE N T I AL I N YOU R L I F E ? Music. I’m completely engrained in the hip hop culture here and with events being cancelled and moving to live streaming, music helps us cope with everything going on. Cannabis and music go hand in hand.

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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS

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Long before publishing Northwest Leaf, the first Leaf magazine we launched in Washington state, my passion for Cannabis was brightly evident. Of course, the introduction to getting baked in high school is a memorable cornerstone of anyone’s life, but when a college journalism professor asks, “Do you always do your homework when you’re stoned, Wes?” - you know you’re in deep. When my true love for the plant really sunk in, however, was upon hearing the district judge call my name for the charge of marijuana possession, to which my mother seated next to me responded, “Is this how you want to live your life?” In my heart the answer was an undeniable ‘yes,’ but with a deeper respect for the legal history that preceded me, and the Golden State pioneers who paved the way.

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wanted to be able to use Cannabis responsibly without repercussion. I wanted to be able to grow and share a plant that has brought value to people’s lives for thousands of years. I wanted to see the war on drugs ended and peaceful people freed from private prisons. I wanted to see children returned from CPS and I wanted to live in a world where an organ transplant list doesn’t preclude medical Cannabis use. Youth and passion often share the same lane, and this combination is what led me to become part of the lobby that urges positive change. So, in June of 2010 the first issue went to print at a time when Cannabis use was highly illegal and medical was a burgeoning fringe movement on the West Coast. And with the hint of a legal world brewing, an optimism spurned with the notion that by serving the community as a positive voice, we could be an influence on many levels and reshape the narrative that had been so misconstrued.

A decade later, the Leaf is currently publishing in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Maryland, and now very proudly, California - with other amazing markets on the near horizon. We have honored the original model of providing truthful journalism while still offering an entertaining lean. We never sell our content or compromise our values in the fight for freedom. Today it feels as though we have come a long way, but that our journey as a publication and as a global community of Cannabis consumers is still in its genesis. Many of our obstacles remain for us to overcome - wrongs to be righted and prisoners yet to be freed. With that purpose ensconced into my fiber, I am determined to continue the mission of the Leaf and forge through another decade, continuing to document, support and share the stories of our growing Cannabis communities worldwide. Thank you for reading and sharing, and for your love for a plant that has changed so many lives for the better. To offer this publication in the great state of California is a dream come true and I feel deeply blessed that you will be taking this journey with me.

Our free digital archive at www.issuu.com/nwleaf holds nearly 10 years of of our monthly magazines. So if you are just hearing about Leaf Nation for the first time, take some time to browse past editions and learn about our amazing Cannabis community — from Washington state to Alaska to Oregon and Maryland and more.

STORY by LEAF NATION EDITOR & FOUNDER WES ABNEY @BEARDEDLORAX | DESIGNS by DANIEL BERMAN @BERMANPHOTOS


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“I’M JUST A WRITER WHO LIKES TO GIVE ADVICE TO GARDENERS. I REALLY WISH THIS DIDN’T HAVE TO BE A LEGAL CRUSADE.”

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URU OF GANJA ED ROSENTHAL has been making Cannabis cultivation secrets known to the general public for over 40 years. He has also been a staunch supporter of legalization throughout his career and saw the fruits of his labor realized in the middle of the last decade. Rosenthal was born and raised in the Bronx, developing his lifelong interest in plants throughout childhood. A smart and crafty individual, he worked as a Wall Street stock broker in the ‘60s after college, but soon grew dissatisfied with that work. An interest in marijuana beckoned - and as Rosenthal told the SF Gate in 2007, “If you were interested in plants and you grew up during hippie times, you sort of just gravitated to learning more about marijuana.”

It was around this time that Rosenthal helped to found NORML (the National Organization for Reformation of Marijuana Laws). In 1972 he moved to California, eventually landing in Oakland. In the mid70s Rosenthal worked with his partner/ collaborator Mel Frank (last month’s Highly Likely subject) on what would have been considered a large-scale grow by the standards of our time. Along with Frank, Rosenthal was one of the founders of High Times - where he wrote many columns, including the famous “Ask Ed” column which helped to answer questions from readers around the world about Cannabis. While all of this was happening, Rosenthal also found the time to author many books that have become staples of Cannabis growing culture. His “Marijuna Grower’s Handbook” is a tried-and-true staple of home growers around the world. But he hasn’t only written about growing - you can find books he has authored about Cannabis culture, Cannabis as medicine, and editorials like the famous “Why Marijuana Should Be Legal.” Yes, Rosenthal’s love for the plant goes well beyond horticulture, as he’s been an outspoken activist for the legalization of the plant even before it was in vogue to do so. He has always had a sort of legal bend to his career, seeing the laws regulating Cannabis as important social issues. And the law has affected him personally more than once, notably in 1999 when he was appointed ‘Officer of the City of Oakland,’ directed to cultivate Cannabis for patients. Some three years later, the federal government shut down his city-supported facility. Rosenthal was arrested and put on trial twice for marijuana cultivation in federal court. These highly publicized trials shifted public opinion in favor of state medical marijuana laws - and eventually helped to pave the way for the state legalization we enjoy today. For that and many other things, those of us who enjoy and rely upon Cannabis owe Ed Rosenthal a debt of gratitude.

In tandem with last month’s column on Cannabis journalist Mel Frank, we’re featuring his longtime collaborator and colleague Ed Rosenthal.

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hile toddlers and mobile learning at a Cannabis garden aren’t the typical ‘take your kids to work day’ experience, the pandemic has shifted priorities and mindsets surrounding Cannabis jobs. Essential business designation has moved Cannabis into a new era of acceptance that is shaping the future of how kids and plants are viewed. As the pandemic hit Washington fully in March, many Cannabis employers and employees began asking themselves a common question: What do I do with my children when it’s time to go to work?

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AS COVID-19 changes the world and the workplace, the Cannabis industry has embraced a temporary rule allowing minors onsite at farms and processors during parental working hours. JUNE 2020

“I don’t hide Cannabis from my kids and I am proud to be an advocate for this. I’m proud to be a stoner and a Dad and a good person who is living his dream.” Jason Olson | TREEHAWK FARMS


“Family owned and women owned farms are especially impacted by this prohibition in rule and are reporting being presented with the untenable choice to leave their young children unattended or risk losing their livelihood,” Oliver said in an influential letter to the WSLCB. Crystal Oliver | WASHINGTON SUNGROWERS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

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or Crystal Oliver and the Washington SunGrowers Industry Association (WSIA), it was high time to change the rules governing minors on licensed premises so the organization sent letters to the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board asking for temporary rules to be put in place. The WSIA represents 44 businesses and more than 80 WSLCB marijuana licenses. And the LCB listened to the cries of family owned farms struggling to survive. “Family owned and women owned farms are especially impacted by this prohibition in rule and are reporting being presented with the untenable choice to leave their young children unattended or risk losing their livelihood,” Oliver said in a letter to the LCB. “We request that the WSLCB temporarily exempt producers and processors… and be permitted to allow persons under twenty-one to enter and remain on the licensed premises as

well as occupy transporting vehicles during this national emergency.” Jason and Sam Olsen, the owner-operators of Treehawk Farms, said that the ruling was the chance of a lifetime to let their daughters experience their daily life. Jason’s dream of owning a legal Cannabis farm began before he was married or had children, and his expectations for blending the two have changed over time. In the four years since Treehawk Farms began sales, his family has juggled the challenges of raising children and growing a small business - while keeping both worlds completely separate. “We believe what we are doing is the American dream. We’re family farmers trying to carve out our little piece of life, and the crop we are growing just happens to be Cannabis. Our children have grown up outside the gate of our farm, and because of the pandemic they’ve been able to come inside and be a

part of it,” Jason explained passionately. “How is this any different from growing apples to turn into alcoholic cider, or owning a brewery? I don’t hide Cannabis from my kids and I am proud to be an advocate for this. I’m proud to be a stoner and a Dad and a good person who is living his dream.” To be clear, a parent can hit a liquor store, gun store or pharmacy with their children - but they can’t pick up pot from a store with a child in the car. The idea that children need protection from a plant is as silly as drug war propaganda gets, and it’s taken a pandemic for our fearful regulators to relax the rules. As part of the ‘Essential Business’ declaration covering all Cannabis businesses, the LCB made several other 27 emergency changes, including allowing curbside pickup of Cannabis (with no minors present). For those in the industry, the The iron grip of fear acceptance of being able to bring and prohibition is kids to work goes a lot further loosening on the than the ability to pick up pot from plant and the family a curb, but the gains are both business owners monumental. are leading the way The iron grip of fear and proin the fight for the hibition is loosening on the plant and the family business owners are normalization of Cannabis. leading the way in the fight for the normalization of Cannabis. “Our retail partners and consumers have watched my kids grow up on social media, seen me doing our own deliveries and know our stories. To me that’s our competitive sustainable advantage - doing this from a family perspective. I’m not hiding my kids, I’m putting them out there and doing it for all the people that are good parents and smoke weed,” Jason explained. Taking a break from 10 hour harvest days on the farm, Jason noted that his kids had been present for the entire process of this harvest. From helping sprout seeds to watering and learning about the plant their parents love, his three and four year old daughters now have a relationship with the plant that provides for their family. Just as any farmer should have a connection to the land, the Olsen family now has a new perspective on growing Cannabis. “The moment for Cannabis is now and we have a spotlight on Washington. There’s a whole country looking at us saying, ‘They are doing it right.’ I’m proud to be a dad and a good person living my dream and sharing it with my children.”

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JEN BLAIR WITH STEPHANIE SANDERS, HER MOTHER AND CAREGIVER.

“I NEVER HAVE TO ASK HER FOR ANYTHING, SHE JUST ALWAYS KIND OF KNOWS WHEN I NEED HELP AND STEPS UP.” -JEN BLAIR

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The dynamic between patient and caregiver varies. For some, it is a convenience. For others, it is a connection ensuring that the patient receives their necessary medication. And for a select few, the relationship is a lifeline that extends far beyond the confines of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Towson residents Jen Blair and her mother and caregiver, Stephanie Sanders, definitely fall under the latter category. For the past 13 years, Jen, 48, has outlived the average life expectancy of 12 months given to those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma - a rare cancer that develops on the lining of the abdomen.  But the good fortune that has fallen on the Baltimore native has come at a steep cost. She has undergone three major surgeries, numerous rounds of chemotherapy, two marriages, an interruption to her career and motherhood, as well as an enormous amount of time spent in pain and stress.  One constant in her life has been Sanders, her caregiver since birth. “It’s nice to have a mom that is so close,” Jen shared. “I never have to ask her for anything, she just always kind of knows when I need help and steps up.”

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tephanie, 70, is a retired nurse who stepped away from the profession in 2005, but has never stopped working in that capacity. “My mom has been through a lot of tragedy,” Jen said, noting that Stephanie has been the family caretaker for her father (broken neck), her mother-inlaw (stroke) and her late husband Drake, who succumbed to stage four lung cancer in 2018. Stephanie credits a positive attitude towards life, something Drake helped cultivate, for getting through the tough times. But she remains amazed how her daughter has managed to stay strong for this over a decade-long battle with cancer. “It’s like having the Sword of Damocles hanging over your head,” Stephanie said, referencing an ancient Greek parable that infers a person is in a situation in which something very bad could happen to them at any time. “Cancer is such an awful thing to think about. It’s never really gone because it’s always in the back of your mind.” Medicinal Cannabis has been the remedy that has given ease to Jen’s pain and her worries about the recurrence of a disease that has come back twice since arriving in 2008.  She first experimented with Cannabis at the age of 15 with high school friends, and her recreational use continued throughout the 90s and into the 2000s. Jen was never shy in sharing her experiences with her mother, praising her as an open and receptive listener.  “I always thought that it was a fine thing,” Stephanie said. “It always seemed better than drinking to me. The people I saw drinking would get loud and obnoxious. The people who smoked seemed to be quiet and relaxed.”

Nowadays, the two make trips to dispensaries together - unless Jen is in severe pain - in which case Stephanie goes out. The medicine is a necessity in the reduction of inflammation that so often impacts Jen’s health. “It has helped her immensely with the pain,” Stephanie said. “At first, she was taking oxycodone, and she just slept a lot because of the medicine. She functions a lot better when she smokes or does some of the chewables.” As a mother to her 12-year-old son Kevin, functionality is important to Jen. She begins each morning consuming edibles to dull the pain that remains from the excessive scar tissue of multiple surgeries. She also uses upwards of 100mg of CBD per day. “It really is about my chemical balance,” she said. “Something in me doesn’t feel quite right when I don’t have that medicine.” At her best, Jen is active, doing yoga or dancing in the kitchen as she listens to music and cooks for the family. On her worst days, Cannabis helps bear the pain of being laid up in bed. “People might think by beating this disease it’s all peaches and cream, but that’s far from the truth,” she said. That is where her mother, who lives in the same apartment complex, steps in - or down, two flights of stairs. “I’m probably not the easiest person to get along with when I’m not well,” Jen said. “So to have that person by your side, no matter what, is nice to have. We can cuss each other out one day, and the next we’re back to being fine.” A young soul at heart, Stephanie has experienced an enormous amount of adversity, but manages to maintain an upbeat, vibrant energy. No matter what life throws at her, her motto has remained the same.  “You just keep going,” Jen said. Humor, she insists, has allowed them to keep moving through the tough times. The pair, who often get mistaken for sisters, share a variety of inside jokes. Cannabis exacerbates the laughter, though it is a rare occasion for Stephanie, due to the potency of today’s medicine. “She’ll hit it on special occasions,” Jen said. “She takes two hits and gets really, really giggly.” On the week of Mother’s Day, Jen wanted to pay her appreciation forward. After sharing a refreshing walk in the park with her mother, she took a moment to gather her thoughts. “I’d be lost without her,” she said.  “People don’t realize when you have a chronic illness, everyday life has to go on,” Jen continued. “Laundry, cooking, even little things like cleaning up your house - the things most people take for granted - become very difficult.”  “Friends are nice and can be of help, but there are times you end up in some dark places mentally. To have my mother around to talk with, it means the world to me. I can’t imagine where I’d be without her.”

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FIRST TOKES ARE SWEET AND PUNCHY, WITH A MELLOW AND LIGHT SMOKE THAT IS LIGHT ON THE LUNGS.

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Summertime vibes in the PNW are all about mindset, with our wild weather shifting from June gloom to weekly sunshine. Luckily us Northwest natives know that getting high and staying positive is the trick to enjoying summer - because rain or shine - we’re getting outside. The Fermented Punch is a perfect strain to fold into your summer routine, delivering a stoney and euphoric high that’s perfect for braving the outdoors. A unique cross of OG Sour Kush and Purple Punch, this phenotype is beautiful and coated in crystals, taking the best of both parents to create a unique flavor profile and high. Opening a jar releases a fizzy and sweet Purple Punch flavor heavy on berry notes, followed by a lemon-fuel blast of OG Sour Kush - adding a layer of complexity to the syrupy Purple Punch and taking the cross up several notches in intensity and duration of effects. We picked up a couple of Leafchief’s joint and flower jars, which include two prerolls for a four and a half gram jar that is perfect for sharing, or keeping all to yourself. The ability to get the flower in both bud and joint form is really convenient, and allows the consumer to choose instantly how they want to get high. Being that we love giant bong hits, the joints were saved for future adventures and a bowl was packed right away. Tearing open a bud leaves fingers sticky and unveils a deeper, rich and creamy skunk flavor that teases the mind of highs to come. First tokes are sweet and punchy, with a mellow and light smoke that is easy on the lungs. This flower burns slowly, revealing fruity flavors until the last inhale, exiting with a heavy and euphoric indica high that will brighten up the day. Leafchief is a new to 502 producer/ processor in Port Townsend focused on feeding natural and organic ingredients to their plants, which are grown with love and hand-trimmed with an abundance of care for the final product. With unique cuts available like Tropic Haze and Supreme Grapes in their fun to share joint and flower jars, this is a new farm that is worth the buzz. Look for their tasty cuts and find the Fermented Punch at one of their partner retailers for your own stoney summertime experience! LEAFCHIEF.COM @LEAFCHIEF

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ENJOY YOUR MOMENT AND EMBRACE WHAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING WHETHER YOU ARE NEW TO CANNABIS OR AN EXPERIENCED CANNABIS USER, WE CAN ALL STAND TO GAIN HIGHER CONNECTION WITH OUR TRUE SELVES. In current society, it can be difficult to listen to our inherent, inner desires through the cacophony of responsibilities, relationship expectations and financial demands that are typically included in the modern adult experience. Additionally, new developments in our shared lifestyle - such as the 24-hour news cycle and the constant stream of social media content - only further separate us from the peace and connectedness associated with more simple living. That said, I am happy to report that I have found a strategy that helps me to reconnect with myself: mindful Cannabis use. Cannabis allows us to get in touch with the inner self. Bob Marley himself once said, “When you smoke herb, it reveals you to yourself.” And when we know and understand the inner self, we can start to nourish it for optimal alignment and happiness. I want to share my approach to mindful Cannabis with you so that you can incorporate this tool into your own lifestyle. These steps are straightforward and can be practiced by anyone who has legal access to bud and 10 spare minutes! This guide is intended for someone who is searching for the mindful experience that comes with consuming Cannabis alone. Smoking with a partner or friends is also a wonderful experience - one that harnesses harmony and community. However, for the optimal self-connected moment, I recommend consuming Cannabis by yourself.

HEATHER DAGLEY is a Cannabis writer who writes about the benefits of intentional Cannabis use on her blog, bud and blossom. Heather shares how she has used Cannabis and self-care to achieve optimal self-connection, health, and happiness - and how you can, too! Heather also highlights how Cannabis has helped others, including those suffering from ADHD, seizures, and opioid misuse disorder. You can find Heather’s blog at budandblossom.blog and follow her on Instagram @bud_n_blossom.

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I recommend sitting on a couch or armchair in a well-lit room. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or sparkling water. If you like to listen to music, put on some that lifts you up and makes you smile.

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Turn off the TV and put your phone away. We spend so much time tuning in to what others are saying, but this exercise is about listening to you.

Start low and slow - there’s no need to overdo it or go too fast. Take a dose that has already proven to be comfortable for you, or was recommended by a dosing guideline or trusted budtender.

Enjoy your moment and embrace what you are experiencing. If you feel like it, try the tactile activity that you had selected. Most importantly, spend time with your thoughts. I also recommend writing down any insights you gain while in this elevated headspace. You may find that Cannabis allows us to face pending life uncertainties with greater ease and confidence. This exercise will help you to feel more connected. Connected to what makes you happy. Connected to your joys and your purpose. Connected to yourself.

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MAX EARLY @LIFTED_STARDUST

WITH AN additional amount of downtime lately, these dull moments are a great opportunity to brighten up our world by going outside and getting your hands dirty in the garden. Whether that means pulling those ever daunting weeds, planting some new ornamentals or building a few raised soil beds, now is the time. Utilizing all of the countless resources we constantly have at our fingertips these days, we can absolutely become the master farmers we all dreamed of growing to be. Visit nwleaf.com and click on this story to find links for your respective state’s best times to plant certain vegetables!

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LIFE’S A LITTLE too full of leisure for some these days. For others, it’s a stressful time of ‘essential’ work and uncertainty. Whether you’re lazing-around in lockdown or home after a long day dealing with the perils of the public, you might just benefit from a medicated bath. The process of cannabinoid absorption during a soak is something special. A bath provides several physical pathways for cannabinoids that, in turn, boost bioavailability. For those with a generally high tolerance, a bath bomb or salt soak offers a new way to decompress when dabs just won’t do it. According to studies presented in the Oxford University Press’ Handbook of Cannabis, (stick around for a second while it gets technical), evidence points to maximized uptake in rectal administration from a reduced “first-pass hepatic THC metabolism.” This means that, unless you’re bathing bottoms-up, the compounds will be free to enter your body through a route that skips some of the damage of digestion and inhalation. Cannabinoids are spared from the liver’s breakdown process, resulting in a higher peak concentration of THC in the blood. Research in the peer-reviewed journal Molecules acknowledges this theory and adds that similarly, transdermal absorption offers uptake directly into the bloodstream, “eliminating first-pass metabolism.” Right now, the world is going through a tough transition trying to find the new normal, and a medicated bath is the perfect way to loosen up those stress-stiffened muscles or melt away anything on your mind. So, set aside that digital device, grab a good book, and drown your worries in the warm water of a Cannabis-infused bath knowing that science has your back - quite literally.

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WHEN PRINCESS DI was once photographed amid a friendly display of mellow mallet marksmanship, she was clearly missing the fun factor. Truth is that this backyard amalgamation of goofy golf, bumper cars and Mouse Trap can be your stay-at-home version of Wipeout! The key is to utilize every nook of your lot by creating a course that will employ skill and strategery. By mindfully placing the wickets in areas of different levels of difficulty, you can turn the feng shui into feng swing. Then once you’ve got the course designed, it’s the rules that make it fun. You can even set mines around the area, and one touch with your ball, mallet or person equates to a loss of turn. Go balls out for the take no prisoners approach that will have you dreaming up strategies for your next round. The best part is when you hit another player’s ball and then send them into oblivion. Note: Be prepared to sleep on the couch.


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PB & J ON A RICE CAKE I know, I know, nothing new here. But just remember: It is not always the recipe that counts, but the quality of the ingredients. Just a thin layer of Adam’s crunchy peanut butter will set the foundation for the heaping helping of Bonne Maman mixed berry preserves that oozes off the sides like an irresistible flow of sweet blue lava. And with organic whole grain Honey Nut rice cakes in place of bread, your indulgence becomes guilt-free. MIKE RICKER

REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS STUFFED WITH PIECES As if Reese’s weren’t already incredible, in 2016 they debuted their Reese’s stuff with pieces! This delectable combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and peanut butter pieces is sure to satisfy every stoner’s sensations. MAX EARLY

RAINBOW SHERBET I was raised with limited dairy products as a child, so most of the time I would have some sort of milk substitute like soy. Needless to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of ice cream as a result. For the most part, I’d only be able to eat a little bit of chocolate ice cream before I started to feel uneasy in my stomach. Flash forward to now, and I have begun to expand my horizons. I am still not the biggest fan of ice cream, but will indulge in it every so often. During one outing, I ordered rainbow sherbet from a stand and fell in love. Just recently, I poked my head into the ice cream aisle at the grocery store and discovered that they sell gallon buckets of rainbow sherbet. I have now been thoroughly enjoying my nights ever since - high as a kite - curing my dry mouth with tasty sherbet! MAKANI NELSON

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Good smoked salmon is hard to find - especially in the contiguous United States. But I do not have that problem. Living in Alaska has many benefits, such as access to an ample amount of salmon. For me, smoked salmon has always been a go-to feel good food. I was raised with it and I will raise my children with it. No matter the occasion, if there is some delicious homemade smoked sockeye anywhere near me, the package in which it resides will soon find its way to empty. The sweet, smoky flavor of fish is to die for. Stores around the country do carry some varieties, but save yourself the disappointment and buy some raw fish (or catch it if you have that luxury), google a recipe and smoke it up yourself. You will enjoy it 100 times more. JOSHUA STAHLE

ORGANIC BABY CARROTS & TJ’S MEDITERRANEAN HUMMUS While it’s not an indulgent, sugar laden snack, my favorite munchie to dive into when baked is organic baby carrots and Trader Joe’s Mediterranean hummus. The union of a creamy, flavorful spread and the crisp crunch of a carrot provides a fun snacking experience you can consume to your heart’s content and not feel guilty about since it’s all plant based! My pup loves carrots too, so I can let her have every third or fourth carrot and we can enjoy snacktime together. NATE WILLIAMS

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Story by TOM BOWERS @PropagateConsultants IN HIGH SCHOOL, my friends and I draped over the furniture and howled at Cheech and Chong getting blasted with Paul “Pee Wee” Reubens in “Nice Dreams.” By the time I got to college, my roommates and I shared a room with Dave Chappelle’s smiling face looking down from a “Half Baked” poster hanging over the couch. These were the stoner films of my youth. But as a budding young writer with novel aspirations of the journalistic variety, nothing left a mark like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Now here was a film. Huge, uncomfortably hallucinogenic visuals. Frenetic, hilarious performances. A killer psych rock soundtrack. And at the center of it all, the razor-sharp screenplay filled with the incendiary, the legendary, the unapologetically poetic political commentary of journalist Hunter S. Thompson. “Fear and Loathing” reset the bar for what the drug culture film could be because it wasn’t just a film about getting high. It refocused the conversation on the realm of political discourse, introducing a new generation of heads and aspiring writers to the searing, literary style of Thompson’s brand of Gonzo journalism. I’ll never forget the moment when Flea walks into the bathroom, asking, “What’s the trouble?” before licking acid off of Thompson’s sleeve. Or the way the carpet crawls and slithers in those Vegas hotels. But what really left an impression were the intricate, frenzied internal monologues full of horror and beauty that sliced straight to the marrow of the skeletons in America’s closet. Now, I’ll never be the next Hunter S. Thompson. No one will. But I know 20-year-old me wasn’t alone in dreaming that maybe - just maybe I could be. MAY 1998 | DIRECTED BY TERRY GILLIAM | AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, AMAZON PRIME, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, YOUTUBE - $3.99

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ONE OF the o’est of g’s and a solid contender for greatest stoner comedy movie of all time, “Half Baked” is an absolute classic and a favorite amongst many that consume the plant. Written by and starring Dave Chappelle, the film tells a story of a group of friends that love to smoke weed and have been lighting up together since they were teens. One night, one of them ventures out for munchies after enjoying some top shelf chronic and winds up in jail after feeding a diabetic police horse A story of a group of all his snacks, killing poor ‘Buttercup’ in friends that love to the process. smoke weed and have The weed-fueled adventure that ensues been lighting up together explores the highs and lows of stonerism, since they were teens. layered with facets of romance and the archetypal coming-of-age story. “Half Baked” is not only a comedic gem of a movie, it has helped shape today’s Cannabis market by inspiring branding for dispensaries, delivery services and consumable products for over 20 years. JANUARY 1998 | DIRECTED BY TAMRA DAVIS | HULU, SLING TV, STARZ - SUBSCRIPTION, ITUNES, AMAZON PRIME, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, YOUTUBE - $3.99

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“YOUR LICENSE, I need your license,” the police officer requests at the driver’s side window as smoke flows past. “It’s on the bumper back there,” Cheech points. Is there anything that better represents the genesis of Cannabis normalization? This proverbial slap in the face to authority set into motion a sea change toward public acceptance, while relishing in the notion that Cannabis use, and life, should not be taken too seriously. Released in 1978, this zany romp became the perfect antidote to the uptight Nixon era and post-60s war tension. And for this 12-year-old boy whose father’s daily joint toking was immediately validated, the lasting impression has not been lost 40 years later. SEPT. 1978 | DIRECTED BY TOMMY CHONG & LOU ADLER AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX, YOUTUBE TV, GOOGLE PLAY AMAZON PRIME, VUDU - $2.99


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DO YOU remember that one friend that came to get you high when you were feeling down? “It’s Friday, you ain’t got no job, and you ain’t got shit to do!” This iconic quote has held fast ever since being uttered by Chris Tucker’s character, Smokey. And while “Friday” has many different themes to “It’s Friday, you ain’t got unpack, there is no denying no job, and you ain’t got that it is a true stoner classic. shit to do!” Ice Cube wrote a ‘90s masterpiece, capturing a certain time in one’s life. Craig has no direction, he gets fired on his day off, his friend who got him high can’t pay back his dealer, and he has to deal with the neighborhood bully. This movie is loaded with hilarious quotes, as well as many lessons for young men in this demographic growing up at the time. If you haven’t seen “Friday,” please do yourself a favor and watch it. Don’t forget to light one up and remember what Smokey said: “Weed is from the earth. God put this here for me and you. Take advantage man, take advantage.” APRIL 1995 | DIRECTED BY F. GARY GRAY | CINEMAX - SUBSCRIPTION ITUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, YOUTUBE, AMAZON PRIME - $3.99

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MAX EARLY @LIFTED_STARDUST

WE ALL have that one quintessential heady movie that changed the game for us. Seth Rogen and For me, “Pineapple James Franco’s wild Express” was one of antics make for an the first movies that unimaginable plot. helped me signify between different strains, further growing my curiosity for Cannabis cultivars. After seeing this movie, I began to search for certain elusive strains such as Pineapple Express. For anyone who has had the pleasure of trying it, they know that it’s the real deal! Seth Rogen and James Franco’s wild antics make for an unimaginable plot with lots of twists and turns. So kick back, relax, roll up a cross joint or two - just make sure it’s not the Snicklefritz!

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SET IN the beautiful English countryside of Cornwall, “Saving Grace” is a timeless romantic comedy about a widowed cultivator Grace, played by Brenda Blethyn, whose husband leaves her with a ton of debt after his suicide. The movie starts with Grace’s caretaker Matthew, played by Craig Ferguson, digging the grave for her Grace uses her years of recently departed husband hydroponic experience and the sounds of someone and turns the sick little smoking a joint. Turns out plant into a greenhouse Matthew has a sick pot full of prime buds. plant and he brings it to Grace to rejuvenate. Grace uses her years of hydroponic experience and turns the sick little plant into a greenhouse full of prime buds. The plot thickens as they navigate the illegal market to distribute the crop. Filled with many hilarious scenes, as well as true commentary of how just about anyone could end up growing Cannabis for profit when faced with insurmountable debt, this is a classic and truly entertaining Cannabis movie. SEPT. 2000 | DIRECTED BY NIGEL COLE | ITUNES - $2.99, AMAZON PRIME, VUDU, GOOGLE PLAY, YOUTUBE - $3.99

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“I SAW that movie “Super Size Me” when I was high,” comedian Doug Benson jokes. “MISTAAAKE! That is messed up, you know? The premise of the movie is that it’s bad to eat a lot of McDonalds, but I’m sitting here all high thinking, ‘Well, I could go for a hot apple or a frenchy at this point. Hook me up man.’ And he’s just gorging it all on himself and then throwing up - it’s disgusting. If that’s a movie - eating McDonalds for 30 days - and people are willing to pay to see it, I’ve got an idea for a movie. I’m gonna smoke pot Producer Alex Campbell every day for 30 days, try to remember and director Michael to film it, and my movie is going to be Blieden set out to make called “Super High Me.” Or “Business a mockumentary where as Usual” - I haven’t decided yet.” Doug Benson would Producer Alex Campbell and director not smoke Cannabis for Michael Blieden heard of Doug’s idea 30 days, immediately and approached him, wanting to make followed by 30 days of the movie. They set out to make a mocheavy daily consumption. umentary where Doug would not smoke Cannabis for 30 days, immediately followed by 30 days of heavy daily consumption. Doug says the first 30 days of non-consumption is to show “how awful it can be” when he doesn’t consume Cannabis at all. Since the film was made in 2007, California had not yet legalized recreational adult use, and so Doug had to become a medical Cannabis patient under Proposition 215 to legally consume Cannabis. Doug was tested throughout both 30 day periods to see differences in things like lung capacity, memory, IQ, sperm count and even psychic abilities. During his first set of lung capacity tests, Doug’s doctor stated that in his 17 years of heavy Cannabis use, he hasn’t done any permanent damage. However, his lung function did increase a little more than 2% after three weeks of not smoking. After not consuming any Cannabis for 30 days, Doug kicks off his consumption with a Volcano vaporizer. He enters the dispensary not knowing what to expect or what he wants to purchase at all. It was a pleasant surprise to see educated dispensary operators and budtenders that were able to point him in the right direction. I will leave the results of Doug’s tests a surprise for when you watch the documentary. APRIL 20, 2008 | DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BLIEDEN | VUDU - FREE / AMAZON PRIME - $0.99

GRANDMA’S BOY Story by

The flick follows 35-yearold video game tester Alex as he is forced to move into his grandma’s house after his roommate spends all of their rent money

JOSHUA STAHLE

GRANDMA’S BOY holds a special place in my heart as one of my go-to movies to just kick back and relax. An incredibly hilarious comedy, the flick follows 35-year-old video game tester Alex as he is forced to move into his grandma’s house after his roommate spends all of their rent money on hookers. The trials that follow include the ups and downs of life with Grandma (seriously, buy a microwave!), as well as encounters with some outlandish characters that jump off the screen. Dante, who might just be one of the most overexaggerated stoner characters ever conceived, is of particular hilarity. Although I have never been high enough to put up my Christmas tree in the middle of the summer while only wearing my birthday suit, perhaps that is just the kind of activity I need to pick up the spirits for these trying times.

JAN. 2006 | DIRECTED BY NICHOLAUS GOOSSENE | HULU, HBO SUBSCRIPTION, GOOGLE PLAY, VUDU, AMAZON PRIME - $3.99 / ITUNES - $9.99

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RPG

TOM BOWERS @PROPOGATECONSULTANTS

Given the amount of time we’re spending at home lately, sometimes it helps to just throw on an open-world RPG and simply run around. These games provide the perfect vehicle for these isolated times: vast, gorgeous scenery to battle the claustrophobic cabin fever, endless quests to keep you occupied and the feeling of accomplishment every time you level up your character. Here are a few titles to help you escape while you’re stuck at home...

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XBOX ONE, PS4, MICROSOFT WINDOWS

STADIA, PS4, XBOX ONE, MICROSOFT WINDOWS

Scheduled for September release, this game looks absolutely amazing. Not only does it boast a vast techno-future open world, but it features Keanu ‘John Wick’ Reeves to boot. Regardless of whether we’re still living in the COVID world by then, we know we’ll be spending some time with this one when it drops.

RETRO

If you’ve been feeling a little confined during the COVID lockdown, we encourage you to visit - or revisit - “Skyrim,” one of the most completely imagined open-world games of all time. Few game experiences offer more pure escapism than questing among Skyrim’s vast vistas. Climb to the top of a moonlit mountain before bounding down, leading a dragon into a field full of mammoths and giants, and finding a vantage point from which to watch them all battle each other. The definition of epic.

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CRASH BANDICOOT N. SANE TRILOGY NINTENDO SWITCH, PS4, XBOX ONE, MICROSOFT WINDOWS, IBM PC

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FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE PLAYSTATION 4

A complete reimagining of one of the most revered titles in RPG history, this April 2020 release offers some of the most beautiful graphics available.

FALLOUT FOUR XBOX ONE, PS4, MICROSOFT WINDOWS

This one may qualify as gallows humor, but there’s something cathartic about rebuilding society in the rubble of a post-apocalyptic wasteland. This vast, inventive and highly entertaining open-world game almost counts as doomsday prep though we’re pretty sure bottlecaps won’t be the currency of that future.

From Spyro to Super Smash Bros., video game consoles like the Switch, PS4 and Xbox One now offer adults the ability to relive their favorite childhood games! With newer and improved technology and graphics, high end flat screen televisions and even higher quality Cannabis products these days, we are truly living in a magical, futuristic place. If only our 16-year-old selves could have had a glimpse into the future - we would all be in disbelief. We highly recommend taking a few dabs of hash and playing Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a remastered version of the first three games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

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THE LATEST

VIDEO GAMES IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW GAMING CONSOLE? The console wars continue with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Sony’s Playstation 5 - keep your eyes peeled for release in late 2020.

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MAKANI NELSON @CHOICENUG

I’ve been spending more time playing videos games than I have in the past few years combined. As I am still working, the reason behind my recent addiction lies in the fact that many of my friends are currently unemployed and playing video games to pass the time. While many businesses have been impacted negatively due to COVID-19, the video game industry is buzzing - especially with these new titles.

CALL OF DUTY: WARZONE PS4, XBOX ONE, MICROSOFT WINDOWS

ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS

VALORANT

NINTENDO SWITCH

MICROSOFT WINDOWS - PC ONLY

One of the most talked about games of late! Here you’ll spend your time collecting items to sell, with the goal of buying new items to improve your own island. Think of it as your own little town, where you can even invite friends!

This hero-based shooter game has made waves in the online streaming community, Twitch.TV. Similar to Counter Strike Global Offensive, Valorant has drummed up record-breaking viewer numbers.

CoD:W is still extremely popular, even since its release in March. Activision hit the nail on the head with their free, battle royale style shooter. In addition, there are no restrictions between platforms, enabling more players to play with each other than ever.


leaf nation’s writers share their favorite auditory entertainment

potcasts REPLY ALL

WYATT EARLY @ERRLYWYATT

STARTED IN 2014, Reply All is a podcast that focuses on real stories with real people. My first time being introduced to the podcast was Episode #102, titled “Long Distance.” Host Alex Goldman receives a call from a telephone scammer, prompting him to spend the next weeks of his life uncovering this scammer. He goes as far as traveling to India to find the call center and meet with The podcast is just as useful in the men in charge of the scam. He discovlife as it is interesting. ers the exact ways in which these scammers were stealing money from less tech savvy Americans. Maybe this information will stop someone from getting scammed in the future? Or maybe you are simply laughing at how bad these scammers really are? Not all stories on this podcast involve the hosts - in fact, most of them do not. They involve larger audiences and specific individuals not on the show. The podcast is just as useful in life as it is interesting. Modern technologies are operating in more ways than many of us know and this podcast has brought these stories to light. The hosts have such a vast understanding of technology that they are able to break down complex topics in a way that anyone can understand. If pop culture, internet trends, scams and technology are of interest to you, this podcast is definitely worth a listen. GIMLETMEDIA.COM

MALT COUTURE

NATE WILLIAMS @NATEW415

IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, then listening to folks who are incredibly articulate and knowledgeable about a certain subject is a treat, regardless of the subject matter. When that content is intertwined with laugh out loud antics and also diversified to appeal to a wide audience, it levels up to a rare treat. Malt Couture is both a hilariously good time Malt Couture is both a and highly educational. And it is, by a large hilariously good time margin, my favorite podcast out there right now. and highly educational. While only sporadically discussing Cannabis, the content of Malt Couture is a smattering of beer, wrestling, video games, music, the English language and sketch comedy. Hosted by a trio of comics who also happen to be craft beer enthusiasts, this podcast explores the highly nuanced and constantly evolving world of beer. With Cannabis becoming more mainstream by the week, there are a lot of comparisons to be drawn and a lot of insight to be gained while listening to Alex Kidd, Stephen Loh, Paul Michael Gabriel and their guests unpack and discuss the backend of an industry most have only a surface level understanding of. DONTDRINKBEER.LIBSYN.COM

THE JOE ROGAN EXPERIENCE

MAX EARLY @LIFTED_STARDUST

WHILE MANY of you may know Joe Rogan for his longtime role with Fear Factor, his lifetime involvement in mixed martial arts or maybe his stand-up comedy, the persona that we have all fell in love with has also recorded 1,471 podcasts to date. From mycologist Paul Stamets to heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson, Rogan In 2018, Rogan had Elon Musk steps outside of his comfort zone to deeply queson his show in which they tion his subjects, promoting thought-provoking passed around a fat blunt, conversations. In 2018, Rogan had Elon Musk on sending the world into shock. his show in which they passed around a fat blunt, sending the world into shock. Circle back on one of his latest shows where Musk revisits and they discuss coronavirus, Neuralink and the future! Sadly, Musk didn’t smoke down the second time around. Rogan regularly consumes Cannabis on his podcast, which we can only imagine helps further expand his level of creativity and consciousness. Much commendation is owed to Rogan for taking essential steps towards making Cannabis more widely acceptable by showing that you can live an exceptional life, be a hard worker and consume Cannabis daily! PODCASTS.JOEROGAN.NET

HIDDEN BRAIN

MIKE RICKER @RICKERDJ

HOSTED BY an Indian national who is a Stanford graduate, this open-minded path to a deeper understanding of human behavior is professionally produced education through investigation. If a favorite sativa has got your attention set onto a curious track, here you will immerse into a platform of nonfictionStorytelling that explores al storytelling that explores subjects that subjects that wouldn’t wouldn’t normally manifest into your daily normally manifest into thoughts. And with titles that are both timely your daily thoughts. and timeless, there’s a concept explored for every critical thinker - with seemingly as many options as you might be able to self-imagine. So, when your day of decision making has devolved into a case of brain drain, here you can unlock a spare that does the contemplating for you. NPR.ORG

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Cannabis, Consumption &COVID-19 A changing world confronts a growing industry

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We all have our preferred method of Cannabis consumption. Whether it be vaping, dabbing, smoking, eating edibles or anything in between, it’s a ritualistic part of how many of us conduct our daily lives. If I could choose, I would spend most of my days smoking that sweet, sticky ganja - choosing the perfect strain, picking out the best looking nugs, rolling it up in my favorite papers, and inhaling that smoky, aromatic goodness that cleanses the soul. Well, that was until coronavirus hit the globe and turned the entire world upside down, forcing us to take a good look in the mirror and reflect on how current actions impact future health.

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he Cannabis industry is fortunate enough to be deemed an essential business in legal states. Though sales have been generally steady across Cannabis companies - with some businesses seeing record numbers - the industry isn’t immune to having to adapt. Farms are limiting the number of trimmers and laborers. Distributors are also limiting staff, wiping equipment, engaging in remote sales and keeping contact to a minimum. Dispensaries are limiting the number of customers allowed in stores, sanitizing as much as possible and offering curbside delivery. These act as a strong first line of defense against the virus, but what else can the Cannabis community do to mitigate risk? From what we know about COVID-19 thus far, it mainly affects the respiratory system leaving those who smoke or have difficulty breathing feeling uneasy regarding the potential for greater risk.

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Tinctures are highly effective because they’re Though there haven’t been many studies on already activated and fast acting compared how coronavirus and Cannabis are specifically to other methods. Just a few drops under the related, we can look at the emerging data that tongue and the Cannabis is absorbed directanalyzes traditional tobacco and e-cigarette use ly into the bloodstream without having to go in conjunction with COVID-19. through the lungs, stomach or liver. Tinctures There have been multiple studies linking any generally come in a liquid form with a dropper traditional cigarette and e-cigarette use to an to measure dosage, though tincture capsules increased likelihood of developing respiratory isare gaining popularity due to the lack of taste. sues if infected. According to a recent study lead Edibles are typically preferred over tinctures beby Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for cause they taste better due to being paired with Tobacco Control Research and Education at the sweet or savory foods. Though edibles normally University of California San Francisco, current taste great, they’re not as effective as tinctures. smokers more than double their odds of disease Edibles are absorbed via the stomach lining progression if affected with COVID-19. and liver, so they are not directly entering the This means that many Cannabis users are bloodstream and could take anywhere from 30 putting themselves at risk every time they spark minutes to two hours to take effect. The best adup that joint or take that fat dab. vice for figuring out edibles is to start slow, even Globally, humans are realizing that coronaif you think it isn’t hitting yet. You can always eat virus has changed some aspects of daily life more, but you can’t eat less. maybe permanently. Cannabis is no Some people prefer dispensary different. Knowing the consequences IT WAS ALL FUN products because they are tested, smoking and vaping have on the respiratory system, there needs to be AND GAMES BEFORE, professionally made and ready to be consumed straight from the package, a fundamental shift in the way we BUT THE LAST FEW thus making them generally safer and view Cannabis and its relationship to more accurate. our body. MONTHS HAVE Making products at home requires The Cannabis industry has long research, product knowledge and focused on flower and combustion CHANGED HOW availability. There are many ways to inhalation as the favored method of create your own products and hunconsumption. How many videos do WE NEED TO VIEW dreds, if not thousands, of articles onwe see on social media that glorify line that can help consumers navigate hot dab coughs or choking out from CANNABIS GOING the new world of homemade consuma fat blunt? It was all fun and games ables. Nothing is more satisfying than FORWARD. before, but the last few months have creating and eating your own infused changed how we need to view Canhomemade pie. Turns out, you can have your nabis going forward. Cannabis and eat it, too. To safely consume Cannabis in a way that’s As a community and as an essential business, still effective, we need to bypass the lungs it’s our responsibility to evaluate the risks and entirely or at least minimize smoking, as a way rewards of Cannabis in this new world. And the to mitigate risk. The most common ways to conway we view Cannabis and its relationship to the sume Cannabis minus the smoke is by ingesting body must adapt, for better and for worse. tinctures and edibles.


ALEX DUBS WORKMAN is a Cannabis artist, photographer, and amateur chef who is passionate about everything Cannabis. After working in the industry for many years, Alex now spends her time making art with Cannabis, photographing her favorite products, infusing oils, and making homemade edibles for family and friends. She enjoys keeping up with Cannabis trends, products, and industry news in her spare time. You can keep up with Alex’s art and lifestyle on her instagram @workdubs.

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THIS GUIDE ILLUMINATES MY MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE CLEANING - AND YES BREAKING -

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SOME BEAUTIFUL PIECES OF GLASS.

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he hardest part about writing this article was letting my bong and dab rig get dirty. So hard. There is nothing I enjoy more than tasting all the unique terpene combinations through some nice clean cool water that has traveled through an air diffuser. There is just a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ about the first draw through a clean piece - I compare it to how your car feels like it slices through the air smoother after being freshly waxed. And it’s truly hard to beat a clean and smooth flavor-filled dose of Maryland’s finest medicine through glistening glass. STORY BY EARLY

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>> T I P S T O B E L E A R N E D A N D R E M E M B E R E D .

ALWAYS PREPARE A SAFE AREA TO PERFORM ANY CLEANING. That can include an old kitchen rag, handy paper towel or preferably an old dab mat (a typically silicone Cannabis accessory used in the practice of dabbing hash oils). This is VERY important, as a safe and soft surface is the best way to ensure that all pieces of the glass emerge unscathed from the cleaning process.

TAKE YOUR TIME. THE WORST THING IS TO END UP WITH NO PIPE, BONG OR DAB RIG WHEN YOU ARE DONE. Be sure when shaking or rinsing the various components that you do not come in contact with the edge of the sink, faucet or other components.

CLEANERS. There are many different products available on the market for cleaning glass used for Cannabis consumption. I have used many over the years - mostly alcohol based - from the first available 420 Cleaner that now comes in several varieties, to boutique blends like Randy’s Black Label that is acetate based. The old standby was 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol and some kosher rock salt. I have learned over the years that the rock salt was actually scratching the glass as it was doing its cleaning. I would suggest for any inexpensive glass that any of the readily available products will work pretty well, and the scratching is not that big of an issue. For finer quality glass I would suggest using 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol, Everclear from the liquor store if available in your state, or acetone. If you warm any of these three they work much better, but you must do this extremely carefully!


<< how to clean your bong STEP # 1 Start by running hot water through whatever device you are cleaning. This will help loosen the resins and tars. I like to run the water at about as hot as I can stand through the device for at least a minute. I have used silicone tongs to assist in holding smaller pieces, but this is risky and you must be very careful to not drop anything.

STEP #2 Allow the water to drain and disassemble any components, placing on the safe protective surface.

STEP #3 Follow the directions on your cleaning product, add the appropriate amount, and carefully cover any openings on the device with yours hands. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to wear dish gloves or any latex type glove while doing this step. You can also use a nifty device called Res CAPS Bong Cleaning Caps to cover the openings, keeping your hands much cleaner. (www. resolutioncolo.com/products/res-caps). If cleaning small components, it is best to add a small amount of cleaner to a ziplock baggie. You can do this one at a time for the smaller pieces.

STEP #4 Shake the cleaning product throughout the device, making sure to touch all surfaces. It may take a bit of vigorous shaking to break some of the tars and oils from the surfaces. Again, be extremely careful to watch your movements to avoid hitting the glass against anything. It may be best to allow the cleaner to sit for a couple of minutes with heavier resin and tar buildups, rather than repeating.

STEP #5 You may likely need to use a few cotton swabs to clean out trouble areas. Dip the swab into your cleaner and carefully rub until clean. There are many types of brushes available as well to assist in the cleaning process. Make sure they do not have metal shafts, as they can scratch your glass.

STEP #6 Rinse and clean and rinse and clean and rinse and clean. Many of the commercial cleaners can leave behind residues and scents that are not so great, so use your nose and clean it until it has no odor.

STEP #7 Carefully towel dry your glass with a soft rag, reassemble, refill with water if used, and enjoy!

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MouthPeace UTILIZING A SIMPLE COMBINATION OF PLATINUM-CURED SILICONE AND TRIPLE-LAYER ACTIVATED CARBON FILTERS, MOOSE LABS IS BRINGING YOU THEIR NEW AND IMPROVED MOUTHPEACE.

TO USE this revolutionary product, one simply presses a filter down into the MouthPeace. From there, the possibilities are endless! Realizing that bongs and rigs come in all different shapes and sizes, Moose Labs certainly had their end users in mind, as MouthPeaces are made to fit all styles of glass - as well as joints and blunts! With our current reality and the pandemic on our hands, we could not think of a better time to take a load off your lungs and filter out some of the less desirable tars and resins. Following taking my usual five or six bong hits throughout the day, my lungs felt an undoubted difference when using the MouthPeace. After flipping over the activated carbon filter, I was amazed and taken aback all at the same time by the amount of resin that was on it. It is always important to note that while the MouthPeace removes certain types of toxins, resins and tar, the terpene profile is not affected or compromised by any means. Smoking my normal sized bowl pack, I encountered a substantially smoother hit - all the while experiencing the same flavors and effects that we love so much. Whenever you feel that it's time to replace the filter, their no-touch design makes it incredibly simple, while also promoting good hygiene. Simply remove the filter by squeezing it up and out with your thumb from the bottom of the MouthPeace. Moose Labs went above and beyond with their new creation, hitting the drawing boards for 16 months of R&D to offer us an environmentally-friendly product designed using both recycled and biodegradable elements. Consumers can confidently purchase Moose Labs products knowing that the company makes every effort possible to be sustainable. MOOSELABS.US

I ENCOUNTERED A SUBSTANTIALLY SMOOTHER HIT - ALL THE WHILE EXPERIENCING THE SAME FLAVORS AND EFFECTS THAT WE LOVE SO MUCH.

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conundrum how three cannabis shops are helping keep customers safe

>> T O N A S K E T H O U S E O F C A N N A B I S Q &A | REIZEL BATTY | SHIFT MANAGER/MEDICAL CONSULTANT What is your curbside pick-up protocol? Well, it’s pretty laid back actually. Orders are made through our online portal that notifies our staff as soon as an order has been made. Our budtenders fill the order and get the customer a ‘ready for pick-up alert’ super fast, like, within minutes. Call us when you arrive and we’re at your car in one minute. We take phone orders as well. So many people in this rural area don’t use or have access to internet, so giving the customers that option is a must. Phone-in orders are great because it gives the customer a chance to ask questions and really get what they need. We have a designated pick-up area per the LCB guidelines, that doubles as discreet parking. Checking IDs to ensure all passengers in the vehicle are at least 21 years of age is another requirement of the LCB that we follow, and then we make the exchange. That’s it. It’s simple and super convenient - especially for medical patients and disabled or elderly customers - and it’s gonna suck when it’s over.

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As pot people, we’re accustomed to rolling with the changes. So, as we adapt to a new paradigm for compiling the necessary supplies of our poignant produce, here are some pointers from the professionals who are perfectly pleased to provide your prolific purchase! >> H A S H T A G C A N N A B I S

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Q &A | CHRISTINE BRYANT COHEN | MARKETING & CREATIVE DIRECTOR You’re not doing curbside service for safety reasons. Can you please explain that? Keeping our employees safe is the most important thing to us as a business. We love selling weed, obviously, and would love to get it in hands safely to as many people as possible. But the risk to our staff in running things out for curbside pick-up just seems too great. Generally, we would have to walk out onto the street with up to $300 of Cannabis in a bag and then take the cash back into the shop - that just seems like an easy target armed robbery or theft. This is not a Covid concern at all. We are doing sneeze guards at our registers inside the store, our staff has masks, we have lots of safety and social distancing protocols in place - but curbside is one that we don’t feel comfortable getting into because of the target for theft. Inside the store, we’re encouraging online orders as much as possible, so we’ve incorporated a discount for people who take that suggestion. And they are, which is wonderful. I’d like to note that many of our regulars are concerned about our staff, too, as essential frontline workers. And also, we’re offering a 20% discount to all essential and service industry workers. Anyone who’s having a hard time, let us know at checkout and we’ve got you. That’s all it takes. And hey, our Redmond store is open and our Fremont store has moved to North Queen Anne. We’re on the water, so someday we want to have a consumption lounge. Maybe even on a boat! LOWER QUEEN ANNE: 224 NICKERSON ST., SEATTLE | (206) 946-8157 // REDMOND: 7829 LEARY WAY NE, REDMOND | (425) 256-3148 SEATTLEHASHTAG.COM

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>> F L O Y D ’ S P O R T A N G E L E S Q &A | SHUG HUGHES | PURCHASING MANAGER How are you handling curbside? We have our entire menu on Dutchie.com, so you start there with your order. It’s an online site that allows you to search by city, then you do your online shopping just like you would at Amazon. This has been a phenomenal way to continue purchasing Cannabis during this weird time, and it gives people extra peace of mind - while we give them a discount. What we’re really doing is making a concerted attempt to keep as many people out of the actual store as possible, while keeping them happily supplied. The customer puts in instructions, like a vehicle description, and we keep an eye out for you when you pull up. Oh, did I mention that we give a 20% discount too?! We are trying to reward fine folks who are taking this situation seriously. Please make sure everyone in the car is 21 and over - compliance is key! Curbside is a great way to keep people covered without putting them at risk. 1403 E. 1ST ST., PORT ANGELES, WA | (360) 477-4724 FLOYDS-CANNABIS.COM

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FEEL GOOD PIZZA As most of us hunker down and stay safe, food is among the ‘high’ points of the day. One of the best comfort foods - pizza, with Cannabis - makes me feel better. Always remember that when you are cooking with Cannabis, don’t let the oven temp go above 340 degrees. #DontFearTheEdible Being able to make a white sauce, or béchamel, provides lots of wonderful culinary options. And it sounds real fancy. Spoon it over your pasta or ladle over seafood. Add cheese for a great mac and cheese or pour over the top of nachos.

GREEN PIZZA BIANCO 1 SMALL HOMEMADE/STORE-BOUGHT PIZZA CRUST ½ CUP BÉCHAMEL SAUCE (RECIPE BELOW)* 3 CREMINI MUSHROOMS, WIPED CLEAN AND SLICED 1 TABLESPOON ROSEMARY, CHOPPED CRUSHED RED PEPPER ¼ CUP FONTINA CHEESE, THINLY SLICED, ROOM TEMP.

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PINCH OF SALT 1. Heat oven to 400° F. 2. Place the crust on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Bake according to the package directions, but remove the crust five minutes before the time suggested. 3. Turn oven down to 340° F. 4. Spread the crust with the white sauce, then top with mushrooms, rosemary, red pepper and fontina. 5. Bake until the cheese melts, about 4-5 minutes.

BÉCHAMEL SAUCE 3 1/3 TABLESPOONS CANNA-BUTTER 4 TABLESPOONS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR PINCH SALT & PINCH WHITE PEPPER 2 CUPS MILK, WARM 1. In a small saucepan melt the canna-butter over low heat. 2. Whisk in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth.

SOPPRESSATA PIZZA

1. Heat oven to 400° F.

1 LARGE PREPARED PIZZA CRUST

with the unmedicated olive oil.

2 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL

3. Bake according to the package directions, but

4 TEASPOONS CANNA-OLIVE OIL

remove the crust five minutes before the time

1 CUP TOMATO SAUCE

suggested. Turn oven down to 340° F.

1 ½ CUPS MOZZARELLA, ROOM TEMP.

3. Slowly add the milk, whisking to prevent lumps.

½ CUP SOPPRESSATA, THINLY SLICED ¼ CUP CHOPPED SCALLION

[ 10 1/4 cup servings]

[Serves 4]

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4. Cook without simmering until the white sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes.

COARSE BLACK PEPPER

GARDEN PIZZA Salad pizzas have always been an interesting concept. Confusing, but after years of contemplation I have decided they are pretty cool. Like crusty bread and a salad but better.

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2. Place the crust on a baking sheet and drizzle

4. Spread the pizza with four teaspoons of canna-olive oil added to the tomato sauce. 5. Top with the cheese, soppressata, scallion and black pepper, and add pizza back to oven to bake until cheese is melted, about 6-8 minutes.

We have decided to go with soppressata rather than pepperoni for this pizza. Nothing personal. Just a new tasty take on an old classic. If you like you can add some béchamel sauce - double whammy.

1 SMALL PREPARED PIZZA CRUST

INSTRUCTIONS

1 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL

1. Heat oven to 400° F.

2 CUPS SALAD GREENS

2. Place the crust on a baking sheet and drizzle

¼ CUP BELL PEPPERS, CHOPPED

with the unmedicated olive oil. Bake according to

¼ CUP RED ONION, PEELED AND CHOPPED

the package directions.

1 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL

3. In a medium bowl, combine all the remaining

2 TEASPOONS CANNA-OLIVE OIL

ingredients including the optional goat cheese.

2 TABLESPOONS BALSAMIC VINEGAR

4. When the pizza crust is done place it on your

COARSE SALT, COARSE BLACK PEPPER

plate. Top with the dressed greens.

¼ CUP GOAT CHEESE, OPTIONAL

[Serves 2]

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AN ICED VANILLA LATTE’S accessibility allows it to be pairable with a number of weeds, but Rainbow Flame #14 is an exciting new strain from Constellation Cannabis that just seems to fit at this time of year. Not only does Rainbow Flame #14 sound like a limited release espresso blend from an independent third-wave roaster, but a lot about this strain evokes feelings of summer. Both iced vanilla lattes and Rainbow Flame #14 are incredibly reminiscent of a vanilla ice cream cone. A properly made, high-quality iced vanilla latte tastes much like that nostalgic summertime treat, with the espresso imparting a touch of a toasty taste to the sweetened cream. The bud of Rainbow Flame #14 is imperceivable beneath its decadent layer of French vanilla trichomes. When smoked, the flavor of freshly cut wheatgrass greets you upfront - furthering the summer vibes as the taste of a made-to-order waffle cone settles in on the back end. The high from this strain is like laying in a sunny park. From a body perspective, Rainbow Flame #14 feels like the tingling of an encroaching tan that thankfully won’t require any aloe when the high is over. This sativa-dominant hybrid has a definite lucid head high, but in larger quantities, your thoughts become somewhat fleeting - resulting in a coherent daydream experience. You won’t find yourself lazing around in the midday warmth too long though, as this Cannabis will likely leave you with a solid case of the munchies. An iced vanilla latte and Rainbow Flame #14 is a combination made for the leisurely days of early summer. One might consider going for a stroll in the rapidly improving weather or playing board games on a cozy balcony. Given the season, this pair is a natural complement to Pride festivities - whatever those may look like this year. Regardless of what you find yourself up to, an iced vanilla latte and Rainbow Flame #14 favors the calm, steady increase in energy that comes with the seasonal change. And ultimately, a slow escalation of activity may be just what we need right now.

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STORY by JONAH TACOMA @DABSTARS2.0 for LEAF NATION | PHOTOS by JESS LARUE @JESSICALARUE_420

“Some say the Cannabis community is lost, others say they would be lost without the Cannabis community…” Wise words from an unknown stoner who had managed to cut right to the heart of the issue. Those words rang truer than ever for me now as we entered day 40-something of quarantine lockdown.

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As a traveler who thrived on the energy of the community, the separation/stagnation was starting to take more of a toll than I had imagined. We were a community divided, torn apart by a virus that had already all but ruined the much anticipated 4/20/20, and was now threatening to put an end to the rest of the summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events as well. HUMANS ARE NATURALLY Champs Tradeshow a policy which had been and MJBizcon had SOCIAL CREATURES AND historically bad for pot pages, announced virtual STONERS AS A COLLECTIVE which often fell target to attacks editions of their from ideological opposition. summer shows and ARE NATURALLY rumors were swirling REBELLIOUS. Rage Against the Machine blared around the viability loudly from the kitchen where of Seattle Hempfest, Jessica was finishing up the dishes. my favorite hometown Cannabis event, which had gone on We were all doing our best to work from home uninterrupted for decades. but the cabin fever was starting to evolve into something more insidious. It was hard not to Many vendors were up in arms about the $2k Champs feel like cattle as you stood outside in a faceless was asking for a virtual booth. Word was still out on Bizcon line, six feet apart waiting to go buy overpriced booth prices, but virtual attendance tickets were available commodities. I was starting to wonder just how on their website at $40 a pop, a sharp decrease from the much of this we could take. $500 walk-in price years previous. As Covid raged on the Cannabis community in particular was feeling the strain, even social media which seemed like a logical respite, was not without its own complications. Instagram and their parent company Facebook were both AFK at the wheel. Appeal processes had been replaced with Covid-19 warnings explaining that we had all been left at the mercy of an algorithm,

Humans are naturally social creatures and stoners as a collective are naturally rebellious. Cannabis was the common denominator, but what really united our community was the willingness to break unjust laws. A willingness to stand together in open criminal defiance for something we believed in. Sure, you could walk into a store and buy Cannabis in more than a dozen states, but it had not always been so. Legal Cannabis was a concession, an acknowledgement from the powers that be and for the observant, a chink in the political armor. For now we were happily appeased, reveling in the spoils of our hard fought victory, but time did not seem to be on the side of the establishment. The people had scored their first big victory in a long time.The people were waking up. We had taken back Cannabis. What was next?

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by Mike Ricker What Happened to The Shotgun? It was the sexiest move ever.

For those of you who have no context from which to draw for the legendary shotgun, it was

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