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A LETTER TO OUR READERS Question: If you had 100 million dollars to spend for Colorado, what would you use it for? If Gov. John Hickenlooper gets his wish, most of that money, which is the estimated annual tax revenue from cannabis sales, will go to marijuana substance abuse treatment and youth marijuana prevention. Below is a list provided in the budget proposal from the governor’s office to our state legislators on February 18th. Youth marijuana use prevention ($45.5 million) Substance abuse treatment ($40.4 million) Public health ($12.4 million) Regulatory oversight ($1.8 million) Law enforcement and public safety ($3.2 million) Statewide coordination ($0.2 million) So let me get this right, governor. Written into Amendment 64 is that the first $40 million in tax revenue is going to help build and improve our public schools, a cause all of us can get behind. But you want to spend $85.9 million on youth marijuana use prevention and marijuana substance abuse treatment? Really? Nothing else some of that money could go to? I ask because some of my friends and I have been brainstorming and came up some thoughts. Scholarship funds Aid to the state’s poorest school districts, which tend to have outdated textbooks and computers. Education/information about the dangers of pharmaceuticals, tobacco, alcohol. Add to funding on improvements to schools Research grants for studying cannabis as a medicine Research grants for expanding industrial hemp usage Fund music, art and after school programs The last one is my favorite. As an expecting parent I would much rather have my child in an after-school enrichment program than be subjected to what I’m sure will be misinformed ad campaigns that will probably be as laughable as many of the past anti-marijuana campaigns we have all seen. Many studies have shown that after-school enrichment programs do more than a billboard to keep kids off the streets and off drugs. So if that’s what is important then maybe we should truly focus on the kids instead of giving them lip service. Hickenlooper has repeatedly shown that he doesn’t respect what cannabis has done for our state. At the recent National Governors Association meeting, he said, “I don’t think governors should be in the position of promoting things that are inherently not good for people.” Coming from someone who built a brewery empire, I find that statement oozing with hypocrisy. It is also another obvious example of how Hickenlooper is out of touch with his constituents. Since he is running for reelection this year, he should really start paying attention to what the voters have been saying. After all, when you compare Hickenlooper’s polling numbers in the most recent election to those of Amendment 64, cannabis is ahead of him by 471,134 votes. I want a new gov. One that won’t make me sick.
David Maddalena Editor-in-Chief David@thcmag.com 4 March 2014
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than seven years, including the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008. Since January 2013, he has been the video editor at The Colorado Springs Gazette and made himself famous by posting footage online of his car getting swamped by a flash flood in Manitou Springs. He moved to Colorado from Chicago in 2002 after finishing college and has vowed to never again live anywhere that doesn’t have mountains.
Cheryl Shuman Known as the “Martha Stewart of Marijuana,” Cheryl Shuman has 25 years of branding experience working with celebrities, media and public relations. She has transitioned her medical marijuana activism as cancer patient, C.E.O. of CherylShuman.com Inc., Executive Director of MomsForMarijuana.com and the BeverlyHillsCannabisClub.com into a career pioneering product placement for medical marijuana companies Susan Squibb is the Cannabis Maven. Susan is a product and
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6 March 2014
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A Letter to Our Readers
The Green Scene
In The Spotlight
Events, hemp and cannabis cookbook and why we wear green on St. Paddy’s Day
Mainstream ads target stoners
Reviews of some of Colorado’s best edibles and smokeables
KC Stark is Doing it Right
Is there money to be made?
Studio A64 is a thriving social club
with Cheryl Shuman
Cannabis News Across the Nation
The world’s top headlines
Pioneers of Hemp
A Big Step for Hemp
8 March 2014
Delicious recipes from Mountain High Pharms
Pürr pipes, Essential Extract hash screens and hemp oil
From Hempola farms to Hempola tables
How to travel the world safely with your meds
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A bridal designer turns to hemp
A peek inside The Historic Baker District Banks are giving cannabis the shaft Cultivation education
Acupuncture and Cannabis
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The GREEN Scene
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March 1st - May 1st CO Department of Agriculture opens registration for those who want to grow industrial hemp or plant research Cost of registration is $200 plus $1 per acre Denver, CO http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/ag_Plants/ CBON/1251644613180 March 7th 9:00 a.m. - March 9th 2:46 p.m. River Rock Grand Opening Medical & Adult Use 21+ River Rock North 4935 York Street Denver, CO 80216 www.riverrockcolorado.com
March 12th National Cannabis Industry Lobby Days hosted by National Cannabis Industry Association United States Capitol Washington, DC https://www.facebook.com/events/402926019840834/?ref_ dashboard_filter=upcoming
March 21st Sexpot Comedy Presents: Rory Scoval, Chris Fairbanks, Andrew Orvedahl, Kristin Rand, Chris Charpentier and host Jordan Doll 8:00p.m The Oriental Theater 4335 W. 44th Ave Denver, CO 80212 http://www.theorientaltheater.com/event/163503 March 28th Edible Events: Miso Hungry 8:00p.m.-11:59p.m. Space Gallery 400 Santa Fe Drive Denver, CO 80210 http://www.edibleeventsco.com March 29th Denverâ€™s 2nd Annual Rock-n-Roll Pub Crawl Casslemanâ€™s Bar and Venue 12:00 p.m. 2620 Walnut Street http://casselmans.com/event/165098 April 5th NOCO Hemp Expo 11:00a.m.-6:00p.m. Windsor, CO Presentations, speakers, live music, exhibitors Full bar and food menu (including hemp food)
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Every Friday - 10:00a.m. River Rock South Sessions 990 W. 6th Ave. Denver, CO www.riverrockcolorado.com
Mountain High Pharms Hemp and Cannabis Cooking
Written by Angel O’Grady and Anne Ott
A while back THC mag featured artist Anne Ott and her cool cannabis-oriented paintings. She and I really enjoyed working with each other. Last week, to my surprise, I received a package from Anne and her daughter, Angel O’Grady. In it were a lovely thank you card and a cookbook! I love to cook so this was very exciting. There are some really delicious sounding recipes in this book, classics and innovations, but the best part is the chapter called ‘basics’ because this gives you the tools to create just about anything with cannabis and hemp. Recipes for cannabis or hemp infused milk, oil, butter, mayonnaise, salad dressings, sauces and more. This is a great book for new cooks or even the most well seasoned kitchen vets. Cannabis enthusiasts and mother and daughter have joined forces and created this amazing cookbook. This is a must -have on your shelf. In addition to the basics chapter, one can learn how to make various dressings and sauces, drinks, snacks and apps, salads and side dishes, main courses, sweet treats, and they are all infused with hemp and cannabis! Turn to page 23 for a few recipes from the Mountain High Pharms Hemp and Cannabis Cooking book. I hope you enjoy as much as I do! -Caroline Hayes
Why do we wear GREEN on St. Paddy’s Day?
St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Ireland’s most commonly recognized saint, Saint Patrick himself.
The original color of St. Patrick was blue. Over the years, the nickname of Ireland as “The Emerald Isle” as well as the green in the flag changed the celebratory color. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn to celebrate the Saint.
Did you know that pinching a person who is not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day mimics a mild form of violence started between the Protestants (associated with the color orange) and the Catholics (associated with the color green)?
In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, one only wears green if he or she is Catholic, otherwise the observed color is orange. This is not practiced in the U.S.
In 1798, right before the Rebellion, Irishmen wore a shamrock in their hat, announcing their support of the Rebellion. “The wearing of the green” comes from this.
The wearing of green also is an ancient Celtic practice of celebrating during the Vernal Equinox, which is the celebration of the rebirth of the earth.
There is a legend that wearing green makes you invisible to leprechauns who will pinch you if they can see you.
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Keystone Stand by Pürr Pürr is a California-based company that has been making quality glass since 2003. We have done reviews on a few of the products in the past and were excited to try out another one of their great products. This time we tried out the Keystone Stand. The Keystone Stand is your all-in-one dab stand. It comes with Pürr’s Pocket Sherlock that fits perfectly into the stand, a glass dabber, glass concentrate container, and glass pad. The Pocket Sherlock slides into place to make sure it is safe. It’s a slick design and is perfect to keep on your night stand for a little night cap dab. Like all the products from Pürr I have tried, the Pocket Sherlock hit like a champ. Check out Pürr’s website below to take a look at their variety of glass and where you can find them in a store near you. www.purrsmoking.com
Essential Screens by Essential Extracts If you are like me and enjoy smoking waterextracted hash, the Essential Screens are a must-have. I have had these in the past and absolutely love them. Each pack contains five screens that easily fit into your favorite piece, turning it into your goto hash pipe. These work great for bubble hash and, of course, some Solvent-less Wax from Essential Extracts. If you just throw your hash in a pipe most of the time you will waste more than what you get out of it. None of your product will go to waste with the Essential Screens and you can enjoy the full flavor of the hash. The hash bubbles away while the screen holds everything together. If you have an e-nail don’t worry, they have the brand new Essential TI Screen. It is made of 60 wire mesh Grade 2 Titanium and 1 inch in diameter. If you haven’t tried the Essential Screens, do yourself a favor and buy a pack. You can buy the Essential Screens along with a bunch of other awesome merch from Essential Extracts at the website below. www.essentialextracts.co
14 March 2014
Real Scientific Hemp Oil from HempMedsPx reviewed by Rick Macey
Last month I wrote a review of Cibdex CBD oil, a “nutritional supplement” that, in my opinion, can be regarded seriously for its medicinal properties. Hemp Meds PX has another similar product, a cannabidiol liquid called Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO). In fact, RSHO is the same product, although far more concentrated. Instead of a dropper, it is applied with a syringe. After switching from Cibdex to RSHO, I found no difference in its effects. It mitigated the life-long headaches I tend to suffer. It also seemed to help with the muscle and joint pain that, as a former jock and avid day hiker, I frequently have. As I wrote last issue, the healing properties of CBD are becoming better known. Despite the disclaimer on the label, Real Scientific Hemp Oil is more than a dietary supplement. It’s potent stuff, which explains why Hemp Meds PX promotes it as having “been painstakingly developed for maximum CBD yield in a standardized, federally legal format.”
That’s definitely true. At 19.5 percent CBD, you only need to squeeze out a few milliliters. Instead of the under-the-tongue routine recommended for Ciibdex, I decided to add RSHO to peanut butter and blueberry jam toast. The oil’s taste made my typical breakfast less appetizing, so I experimented a bit. I finally decided that it was best added to my morning coffee. I put a few drops into my full cup, stirred vigorously, and found that the musty taste apparent on my toast was better concealed in the java. I can’t help but think that in the not-too-distant future, products like RSHO will become as ubiquitous as vitamins and fish oil. And I predict the benefits for human health will be at least as significant. And I wonder if the folks at Hemp Meds PX named this product with Rick Simpson’s ground-breaking work with hemp oil in mind. After all, the abbreviation RSHO has been used for years - along with RSO - to denote Rick Simpson Hemp Oil. www.wholesaleHMPX.com , www.RealScientificHempOil.com
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Visions Through the Hayes St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated pretty much everywhere, whether the partygoers are Irish or not. And while it’s a safe bet that most of us will indulge in at least one tradition that encompasses St. Paddy’s Day, be it wearing green or drinking green, perhaps we should incorporate a new, much safer and arguably more fun tradition of smoking lots of cannabis. I mean it’s green, right? And let’s face it, who has ever made a decision while stoned that caused you to wake up puking and laying next to someone you may or may not know the name of. Eek! Now, I love a drink now and again just as much as the next hard-working American, but I do know my boundaries. Unfortunately for everybody involved, some do not know their boundaries, which is why cannabis may be the safer alternative. We all know that smoking or eating the newly legalized plant can be pretty fun, so why not indulge a little differently this March 17th. No matter what you do, please do it responsibly and with concern and respect for others. And never, ever, ever drive under the influence of anything. Love, Light and Hemp Caroline Hayes
Mainstream Advertisers Trade On Stoner Stereotypes by Rick Macey
It’s not often that Madison Avenue spinmeisters are out of synch with consumer tastes. Yet that’s the story when it comes to advertising in the new age of legal cannabis.
The puns were gleefully obvious and included “Fares so low they’re barely legal in some states … Get mile high with $10 off your next flight.”
In an industry that prides itself on creating consumer demand, the gurus of advertising campaigns are behind the curve on this one.
“If you want to make a beeline for Colorado right now, we don’t blame you – but we’re up to take you to plenty of chill destinations,” the airline said in the ad. It even encouraged customers to “pack some munchies.” Grade: A
So far, nearly all the ads trade on the stoner stereotype. That’s so 1970s, man. Sure, the ongoing federal illegality of cannabis is one factor in the immaturity of the promotions, in that there aren’t that many ads to begin with. Even in Colorado’s legal marijuana marketplace, there are advertising restrictions placed on sellers of marijuana. The state’s TV network affiliates and Denver’s independent station, KCDO Ch. 3, continue to refuse ads for dispensaries and marijuana-based products. “I’m not against taking those advertising dollars,” said Greg Armstrong, president and general manager of Ch. 3, “but the FCC determines whether or not we stay in business. It’s too big of a risk.” Not that there is a line at the door. The Denver Post’s online entry into cannabis journalism, The Cannabist, was able to book only one dispensary - Alameda Wellness - in its first month, January of this year.
Carl’s Jr. - “Wake and Bake” It’s a simple t-shirt promotion that has achieved what great art is supposed to do. Some people love it, others hate it, with only a few folks on the fence. There are campaigns against the red-and-white tee in social media - presumably by people who didn’t get the sense of humor they asked Santa for. And it’s selling on the Internet like fast food through a drive-thru.
With a majority of Americans now in favor of legalization, some companies are crafting pitches to appeal to cannabis users.
Despite all this, there is an advertising shift under way. With a majority of Americans now in favor of legalization, some companies are crafting pitches to appeal to cannabis users. Most of the messages are sly, and people unfamiliar with marijuana culture could easily miss the inferences. A few of the ads are bolder, such as one promotion for Spirit Airlines. So here are six mainstream ads that wink knowingly at marijuana consumers. You won’t be shocked to know that most of them have to do with fast food.
“We Wake And Bake Every Morning” debuted in California as part of Hardees/Carl’s Jr. employees’ uniforms. It’s not often a partying pun is a corporate fashion statement. Grade: B Jack in the Box - “30 Tacos” This 30-second TV commercial is so stoner, you can get high just from watching it. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. After all, who among us has not consulted our dashboard bobblehead when in doubt? The late 1970s model van in the opening shot of the drive-thru is classic, which is the ad’s theme. Stoner guy can’t decide, so the bobblehead says, “Dude, don’t stress, stick with the classics,” and recommends 30 tacos. Grade: B
KFC - “Pot Pie” What’s fascinating about this :30 from KFC is how truly stupid it is. And that’s meant as a compliment in the best tradition of simplistic idiocy. The man with his $3.99 special meal keeps repeating “pot pie.” Yes, that’s right, “pot pie, pot pie, say it with me, pot pie …” The initial joke takes about 10 seconds to become redundantly irritating.
This writer has taken the liberty to grade each ad according to karma, buzz, chillness, and other highly technical factors. What grade do you give ‘em?
It’s not until the end of the spot that we learn “chicken” is a part of the equation. I lost my appetite watching this. Grade: D
Spirit Airlines - “Get Mile High” Spirit has a well-earned reputation for saucy, irreverent, and downright insolent ads that frequently poke fun.In early January, the airlines trotted out a promotion that informed travelers, “The No Smoking Sign Is Off (In Colorado).”
Denny’s - “Regular Guy” A leprechaun with tinted Lennon glasses, a tyrannosaurus rex, a unicorn, and a regular guy drop into Denny’s after attending a show “that rocked.”
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“What do you remember of it?” the hipster leprechaun asks
the unicorn. “I was mostly awake,” is the reply. When the Irish fellow tries to pay with a pot of gold, the waitress asks, “Got anything smaller?” The repartee in this TV commercial is funny whether the viewer is stoned or not. Grade: A Taco Bell - “Late Night Munchies” Toss a quick scene of a breakdancing pre-teen in sunglasses into a collage of stereotypical club shots with overblown images of bottom feeder cuisine, and all that’s missing is a mindless jingle that keeps repeating, “Got the Late Night Munchies.” Oh wait, that’s exactly this 15-second TV commercial for Taco Bell. Someone got paid a lot of money to make this piece of mediocrity, and sadly, someone probably got paid more for thinking it up. It gives munchies a bad name. Grade: C There you have it, a half-dozen mainstream ads that tilt toward the stoner crowd. Some hit, some miss, but what really matters is that corporate advertisers are now targeting cannabis consumers. Twenty years ago, one of the only commercials aimed at our demographic featured a frying pan, an egg, and a voiceover about “your brain on drugs.” Progress is what it is.
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Stroopwafel 100mg by Colorado Cannabis Co. One of my favorite edibles I have reviewed in the last year was the cupcakes from Colorado Cannabis Company. So I was pretty excited to try out their 100mg Stroopwafel. The Stroopwafel is a crispy Dutch treat filled with creamy caramel and topped with Colorado harvested honey. When I opened the package I could smell the cannabis inviting me to devour this tasty treat. The Stroopwafel had a slight crunch on the outside with the creamy caramel inside bursting with flavor. I was surprised it didn’t have any cannabis taste with such a strong smell to it. Like the cupcakes, the Stroopwafel was truly divine. I planned on only eating a quarter of the waffle and eating the rest the next day. That didn’t happen. I couldn’t help but eat the whole thing. The effects kicked in within 30 minutes and I was on cloud 9. My top hat goes off to the crew at Colorado Cannabis Company for continuing to make some of the best tasting edibles in the state. www.coloradocannabiscompany.com
Dank Commander 120 micron by River Rock River Rock Wellness in Denver makes some of the best concentrates in the state. We have done reviews for their Rock Budder and awesome coin series shatter. I have been patiently waiting to try their water-extracted concentrates made by John Bury aka Jibs. The cannabis gods have made my wish come true. For this review, we got the Dank Commander, and it’s kind of a big deal. The Dank Commander won the Legends of Hashish in Amsterdam in 2013. River Rock also took home 3rd place for the Moonshine Haze. Both the Dank Commander and Moonshine Haze are from Rare Dankness Seeds genetics, grown and processed by River Rock. The Dank Commander is one of the best water-extracted concentrates that I have seen. The sample was a glob of trichome goodness that looked like brown sugar. I was intrigued by the smell. It had an earthy citrus smell that tickled my nose. Any time I smoke water-extracted hash I like to use a hemp wick to control the flame and so I don’t have butane ruin the taste. I put a generous chunk on my screen and watched it bubble away as I put the hemp wick to the it. This was an extremely potent smoke. After two hits my eyes were droopy and it was hard to keep them open. It was perfect for helping me with any stress and I was completely relaxed after smoking. I can see why this won the Legends of Hash because this stuff is legendary. www.riverrockcolorado.com
Karma Blunt by Karmaceuticals Behold the eighth wonder of the world, the Karma Blunt from Karmaceuticals in Denver. This behemoth contains an ounce of flower, a gram of hash oil, a gram of keef, and a gram of full bud wax. The sheer size of this blunt is almost unbelievable. It seems like it’s a movie prop. I had to call in some reinforcements for this one. I sent a text with this massive blunt and asked, “Who is down?” A couple of my friends turned down my offer due to the intimidating size. I had four of my friends come over to my house and we proceeded to have the most epic session I think I will ever have. To get this bad boy started, you will need a couple of lighters. After puffing on it like a cigar for a few minutes, the Karma Blunt was fired up. It only takes a few puffs and you are on another level. The whole time I was smoking this thing I thought I was in a Cheech & Chong movie. We smoked about half of the Karma Blunt and had to put it down. We proceeded to melt into my couch and watch hours of TV. If you are looking for the ultimate party favor or looking to smoke up everyone at a concert, get yourself a Karma Blunt. Big thanks go to the crew at Karmaceuticals for making this gargantuan blunt and thanks to my brave friends for sharing this experience with me. It will be something I will never forget. www.mmjkarma.com
20 March 2014
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Recipes from Mountain High Pharms Hemp and Cannabis Cookbook. Read more about this book on page 13.
Hemp Seed Milk
Makes 3 cups Ingredients: 1 cup hulled hemp seeds 3 cups water 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespon sweetener (honey, maple syrup, Stevia, etc.) 1 teaspooon vanilla (optional)
Makes 2 1/2 cups Ingredients: 2 cups hemp seed oil 2 egg yolks (freshest and of the highest quality) 1 teaspoon honey or sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
Directions: Place the hemp seeds in a bowl and cover with water. Soak 8-12 hours.
Directions: Place the egg, honey, sugar and salt into a blender or food processor and blend well. With the mixer still running, slowly drizzle in the oil, while blending the egg yolks. Continue mixing until thickened.
Drain hemp seeds. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Strain through a mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Store in an airtight container and chill. Drink as is or use for cooking and baking. Grandma’s Potato Salad Ingredients: 3 medium potatoes (peeled and diced) 3 eggs 2 celery stalks (diced) ½ cup hemp mayo (or canna mayo; recipe found in the book) 3 tablespoon pickled relish 1 teaspoon mustard ¼ cup shelled or hulled hempseeds ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground pepper 1 teaspoon dill (optional) ¼ tablespoon hemp flakes (optional)
If it starts to break, add another yolk. Additions: ¼ cup mayo or any of the following: 2-3 teaspoons of hemp flakes, 3-4 tablespoons pesto or sundried tomato and garlic pesto, 2 teaspoons lemon pepper or 4 tablespoons Asian Dressing. You can also try 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, cumin or balsamic mixed into the mayo. Spread on sandwiches or use as dip for veggies. NOTE: This is a raw egg recipe and mayo must be used within three days.
Boil potatoes and eggs in a large pot on medium-high heat until the potatoes are tender. About 20 minutes - do not overcook. Drain and cool in cold water for 30 minutes. Put eggs into a bowl of ice water and cool for 15 minutes. Peel the eggs. Mix the mayo, mustard, relish, chopped eggs, hulled hemp seeds and spices into a large bowl. Add the cooked potatoes and mix well. Chill for one hour and serve.
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“What the Funny?” It’s a New Comedy Website by Marlon Wayans Marlon Wayans and I go all the way back to the days of “In Living Color” on the Fox Studios lot in Century City. I was known as the “Optician to the Stars” back then and made all of the prop glasses for the show. Hanging out on the set back then was some of my fondest and funniest memories of my entire career. Marlon and I reconnected in 2010 through a mutual friend, Steve Harris, who was working as a production executive with the A&E Television Network. Steve and Marlon have been friends since their college days at Howard University. They found me through the Internet and really liked the video diaries that I kept documenting my life in the cannabis world. We got together over many lunches and dinners since then and have become even better friends and colleagues. I really love working with people who make you laugh and even more so when they are cannabis friendly. Over the past years, we’ve brainstormed many times about producing various content for the entertainment world that included cannabis. I could literally write a book about all of the many conversations, behind-the-scenes development shoots, the beautiful people we’ve met and more, but for now we’ll have to just settle for this article. Marlon and Steve are the type of guys that you just know you’ll be friends with for life. I was thrilled to hear from them recently about their latest new entertainment adventure. Wayans recently created “WhatTheFunny.com” with Funny or Die’s chief operating officer. The Hollywood Reporter, considered the bible for the entertainment trade industry, states that the project will be the new “In Living Color” for the web. Hollywood is fired up with the buzz that Marlon Wayans is set to be the new Will Ferrell with his cast of characters. The team hopes that WhatTheFunny.com, which Wayans is launching
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with Funny or Die founder Randy Adams and producer Peter Coleman, will serve as the urban version of Will Ferrell’s fronted site. “WTF? is a playground for my family and for all comedians who have something funny that they want to do,” Wayans says. “If Funny or Die is the ‘Saturday Night Live’ of the Web, what we’re trying to do is the ‘In Living Color’ of the Web,” says Adams. Wayans and his family rose to fame via the 1990’s Fox variety series “In Living Color.” He has talked to his relatives and former co-stars about reuniting for his new venture. Wayans has also reached out to other comedians, to give them a fun place to work, and a platform where work can be seen that at present doesn’t have a way to be exhibited beyond the individual p e r f o r m e r ’ s websites. Adams was involved with Funny or Die for six years, but left the board of directors when he decided to put all of his energy toward the success of WhatTheFunny. com. The production plan is to produce several five-to-10 minute video shorts in advance of the show’s official launch, with plans to eventually expand to cable platforms. Unlike Funny or Die, the team plans to present most of the short-form content as a series. The marketing plan is simple. Build the brand by counting on the edgy comedy content going viral on the web. If you have great content, you capture the audience and that’s exactly what they intend on doing with a perfect track record. There is a “secret sauce” to this. Obviously Funny or Die has perfected that formula and WTF’s leaders know how to make it work. While the comedy will absolutely appeal to fans of Wayans and
While the comedy will absolutely appeal to fans of Wayans and the urban audience, it will also appeal to a hugely underserved market appealing to Latinos and all fans of hip-hop culture. When we last spoke, Marlon Wayans had just arrived in Dubai to do two stand-up comedy appearances. In recent days he has also been everywhere from the United Kingdom to Australia doing shows and doing his own version of a listening tour. While on tour, Marlon wrote the script for his next movie, a sequel to the low-budget 2013 comedy “Haunted House.” He went on to talk about his next trip heading to the New York premiere of “The Heat,” in which he played the love interest of Sandra Bullock. “I tour the world because I want to know what makes people laugh,” explains Wayans. “If I learn the secret, it helps me when I do movies and be able to tell the jokes that make the entire world laugh.” That includes working behind and in front of the camera to create urban comedy for WhatTheFunny.com. Marlon tells me “The Internet is the land of opportunity” and he predicts that eventually “the Internet itself will be the new network everyone is watching.”
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Colorado Governor Expects $1 Billion in Marijuana Sales Next Fiscal Year The retail marijuana industry in Colorado is projected to bring in roughly $100 million from an estimated $1 billion in sales in the next fiscal year, and Gov. John Hickenlooper already has plans on how to spend the new money. He wants to allocate $45.5 million to help prevent youth marijuana use, $40.4 million for abuse treatment, and another $12.4 million for public health. Retail sales are expected to be about $600 million in sales, and medical marijuana $400 million. That’s a huge leap from a prior projection from the state that predicted adult use sales would be about $400 million. For the current fiscal year, Hickenlooper’s budget office said it expects about $35 million in tax revenue, and $118 million for the next fiscal year, which begins in July. Hickenlooper doesn’t have unilateral power over how to spend the new money. His plans must first be approved by the General Assembly. Washington expecting almost $200 million in revenue from marijuana sales over the next five years Washington, the only other state in the country aside from Colorado where retail marijuana is legal, can expect a fraction of the income and sales that the Centennial State is projecting. According to Washington’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, the state will reap just under $200 million over a fouryear stretch, but that won’t start until next year. Bankers Say New Obama Rules Don’t Change Anything for Marijuana Businesses Marijuana dispensaries hoping to open bank accounts probably shouldn’t stop holding their breath just yet. That’s the message from several high-profile
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bankers even though the administration of President Barack Obama has urged them to open their doors to cannabis companies. Financial institutions are still under threat of federal prosecution if they grant accounts to marijuana dealers, legal or otherwise. “At best, this amounts to a ‘serve these customers at your own risk,’ and it emphasizes all of those risks,” said Don Childears, president and CEO of the Colorado Bankers Association. “This light is red.” Typically, marijuana dispensaries are forced to deal only in cash, including for payrolls, which leaves them more vulnerable to theft than other industries. Multiple members of Congress have been pushing legislation to change that, and last month the Obama administration published new guidelines to help allay bankers’ fears. But the guidelines have not had the intended effect. “Bankers had expected the guidance to relieve them of the threat of prosecution should they open accounts for marijuana businesses, but the guidance does not do that,” Childears said. “Instead, it reiterates reasons for prosecution.” According to The New York Times, the Obama administration’s guidance requires that banks keep a close eye on their customers, and instructs prosecutors and regulators to only pursue cases against banks that have been too lax in adhering to the administration’s guidance. Utah Bill to Give Epileptic Children Access to Medical Marijuana Oil Clears First Legislative Hurdle Deep red Republican states across the country, spurred on by internationally famous stories like those of Colorado youngster Charlotte Figi, are taking another look at medical marijuana for children. One of the latest developments is in Utah, where a bill to permit marijuanabased tinctures high in cannabidiol (CBD) was given initial approval by a legislative
committee in February and forwarded to the full state House of Representatives. House Bill 105 is sponsored by Republican Rep. Gage Froerer, who said he was moved to push the issue by stories from families who have severely epileptic children and are desperate for a treatment that will work. Froerer has even said his bill would only apply to epileptic children, and wouldn’t necessarily legitimize medical marijuana for other ailments. But he was able to sway enough legislators so that the House Law Enforcement Committee voted 8-2 to send the bill to the full House. Scientific cannabis research company negotiates $1 million in financing for new projects New cannabis-based projects are springing up all over the globe, and to underscore how profitable such ventures have become, a new scientific company even just announced it has secured $1 million in funding for research into pharmaceutical developments. Cannabis Science, Inc. intends to put the money toward cancer treatment research, along with developing a scientific patent the company currently holds. The $1 million comes from a series of private investors, some of whom have committed more than $100,000. Citizen group in small Colorado town organizing against marijuana grow operations Almost everyone associated with Colorado’s marijuana industry agrees that it’s impossible to predict how the new retail sales laws will affect the state. One impact that many probably didn’t see coming is how the industry has overwhelmed the small town of Penrose, population 3,500, in Fremont County. Despite the tiny size of the hamlet, there are already multiple marijuana grow operations, including one that has 17
Across the Globe greenhouses. And more operations are waiting for state licenses. That in turn has led to what many residents say is a public nuisance — the smell. The tell-tale stench of fresh marijuana is so strong in parts of Penrose that a political group has formed to try and fight back with more regulations. The residents also complain that the grow operations use a lot of the town’s water supply and that their lights are too bright at night. Meanwhile, Fremont County commissioners have yet to settle on county regulations for such grow operations. Study: Marijuana Could Be Substitute for Alcohol Marijuana backers who have long argued that cannabis is safer than alcohol may now have some more scientific evidence to back them up. A new study by the Alcohol Research Group found that cannabis can almost be considered a complete substitute for alcohol use. The study looked at seven “previously published criteria for substitute medications for alcohol,” and found that marijuana “either satisfied or partially satisfied” six of them. Though the report’s author was cautious, and said more research is warranted (especially for anyone with a drinking disorder), the report did suggest that “cannabis does appear to be a potential substitute for alcohol.” “Cannabis is both safer and potentially less addictive than benzodiazepines and other pharmaceuticals that have been evaluated as substitutes for alcohol,” the report reads. GOP Legislators in New York Announce Support for Medical Marijuana Bill A pair of New York state senators joined another of their GOP colleagues in February in announcing their support for medical marijuana, an issue that has long been politically contentious in Albany, the
state’s capital. Even though medical cannabis now has supporters on both sides of the aisle in New York, it still has powerful opposition. It’s not clear whether a bill this year to legalize medical marijuana and make it readily accessible will make it to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. Either way, Cuomo plans to move ahead with a much more limited pilot program for medical cannabis, and permit up to 20 hospitals to prescribe the herb for certain patients. Major California Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure Pulled Even though polling indicated likely success on Election Day, organizers behind one of California’s marijuana legalization measures have unexpectedly yanked the initiative from the 2014 ballot. Saying that it was “more important to do it right than to do it fast,” the Drug Policy Alliance called a halt to its signature gathering in February, ceasing its effort to put the question before voters. Internal politics may have played a part in the campaign’s demise. There are two other marijuana legalization efforts underway in California, but the DPA’s measure was the only one with the funding that probably would have been needed to pull off a successful campaign. But the three camps reportedly argued over logistics, such as how to legalize marijuana, how much individuals should be allowed to possess and grow, and how the existing medical marijuana community would be affected. The canceled campaign comes on the heels of a December poll that found 55 percent of California voters are ready to say yes to legal marijuana. A spokesman from one of the two other campaigns told the San Jose Mercury News that they’re still hoping to make the ballot this year. Cannabis a Possible Treatment for HIV
The plague of the 20th century may eventually be history, thanks to cannabis researchers. According to new scientific results, marijuana was able to stop the spread of a virus in monkeys that is similar to HIV. That gave scientists at the International Cannabinoid Research Conference hope that marijuana could also be used effectively against HIV in humans. But federal laws restricting medical trials involving cannabis have made experimental treatments with marijuana a foregone (and negative) conclusion. Still, it’s a topic that many scientists are pursuing. At Louisiana State University, a team found that high concentrations of THC administered to rhesus monkeys who had RIV (a virus comparable to HIV) resulted in a growth of normal cells and a decrease in damaged tissue. Growing Medical Cannabis Booming Industry in canada
Medical marijuana was legalized in Canada in 1999. Since then, the number of legal smokers has grown to almost 38,000, according to government registration numbers. But in another 12 years, the government estimates, there will be almost half a million legal marijuana users in Canada. Those estimates have attracted serious businessmen with serious money. One of six newly licensed grow operations in the country was started with $9 million in capital, at an old Hershey’s chocolate factory. The owner, Chuck Rifici, recently compared working at the installation to “manufacturing inside a bank” because security is so tight (as required by the government). But Rifici takes his establishment as seriously as a bank. He intends the business to be traded on Canada’s stock exchange before too long. Combined with the projected growth in his customer base, that will likely lead to profits for him and for others who follow his lead.
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Hemp Pioneer Hempola Farms Plowed The Way For Today’s Market by Skyler Cannabaceae
“It was early ’95 that I decided, okay, we’re gonna do a promotional piece and then we’re gonna create a product that never existed,” Greg Herriott, the founder of the Hempola brand, says of his first foray into the world of hemp. “We didn’t exactly know what at the time, but we made the decision to move forward with it.” Hempola was founded by Herriott as a family owned hemp food product brand, the first of its kind in Canada. In 1993, around the same time that the Canadian government was looking into lifting their ban on hemp, Herriott began researching its uses. This research included legendary hemp activist Jack Herer’s treatise on the subject, “The Emperor Wears No Clothes.” He credits his wife, a physical therapist, with doing a large
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amount of research on the health and nutrition aspects of hemp. Herriott obtained some cold-press hemp oil from a source in the U.S. and packaged it up with a pamphlet that told about the health benefits that hemp provided. At the time, he owned a graphic design business having nothing to do with hemp. “In the design business we would do our own in-house promotional projects at least once a year,” he says. The marketing campaign that Hempola launched to coincide with the release of the oil made the brand’s first product the talk of the industry. “The response was phenomenal.” Herriott remembers with
pride a periodical called Nutrition Post, which is delivered to every doctor’s office in Canada. The paper had Hempola as a front page story. “We were being invited to all of these different radio stations to come on and talk about [Hempola].” While the launch was part of promoting his design business, it led Herriott to delve further into the world of hemp and its uses. Taking the reins of the Canadian hemp industry, Hempola even helped craft the regulations that allowed hemp to be grown in Canada. Firmly entrenched in the blossoming hemp industry, Herriott got to work creating products for the Hempola line. The company invented hempseed flour and launched a line of Omega-3 salad dressings that Herriott says has benefits beyond its taste. “Any good oil, like Omega oil; they’re really unstable, they go rancid whereas hemp has naturally occurring antioxidants.” Herriott notes this among Hempola’s most popular products. “There was a huge wave of interest in industrial hemp in the late ‘90s.” Unfortunately, the highway that Hempola helped Canada to pave for hemp innovation became a dirt road at the country’s southern border. “We were close to doing our first million in annual revenue,” Herriott says of Hempola’s progress by late 2001, noting that 75% of sales came from the U.S., with such high-profile health food chain stores as Whole Foods carrying Hempola products. A proposed ban on hemp products in the U.S. put a screeching halt to their growth. That’s because of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, which unleashed a torrent of totalitarian policies in America. “The media took it and ran crazy with it.” Herriott says of the ban that was proposed in October, 2001, but never materialized. Despite the end result, talk of a ban made U.S. companies nervous. “Basically, all of our United States sales evaporated in that overnight sensation.” The revenue hit was devastating to Hempola, but Herriott would not be stopped. He continued to find new uses for hemp. In 2002, Hempola unveiled the first hemp straw octagon home. The home was designed and created for further research and development. The Hempola farm was made self-sustaining in 2005 when, after a successful pilot program, Herriott began using part of their hemp harvest to create the biodiesel fuel used to run the farm and heat the buildings in the winter. Hempola continues to produce and sell products in Canadian stores and through internet sales. Herriott promises that a new product to be launched soon will impress. The innovator indicated that Hempola may be looking for partners soon to bring their products back to U.S. shelves. Herriott specifically mentioned Colorado as a good opportunity, saying that he is looking to bridge the gap between industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis. “We are always looking to do more.”
The Higher You Fly World Travelers Need To Be Aware Of Drug Laws
Standing in line at Denver International Airport, the mass of travelers trudges forward. Ahead, a TSA agent apathetically flashes a UV light over IDs and passports, rectifying names to tickets. A ceaseless march through the security checkpoint in which all travelers will have their personal belongings as well as their persons thoroughly scanned for contraband in the name of protecting the liberty that would be so jealously attacked by terrorists.
China is known to implement the death penalty for any one caught manufacturing, planting, transporting or selling drugs. In my backpack I am carrying what some would consider drug paraphernalia; a portable vaporizer, though the cartridges – which contain the true “contraband” – are tucked safely among the sweetly fragranced soaps and deodorants in a zip lock in my checked bag. Accompanying me is my girlfriend, who has packed several of her homemade cookies to help alleviate the nausea and anxiety that accompanies air travel for her. She looks sheepishly at me. “Just relax,” I try to reassure her.
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At times in my life this process would have made me nervous, but I now stand on the righteous side of legality, and the nervousness that accompanied my many past experiences is replaced by the soothing awareness that this will all be fine. To use the old cliché, “This ain’t my first rodeo.” I’ve been here in the past, in a similar situation minus the technological advancements on both sides, and minus the legality that in this instance works in my favor. For my first such experience I was still a child of 15, paranoid and worried, not just that airport security would catch me, but also that my accompanying parents would find out about my precious cargo. I can recall my brother’s hysterical laughter as I tried desperately to remove the Saran wrap and Vaseline coated stash that I had foolishly duct taped to my taint, trying to avoid removing most of my adolescently unkempt pubic hair in the process. Later attempts involved the use of a simple hair scrunchy in place of the ill-advised duct tape to secure the package to my package. But even this technique now creates more problems than solutions with the body scanners allowing a traveler’s naked body to be rigorously scrutinized by a – supposed – computer program. The access to a legal market that came with my red card allowed for even better conveyance. In the past I’ve packed edible candies in my carry-on, deftly disguised in a bag of similar looking non-dosed confections. I even just strolled through the metal detectors with a bag in my pocket (though this, again,
is not advised given the near complete use of body scanning machines at DIA). This time, however, my actions are at their most serene. The portable vaporizer technology, for the moment at least, seems to be beyond the scope of prohibitionists, and so I don’t exhibit any of the telltale nervousness that law enforcers rely upon. Clearing local security is perhaps the most minor of my concerns on this trip though. The TSA has publicly acknowledged its primary goal is preventing terrorism, not enforcement of drug laws. To this end one would speculate that even if you were to be caught at a checkpoint with a product containing THC in your bag (unlikely as X-ray machines detect metallic and dense objects, and TSA agents are trained to look for bomb components and weapons) consequences would likely be minimal. And while DIA has exercised its legal right to ban marijuana – both adult-use and medical – there remains no mechanism for enforcement and no clear demonstration of how violations would be punished for simple possession. But my final destination for this trip is Ecuador, and international travel means passing through customs and submitting to searches for both potential biological contaminants and illicit contraband. In my experience, no country scrutinizes travelers to the degree the U.S. does, so the fear of being caught in a foreign country with an illegal substance is diminished. The security gate at DIA is a practice run, if I can, as I suspect, easily pass through here there is no greater inquiry that awaits me on the other end of this flight. After landing in Quito, we breeze through the customs inspection. I carry the confidence that, despite some definitions, I am not a criminal. I am only transporting cartridges for my personal use, not smuggling drugs for profit. I gladly submit my belongings to the final X-ray machine, knowing full well that my legally purchased cargo will not be recognized. And with that I have arrived, ready to enjoy my trip and deal with the rage-inducing stress of travel in any manner I see fit. Still, I maintained discretion throughout my trip. Though, as I have stated previously, I am fully aware that prohibitionists’ minds are not on par with current technology, one must always be aware that such thought persists outside of our progressive
homeland. But discretion does not equate shame, and I refuse to behave as a criminal, using my vape pen openly where appropriate. It also bears consideration that this is South America, a continent that has felt the brunt of the war on drugs, and therefore has a somewhat more informed perspective than other parts of
For some, traveling without marijuana is not an option. Those who rely on cannabis for medication do not have the luxury of abstinence. the world. Legalization in Uruguay and the seemingly impending legalization in Brazil reflect a more thoughtful approach to drug policy on the continent. In other parts of the world laws are alarmingly backward, and travelers that wish to partake abroad are best to avoid those places. For me, the return trip created more need for paranoia than the departure. As a savvy traveler, I packed more than I needed, so returning home meant entering the U.S. with a partially filled cartridge. My itinerary included a stopover at Miami International, a hotbed for international drug smuggling, and thus a place where law enforcement would be on high alert. America’s wang is also notorious for backward attitudes regarding marijuana, so being caught here poses much more of a problem than it would in Denver. After passing through the Orwellian mug shot machines at passport control, the K-9 unit patrolling the baggage claim was not alerted to the trace amounts of oil still in my possession, and I was shortly headed back to the land of legalization, free to enjoy myself as a responsible adult. For some, traveling without marijuana is not an option. Those who rely on cannabis for medication do not have the luxury of abstinence. For these people, staying within the state may be the only choice. But with a little know-how and the requisite confidence, this obstacle can be overcome. It is recommended to avoid traveling with flowers, as this is generally what law enforcement has been trained to look for and the odor is harder to control. Instead, I recommend the handy portable vaporizer or well-contained edibles (though these too can smell and will attract attention). Domestic flights should pose no problem; throw your meds in a checked bag or your carry-on knowing that X-ray machines aren’t designed to catch personal users, but rather terrorists and large-scale traffickers. For international travel, check out our list of countries to avoid. Being caught overseas with a small amount can be uncomfortable to say the least. Above all, be confident. Travel knowing that despite what the law may say, you have the moral high ground. Those who wish marijuana to be illegal should feel shame for their ignorance, not you.
North Korea: It goes without saying, but if you somehow find yourself entering this highly cloistered nation you should do so without cannabis. Data on state executions is mostly kept secret, but executions are alleged to have been carried out against manufacturers, dealers and traffickers. Another country that is known to detain Americans, getting caught with cannabis here would likely get you in a jam even Jimmy Carter couldn’t get you out of. Other Countries The IHRA also lists countries that have a low commitment to executing drug offenders. While the chances of being executed in these countries are lower, the fact that they appear on this list should alert you to their attitudes toward marijuana. These countries include: Indonesia, Kuwait, Thailand, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Bangladesh. Countries to Avoid Here in Colorado, it can often seem inconceivable that elsewhere in the world marijuana is viewed as a scourge. Check out this list courtesy of the International Harm Reduction Association before you consider traveling, and consider carefully what you pack if you visit these countries. China: The very first country to buy into the U.S.’s Reefer Madness after World War II. China is known to implement the death penalty for any one caught manufacturing, planting, transporting or selling drugs. Being caught with a small amount of THC for personal use would seem to fit the definition of transporting, so think twice about this. Saudi Arabia: Go figure that the country that produced 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the September 11 attacks has an insane take on drug laws. In Saudi Arabia you are likely to face execution for trafficking, receiving, importing, exporting, processing, producing, converting, or growing drugs, as well as being complicit in any of these acts. Vietnam: ‘Nam is widely regarded as one of the strictest countries in the world with regard to drug laws. While death penalties are aimed at manufacturers and those caught trafficking large amounts (five kilos of hash will do it for you) it’s probably best not to chance it here. Singapore: A prolific killer of drug offenders, between 1999 and 2003 110 of Singapore’s 138 executions were for drug offenses. To qualify for the death penalty you need to have 500 grams (a little over a pound) of flower, or 200 grams of resin. These numbers are significantly lower for hard drugs. Malaysia: While not necessarily as committed to the execution of drug offenders as some of the countries higher on this list, Malaysia still targets traffickers for capital punishment and has been known to execute foreign nationals. Iran: Among reasons to avoid traveling to Iran is the commitment the Iranian government has expressed to executing drug offenders, though capital punishment is mostly focused on repeat offenders. Americans traveling in the country are viewed with suspicion and are likely to be harassed anyway. Giving the government here an excuse to screw you is most definitely a bad idea.
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Below these, the IHRA lists countries that only symbolically commit to executing drug offenders, meaning there are laws in place but executions are rare if at all. Still, these remain bad places to be caught with marijuana. These countries include: Cuba, Taiwan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, India, Qatar, Gaza, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Laos, and the good ol’ U.S. of A. So travel smart, stay safe, and consider what’s in your luggage before you set out.
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Farm Bill Is Big Step For Hemp
Legalization Of The Plant Now Seen As Inevitable by Rick Macey
Hemp is back! When President Barack Obama signed the $100 billion Farm Bill into law in early February, the United States took a huge step toward agricultural common sense. The new law contains a provision, Section 7606, for industrial hemp research and pilot programs. It allows states which have legalized hemp to begin growing it this year. One of the most useful plants on the planet, non-intoxicating hemp had been demonized along with marijuana since 1937. Those dark days appear to be over, as Congress has taken the first step to officially remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. “This is the first time in American history that industrial hemp has been legally defined by our federal government as distinct from drug varieties of cannabis,” said Eric Steenstra, the president of advocacy group Vote Hemp. “The market opportunities for hemp are incredibly promising, ranging from textiles and health foods to home construction and even automobile manufacturing. This is not just a boon to U.S. farmers, this is a boon to U.S. manufacturing industries as well.” Americans purchased nearly $500 million worth of hemp products in 2012, according to Hemp Industries Association. The market is now expected to increase dramatically as hemp reenters the American agricultural mainstream.
The farm bill’s hemp amendment had broad bipartisan support in Congress, especially from lawmakers representing agricultural states. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican who is against marijuana reform, worked to build support for the measure within his party. “We are laying the groundwork for a new commodity market for Kentucky farmers,” said McConnell. And for farmers around the nation.
The farm bill provision...blocks federal authorities from cracking down on hemp farmers, researchers and higher-education institutions in areas where the crop is legal.
Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis introduced the amendment, along with Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie and Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer. It authorizes universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for academic or agricultural research purposes. Colorado’s farming community has already moved beyond that point. In 2013, Springfield farmer Ryan Loflin harvested a crop of hemp, comparing varieties from China, Canada, and Europe. Loflin said he expects thousands of acres of hemp to be planted in the southeastern portion of the state this year. Loflin sowed his potentially risky crop under the cover of 2012’s successful ballot initiative Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana and hemp in Colorado.
Thirty-two states have introduced pro-hemp legislation and 20 have passed pro-hemp legislation. The 10 states that will be able to immediately begin cultivation include California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Every one of those states have industrial hemp farming laws on the books. The farm bill’s hemp provision largely achieves the objectives of H.R. 525, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013,” and the companion bill, S. 359, introduced in the U.S. House and Senate in February, 2013. The bills eliminate federal restrictions on domestic cultivation of industrial hemp, remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, and give states the exclusive authority to regulate the crop.
Until the 113th Congress passes those bills, industrial hemp is still technically illegal under federal law. The farm bill provision does not overturn hemp prohibition. Instead, it blocks federal authorities from cracking down on hemp farmers, researchers and higher-education institutions in areas where the crop is legal. Hemp is allowed to be imported into the U.S., which points to the absurdity of continued prohibition. Finally, the days of hemp prohibition are numbered. “What we are all trying to get people to understand is that this will finally unlock a clean ‘American Industrial Revolution’ that will not only be economically sound, but environmentally advantageous,” said Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. “These are monumental steps for the industry.”
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a bridal designer leads the way for hemp fashion
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he saying “you are what you eat” could also apply to “you are what you wear.” The woman pushing a stroller down the sidewalk in the yoga pants and fleece zip-up? She falls into the “busy mom” category. The dude with the long hair, skinny jeans, graphic tee and wool cap? He is clearly a hipster. A person’s choice of fashion often tells a lot about them that goes way beyond their sense of style, including their commitment to the environment. Consumer eco-consciousness is growing and many people are looking for clothing that matches their ideals. And hemp clothing, long on the sidelines, is ready to get back in the game. Hemp In History People in cultures as ancient 10,000 years ago discovered that hemp could be used for fiber, oil, seeds, and medicine. Global Hemp writes that “many of these cultures viewed hemp as a gift, or treasure from the Divine Spirit, to be used during ceremonials, incense, ingested for deep meditative and heightened awareness, smoked for pleasure, or worn for clothing during ceremonies.” Most agree that the earliest hemp textile was made as far back as 8,000 BC in Mesopotamia (currently Iran and Iraq), but the culture that really incorporated hemp was the ancient Chinese. Hemp grew wild there and the Chinese people wore mostly hemp until the Mongols, who invaded China around 1,200 AD, brought cotton from India with them and discouraged the Chinese from growing and wearing hemp. In the U.S. before the Revolution, Irish immigrants arrived in the Massachusetts Bay colony and immediately set up shop, spinning and weaving hemp. They passed their skills on to previously unskilled workers, which in turn built up the local labor force. This small movement helped the colonists make their own fabrics and move away from dependence on the British, who demanded that the colonists purchase fabrics from the Crown. It is well known that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hemp farmers, and some say that the two of them would exchange gifts of hemp for smoking. It was Jefferson who said that hemp “was of the first necessity to commerce and marine, in other words to the wealth and protection of the country.” This quote seems murky in punctuation-did Jefferson say “in other words etc.?” As the revolution grew closer, mandatory cultivation laws were passed so that the colonists could produce more hemp for paper, clothes, and cordage. It wasn’t until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 and the onset of Reefer Madness that production of hemp in the U.S. slowed to a trickle.
imagery and nature, most often flowers and feathers. It was perhaps the first time in fashion history that the generation defined the style and not the other way around. Hippie fashion was essentially a big middle finger to cultural norms and openly pushed, as Wikipedia intones, (Not sure how I feel about quoting Wikipedia as a source) “rejection of received standards, innovations in style, experimentation with drugs, alternative sexualities, an interest in Eastern religion, a rejection of materialism, and explicit portrayals of the human condition.” Fast forward to today’s hemp fashion revival. One intrepid bridal gown designer is taking her cue from the whimsical fashions and textiles of the hippie decade. Tara Lynn is the owner and designer of Tara Lynn Bridal in Sutton, Vermont. Most of her gowns are made of hemp and hemp cotton and silk mixes. She loves working with hemp because “it’s breathable, blendable, durable, soft, natural, and pesticide free.” Hemp fits perfectly into her mission of working with sustainable fabrics. Hemp avoids, as she calls it, the “dark side of fashion - sweat shops, toxic chemicals and harmful, heavy metals in dyes.” Hemp Becomes A Niche As hippies grew older and swapped their tie-dyed t-shirts for leisure suits, manufacturing of fabrics was growing more and more centralized and hemp pretty much disappeared from the scene. Polyester and other synthetic fabrics, largely made from petroleum and other non-biodegradables, took center stage. Synthetics were cheap and as an increasingly consumer-driven society started making more money in the 1980s, styles made of polyester or poly/cotton mixes came to market to satisfy those with extra dollars burning holes in their pockets. Additionally, mainstream consumers, weary of the hippie movement and newly converted into yuppies, turned away from eco-friendly fabrics, mostly because of cost. Hemp grew increasingly expensive and turned into a niche item that only diehard environmentalists, artists, or designers were interested in finding and buying. In the 1990s, Lynn was making designer jackets “dedicated to endangered species and all of the fabric happened to be hemp, but they were very expensive jackets, like $400 to $2,000 jackets.” She sold them at high-end art shows, where the well-off go to blow their dough. Hemp In The Mainstream
Hippie Hemp In The Spotlight
Hemp enthusiasts like Tara Lynn definitely see a bright future for the plant in the design world, though it still has to overcome a few hurdles.
Hemp really had its high-fashion shining moment in the 1960s when hippie counterculture propelled the fashion scene. The hippie movement, an outgrowth of the “Beat” movement of the 1950s, was built around notions that clashed wildly with the standard cultural, buttoned-up norms of the time.
Hemp as a textile still seems to suffer from a bit of an image problem, with the majority of consumers not knowing the difference between hemp and marijuana. As long as this confusion exists, most retailers won’t be willing to take a risk on purchasing and promoting hemp collections.
It was an era of youth rebellion, and the fashion designers, smelling hippie dollars, trotted out clothing that was nearly the complete opposite of its previous generation.
The biggest obstacle for widespread use in hemp clothing really seems to be indifference. There are a few high-fashion designers like Georgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, and Donatella Versace that offer one or two pieces of hemp clothing in their lines, but these offerings are infrequent and expensive. Every now and then groups like Earth Pledge will put on fashion shows sponsored by Barney’s New York or Lexus. These events, however, put hemp back in the category of an art
White collared shirts gave way to loose peasant blouses made of hemp. Skirts - along with beards,and hair grew long. Shoes were tossed off and replaced by hemp sandals accented by jangling hemp ankle bracelets. The designs were inspired by psychedelic
show purchase, definitely not for your average consumer. As an example, the Ralph Lauren hemp sweaters, made of cotton, linen, silk and lastly hemp, retail for $495. Since starting her work with hemp in 1999, Tara Lynn says that there “are more fabrics now, and the quality is nicer,” though a lot of the colored fabrics offered by her distributors aren’t on trend. She also sees her collections as a way to educate people about hemp and when customers love the feel of a well-made fabric, hemp or not, they buy it again. So, how does hemp get on department store hangers? Tara Lynn thinks that education and style are the keys. Her endangered species jackets weren’t bought “because they were hemp, customers were buying them because they were designer-looking jackets. They really liked the cut and style or they looked cool. They thought it was awesome looking but then they were intrigued to learn about it.” And as more states like Vermont and Colorado allow their farmers to grow hemp, it may become easier for designers to use hemp in their collections and for larger retailers to stock it. Tara Lynn sells a lot of her gowns to “artists or people that do something with the environment: They’re entomologists, anthropologists. Or they work outdoors or they work for non-profits and they build trails, they work for the forest
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service.” Hemp is still a bit in the hippie department. She adds, “The eco-trend continues to grow and the hemp market continues to change for the positive and grow.” That can bring attention from many different types of consumers, not just the eco-conscious crowd. Where can I get hemp clothing, you ask? There are stores such as Patagonia that have a small selection of hemp items. You may also stumble upon an item or two at your local T.J. Maxx. But online is where the action is, with sites like earthcreations. net, rawganique.com, and nomadshempwear.com. Your best bet, though, is to look around your neighborhood. Local shops are more likely to carry the hemp items you seek. Fashion, like hemp, has a tendency to recycle itself. The “little black dress,” made so popular by Audrey Hepburn in the terrific “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is really just a modern take on the ancient Egyptian sheath dress. In the 1980s, women were rising fast in the corporate world and needed a look that gave them an air of masculinity while still appearing feminine, hence the massive shoulder-pad blazers with the tailored waists. The wide-shouldered look was also popular in the 1940s, when women took to the factories to work for the war effort. Where did the idea for those shoulder-pads come from? You guessed it. Men’s football uniforms, made of hemp. It’s about time we recycle those war-time and hippie generation fabrics and ideals and put them on the hangers at Target.
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Investors Send Cannabis Stocks Soaring To New Highs by Rick Macey
What goes up must, well, go up and up. So it seems with cannabis stocks. In the interval since legalization began in Colorado with retail sales of marijuana on Jan. 1, publicly traded companies with connections to hemp and marijuana have seen their market values soar higher and higher. For every analyst who shares a buzz about smokin’ opportunities, there’s an expert who sees a bad trip for investors in the emerging market. One company’s over-the-counter stock rose from less than $1 a share to $9 almost overnight. The business in question has yet to make a profit, or even produce a product or market a service. So what’s up - other than stock values - with the cannabis market? Is it an anomaly with a bleak future, a short-lived bubble that will burst and leave disillusioned investors and bankrupt businesses in its wake? Or is this the blessed beginning of a “Green Rush” that will handsomely reward savvy people who throw small fortunes into it? “Investors need to recognize the difference between value and hype,” said Marc Bonacci, a market analyst for BrokerBank Securities, Inc. “The current marijuana market, when viewed in the future, will look like the alcohol market after prohibition in the 1930s, plastics in the 1960s, the tech market of the 1990s or the biotech market of the 2000s. It will be that significant. Some firms will grow and become significant players in the marijuana market, being traded on the big boards. Some will turn out to be a house of cards.”
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America’s Fastest Growing Market Before we dig into the pros and cons of buying into the cannabis craze, let’s do a quick of review of the industry’s basic economic profile. Webster Lake, Northglenn The cannabis market is poised to be the highest growth sector of the American economy in the next decade. There is widespread expert consensus about that. Arcview Market Research grabbed some headlines a few months ago by releasing a report that predicted the domestic cannabis market will grow faster than worldwide smartphone sales. Between then and now, Arcview recently revised upward its estimate of this year’s wholesale and retail marijuana market, from $2.34 billion to $2.57 billion. An additional $230 million isn’t chump change. Perhaps we can expect another revision or two before 2014 is over, especially since President Barack Obama’s administration finally got off the fence last month and endorsed banking services for legal marijuana businesses. Experts are now predicting Colorado’s retail and medical marijuana economy could exceed $900 million annually by 2015. And what of hemp, marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin? Americans spent $452 million on hemp products in 2012, according to the Hemp Industries Association (HIA). Congress gave the green light to 10 states for domestic industrial hemp production in this year’s farm bill (see article in this issue of THC). In all probability, hemp’s growth rate will outpace marijuana in the cannabis industry.
“Investors are certain that the legalization of marijuana and hemp will spread nationwide and create a huge market. They are right,” Bonacci said.
Investors frequently want tangible assets. So Advanced Cannabis Solutions Inc. (CANN) may be a better business paradigm. Its stock soared nearly 500 percent over three months.
Up In Smoke? No fewer than 19 cannabis-related stocks have seen exponential increases in value. There’s not a loser in the bunch - so far. Cannabis Science Inc. (CBIS) is one of the winners. And this winner is close to home. Dr. Robert Melamede - no stranger to the pages of THC Magazine - is president and interim CFO. The University of Colorado cannabis researcher has seen his company triple in value since Jan. 1. The projected return on investment (ROI) is now in excess of 130 percent annually. For its future line of health care products, Melamede’s company is probably one of the best bets for investment in a cannabis business. Another company worth looking into is Hemp Inc. (HEMP). It’s business model includes trading in most things hemp, which seems like a no-brainer. Hemp Inc.’s stock has ballooned since passage of the Farm Bill. Unlike Cannabis Science and Hemp, there are several publicly traded cannabis companies yet to establish a realistic market presence. Yet their stock is trading in the stratosphere of unproven startups. Medbox Inc. (MDBX) valuation exceeded $1 billion in the week after Colorado legalization. Its stock has since retreated a bit, but it remains a spectacle that by announcing a marijuana vending machine with a fingerprint reader, Medbox multiplied its stock value many times over.
It has obtained $30 million in credit with options on more than $22 million to acquire real estate to lease to Colorado marijuana operators. However, the majority of Colorado marijuana businesses form a rather closed-knit community. Private investment has been the only option for many years. A public company announcing, “We are the ticket for marijuana real estate” will inevitably invite a backlash. Who knows if public relations and industry consultants can help position this company. And by the way, Advanced Cannabis lost $472,000 in the third quarter of 2013.
The cannabis market is poised to be the highest growth sector of the American economy in the next decade. There is widespread expert consensus about that.
Its stock was trading at $10 per share before Jan. 1, and within two weeks was $93.50. Medbox had net income of about $23,000 on sales of $2.9 million during the six months ended June 30, according to a prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which it has since withdrawn. Medbox’s business model is brilliant as long as states around the country decide it’s cool to sell marijuana products from vending machines. And if that doesn’t happen? Poof! It’s gone. This West Hollywood business doesn’t make its own machines nor does it own the fingerprint technology. So unless legislation in several states can miraculously catch up with the company’s presumption, it’s a bubble waiting to burst. It’s probable that larger companies with greater resources would enter and quickly dominate the marijuana vending machine market if this futuristic fantasy proved to be reality.
Established companies are more likely to capitalize on cannabis opportunities, if they are attuned to them. But then again, traditional business people may underestimate the expertise required to succeed with cannabis. One such company moving into cannabis is HPC POS System, Corp. (HPCS), which specializes in health and anti-aging supplements. It announced a move into the medicinal marijuana and hemp markets with a new holding company called Cannabis Health Group. It says it intends to develop edibles, e-commerce, cosmetics and software. That’s a lot to put on the plate at once, and it is possible HPC’s eyes are bigger than its stomach.
The companies profiled in this article are at least up front businesses with plans, even if the plans are a bit suspect. Sophisticated con artists pose a larger threat for separating fools from their money. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has warned investors of potentially fraudulent stocks connected to the burgeoning cannabis market. Scammers will promote the shares, taking advantage of the hype to create a valuation bubble before selling them. That’s called a “pump-and-dump” scheme. It’s important to remember that the stock market frequently behaves irrationally. Bad news often results in a company’s shares plummeting more than any balanced assessment can justify, and good news - such as cannabis legalization - creates exuberance that’s out of proportion. The task for investors is due diligence. There are certainly legitimate companies with the resources, vision, and market experience to generate profits from the rapidly growing cannabis industry. If you’ve got a bit of money to invest, don’t be intimidated by the volatility of this new market. Just do your research.
Chalk one up for market hallucination.
AStudio Stark Contrast A64 Owner Wins In Colorado Springs by John Schroyer
The underdog won. Well, K.C. Stark might not have actually been the underdog, especially given that he won his appeal with the Colorado Springs City Planning Commission on a 7-2 vote, but he sure felt like one. “I thought it was going to be the exact opposite, 7-2 against me,” Stark said with obvious relief on the morning of Feb. 20, after the commission deemed that his cannabis club was legal under the city code. Stark and his club, Studio A64, have been in legal limbo since November, when he was given a cease and desist order by the city for being in alleged violation of the city’s commercial use ordinances. Studio A64 is an anomaly not just in Colorado Springs but the entire country. It’s a social club where members can bring their own marijuana and smoke it. Legally. Located just east of downtown Colorado Springs, Studio A64 doesn’t sell cannabis or alcohol, just snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. No alcohol is permitted on the premises, and members must be at least 21 years old. The studio is open Wednesday through Saturday nights, and hosts events such as open mic nights for performers of all stripes, from comedians to musicians. “It is a club in every sense of the word,” Stark’s attorney, Charles Houghton, told the commission on Feb. 20, during Stark’s appeal hearing. “It provides civic activities, a place for artisans and poets to come in and ply their craft in front of an audience … smoking marijuana is ancillary to everything else that’s going on in the club.”
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Lucky for Stark, seven of the commission’s nine members agreed with Houghton, and voted that Studio A64 fits under the city’s definition of “social club,” thereby tossing out the zoning violation Stark had been cited for last year. “What this boils down to is, is this a social club?” said Planning Commission Chair Edward Gonzalez. “Based on what we have right now on the books, this is a social club. That’s my determination.” The city planning department staff was “erroneous” in asserting that Studio A64 violated zoning ordinances, Gonzalez said with a shrug. But Stark’s battle may not be over. The city has 10 days from the date of the vote to appeal the commission’s decision to the city council. Whether or not to appeal is up to Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, said Peter Wysocki, the planning and development director for the city. Bach thus far has been an outspoken opponent of marijuana. He promised to veto adult-use sales of cannabis in Colorado Springs last year if the city council approved it (it didn’t), and he’s made his anti-marijuana stance very well known. Stark, however, doesn’t care. On the evening of Feb. 20, he was still reveling in the moment. “I feel that we have actually won. If they want to continue to spend time and money, then that’s their decision,” Stark said. “I’m proud to be American. I’m proud to be from Colorado Springs.”
The Historic Baker District: Denver’s Finest Gem by Caroline Hayes
One of the greatest aspects of Denver is that it’s broken down into different little neighborhoods, really encompassing that whole community vibe. In the past two issues THC has educated its readers about the fabulous areas of Northglenn and Edgewater. This month we shed some light on the Historic Baker District. This ‘hood is oh-so fab! I have lived in many neighborhoods since my arrival to Denver in 2008, and Baker suits all my needs, making me truly feel at home in this little-big city. The Historic Baker District’s borders are Broadway to the east, 6th Avenue to the north, Mississippi to the south and South Platte River to the west. It was developed in the 1870s. Today, Baker encompasses that really great city feel yet with urban conveniences.The residences in Baker have an old Victorian Charm to them. The restaurants stretching down Broadway are nothing short of amazing. From Moe’s barbecue to Karma Asian’s fusion cuisines, your taste buds won’t be bored. Craving pizza? Good luck choosing from one of the many parlors. The Walnut Room, They are all so good! Plenty of coffee shops to keep you riding high on that caffeine buzz all day. Need a shopping fix? The boutiques are to die for. True Love Shoes, Decade, Fancy Tiger, Nirvana, Buffalo Exchange and more. You won’t leave with a spare dollar, I promise. Need a happy hour fix? There are plenty of bars to keep one busy. The Historians Ale House offers a wide array of tasty brews, featuring a different brewery monthly. The Hornet is a classic go-to for anyone who is familiar with South Broadway’s action. Pinball is a great way to pass the time at Three Kings Tavern or walk
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next door for a frothy Guinness at the Irish Rover. There are so many more, you will just have to come see for yourself! Now, after you buy yourself that new pair of shoes, grab a delicious drink and ice cream at Sweet Action, you probably need to restock your meds, right? Luckily the Baker District offers more than just one or two dispensaries for your medical or adult use needs. Ranging from 6th and Speer all the way down Broadway and over to Alameda and Cherokee are some superb dispensaries. As you know, every shop is different, so it’s really worth taking a mini tour one day to figure out which one best suits your needs. While none of them are open for adult use sales as this is written, they all have plans to be in the next couple months. LivWell (432 S. Broadway) is approved and registered, and Denver Relief (1 Broadway A150) plans to be adult use by March. Alameda Wellness (183 W. Alameda) was recently approved for adult use sales, and Herban Medicinals (70 Broadway #50) has plans for April adult use sales. Lastly, but definitely not least, River Rock South (990 W. 6th Ave.) was due to open March 7th but the MMED has pushed it back another week, so give them a call around March 14th. Karmaceuticals (4 S. Santa Fe Drive) doesn’t have an exact date but will be open for 21+ sales in the future. Follow them on Facebook to keep track. Baker District has an interesting, old, urban feel that you just can’t get at 16th Street Mall. So I ask you, what are you doing this weekend? Wouldn’t you like to come spend a day in one of Denver’s most sought-after neighborhoods, eating, drinking, shopping and medicating?
This list is by no means exhasustive. Baker has too many great spots to list them all. More or less, this is what you will see driving down Broadway. This is such a fun neighborhood to explore on a nice day. Dispensaries Denver Relief Karmaceuticals River Rock South Herban Medicinals LivWell Coffee Shops Bardo Happy Coffee Mutiny Now-book store and coffee shop Parks Dailey Park Shopping True Love Shoes Decade Starlet Various thrift stores Fancy Tiger Illuzion Glass Resturaunts/Bars Punch Bowl Social Karma Asian The Hornet Socorro’s Street Tacos Atomic Cowboy Historian’s Ale House Sputnik Three Kings Go Fish Moe’s BBQ Sweet Action Ice Cream Boyz Town The Walnut Room Entertainment The Mayan Theater (built in 1930)
Pot-litically Incorrect Don’t Bank On Acceptance Yet by Citizen Jay Daily, Op-Ed
It may be a brave new world, but we’ve still got a long way to go. Colorado has legalized cannabis use for adults. The populace voted to amend our state constitution to guarantee the right for those over 21 to pursue the happiness that comes from toking. This was finally made possible by a fundamental change in the national temperament. People are beginning to wake to the folly of the drug war. The paradigm is changing. And this is good. We’re standing up to the lies that have imprisoned more people than ever before in human history. We’re saying, “No,” to the endless waste of tax money in prosecuting an ineffectual war with no viable objective and no winnable end. The war on drugs is an abject failure. Most people, it seems, would agree. But the conversation is still just beginning. We need to keep changing people’s minds about cannabis and those of us who choose to use it. It’s time for all of us to stand up and openly admit it. We’re doctors and lawyers, cops and clerks, businessmen and professors, mechanics and engineers. We’re everyone. We’re everywhere. Even so, cannabis users are often turned away from opportunities simply because of the downright prejudice and outmoded stigma associated with the plant. Here’s a disheartening example for you. A good friend of mine recently had a run in with his online merchant services over a simple question. My friend runs a web development company. He’s been very successful and over the last eight years he has used the same merchant services, Chase Paymentech. He estimates that he’s pushed well over half-a-million dollars through the service. He’s never had a problem with them before. But something changed this year. The law changed here in Colorado anyway. So my friend, being a good businessman with an entrepreneurial spirit, decided to perhaps devise a way to capitalize on the new frontier … the green frontier. He had several great ideas, but like any competent business developer, he wanted to answer some basic, if not crucial, questions before committing to anything beyond a concept on paper. Specifically, he had a question about the name of his business. He wanted to do business using the word “hemp,” “420,” or “herbal” in his business name. So he did something. He made a call to have a conversation, to ask a simple question. He just wanted to know about the possibilities. Was the use of these terms something his merchant services would have a problem with? Who do you call when you have a question about a service you’re using? Why, you call their customer service department. And that’s what he did. He spoke briefly with an anonymous company representative
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who took his question politely and initially answered in the affirmative. “Do you know the name you want to change your business to?” “I haven’t decided yet,” was his answer. The conversation ended there. The next day, he received an email notifying him that his account had been closed because his business model was all of a sudden “unsupported.” Not the response he was expecting for asking a simple question. Mind you, and this is important, my friend was not thinking about growing or selling cannabis. He was asking about starting an ancillary venture and wanted to use the same merchant services he’d been using for almost the last decade to pursue his enterprise. But he did mention cannabis in that initial conversation. Full disclosure and all that — who wants to lie to their bank? That one word, though, was all it took to shut him down. My friend was distraught, to say the least. His modest inquiry led to dire consequences. He tried to fight it. He called back. He asked for a supervisor. He asked for that person’s supervisor. He pursued this issue “all the way up the chain.” In the end, what he was told frankly shook him to his core. You see, according to Chase Paymentech’s logic, because he had merely mentioned the word “cannabis” to a company rep and because that rep wrote it in notes, that record might create an inappropriate association in some people’s minds. That’s it. He was also told — and this is the kicker — that the bank could no longer TRUST him. Although they would not concede to the word, “trust.” In the opinion of bank representatives, they were merely “no longer confident that his transactions had nothing to do with marijuana.” After at least eight years of doing business with the guy, they could no longer trust him because he used the word, “cannabis.” Now, they were no longer sure that his web development firm wasn’t actually a front for a cannabis-based business. But they didn’t communicate that to him. Nothing was said. No call was made. Guilt by association. He had to wrestle the explanation out of them. This is what still needs changing. The negative association with cannabis — the stigma — that leads otherwise reasonable people to make damaging decisions. You see, the Reefer Madness is not what comes from consuming cannabis. On the contrary, it comes from consuming the lies about cannabis that have been perpetuated over the last three generations.
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Clover Leaf University
a budding education starts here by DJ Reetz
The marijuana industry in Colorado can seem daunting to those interested in entering it and to those already involved. The tumultuous flow of regulations that mark the growing pains of this fledgling industry can create a labyrinth of red tape that can seem impossible to get through. This torrent of changing and at times nonsensical regulation can easily sweep vendors and producers unwittingly into illegality. For those looking to remain in business this can be a serious problem. It was this jumble of laws and a lack of solidified understanding that lead to the creation of Clover Leaf University. “I wanted to build a credible training program,” says Chloe Villano, President and founder of Clover Leaf. Villano says she envisioned a program similar to those offered to alcohol vendors, a program that would offer those who attended the knowledge to run a successful and legal business. Clover Leaf now offers the nation’s first accredited program for marijuana, a distinction that sets it apart from other programs such as the legendary Oaksterdam University in California. Clover Leaf is certified by the Colorado Department of Education’s Private Occupational School Board, allowing them to offer the first cannabis business certification recognized by any state. “We have the best staff you could possibly imagine,” says Villano. Clover Leaf’s faculty is made up of industry notables such as Ed Rosenthal, Warren Edson, Adam Dunn, and Robert Corry, just to name a few. All lend their experience as industry pioneers and activists who made legal marijuana a reality and helped shape marijuana policy. The university offers a wide range of courses and certifications, from the basics of growing to the finer points of doing business legally and everything in between. “The fact that you can get a real certification in growing is really important,” says Villano. The prospect of having state certified
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growers and producers will certainly add an extra layer of legitimacy to an industry that can seem less than scrupulous to outsiders. But these courses offer more than just instruction. Villano hopes certification will give extra leeway to businesses that do find themselves outside of regulation, similar to courses offered to alcohol merchants who find themselves in violation of the law. And in an industry that some are eager to dismantle, that little bit can make a rather large difference. “There’s one thin, tiny piece of paper between you, Title 12 [civil violation] and Title 18 [criminal violation], “ says Shawn Coleman, one of Clover Leaf’s instructors. Coleman, a former legislative aid to marijuana super legislator Jared Polis, is a self-described marijuana policy wonk. He leads responsible vendor courses for Clover Leaf. Coleman sees an industry that is especially precarious, where vendors are more likely to catch criminal charges than the similarly regulated (in theory at least) alcohol industry. Coleman’s course offers one year of certification and the legal protection that accompanies it to any employee or business owner who attends. An enthusiastic and passionate teacher, Coleman offers legal insight into all aspects of both medical and adult use businesses, and the sometimes asinine overlaps and differences between the two. For those interested in learning more about growing, infusing, extracting, marketing, business, law, or any other aspects of the marijuana industry, Clover Leaf has a program that fits. With courses taught online and at Denver’s Auraria Campus, a few hours can make a real difference in understanding the complicated world of legal marijuana, and may even keep a business from losing its license. Check out Clover Leaf at cloverleafuniversity.com for a list of upcoming courses and accreditations.
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Acupuncture and Cannabis sticking it to your cannabinoid receptors by Caroline Hayes
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Even in a world of modern medicine and quick fixes for pain, many people are looking to alternative ways of self-medicating. Whether it is yoga, massage, or herbal remedies, humans are proving that they want more of a natural way to feel good. Not everyone wants to walk around in a pharmaceutically induced haze. The good news is that they don’t have to, thanks to modern practices of old techniques such as acupuncture and ingesting the medicinal plant, cannabis. There are a few reasons why cannabis and acupuncture need to be recognized together. For one, acupuncturists often deal with herbal remedies as well as the literal acupuncture process. Herbs such as lavender and eucalyptus stimulate different parts of the brain, as does the other herb, cannabis. Acupuncturists need to be aware of how cannabis affects the body, just as the other herbs do. Acupuncture developed in China around 2,000 years ago. Hua Tuo (Late Eastern Han Dynasty) has been credited as the first person to use cannabis as any form of pain relief, using it as anesthetic. He actually combined wine and cannabis, creating “cannabis boil powder.” Although there is still some mystery surrounding this technique, we do know that he used it as an anesthetic. He also practiced acupuncture, so it’s safe to credit him with possibly being the first person to discover the link between the two. Just to clarify what acupuncture is, according to WebMD, “Acupuncture is a collection of procedures which involves the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with needles that are then manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation. It is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and is among the oldest healing practices in the world.” Often used as a form of pain control, acupuncture can also provide emotional release, as it is not uncommon for a person to break down and cry after an intense session. Acupuncture is practiced using tiny needles, which are pushed into pressure points all over the body, allowing the qi (the body’s vital energy) to move fluidly throughout the body. The Chinese believe that if the qi becomes sedentary or stagnant, then it can cause discomfort or pain in the body. The acupuncture process releases endorphins in the brain that can act as pain relievers. This all takes place in the endocannabinoid portion of the brain. More importantly, this is exactly the part of the brain that cannabis affects as well, making acupuncture and cannabis more closely related than anyone could have ever imagined. When cannabis is smoked, it also releases endorphins in the endocannabinoid system. Why is this important? Well, the endocannabinoid system is a message center in the
brain, connecting the brain and the body. Certain touches to the body directly affect the endo system, which is relayed to the body. For example, if you have a headache and apply pressure to one of the pressure point areas, it sends a signal to your brain to encourage pain relief. Same goes for if you have arthritis and eat a cannabis infused edible. The CBDs and CBNs are recognized in your brain by the endocannabinoid system, which are then transmitted into a pain relieving effect. Basically, acupuncture “works by increasing activity of natural painkillers in the body called cannabinoids,” according to the American Journal of Nature and Neuroscience. Cannabis works the exact same way. And the scientists at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China are proving this by “using rat models of arthritis pain, the researchers found that repeated treatment with electro acupuncture resulted in an increase in [cannabinoid] receptors in a part of the brain called the striatum.” “Acupuncture increases the body’s cannabinoid receptors” It’s not exactly as simple as it sounds. This is real science but the concept is applicable enough for just about anyone to grasp the concept. Books like “Marijuana Syndromes: How to Balance and Optimize the Effects of Cannabis with Traditional Chinese Medicine” can be helpful resources for health care professionals looking to understand cannabis use in their patients. The author, John Mini believes that acupuncturists and herbalists are the most important alternative-medicine healers because, “Acupuncturists and herbalists have the ability to observe directly and understand the effects of marijuana in clinical practice. Marijuana is an herb. It has qualities just like any other herb. Discerning and describing the effects of marijuana falls within the scope of what we already do,” he stated in an interview. He goes on to say that it is important that health care professionals truly understand the effects of cannabis on the body, which is ultimately why he wrote “Marijuana Syndromes.” So what really is the correlation between acupuncture and cannabis? In a nutshell: they both affect the endocannabinoid system in the brain, releasing natural painkillers. They are also both used as a form of pain control. It’s a good thing that acupuncture is already legalized because most other states only need to be fighting for the legalization of cannabis. How can one deny the scientific facts that the cannabis sativa plant has a myriad of positive health benefits? Perhaps it’s the pharmaceutical companies pushing cannabis away or it’s the government afraid we are going to expand our minds the way they are meant to be expanded. I for one can’t wait to smoke a joint and attend my first acupuncture experience. Stay tuned!
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In the heart of Colorado Springs, Rocky Mountain Miracles prides itself on delivering all-natural MMJ products for patients all over Colorado. Family is very important to owner Ali, who operates Rocky Mountain Miracles with daughters Jessica, Mandy, Shelly, and son Mike. The growers and trimmers are all family as well. You are welcomed and cared for like family too. Part of what makes RMM stand out is its quality selection of medication. RMM offers over 80 top-shelf quality, hand trimmed strains, with new strains introduced regularly, as well as hash and caviar. It’s all about providing the right medication for your medical needs, from severe physical pain to PTSD. Also, RMM boasts a wealth of medicated edibles - from cooking ingredients to snacks, teas, coffees, and drinks, plus items for diabetics. Medicated tablets, chew-ables, tinctures, and more provide great alternatives to smoking. But there’s more to this dispensary than the products they sell. Trained staff members happily provide consultation on marijuana questions, pain management, and offer evaluations for patients to determine how MMJ could help alleviate pain and improve quality of life. At Rocky Mountain Miracles, MMJ is provided with expert counseling while friendly service offers unparalleled relief. Check out our coupon in the back of this issue.
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The Clinic is an award winning medical marijuana center with six Denver metro locations! The Clinic is Denver’s premier medical marijuana center having won over 20 awards for both it’s high quality cannabis, concentrates and charitable contributions! The Clinic’s staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly while the atmosphere at their locations reflect the immense amount of care that they provide to their patients as well as their medicine. The Clinic is also a long time supporter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as it’s a cause that directly affects their patients, friends and family. As such, The Clinic has raised more than $100,000 for the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society since they first opened their doors in 2009. The Clinic has remained at the forefront of the medical marijuana movement by raising the standard for medical marijuana centers everywhere, not only through their patient driven mission but through their dedication to the community! Make sure to stop by The Clinic and see why their mantra holds true: Our Patients Live Better.
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One of the most visually appealing and potent OG kushes around with The Hemp Connoisseur Championship 2013 a distinct diesel fuel aro1st Place Indica, Connoisseur’s Choice ma. 2012 High Times and Best Tested - Kosher Kush Medical Cannabis Cup Patient’s Choice Hybrid - Grunk (Denver) 3rd Place Best 2nd Place Shatter and Patient’s Choice- Hybrid Tangie
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Cannatonic 50/50 Flavor: Citrus and peppers. Effects: Our award winning high CBD strain has a 50/50 to 70/30 ratio of CBD to THC. The medicinal effects are extremely clear headed and utterly unlike a “normal” high THC strain. Uses: Perfect for muscle spasms, appetite stimulation, anxiety or chronic pain. Sour Diesel Sativa 90/10 Flavor: Strong diesel flavors, pungent, leaving an oily taste on the tongue Effects: Sour Diesel taste combined with its effects may be considered an “extreme sport” version of cannabis; the stone pulls smokers into the sky fast with a viscerally uplifting pleasure and lots of consciousness expansion in the direction of spirituality. Uses: ADD, Alzheimer’s disease, psychosis, bi-polar disorder, depression, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and stress. Chernobyl Sativa 60/40 Flavor: With a lime slurpee or sherbert flavor, this bud is an extremely potent smoke--just a few bowls is an adventure to your brain waves. Effects: This bud provides a calming and relaxing effect. Uses: Strong and pleasant very good for pain relief without paranoia Durban Poison Sativa 100 Description: This subtropical sativa is named after the South African port city of Durban where thousands of kilos of this dark, distinctive sativa are produced every year. Smokers everywhere know her to be a sativa like no other; she will shoot your head straight to the clouds and leave your body behind. Flavor: Sweet licorice Effect: very trippy Kaboom Sativa 80/20 Flavor: It develops deliciously and displays a variety of scents and flavors including tart lemon, spicy hash, sweet berries, sour pineapples, and good ol’ skunk. Effects: Speedy, trippy, intense, motivating, pain relief. Uses: The high that results from smoking Kaboom medicinal cannabis is intense and fast-paced, almost paranoid, but overall motivating; Kaboom marijuana also has enough indica in it to make it very effective pain relief
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Hawaiian Banana Sativa 80/20 Flavor: Hawaiian sativa’s citrus flavor and menthol tingle will go to your head. Effects: Because the high leaves your brain wide-awake and functional, she’s a good candidate for those who can freely toke all day Uses: Hawaiian sativa possesses analgesic properties that have increased its popularity among medical patients seeking pain relief; anecdotal evidence suggests that Hawaiian sativa provides good visual ocular release, making it a preferred variety for glaucoma patients Ace of Spades Indica 70/30 Flavor: Skunk, Berry, Sandalwood, Lemon Effects: strong and hard hitting with a fast onset of laughter ending in a strong body high. Uses: very powerful medicine for pain and depression. Sweet Tooth Indica 70/30 Description: Sweet Tooth is famous for its incredibly high THC content and large yields. Sweet Tooth is the result of a long and rigorous breeding program. It grows medium tall with strong side branches that need room to grow. Buds develop in large sticky resinous colas. Flavor: The taste like the smell is very light with a sweet candy like after taste that stays for a while. Effects: Its effect is powerful, relaxing and cerebral. Uses: Sweet Tooth is a candy-coated bomb to the senses, not recommended for daytime functionality, but terrific for inducing sleep, soothing pain or indulging in a languorous, mellow relaxation.
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We haven’t met a center yet who didn’t claim to grow “fire” but unlike many, Southwest can back it up. With an award-winning grow team, legendary genetics, and perhaps the cleanest facility in the state, Southwest Alternative Care has redefined what it means to produce top shelf medicine.
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Southwest Alternative Care has over 25 top shelf strains, all hand trimmed, including Glass Slipper, Kool Aid Kush, OGre 99, Bubba Kush, Golden Goat, Moonshine Haze, Tangerine Haze, Dairy Queen and many more. The extracts they cull from these high-grade selections set a new standard in terms of quality. Find ‘em on Facebook for a current menu. Check out our coupons in the back of the magazine.
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Best Meds in Colorado Southwest Alternative has the best meds in Colorado hands down. Pricing is spot on with the meds. All the employees are amazing. Makes you feel like you are a regular your first time in. AWESOME!!!!! - seige55, weedmaps.com This place is the best kept secret in Denver I have been a member with Southwest for about a year now, and have nothing but raving reviews. But the original shop wasn’t very close for me as I do not drive. With this new location in the heart of Denver has made buying my meds even easier. Best benefits in town, they give out the most free stuff for members by far. - FACEwreck5360 weedmaps.com
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