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“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits – and millions of Americans agree with me.” –Hunter S. Thompson

April is one of my favorite months of the year. There are a lot of reasons for that. First of all, my beautiful daughter came into the world a year ago this month. Also it is the month my amazing partner Jackie and I met 17 years ago. It is the first full month of spring and of course there is 4/20. To me, I always viewed 4/20 as a yearly call to arms, so to speak, for cannabis activists everywhere. It is that day of the year that we would unabashedly congregate in droves to celebrate our love of the cannabis plant and consume it in public for all to see. It has been our day to say, “We don’t accept the limits the man has placed on our freedoms and the freedom of this amazing plant.” It has been a day of mass protest and peaceful civil disobedience. In Colorado the protests of the past have evolved into a celebration for all we have accomplished. And it is as it should be. We deserve the right to celebrate our newly found freedom. Of course in all of the states that don’t enjoy the freedom we have gained in Colorado, it will remain an act of protest until the cannabis plant is legal across the entire country. But here in Colorado I wonder how long the 4/20 celebrations can go before they lose their luster. I wonder this because throughout my monthly pop-ins to dispensaries I have asked what everyone is doing for 4/20. More often than not I have witnessed a bit of a sigh from employees, that they will be of course holding some kind of special deals for patrons but they are not that excited about it. I find it akin to the feeling bartenders have as they approach New Year’s Eve. The common sentiment is that they would rather be spending some time with friends in the mountains or at home than dealing with the masses. This in turn makes me ponder if 4/20 will eventually become overly commercialized, as we tend to do with any holiday in this country. Will Hallmark come up with a 4/20 line of greeting cards? When will 1-800-Flowers or FTD come up with a cannabis bouquet for the occasion? …On second thought that kind of sounds amazing. Maybe it is inevitable that as we move into the mainstream. The romanticism of past years will be thought of with nostalgia as we cringe at what 4/20 may turn into. But until that time comes, let’s celebrate the fact that after over 80 years of prohibition we are winning the war on cannabis and working to change the world for the better. Just do me one favor, please light up with your friends and toke to all of the prisoners of prohibition who are still unjustly incarcerated for partaking in a plant, and give thanks to all of those that have fought so hard for you to enjoy the freedoms you have today in our great state. May you have a safe 4/20 filled with great friends, lots of laughter and quality ganja!

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Contents 6

A Letter to Our Readers


The Green Scene Colorado’s Hottest Events and books from Green Candy Press


In the Spotlight Disposable vaporizers, e-nail and ashtray - oh my!


The Hedi Council 2015 Spring Capsule Collection


Featured Artist 2BA Glass

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Tasty Meds Colorado’s best medicated products

Hemp Eats


Home Grown 101


De Beque, Colorado

Cannabis Treats


Cannabis News Stuff you should know about


High Maintenance

Hit web series creators, Katja Blichfed and Ben Sinclair

Event Highlights Cannabis Business Conference & Executive Breakfast


Alzheimer’s and Cannabis Dr. Nicola Davies on cannabis and the disease

Sussin’ out the situation with Bubba Kush

How this town is using rec cannabis for their economy

Chicken and waffles

4/20 sweets from the kitchen of Ashley Ebert




The Hemp Maverick Bill Althouse, THC’s new Hemp Editor


The History of Hemp Part IV 1940-1945


Legal Cannabis Challenge Western Slope Sheriffs aren’t having it


The High Reel Cannabis Documentary: “The Culture High”


A Runner’s High Avery Collins, ultra-marathoner, supports cannabis


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Dispensary Guide Coupons Index

Dispensary Guide DENVER 77 The Clinic 74 The Giving Tree of Denver 74 Infinite Wellness 74 Kind Pain Management 75 MMD of Colorado 76 Northern Lights Cannabis Company 78 Physician Preferred Products 75 Preferred Organic Therapy 75 Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine 75 Walking Raven

COLORADO SPRINGS 74 Club History Vape Lounge 74 Original Cannabis Growers 74 The Organic Seed

NORTHERN COLORADO 74 Infinite Wellness 9

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The GREEN Scene


April 14th-15th BIG Industry Show @ The Denver Mart 451 East 58th Ave. Denver, CO 80216 April 14th-15th BIG Galleria LIVE Glass Art Exhibition @ The Denver Mart 451 East 58th Ave. Denver, CO 80216 April 15th Horticulture 360 @ The Denver Mart 451 East 58th Ave. Denver, CO 80216 April 18th Unleashing Success Conference - Embracing You Aloft Broomfield Denver 8300 Arista Place Broomfield, CO 80021 April 18th Barrington Levy Casselman’s Bar and Venue 2620 Walnut Street Denver, CO April 18th 40oz to Freedom Barkley’s Ballroom Frisco, CO $10 presale/$13 at the door April 18th-20th Denver’s Cannabis Cup @ The Denver Mart 451 East 58th Ave. Denver, CO 80216 May 14th Mother’s High Tea History Colorado Center Mountain View Room 1200 Broadway Denver, CO 80203

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Good Reads Reviewed by Caroline Hayes

The Medical Cannabis Guidebook: The Definitive Guide to Using and Growing Medical Marijuana Authors Mel Thomas and Jeff Ditchfield This is a wonderful book, perfect for everyone, from beginners to experts. From a basic introduction of our beloved cannabis plant, to administration techniques to cannabis cures. The beginning of this book really covers the need-to-knows of medical cannabis.

information is printed, the more the nation will see how we can all benefit from hemp, and hopefully legalize it nationwide one day, allowing American farmers to cultivate this wonder plant. From facts, to recommended dosages to a few recipes, this chapter has a myriad of information.

From there, authors Jeff Ditchfield and Mel Thomas take the reader into a more complex idea: making cannabis oil. Now, I’m all for homemade goods, but I think these authors don’t stress enough how incredibly dangerous it is to make butane hash at home, or touch on how it’s illegal in a few states. Other than that, this chapter is extremely informative with pictures and step-by-step instructions, as well as explaining the benefits of all the different kinds of oil.

The rest of the book gives the reader tips on how to turn their medical cannabis products into food, which is always welcomed by cannabis connoisseurs. The following chapter provides in depth information on how to grow your own, and lastly there are some frequently asked questions, of which I learned a thing or two from.

My favorite chapter: Hemp Nutrition and Health. The more this important

The Medical Cannabis Guidebook is a resourceful tool that should act as an informative reference guide, kept on every cannabis consumer’s bookshelf.

Cannabis Sativa

The Essential Guide to the World’s Finest Marijuana Strains, Volume 3 Author S.T. Oner with an introduction by The Rev Back again with another installment of Cannabis Sativa, S.T. Oner brings us 100 more tasty sativas to read and drool over. From classics such as Jack the Ripper to rareties named Pineapple Fields, cannabis connoisseurs are sure to learn a thing or two from this third edition.

Cannabis Sativa V3 is a great way to learn about new strains and seed companies to keep your ever evolving cannabis palate satisfied. This 200+ page is filled with detailed descriptions and beautiful photos of each strain. This book should keep you busy for awhile.

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In the Spotlight Products ProductsWe WeLove Love

Disposable Vaporizers

by Tao

Convenience is sometimes hard to find when it comes to vape pens. There’s all this packing, unpacking, cleaning, and replacing of the heating element. What if there was a pen that was effective and disposable? Well Tao’s Disposable Vaporizers are just that. The Tao VaporX Medical-Grade Vaporizer supports the use of dry herb and wax. As a person who favors flower over concentrates, I was excited about this pen. It seems as though every time someone hands me a pen there’s hash in it instead of my beloved dry herb. This pen works great for both.

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Reviewed by Hazy Cakes Think disposable vapor pens are a waste? Tao offers a recycling service where the used vape pen can be sent back to them, and then you can receive 50 percent off the next pen purchase. I have to note this, if you are looking for a true vape, this might not be for you. There’s not a temp gauge but I would guess the weed burns at about 445° or maybe even higher. Because of this, there is a little smoke that is produced, so be cautious if trying to use in a discreet place, say a hotel room. It does, however, do the job of making you feel good and definitely isn’t as harsh as a joint, bong, etc.

For being disposable, the VaporX has a nice sleek look to it, with a matte and glossy finish. They come in five cool colors and the size is just right - not too clunky or flashy. The heating unit is ceramic and is made of medical-grade titanium-plated heating coil. It also comes with a keychainready packing/dabbing tool to help you get the bowl loaded, which is decent sized. I was able to get about five good rips off it before having to repack it, but I’m sure you could stretch that number if you packed it a little tighter. The package claims there are about 500 hits per pen.

Perfect for on the go, discreet vaping. The VaporX is great to take on vacation to use when your destination has been reached, or to purchase when you get to Colorado for 420 weekend celebrations and recycle before leaving, or just a night out when you don’t want to be responsible for not losing your nice, $200+ vapor pen.

It’s also extremely easy to use and there’s a list of instructions on the package to help squash any confusion about how to load it and use it.

If you like Tao’s disposable pens you see here, be sure to check out their nondisposable vapes and nation-wide retail locations at

This product is handy for people who are coming to CO who want to vape while visiting but don’t want to travel home with anything used, or drop a pretty penny on a vape they wont be taking home with them.

Cloud Box E-Nail Spoon by Cloud Penz

Reviewed by Monocle Man

Dabs are all the rage nowadays and there’s no better way to dab than with an e-nail. No more worries about your torch being empty and you don’t have a can of butane laying around. Now you can just press a couple buttons and have a nail hot and ready to go for a long dab session. Our friends at Cloud Pen have come out with their Cloud Box kit that will truly step your game up. Each unit comes with the Cloud Box concentration box, heater coil with five-foot detachable cord, 14/18mm male dome-less GR2 Titanium nail, six-foot detachable power cord and instruction sheet. The heating coil is already installed on the nail so you don’t have to mess with anything. It’s basically plug and play, but before you start dabbing make sure to read over the instruction manual. It’s pretty straightforward but don’t be that guy that sets your place on fire because you couldn’t wait a few extra minutes. After giving it a read over, you are ready to get the box set up. The power cord goes in the back of the unit and the heating coil is plugged into the

front. On the top of the Cloud Box is the digital display and three buttons that control power, temperature and settings. To turn on the unit you press down the Enter button for a couple of seconds and the LCD screen will light up. You can change the temperature to your liking by scrolling through the menu options. The Cloud Box is extremely user friendly and makes it easy to operate. A great feature that it has is the automatic shut off timer. You can program from 3 to 420 minutes for the Cloud Box unit to turn off on its own. The LCD screen will also let you know when the nail is safe to touch. It will blink “HOT” until the coil and nail are safe to handle. If you primarily dab, getting a Cloud Box is a sound investment. Ever since we got this, our torches have been collecting dust as the Cloud Box is the new go-to. Visit Cloud Penz website to check out the Cloud Box and the other new products they have available.

X Stickler Ashtray

by Compton Grinder

Reviewed by Monocle Man

The ashtray. Usually what ashtray you choose to use is just an afterthought. Well Compton Grinders has put a bit of thought into how to make the ashtray not only durable, but also more functional for the cannabis connoisseur. For starters their X Stickler Ashtray is made from airplane grade aluminum. That means it is never going to break on you and it cleans easily to maintain its looks-likenew shine. Have a little resin stuck to it? All you have to do is apply a little flame on it and wipe it with a wet paper towel and it is as good as new. Not as easy to do with a glass

ashtray and impossible to do with a plastic one. It also comes with a removable aluminum poker that is just as easy to keep clean. Usually with a removable poker I always find that at some point I will lose it, but they have provided four holes in the corners to sheath it so you never spend any time wondering where the heck that poker ran off to. The poker can also double as a packer for joints or blunts. For $39.99 it might seem a bit pricey for an ashtray, but it may just be the last one you ever buy. The X Stickler is made in the USA and can be found at 19

Hustleman in the Coconuts and Kush hat and shirt combo

Catch Lungs in the Mountain Rambler 5 Panel Hat and Stormtrooper OG shirt

by Caroline Hayes

It’s been about a year since we have checked in with Denver’s The Hedi Council and boy are we so glad that we did. Owners Jonathan Liberto and Lauren King are about to drop the 2015 Spring Capsule Collection, and with all the fresh colors and improved styles, we are so excited to tell you, our fashion connoisseurs, all about it. So what’s the Spring Capsule Collection all about? There’s a new hemp hat among five other new lids, fresh colors like mint and indigo have been incorporated, two-toned button downs that have matching jogger sweats, U.S. made socks and “the long awaited Coconuts and Kush Cabana shirt and matching bucket hat,” explained King, who is very excited about this new launch. “The Hedi Council 2015 Spring Capsule Collection was inspired by today’s trending streetwear fashion.” The colors and styles are so vibrant and fun, and it’s fantastic to see a Colorado company growing. The new hats are thicker and sturdier than ever, have personalized eyelets, which read “Freshly Baked by The Hedi Council” and have uniquely designed satin lining. The styles range from 5 panel to flat bill, snap back and fitted. There really is something for everyone’s style with this new line. Some feature hemp, others leather and even denim. All of the gear you see is going to launch on 420 weekend, so be sure to come to the BIG Industry Show and check out their booth (number 603)! Be sure to check out for all the new styles that have come out since their last appearance in THC Mag.

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From left to right: Mountain Rambler 5 Panel, Coconuts and Kush Bucket Hat, THC Classic Snapback, Headeye Hat, Soap Stoned Hat, Cursive Arch, Headeye Hat, THC Classic Snapback and Cursive Arch 21

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Leaf Pendents

2ba Concave Faceted Tidal Stones

We couldn’t think of a better artist to feature for THC’S 420 issue. Alex Ubatuba, a.k.a 2ba, is a staple in Colorado’s glass scene. Vibrant colors and insanely original techniques are just a few of the fantastic qualities 2ba’s glasswork exhibits. His work has shown a variety, from pipes to sculptural art, over the years.

Glassworks by Alex Ubatuba by Caroline Hayes

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THC: What’s your favorite piece or collaboration you have done?

We are excited to introduce him to you (if you don’t already know his work) because 2ba is an artist who truly shows growth and improvement in his work, and that is one of many reasons we are excited to showcase some of his new and old works this month. He’s a true leader when it comes to the glass industry.

2BA: My favorite pieces are the Living Light Sculptures. They are frosted clear glass with a rainbow display of LEDs to light them up. The pieces started as a fun piece called “Europan Invertebrates” to make for the 2012 Sonic Bloom festival in Colorado. I realized what the impact of large scale and vibrant art can bring to people, as well as the opportunities that can arise. The sculptures shift through the spectrums of light to make the appearance of the organism being alive or breathing. Most people that observe them take a certain amount of time to explore the piece versus glancing and going to the next object.

THC: How did you get into blowing glass?

THC: What or who is your biggest inspiration in life?

2BA: I wanted to learn how to make a glass pipe.

2BA: My parents for working as hard as they did to provide the opportunities they did for my sisters and brothers. I strive to work as hard as they did.

THC: What’s the most important thing you have learned either about yourself or the trade since you first started? 2BA: Making anything out of glass requires lots of patience. I have been working with glass for almost 15 years now, yet am still learning new techniques and aesthetics to explore constantly. It can take a lifetime to master the craft of blowing glass and I plan to do so as long as I exist. THC: From where do you work? 2BA: I currently work in a studio called The Portal outside of Denver. It is a great facility my friend Calvin Mickle (Calm Glass) and I built two years ago. THC: What do you hope to achieve through your talents? 2BA: I hope to move into architectural or permanent installations with the Living Light Sculptures. I am just waiting for the right opportunity or person to surface. We have all the equipment necessary at the studio to make some incredibly large-scale installations, with a combination of skill from some of the world’s best contemporary lampworkers. I know I will be able to give back more than I currently can if it takes off. THC: Tell me what you are currently working on. 2BA: I have recently been making the largest components to date for the next Living Light Sculpture. These pieces will be on a whole new level of scale and are extremely challenging to finish. I’ll be working on a few new projects throughout the year.  

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THC: Please name something you’d like our readers to know about you or the glass industry. 2BA: The glass pipe industry has seen some major growth post legalization. It’s an exciting time because of the abundance and amount of people doing it now, which has allowed many talented artists to push the limits of the material. What you will see are some of the most advanced bodies of work begin to surface from some of the most highly skilled in the industry. Every year you think you have seen the peak of technique and advancement of the art, but then something gets made that turns everyone’s head sideways all over again. It’s amazing to witness the progression of the industry since the federal raids disrupted the entire industry in 2003. Now with legalization, many artists feel safe to create and show the face behind it as well. I know I am personally trying to make the most complicated pieces I can while the progression of legalization keeps moving forward. It’s a good time to show what we are capable of as artists. I feel some great designers and artists beyond glass will surface from this industry over time. THC: With that being said, please remember to support local artists as much as possible. Wouldn’t you rather support the guy down the street verses something imported from China? Thank you so much for your time, 2BA! 2BA’s work can be viewed in Denver at Illuzion Glass Galleries and Explore Glass Art Gallery in Denver. Make your 420 weekend complete by stopping in one of these shops to shop some of the country’s best glassworks and catch 2BA’s lively art in person. Follow him on Instagram @alexubatuba to view his work.

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Celestial Faberge by 2ba and Quave, photo by Oil Brothers


Tasty Meds

Reviews of Colorado’s finest medicated products Pineapple Toasted Coconut Sucker by Mountain High Suckers review by Sam Ruderman

The Pineapple Toasted Coconut sucker from Mountain High Suckers is potent in both THC and CBD. First off, this lollipop looks amazing. The toasted coconut flakes are suspended in pineapple infused deliciousness. While the pineapple flavor dominates, the toasted coconut flakes are a tasty reward the more you suck.  This discreet treat can be taken anywhere and is perfect for the on-the-go cannabis consumer. It takes a while for the lollipop to dissolve in your mouth, creating what I’d call a “slow-release” effect. The CBD provides a pleasant body high, while the 28 mgs of THC will leave you with more of the lingering, yet enjoyable, stoney-baloney type high. I would recommend this sucker for when you are hung-over and want to take a two-hour nap during the day. It comes on slow, but it’s strong, and it lasts the better part of a day. I enjoyed this edible, and I am excited to try the other unique flavors available from Mountain High Suckers

King Banana PHO Wax by Craft 710 reviewed by Monocle Man

Craft 710 is one of the newer concentrate companies to hit the market. I’ve been following them on social media for a little bit now and have been anxious to try their product. A big thing that sets Craft 710 apart from other concentrate companies is their PHO. No not that soup people can’t get enough of, it’s propane hash oil. It’s the first time I’ve really seen a company offer propane extraction and I was intrigued to try it. The stars had finally aligned and I stopped in Herbal Remedies in Denver, where they had a variety of strains available. One of the budtenders recommended the King Banana and I gladly took the recommendation. The PHO wax looks similar to what you get with BHO but there were a couple differences. A big thing was the PHO was much easier to work with. Craft 710 cuts perfect squared grams that don’t crumble and break apart like other wax. These will almost snap apart and wont burst into pieces. One thing I quickly noticed after trying a dab was a lot of characteristics of the flower come through with the extraction. There was a robust terpene profile that lingered on my fingers after I dropped a little chunk off. It had a cerebral high but was still clear headed. I found it to work great for stress and it helped with some discomfort I was having in my neck. It was a nice experience for my first time trying propane extracted concentrates. Make sure to follow Craft 710 on social media to stay up to date with which centers have their PHO in stock.,

Sativa Quad Dose by Cheeba Chew - 70mg reviewed by Monocle Man

Cheeba Chews can be found in pretty much any medical center across the state. Their tasty infused chocolate taffies have become a staple in the industry for edibles. The Sativa Quad Dose is a staff favorite here at THC Magazine. At 70mg this tasty chocolate packs a punch. For someone who is new to edibles I would recommend cutting the Cheeba Chew into small pieces. It may prove to be hard to just have one or two small pieces because these things are delicious. Since eating edibles is in my job description I could easily eat half and be operational. So I did just that and took a huge bite into the soft, creamy chocolate. The initial effects took about 15 minutes to start kicking in. There was a light body high that slowly took over my body. The Sativa hash oil gave me some pep and had a clean head high. Some edibles can knock you down for the count but these will keep you going. If you haven’t had a Cheeba Chew before, what are you waiting for? Chew wisely and pick Cheeba Chews. Check out their website for more information on their full line of products.

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Tahoe x Banana Live Resin by Viola Extracts reviewed by DJ Reetz

Viola Extracts is a new concentrate company I just recently tried, and I’m glad I did. The Tahoe x Banana Live Resin was the one that peaked the most interest. Live resin is a concentrate that is made from plant material that has been frozen right after being taken down. It can bring out more of the terpene and flavor profile from the flower. This run from Viola was an alluring, translucent, light golden slab that glistened on the white parchment paper. There was a mellow citrus aroma that wafted up when I unfolded the parchment paper. The flavor is were this run really shines. Every dab was smooth and had a sweet taste. My eyes would almost immediately shut and become heavy after exhaling. A strong indica high followed and I wasn’t planning on leaving my bed. Save this for your nighttime dabs as this had a very stoney high and you will find yourself zoning out quite often. After a few dabs a nap was in order. I awoke from my slumber a few hours later ready for another dab. This one was the knock out punch and had me down for the count. Viola Extracts made a solid first impression with me and I plan on picking up more of their concentrates in the future.

Scrumptious Cherry Pie Bar by Mountain Medicine - 225mg reviewed by Monocle Man

The fine folks at Mountain Medicine have been cooking up something special for patients since 2009. Their delicious hand-crafted edibles have been awarded third place in the 2011 and 2013 High Times Cannabis Cup here in Denver. Mountain Medicine makes a variety of chocolate bites and baked goods that will be sure to take care of that sweet tooth. We went with the Scrumptious Cherry Pie Bar for this review. At 225mg of THC this should be for patients who have experience with higher dosed edibles. Mountain Medicine uses cannabutter, which you don’t see a lot of companies doing anymore. Cannabutter with the ingredients that go into the cherry pie bar is a marvelous marriage of flavors. The delightful cherry filling lies inside of a piecrust on the bottom and a freshly made oatmeal crust on top. A rich rush of cherry and brown sugar hits your taste buds with a hint of the cannabutter. I planned on only eating a quarter of it, but before I knew I had eaten most of the bar. It was a weeknight and I had to be up early so I had to put the rest away. It was a couple hours for the full effects to kick in, but when it did I was floored. My eyes became heavy and my body felt like it got an amazing massage. Needless to say I went to sleep not long after the effects were in full force. That night I slept like a baby and surprisingly woke up clear headed and refreshed. It’s easy to see why Mountain Medicine has been awarded multiple times because they make a fantastic product. Check out Mountain Medicines website to see where you can purchase their edibles and get your goat on.

Guerrilla Glue #4 & Harlequin Water Hash by DRx reviewed by DJ Reetz

Sometimes there is nothing better than some quality water extracted hash. Good old bubble that is full of flavor and terpene profiles and leaves you stoney. DRx makes some of the finest quality ice water hash in the state. For this review we tried out their Guerrilla Glue #4 120μ and Harlequin 73μ. Their hash comes in a black glass childproof container with color temper tape sealing the top. Right off the bat the Guerrilla Glue #4 looked and smelled wonderful. It was a stunning light golden brown and smelled of pungent lemon citrus. The Guerrilla Glue had a similar taste as it bubbled and melted away as the flame danced across my pipe. A body numbing and deep head high took over and I was glued to the couch after smoking a bowl. I can suffer from insomnia and this was perfect as a nightcap and I slept soundly. Harlequin is a Sativa dominant strain known for being high in CBD. When ever I see anything with Harlequin in it at a dispensary it is usually leaving with me. It was much darker in color and didn’t have as robust of a terpene profile. The high was much more clear headed and functional. It was a great day-smoke while I was working. Overall I was very impressed with what the team at DRx does with their ice water extractions. If you like concentrates and haven’t tried ice water extractions before, DRx is a company you need to check out. Hit up their website to find out more information. 29

Featured Strain

KABOOM Kaboom is very motivating and is an excellent choice when you need to get things done. The high that results from smoking Kaboom is intense and fast paced. This award winning 80 percent sativa dominant strain is a cross of Vortex and Jack’s Cleaner. The plants have large, towering colas dripping with resin that almost appear glass coated. As you smoke it, the flavor develops deliciously and displays a variety of scents including tart lemon, spicy hash, sour pineapple, and good ol’ skunk. Kaboom provides excellent pain relief, making it a good choice for medical patients. It is also a very high THC strain, with test results ranging from 30-32 percent. If you have stuff to do, Kaboom is the strain for you! Northern Lights’ cannabis is grown in a coco fiber medium and our genetics are sourced from TGA. Although we use mostly organic products, we are not fully organic. Matt Lopez is our Lead Grower and has grown our awesome cannabis since 2011. Northern Lights Cannabis Company opened in 2010 as a Medical dispensary. Northern Lights was one of 24 shops in all of Colorado to open January 1, 2014 for adult use. Our priority at Northern Lights is great customer service and customer education. Every purchase is weighed out in front of clients to give them the best experience possible. Our budtenders are highly knowledgeable and you will find your experience at Northern Lights Cannabis Company is something you will want to tell your friends about. Come and see “Where your buds are.”

Northern Lights Cannabis Company is located at 2045 Sheridan Blvd. Suite B, Edgewater, CO 80214. We are open from 9AM to 10PM daily. Our phone number is 303-274-6495 and our website is You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Questions may be directed to

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Hemp Eats Hemp Fried Chicken Tenders Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 (3.5) pounds of chicken breast, cut into strips, washed and dried 3 cups Panko breadcrumbs 1 cup hemp seeds 1 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper 1 Tbsp salt 1 Tbsp onion powder 1 Tbsp garlic powder 3 cups all-purpose flour 7 eggs, beaten Vegetable oil for frying Directions: In a shallow dish, mix together breadcrumbs, hemp seeds, paprika, cayenne, salt, onion and garlic powder.

In 2 separate shallow dishes, place the flour and eggs. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet on the stove until the oil is hot enough, which you can test by throwing down a little bit of flour. If it sizzles, it’s ready. Dredge the chicken first in the flour, then the eggs and then the hemp seeds and breadcrumb mixture. Fry the chicken about 5 minutes on each side, until chicken is 165°F internally.

Cheesy, Hempy Waffles Yields 8 square waffles

Ingredients: 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp baking powder ½ Tbsp sugar 2 tsp sea salt 2 cups whole milk 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted 1 cup sharp cheddar, freshly grated ½ cup hemp seeds pepper for taste Cooking spray Directions: Heat up waffle iron. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flower and baking powder, sugar and salt.

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In a separate, medium sized bowl, whisk together the whole milk, lightly beaten eggs and melted butter. Make a well in your dry mixture and pour in liquids. Fold all ingredients together until combined. Stir in cheddar cheese and hempseeds, and pepper to taste. Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour in batter to fill each waffle, close lid and cook for about 6-7 minutes.


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Cannabis Treats 420 recipes from the kitchen of Ashley Ebert

GF Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Black Raspberry Frosting Yields 12 cupcakes Ingredients: For the cupcakes: 1 ½ cups GF All Purpose Flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp xanthum gum ¼ tsp salt ½ cup infused coconut oil, melted 3 eggs 1¼ cup sugar ¾ cup buttermilk 1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste For the icing: ½ cup butter, room temp 8 oz cream cheese, room temp 1 tsp coconut extract ¼ cup black raspberry preserves 5-7 cups powdered sugar Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Beat the eggs, coconut oil, buttermilk, sugar and vanilla bean paste together. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthum gum. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet. Fill the cupcake liners with the cupcake mixture, about 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes before icing. For the icing: Beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Blend in the coconut extract, and preserves. Add the powdered sugar cup by cup. Ice and enjoy!

GF Peanut Butter Pie Bar

Yields 16 bars Ingredients: Base: ½ cup medicated coconut oil, at room temperature ½ cup light brown sugar ½ cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1 egg 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1 1/3 cup GF all purpose flour 2 Tbsp corn starch 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp xanthum gum

Topping: Layer 1: 16-oz chunky peanut butter 8-oz cream cheese 1 cup sugar ½ cup heavy whipping cream Layer 2: 1 cup heavy whippy cream ¼ cup sugar 1 ½ cup dark chocolate chips, melted Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 11 x 15 baking pan. Beat the sugars, coconut oil together until blended. Add the vanilla extract, salt,

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and egg. Blend, then add remaining ingredients. Press into pan. Leave in fridge for 2-5 hours. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. Let cool for 2 hours before topping. Topping: Layer 1: Cream together the cream cheese and peanut butter until fluffy. Add sugar. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream for 3-4 minutes, of until medium peaks. Fold whipping cream into peanut butter mixture until fully incorporated. Spread evenly over the base. Layer 2: Beat whipping cream and sugar together until medium peaks, 3-5 minutes. Spread over layer 1. Top with ingredients




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Cannabis News by DJ Reetz

Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced in Congress

barred from spending money to enact legalization and has been engaged in a continued struggle with members of Congress, it hasn’t stopped officials from passing ordinances relating to legal marijuana.

A bi-partisan group of senators and representatives has introduced dual bills that will end the federal ban on medical marijuana. Dubbed the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States, or CARERS, act, identical versions of the bill are moving through the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The act is intended to clear up discrepancies between federal law and the 23 states that currently allow for medical marijuana with regard to banking, move marijuana from schedule I to schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act, separate cannabidiol from the definition of marijuana, allow for further research into marijuana, and also give VA doctors the option to write marijuana referrals for veterans. Whether the bills can make it through both houses of congress unscathed remains to be seen.

One such ordinance passed by the D.C. City Council bans smoking in private clubs. Another bill prohibits prospective employers from testing job applicants for marijuana before they’ve proffered a conditional job offer. However, employers are still allowed to test for marijuana during employment, and federal jobs and contractors are omitted.

Resolution to Kettle Falls Five Case

In a seemingly unlikely turn of events, a member of the Texas State Legislature has proposed a bill legalizing marijuana in all its forms. Republican State Rep. David Simpson is proposing that Texans treat cannabis the same as any other plant, citing the infallible nature of the Creator as his reason.

The much-beleaguered trial of a small group of marijuana growers in Washington State has reached its long-awaited conclusion, leaving neither side with a clear victory. The trial of the so-called “Kettle Falls Five” ended with the conviction of Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, her son Rolland Gregg and his wife Michelle Gregg in federal court for cultivation of marijuana. While not necessarily a victory for the family, who claimed to be growing medical marijuana, the three remaining defendants managed to avoid conviction on the more serious weapons and drug trafficking charges, which potentially carry much harder prison sentences. Charges against Larry Harvey — the father of Rolland Gregg — were earlier dismissed after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and the fifth member of the five agreed to a plea agreement in exchange for testimony against the remaining three.

Medical Marijuana Defense Successful in Florida While medical marijuana growers in a state where both medical and adultuse marijuana is permitted are being convicted for marijuana-related crimes, one man has successfully avoided a conviction with a medical necessity defense in a state that has only a minimal, CBD-only marijuana law on the books. The 50-year-old man from Fort Lauderdale made the case that he needed marijuana to help ease the nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite and insomnia that resulted from his anorexia, and was acquitted of charges of manufacturing marijuana during a jury trial on the basis of his medical need

DC Feeling the Growing Pains of Progress The path to the overwhelmingly voter-supported legalization of marijuana in Washington D.C. has been rocky to say the least. While the city is still

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Meanwhile, the New York Daily News is reporting police in D.C. have been returning marijuana found to be under two ounces to jailed suspects upon being freed, in accordance with the District’s legalization measure.

Conservative Christian Texas Legislator Makes the Case for Marijuana

“All that God created is good, including marijuana. God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix,” said Rep. Simpson according to the Dallas Observer.

More Confirmation That Americans Want Legalization One of the most significant surveys of the American populace has confirmed that a majority now favor legalizing marijuana. The General Social Survey conducted the inquiry between March and October 2014, and found that 52 percent of responders were in favor of legalization, while only 42 percent opposed it. The survey is the latest that seems to indicate Americans are ready for a change from prohibition, and is especially significant because it was conducted during a time period when a fully fledged legal market was in operation in Colorado and Washington.

New Hampshire Looks to Legalize Hemp The New Hampshire House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would end the ban on hemp cultivation in the state. The bill had bipartisan support, with two Democrat and two Republican sponsors. As of this writing the bill had not yet cleared the state senate, though given the support in the house it seems likely to do so.

Washington Town Enters the Marijuana Trade The small town of North Bonneville in Washington’s section of the Columbia River Gorge is opening its own pot shop. The shop will be run and owned by the city itself, which means all revenue goes to city coffers. The shop is

Across the Globe expected to bring in $200,000 in annual revenue for the small town of less than 1,000 people, an amount that is roughly equivalent to 20 percent of the city’s budget. The shop will be the first of its kind operated by a government body in the country.

CU Begins Studying the Effects of CBD on Parkinson’s A study conducted at the University of Colorado School of Medicine will test the efficacy of cannabidiol as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The study is being conducted as part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Medical Marijuana Research Grant Program, which earlier this year allocated $9 million to conduct such studies. Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological disease that most commonly manifests as tremors and is not currently listed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Colorado.

Sales of Hemp Products Estimated at Over $620 Million in 2014 The Hemp Industry Association is estimating that over $620 million in hemp products were sold in the United States during 2014. The figure consists of $200 million in hemp food products, though that number does not include the amount sold by Whole Foods and Costco, which do not provide sales data, likely making this figure a low-ball estimate. The remaining $420 million comes from fabrics, construction materials and the like. Most of the hemp accounting for these millions originated overseas.

again because of federal law) they are assessed a 10 percent fee for paying taxes in cash. Allgreens in Denver has successfully fought back against at least the later part of this unfair tax predicament. The IRS has agreed to refund the dispensary $25,000 in fees and abate future penalty payments after the dispensary filed a petition in U.S. Tax Court. However, while this looks to be a positive development for legal marijuana purveyors, the full effect of the IRS decision is yet to be seen. “If this had gone through to a successful verdict in court, it would be a precedent, but this is a concession and an agreement (the IRS) will abate penalties to those who pay in cash and don’t have access to the payments system,” Allgreens’ attorney, Rachel Gillette, told The Denver Post.

Police Raid in the Only Cannabis Club in Alaska That You’ve Heard Of Charlo Greene, the Alaskan woman famous for her “Fuck it, I quit” transition from news anchor to full-time dispensary owner and marijuana advocate, is under investigation by Anchorage police after a raid on the Alaska Cannabis Club, of which she is CEO. During the course of executing a search warrant, police were seen removing boxes and bags, even confiscating two cars. The warrant stems from a claim that the club was selling marijuana illegally. While possession of marijuana in Alaska is legal, licenses for adult-use sales have not yet been issued, making any non-medical sales illegal. As of this writing no charges have been filed.

Marijuana Arrests Down in Colorado, Racial Georgia Legalizes Medical Marijuana, Kind Of Disparity Persists A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance shows that arrests for marijuana related offences have dropped significantly since 2010. According to the report possession charges are down by 90 percent, cultivation charges are down by 96 percent, distribution charges have dropped by 99 percent and marijuana related incidents are down by 53 percent. While this decrease in arrests can be easily explained by the enactment of Amendment 64, the unfortunate reality of racially skewed arrests seems to continue. The arrest rate for African Americans for petty offenses and public consumption violations was still 2.4 times higher than that of whites, the report found. Data indicates that arrests for synthetic marijuana have also dropped, likely due to the ready supply of real marijuana.

IRS Refunds Unfair Tax Penalty to Denver Dispensary If you read last month’s THC then you are no doubt aware of the tricky position legal dispensary owners are in when it comes to paying taxes. Dispensaries are not only barred from claiming many standard tax deduction due to the federally illegal nature of the business, but since most deal only in cash (due to banks refusing to handle marijuana money —

Georgia became the 24th state — and the first in the south — to legalize medical marijuana, allowing for the possession of marijuana oil low in THC. The law is extremely limited, allowing for only eight qualifying conditions, and might be better compared to the CBD-only laws that have passed in other states too backwards for full plant medicine. The law also seems to lack any apparatus for how patients would obtain their medicine, leaving them to illegally smuggle it across state lines from places like Colorado.

32 Indicted for Marijuana Trafficking The Colorado Grand Jury has indicted 32 people for alleged involvement in a marijuana smuggling ring that is said to have moved as much as 400 pounds of the plant out of the state per month. The indictments stem from a series of raids carried out around the metro area last October, which targeted unlicensed warehouse grows hidden in plain sight amongst licensed grows. The group allegedly smuggled marijuana out of state, most commonly bound for Minnesota, on skydiving planes, according to the indictment. Unlike indictments stemming from previous raids, there is no evidence in this case of any ties to the legal medical or adult-use marijuana market. 37


4/20 Guide By the THC staff

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Once again, with 4/20 upon us, we are drawn to celebrate the consumption — and at times over consumption — of the wonderful marijuana plant. We gather together for reasons unknown to bask in the collective love of the herb, much as drinkers do on St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo. It’s not about why we’re celebrating, it’s about what we’re celebrating, and Colorado is probably the best place to do so. Figuring out what to do on April 20 in the Cannabis Capitol can be tricky, so we offer you this handy guide to some of the events you might want to check out.


Where: Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave., Denver When: April 14-15 Cost: $30 This is one you don’t want to miss out on. The BIG Galleria show isn’t big, it’s huge and it’s not just for business owners. This event is for the cannabis and hemp connoisseur. This is a fanastic event to check out the world’s best glass artists, apparel, media outlet companies and so much more. Come to network and learn about just how BIG the industry really is. There are growing and glass expos that cost extra on top of the ticket prices, but if you stop by your local dispensary they might just have a free admission for you. At this show you can also learn about new launch of products. It’s also a fun place to negotiate prices of products you’ve had your eye on. This event is really about supporting the scene and everyone who makes it up, so don’t miss out on it this year.


Where: Cassleman’s Bar and Venue, When: April 18th Cost: $25 What better way to celebrate the holiday than with some good ol’ reggae. Barrington Levy and company are sure to excite you with their irie vibes. Casselman’s is a fairly chill venue, just beware of lighting up inside the venue. The large, open dance floor is the perfect place to throw it down on April 18th. This place can get pretty packed as a testiment to their popularity, so get there early to ensure yourself some good space.

4/20 RALLY

Where: Civic Center Park, at the intersection of Colfax and Broadway in Denver When: April 18th and 19th Cost: free You may have heard some not-so-flattering things about the rally held at Civic Center due to a snafu involving gunfire that occurred at the rally in 2013. But have no fear, organizers have taken significant steps to ensure the safety of the event and those attending. If last year was any indication, you will likely be patted down upon entry and the grounds will be heavily patrolled by well-armed private security forces. The smokeout at Civic Center Park is a tradition that dates back decades, starting as a form of quasi-protest, it now has a much more organized feel to it with sponsored booths, multiple stages and vendors hocking their wares. Unfortunately, organizers were not granted a permit to extend the event to the actual day of 4/20, so organized festivities will be limited to the Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th, though there is sure to be a crowd gathered for a smoke-out the Monday on which 4/20 falls. If you do attend be sure not to light up outside of the designated free-speech zone. While Denver cops are tolerant of marijuana’s place in the city, they do like to write tickets for public consumption. 39


Happy 4/20! Your Resource for 4/20 Events and Activities Map of Recreational Marijuana Stores

Where: Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave., Denver When: April 18th, 19th, 20th Cost: $45 - $6,439 If you want a real 4/20 experience, you can’t go wrong with the classic. High Times has been hosting their premier Cannabis Cup in Denver for several years now, and it’s always a spectacle worth taking in. The event begins on Saturday and continues through 4/20. Tickets are available for a single day or all three with added VIP perks and accommodations depending how hard you ball. Expect plenty to see and do, with vendors showing off the latest in smoke and vaping technologies, artists, seminars and the pomp of the Cup itself. This year’s event is a strictly BYO Bud affair, so if you’re planning on partaking of the various entries you’re going to have to hit the Cannabis Freedom Trail. Some ticket packages will get you access to either the Snoop Dogg concert listed below, or the Nas and Soja concert taking place April 18 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.


Where: Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St., Denver When: April 20th Cost $35 in advance, $150 VIP Cervantes’ has long been a staple of Denver’s concert scene, and rightly so. For 4/20 the event will be moving outside onto Welton Street. Headlining the event are Cypress Hill, Method Man and Redman, all marijuana friendly rap acts that have been coming to Denver to celebrate 4/20 for years now, even prior to the passage of Amendment 64. By the time you read this the concert might have already sold out, so get your tickets ASAP or be prepared to get gouged by a scalper. Caution: Although this venue has the reputation of being cannabis friendly, beware of lighting up even in the streets. Tokers were slapped with tickets if caught smoking – even outside - so be discreet.


Where: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village When: April 20th Cost: $37.50 - $69.75 2015 will be the second 4/20 Snoop Dogg has headlined a marijuana centered concert in Colorado. This year the venue has shifted to Fiddler’s Green, a notable step down from the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater that played host to the event in 2014. However, just because the venue isn’t as nice doesn’t mean the show itself will be any less fun, and Fiddler’s accessibility via light rail might mean fewer stoned drivers on the road. The legendary weed smoker will be joined by rappers A$AP Rocky and 2Chainz (who you may recall laid an epic smack down on Nancy Grace for her ignorant views on marijuana) so expect plenty of marijuana smoke to be wafting through the open-air venue. Whatever you end up doing make sure you aren’t flouting public consumption laws. Police in Denver have a record of leniency towards marijuana, but they sure do love to set an example. The same can be said for other areas, minus the leniency part. Be respectful, considerate, and, above all, safe. Happy 4/20!!

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High Maintenance THC sits down with the hit web series creators

If you are lucky enough to be living in a legal adult-use marijuana state like Colorado or Washington, getting marijuana can be a pretty easy process: walk into your local marijuana store, pick your strain, and pony up the cash. If you are living in NYC, however, you need a guy to bring it to your door. Married couple Katja Blichfeld (a casting director for the network darling 30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (an actor who was getting typecast as the “wild-eyed homeless guy”) along with Executive Producer and BFF Russell Gregory, are the team behind the hit web series High Maintenance (HM), a show starring Sinclair as The Guy — as in the delivery guy who rides his bike to your NYC apartment with his messenger bag full of weed.

summer camp, was pretty exhausting but really fun.

Katja and Ben write and co-direct the episodes, and Ben is the editor. The show really is the little web series that could; it recently picked up a Writer’s Guild of America award and has partnered with Vimeo for their Netflixlike foray into producing original material. Katja (K) and Ben (B) are in LA taking meetings about possibly moving HM into a half-hour format, and they were kind enough to squeeze me into their press junket of a day. Meet the very cool Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair.

THC: Does Vimeo have any creative input?

THC: Tell me about your relationship with Vimeo. B: We kind of approached each other in a way. Not much has changed with the Vimeo thing except that we produced a bunch of them at one time. We used to treat them like weekend getaways and now it was like a summercamp vibe last summer, where we produced them all at once. And that, like

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K: The other cool thing is that it did free us a little in terms of stories we could tell. For example, we made an episode about somebody going to a teacher’s training program and doing some student teaching, and you need a school to tell that story. We’ve been wanting to do that story for a couple of years because it’s based on an experience that Ben had, but we didn’t have the budget. So right there that’s one of the most obvious changes, we had a locations budget, we could rent a space that was an actual educational facility.

B: No. They gave us a studio essentially. New York was our “studio,” but they did give us some office space. It felt more like an artist-in-residency, and they had as much creative input as they might in an artist-in-residency. K: Which is to say, none. Just uphold the Vimeo community rules, please, and that was it. THC: Were you stoned when you came up with the show? B: Yeah. K: Yeah, for sure. We’re stoned a lot, I gotta tell you, it’s a pretty normal

condition around these parts. THC: Does being stoned enhance your creative process? B: Honestly, I would say the first hour after we get stoned we get incredibly creative. K: Especially if we couple the smoking with taking a walk or a hike or getting out of our normal environment. That has proven to be a really good recipe for creative success for us. Like getting stoned and then taking a five mile walk, we just end up coming up with so many ideas. B: The walk is usually a discussion of story and casting and setting. We kind of hash out story stuff. The actual writing doesn’t come that easily to us. K: We really have to surmount some feelings of resistance to get to that place where we’re sitting at our laptops, opening Final Draft, and putting words on the page. We’re really good at the pre-writing part and that’s where we really have a good time. THC: Katja, you’re in casting, so you probably already have a good sense of which actors would be good for what roles. Do you guys write episodes around a particular actor or find actors, are they scripted or do you let them improvise? B: It’s like what do we have available to us, who do we know that would lend us their time, and who we would like to spend the day with, like, that’s a huge part. K: It’s all of those things you said. We were doing this with no money for so long, and then when we started having money — it still wasn’t that much money — so you gotta figure, everybody who is on that set, it only benefits the group if people really want to be there, because if people aren’t making any money or aren’t making a lot of money, and it’s like long hours and all this...yeah, you’re gonna get a real icky vibe on the set if people aren’t having a good time and they’re not good people. That is a major thing for us. THC: Do you think HM would work on a network?

we are. Our friends who are stoners are more of a productive, functional stoner group; people who have jobs and families and responsibilities who happen to get stoned one day. THC: What do you think is the secret of success for your series so far? B: I think part of the success of the show is the entree into the apartments of people, and getting an idea of a person, like what they have in their place. It’s very personal, there is that implicit understanding of privacy with a drug dealer in New York. There is a very specific intimacy with that relationship, where it’s like, ‘welcome to my house, do you want something to drink, oh, is it tough riding out there today, what do you do besides doing this?’ THC: There are a million web series out there that are really worthy of being seen but never get any traction. What do you think kept your show from disappearing into the internet ether? B: I think that a lot of web series are vehicles for the person making them. To a certain extent, HM started as an opportunity for casting directors and other people we knew to see me as a different kind of person, because I was only an actor when we started this. But it quickly became understood that mystique, not knowing everything about the main character, and the ability to just use this as an opportunity to feature other people’s work. I think that is one difference between what we are doing and what a lot of other people are doing. When we started, a lot of web series were joke-based and not cinematography-based; it felt more like a way to tell a joke than a way to tell a story that was nuanced and subtle and beautifully shot. K: I think a lot of those, too, don’t always have access to the resources that will ensure their success. I think one of our biggest resources has been the talent we get to work with, and that is only possible because of what Ben, myself, and Russell do. Yes, I mostly cast this show, but I’m not doing it for myself. Ben has put forth so many ideas for casting, and Russell. It’s really a group effort, and I think that is a big part of our success. We always get a lot of comments about how great our actors are, and I think a lot of web series don’t have the luxury, don’t have knowledge of all these actors or even an inroad to them to be able to actually contact them and get them in on it. We have been incredibly fortunate in that way, and I do feel it’s the talent we work with both in front of and behind the camera. It’s also a little bit of luck; it’s just who we know and that has been helpful in defining the look and the feel and the tone of all that in the show.

“We’re stoned a lot, I gotta tell you, it’s a pretty normal condition around these parts”

B: Definitely not network. It could have been on a cable network, one without commercials. It doesn’t work well with commercials. K: Not only that, but I wouldn’t want to censor the language on our show either, like “fuck” is one of our favorite words to say, it’s very much a part of our vocabulary. And just to think about bleeping it or not being able to say it, that doesn’t sound very good.   THC: The show has a very earnest and sincere quality to it, especially The Guy. One thing you have defied so far is a stoner stereotype. Was that intentional? K: Very much so. That is just not interesting to us at all. It’s already been done so many times, it’s not really a type of humor that we respond to. I mean, look, I’ve seen Harold and Kumar and I laughed, and one of my favorites is Smiley Face with Anna Ferris, which is basically a whole movie about a girl getting too stoned, and I think that’s hilarious, too. But me personally, and Ben, we weren’t really interested in doing that. That’s not the kind of stoners

THC: Katja, how did your work as a casting director help you in producing HM and how much of a learning curve did you encounter? K: It surprised me how much casting did help me on the production side. I saw this side of production from years in casting that helped me sort of put all the pieces together before I started producing. One thing that helped me is that I’ve worked on projects that had really large budgets. 30 Rock was obviously the gold standard of comedy and did everything right and were pretty top-notch in all their choices. I think just seeing what people do at different price points, pitfalls one can fall into when the budget is too large, that kind of stuff helped me recognize the beauty in keeping something very small. And also, just being around network shows for so long, I just saw time and time again when working on pilots, creative types would come in 45

so excited that their work was going to be made, and then just get crushed by the end of the process of casting and pre-production because they would just watch their vision get network fingerprints all over it. They were left often with something that did not closely resemble their original vision. So, being around all that network hooha made me see, I don’t want to be any part of that if I do something creative. HM doesn’t really belong anywhere around that. THC: Any new creative projects for you two? K: Absolutely. We’ve been in LA since January and we’ve been writing and dreaming and creating and taking tons of meetings and hikes and drinks with all kinds of people that we like and wanna work with in the future on projects; so the answer is yes, we’ve got all kinds of ideas but the question is when and how. THC: What’s in the future for The Guy? B: Whaaaaaat? K: Sorry to be weird and cryptic and not name what these things are. We have some ideas but I don’t think we want to share them. THC: Cliffhanger! B: He’s gonna try to pay his bills slinging weed. Really, High Maintenance is a show that both is, yet isn’t about weed. It is a clear-eyed telling and nuanced deconstruction of some of New York City’s most pervasive stereotypes: the snarky gay man and best gal pal; the highstrung, neurotic business type; the self-help and Soul Cycle obsessed; the lonely man caring for his sick mom; the middle-aged bird watchers in the park, and what they all have in common: The Guy and his stash of weed.

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By DJ Reetz

On a cold and snowy day in early March a small group of cannabis industry insiders gathered at Cassleman’s in Denver for the Cannabis Business Executive Breakfast. The three-day summit drew only a small crowd, possibly because of the snowy roads, to discuss the status of legal marijuana and specifically its role in athletics. The conference, put on by Clover Leaf, may have had somewhat diminished attendance, but nonetheless featured a cavalcade of notable activists and business owners. Kicking off the event was Glendale Mayor, former Colorado gubernatorial candidate and outspoken critic of prohibition Mike Dunafon. Dunafon waxed philanthropic about the need for personal liberties and the interference of drug laws to those liberties. With his usual charisma, Dunafon addressed the subdued crowd. “Our Drug laws today are tantamount to the new Jim Crow and we must change them,” said Dunafon in his deep, syrupy voice. Dunafon, whose speech can seem a bit like the auditory equivalent of sipping a cup of tea with lots of honey and a shot of bourbon, gave a brief overview of the origins of the war on drugs, highlighting its racially targeted roots and continued profit motives. “The private prison industry is not going to sit back and watch their beds go empty,” warned Dunafon, wrapping his opening remarks by urging all in attendance to “Go out and tell somebody the truth.” Following Dunafon to the stage was former NFL player and Denver Bronco Nate Jackson. Jackson’s address was a highlight of the conference, as he spoke candidly about his first-hand experience using marijuana to recuperate from injuries. Jackson also spoke about the stigma attached to the use of marijuana, though he is proud to be part of the movement to roll that stigma back.

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“The fact that we’re here today discussing it means that’s going away,” said Jackson. Jackson was critical of the NFL’s concussion policy, saying that the increased attention to traumatic brain injuries suffered by players may be having the opposite effect of what’s desired, causing players to conceal their injuries rather than risk having to take medical leave. The NFL often leaves these players without recourse, said Jackson, forcing them down the path of dangerous prescription drugs with a high probability for dependence and negative side effects. Instead, Jackson proposed a more relaxed stance toward marijuana, which he used successfully during his professional career to great effect.

“The private prison industry is not going to sit back and watch their beds go empty,” warned Dunafon, wrapping his opening remarks by urging all in attendance to “Go out and tell somebody the truth.” “I feel like I exited the game with my mind intact,” said Jackson, attributing that to the well-documented neural protecting qualities of marijuana. Jackson was also forthcoming about the rate of marijuana use by other players in the league, which he estimated was above 50 percent. “Marijuana is not a problem in their lives,” said Jackson, highlighting the extreme discipline required to be a professional athlete. Other sport-centric speakers included Georgia Edson, founder of Run on Grass and advocate for the incorporation of medicinal marijuana into sports medicine, and Scott Durrah, owner of Simply Pure and former professional chef to many athletes. The three-day event offered plenty of opportunities to hear from and network with marijuana industry titans, and even offered the opportunity to get a certification through Clover Leaf University. Those interested in learning about marijuana, either from an industry or activist perspective, should be sure to keep an eye out for the next one. 49

Alzheimer's and Marijuana by Dr Nicola Davies

Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible neurodegenerative disorder, is the leading cause of dementia among older people. Although rare, early-onset Alzheimer’s is also known to affect people between 30 and 60 years of age. In Alzheimer’s disease, there is a build-up of protein clumps (called amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of tau protein fibres (called neurofibrillary tangles) in the brain. These cause a gradual loss of connections between nerve cells and the brain, leading to problems not only with cognitive functions like thought, memory, and reasoning, but also with everyday activities. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, although there are a variety of drugs that may help the symptoms or temporarily slow the progression of the disease. These drugs regulate the abnormally produced neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit messages between nerve cells) in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. They don’t change the underlying process of the disease but aim at providing some benefit in treating the symptoms, and also may not be effective for everyone. Recently, it has been reported that low doses of active compounds from marijuana may slow or halt the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and also provide symptomatic relief. Interestingly, our bodies have an internal system that produces compounds similar to those in marijuana but in very small quantities – our bodies respond to these very tiny amounts in ways that affect many physiological functions. To appreciate how low doses of marijuana may help Alzheimer’s it would be useful to know how these compounds — “our intrinsic marijuana” — are related to Alzheimer’s.

Endocannabinoids (eCBs) – “Our Intrinsic Marijuana”

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known natural eCBs are 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) and anandamide (AEA). While other neurotransmitters are always stored by brain cells and used when required, the eCBs are made only ‘on-demand’ to fine-tune the communication between nerve cells. The eCBs and other similar compounds bind to two special protein molecules – the receptors CB1 and CB2 – just like a key fits a lock. On binding, eCBs activate the receptors. CB1 is mainly present in the brain and regulates cognitive, memory and motor functions, as well as pain-relief. CB2 is present mainly in the gastrointestinal tract, liver, spleen, glands, reproductive system, immune system and the nervous system outside of brain and spinal cord (peripheral nervous system). It regulates functions like immunity and energy metabolism. CB2 are also present in small numbers in the brain and protect and repair the brain cells. The eCB system (the eCBs, CB1 and CB2, and enzymes that make and break eCBs) influences different physiological processes like learning and memory, and protection of nerve cells from injury or degeneration. It also facilitates the production of nerve cells. A landmark article by E.B. Russo, MD, in 2004, explored the concept that Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) could be related to a series of conditions like migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome etc., after observing that clinical cannabis could reduce the symptoms of these diseases. This concept has been revisited recently where other researchers have studied the available literature and concluded that there is indeed evidence that endocannabinoid deficiencies could be involved in causing these diseases.

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There is growing evidence now showing that the endocannabinoid system

is also important in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. So, what happens to the eCB system in Alzheimer’s disease? One study showed that there is an initial increase in CB1 receptors in Alzheimer’s disease, followed by a decrease as the disease progresses. Another study showed that the CB1 receptor fails to function properly in Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, there is post-mortem evidence from brains affected by Alzheimer’s disease that there are significant reductions in levels of AEA in certain parts of the brain. Yet other studies show that eCB isn’t made in enough quantities, while their breakdown is increased in Alzheimer’s disease – this would potentially lead to clinical eCB deficiency. There are also reports of increases in CB2 receptors in certain parts of the post-mortem brains of Alzheimer’s patients, which possibly occurs to counter the chronic inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease or perhaps simply to counter an eCB deficiency.

One study showed that there is an initial increase in CB1 receptors in Alzheimer’s disease, followed by a decrease as the disease progresses. Another study showed that the CB1 receptor fails to function properly in Alzheimer’s disease.

Several recent studies explored the influence of the eCB system on accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain, as happens in Alzheimer’s disease. Bachmeier and colleagues from the Rokamp Institute, Florida, found in a cell and mouse study that stimulation of CB receptors with 2-AG reduced amyloid plaque formation by improving the movement of the plaque forming protein out from the brain.

A study published in 2013 in the American Journal of Pathology by Persidsky and his team from the USA attributed an anti-inflammatory role to CB2 activation. They showed that activation of CB2 receptors in immune cells prevented them from crossing from the blood into the brain and causing brain tissue damage. It is thus logical to predict that chemicals similar to eCBs would have an impact on Alzheimer’s in similar ways.

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of cannabinoids, might delay the progression of disease and provide symptomatic relief, possibly even halting the disease completely. The review was published in the International Journal of High Risk Behaviour and Addiction in 2013.

Based on several studies with synthetic cannabinoids, Iorio and colleagues from Italy suggested that regulation of the eCB system in recently diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease patients, through daily management of low doses

Marijuana and its products are complex polypharmaceuticals consisting of THC, cannabidiol (CBD), several minor cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids and other compounds. THC basically mimics eCBs (AEA and 2-AG) and binds to CB1 and CB2. CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t bind to the cannabinoid receptors and thus is also not psychoactive.

Last year, Cao and colleagues from the University of South Florida in Tampa reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that THC at extremely low doses decreased the production and aggregation of the plaque forming protein. In cell studies, they found some evidence of direct interaction of THC with the plaque forming protein, which could possibly also be involved in reducing the plaque formation. The study also revealed a relationship between the interaction of THC with CB1 and reductions of amyloid plaque formation. Generally, any negative effects of THC on memory are considered to be a risk factor of using THC for medicinal purposes, however the scientists say that this is only a scenario in high doses – ultra-low doses as in their experiment should not pose any problem. Tests on cells showed no toxic effects of THC and they concluded that THC at ultra-low doses can now be tested in animal models. Several studies by Aso and colleagues from Spain previously found that natural and synthetic CB1 and CB2 stimulants and CBD were antiinflammatory. So, the memory preservation effects seen in their mouse study could be due to the anti-inflammatory action of these compounds combined with a process similar to the amyloid plaque clearance mechanism of eCBs. Despite this preliminary evidence, it is important to bear in mind that we still need large, placebo-controlled, randomized double-blinded clinical trials on human beings for the effects of both whole plant marijuana and its active components. It is also important to remember that as the beneficial effect of marijuana components occur at very tiny amounts. For now, the findings cannot directly be extrapolated to regular use of marijuana. 51

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Home Grow 101: Sussin Out the Situation ...with Bubba Kush

Hello my bubbas! For those of you who missed last month’s THC, I’m Bubba Kush, and I’ll be taking on the mantle of this fine publication’s Grow Editor. My objective in this column is to share a few lessons that I’ve learned over the past 25 plus years of growing indoors. I’ve grown in every possible indoor space. From closets, houses, warehouses, and barns. I’ve built secret rooms in apartment buildings and dug out bunkers under houses. I’ve navigated probably every problem you could ever encounter. I am really going to enjoy sharing some of the basics of growing and a few of the techniques I’ve learned over the years. So this series is for the novice grower who has always wanted to see if they had a green thumb and start a new hobby. This will be just enough information to start being dangerous, so keep reading. I will only teach you what you are allowed to do according to Colorado state laws and regulations set by the MED. This is not intended for people that want to grow beyond what’s allowed for themselves and their family. Growing is both an art and a science, yet it can be dissected into parts. Building a grow is not a linear process, so I will paint broad strokes and go back into detailed steps while trying not to digress or ramble as I tend to do. You’ll have to have some MacGyver-like skills and it is good to be somewhat mechanically inclined. Growing is not for everyone, be prepared to spend a lot of time in your grow doing what seems to be menial tasks like watching water fill in a reservoir ‘cause if you walk away you just flooded your basement. It is very costly to set up a grow as well, so before you spend the money make sure you have the time, passion, and dedication to make your grow successful and produce quality collie. So let’s start jumping around a little bit. The first thing you want to do is pick your room. Not everyone will have this luxury and you will be forced to use the space you have. WARNING!!! YOU WILL DETROY THIS ROOM!!! Picking the right location in the house is essential for many reasons. The temperature on lower level floors typically stays cooler, which helps your ac work more efficiently, but on the flip side it is often trickier to ventilate and control the smell. Depending on how many lights you plan on hanging you will probably need supplemental air conditioning. If you are only hanging one light, AC might not be an issue, but always keep in mind that you might have to install another AC unit. One trick is to close the rest of the vents in the house except the one in the grow room. There are lots of compromises you will encounter where you’ll have to question what is more important, your comfort or the plants’. Before you build out the room, temporarily light the room and see if your air conditioner can handle it. If it doesn’t you will need AC work and you’ll want the room to be empty while any work is done. It will save you a lot of time, stress, and money to finish building everything before you put any plants in the room. When deciding how much ac you will need, I like to go by an old rule of thumb: for every light, you’ll need 5000 Btu’s. It is a little overkill, but it is better to have more than less. The calculation is as follows: #lights x 5000 Btu /12000 Btu = #tons needed. One ton of AC is 12000 Btu. This calculation works for unvented lights, which I prefer over vented. We will discuss the difference when we cover the topic of venting lights.

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The best locations are also close to a water source as well as a drain. Try to avoid complicating your life as much as possible. Water is a destructive mess, so make your water transferring and draining processes as tight and simple as possible. Too many parts and pieces mean more places to leak and break. If your water source is far from your main feeding reservoir or RO (reverse osmosis) storage tank, you may want to plumb a water line to the room. You’ll want to pump the wastewater into a drain. We’ll design that when we build the feed system in a later article. You also want to make cleaning the room as easy as possible, so it is nice to have a bathroom nearby or in the room. I try to save myself as much time as possible with the menial stuff. You’ll want a room with the least amount of windows and doors as possible. The room has to be pitch black for over half the time the room is running so you have to cover any possible light leaks. Put curtains on the windows and then drill plywood covering the whole window and the caulk or foil tape the edges depending on how much you care about destroying the walls. You will want to rip the carpets out. Trust me, even if you tarp the room, the carpets will get ruined and it will hold moisture that promotes all kinds of problems. Keep your pets out of the room, as they are a great way to get mites. I also don’t suggest throwing house plants from home depot in your grow. I’ve had many people ask me why they keep having problems with mites and usually one of those has been the reason. Before building the room, you need to make sure you have enough power. No matter how many lights you plan on hanging, get a professional electrician to look at the room and make sure it is safe, even if it is a new building with new wiring. Chances are that he will have to do some work such as adding breakers or rerouting power. Electricity scares the shit out of me and it should scare you too, so make sure you don’t half ass the electrical. You don’t want to burn your place down or constantly pop breakers. Now that you’ve picked the room, figured out if you have enough power and AC, and a water source, you now have to build the room. The grow medium you choose and your feeding system will dictate how you set up your room. There are variety of grow mediums to choose from. The most common are dirt, coco fiber, and rock wool. I find dirt and coco really messy and inconsistent, and occasionally you’ll find dandelions and grass growing out of nowhere in your garden. The consistency of dirt is questionable and a place you can pick up problems like pests and disease. There are many good things about dirt but it is not my specialty, so in the future I will have a guest grower come on and talk about dirt and coco. I also have environmental issues with throwing dirt in landfills and chopping down trees for coco fiber, especially in commercial grows that don’t recycle their dirt. There are some nice things about growing in dirt or coco. You don’t have to water as much and can leave the house for a couple days at a time without having to set up an auto watering system. Anyone who grows knows that the grow is like a child or a pet, you can’t leave either one for long and

it’s hard to find or trust someone to watch it for you. Nine times out of ten if you let someone watch your grow, when you get back something will be messed up or everything is dead. The worst was when I left 96 lights with an old friend who was helping me run the place for a couple crops. I told him to turn all the lights back to flower the day after I left, but he thought he knew better and wanted them to get taller. They got tall all right… grew right over the lights. When I came home to the double decker jungle, all the tops of the plants were burnt or scraggled, the middle was all duffy, moldy shwag, and everything else was mold. Rule number 1: Someone always thinks they know better.

flushes really quickly and you have a better chance of saving your plants. Rockwool is nice at harvest time when you flush your plants of residual nutrients and ripen more consistently. After harvest, rockwool blocks drain easily by stacking on top of each other. It is so porous water will run right through it when stacked on top of more rockwool so the top dries in seconds and then can be tossed and restacked until it’s all dry. Soon there will be recycling plants like there are in Europe, but I still feel it’s pretty much environmentally benign. It starts as rock and then is spun into glass, pretty clean to me.

Choosing your feeding system is like choosing a lifestyle. There have been so many developed over the years I could probably do a whole series just on feeding systems, from aeroponics to I’m sure you figured out by now I am a flood and drain and everything in between. For rock wool hydro guy. You start with a your first couple harvests, I would suggest hand clean slate. No bugs, no disease, and no watering and then start adding technology once dandelions are mixed in with rock wool. you get to know your plants and know you want You can still run an organic system with to keep growing before spending more money. rockwool but it’s not considered organic There is also something about watering just because the medium is not organic. plants that is very relaxing and Zen like. It It is spun volcanic rock…that’s all. is also important to bond with your plants Another reason I like rockwool is it’s and really watch them grow. Automating nutrient free to start and it does not everything makes it too easy not to look at mess with the ph balance of your system. your plants. That’s when you miss things like Rockwool is very clean and ready to go which helps keep the room clean as well as the rest of BURNING SINCE 1997 deficiencies, toxifications, or infestations. I don’t suggest automating until you feel you really know your plants and your house. Rockwool needs no mixing or breaking apart. It only requires to be preconditioned by soaking the cubes over night can diagnose problems, but we’ll address these issues in coming months. in ph-balanced water or in your feed solution. Rockwool is forgiving in it’s I will go through a basic automation system for you when we build the own way as well. If you ever make a mistake in your solutions, see signs of room. Thank you everybody and I hope you continue to follow. Love your toxification or have to flush your plants really fast for any reason, rockwool Bubbas…


Tiny De Beque Using Recreational Pot for Economic Development by Ron Bain

This tiny town of 504 residents on I-70 east of Grand Junction is using legal retail marijuana to boost their economic fortunes. The townspeople voted to allow and tax legal retail dispensaries in November 2014 by only a four-vote majority, according to Town Clerk Shirley Nichols. The first dispensary, Kush Gardens, opened January 17, making it the only dispensary – retail or medical – in Mesa County, the Western Slope’s most populous county. Grand Junction once had 22 medical dispensaries but they were shut down in 2011 when the town’s voters approved a ban on medical marijuana stores. Kush Gardens is also the first retail dispensary that eastbound tourists entering Colorado on I-70 will encounter. Make sure you don’t blaze past De Beque’s Exit 62 – it’ll be miles before you can turn around on I-70. “We’re by the freeway. It’s beautiful up through the canyon. Don’t be in a hurry – we encourage people to drive safely,” said Kush Gardens owner Dawn Palmer. “I’m surprised at the diverse amount of people who come in. What surprised me was the age demographics.” Many of their clients are elderly and desirous of ending their reliance on pharmaceuticals, but they don’t want a medical marijuana card, Palmer said. “They don’t want to be on a list or in a database,” she explained. People under 21 know better than to try and sneak in. “We check their ID at the door and we check again during the transaction,” she said. The town of De Beque “is pleased with the tax revenues we’re bringing in,” Palmer said. “We’ve had the mayor come out and walk through. We really want to help the community. I’m from De Beque. Our kids go to school here.”

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The town has earmarked the proceeds from retail marijuana for water and sewer line improvements, road repairs and Wild Horse Days, the annual community festival. “We have wild horses out here,” Palmer said, noting that the Bureau of Land Management will sometimes adopt them at Wild Horse Days. The festival features vendors, a barbecue, a mud bog and an ATV parade, creating “ a chance for some of the school organizations to raise money,” she added. Kush Gardens has all the offerings of a big-city dispensary: 16 strains of bud, including Stardog, OG Ghost, Purple Cotton, Power Kush, Trainwreck and ChemDawg, plus Mahatma Concentrates such as wax, shatter and oil. There are also edibles, beverages, topicals, ointments and dermal patches. The patches “aren’t medical grade” though, Palmer cautioned. Kush Garden’s 16-person staff all live in or within 15 miles of De Beque, providing jobs in a place where they are rare. They offer an excellent knowledge base, she said. “We have five bud stations, customer service stations,” Palmer noted. “The whole crew is excited.” The De Beque Town Council has approved another retail dispensary application, but that store is not open yet. A third application, which would have required annexation of some adjoining land, was turned down. “It has its challenges with all the rules and regulations,” Palmer said. “We try to stay up to date.” Palmer sees marijuana as beneficial and perhaps even holy. “God did not create a mistake when He created a plant called marijuana,” she said.

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Hemp Maverick

Bill Althouse is bringing his passion for hemp to THC Magazine Last month THC introduced you to our new Cultivation Editor, Bubba Kush. This month we continue that trend with a brief introduction of the man who will be our Hemp Editor, Bill Althouse. If you’ve heard the name before it’s likely in connection with his maverick work as a cannabis activist. He’s the man behind CBD Free for All, which made headlines when Althouse took to the streets in a bio-diesel limo to pass out cuts of the high-CBD strain known as Harlequin. Or maybe you heard of him during his campaign to get the state to regulate alcohol like marijuana, which lampooned some of the draconian regulations on marijuana and stigmas attached to its use. These days, Althouse is focused on developing a hemp coop known as Cannatech.

by DJ Reetz

Althouse has always been ahead of the curve, both technologically and socially. In the 1970s he was one of the early few to work developing and installing solar arrays, back in the days before such technology was quite as well developed and efficient as it is now. His passion for alternative energy developed when he rigged a solar setup for his home in Santa Fe, removing it from the power grid. The self-taught solarist then began a career installing panels, which were only cost effective due to large state and federal tax credits, and helped with the design of the first economically viable solar array, which ironically enough was designed to protect oil pipelines from corrosion. However, with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, the federal subsidies dried up, and Althouse was forced to move on. The proceeding years Althouse would work creating energy infrastructure for the film industry, and later move on to home and commercial energy science contracts — essentially creating environmentally friendly, energy efficient buildings. But during his entire career, Althouse’s true passions lay with his home garden. “Farming has always been an addiction,” he says. “I don’t think I’m ever more happy than when I’m out in the garden.” The strong New Mexico sun had not only allowed Althouse the opportunity to take his home off the grid, it afforded him the opportunity for a bountiful home farm. He began to grow daffodils, and would engage in what he calls “flower roulette,” which involved cruising around Santa Fe randomly giving out bouquets of his home grown flowers to strangers. Eventually, the hobby got to be too big to simply be a pastime and he started selling his flowers at the local farmer’s market along with a variety of strawberry that he had smuggled through customs from France. Althouse’s green thumb and far-out lifestyle eventually attracted attention from the medical marijuana industry, and he was offered a job as a grower. It wasn’t his first experience with marijuana by any means. “I’ve always had an affinity for it,” he says. During his solar career in the ‘70s, Althouse had helped establish a solar-powered irrigation network around the town of Madrid, New Mexico to distribute water to clandestine marijuana grows that were a staple of the small town. But this would be his first time working in full view of the law. At the time, and still to this day, New Mexico’s medical marijuana program allowed referrals only in extreme, usually terminal cases. “They were pretty much the people the medical world was trying to dump off of their responsibility,” he recalls. Althouse had read a study conducted

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“Farming has always been an addiction,” he says. “I don’t think I’m ever more happy than when I’m out in the garden.” in Israel on the seemingly miraculous application of cannabidiol, and soon began honing his own genetics around the cannabinoid. “They thought I was nuts,” he recounts. Soon, Althouse found himself as one of the pioneering growers of high-CBD marijuana in the country, and was even featured in one of Mew Mexico’s most high profile newspapers. The attention had the unwanted effect of stoking the flames of profit in Althouse’s business partners. As the patient list soared, Althouse increasingly found himself pushed away from his ideologies, and he began to feel as though those truly in need were missing out, which eventually led him to part ways with the company. “[The patients] lost their medicine because of the greed of the people I was working with,” laments Althouse. It wasn’t long before the promising political and social landscape of Colorado drew Althouse, and he began advocating for CBD treatment here

in the Centennial State. His current activism is a blending of all of his prior experiences, he says. “It’s kind of all blending back together from all the careers in the past,” he says of the marriage of social progress, agriculture and environmentalism represented by his current work pulling together a hemp coop. For Althouse, Colorado is in a unique position to lead the country in hemp production and application, even though the stifling power of prohibition has put domestic producers at least ten years behind those in places like Europe, he estimates. The agricultural and biotech powerhouse that is Colorado State University could be the epicenter of the hemp movement, he says, provided researchers aren’t threatened by a loss of federal funding as a result of working with the cannabis plant. “CSU’s the killer asset,” says Althouse. “There are some smart boys over there and they’re in chains.” As it stands now, Althouse says he sees some serious deficiencies hindering progress in domestic hemp, perhaps most notably in access to viable seeds. But with unfettered access to resources like CSU’s Foundation Seed Lab, Colorado could leapfrog over the mistakes of others. It’s issues like this that Althouse hopes to raise awareness for during his tenure as THC’s Hemp Editor. Along with access to viable seed, Althouse says he hopes to bring awareness to the myriad applications of hemp, and the market for these applications, establishing Colorado as a forerunner for an industry that would be unknowably larger and more important had it not been derailed 80 some years ago. Stay tuned to future issues of THC to see just what this maverick will bring to the magazine. Welcome aboard Bill.



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The History of Hemp Part VI 1940 - 1945 60 April 2015

by Christie Lunsford

The beginning of the end for industrial hemp products and cannabis medicines began with the Marihuana Tax of 1937. By making each person or company purchase a tax stamp on hemp and cannabis at every point of sale from farmer to middle man to manufacturing facility, the tax act stifled and then halted the cultivation of hemp and cannabis in the U.S. The lead architect of the Marihuana Tax Act is undeniably Harry Jacob Anslinger. Anslinger’s impact on agriculture, medicine and industry may never be fully realized. After laying a foundation for his prohibition efforts internationally in the 1920s, Harry Anslinger continued to manage prohibition efforts in the U.S. until the 1960s. Historical research indicates that there was never a real problem with the euphoric effects of cannabis, but a conflict of interest between hemp and government and private interests in vast tracts of southern forest wood pulp for newspapers and books, as well the rise of synthetic products. The 1930s saw World War II beginning to ramp up with Germany expanding its military reach in Europe and the Empire of Japan at war with the Republic of China. 1940 With cannabis prohibition in full effect in 1937, a new cultural reality surfaces: traditional textiles like hemp, flax and to a lesser extent cotton were replaced by synthetic fibers like cellophane, nylon and Du Pont Dacron made from fossil fuels. A new modern manufacturing economy was born. For the first time, more people in the U.S. live in cities than in rural areas. Pharmaceutical companies start making most of the medicines used for pain relief and doctors were trained almost exclusively by guidelines approved by the American Medical Association. World War II impacts the international fiber trade with demand for twine and rope-producing “Manila Hemp” increasing beyond supply. 1941 Cannabis is formally removed from the United States Pharmacopeia as a plant medicine and is no longer studied in medical schools across the U.S. World War II has a significant impact on hemp as a companion plant. Internationally, participants wagered their entire economic, industrial and scientific capabilities to win the war. Japan’s invasion of the Philippines severs U.S. access to “Manila Hemp,” a hemp plant substitute made from a plant related to the banana and used almost exclusively as a substitute for twine and rope. This disruption of the fiber trade lead to a resurrection of the domestic hemp industry in the United States. On December 7, Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy prompting the U.S. to enter World War II. 1942 The cultivation of hemp is illegal in the U.S., however the government policy regarding hemp was soon forgotten and ignored by the Federal government, who established a new program for hemp cultivation to support the war effort. American farmers were recruited into service to cultivate hemp and produce valuable products for the war effort such as

twine, rope and oil. The U.S. Department of Agriculture promoted the War Hemp Industries Corporation program to encourage U.S. farmers to cultivate hemp. To reeducate farmers on the cultivation and uses of hemp, the Department of Agriculture produced a film called “Hemp for Victory”. The film shows a history of hemp and hemp products, how hemp is grown, and how hemp is processed into rope and cloth. Farmers were recruited to watch the film, sign that they had seen it and read a booklet on hemp cultivation and fiber processing. Families who grew hemp were waived from military service and in 1942, 50,000 acres of seed hemp were planted in the U.S. (In an act of colossal censorship, records of the “History of Hemp” were stricken from the archives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Federal Audio Center. But copies of the film, “History of Hemp” were owned by various marijuana legalization groups such as NORML, The California Marijuana Initiative and The Oregon Marijuana Initiative and were presented to USDA and the Library of Congress. The response given was that the USDA had never produced such a film and it was not in listed in the U.S. archive. Thanks to the efforts of hemp historians, Jack Herer, Mia Farrow, Carl Packard and Jim Evens the film records were found after years of searching the archives in the National Union Catalogue, (Vol. 28, Motion Pictures and Filmstrips) and The Library of Congress acknowledged the existence of the film in 1989.) To meet the demands of hemp production for the war, 4-H Clubs were recruited in 1942 to grow hemp seed for the seed crop needed in 1943. Ironic, as just 10 years prior this very same plant was called the “Assassin of Youth”. The program states:


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diction or hard drug use.

1944 New York Mayor, Fiorello La Guardia, formed the La Guardia Committee to study the effects of smoking marijuana. The study was prepared by the New York Academy of Medicine and much like the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission of 1894 found that smoking cannabis does not lead to ad-

Specifically, the report stated that:

United States. ➢The distribution and use of marihuana is centered in Harlem. ➢The majority of marihuana smokers are Negroes and Latin Americans. ➢The practice of smoking marihuana does not lead to addiction in the medical sense of the word. ➢The sale and distribution of marihuana is not under the control of any single organized group. ➢The use of marihuana does not lead to morphine, heroin or cocaine addiction and no effort is made to create a market for these narcotics by stimulating the practice of marihuana smoking. ➢Marihuana is not the determining factor in the commission of major crimes. ➢Marihuana smoking is not widespread among school children. ➢Juvenile delinquency is not associated with the practice of smoking

➢Marihuana is used extensively in the Borough of Manhattan but the problem is not as acute as it is reported to be in other sections of the

marihuana. And most importantly: “The publicity concerning the catastrophic effects of marihuana smoking in New York City is unfounded.” Since the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act, many in the medical and hemp industry had challenged the law and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was under fire to prove the law was just. Anslinger stifled the distribution of the report and condemned the report as unscientific. 1945 A.D. Between 1942 and 1945 over 400,00 acres of hemp were cultivated in the U.S. Overseen by the Hemp War Industries Corporation, the hemp industry swelled to 12,000 jobs, harvested 150,000 acres of hemp and had built 42 hemp mills throughout the United States. World War II ends and along with it the U.S. quietly shuts down all hemp cultivation and processing. The last pockets of hemp cultivation end in 1957 with the last commercial hemp field in Wisconsin. Economic recovery from the dark times of the Great Depression is now a certainty with the added stabilities of modern governmental systems to secure the U.S. as a world power. From the dawn of civilization cannabis has given medicine, food, rope, clothes, paper, pottery and fuel to emerging cultures. After 40 years of yellow journalism, cannabis has been made illegal and been stricken from the U.S. pharmacopeia. No other plant has been more resilient to our legislative disdain or as supportive as a companion to mankind, shaping our history and one day our future. .

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Two Western Slope Sheriffs Join Lawsuit Challenging Legal Cannabis Six Colorado sheriffs, including two from the Western Slope, have joined the Drug Free America Foundation’s lawsuit against Amendment 64, which legalized retail cannabis in Colorado. The goal of the lawsuit, according to Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee, is to force the Supreme Court to finally rule on whether states can defy federal law to legalize cannabis within their state borders. “I believe the issue needs to be resolved,” Sheriff McKee said. “I think it needs to be debated in court by constitutional attorneys.” A similar lawsuit has been filed by county sheriffs and county attorneys from Kansas and Nebraska; the foundation backing that suit is the Safe Streets Alliance. The lawsuits argue that state legalization violates the Controlled Substances Act (which puts cannabis in the same Schedule I category as heroin) and therefore also violates the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. “Because we are a republic, the CSA is appropriate because it was done under proper procedure.” McKee said. “I do not enforce federal law. I’m a career law enforcement officer, and down the years I’ve enforced a lot of laws that I didn’t agree with.” The other Western Slope sheriff that joined the lawsuit is Hinsdale County Sheriff Ron Bruce, who said it was intentional that not every sheriff was asked to join the lawsuit. Lessons learned from the lawsuit filed against Colorado’s gun control laws, which involved 55 sheriffs as plaintiffs, led to a decision to limit the number of plaintiffs in this suit. “That was maybe overkill,” Sheriff Bruce said.

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by Ron Bain

Amendment 64 created a conflict between the state constitution and the U.S. Constitution, according to Bruce. “We’re simply looking for some guidance from the courts to tell which constitution to obey,” he said. “Sheriffs in Nebraska and Kansas are being impacted by people who buy marijuana in Colorado and transport it to their states.” Bruce said he has instructed his officers to enforce only DUI and public consumption laws. “We’re not fooling with anything else until we get a decision,” he said. Another reason there aren’t as many Colorado sheriffs involved in the anti-cannabis lawsuit is that some refused to join it. “I do know there are sheriffs who declined the opportunity,” Sheriff McKee said. The Constitution itself was written on hemp paper. There’s an absurdity to calling cannabis legalization unconstitutional when the Constitution actually is cannabis. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp and recorded notations about separating females from males, which is only done to select for marijuana. The Founding Fathers obviously intended for hemp and its cousin, marijuana, to be legal. Western civilization owes its existence to the sailcloth, rope and canvas produced from hemp, without which ships could never have sailed across the Atlantic from Europe. The Controlled Substances Act is factually and scientifically wrong about marijuana’s medical efficacy. Bring it on, sheriffs! History, science and facts are not on your side. 65

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The Culture High

When it comes to pot docs, I’d like to think I have a handle on things. I’ve watched plenty of them, and watched plenty of them multiple times. If you’ve heard of or seen any obscure ones please pass them along because I’m itching to see them all. “The Culture High” is one of the latest cannabis documentaries and its release on Netflix has allowed it to spread into many American households, nightly. As far as the cannabis community is concerned, films like “The Culture High” - and their ability to touch viewers through a platform as popular as Netflix - are a battle helping to win the war. So, with as much press as it’s gotten, how does “The Culture High” hold up with this selective sativa sweetheart? Did I love it? Would I leave it? Was it enthralling to the last drop or did it put me to sleep like a baby? I’m happy to tell you. I really liked it. I liked it a lot. I almost loved it. But it was missing something. The film starts out with some serious emotion as we witness a Missouri swat team burst into a home during the night. “POLICE DEPARTMENT DON’T MOVE!” we hear repeatedly as the men enter the house, a gunshot rings out immediately followed by the howling of a dog. A woman and child are ushered out. It’s not until moments after pup’s whining dissipate that we realize why the canine has stopped crying out. Emotional right? Riveting, definitely. So I continue on watching. Because like a first chapter of a book, the first scene of a documentary needs to be powerful and give us a solid idea of where we are going and what we are getting ourselves into. And “The Culture High” delivers on that. The film’s IMDB description reads, “Scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced marijuana campaign and reveals the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today.” I’d say the documentary hits that aspiration on the head. We hear arguments dispelling claims about cannabis causing schizophrenia, a topic that Coloradans particularly might remember from posters in last years “Don’t Be A Lab Rat” campaign. We learn about the onset of the war on drugs - watch as president after president supported it. We see segments from a judiciary subcommittee hearing with Drug Enforcement Agency administrator Michele Leonhart as she struggles to not answer the

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question Colorado Rep. Jared Polis asks, “Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?” This all happens, and more, within the first 40 minutes of the film...and there is still one hour and 20 minutes to go. Which is where I find my point of contention - this film is too long. The two times I sat down to devote all my attention to it over a beautifully rolled joint, I fell asleep. I have been unable to watch the film in its entirety yet. I’ve watched the entire movie, two or three times now - but never all in one sitting. And maybe it loses a little power that way but the last movie I saw that was over an hour and half was The Hobbit - I was stoned as hell and managed to not pass out and not rupture my bladder. So I can’t blame my nappy on the cannabis. I think alongside the amazing array of facts it covers, the touching and emotional personal stories peppered throughout and the vast spectrum of celebrities that take part in the film, this movie might have benefitted from an additional storyline - one that ran throughout. Have you seen the science documentary, “What The Bleep Do We Know!?” In “What The Bleep” we have a ton of facts presented to us with the storyline throughout of a woman experiencing these different principles in quantum physics. So, in The Culture High maybe that first family, the one who had their home raided in the night, becomes a focus we go back to throughout the film. How did that raid affect the man’s work and family life? Maybe we see how a drug arrest can change a person’s ability to provide for themself or get money for school. Did his child suffer any consequences as a result of his arrest? Did the police department ever apologize for what they did to the family dog? This could have been a great way to keep me awake at least. So did I like the film? Oh yeah! The evidence it presented dispelling long held beliefs about cannabis’ negative affects on our bodies and on society was extremely compelling. I think the film is lengthy because it aims to be all encompassing. While most pot docs are shorter, none of them cover the breadth of information that “The Culture High” does. Next month, my aim is to chat with director of “The Culture High”, Brett Harvey, to discuss his choices, what he learned and what inspired him to make this film and his previous cannabis centric documentary, “The Union.” Check in to find out whether or not I can keep my eyes open for the entire interview. Kidding, kidding. 69

A Runner’s High

Ultramarathoner Avery Collins touts the benefits of cannabis by DJ Reetz

From adolescent athletic programs to professional leagues, most athletes are indoctrinated into the idea that marijuana use will slow you, ruin your drive, and most importantly get you expelled from the sport. The weight of the stigma around cannabis, these ideas that use will somehow hurt performance, is laid heavily on athletes of all ages and levels. But with the spreading repeal of cannabis prohibition some are speaking out, proclaiming that cannabis not only doesn’t hurt, it can actually help. One such voice comes in the form of ultramarathoner Avery Collins. The 22-year-old made headlines recently when he was featured in The Wall Street Journal, openly voicing his support for the use of marijuana. With races that can stretch hundreds of miles and last for multiple days, ultramarathons go well beyond the capability of the average human being. These massive foot races can take a massive physical toll on runners, and for Collins marijuana is an essential part of both training and recovery. Collins, originally from Indiana, started running while attending college in North Carolina. Gradually increasing his distances, he began running half marathons, eventually setting his sights on the Blue Ridge Marathon and the attached double marathon that covered more than 50 miles. When he approached the race’s organizers he was told that he wouldn’t be able to finish as he had never before completed a full marathon. Undeterred, Collins signed up and ended up as the youngest person ever to complete the race.

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After finishing college he moved back to Indiana where his love of running landed him a job at a running store, all the while traveling across the country to compete in multi-day foot races. It was at this time that Collins first experimented with incorporating marijuana into his routine when his roommate raised the idea. “One night we were socially smoking and he asked me, ‘Have you ever thought about smoking and going for a run?’ And that was mind blowing. I didn’t ever really think about doing something like that so I just gave it a try and went and ran at my favorite park in Ft. Wayne and it was a blast,” he says. He had had plenty of opportunities to experiment with marijuana as a young man, but it wasn’t until this moment that the marijuana piece fell into the ultramarathon puzzle. “I had a few friends in high school that definitely smoked non-socially and socially. For me it was only at parties and it was just like a hit or two, and even then it was more experimental, I didn’t use marijuana very often at all really,” says Collins. But marijuana soon became an integral component of his training routine, and he says he found a 10 to 15 milligram edible dose to be perfect for a training run. “I think if anything it helps the mind more than the body on a run,” he says. “It just helps the mind really steer away from the pain and not think about it as much.”

Still, Collins doesn’t like to imbibe before competitions because of the negative effect it can have on concentration and also the potential that it could be viewed as a performance-enhancing drug, which is the current stance of the World Anti-Doping Agency. “There is a lack of focus or at least a little bit of loss of focus when you use cannabis while running. But during training it makes things really fun,” he says. “Personally, I don’t think it’s a PED (performance enhancing drug) but that’s definitely one of the other reasons why I don’t use it during a race. I’d hate for someone to use that against me.” After the race, cannabis can be a great recovery tool as well, though with different application. “I think the biggest helper is salves and lotions. That’s a big helper as far as recovery goes,” says Collins. “Your body just kind of goes into shock and that’s where marijuana also plays a pretty big role. You take 20 to 30 milligrams of a dosage right after a race and it’s going to knock you out, you’re going to fall asleep.” Since opening up about his use of cannabis reactions have been somewhat mixed, though Collins says it’s mostly positive. “So far I have gotten a lot of positive feedback and a lot of people saying this is something that should be brought to light. This isn’t anything new; it’s new in the sense that I came out and openly said, ‘Hey this is an awesome way to help train and recover.’ When it comes to mountain running I feel like they go hand in hand and it’s definitely been around for a while. I wouldn’t point any fingers or name any names, but I can tell you there are a lot of athletes using it, even athletes that are at a higher level than I am. It’s just hush-hush,” he says. “I think people are just scared that someone’s going to look at them wrong. People are worried about being judged and ‘what is everyone else going to think about me?’”

“My grandparents have most definitely come around to the idea and really understand now. A lot of my family just likes the fact that I’m standing up for something I believe in,“ he says. “Just because I use marijuana doesn’t change the person I am.” These days Collins is living and training in Steamboat Springs. He’s hoping to be a serious contender in the Colorado 200, a 200-mile run through the mountains outside of Gunnison going down July 13. He’s also partnering with a long time family friend for a line of clothing designed specifically for ultramarathoners. Dubbed Runnin’ High, the clothing line offers gear tailored specifically toward ultramarathoners that are not available from traditional athletic apparel companies. Although the company is not directly cannabis related, the name is a pretty clear nod to Collins’ training regime, and he says he’s looking for sponsors in the cannabis industry for his upcoming races. While Collins’ is certainly a notable advocate for the proper application of marijuana, it will always be about running inhuman distances for him. “The fact that marijuana’s legal is not what brought me out here at all, the mountains did,” he says. But that doesn’t mean marijuana hasn’t helped shape his decision to stick around. “My usage of marijuana definitely doubled if not tripled because of the simple fact that I have such an easy access to edibles,” he says. “I think if I was still in North Carolina this never would have happened.” There’s no telling what the future holds, for Collins, his brand Runnin’ High, or the place of marijuana in ultra-running. The only thing certain is that the passion driving him will keep propelling him to longer runs and higher achievements.

That’s not so much a problem for Collins. “It’s not that I don’t care, exactly, it’s just that I don’t care,” he laughs. The relatively newer appearance of the sport affords Collins a certain liberty when it comes to openness about cannabis use. As of now there is no standardized drug testing of any kind in ultramarathoning, let alone for marijuana, which Collins says is more widely used than many realize, recalling the odor of burnt marijuana drifting out of the woods during the Leadville 100. For the time being at least, the threat of drug testing doesn’t seem to be something to worry about. “There’s literally no drug testing in ultra-running. Not a single race. I live in a legal state where you can consume as much marijuana as you want,” he says. “I’m doing the same thing my next-door neighbor can do. Just like the next guy at the race may have had five beers the night before to calm his nerves down, and you know what, that was perfectly legal and that’s going to show up in a drug test. So they could drug test me, but I don’t see what the repercussions would be, I don’t see why they wouldn’t let me race.” But that doesn’t mean Collins’ openness has come without its share of detractors. After the Wall Street Journal piece blew up and began being shared around the Internet a vocal minority took to decrying the athlete and the image he was portraying. “When you put it on such a wide scale there’s obviously going to be negative feed back. What I’ve read, the biggest thing is ignorance, there’s definitely a lot of ignorance behind it. These are typically people who have never used marijuana before,” he says. But the blowback doesn’t faze Collins, who has found support from everyone in his life, including his grandparents who were initially slow to understand just what it is he is doing.

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