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JUVENILE POSSESION - WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? by Tatiana Melendez
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MC DAWN'S - CANNABIS IS GLOBAL.
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JUVENILE POSSESSION - WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? Many teenagers try marijuana and hate it, while others use it regularly. Teenage marijuana use is at its highest level in thirty years, and today's teens are more likely to use marijuana than tobacco. Many states allow recreational use of marijuana in adults ages twenty-one and over.
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What about Children?
POSSESSION BY TATIANA MELENDEZ
Many teenagers try marijuana and hate it, while others use it regularly. Teenage marijuana use is at its highest level in thirty years, and today's teens are more likely to use marijuana than tobacco. Many states allow recreational use of marijuana in adults ages twenty-one and over. Unfortunately, recreational marijuana use by children and teenagers is not legal anywhere in the United States; we can't forget that marijuana is easier to get than ever before. Before jumping into Oklahoma's green wave, I worked in child welfare for many years. I worked for Children and Family Services, then started working for a nonprofit organization that provides a support network to parents and families of all missing children. I loved working with all types of children/teens/young adults and did my best to value the rights of children and families and a safe environment for children. Unfortunately, I saw cases of juveniles being screwed by the system and receiving minimal to no help and instances that rang victory. However, drugs were nearly the center of the problems at ninety percent. Because marijuana has become more available than when we were kids, children and teenagers tend to abuse it more, leading to longterm consequences. However, teens rarely think they will end up with problems related to marijuana use, so it is important to begin talking about the risks with your teen early. Such a risk is called - juvenile drug possession. Juvenile drug possession occurs whenever a person under eighteen knowingly controls a regulated drug or substance without a legal reason. Possessing illegal substances in this manner is a crime in all states and can lead to harsh penalties for juveniles. Adults caught with controlled substances are charged with a crime and have their cases handled in a regular trial court. Minors, however, are not usually accused of a crime in the same way. Instead, the issue is dealt with in the juvenile court system, where (depending on the state), the case may be handled more informally.
HERE IS A LIST OF SOME –
Drug counseling Juvenile courts typically focus on rehabilitating young people. A juvenile court can order the juvenile offender, as well as his or her parents, to attend drug counseling in hopes of rehabilitating the teen.
Diversion. Also known as a pretrial diversion or informal probation, it is also a common consequence for juvenile drug possession offenders. Just as with probation, a juvenile on diversion must comply with specific court rules. However, instead of the court ordering probation, the youth is allowed to adhere to the diversion orders without formally going before the juvenile court. If the juvenile successfully completes the diversion program, the charges are essentially dismissed. However, not all jurisdictions allow for young diversion programs, and it is usually available for first-time offenders only.
Probation. Orders the juvenile to comply with some specific terms. For example, the court will likely order the child/teen to attend school regularly, maintain a job or find a job if the teen is old enough, participate in drug counseling or family counseling, perform community service or a range of other requirements. The court may also order the juvenile to regularly report to a juvenile probation officer or court officer, though this is not always the case. Probation typically lasts at least six months, but longer terms are also possible.
Detention. In rare cases, a court can order a juvenile into detention for drug possession. Detention can involve home confinement, placement with a foster family or guardian, placement with a juvenile home, or placement in a juvenile detention center. Drug possession cases do not typically result in detention unless the juvenile is a repeat offender or other factors are present, such as if the drug possession occurred as the result of robbery or violent crime.
Recognizing the harm caused by felony convictions and the importance of targeting limited correctional resources more efficiently, state policymakers and voters have made critical adjustments to their drug laws in recent years. It happened in 2014 with Proposition 47 in California. Five states have reclassified all drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. The reforms that have been passed in recent years share three critical details: Convictions for simple drug possession up to the third conviction are classified as misdemeanors. People convicted of drug possession are ineligible for state prison sentences. These changes apply to virtually all controlled substances.
Though it is essential to acknowledge that not everyone convicted of drug possession needs drug treatment, there is a significant unmet need for substance abuse treatment across the nation. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately twenty-one million people needed substance abuse treatment in 2016. Yet, fewer than one in five (eighteen percent) could access it. Moreover, treatment availability is sparse in most correctional settings for people with substance use disorders who meet the criminal justice system. Another statistic, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Use, estimates that more than six in ten people in jail or prison meet the medical criteria for a substance use disorder. Yet, only one in ten receive treatment while incarcerated, and only about one in three conditionally released people with substance use disorders receive treatment upon release. Very sad, but true. Here is a chart of Oklahoma RECLASSIFIED: STATE DRUG LAW REFORMS TO REDUCE FELONY CONVICTIONS.
As of 2010, an estimated twenty million people in the US had a current or prior felony conviction, nearly four times more than in 1980.
As a result, the Justice Policy Center reclassified State drug law reforms to reduce felony convictions and increase "second chances" to RECLASSIFIED: STATE DRUG LAW REFORMS TO REDUCE FELONY CONVICTIONS. Felony convictions for drug law violations are also a significant driver of prison admissions in many states. This growth has occurred at great public expense, even though research shows public health responses to drug use are more effective than criminal justice responses, and not to mention incarcerating teens for drug offenses has a questionable impact on public safety. Over the past two decades, states have implemented numerous reforms to hold people accountable more effectively for drug offenses and address underlying substance use disorders when appropriate. These include creating and expanding drug courts, providing treatment as an alternative to incarceration, and, most recently, redefining and reclassifying drug offenses in a criminal statute. This shift reflects a growing recognition that prevention and treatment programming outside the criminal justice system can be more effective than relying solely on punishment to stop illegal substance use.
Alabama medical cannabis program could roll out by spring 2023
Secret Sesh LA To Launch Cannabis-Powered NFT Collection And Metaverse Community
One of Texas' two medical cannabis suppliers puts San Antonio on 'short list' for dispensary
LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Secret Sesh, Southern California's original licensed private cannabis event producer, is excited to announce the launch of the Secret Sesh NFT (Non-Fungible Token) project and Metaverse community.
Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation, or TXOG, one of only two suppliers for Texas' medical marijuana program, has put San Antonio on its "short list" for a stand-alone dispensary, according to company officials.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama became the 36th state to legalize medical marijuana in 2021, but it’s taken some time to roll out the program. “There’s a lot of good that can come from this, in having a safe, secure, high-quality medication for folks instead of sending them out on the streets to operate in the black market,” Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission Director John McMillan said. McMillan said the commission is on pace to start accepting applications for dispensary licenses by September, with regulations for the program to be made public this summer. “From there, it’s a three-and-ahalf, four-month process of advertising, hearings and things that go into the, I call it, the state’s clumsiness to get things done,” he said. Source: https://www.cbs42.com/
The project gives holders digital and real-world utility and will be debuting 2500 unique roles for the whitelisted (WL) mint price of 0.0420 ETH on OpenSea in April 2022. Owning an NFT from Secret Sesh will be their new form of lifetime membership to all future physical and digital events. In addition, Secret Sesh partnered with cannabis brands and retailers across the country to offer special discounts to owners of these NFTs.
Morris Denton, CEO of the Austin-based TXOG shared that assessment after the company last week announced it will open a Houston dispensary and noted that it's also evaluating other potential locations. TXOG currently operates a dozen pick-up sites for patients enrolled in Texas' medical cannabis registry, including locations in San Antonio, Dallas and El Paso. However, the Houston site is its first full-fledged dispensary outside of Austin.
Under Texas' program, medical cannabis licensees are prohibited from storing inventory overnight in multiple locations, which means TXOG delivery drivers must supply the Houston site daily and haul inventory back to Austin after operating hours. Presumably, the company would do the same in San Antonio.
Earlier this year, Texas was one of 13 U.S. states and territories to land a failing grade on national medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access' 2021 report card. Chief among the state's demerits were restrictive rules that had so far limited it to just two retailers, both located in Austin.
"State legislators should address this critical lack of access," the report noted. "For a state as large as Texas, two retailers in a single city won’t cover it, even with the registry as small as it is."
Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/ Source: https://www.sacurrent.com/
11 APRIL 2022
four by SARAH PRATER MS, RD/LD
Cannabis community, get ready because our holiday is upon us! The cannabis culture and communities across the nation and spanning the globe have made the day of April 20th well known. Yes, the celebration of 4/20 is now a nationally recognized holiday, also known as National Pot Smokers Day, Weed Day, or National Weed Day, at least according to http://www.holidays-andobservances.com. The events and celebrations are growing in number and in how many people attend. What’s even more exciting? Many states and cities are removing restrictions for events, that goes for pandemic restrictions AND consumption restrictions. Life is good again, let’s smoke about it! Who do we owe the honors to for the birth of this holiday? There are many myths, but the most credible sources stick to the story of the five high school students at San Rafael, California. These groups of friends would meet after school at 4:20 PM to get into whatever shenanigans they decided to. A few variations of the storyline say the group got together just to smoke cannabis and other stories allude to the group specifically meeting to search for cannabis in abandoned fields. In short, the group used the code word “4:20” to designate their meeting time. Somewhere along the lines, it became popularized and the whole day of April 20th is now celebrated as the stoner holiday. With the holiday nearing you can bet there will be some amazing deals. What is especially awesome about this year’s 4/20, the day lands on a Wednesday right in the middle of the week. So, you know what that means? Cannabis celebrations for a whole week! You get to partake in celebrations and amazing deals the weekend before, all week long, and into the next weekend. First, definitely check out your favorite dispensary on the day for the best deals. Keep in mind that they might offer the best deals around the time of 4:20 PM. Dispensaries are also great places to ask around for other events going on. Few major events are advertised but here are some 4/20 events going on locally and nationally. Remember, there may be more events upcoming that aren’t advertised or planned yet! 13
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Local Events: Castio Farms Education Event in Ponca City at Lake Ponca on April 16th and 17th. This event is two full days of education, music, games, competitions, and networking. Castio Farms prides itself as a family-owned science and genetic company. For more information look on google, they have information posted on Ticketstorm.
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Chronic Palooza in El Reno the weekend following on April 23rd and 24th. This event boasts over 30.000 attendees last year and is looking to grow this year! This festival will feature music and competitions for best in community and best products. National Events: Colorado has major events like: The Mile High 420 Festival is the largest free festival at Denver’s Civic Park. 420 on the Rocks at Red Rocks, will feature the band Pepper, Method Man and Redman. With more legalization, other states will host some major events! Listed below:
Photo by: Andrew Rios |Mile High 420 Festival | Denver, Colorado | April 20th, 2018
New York 4/20 Celebration in New York City. The band Phish will be playing in Madison Square Garden on the actual day of April 20th. Also in New York, Cannabis Carnival presents Happy 420 Celebration Day, it will be a celebration of cannabis and the arts/entertainment community. Held in a secret location! Austin, Texas will have its Reggae Festival the following weekend April 22nd-24th. Phoenix, Arizona will host Buds-aPalooza downtown on April 15th, it will be the dopest block party going on that weekend.
Reggae Festival 2022 | Austin, Texas
4/20 in 2022. It is almost here. Get your lungs ready, you’re going to have a whole week of consuming, celebrations, and deals. Stay high, stay safe. thechronicmagazine.com
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CANNABIS IS GLOBAL.
“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” (“Quote by Bob Marley: “Money is numbers and numbers never ...”) — Bob Marley. Cannabis is big business. Research and Development is happening around the world. Germany, UK, Canada, US, and the leader in all of this as previously stated is Israel. According to ILAN BEN ZION Associated Press, courtesy of ABC News, the Bitton company in Israel has built a production facility that is ready to lab test and process eighty tons of cannabis. To date this facility has only processed six tons. Currently, there is not enough cannabis in Israel to meet the needs of its citizens, so the country imports a significant amount of its cannabis from the Tilray company in Canada. What is stopping countries like Israel and the United States from increasing supply and demand in the domestic markets? Legalization. If the United States legalizes cannabis, it will significantly help to open trade. If the United Nations legalized cannabis, it would open world trade. Cannabis would then become a commodity on the world markets. @dope-puuur
CANNABIS IS SPREADING ACROSS THE GLOBE.
Cannabis is spreading across the globe. Currently , the driving force behind the growth and demand of cannabis is money. Money is the driving force pushing cannabis legalization in the US today. According to BDSA, legal cannabis sales are estimated to reach $30 billion in the United States in 2022. Sales of recreational cannabis continue to climb and reach $47 billion by the year 2026. According to Leaf Magazine, $130 billion in global cannabis sales are estimated by the year 2025. Corporations are pouring more money into research and development. The top leader in research today is not the US or Canada, it's Israel. Israel has become the number one leader in cannabis research and is ready to join the international market, when there is an international market. Corporations have built up their war chests and are driving the push to legalization. Just recently, Amazon put their name into the ring by supporting cannabis legislation. It is all about money and creating a commodity in the US and in the world markets.
Corporations would be able to service global markets and use existing logistic channels and partners to produce and deliver. Cannabis would be everywhere. Imagine you are at an international airport, and you are browsing through the duty-free shops and there it is the Cannabis Store. Nirvana at last! Assorted brands of cannabis from around the world are all at your fingertips and duty-free! What happens to the quality and integrity of cannabis when it is a commercial product? Will it be distilled, modified, preserved and USDA approved? Will it still even be cannabis? Furthermore, what happens to the cannabis farmers, co-ops, and such who produce cannabis on a smaller scale? Do craft farmers get purchased or worse be forced to close their doors due to the inability to turn a profit? What role will they play in a commercialized market?
So yes, cannabis is global, and it has been for hundreds of years as a medicine, a food source, oil for heat, and fiber to make clothes and in rituals. Today the value of cannabis is on its ROI (Return on Investment). One day when markets have been oversaturated with cannabis products, the price will drop, and the market will plateau. This could be the rise of the craft farmer, but can they last that long? Remember to support your local cannabis growers! 17 APRIL 2022
BY THE NUMBERS BREAKING NEWS!
MORE THAN 150,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS WERE SEIZED - LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS ESTIMATED THE BUST TO TOTAL OVER $500 MILLION IN ASSETS. OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma House of Representatives Republican Caucus addressed the media Monday afternoon stating how they plan to
Licensing Report Growers Processors Dispensaries Transport Laboratory Waste Disposal
As of March 3rd, there are 8,137 growers within our state We have 1,539 licensed processors in the state We currently have 2,285 ispensary licenses with this great state
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November - $6,252,699
address the ongoing issues within the state’s medical marijuana industry. “When the citizens of the state of Oklahoma voted for 788, they voted for a legal medical marijuana free market program. The black market is not the free market,” said House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City.
Rep. Echols, referencing the state’s largest-ever drug bust that happened on February 22, 2022. More than 150,000 marijuana plants were seizedlaw enforcement agents estimated the bust to total over $500 million in assets. “We have seen black market elements competing with legitimate Oklahoma businesses. They are putting our citizens at risk. They’re doing things in an illegal Rep. Echols continued, stating the illegal sales aren’t the only issue. “We know we have issues with the tainted product, and this is the House’s plan to do something about it,” said Rep. Echols. l, unethical manner,” said Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City. The House Republican Caucus said this medical marijuana policy package is the latest strategy to extinguish illegal growers in Oklahoma. “If you’re an illegal operator of the state of Oklahoma, your time is up,” said Representative Scott Fetgatter, R-District 16. 19
I'm a Lawyer BY JADE PEBWORTH
Bob Marley is a world-famous musician and people use his image and likeness to sell products every day. In fact, his estate has amassed millions of dollars suing people and companies for using his image and likeness. Thankfully for his estate, Bob Marley’s image is protected by trademark laws.
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The Federal Lanham Act aka the Trademark Act of 1946 was passed by Congress and enacted to protect brands and companies across the nation. In Oklahoma, trademark laws can be found in Oklahoma Statute Title 78 beginning at Section 21. “The term ‘trademark’ as used herein means any word, name, symbol, emblem, or device or any combination thereof adopted and used by a person to identify goods made or sold or services rendered by him and to distinguish them from goods made or sold or services rendered by others.” 78 O.S. 21(A). This statute defines trademark but also tells us what can be trademarked. For example, if your company uses a certain logo or phrase to represent your brand or products, you can trademark it to protect against other companies using it too. The key to this protection is that you must register the trademark to be protected by any of the laws discussed here. Oklahoma goes on to define how a trademark is used regarding infringement, “a trademark shall be deemed to be "used" in this state (1) when it is placed in any manner on the goods or their containers or on the tags or labels affixed thereto and such goods are sold or otherwise distributed in this state, or (2) when it is used in any manner in connection with the sale or advertising of services in this state.” 78 O.S. 21(E). This statute is important because it sets parameters of use to determine trademark infringement. As you can see from above, simply printing your logo to use as wallpaper in one’s home is not likely to fall within the definition of “use.” In Bob Marley’s case, a company using his image on t-shirts or other products that are sold for profit without proper permission is clearly trademark infringement. The same would be true for someone using your company logo on their packaging. The statutes go on to define remedies one is entitled to for trademark infringement, such as, “injunctions to restrain such manufacture, use, display or sale…pay to such owner all profits derived from and/or all damages suffered by reason of such wrongful manufacture, use, display or sale; and…that any such counterfeits or imitations in the possession or under the control of any defendant in such case be delivered to an officer of the court, or to the complainant, to be destroyed.” 78 O.S. 32. At the end of the day, you must register your trademark and be on the lookout for others using your trademark. Just because you have a trademark for your logo doesn’t mean that others won’t use it. You must take action! For questions or more information email: Jade@BICLegal.com
by Alesha Wilson, M. Ed.
Certified Cannabis Therapy Consultant
Pandora, Eve, and Cannabis. One is said to be responsible for releasing evil into the world leaving us without hope, one is said to be of poor influence, and one is said to be the devil’s weed. Regardless of what you have heard about them, their beauty and influence are expansive. The modern world is pushing to rewire society’s outdated thinking in many realms and luckily cannabis is among them. Let’s open the box and consume that forbidden fruit, shall we?
“The research is here and it’s powerful. Cannabis is increasingly being used worldwide to create and treat a variety of dermatological conditions. Topical medical whole-plant cannabis contains cannabinoids and terpenes that have been demonstrating anti-inflammatory, antiaging, and anti-malignant properties.” ~ by Dr. Pepper Hernandez, ND, Ph.D., BCHP (Naturopath, Cannabis Therapy Consultant, Board Certified Holistic Practitioner)
I have first-hand experience with pain relief thanks to the antiinflammatory properties of cannabis, but using cannabis for antiaging? I’ll admit I have not tried it yet, but I am familiar with the results of utilizing natural skincare products over the past 20 years. There was a time, before my journey with cannabis when I doubted the legitimacy of CBD skincare products because it seemed “a road less traveled” and I was not willing to take the risk on my skin. Maybe when I was 20 or 30 years old, I could change a month or two of using products without results, but as I am approaching 50, that’s another story. When a product doesn’t work now, my fine lines start threatening to go deeper. Talk about releasing evil into the world! A local business owner and skincare professional, Flora Goddess has heard all the woes of fine lines and wrinkles from her customers. She is a licensed esthetician in the Oklahoma City area and she also makes cannabis-infused skincare products. When I asked about cannabis and skincare she exclaimed, “Botanicals are nature’s goodness!” “They have long been known for their healing and medicinal properties. I am currently using CBD cream to treat a client with acne. CBD has great antiseptic properties! So far, we are seeing great results. Her skin is clearer and so smooth. Cannabis is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Antioxidants are extremely important for preventing cell and DNA damage from free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the fine lines and wrinkles on the face.” 21
Don’t forget the importance of wearing sunglasses, drinking water, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress – all integral parts of a healthy skincare routine. Although cannabis cannot reduce the amount of potential stress one encounters, intentional cannabis usage for the purpose of relaxing the mind and body can help a consumer feel a sense of renewal and willingness to respond rather than react to situations. The keywords are “intentional cannabis usage” – high levels of THC can increase anxiety which undoubtedly intensifies the feelings of stress. I would be in error if I didn’t mention Rick Simpson and his oils. In fact, I’m not certain where the world of cannabis would be without his influence. The discoveries made while he was trying to treat his own skin cancer have caught the attention of those seeking alternative treatments. “According to Simpson's account, he whipped up a homemade extract, applied it directly to the cancerous moles, and covered them with a bandage. Four days later, he claimed, he removed the bandages, and the growths were gone.” (weedmaps.com/) Since RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) can also be consumed, it’s worth noting that not all RSO is created equal, with variable THC ranges patients should seek professional advice before consuming. Simpson has shared his process publicly and has also tried to disassociate with suppliers that claim they offer Rick Simpson Oil. I’m proud to say that a majority of the people I come into contact with on a daily basis have a spirit of wanting to help others. Many of those also have a personal reason for doing what they do, and Flora Goddess is no exception. Her mom is an “amputee due to melanoma.” “She has forever experienced phantom pain. This is sadly a condition that affects 60-80% of amputees. My mom describes the pain as tingling, throbbing, sharp pain like pins and needles. She has found applying Flora Goddess cannabis lotion to her ‘stump’ helps provide her some relief. Since cannabis enters the body through the top layer of skin, she gets faster results.” Flora Goddess also mentions, “I have a client who had a melanoma removed on her face. It was stage 4 and really bad. She went through infusion immunotherapy. As a result, she was left with knots causing her to ache in her legs, arms, back, hips, and the bottom of her feet. We 1 just this week started her on my Flora Goddess topical cannabis lotion. She is also using Flora Goddess soapee and body oil. It is still too early to know for sure but she said today she has started to feel some relief. YAY!” I am grateful that I’ve not had to experience skin cancer myself or with loved ones and the only immediate need for cannabis skincare has extended to burns, sores, or cracked feet. Cannabis could be the vessel of health you have been searching for with its far-reaching benefits, but it has its limits. Incorporating western medicine may be necessary for the identification and treatment options of skin cancer. Considering the many ways cannabis can be used (i.e., consuming CBD oil for anxiety, topicals for pain, edibles for creative energy or sleep, anti-aging benefits of infused skincare products, and so much more) – this box is definitely worth opening. Contact local businesses such as Flora Goddess for cannabis-infused skincare products and services near you. thechronicmagazine.com
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Emerging on the Oklahoma concentrate market as a company to be remembered is the new but experienced Doc Ferguson. Named after their dogs, Doc Ferguson is already known for their clean, highquality product, consistency, excellent relationships with their clients, and good neighbor attitudes. The Processors have gotten quick attention as quite the force. The company makes wax, shatter, diamonds, THC-A diamonds, and many more products including some new exciting ones that will drop soon. We were able to interview the team at Doc Ferguson recently.
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The Chronic: New to the market, your brand has gotten quick attention, what sets Doc Ferguson apart from every other processor? Doc Ferguson: Together our lab team has over one decade of experience making some of the world’s best concentrates. As our lab director, Tate says “Quality is Key”, the quality & craftsmanship of our product plus the unbridled determination to make the best medicine on the market. The Chronic: You're known for having a hard-working, small tight-knit familylike team, how does your team give you an advantage in this very competitive market? 27
The Chronic: How long has your team been working in the cannabis industry and what experience do you bring to the table? Doc Ferguson: Between the owners of DF there is over 10yrs experience in making every product on the market & having superb problem-solving skills along with a very high standard of professionalism, integrity for Oklahoma’s MMJ industry. The Chronic: What can we expect from Doc Ferguson in the near future? Doc Ferguson: Be on the lookout for our Okie Applesauce which is a true medicinal concentrate with a higher than average terpene profile that gives it not only amazing flavor but full medicinal effects and comes at a great price. We are also releasing our Double Down Dabs line which will have 2 grams per jar with the attention to detail & excellence that DF is becoming known for. The Chronic: Tell us where we can find Doc Ferguson products and how dispensaries can get your product on their shelves? Doc Ferguson: If dispensaries don’t carry our product they can reach us by calling the lab at (405)598-0101 during business hours or email us at email@example.com.
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“We are competing in Chronic Palooza this year & would love for people to try our product and vote for us in the “People’s Choice” category.” Thank you so much to Doc Ferguson for their time and for producing quality meds for the people of Oklahoma. thechronicmagazine.com
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Island Style Stew Yields: 4
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Twist one up and Let’s get cooking
INGREDIENTS 1 Large Onion, Chopped ½ Butternut Squash, Chopped 1 Sweet Potato, Chopped 1 large Russet Potato, Chopped 2 Ripe Plantains, peeled and sliced thick 1 Carrot, Chopped 1 15oz can Kidney Beans, rinsed 1 8oz can Sweet Corn 3 Cloves Garlic, minced 1 tsp Fresh Ginger, minced 2-3 Sprigs of Thyme
Good day to all my canna chef’s out there, I hope everyone is blessed, this month's recipe is in theme with our 1st collector’s issue, Bob Marley! Man, one of my all-time favorite musicians, and if you never listened to Bob while smoking, well then I don’t know if I believe you are a real smoker. I’ve been fortunate in my life to spend some time in the Caribbean where I got to listen to Bob Marley on the beach while watching the sunset and smoking a joint. I tell you life doesn’t get much better than that, that’s a fact. Bob Marley was also Rastafarian as well as a musician, from my time living in the Caribbean I learned that the Rastafarian lifestyle is a lifestyle of Love, Positivity, Praising Jah (God), Natural healthy eating and living, and of course smoking herbs. Living the rasta island lifestyle also comes with some great food, all-natural fruits, vegetables, and juices as well as fresh-caught fish, lobster, and crab with a mix of seasoning and spices to tantalize all your taste buds. This month’s recipe is a tribute to Bob Marley, Rastafarian and how their culture and lifestyle have positively impacted my life. So grab a bag of your favorite herb, twist one up and let’s get Cooking with a Buz Island Style.
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2 Bay Leaves 2-3 Green Onions, Washed and Cut in Half 2-3 Tbsp Canna Coconut Oil 2 tsp Turmeric ½ tsp Allspice ¼ tsp Allspice Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste 1 15oz can Coconut Milk 3 Cups Water 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper 2 Cups Cooked Seasoned Brown Rice
DIRECTIONS 1. First I want to clarify that “Chopped” for the veggies means to cut the food into pieces that are exactly even but around ½” in diameter. Ok now let’s get cooking, in a large pan, heat the canna coconut oil and cook the onions and garlic until the onions are starting to become soft, then add in the ginger and stir. 2. Now the veggies, squash, carrots, potatoes(not sweet potatoes yet), kidney beans and the water and coconut milk and salt, pepper, turmeric, and allspice. Bring that mix to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes. Now add the sweet potatoes, green onions, thyme, bay leaves, and scotch bonnet pepper. Cover that lovely mix and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, you want the veggies to be tender, not mushy. It should thicken up as the veggies cook, make sure you have enough liquid to cover the veggies this way they cook evenly. 3. Next, add the sweet corn and the plantain and cook for another 3-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes before serving over the seasoned brown rice.
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The Marley Legacy
by Chynna Pearson
Music and cannabis have almost always gone hand in hand. Some would likely say that Bob Marley is one of the most well-known in the combined space. Additionally, if anyone knows anything about being in the cannabis community at any point, it is very likely to have come across, seen, or heard of the late, great Bob Marley. However, to reduce Bob Marley to simply a man who partakes in cannabis is disrespectful to his legacy. For those that have not been fully acquainted with Bob Marley, the most basic description of him would be: a Jamaican, Rastafarian singer, songwriter, and musician who sold over 20 million reggae albums, he would ultimately become the world's leading ambassador for reggae music. Now, let’s get into who Bob Marley was and how he came to be such a well-known and revered person within both the music industry and the cannabis community.
Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. Marley’s mother was a young Black woman who was just a teen when he was born. His father was a traveling white man from outside of Jamaica who was much older than his mother, and he was not involved in Marley’s life. Marley’s young life was spent continuing to live where he was born and in the rural village known as Nine Miles. Nine Miles is a very small district of St. Ann Parish consisting of less than 500 people. Today, there is a Bob Marley Museum Tour that is located in Marley’s childhood home. People visit it daily to get a glimpse of where Marley was born and how some of his lyrics came to be. It must be a truly remarkable place to visit as a fan of the King of Reggae to get a deeper look into his early life. Before getting too deep into Marley’s life, it is important to fully explain what Rastafari, or Rasta Fari, is. It is important to understand that in many circles it has been misappropriated and skewed by people who don’t fully understand it. Many know that some of the common beliefs of Rastafarians come from Jamaican nationalist Marcus Garvey. What many do not know is that Rastafari’s name was derived from an Ethiopian emperor from 1930, His Imperial Majesty Halie Selassie I, whose pre coronation name was Ras Tafari. Rastafari is a religious and political movement that began in 1930s Jamaica but, has been adopted by many people all around the world. According to Britannica, it combines Protestant Christianity, mysticism, and pan-African political consciousness. Members of Rastafari are called Rastas, they look at their lives in a specific context. As Rastafari draws from the Old Testament, most commonly from Exodus. Rastas see people of African descent be “exiles of Babylon” who are being tested by God through slavery and the years of economic and systemic injustice and racial oppression. They also draw from the book of Revelation, awaiting their eventual deliverance to Zion. Zion is the symbolic name for Africa. 41
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: RAINBOW THEATRE Photo of Bob MARLEY, Bob Marley performing live on stage (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Redferns)
In Jamaica, Rastas are typically descendants of enslaved people who were converted to Christianity by missionaries. Rastas believe that those missionaries had corrupted the word of God, this is not unfounded as it has been recorded that slave owners encouraged incorrect interpretation of the Bible to better control enslaved people. According to History.com, there are some that theorize that when enslaved African Americans were taught about Christianity they could not read certain passages, or some were removed from the text; this was mostly found to be parts of the Old Testament. The Rastas also uphold the principles of a balanced lifestyle, they wear their hair long and locked in its natural state. They are often seen wearing red, gold, and black; each symbolizing blood, herbs, and Africa. Being vegetarian is also a huge part of the Rastafarian religion. This is where the smoking of cannabis, or ganja, comes in. Ganja is used in prayer services to achieve a higher state of meditation, and during the “binges,” nighttime drumming ceremonies. It is said that reggae music actually is derived from the Rastafarian movement, this is why Bob Marley is well known and associated with this religion. As a young child, in 1950, Bob and his mother moved to Kingston, Jamaica, where they lived in an area called Trench Town. Trench Town is not known for being a particularly prosperous area and Marley lived in poverty. Although this can be a difficult thing to deal with, Marley found his inspiration in music, artists like Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, the Drifters, and Fats Domino. Were popular at this time and are said to have heavily inspired young Marley. One of Marley’s childhood friends, Neville "Bunny" O'Riley Livingston, attended the same school as he did, they both shared a love of music. It was actually Bunny who inspired Marley to learn to play guitar, according to Christopher John Farley’s book Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley. He also said that during this time, Bunny’s father and Marley’s mother ended up becoming involved and they all lived together in Kingston for a time.
This is when Marley began to dabble in making his own music. Bunny and Marley began to study music with a man named Joe Higgs, they would work on playing instruments and improving their singing voices. Higgs’ studies are where they met Peter McIntosh, he would later change his name to Peter Tosh and be a huge part of Marley’s musical career.
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 01: RAINBOW THEATRE Photo of Bob MARLEY, Bob Marley performing live on stage (Photo by Estate Of Keith Morris/Redferns)
Time progressed and in the early 1960s, Marley’s vocals caught the ear of a record producer named Leslie Kong. Kong had Marley record a few solo singles, one of them was “Judge Not,” released in 1962. “Judge Not” may not have been extremely popular at the time but it is a wellknown song for big fans of Bob Marley. As a solo artist, Marley did not find much success so he went out to bring some of his friends along. It was 1963 when Marley, Bunny, and Peter formed the group they would be known for, the Wailing Wailers. The group at this time also had Cherry Smith, Beverly Kelso, and Junior Braithwaite. Commonly known as, and later renamed, the Wailers, had their first single released in January of 1964. The single was called “Simmer Down” and it quickly rose to the top of the charts. Although the group was very popular in Jamaica, they had a difficult time making money. This issue caused Smith, Kelso, and Braithwaite to leave the group, causing the remaining members to drift apart for a short time. During this hiatus, Marley left Jamaica and went to the United States where his mother had moved. He also married his long-time girlfriend, Rita on February 10th, 1966. Rita Marley, also known as the Honourable Dr. Alfarita Constantia Marley, OJ, OD, LITT, is the mother of three of Marley’s children, their daughter Cedella and sons David and Stephen. Marley returned to his home country after eight months. Once he arrived, he met up again with Bunny and Peter and formed what we now know as the Wailers. It was this time when Marley began to explore his spirituality and his interest in the Rastafarian movement. By this time, it was the late 1960s and Marley had begun working with pop singer Johnny Nash and producer Lee Perry. Both men helped Marley and the Wailers to become successful with songs like, “Stir It Up,” “Trench Town Rock,” “Four Hundred Years,” and “Soul Rebel.” As the Wailers hype grew, they added in two new members to the group, drummer Carlton “Carlie” Barret and his brother, bassist Aston “Family Man” Barret. It wasn’t until 1972 that the Wailers got their big break by landing a contract with Island Records, a company founded by Chris Blackwell. This moment was the first time all of the group got together and recorded a full album called Catch a Fire. Catch a Fire has been critically acclaimed and listed by Rolling Stone as one of the top 500 albums of all time. A year later, to push the record's popularity, the Wailers did their first tour in the United States and the United Kingdom as an opener for the one and only Bruce Springsteen and the group Sly & the Family Stone. thechronicmagazine.com
Bob Marley, singer The singer sat with a Jamaican cap Bob Marley, singer The singer sat with a Jamaican cap (Photo by Sigfrid Casals/Cover/Getty Images)
That same year, 1973, the Wailers recorded and released their second album, Burnin’, this album featured one of their most wellknown songs, “I Shot the Sheriff.” Before the release of their third studio album, 1975’s Natty Dread, both Bunny and Peter left the group to pursue their own solo musical careers, each going their own way as Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh. The group's third album was one that spent time reflecting on the heavy political tensions that were going on in Jamaica. The People’s National Party and the Jamaica Labour Party were butting heads and violence began to erupt across the country due to their conflicts. One of the album's songs was called “Rebel Music (3 O’clock Roadblock)”; it was reportedly inspired by Marley’s personal experience of being stopped by members of the army late one night before the 1972 national elections. The song “Revolution” has since been interpreted by many as Marley endorsing the People’s National Party. The next tour the group, now called Bob Marley & The Wailers, went on they performed with the I-Threes, an all-female group that included Rita Marley. These tours helped boost the popularity of reggae around the world, in 1975 Britain's Top 40 featured the well-known hit, “No Woman, No Cry.” In the United States the following year, the album Rastaman Vibration was a top hit. 43
When Marley was back in Jamaica, he continued to be seen as a supporter of the People’s National Party due to one of his songs called “War.” In this song, he sampled from a speech given by Halie Selassie, a spiritual leader in the Rastafarian movement, that delves into the freedom of oppression and the colonial racial hierarchy that was being enforced in Africa. Marley’s popularity and his support of the People’s National Party were seen as a threat to the party’s rivals. Many believe that this was what ultimately led to the assassination attempt on Marley in 1976, the true motivation was never truly uncovered. During the night of December 3rd, a group of gunmen attacked the musical group just a few days before they were to have a concert in Kingston’s National Heroes Park. Marley was hit by one bullet that hit his sternum and bicep, another hit Rita in the head. Although they both were struck, neither were severely injured. Unfortunately, their manager Don Taylor was not so lucky as he was shot five times and had to undergo life-saving surgery. Even with the attack, the group decided together that they should still play the planned show. However, after the concert, Marley left the country to London, England.
In London is where Marley wrote and completed the iconic album, Exodus published in 1977. Originally released as a single, “Exodus,” became a hit in Britain, as were the songs “Waiting in Vain,” and “Jamming.” Every single song on the album stayed in the United Kingdom’s charts for over a year. Now, the album is considered to be one of the best albums that Marley ever made. In the same year, Marley had a health scare for which he sought treatment. He had previously injured his toe and during his treatment, it was discovered that there were cancerous cells and the doctors suggested for the toe to be amputated. Marley refused to have this surgery as it was prohibited by his religious beliefs. In 1978, Marley went back to Jamaica, and he and the Wailers released the album, Kaya. This album's theme was love and featured the hits ``Satisfy My Soul” and “Is This Love.” Since Marley was back in Jamaica the group performed the One Love Peace Concert on April 22nd. This concert is the one where Prime Minister Michael Manley of the People’s National Party and the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, Edward Seaga, shake hands on stage. This was during the peak of the concert during a rendition of the hit song “Jammin’.”
Marley performing at the Dalymount Park in Dublin in July 1980
Marley invited both men on stage and guided their hands together over his head while performing the way he always did. Marley said:
“We gotta be together and through the spirit of the Most High, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie, we’re inviting a few leading people of the slaves to shake hands. To show the people that you love them right, to show the people that you're gonna unite. Watch, watch, watch what you’re doing, because I wanna send a message right out there... I’m not so good at talking, but I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. Could we have up here onstage the presence of Mr. Michael Manley and Mr. Edward Seaga? I just want to shake hands and show the people that we’re gonna make it right, we’re gonna unite… we’ve got to unite… Jah Rastafari!” Although some enjoyed what Marley had done on stage, some called it idealistic and it was meant with heavy criticism, one person that felt that was was Peter Tosh, his former bandmate, During his own set at the concert he went into what some would call a tirade, berating both Manley and Seaga for their failures to help the poor population in Jamaica or to legalize cannabis. Directly after his speech he played a version of the song “Legalize It.”
Even with the controversy of the handshake, the One Love Peace Concert still is revered as an important moment standing for hope, reconciliation, and shared humanity during a stark politically problematic time. However, the moment did not end up de-escalating the situation. As of the present day in 2015, Jamaica amended their Ganja Law and now allows for cultivation for medical patients and permits cannabis for sacramental use by Rastafarians. With this change, sugar plantations were converted to grow cannabis and they are known to export to Canada and other areas. T The following years after the One Love Peace Concert, Marley traveled to Africa and visited areas that were important to him like Kenya and Ethiopia. These places are often seen as the homelands of Rastafarianism. The album following his travels was called Survival in 1979 and many see it as a call for greater unity. In 1980, Bob Marley & the Wailers played an official independence ceremony for the new nation of Zimbabwe. This was the year that their album Uprising was released, it featured “Redemption Song.” One of his most famous lines comes from this song: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.” The tour to promote Uprising was the last tour that Bob Marley would ever do. Unfortunately, after playing their dates throughout Europe, they were only able to play three shows in the United States, two at Madison Square Garden and one at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh. During this time, cancer that had been found in Marley had spread throughout his body. Marley then went back to Europe to undergo some treatments in Germany but was only successful in fighting off cancer for a few months. It suddenly became clear that Marley did not have much longer to live. He wanted to return to Jamaica for one last time before he passed away. Sadly, Marley did not complete his travels back home and passed away in Miami, Florida on May 11th, 1981, at the young age of 36. thechronicmagazine.com
Before his untimely passing, the Jamaican government gave him the Order of Merit. According to the Jamaica Information Service, the Order of Merit is an honor that “may be conferred upon any citizen of Jamaica or distinguished citizen of a country other than Jamaica (an honorary member) who has achieved eminent international distinction in the field of science, the arts, literature or any other endeavor. It is not conferred upon more than two persons in any one year. The motto of the Order is “He that does the truth comes into the light”, and a member of the Order is styled “The Honourable”. He additionally received the Medal of Peace from the United Nations in 1980. As he was seen as a hero in so many areas of Jamaica, more than 30,000 people attended his memorial service that was held in the National Arena in Kingston. At this ceremony, his wife, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt all sang as did the remaining members of the Wailers. Marley’s legacy is carried on by his children and now his grandchildren. Many of his children are musicians and they have also made their mark in the history books. As mentioned before, Rita had three of Marley’s children, Cedella, David “Ziggy”, and Stephen. While it has been reported that Rita has always been married to Marley, he did have other children while married to her. In total, Marley had eleven children and seven different mothers, including Rita. Other than the three that have been mentioned, Marley’s children include Sharon and Stephanie (Rita’s daughters from a previous marriage whom Marley adopted), Robert and Karen (who have chosen to live a very private life outside of the public eye), Robert Junior “Robbie”, Rohan, Julian, Ky-Mani, Damian “Junior Gong”, and Madeka. Marley’s children’s accomplishments are integral to his legacy. Sharon, Ziggy, Stephen, and Cedella founded a group called The Melody Makers in 1979. The Melody Makers featured Ziggy as a singer and guitarist, Stephen as a singer, guitarist, and drummer, and Cedella and Sharon as singers as well. Sharon was a longtime member of the group before she left to perform her own work, she is now is the curator of the Bob Marley Museum, a community organizer, and an activist. After Cedella left The Melody Makers, she went on the pursue a career in fashion. She has worked for Puma, Barneys New York, and designed the uniforms for the 2012 Jamaican Olympic team. Ziggy, who got his nickname from the David Bowie album Ziggy Stardust, has earned critical acclaim for his work in the music industry with both The Melody Makers and his own works. He has won five Grammy Awards over his career and even wrote the theme song for the well-known PBS children's show “Arthur.” Additionally, he wrote and published his own comic book called, “Maijuanaman”. Marijuanaman is likely not to be the comic many would assume it is, the premise of the comic is an extraterrestrial being called Marijuanaman who has come to Earth with an important message while he must also save his own planet. Ziggy has also done some acting work as well, he was in Shark Tale, Bear in the Big Blue House, Wonder Pets!, and Hawaii Five-0. 45
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 2000: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Bob MARLEY (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Lastly, of the members of The Melody Makers, Stephen has worked in music his entire life as well. Stephen has won eight Grammy Awards as a musician and record producer. He has worked with his siblings as well as Nelly, Michael Franti, and The Fugees. In 1993, Stephen founded the record label Ghetto Youths International with Ziggy. (There is also a Ghetto Youths Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to benefit underprivileged communities in Jamaica and around the world.) One of Stephen’s albums called Chant Down Babylon featured a fusion of his father’s original vocal outtakes from some of the recording sessions he had done for Island Records in the 1970s. He has also started the annual Kaya Fest in 2017, a musical awareness festival that focuses on cannabis, its benefits, and its educational opportunities. Another of Marley’s sons, Rohan, is a former collegiate and professional football layer; playing for both the University of Miami and the Canadian Football League’s Ottowa Rough Riders. He also co-founded the Tuff Gong clothing line and Marley Coffee businesses. (The Tuff Gong clothing line is based on the Tuff Gong record label that Bob Marley and the Wailers founded together in the early 1970s, apparel is available online but be careful, there may be some copycats out there! Marley Coffee can be found online and all over Canada. They call themselves “coffee with purpose,” they give back to One Tree Planted. One Tree Plants plants trees in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.) Marley’s adopted daughter Stephanie has focused on the business side of the family’s music and is the director of the Marley Resort and Spa; the converted former family vacation home in Nassau, Bahamas.
This resort is set on Cable Beach and surrounded by tropical gardens, it is highly rated and features 16 themed suites that blend the Marley family history and comfort perfectly. Marley’s daughter, Madeka, has made waves in the Black Lives Matter movement; she did a speech to a crowd during the 2020 Washington rallies. The final three children have all also made their own waves within the family music tradition. Julian is a Grammy Award-nominated reggae musician and a devoted follower of the Rastafarian tradition, he is also the only son of Marley that was born in England. One of Julian’s most popular songs is “Boom Draw.” Ky-Mani, whose name means “Adventurous Traveler” in East Africa, makes both reggae and dancehall music, he has worked with artists like Shaggy and Young Buck. He has also starred in a couple of films as well, “Shotta” and “One Love.” Junior Gong is the youngest of all the Marley children. He also makes reggae music, has been awarded three Grammys and has worked with a multitude of artists like Skrillex, Nas, and Mick Jagger. He is still making music and touring like some of his siblings, he is actually going on tour later this year in a few places in Europe. Since Marley had so many children, Marley has also been blessed with many grandchildren. They have also contributed to music and other creative outlets preserving the legacy of their grandfather. Having made such a movement in the music industry even after his death, Marley is quite the marvel of a man. Cedella has two children, Skip and Soul-Rebel, Cedella’s firstborn son. Skip is a singer-songwriter that has won two Grammy awards at the young age of 25. He also has songs featuring HER, Popcaan, Ari Lennox, Rick Ross, and, his uncle, Junior Gong. Ziggy has seven children: Daniel “Bombaata”, Justice, and Zuri are his adult children, Judah, Gideon, Abraham, and Isaiah are all still young children. Bombaata is a singer-songwriter, his first solo single was titled, “Live It Inna Fear,” and was produced by Junior Gong under the Ghetto Youth International label. Justice is a fashion designer with her own brand called More Justice. She focuses on streetwear that she calls “timeless,” a style that represents the well-needed message of justice. Zuri is also a singer-songwriter, she has her own music but has sung on a song by Dev Hynes called “Love Ya” under the pseudonym Blood Orange. Stephen Marley might have the most children of all of the Marley siblings. He has twelve children whom he adores: Jo Mersa, Zipporah, Shacia, Jeremiah, Benjamin, Summer, Mystic, Yohan, Stephen Junior, Lailah, and Binghi. Jo Mersa is Stephen’s eldest child and a singer-songwriter, he has created music with his cousin Bombaata such as the single, “My Girl.” Shacia is a well-known DJ who creates her own music. The rest of his children tend to live a quieter lifestyle and are said to avoid paparazzi and social media, with a grandfather as renowned as theirs it is an understandable choice. Of Marley’s adopted daughters, Sharon and Stephanie, only Sharon is reported to have any children: Donisha, Inglemar, Peter-Shane, and Matthew. Donisha Prendergast is an actor, model, dancer, and poet. She has been the lead in many pieces for “Jambiz,” a production company in Jamaica. Her first role was Karen in “Puppy Love,” after that she played Cindy Relisha in “Cindy Relisha and the DJ Prince.” One of her latest roles was of the psychotic Shamika in “The Last Stand.”
Bob Marley performs on stage with The Wailers at Houtrust Hallen on 13th May 1977 in The Hauge, Netherlands. He plays a Gibson Les Paul Special guitar. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
Ky-Mani has children as well, however, the reports vary on how many, the only ones that are clearly listed as his are Ky-Mani Junior “KJ” and Kastin. There are other reports that claim he has six children, unfortunately, it is difficult to know for sure. thechronicmagazine.com
(Apologies if some of his children are unlisted.) Junior Gong has had two children: Elijah and Christian. Elijah is twelve years old and already making moves within the music industry, he recently did a few covers, published on Tuff Gong Television’s YouTube channel, like “Three Little Birds” and “Imagine” by John Lennon. Julian Marley did have one child, Caveri, and unfortunately, she passed away due to cancer at the age of eleven. Some of Marley’s grandchildren are even from two celebrity parents like Rohan has had five children with, his now expartner, acclaimed musician and actress Lauryn Hill: Zion, Selah, Joshua, John, and Sarah. Rohan has three other children from two other relationships: Eden, Nico, and Maria. Selah is now a part of the modeling industry, she walked in Season 4 of Kanye’s Yeezy line as well as editorial shoots for magazines like Vogue. Her other noteworthy work was in Beyonce's Ivy Park campaign and in the luxury brand Miu Miu's lookbook, which she was the face of. John is also a model and has worked for the menswear line "The Brooklyn Circus.” Rohan’s son, Nico, is an American football player. He has played for Tulane and was signed by the Washington Commanders as an undrafted free agent in 2017. With all his grandchildren keeping his legacy intact it’s important to recognize some of the other achievements from Bob Marley before his tragic passing. He was and is a pillar within the cannabis and musical community who is still widely recognized and loved. He earned an induction into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 1994 and was dubbed the first international superstar to come from a so-called “Third World '' country. Additionally, in January of 2018, Island Records founder Chirs Blackwell sold the majority of their rights to Marley’s music to Primary Wave Music Publishing, which also owns some of Whitney Houston’s catalog. Primary Wave is known for its branding and marketing campaigns for what they call “the icons and legends of the business.” The founder stated that “There isn’t a crevice of the world where Bob Marley isn’t a god.” Reports of this incident claim that they own eighty percent of Marley’s catalog at the cost of nearly 50 million dollars. As of last year, Primary Wave was invested in by Oaktree Capital Music LLP with 375 million dollars. One of Marley’s main goals in his life was to fight oppression and we are able to continue his goal with the organization that was established in his memory by his family: The Bob Marley Foundation, founded by his wife Rita who has kept Marley’s spirit alive in various communities through her contribution both financial and cultural resources. His foundation is dedicated to helping people and other organizations in developing nations. The non-profit, non-government foundation’s vision is “to positively impact those around us and alleviate poverty by providing aid to vulnerable and underserved communities throughout Jamaica while enacting lasting change... through community upliftment initiatives focusing on Education, Sports, Culture, Healthcare and Sustainable Development with One Love, One Heart, One Voice.” Their continued dedication to Marley’s lifestyle is based in honesty, transparency, accountability, commitment, and integrity. Some of the Bob Marley Foundation’s previous and current partners include Women’s Health Network – Jamaica, Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment Foundation, Golden Sand Foundation, The Integrative Clinic International Organization, Nine Miles Charitable Foundation, Nine Miles United Districts Citizens Association, Wrangler Jeans, Partners for Youth Empowerment, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Jamaica Football Federation, Sandals Foundation, and Citizens of Humanity. Each of these organizations donates to areas that share the vision as Marley.
Bob Marley and the Wailers perform at the Uptown Theater, Chicago, Illinois, November 13, 1979. (Photo by Kirk West/Getty Images)
Knowing the history of Bob Marley is one part of his legacy but the other is the real impact that his music continues to make today. Fun Fact: Sirius XM Radio has a Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong station on channel 19. One of the hosts is even one of Marley’s children, Cedella, she hosts her own monthly show called, “Nice Time.” This station originates from the Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica, once monthly they have a live music session called Jam-In that features Jamaica’s more popular sounds and artists, musical and otherwise. The Marley channel is meant to be dedicated to Marley’s work as well as the generation that follows him, including his own children and grandchildren. In December of 2020, the headliner of Jam-In was the comedy duo of Ity & Fancy Cat. That year was Marley’s 75th earth strong and the 40 year anniversary of the release of “Redemption Song.” It was the perfect year for Tuff Gong International and Rita Marley to partner with SiriusXM for this channel. Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM, was quoted as saying, “Bob Marley and his music has transcended time, reaching fans and listeners of every generation across the globe. We are so proud to work with the Marley family to bring this full-time channel to life with his music, his message of social justice, and his legacy, represented by members of his family and those that knew him best.” Having his own radio station is only further proof of how much the world wants to hear his music and reggae music in general. Let’s take a moment and look at one of Marley’s most well-known and impactful songs and their lyrics. This quote comes from “Three Little Birds”: “Don't worry 'bout a thing, 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right”. Although the line is simple in nature, it has made a huge impact on many different areas of media, even if you didn't know the line was from Marley, you may have heard it before. Part of this line's impact lies in how no matter what year it is, what era, there will always be something to worry about and people will always need to relax and have faith. Now Marley can serve almost as a symbol for freedom of mind, spiritual awakenings, and ambassador of all things relating to health and wellness, both inside and out. His image calls for love, kindness, and unity. We fans can only look to the future and do our best to keep Marley’s ideals alive and strong. Within the cannabis community, it seems as if his ideas are already intertwined with them. One of his famous quotes is, “Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time changes.” This may be one of the best quotes to live and to remember Bob Marley by, keeping fairweather friends is not conducive to one's mental health and wellbeing. Be sure to live by Marley’s words and his actions, we, as his fans, can be agents for change, peace, and love, not just by partaking in cannabis.
Bob Marley And The Wailers Live In Voorburg VOORBURG, NETHERLANDS: Bob Marley performs live on stage with the Wailers in Voorburg, Holland in 1976 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
President Barack Obama Touring the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica.
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Paul Douglas with Bob Marley and the Wailers
Ky-Mani Marley performing in Strasbourg on 22 April 2012
Free Ziggy Marley concert in St. Pete. 2 June 2007 - Drew Wilson from Sarasota, FL, United States
Damian Marley performing with his Band on the red stage at Summerjam Festival on 4th of July 2015 in Köln
Kēvens & Cedella Booker in Kingston, JA
Julian Marley in concert at Sfinx festival July 29 2018
Stephen Marley - Vancouver - April 2007
Marley Brothers... Stephen, Robbie, Ziggy
House of Marley (Rohan Marley) photo 2012 PopCultureGeek.com taken by Doug Kline
Marley performing at the Dalymount Park in Dublin in July 1980
Bob Marley with an acoustic guitar c.1980
LONDON - JULY 1977: Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley (1945 1981) performs live on stage in June 1977 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
BOB MARLEY 1979 Tower Records Hollywoodl (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
When a US soldier enters the military, he or she will have a designated battle buddy. This is a person who helps inspire, mentors, and is a friend. Whether you are in basic training or on the battlefield, you have Battle Buddy throughout your service. Being in the service can be stressful. Military service people who go off to fight wars do not always return the same person. They have witnessed and experienced things we hope we never have to. Situations like war take a toll on the human body. These vets are in a constant state of readiness and in a flight or fight situation and often becoming hypervigilant. Always on high alert. How do you tamper that feeling down when you rejoin society? So many have failed at reentry into society and have turned to drugs or alcohol. The VA does what it can, but it lacks the services needed to help vets. Doctors provide pills and therapy, and sometimes that is just not enough. Nature’s Key, an Oklahoma company has developed and created a product that helps with PTSD and anxiety. It helps calm the body and ease the symptoms of situational triggers and anxiety. Articles have written about the benefits of CBD often mention its ability to assist in calming the nervous system. The product is called, and rightly so, Battle Buddy
The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. – Bob Marley
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Written by: Dawn MCGEE
In speaking with Nathan Richter, CEO of Nature’s Key, you could hear the compassion and sense of purpose in his voice. He speaks from experience and the heart. After serving in the US Army in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Mr. Richter saw and experienced firsthand the trauma of war as a soldier. Upon returning from service, he enrolled in law school and earned his law degree, and served his country once again through the legal court system. Seeing a continuing need to assist his fellow brothers and sisters at arms suffering from the trauma of war, he moved toward the cannabis industry. He is now the CEO of Nature’s Key. Today he stands behind Nature’s Key product, Battle Buddy, and the benefits vets and others receive. The product contains CBD and CBDN and four other natural herbs and comes in pill format. The website states the product is derived from Hemp and in capsule format. There is no THC in the product, so there is no psychoactive effect for the user. Nature’s Key, Battle Buddy clients have written testimonials for the product and swear by it. The product is currently available online at Nature’s Key website https://www.natureskey.us/battlebuddy.
COMPOUND GENETICS By Melissa Hall, M.Ed.
B ack on the hunt. Spring is
upon us and new growth is everywhere, along with new Cannabis strains. New genetics are an ever emerging part of any Cannabis market. In Oklahoma, Cultivators choosing the right genetics can mean everything and determine if their flower will stay on a dispensary shelf. Patients like the new, the different and a large variety of genetics to be available. For this huge 4/20 Collectors issue, I knew I had to find a new strain that was more than outstanding. I knew when I saw this powerhouse genetic collaboration between Compound Genetics and Cannarado, this was the one to show off to Oklahoma. Violet Fog, a cross of Khalifa Mints (Compound Genetics) and Grape Gasoline (Cannarado) is an absolutely stunning strain with amazing bag appeal, insane indica effects and an aroma and flavor profile that anyone will love. I found an exemplary grow of Violet Fog that was grown right here in Oklahoma by Maple Rock Veganics. Not only was I able to get an interview with the grower for Maple Rock Veganics that grew this beauty, but also more than honored to have been privileged to ask the founder and owner of Internationally renowned Compound Genetics, Chris Lynch aka Chris Compound, a few questions as well. The ChronicTell the readers and myself what cultivating Veganic cannabis entails versus other ways. Maple Rock Veganics- The major difference in Veganic Cultivation is the input selection. 61
Just Making sure everything is plant based inputs, no animal byproducts whatsoever. We use Organics Alive as base nutrients then we use lots of compost teas, Sst (Seed sprouted teas)barley sprouts, fermentations and then semi-till soil is the foundation in our garden. The Chronic: You have quite impressive genetics yourself, what are your plans for the future with your personal genetics? MRV: Yes Breeding is one of my biggest and deepest passions, In the near future I will be releasing different seed lines that I have worked for the last couple years to the public. The Chronic: Is the Violet Fog going to be a keeper for Maple Rock? MRV: Oh Yes, the violet fog is a special one checks the boxes for sure! The Chronic: What is in the future for MRV? MRV: We are in the process of opening a dispensary in Tulsa. We want to be a Vertical integrated company So we can provide everything to the patients from seed to clones to flower and Solventless hashs! A one stop shop by growers for patients no middle man! And of course producing the best and cleanest meds for the patients of Oklahoma! Maple Rock Veganics added, “I would like to think my number two in the gardens is Ryan, if it wasn’t for him this wouldn’t be possible! My mentor Jacob for showing me the way.
The seed line is coming, check @katcha_vybes on Instagram for when they’ll soon be released. My wife Kaitlynn for keeping the kids and our home life in check! And a big thank you to all the people before me who paved the way for the plant and especially the people that have lost their freedom to the unjust laws governing nature.
Exclusive Interview with Compound Genetics founder and Owner Christopher Lynch aka Chris Compound The Chronic: What do you look for when choosing a new Compound Genetics strain?
Compound Genetics: When developing genetics we look for plants with unique traits that stand out from the rest. We are focused on bringing new profiles to the market and not rehashing more of the same. The traits we focus on most are the terpene profile, plant vigor/structure, and overall experience (total potency). The Chronic: As an Internationally renowned Genetics company, what market/area does Compound Genetics want to be in that you're not currently in? Compound Genetics: We recently launched Compound Genetics in Europe at Spannabis 2022 and are excited to officially offer our flavors to growers overseas. Lookout for several exclusive seed collections for the European market dropping over the next 12 months as well as some exciting collaborations to be announced regarding The Chronic: What other new strains have Compound released in addition to Violet Fog? Compound Genetics: Some of our most trending strains currently are Apples & Bananas, Pavé, Jokerz 31, Blueberry Banana, Red Bullz, and Pink Certz. Pink Certz won first place in February at the San Francisco Transbay Challenge 3. The Chronic: What other new strains has Compound released in addition to Violet Fog? Compound Genetics: Some of our most trending strains currently are Apples & Bananas, Pavé, Jokerz 31, Blueberry Banana, Red Bullz and Pink Certz. Pink Certz won first place in February at the San Francisco Transbay Challenge 3. The Chronic: What is some advice you can give Cultivators out there on choosing the right genetics? Compound Genetics: Study the market and region your products are destined for, identify what is in demand and desired. Focus on what the consumer and medical community is asking for. If you’re cultivating for personal consumption, learn what traits you enjoy the most and pick genetics that is the best match. The Chronic: What is it that makes Compound Genetics one of the BEST Genetics available on the market right now? Compound Genetics: Compound Genetics stands apart from the rest through our dedication to quality and innovation. Our team is obsessed with new trends, fine details, and every aspect of the plant. We strive to always offer our very best work to the Cannabis Community and nothing less. Compound Genetics' much anticipated Pave Seed Collection will be dropping Spring / Summer 2022. The Chronic would like to thank Compound Genetics and Chris Compound for their time and attention and for making amazing medicine and providing it to Cultivators all over the world. Cultivators can never go wrong choosing any strain by Compound, we are so thoroughly impressed with all of their genetics. Check out their website and be sure to follow them on IG @compound_genetics and @chris_compound._ thechronicmagazine.com
Show Up to the Gator Alley (Plant Med)!
WHERE TO SMOKE
GATOR ALLEY - 1016 W Main St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106, USA
Our visit to the downtown Plant Med Dispensary greeted us with
Anyway, Plant Med is an excellent place for people who
a welcoming ambiance. Exuding the place’s penchant for
recently got their Medical Marijuana License since they
excellent hospitality and conducive environment for friends,
also provide information for those who want to explore
family, and new people to the Cannabis industry. It’s a
Cannabis options as an alternative for pain
refreshment. We were greeted with exquisite indoor
surroundings, amazing people, and rare jewel nugs. The fruity, berry-like treats our olfactory senses to the brim. It permeates
This also includes patients struggling with insomnia,
inside the shop. It’s like a cherry pop soda oozing out of the can.
PTSD, and disorders the Cannabis can mitigate. Since we’re here already, why don’t we get straight to the
On to the walls line up are the flowers. From left to right, the
point? We bought an eight of “Canadian Kush '' to start
hazes and kushes look never-ending. Fun times! As we got
the night later. I can’t help but be impressed with their
there, there was an urge - our mind map told us to tour around
shelf for the second time. They have rare nugs and some
the shop, scanning as we own it!
of the best strains to be produced. Canadian Kush made
Gator Alley - Buy, then hang. It’s a spectacle when we got there in Plant Med. The place is almost packed. Some might travel miles away to get here. I witnessed the people lining up to get buds, carts, bongs, pipes, and pieces of equipment; others for a consultation, and most of the time, just a general place to hang out and talk about Cannabis. It’s great to be a part of a culture where everyone is enthusiastic about it.
sense, though, since we’re on to some munchies later. Great to See you, Gator Alley! We had a great time, and we were able to talk to the owner. They said that people come here to have fun, and soon they will have a showroom and a larger place for the people to hang out with. Their team is planning to have a state-wide awareness and aiming to be recognized with their own brand of CannaCulture. We’re definitely looking forward to that Plant Med!
10 FACTS By DOM HART
W hen the word psilocybin is mentioned, many don’t know how to respond. Some people don’t know what it means. Others may possess some arbitrary information about psychedelics, but not enough to respond confidently. Socially, only a small percentage of conversation about magic mushrooms turns into an enthusiastic chat about the healing power of psilocybin therapy. It’s time to change the conversation. Many people focus on what has been perceived in the media which contributes to psilocybin being mislabeled and misunderstood. While the portrayals of dizzying, colorful scenes, spiritual apparitions, and tree-hugging hippies seem to hyperbolize the positive effects of psilocybin on the human mind and body, there are also negative connotations about psilocybin that precede. Sharing correct information contributes to healthier discussions and increased community wellness. 71
Here are 10 facts about psilocybin that help put weird assumptions to rest, and explain the effects of psilocybin consumption on the human brain and body: 1. Psilocybin is the pro-drug to psilocin, the psychoactive tryptamine alkaloid agent in mushrooms The mechanism by which the brain interacts with psilocybin is called dephosphorylation, a process that removes a phosphate group from the structure of psilocybin to make psilocin. Once this is done, psilocin can cross the protective blood-brain barrier. The interaction between tryptamine alkaloid psilocin and the brain is where the “trippy” effects of mushrooms come from. 2. There are over 200 different species of Psilocybe. Psilocybe Mexicana was the first to The most popularly known psilocybin mushrooms are Psilocybe cubensis (golden teacher), Psilocybe semilanceata (the Liberty Cap, and Psilocybe cyanescens (wavy cap). 3. Psilocybin effects are felt within 20 minutes of consumption and can last anywhere from 3 to 6 hours depending on the dosage. 4. Psilocybin is eliminated by the human body after 24 hours but can be detected in urine in trace amounts for up to 7 days. Generally, this information is important for consumers who are subject to drug tests for work, or other. It is also useful when studying the effects of psilocybin by self-examination. Consumers, especially those that microdose (take small, controlled doses over long periods of time for continued therapeutic aid) can calculate and calibrate their psilocybin use more accurately to fit their needs. 5. The effects of psilocybin are psychosomatic, which describes the aggregate influences that the mind has on the body. When considering psilocybin therapy for disorders such as anxiety, depression, and Alzheimers, the brain and body connection is extremely important for the improvement of individual health and wellness. 6. Psilocybin consumption greatly affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which governs cognition, social behavior, decision making, and expression of personality. Positive and lasting changes have come with micro-dosing and controlled therapy. The effects of psilocybin therapy increase responsiveness to positive emotional stimuli in the right amygdala and decreased responsiveness to negative/neutral emotional stimuli. A bait and switch on the perception of surroundings. Psilocybin is considered serotonergic which means it reacts to serotonin receptors in the brain to help mediate emotions/moods and appetite. 7. Psilocybin has a low toxicity rate, low addiction, and low abuse potential rate. The part of the brain that controls the reward mechanism for positive behavior is regulated by the mechanism by which psilocybin positively stimulates the brain, a synergistic quality of consumption. This helps to balance tolerance without the compulsive and need to increase the dosage. 8. Psilocybin consumption helps to regulate and increase glutamate concentration for normal healthy brain function and increased neuroplasticity, which leads to increased neurogenesis (forming of new neurons, specifically in the hippocampus. Dysregulation of neurogenesis in the hippocampus can lead to mood disorders, memory issues, and other deleterious effects). 9. Psilocybin is enhanced by its own entourage effect, much like cannabis. Psilocin biocytin and betacarbolines (other tryptamine alkaloids) interact to increase the efficacy and synergistic effects of psilocybin. 10. Psilocybin is used as an entheogen. An entheogen is a chemical substance that generally comes from a plant and is consumed to induce an altered and enhanced state of consciousness for spiritual or religious purposes. The idea is that the altered state brings the individual closer to God or the Source. The “ego dissolution” property of psilocybin on the brain is the key to this effect; the ability to surrender. 73
We can never learn too much about psilocybin, especially considering current research in psychedelics, tailing the legalization of cannabis as plant therapy. Psilocybin is currently a schedule 1 drug in the United States, but science is heading the race to change the manner by which it and other psychedelics are considered. The more we know collectively about psilocybin, the better we can wield it as a healing tool to preventative action and therapeutic healing. It’s even more important to learn more about psilocybin, as mushrooms are easy to grow. Accessibility to plant therapy seems much more equitable when the access is homegrown. Teaching people to grow and utilize plants as medicine contributes to financial gain as well. Psilocybin gets an associative win for that one. We intentionally put effort towards the vision of a healed collective simply by knowing a little bit more and sharing with the next person.
GANJA EXPOSÉ CELEBRITY STONER'S NEWS SCOOP
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In recent years, Tyson has revived his career by jumping into cannabis, first with his ill-fated Tyson Ranch in California and now with the reconsituted Tyson 2.0 backed by entrepreneurs Chad Bronstein and Adam Wilks. "It's unclear whether Evander Holyfield will receive a cut of the profits from this grotesque stunt."
When you visit Paper & Leaf on bucolic Bainbridge Island, just off the coast from Seattle, you might occasionally hear Blues Traveler cycle through the speakers in the gallery-like dispensary, where premium bud from Washington’s top growers is displayed in framed backlit cases. The fact that coowner Brendan Hill is the founding drummer of the Grammy-winning jam-band, who are up for a 2022 Best Traditional Blues Band Grammy for their 14th album, Traveler’s Blues (Round Hill Records), is almost coincidental.
Mike Tyson sells flowers named Toad and is now marketing a gummy brand called Mike Bites that pokes fun at one of the worst moments in sports history: When he bit the ear of Evander Holyfield during a heavyweight championship fight in 1997. The fight ended at that point in the third round and Tyson was disqualifiied. Following a 15-month suspension, Tyson boxed until 2005, losing several matches and retired.
“I like keeping them separate,” says Hill via Zoom from his Bainbridge Island home. “It’s not something I just fell into because of Blues Traveler. I started Paper & Leaf from scratch with my partner, Steve Kessler.” True pioneers, the partners moved fast.
American basketball star found with cannabis oil at airport
B-Real Debuts Flower Line at Select Dispensaries
A criminal case has been opened against Griner, who could face 10 years in jail if convicted.
Hip-hop legend B-Real is dropping his first-ever line of flower on March 28 at Dr. Greenthumb’s and Cookies dispensaries. We chatted with the Cypress Hill rapper about how his career led to a love of cannabis, the story behind his new strain, his selection process and more. Read on to get inside the mind of B-Real.
Seven-time WNBA All-Star center Brittney Griner, 31, has been detained by the Russian Federal Customs Service after it claims to have found cannabis oil in her luggage, according to the New York Times and Russian news agency TASS. She currently plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg, a women's basketball team that competes in the Russian Premier League. On March 5, Russian state TV released an undated photo of Griner taken at a police station. "An expert determined that the liquid is a narcotic drug, cannabis oil. A criminal case has been opened against an American citizen for smuggling a significant amount of drugs."
What inspired you to start this line of flower, and why is cannabis important to you? Dr. Greenthumb’s goes back to a time when the only people around cannabis were the ones who loved it, or perhaps trying to lock you up for it.
Blues Traveler Drummer Owns a Cannabis Dispensary in Washington State
Mike Bites Brand Mocks Evander Holyfield with Grotesque Ear Gummies
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