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HELP KEEP YOUR LOCAL DISPENSARY OPEN IN THE CITY OF LA! Who We Are The UCBA Trade Association was founded in 2015 by the cannabis industry’s most distinguished leaders. The association’s charter members include over 40 of the 135 Proposition D compliant medical marijuana dispensaries operating legally within the City of Los Angeles. As our industry works together with government and local stakeholders, UCBA is dedicated to serving our patients, protecting our neighborhoods, and providing safer access. Our Initiative On September 19th, UCBA submitted to the Los Angeles City Clerk, over 100,000 petition signatures by City of Los Angeles voters to place an ordinance on the March, 2017 LA City Ballot. The ordinance has been drafted in response to the California Legislature passing the “Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act” (MMRSA) which requires any local jurisdiction to explicitly permit or license cannabis activity. After January 1, 2018, the voter approved Proposition D will no longer provide sufficient legal grounds for any cannabis activity to take place in the City unless a new regulatory system is adopted. The Initiative will:  Require the City of LA to create a permitting system as required by recently enacted state legislation while anticipating the passage of statewide adult use in November 2016;  Formally legalize long standing, Prop D compliant dispensaries that have been operating in the City;  Ensure cannabis activity in the City of LA is operating in a safe and transparent manner;  Create an enforcement system to punish illegal cannabis activity; and,  Provide the City with flexibility in responding to the needs of the growing cannabis industry while allowing the City to determine when and in what manner it will allow cultivation, manufacture, distribution and delivery of cannabis. To sign up to support the initiative, please visit us at UCBATradeAssn.com 8

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Contents

Neighborhood Directory

cover story

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Atwater Village...............................................15 Beverly Hills...................................................17 Canoga Park .....................................................18 Downtown LA....................................................22 Inglewood.........................................................26 LAX....................................................................27 Midtown............................................................35 Mission Hills....................................................37 Palm Springs....................................................39 Reseda...............................................................42 Sherman Oaks...................................................45 South LA...........................................................47 Studio City........................................................49 Van Nuys...........................................................50 Venice................................................................55 West LA.............................................................57 Woodland Hills................................................58

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News & features

A leader in the Cannabis industry: Virgil Grant..............12 Editor’s Choice................................................................................20 CannaKids organization...............................................................24 Cover Story: xzibit........................................................................28 The Don Juan Show Honey of the month............................................................. 32 Up and Coming artist: JOCKO.............................................. 33 Cannabis can help your “best Friend”............................38 Speakeasy 710......................................................................................40 new premium cannabis boasts flavor, aroma, potency and purity A different view on Prop 64........................................................44

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Medical Pot Pioneer Champions “Comfort To A Community.” By Rob Starr

Trailblazers in the medical marijuana industry always keep

their eye on the end goal. They might get bumped off course, distracted, hassled and even incarcerated, but their motivations keep them trudging forward, head down against any winds. That’s the story behind Virgil Grant III (center photo). The co-founder of the California Minority Alliance and California Cannabis is best understood through his compassion for his community and the alliance’s motto, “Rebuilding Bridges.” On the surface, his achievements read like those of an entrepreneur intent on business success in the flourishing industry, but that’s only a small part of his story.

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“I’ve been in the industry from the very beginning,” he said recently. “I have one of the first and oldest collectives in its history. I own six collectives and four pre ICOs. I’m drafting an ordinance for a city as we speak.” California Proposition 215 in 1996 was the spark that fired up Grant to learn more about how health and hemp interacted, and he was happy to find out pot helped suffering people.”I looked around the inner city community I serviced and found what marijuana offered was needed. There were a lot of gunshot and stab wounds. Even after you’ve healed up from one of those, you’ll have constant pain in that area.”

Proposition 215 or The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 gave patients in California the right to choose an alternative medicine including marijuana. Although Grant’s dispensary initiatives were covered under Proposition 215 and he was a registered pre ICO collective which made it legal to sell medical pot in the state, the fact that it was classified as a Schedule 1 drug federally drew government attention. Others might have been put off by the 72 months in prison or the federal specter looming over their shoulder that still classified pot in a more severe classification than cocaine, but Grant’s faith in what weed could do for his fellow man was unshaken. “I got back out and jumped back into activism and fighting for owner operators and patient’s rights,” he said. While the times have changed and there’s no reason for owner operators selling medical marijuana to fear the kinds of federal scrutiny Grant suffered through, this medical pot pioneer still sees there’s work ahead.

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The natural advantages marijuana had over prescription drugs like Vicodin and other painkillers spiked Grant’s interest further. His research even made him aware how it could help with other areas affecting the African-American community like bipolar disorders and depression. “Medical cannabis is a conduit to allow some comfort to a community that suffers in those areas too,” he said. Unfortunately, not everyone saw Grant’s work the same way. In 2007, some marijuana from one of the

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“The federal government can no longer raid any state that has a medical marijuana law. What I faced and went through, owner operators no longer face,” he said. “When they reschedule cannabis and maybe declassify it to a Schedule 4 or 3 or maybe to no schedule at all, I’ll be vindicated and my federal conviction will be removed.” After talking with Virgil Grant and hearing about the road he’s travelled, there’s no reason to think he won’t keep marching forward until that day comes.


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Sophie’s story “...she has given hope to people all over the world.”

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was born October 3, 2012, perfectly healthy weighing in at 8 pounds, 7.4 ounces. On June 20, 2013, Sophie had her first MRI scan after nystagmus, shaking of the eyeball, presented in her left eye, and on June 23rd, at 8 ½ months old, Sophie was diagnosed with a low-grade, Optic Pathway Glioma brain tumor. My husband, Josh, and I were originally told that her only option would be a 13-month protocol of chemo in hopes to stop the development of the tumor. Since it is a slow-growing tumor, chemo was never meant to get rid of the tumor, and doctors told us if they saw even minimal shrinkage it would be considered a huge success. We were comforted by the fact that these tumors had a 90% survival rate, but terrified to learn they had an 85+% recurrence rate, and most children can potentially need years of treatment. We were also notified that a growth spurt from her tumor was going to cause her to go indefinitely blind in her left eye, her right eye would likely be blind, and to prepare ourselves for full blindness. Life as we once knew it was over! At this point, after succumbing to an emotionally devastating situation, we decided to look for other ways to save our daughter outside of Western medicine alone. After creating a Facebook page called “Prayers for Sophie,” a friend saw our posts and put us in touch with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein who were filming a documentary about how cannabis oils kill cancer in 24

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When Xzibit does something, he does it big and he does it correct! Xzibit defines ‘correct’ as the truth and it’s what he expects as a consumer - and he hopes his fan’s expectations are the same! Xzibit’s musical career grew to become one of the hottest acts in West Coast Hip-Hop, charting with Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre. Since then, he’s made his way into prime time TV on the silver screen. The 420 Book caught up with West Coast Hip-Hop Legend Alvin Nathaniel “Xzibit” Joiner to talk about his grassroots approach to the cannabis industry with his Brass Knuckles product line and 1930’s prohibition-themed campaign. We chatted with Xzibit over phone lines as he was preparing for a next day flight to Chicago. In Chicago, he’ll be working on his current acting project, the FOX hit TV show Empire - a show that introduces viewers to the Hip-Hop music industry with its gripping storyline- The very same industry that defined Xzibit as an up and comer until mastering it. Xzibit will debut as a regular in Season 3 as fans and viewers continue to stay tuned for the scheduled premier September 21st, 2016. 420B: Congratulations on your role on Empire. Xzibit: Thank you! The 420 Book’s a big fan of the show. Please tell Cookie we say, “Hi!” I will! Thank you! Do you smoke now? Not while I am working. Talk to me about your decision to brand into the Marijuana Industry. Being a musician, I have definitely had a long standing relationship with the benefits of marijuana before it became medically legal. We were using it when it was illegal. As marijuana makes its transition, everyone is starting to see the benefits, not just from recreational use but medical. I come from a business background which includes marketing and development of brands. I am very good at it outside of the cannabis industry. Branding Brass Knuckles was just like putting two and two together. My partners and I really share the same vision when it comes to our mission statement, “We Deliver”. We’re just stepping in to do what we have to do to support the movement.

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Did you run the numbers and see the profitability of this industry? I didn’t get into this thinking of money. My other business ventures are definitely doing well. The bottom line is getting something in consumer hand’s that is giving them their monies worth. That is our grassroots approach and just being real with it. We try to put something real into consumer hands – that’s

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why we offer a full gram. Most products in this market place right now will tell you, you are getting a full gram when in reality your only getting a half gram or something close to it. You’ve got a 1930’s theme going on with Brass Knuckles. Tell us about that. Our biggest push for Brass Knuckles with the 1930’s theme was putting the focus behind prohibition. We had a vision for Brass Knuckles and it has come together beautifully. We have some wonderful ideas as it evolves. We wanted to keep it unique and give it something fun to work with. Tell us about the Brass Knuckles Vaporizer and Cartridges. Brass Knuckles pride itself on being a full gram 100% of the time. We are the super premium brand, the only one on the market that we consider super premium. We have 14 different flavors. Gorilla Glue seems to be most prominent and most popular. We looked at all the problems with other carts and measured everything we disliked about those products, fixed it and approved it into Brass Knuckles. People work hard for their money. We just want to give them a quality product that they can be satisfied with. What other products do you have in your product line? We have the Napalm flower, the LOL Taffy’s, then of course the Brass Knuckles Vape. We also have a collaboration on the Brass Knuckles line coming soon called “Abracadabra” and a Napalm skew coming out as well. Look out for Napalm which will be in markets this month, September. “Abracadabra” will be out in November in conjunction with the film “Grow House” written and directed by DJ Pooh. Can you tell us about your personal relationship with marijuana. Is there a story we can write about? I don’t have one particular experience that I can draw from but the biggest thing that I went through when I started discovering the benefits of marijuana is that it definitely kept me off of opiates and pain killers. I’ve used marijuana to help me relax and it has helped me be creative. I have written a lot of music and been in many sessions where I’ve benefited from marijuana being there. Those are the benefits that I’ve gotten. Many artist’ say that being in the studio and marijuana go hand in hand. Do you agree? Sometimes. Sometimes it’s better to go in with a clear mind. If you have everything that you need created then it becomes about performance and execution, you need a clear mind for that.

You did an interview in Canada where you were asked, “What is the secret to success?” You answered it, “Just Be You.” Do you feel that this is your destiny – this is you? Who you are before success is who you are after you get it. What drives you? My family, my wife and my children. They are my motivating factor. Anything you would like The 420 Book readers to know? We are the super premium brand. The only one in the market we consider super premium. “We’ve got a lot of love for GreenWolf, LoudPack Extracts, 710 KingPen, Berner & the Cookies Brand, all of our friends B-Real & B-Real TV, all of our people we know from the music industry who’s taking the cannabis world by storm and people who take it seriously, Xzibit concluded. “That’s who we affiliate ourselves with, that’s who we associate with in the Cannabis World. We try to give a personable feeling and product to the people. Brass Knuckles will always uphold that. We definitely feel we have a real good solid grass roots approach. The response we got from the people is amazing and we are going to continue doing that. Thank you for the support.” The cannabis industry is unfolding exponentially and music acts from coast to coast want a piece. Xzibit is no different. Fans like the Brass Knuckles vaporizer line for its honest labeling and consistent quality. There will be no hint of solvent taste here! With 14 flavors to choose from, you’re bound to find a favorite. Who will be the lucky patients to try Brass Knuckles vaporizers? Be the first and experience the quality for yourself!

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juan show We must learn to thank God for everything…The good and the bad, the night and the day, the weak and the strong! Remember only the strong will survive. I encourage you to be the best in Someone’s Life! —Bishop 3:33

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Age: 23 | Ethnicity: Irish, Italian, Mexican | Hometown/current city: Laguna Beach, CA Measurements: waist-24, hips-32, breast-32B

How did you get into modeling? “I’ve always had a huge passion to model so I talked to some friends in the industry and they got me connected.”

What are your views on Medical Marijuana? “We have a lot of things that are not even close to how beneficial cannabis is. I wish that one day it is not looked at as taboo. The good news is - that time is coming.”

What types of modeling do you engage in? “Magazines, car shows, event modeling, festivals; Chalice, Stoners Cup, Cannabis Cup, 710 Fest, Blazers Cup, etc.”

What are your goals? “Be able to pursue about my passion in modeling and make a career out of it.”  

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How many tattoos do you have? “I have one whole back piece going around my body to the front of my hip.”

What does your tattoo represent? “The cherry blossom tree represent strength in women. Every bow on the tree signifies someone I love in my life.”

What do you do to stay in shape?

“I am so active. I am always playing sports - baseball, football, hiking. I love being outdoors.”

What about your diet?

“I eat anything and everything Since I am so active I do not really have to watch what I eat.”

Interesting fact about yourself? “I was in a really bad accident when I was 18 and I lost a very close friend. It taught me a lot about life — to be humble and thankful for the people in your life. I went from being a stuck up person to somebody I am proud of now. “

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Achieving your dreams is one thing, however keeping your dreams alive while you develop and expand is something that Jocko Sims has become adept at.

The 420 Book had the opportunity to sit down with this talented artist to learn more about his current projects and to find out how he keeps it all in check. With a thriving acting career and solid resume built over the past thirteen years that includes multiple film and television series such as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dreamgirls, Jarhead, The Last Ship on TNT, Crash on Starz, and I’m Dying Up Here, which will air in 2017. Jocko’s most current project The Last Ship (executive producer Michael Bay) is something he’s particularly excited about. The series centers around the crew of a naval destroyer forced to confront the reality of life, after a pandemic kills off most of the planet’s population. Jocko plays Lt. Carlton Burk, a man who is not to be toyed with in this post-apocalyptic world. Jocko originally signed on for only five episodes, which has turned into five seasons. He had the opportunity to visit the crews from actual naval ships based in San Diego, “Those are the real heroes,” he says. We highly recommend streaming the first two seasons of The Last Ship on Hulu. The most intriguing thing about Jocko is his ability to wear many hats. He works as an actor, director, producer, host and musician. For instance, Jocko co-hosts a radio show, “Apollo Night LA” with Karen, Arif, and Guy every Monday night, 7pm PST. Karen, Jocko’s mother, decided to create a forum to interact and highlight new music artists, in the spirit of New Yorks Apollo Theater. What began as an exciting Twitter campaign for his mother, has now grown into a weekly radio show that draws unsigned artists from around the world to be reviewed and critiqued.  The show includes celebrity guests and musical artist from Hip-Hop to Heavy Metal who meet up in a “relaxed atmosphere” to talk shop and inspire others. (To learn more about “Apollo Night LA”, check it out on ApollonightLA.com or you can subscribe to their YouTube channel) Sims’ ties to music does not end there. While he stays focused on acting, directing, producing and writing, he also makes time for his own music projects. The 420 Book got an exclusive listen into his music endeavors and he will no doubt be turning heads and bringing a new vibe to the Southern California music scene. We asked Jocko how he felt about the Cannabis movement, and what he sees as the future of it. “I know that it has many healing effects.” He continues, “I think it’s great, because we’re becoming more liberal as a nation, which is long overdue. Our prison population is full of people that really should not be there because of Cannabis crimes and I fully support how it can potentially help our economy.” We couldn’t agree more with this statement. Jocko Sims is quietly becoming a triple threat upon the Hollywood scene. When asked where he draws the strength and inspiration to tackle all of the projects he is working on, the Actor states that the formula for success is to simply “Get out of your own way”. 

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How much for that Stogie in the window? What could be better than enjoying your favorite smoke with your best friend? If you have a dog, you’ve shared romps through the parks and up and down sunlit trails on a warm sunny day. If you’re more of a cat lover, you’ve cuddled up on a cold night to look out the window together and be glad you’re inside. Cannabis has been right by your side through it all , keeping you mellow, happy and healthy. Now, you can share the joy because there’s medical pot available specifically designed for Rover or Ms. Kitty. That’s right, your leafy best friend is being used more and more to treat the ills of your four-legged companion. There’s a good inventory of CBD-infused products to choose from today that are specifically designed to help your animals with pain and anxiety. However, you need to be aware that THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can be harmful when ingested in large quantities by dogs. Cannabinoids, on the other hand, are non-toxic and safe.

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Dr. Jeff Werber is a veterinarian in Los Angeles who talked with Fox News last year about the possible anecdotal benefits for pets in treating anxiety, inflammation and pain. Dr. Sarah Brandon and Dr. Greg Copas are a husband and wife team of veterinarians who actually took the fight to the next level. They were so impressed with pot for pets they formed their own company . When CNBC caught up with them in 2014, they’d already been looking at the benefits for eight years. Still, it’s best to take heed with weed before you give it to your pet. More testing needs to be done before we all accept what looks like a positive future for pot with our dogs and cats. However, recent stories are good reason to have high hopes. And there are many good time stories out there including the one from The Land Down Under where cancer survivor Paul Lawrence and his 15-year-old dog, Ellie, share a daily dose of medical pot that lessens their pain and enriches their lives together. Check out his story at: http://www.illawarramercury. com.au/story/ 4011578/medical-cannabis-helping-b bi-man-and-his-dog/?src=rss


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Dr. Joshua Hartsel is the CEO and Co-founder of Speakeasy710, a premium cannabis brand that sets news standards for aroma, flavor, purity and potency in both THC and CBD products. Inspired by 1920’s prohibition, Speakeasy710 is a salute to overcoming the stigma and harms caused by cannabis control in a classy and authentic way. As a scientist first and foremost, Dr. Hartsel is a leading authority on cannabis chemistry and founded one of the first cannabis testing laboratories in California in 2011. He recently sent some email responses to our questions.

Q: Tell us about your product. A: Speakeasy offers a variety of premium cannabis oils and concentrates. Our flagship vaporizer products are made from pure full spectrum cannabinoid-and terpene-rich oil.They have no additives or adulterants that compromise Speakeasy’s commitment to quality. What makes Speakeasy’s vape pens truly stand out from the competition is the golden color and a flavor that resembles the flavor of the flower itself. To date, one of the main complaints of cannabis vaporizers is the chemical taste and crude dark extracts that have suppressed their popularity. Speakeasy has identified and solved this problem with leading industry Ph.D. scientists and cutting edge scientific techniques including a stainless steel battery with an industry-first magnetic top. New Dab Dispenser Perhaps most exciting addition to the Speakeay710 product line is the completely new dab dispenser and naturally derived single component cannabis terpenes. The new dab dispenser offers a convenient and discreet way to dab pure golden oil in dab rigs and to refill empty cartridges with little mess. The new terpene line recently introduced in October 2016 includes a set of five beautifully designed individual 15 mL bottles of myrcene, pinene, limonene, linalool, and caryophyllene or a complete set of five. Fragrant Essential Oils Terpenes are a group of fragrant essential oils common to many foods, plants and herbs such as cannabis. They include citrus fruits such as oranges, flowers such as lavender, trees such as pine and other conifers, and a wide variety of plant species such as hops, lemongrass, herbs, and those cultivated for spices. The medicinal benefits of THC and CBD contribute little to the fragrance and largely to the pharmacological effects. In contrast, lighter lower molecular weight terpenes contribute to the complex aroma of Cannabis and the varying levels of the terpene components offer distinct aroma qualities that are strain specific. This innovation offers patients even more ways to modulate their experience with the plant. Clear Oil Some of the other product lines that Speakeasy710 offers provide a sense of the attention to quality and detail that is taken to make these products. Generally, edible products are made from the lowest quality crude oil. However, when it comes to Speakeasy710, it’s apparent even their edible and topical CBD and THC Tonics are made with the highest quality “clear” oil. The oil is so golden and clear that when blended with organic grapeseed oil it looks unison. The taste is outstanding and comes in either 200 mg CBD or 500 mg varieties that are packaged in 15 mL dropper bottles for easy use. Q: What’s the significance of the lab testing involved?  A: Accurate Dosing and consistent product quality are just two. We’re very interested in the health and safety of our clients and pleased that our product meets industry standards for all of these factors. Q: Can you supply background of the company?  A: Speakeasy710 was founded in 2015 by two industry pioneers coming together from two different parallels of the sector. Joshua Hartsel, Ph.D. is a leading authority on cannabis. Prior to starting Speakeasy710, Dr. Hartsel was the Director of Research and Development at Privateer Holdings, Director of Research and Development at Cannavest Corporation, a stock exchange traded hemp CBD company and started building out one of the first cannabis testing companies in CA, Delta-9 Technologies. He has been awarded 6 first place High Times cannabis cups for his work, published several peer-reviewed journals, authored 2 patents, and coauthored a nutraceutical book on Cannabis sativa. Mike Kelly, President and Founder of Speakeasy710, has been an advocate and participant in the cannabis movement since its early days. Prior to Speakeasy710, Mr. Kelly operated Aloha dispenserary in Santa Ana, California and helped draft measure BB, a ballot initiative for the licensing of dispensaries.

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By WFWP President, Sean T Kiernan

The proponents of Prop 64 or AUMA have planned very well for this November’s election, laying out their strategy to victory via superior financial firepower and obfuscation by intertwining hundreds of pages of law and diverting everyone’s attention with the carrot called “legalization” that if truth mattered in our politics would be more correctly defined as regulatory capture!

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The future is rarely a predictable event though, especially when we are talking politics and an election day that is a little over two months away. In the words of Robert Burns, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray”. Well today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just erected a detour sign for Prop 64 leaving us to ask, will August 31, 2016 be forever known as the Billionaire Boys Club Waterloo. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just dropped a bomb, make that a MOAB (Mother of All Bombs) on Billionaire’s Sean Parker advance to overwhelm the opposition and change the marijuana landscape in California forever. Only time will tell if it’s a dud, but as we see the bomb float down onto the preparations for Prop 64’s victory party we smile, knowing the balance of power may just be about to change. The 9th Circuit just confirmed “A federal government ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the 2nd Amendment . . . The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, including California. It came in a lawsuit filed by S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada woman who tried to buy a firearm in 2011 after obtaining a medical marijuana card.” It is no secret what the Weed for Warriors Project thinks of California’s Prop 64 and we believe it is horrible law. We have written and discussed openly our disdain for the 60 plus page Proposition and it’s conjoined twin the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act or MMRSA passed into law by California’s Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown last year. By conjoined twin, we mean, MMRSA won’t survive the court system given much of MMRSA stands in direct conflict with Prop 215, California’s current supreme law of the land as it relates to Medical Cannabis.

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For example, the last time California’s legislature and Governor tried to restrict patients’ rights was SB420 and in 2008 the appeals court ruled, “In a 3-0 decision, the court ruled: “The prosecutor’s argument was improper. It was improper because the CUA [Compassionate Use Act] can only be amended with voters’ approval. Voters, however, did not approve the eight-ounce limit and other caps in section 11362.77 [of SB420]; hence, section 11362.77 unconstitutionally amends the CUA.” The decision was later upheld by California’s Supreme Court.

See, the only thing that can overturn a “voter” passed initiative such as Prop 215 or CUA (Compassionate Use Act), is another voter passed initiative, such as Prop 64 or AUMA. So besides undermining the power of Prop 215 directing all in the case of ambiguity to side with the most recent voter initiative, what’s the big deal with a case related to guns and a Nevada mandated Marijuana ID card? Well all you California Medical Marijuana patients get ready to be forced to register with the State of California for their own version of the State ID program. Prop 64 requires all medical marijuana patients register with the State ID system to avoid the onerous taxes put in place if AUMA passes. In addition, as widely reported, “This provision in AUMA is also how the State can collect even more money from citizens: by requiring patients to get (pay for) a medical marijuana ID card — which until MMRSA passed, has been voluntary. Why has it been voluntary? Because otherwise, forcing people get these cards is a violation of their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination (since using marijuana is still illegal under federal law). But if the federal government re-schedules marijuana, then patients would have no legal excuse to refuse to pay for a marijuana ID card. AUMA says that the ID cards will protect patients’ right to privacy, but how and why do people need an ID card to protect their right to privacy? A right is something you already have, so why should you need to buy a card to protect an existing right?” The devil is in the details and the 9th Circuit just laid bare one big problem as it relates to Prop 64 and America’s 2nd Amendment. If you plan on using Cannabis as a Medical Patient in California and Prop 64 passes you can kiss your right to gun ownership goodbye! We believe a new front in California’s Marijuana War is about to open and we see a vulnerability the Trust Fund Club didn’t anticipate.

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GODFATHER OF CANNABIS We caught up with Mel Frank to see what the living legend has to say about the current state of the industry. What is the godfather of Cannabis up to these days? Growing, breeding, seeking new strains, particularly landraces. I advise cannabis companies and also provide text and photos on cannabis for books and magazine articles. What is your take on the next steps of legalization for marijuana? Pass proposition 64. I know there are complaints and that it's not the perfect bill, but it's a good start. California is the elephant in the room as we consume about as much as all the other 49 states put together, and we probably produce more than we consume. Pounds and product goes out of California, but I've never heard of pounds coming in, unless you're talking about some of the cheap, pesticide drenched stuff from Mexico. You have to begin somewhere with legalization. Look at what proposition 215 has done. It too is imperfect, but it changed the country's thinking and now we have medical uses exploding in applications and in acceptance. Proposition 64 will do the same for recreational use, not only in the United States, but also in the world. California is about the 7th largest economy in the world and a leader in innovation. Other countries will pay attention. We can't anticipate all the problems, but those can be addressed as we learn what those may be. California already has 20 years of experience with quasi-legal marijuana, so I have confidence that California will do a better job than Colorado and Washington have done, and neither of those have led to calamity.

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Mel Frank speaking at the ground breaking press conference for the California Institute of Cannabis in Desert Hot Springs, CA, in June of this year.

Are you surprised by any of the next technology or consumption methods within the industry? Well, yes and no. No because I've always felt that this was one of the world's most innovative industries because, it has millions of people who are devoted to its production and consumption, that's a lot of people thinking about ways to improve both growing and consuming. Just think about the hundreds of ways pipes have been made, everything from apples and tin foil, to titanium and incredible glassworks. And, innovation is helped by those millions being high and having novel thoughts, perhaps about something that's entirely new, or about technological improvements on what's already been done. When I first used the Volcano, I knew it wouldn't be long before there were dozens of devices that would appear based on the vaporizing principle, but smaller, more mobile, easier to use


and, of course, we now have this entire vape pen industry still constantly refining and innovating. And yes. I'm surprised by the number of people willing to spend their time and money to bring their ideas to market. After all, we did go through decades of the DEA doing all it could to prevent any cannabis device or product from being imported or sold. We couldn't buy hemp clothing and all sorts of other cannabis based products. Most people don't realize that the hemp seed industry was huge before the 1937 Tax Act ended it. Hemp oil was used for cosmetics, lubrication, paints and varnishes, food, lamp oil, and a myriad of other products, enough so that we were using over 50,000 tons of hemp oil a year. It'll take years before industrious people begin to put hemp oil back into the economy in a big way. First we need to grow the oil strains in mass quantities. And we need to educate the public and the industry. The public needs to know that hemp oil is the most nutritious vegetable oil on the planet. It has the ideal balance of essential oils and no other oil does, not olive, not canola, not coconut, not grape seed. Hopefully, now that hemp is being grown again, hemp growers will learn and begin to encourage the uses that have long been forgotten. What is your take on where the industry is headed? It'll be huge, bigger than most people can imagine. Once the reality sets in that marijuana is cheaper and healthier than alcohol, it'll put a serious dent into alcohol's current uses in social situations. Acceptance of recreational marijuana as a pure enjoyment, mood modifier, and social easer will have profound societal effects. We already are seeing less DUIs in Colorado. In time, cannabis derived medicines should become huge. Now that formal medical research can be done at institutional levels, many new applications should be forthcoming for both herbal/whole plant and single molecule applications. A major difficulty in bringing a new drug to market is side effects, from the manageable to life threatening. Whole plant extracts do not appear to have dire consequences, and it's likely that single molecule cannabinoids, properly dosed, will not have dire consequences either.

What are some of your favorite products? I'm somewhat limited in what I can use because my lungs are in bad shape primarily from smoking cigarettes for 44 years before I finally quit. But, I still like a good joint rolled with a filter, and I like a hit of rosin too as both give the full flavors and effects. I like a good pen as they're now getting much better. The new Spliffin line about to be introduced has very much the effect and flavor of a joint. I like edibles, although mostly they're of my own making. Edibles are getting better and gradually getting away from that telltale, disagreeable taste. I particularly liked the new Habit drinks when I tried some samples that came in my Chalice Cup judges' package. Are there any new up-and-comers (individuals or companies) that you would be interested in partnering with? I have a lot on my plate for an old guy, so partnering would only be as an advisor, not as an everyday contributor. But that's really my most value at this stage of my life. There are plenty of guys now that have more experience running huge grows than I do, and younger people have a much better sense of social media, but there is something to be said for experience, and it doesn't have to be necessarily about cannabis. Are you currently involved in any cultivation efforts (personal or commercial)? I am always involved in personal cultivation, friends' cultivations, and regularly advise on commercial cultivations. And I visit and photograph commercial grows that I'm not connected with as I also contribute occasional interviews with industry media outlets. Lastly, tell us about the CIC. The California Institute of Cannabis is a project in Desert Hot Springs just beginning to happen. We envision the CIC as a center for inquiry, research, genetic repository, and professional and public education. It'll take considerable funding and work for the facility to come to fruition, but we expect strong industry support as the industry needs such a center, and Cannabis is a plant that people fall in love with and commit their lives.

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#GIRLSWHOSMOKEWEED You’ve seen her on Instagram. Her tongue is out, her tits are out, and she really needs to ash that blunt before she makes a mess on the carpet. This girl will be Type A. On the contrary, those who are Type B are not girls—they are women. They are professionals, perhaps growers, budtenders, or even cannabis culture writers. But they are not sexualized objects used as an advertisement ploy. The gendered dimensions of the cannabis economy have generated two distinct categories of women: those with power and those without.

UNDERSTANDING POWER

“Images of women in the contemporary drug economy are highly mixed.”1 These varied representations are caused by a shift in power dynamics. Traditionally, power is understood as the possession or control over others. The organization of the cannabis economy depicts two interdependent forms of power.“At a bare minimum, these include structural features of power (i.e. possession of resources, domination and control) as well as relational or transformative features of power (i.e. empowerment of the self and others).”2 Although contemporary cannabis culture has given opportunity for women to gain power within the industry, the sexualization of women has simultaneously decreased their value.

USING POWER

The voyeuristic nature of the cannabis economy has created an unstable landscape contingent on the sexualized relationship between women and marijuana. Those who are Type A possess little power within the drug economy, because they are dependent on sexualized versions of transformative power. As commercialized objects within the industry, they are limited to their physical assets. By advertising themselves in this nature, they are represented as objects that can be possessed. Thus making them subjective to changes in trends, which also causes their depreciation in value. In short, their value is equivalent to a new bong. You love it at first, but as it gets older you find yourself searching for something fresh. Contrasting them are the Type B women. They possess structural power, which gives rise to opportunity for growth within the industry. By possessing these tangible assets, they are better able to market themselves within the cannabis economy. By operating in this sphere of professionalism, these women are becoming leaders within the industry. The perception of women as being passive entities within the drug economy is quickly fading. For some, the cannabis economy has given them the opportunity to become pioneers in a quickly expanding industry. These women even use professional networks to expand and enhance their operations. If you’re curious, search #WomenGrow, a national network of professional women within the cannabis industry. Cannabis culture has given opportunity for both Type A girls and Type B women. The difference being that the latter is respected, while the former has a shelf life. With Love,

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