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EDITORS NOTE What is integrity? According to Webster, “Integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.� That being said, I believe that honesty and integrity in business is critical to long-term success especially in our emerging cannabis market. This month, we highlight the integrity of two Nevada businesses, Green Life Productions and Evergreen Organix. The two have chosen to partner in an effort to bring our local patients high-grade, clean medicine and I can't wait to see what the future holds for this dynamic duo. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the owner of The+Source medical marijuana dispensary and current president of the Nevada Dispensary Association, Andrew Jolley. Mr. Jolley has been a huge advocate for extending the life of patient cards which are currently renewed each year. We were able to discuss his hopes for this extension as well as other issues affecting our local medical cannabis patients. Jolley's integrity as a patient advocate and dispensary owner was apparent in our conversation and it was refreshing to hear from someone who shows support on both the business side and patient side. At Tahoe Cannabis, we are dedicated to Nevada patients. Integrity is a priority and we strive to bring resources, events, and information to our readers. Best of all, we welcome the community's input. Do you have an event or resource you want listed? Shoot over an email. Are you a writer with a story to contribute? We would love to hear from you! Got a person or business you would like to see highlighted? Send us a message. We listen to our readers and we invite your comments and feedback.

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Green Life Productions and Evergreen Organix Team Up to Offer Superior Medicine to Patients Interview with Steve Cantwell from Green Life Productions BY BILL SHEHAN Recently I had the chance to sit down with my friend, WEC champion, and local cultivator Steve Cantwell. Steve and his wife Kouanin are the owners of Green Life Productions, a Nevada cultivation that has established itself as the leader in sustainable, organic flower. Green Life Productions recently partnered with Evergreen Organix, another leader in the cannabis industry offering handcrafted products using the safest methods and finest ingredients. This partnership will ensure clean, organic flower combined with superior edible processing with the end result being something we have yet to see in Nevada. BILL SHEHAN: Evergreen


Organix has emerged as the most recognized and trusted edible brand in Nevada. Tell us about your recent expansion with Evergreen.


STEVE CANTWELL: Our partnership with Evergreen Organix is a match made in heaven. The level of expertise and attention to detail they bring to the kitchen is second to none, from chocolatiers to handcrafted small batch recipes, using the highest quality ingredients. The only way to raise the bar for Evergreen Organix is by growing the cleanest, purest organic flower for their main ingredient. This partnership gives

Green Life Productions the opportunity to help spread the word on regenerative cultivation practices and serve a broader spectrum of patients. BILL: Will you be growing

No-till and using LED lights again?

STEVE: The lighting system

was already in place prior to our arrival, we're going to be using a double ended HPS. As far as No-till Living Organic Soil, yes. We're taking over this beautiful, 35,000 square-foot state of the art hydroponic facility, gutting it and redesigning it using the ethics and principles of permaculture. Our goal is to focus on closing loops by implementing sustainable and regenerative systems that focus on minimizing our carbon footprint and producing the highest quality products. Putting our planet and patients over profit.

BILL: How long will the

construction and changes take in order to get you guys up and running?

STEVE: We hit the ground

running. Less than a week after the deal was finalized my wife and I moved back to vegas, had half the facility gutted, and 300 yards of organic materials for our soil mix started hitting the ground and will be mixed on

site in about a week. BILL: Will you also be

making edibles or handling any other production under Evergreen?

STEVE: Evergreen Organix

will handle all the edibles, they are the experts in that department, although there have been talks about what our team can offer on the concentrates side. So, if you're into concentrates stayed tuned... BILL: How long do you anticipate it will take before we see products on the shelf? STEVE: Our goal is to be

ready come recreational so around July.

BILL: Your wife Kouanin

assists with the day to day operations of your business, making you guys a "Power Couple". Tell us more specifically how you guys delegate your tasks and what you guys are each responsible for.

STEVE: I handle all the de-

cisions as far as cultivation and direction of the brand, she handles all administration, sales, accounting and state paperwork, keeping us compliant . I stay out of the office, she stays out of the grow rooms. We meet in the middle and happily work together on everything else.

BILL: That’s awesome! You

guys just moved to Vegas to be closer to your new project, are you excited for the new venture?

STEVE: Now that we're

in town this gives us the opportunity to participate in more cannabis industry events and the opportunity to connect with more patients on a personal level .

BILL: How much cannabis

do you consume on an average day?

STEVE: More than I'm

proud of.

BILL: What is your favorite

Green Life Productions strain?

STEVE: Recently, Fire Angel

has been my favorite strain to smoke and mix with other strains, but right now I would have to say the strain I look forward to smoking the most is #3 of our Vegas Cannabis Magazine testers.

BILL: We are nearing the

end of our Vegas Cannabis Magazine/Green Life Productions phenotype selection process. Thanks for putting it in my hands, and for developing the first VCM Signature Strain. I have chosen the winner, and I'd like to call it "Speak No Evil.� What do you think of that name?

STEVE: Greatest

name ever! And, it serves as a reminder to this industry and to the cannabis community that it is not just about what goes in your mouth but what comes out, that we all should focus on picking each other up rather than tearing each other down because this plant has been tore down and held back long enough!

BILL: Do you enjoy STEVE: Of course, as a dai-

ly consumer dabs are always a treat, but I truly enjoy the plant in its rawest form with as little interaction from man as possible.

BILL: What do you think of

the scrutiny surrounding vaping concentrates, despite the medical benefits and the popularity developing?

STEVE: Different tokes for

different folks. I wouldn't tell or judge you on how to eat a steak so don't tell me how to medicate.

BILL: HaHa! Do you see a

conflict of interest when an individual attempts to blast me for dabbing, yet they represent companies that depend on the growing popularity and sales of concentrates?

STEVE: There are a lot of

conservative, pro-cannabis individuals that aren't ready for that type of exposure but it's up to people like you Bill to prepare them.

BILL: Do you think can-

nabis is a performance enhancing drug? If not,

do you feel that cannabis should be banned in sports, and in MMA in particular? STEVE: I don't see it as a

performance enhancing drug, I see it as a quality of life enhancing dietary supplement. As a professional and as a champion there's certain sacrifices one should be willing to make while on the job, but outside of the cage/ring/arena an athlete should have the healthiest options available to aid them in recovery.

BILL: Do you miss the

adrenaline rush and competitiveness that goes with being a professional mixed martial artist?

STEVE: I miss the com-

petitiveness of the sport because it tends to bring the best or in some cases the worst out of you, either way you grow.

BILL: I guess what I am

BILL: Do you miss being


STEVE: Not really

BILL: One last question my

punched in the face?

BILL: You're only 30 years

young. Is there a chance we get to see you back in the cage one day?

STEVE: Vegas Cannabis!

STEVE: I'll never say nev-

time to speak with me. I am excited to see what the future holds for Green Life Productions and Evergreen Organix. I can’t wait for the release of the first VCM/ GLP signature strain “Speak No Evil.” But most of all, I am patiently awaiting your re-entry into the MMA arena.


BILL: If I created a profes-

sional fight league, would you be my first signee?

STEVE: Is this a test ... First

rule of VCM fight league, we don't talk about the fight league.

BILL: Thanks for taking the

BILL: Was it always busi-

ness? Or did you have any opponents that got under your skin?

STEVE: It was all business,

I'll never give someone the benefit of getting under my skin.

really asking is, do you miss punching people in the face?

BILL: Does free-diving fill

STEVE: Somedays yes, but

STEVE: Holding my breath

not as much as I enjoy helping people.

friend, What's your favorite local cannabis magazine?

For more information about Green Life Productions, visit greenlifeproduction.com.

the adrenaline void?

doesn't replace punching people in the mouth, but smoking some cannabis and holding my breath at 80 feet

For more information about Evergreen Organix, visit evergreenorganix.com.


taking dabs?


Is Cannabis the Answer to America's Out-of-Control Opioid Problem? Using CBD to Treat Opioid Addiction




Opioid addiction is a growing epidemic in the United States. With the meteoric rise of opioid addiction over the past 10-20 years, chances are you or someone you know is or has been affected. Over 2.5 million adults suffer from opioid abuse in the United States, leading to approximately 80 overdose deaths each day. Prescriptions for opioid pain medications topped 200 billion, nearly enough for each adult in the United States to receive one. Increasingly, those who become addicted to opioid pain medications require larger and larger numbers of pills to maintain their addiction. Often, they turn to heroin as a less-expensive way to maintain their addiction. In fact, nearly 80% of heroin users started their habit after receiving prescription painkillers. Treatment for heroin addiction is expensive and leads to relapse in as many as 87 percent of patients. Traditional medication treatment for heroin addiction has focused on medications, such as methadone, that work in the body much the same way as heroin, activating the same receptors in the body. Unfortunately, they do not block the heroin cravings in all individuals, and, due to the many factors that contribute to opioid addiction, they are

"Over 2.5 million adults suffer from opioid abuse in the United States, leading to approximately 80 overdose deaths each day."

associated with a high level of relapse. More effective treatments are being sought for heroin addiction, and recent attention has turned to cannabis, and specifically, cannabidiol (CBD). Let's examine the evidence for use of CBD to treat heroin addiction. In a 2009 study in rats, researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York looked at the effect of CBD on rats trained to associate heroin administration with a light cue. With addiction, humans often associate use of the addictive substance with a situation or cue, such as when college students binge drink only at parties, but not in their dorm room alone. Rats were given a brief sample of heroin when a light turned on in a dark cage. They were then taught that they could receive another brief sample if they pressed a lever after the light turned on. Once all of the rats consistently learned this behavior, they entered a 2-week phase where they received no heroin, simulating drug rehabilitation treatment. After that 2-week period, all rats received a test dose of heroin after the light cue, to see how they reacted, simulating relapse, and were measured on how many times they requested repeat doses within the 3-hour study period.

a lever. They were then exposed to CBD, morphine, and cocaine, and the threshold for receiving reward from brain stimulation was measured. Morphine and cocaine lowered the threshold to receive pleasure from brain stimulation, while CBD increased the threshold. Rats were then exposed to CBD in combination with morphine, as well as CBD in combination with cocaine. While CBD with cocaine showed no change in the reward threshold, CBD increased the reward threshold for morphine, meaning that rats received less reward from morphine when combined with CBD. With morphine use less rewarding, opioid cravings and use would likely decrease. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia investigated cannabis use in patients being treated at an

outpatient methadone clinic. Cannabis and opioid use were assessed by urine testing and patient reporting both before and during methadone treatment. After methadone initiation, methadone doses were increased until opioid use and cravings were controlled. Withdrawal symptoms were evaluated at each appointment. 91 total patients were evaluated: 56 who had recently used cannabis and 35 who had not. Recent cannabis use was associated with decreased withdrawal symptoms, as well as decreased amount of money spent on non-treatment opioids relative to those without recent cannabis use. Although more research needs to be done, early research shows promise in the use of CBD as another tool in the arsenal to treat the devastating epidemic

of opioid abuse. CBD has few known side effects, no known lethal dose, and does not interact with many of the other medications used to treat opioid addiction. CBD decreases the physical reward in using opiates, decreases withdrawal symptoms, and curbs opiate cravings. With nearly 80 opioid overdose deaths occurring each day, and with relapse rates over 80%, any additional ways to treat this expensive and difficult-totreat disease may not only save money, but may also save a life. Dr. Kit, Pharm. D, RPh is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Medigrow, a Nevada grow school. SOURCES: J Neurosci. 2009 Nov 25;29(47):14764-9. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4291-09.2009. Addict Biol. 2013 Mar;18(2):286-96. doi: 10.1111/j.1369-1600.2012.00483.x. Epub 2012 Aug 2. Am J Addict. 2013 Jul-Aug;22(4):344-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12044.x.


(After the test dose, the rats received no further heroin). However, just prior to the re-exposure, they were separated into 2 groups: one receiving a CBD injection either 24 hours before the heroin test dose, and those receiving a placebo (no CBD). The rats receiving CBD injection 24 hours before the heroin re-exposure pressed the lever that would have previously given them heroin compared to placebo, showing that CBD administration 24 hours before heroin administration was effective in curbing heroin cravings in the rats. In another animal study published in 2013, Greek researchers from the University of Crete studied the effects of CBD, morphine, and cocaine on brain reward mechanisms. Rats were trained to receive pleasurable brain stimulation by pressing


Marijuana is NOT legal, it's Regulated! What to KnowAbout the New Adult Use Law



In November 2016, Nevadans didn’t vote to legalize marijuana, they voted to pass the “Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana”. In the three months since the Initiative became law, there have been many misconceptions about this “legalization of marijuana” spread throughout social media, word of mouth and even some mainstream media. As a criminal defense attorney, I hear these misconceptions from my clients on a weekly basis. Because of this


confusion, in this first article, I want to provide some information that will hopefully clear up some of these misconceptions. As of January 1, 2017, the “Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana” did, in fact, legalize the use and possession of marijuana; however, the new law also placed many restrictions on that use and possession. Any person who plans on taking advantage of legal marijuana, needs to know these restrictions. Violations of any portion of this new law, can result in

criminal charges. What’s Legal: Any person over the age of 21 can possess and use up to one ounce of marijuana, or one-eighth of an ounce of concentrated marijuana. Persons over the age of 21 can also possess, purchase and use marijuana paraphernalia. It is also legal to possess or grow up to 6 marijuana plants and possess the marijuana those plants produce, for personal use. Further, it is legal to give marijuana (up to one ounce) or concentrated marijuana (up to one-eighth

of an ounce) to any person (over the age of 21), as long as you don’t get money or payment of any kind in exchange. Sounds straight forward, right? What’s NOT legal: Currently, there are no recreational retail marijuana dispensaries in Nevada. Until the State approves and licenses these retail marijuana establishments, there is nowhere to legally buy marijuana. The “Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana” states that marijuana may only be

purchased from a business that is licensed by the State of Nevada. Further, use of marijuana in any public place, or in a moving vehicle is illegal. Growing marijuana within a 25-mile radius of a retail marijuana establishment is also illegal; therefore, although the law states a person can grow up to 6 marijuana plants, that is only true if it is being grown outside of that 25-mile radius. If a person can legally grow marijuana, the plants cannot be visible from a public place, and must be grown in a locked enclosed area. Giving marijuana to any person under the age of 21 is illegal. In my experience as a criminal defense attorney, the biggest misconception about the use of marijuana, whether it be recreational or medical marijuana, is the ability to drive after using. The DUI laws in Nevada are quite strict. These laws include driving while under the influence of marijuana. In next month’s issue, I will address the use of marijuana and DUIs in detail. For now, it is important for all marijuana users to know that driving after using marijuana can put you at risk to be arrested for DUI. Most of the regulations on the use and possession of marijuana are relatively common sense; however, knowing what is legal and what is illegal is critical. Why? Violations can result

in arrest and/or criminal charges. Knowing what the law allows and what the law restricts is your responsibility. As the saying goes, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”. *Marijuana is still classified as a schedule I controlled substance, and under Federal law, possession or use of marijuana is still illegal. In 2013, the Justice Department under President Obama made a policy decision to not enforce the Federal laws regarding small amounts of marijuana in States that have regulated its sale, use and possession. Although as of today, this policy has not been repealed or changed, the current Federal Administration has made comments that they intend on enforcing all drug laws, presumably to include recreational marijuana, and even possibly medical marijuana. Only time will tell how the new Federal administration will affect Nevada’s recreational and medical marijuana laws. If you want the Congress to change the Federal law to enable the State’s to decide if and how they want to regulate marijuana, write your local Congressperson. Karena K. Dunn is a Criminal Defense Attorney who works with her Father at Larry K. Dunn & Associates. Karena and Larry defend clients in over 35 Courts across Nevada. Although they handle all criminal cases, the vast majority of their cases are DUIs (both alcohol & drug DUIs) & drug offenses.


As of January 1, 2017, the “Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana” did, in fact, legalize the use and possession of marijuana; however, the new law also placed many restrictions on that use and possession.


Full Circle Soils and Compost Creating the Highest Quality Soils, Composts and Growing Media


At Full Circle Soils & Compost the mission is this: Create the highest quality soils, composts and growing media to help cultivators fulfill their wildest growing dreams. They do this by creating all-natural products that give plants a full “buffet” of the food they crave—food that lives directly in the soil for longterm nutrition. Based in Carson City, Full Circle is Northern Nevada’s largest retail compost, soil manufacturing, and organic-materials recycling operation. The family behind Full Circle has been playing in the dirt for the past 25 years, with a connection to Nevada agriculture dating back to 1910. Originally, owner and soil mixologist


Craig Witt, operated Milky Way Dairy Farm, a successful dairy farm with 400+ cows. Milky Way boasted one of the highest milk production rates in the state (one untouched by similarly sized operations still today). To achieve unprecedented milk production, Craig discovered it was all about what you feed the soil, which in turn feeds the plants the cows eat. The more nutritious the food for the cows, the more milk they produced. Craig translated this information into a comprehensive and consistent soil-fertility program based on composting and mineralized soil amendments. The success of the program pushed Craig to start Full Circle in

1997 with a singular focus on creating the most nutritious, all-natural growing products. Today, Full Circle sells retail products across Northern Nevada and California to help all growing industries experience big-time results. From large agriculturists to backyard gardeners, universities to the cannabis industry, Full Circle loves helping people grow smart and grow big. Full Circle wants to see our world grow the healthiest and most nutritious food on the planet—food that will help people fight off and cure disease. So much of human health is tied to what we ingest and Full Circle believes growing healthier food all starts with

the soil. The same rings true for growing healthier flower that can be actual medicine. Let’s dig a little deeper in the complex world of soil and plant nutrition, Full Circle is doing all of the hard work upfront, blending up to 50 organic nutrients and minerals into super soils and humus-based soil amendments. Full Circle has developed its own branded line of premium soil products for the cannabis cultivation industry (see ad in this publication). This retail line offers mega-benefits for large commercial growers down to backyard hobbyists—anyone trying to reach impressive results simply, without the headache of mixing together and monitoring hundreds of

different ingredients. The Full Circle product line has a simple, all-natural method: • Provide the majority of the needed nutrition through a blend of slowand fast-release all-natural nutrients in the growing media. Mother Nature created soils for a reason. Full Circle replicates Mother Nature and adds extra plant-loving ingredients for long-term nutrition. Our potting soil—we call it SOAR—is biodynamic and full of life, pumping a balance of beneficial fungi and good-guy bacteria for a happy and healthy ecosystem in the living soil. Growers have reused the same SOAR potting soil for up to 4 cycles. Now that’s efficient. • Use dry, nutrient-dense, humus-based compost with tons of minerals when the plant needs a little BOOST. Again, just like Mother Nature, letting the nutrients

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Ernie Cefalu: Rock n' Roll Art Director INTERVIEW BY So here we are I am with the iconic Art Director and friend, Ernie Cefalu famously known for penning the The Rolling Stones lips logo, let’s talk about some art n’ weed! TROG: Countless pieces that you worked on have become iconic, and you have done it time and time again, as artwork contains such an emotional attachment to the artist, how does that feel?

buzz was wild between the DJ’s at the radio stations, it was AWESOME! It was by far the best high ever. Remember, at that time, there was no MTV, no internet, no iTunes, just the album and its packaging and if you were lucky enough to live in a major city, a tour. It is very easy when you love what you do and I have always been extremely blessed to have that and

TROG: Back then you had that room to create record album covers that spoke to the fans, nowadays it's small CD covers and small iTunes online files, it’s kind of a lost art. Can you elaborate on what it was like back then? ERNIE: The 60’s were a

time of change, excitement and innocence, of diversity, freedom and experimenta-


ERNIE: Well Trog, to be perfectly honest, I never thought much about it. In fact it was only about seven years ago I gave it any thought at all. I never was one that chased trends or fads but rather focused on the brand, musician or product needs and created timeless images for the finished product.


I never dwelled on the past achievements but rather concentrated on what was in front of me. With me, it’s always more about what I am doing rather than what I have done. My first priority has always been to create the visual and emotional connection between the musician, their music and the fans. Early on, when I started seeing the process taking shape and once it all came together, the album was released to the world and the

with liner notes that were big enough to read and the Pop Art appeal of panties stretched over the record; a real zipper imbedded into the cover, or an over-sized wallet with a pull out Billion Dollar Bill. We, the designers, illustrators and copywriters strived for originality and creativity, like the music we were packaging, and delivered it to the world via this newly found art form. Excited and challenging, we were creating the rules and blazing a trail. It was a great experience, fresh and fulfilling, which regrettably only lasted 15 years. TROG: What are your top 5 album covers that you worked on?

timing on my side. As I look back on it now I realized that even at the start of my career in 1969, the images I and my team created have left a mark that will live on as long as there is music and people who want to listen to it. Even back at the beginning of my creative journey, I was helping good people build great brands and today… it’s what I do best.

tion, for finding one’s self and doing your own thing. It was the age of youth, the decade of love… and it was about to be our time. Pacific Eye & Ear was a small close-working, super creative force combining art, business and production expertise. We played a critical role and left a huge mark in what I’m calling the Golden Age Of Custom Album Packaging TM. Everyone enjoyed it. We all remember the large format albums

ERNIE: This isn’t an easy one to answer because I have created so many covers, 233 to be exact. I love each and every one of them, and for so many different reasons. Things like my personal relationship with the musician, the concept I delivered, the staff Illustrator whom I assigned my concept to for final execution and the exposure the cover got. All these distinctions makes narrowing it down to the top five very difficult and not really possible.

Now certainly not all images were as well-known

1. Jesus Christ Superstar 2. Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” 3. Black Sabbath “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” 4. Cheech & Chong’s “Big Bambu” 5. Kenny Rankin’s “Silver Morning” 6. Burton Cummings “Dream Of A Child” 7. The Bee Gee’s “Main Course” 8. Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic” 9. The Rolling Stone’s Tongue 10. Captain Beyond’s “Captain Beyond” 11. The Doors “Full Circle” 12. Alice Cooper’s “Greatest Hits” 13. Grand Funk Railroad’s “E-Plurbus-Funk” 14. The Jefferson Airplane’s “Long John Silver” 15. Alice Cooper’s “Billion Dollar Babies” TROG: Remembered in history, you will be remembered thru your art for decades, have you ever sat there by yourself and got stoned and thought about that? ERNIE: Yes, every day and it’s the kiss of death each day! But, it is truly the fuel that feeds the creative flames, and most certainly separates the wheat from the chaff! As a creative person, I face that stone cold reality every time I accept an assignment. In taking on

a project, the kiss of death lurks around every turn, and behind every obstacle. Understanding and facing this is how I learned the tricks and was able to grow my licks. As for running my own business, ya it can be the kiss of death as well but 99% of the time it's exactly the opposite and that's what makes it GREAT. After working on Madison Avenue, for both big and small agencies, I once again squarely faced off with the kiss of death, I started my own businesses and ran them for over 34 years. This was the best because it took out the politics, ass kissing, bull shit and all the other fears of the agency world! Doing this gave me the ability to spread my wings and soar with the eagles rather than staying on the ground surrounded by turkeys! But just when I didn't think it could get any better, I started my solo consultancy life and now 7 years later, in large part because of the internet… IT'S SO MUCH BETTER!! Remember, if it were easy and the kiss of death wasn't a big factor, everyone would do it. It’s not for everyone nor for the faint of heart, but the rewards are great! I feel certain that by me embracing this attitude and work ethic, it has allowed me to keep on creating history, instead of becoming it! TROG: Who turned down

the best artwork concept in your career? ERNIE: This is a real no brainer and I don’t even

have to think about it. The 1973 cover was for Cheech & Chong and was scheduled to be the next album after the “Big Bambu” cover we had just created. The new album was titled “The Cheech & Chong All American Drug Dealing Game.” We did three separate photo sessions, the first was the front cover which was lots of police cars and cops with weapons drawn surrounding the house. The back cover was both Cheech & Chong running out the back door and across the yard with bags of money and drugs. The inside spread was Global Drug Dealing Central with about fifty people dressed in clothing from their various countries, all buying and selling drugs across the global game board. The record came in a box with game pieces, money, score cards and a very cool playing board. TROG: What was it like to

work on a piece for Jefferson Airplane?

ERNIE: They were incredible to work with and together we created quite a few cool album covers for their label, Grunt Records. The Grunt headquarters was in a great big Victorian house in

the heart of Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. My partner and I would fly there for briefings and presentations at least two to three times a month. On one trip to Grunt early in our relationship, we met downstairs in their rehearsal studio/walk in safe, (their building was at one time a bank) where they kept some of the best pot I’ve ever smoked. Man, their shit was CrAzY aSs! We got so blazed that my partner and I got lost day tripping in the city for over three hours and ended up missing our flight back to Los Angeles. The funny thing about getting so lost is that, I grew up in Northern California spending five years of college in Oakland/San Francisco and I was still… so very lost! CHECK OUT PART 2 OF THIS INTERVIEW IN NEXT MONTH'S ISSUE!


as others but because each cover we did was customized specifically for the artist we were doing it for, each cover has a story and a special place in my heart. That being said, I’ve tried and tried to cut the list off at 5 covers but the very best I can do is get it down to my favorite “Top 15” covers and they are as follows:


Dispensary Spotlight PRODUCTS The Dispensary offers a huge selection of products at a variety of different price points. Patients appreciate their rotating menu which provides the best quality at affordable prices. Offering selection that meets the needs of all types of patients is what sets The Dispensary apart.


Daily Specials

The Dispensary features a wide range of flower for patients.. Top sellers include Cannabiotix and Matrix which are produced in Southern Nevada as well as HSH and MMG which are native to Reno.

One of the goals of The Dispensary is to provide top level information on all available products. Each patient is guided through the shopping experience with a one-on-one Budtender interaction. Budtenders are trained to answer questions and provide suggestions on what products might best suit the needs of the patient.

Top Selling Concentrates

New Patient Specials


With a wide range to choose from, top sellers include Moxie, Matrix, Cannavative and Pure Tonic.

Top Selling Edibles

The Dispensary strives to


best and provide a little relief on price at the end.

Currently, The Dispensary offers 20% off different producers every day. They strive to make sure there is a special from at least one concentrate and one flower producer daily. Daily specials are posted on Weedmaps and also pushed out via email and text blasts. In addition, The Dispensary offers 25% off your entire order every Sunday from opening until noon. The Sunday discount is the best deal of the week and is highly sought after by patients.

Top Selling Flowers


keep a well rounded stock of edibles at all times. Patients love the Cannapunch drinks and the 500mg Dixie chocolate bars. For gummies, Cannabella and Highly Edible are the top choices. PATIENTS


We do offer every new patient a 20% discount on their entire order. This allows the patient and budtender to try and work out what medicine will work


All Budtenders working at The Dispensary must study a wide range of topics related to cannabis and its many medicinal properties. Once

they feel they are ready to work with patients in a one on one experience, they are required to pass a level one exam. This exam tests their knowledge on a wide range of topics and lets each Budtender know the level of information expected from team members.

Community Support

The Dispensary prides itself on its work with local vets. who have been very accepting of their efforts to provide alternative options to assist with medical needs. Additional community support efforts are planned for the future.


The Dispensary is located at 100 West Plumb Avenue in Reno. For info, call 775360-5220. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9am-7pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am-7pm.

The Glassifieds

Glassblower Spotlight: Lennon Glass have you been a glassblower and, how did you get started? LENNON GLASS: I took

my first glass lesson November 1999. I was living in Mendocino county at the time. There was a head shop called M&M Tie Dye at the end of town in Willits, CA that offered glass blowing lessons. I had planned to take lessons there but one day, I was reading the newest High Times magazine and on the front cover was Bob Snodgrass, the Godfather of glass blowing. I read the article and browsed through the beautiful photos of his work. I thought to myself, how amazing would it be to learn from him? Two weeks later, I was at a the Hog Farm Music Festival in Laytonville, California and Bob Snodgrass was there with his wonderful wife Marie. I picked up the class information and a month later, I was in Eugene, Oregon taking my first of three lessons from him. TCM: What type of glass pieces do you specialize in? LG: I have many styles I

jump back and forth on and I'm always adding new

techs to my tool box. But, I have the most fun sculpting things like birds, trees, and the human figure. TCM: Are there any glassblowers or artists that inspire you?

I have my glass lathe set up. There Is so much art happening under that roof. It's an exciting place to be part of. My work can be found at Art Dogs and Grace,as well as most of the local glass shops in Reno and Sparks.

thoughts really start flowing. Cannabis helps but is not necessary to make beautiful art. TCM: What is your favorite glassblowing event to attend? LG: My favorite glass blowing event would have to be the Eugene Flame Off. TCM: What recommendations would you give to those wanting to become glassblowers? LG: Advice to new glass blowers: Glass cuts, and fire burns. That was my first lesson from Snodgrass. Create art for the love of expression, not for the money. The money part changes where your art is coming from.

LG: There are many glass blowers that inspire me. Robert Mickelson is amazing, Banjo is definitely an artist I get a lot of inspiration from, and Scott Deppe is undeniably a boss. I could go on and on. TCM: Do you have your own shop? If not, where can we find your work? LG: I have had my own

shop. But for several years, I've been lucky enough to work out of the Burnt Knuckle Glass Studio where

TCM: Do you consume cannabis? If so, favorite strain? Favorite method of consumption? LG: Of course! My favorite strain to smoke is still SFV OG and my favorite method of consumption is through a high function bong that I made. TCM: Does cannabis play a role in your art? LG: Cannabis does play a role in my art. When I smoke, the creative

TCM: Can we find you on social media or the web? LG: Check out my work on Instagram @glasslennon. TCM: Any last words? LG: Glass blowing becomes a part of you, a way of life. It's something that I will do as long as my body is able. I have yet to make the masterpiece that I am capable of, the one I've have been preparing since I torched the torch for the first time.





Education is Key: Interview with Max Montrose from the Trichome Institute

BY JASON STURTSMAN Max Montrose from the Trichome Institute is doing an incredible service for the cannabis industry by creating the first cannabis “sommelier” program to help differentiate professionals from amateurs. Years of cannabis consumption does not create expertise, though many in the industry would have you believe as much. There is a huge difference between the quality of budtenders and dispensaries throughout Nevada, with some harming cannabis consumers by their lack of knowledge. By either training online or in person with the Trichome Institute, you can rise to Level 3 Interpener. Level 3 certification requires an exam showing knowledge of cannabis history, cultivation, extraction techniques, the endocannabinoid system, genetics, and terpenes among many other topics. JASON STURTSMAN:

Can you tell us about the Trichome Institute and Interpening?




Trichrome Institute is an unbelievably different company with a mission to solve the most complicated problem in the cannabis industry. We have a multibillion dollar industry that has no way to measure its product’s quality beyond testing. We started the first cannabis qualification system that grades the quality of cannabis and

its many forms. We assign a numerical value called TAG - Trichome Assurance Grading to products out there to assist consumers. We created a cannabis sommelier program that develops quality budtenders, that can differentiate terpenes and quality of the cannabis. One of the biggest problems in the industry is lack of education. JASON: I have heard you

state in previous interviews, concerns over cannabis consumers burning out their endocannabinoid systems, could you talk more about this. Is there any research out there to this anecdotal evidence?

MAX: There are many

studies on tolerance. Science indicates that the more of a substance you take in, your body has a survival mechanism that increases your tolerance. Your cannabinoid receptors are being overloaded with concentrated versions of cannabis. You can smoke a bud with a percentage of 15-25% THC and your high for an hour versus a dab at over 80% THC and your only high for 15-30 minutes. Dabbers are mowing down their endocannabinoid receptors. There are those such as multiple sclerosis patients and severe medical patients that need an extreme dose of cannabis immediately and these individuals could benefit from concentrates. There is a possibility you could be

smoking highly condensed versions of a cannabis product that could be doing you harm by putting condensed pesticides, plant waxes, and other things into your lungs. JASON: Where do you believe the cannabis industry is heading? MAX: Toward mainstream

acceptance and all medical marijuana will be merged into recreational cannabis nationally. This has been happening in multiple other cannabis states and harms an appreciation of cannabis and cannabis as medicine.

JASON: How do you gather information to assist you with teaching others better ways they can help others use cannabis as a medicine? MAX: I follow current

scientific research and provide a summary of this information that is digestible by many.

JASON: Are their products you believe dispensaries should have on their shelves, though many do not?

JASON: What should cannabis companies stop immediately to help cannabis consumers?

MAX: Cannabis education

enough to help consumers. Education is critical and it is what we have the very least of right now.

tools for consumers. Most cannabis products are improving in quality. The Trichome Institute provides cannabis education tools to help patients choose the right medicine for them. Cannabinoids can also be used as nutritional supplements to improve the quality of someone’s life.

JASON: If you were to create the perfect terpene and cannabinoid combination in flower to treat pain, what would that look like? MAX: Linalool, Myrcene,

Beta Caryophyllene & a heavy CBD / THC 3:1 strain ratio.

MAX: They are not doing

Max Montrose is creating an educational model that provides a summarization of top of the line research of what is going to be most helpful to cannabis consumers. The Nevada cannabis industry must dramatically increase the amount of education provided for the benefit of all our cannabis clients. For more information, visit trichomeinstitute.com. Jason Sturtsman, ILAC Member, WECAN Vice President, and Owner of HOPE Cultivation JasonS@wecan702.org

Is Your Weed Safe?

Nevada Testing Labs Ensure Safe and Clean Medicine for Patients




Humans have been using cannabis for medicinal, recreational, and spiritual purposes for more than 6,000 years. Throughout its history, cannabis has been an effective medicine that has helped countless people with many illnesses and conditions. Currently, about 60% of the US population lives in a state with some form of marijuana legalization (28 states and the District of Columbia have approved some form of medical and/or adultuse marijuana). Cannabis has demonstrated an excellent safety record with no reported deaths directly associated with use; however, there are several potentially toxic compounds and microorganisms that can be present in cannabis products. Unfortunately, most states do not require laboratory testing of medicinal cannabis products and if they do, the testing is primarily focused on potency (cannabinoids and terpenes) not safety (microbiological, pesticide, heavy metal, residual solvents). The need for stringent safety testing has been highlighted in recent news from California, with moldy cannabis associated with a cancer patient’s death. Reports claim the patient was undergoing chemotherapy and stem cell therapy when the patient acquired a fungal infection.

Since chemotherapy ravages the body’s immune system, such patients are very susceptible to infections. The patient was using medical marijuana to help combat the side effects of chemotherapy and experts have speculated the fungal infection came from

testing lab concluded that 84% of marijuana samples submitted to its lab tested positive for pesticide residues. As other states, such as Oregon and Colorado, have followed Nevada’s lead and begun to require more rigorous testing, many cannabis

contaminated medicinal cannabis. Currently, California does not require medicinal products to be tested for microbiological contamination or pesticide residues so the patient was likely unaware of the potential adverse health risks. A recent study conducted by UC Davis analyzed 20 medical marijuana samples and found the vast majority to be contaminated with bacteria and fungi. Another study conducted by a California cannabis

samples tested in those states have been found to contain unacceptably high levels of pesticides and microbial contaminants. The testing requirements for the Silver State are arguably the most stringent in the world. Safety testing of marijuana helps assure the consumer they are getting clean products, and for patients with weak or compromised immune systems, safety testing is critical for their health. State-licensed laboratories have been charged with the task of measuring potency

(cannabinoids, terpenes), and conducting a series of safety tests to measure the levels of microbiological contamination, pesticides, heavy metals, and residual solvents (in hydrocarbon solvent-based extractions). If levels for any of the microbiological organisms or chemical compounds are higher than state-mandated limits, the entire “lot” of product will fail and cannot be sold to the public. The following is an outline of the safety testing your Nevada dispensarysold cannabis products have undergone prior to being sold to the consumer: Visual Inspection: All products are examined for contaminants such as bugs, powdery mildew, dirt, debris, or residues from foliar sprays. Moisture: Moisture levels are measured on all cannabis flowers and trim, and must be lower than 15% water by weight. This requirement helps prevent mold and bacteria growth on the buds during cure and storage. Mold thrives in places with a relative humidity over 60%. Microbiological: All products, except topicals, undergo stringent microbial screening for hazardous microbiological organisms. Only products that pass the rigorous state standards are allowed to make their way to the public. Microbial growth can pose a threat to the safety of the product

"The testing requirements for the Silver State are arguably the most stringent in the world." neurotoxic at high levels and low level exposure over time can lead to many serious health problems. Heavy metals are most often absorbed by a plant through the soil/ growing medium if those metals are present in that environment. In Nevada, only very low levels of heavy metals are allowed in cannabis products. Patients are subjected to significantly higher levels of heavy metals from other sources in their daily lives than from their cannabis. Lead- Exposure can damage almost every organ in the body and cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, headache, anemia, kidney dysfunction, and memory loss. Cadmium- Exposure can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Arsenic- Long term exposure can cause skin thickening, heart disease, and cancer. Mercury- Exposure can cause symptoms such as impaired vision and speech, poor coordination, and pins and needles feeling. Pesticides: All cannabis flower and trim are tested for pesticide contamination. Pesticides have revolutionized agriculture practices by killing pests that destroy crops such as cannabis. Unfortunately, pesticide exposure can cause a wide variety of symptoms ranging in severity from headache and fatigue to neurological damage and death. Due to

federal prohibition, there is insufficient data on inhalation and combustion effects from pesticides on cannabis so safe pesticide levels are still being established. The state of Nevada has set strict limits to protect patients and limit pesticide exposure. If a “lot” of flower or trim fails pesticide analysis, the “lot” cannot be sold and will be destroyed. Mycotoxins: All flower and trim are tested for mycotoxin levels. Ochratoxin and Aflatoxins are the byproducts of the growth of certain mold species. Some mycotoxins are confirmed carcinogens while others are suspected carcinogens. The mycotoxin tolerance limit is very low at 20 parts per billion (ppb). Residual Solvents (for solvent-based concentrates only, not CO2): To measure levels of butane, propane, 2-methyl propane, and heptane left in the product following extraction, concentrates are analyzed to ensure solvent levels are below 500 parts per million (ppm). To reduce residual solvent levels, extractors have developed purging methods using agitation and vacuum ovens to remove extraction solvents. Exposure to these hydrocarbon extraction solvents will lead to symptoms such as dizziness, irregular/rapid heartbeat, vomiting, and fever. Upon the completion of laboratory testing, a tested

medical marijuana sample will receive a Certificate of Analysis (COA) which is provided to the cultivator/ production kitchen and the state of Nevada displaying all results from safety and potency testing. Some of this information will be transferred to package labels which will be put on the outside of cannabis product packages. At the point of sale, all products are labeled with patient information and some potency results. The results of safety tests are not required to be displayed on the package. While Nevada regulations do not require the full COA to be made immediately available at the point of sale, patients can request this information from their budtender. Most reputable dispensaries should be able to provide patients with a full COA to show the results of all safety and potency tests upon request. Patients can rest assured that all products on Nevada dispensary shelves have undergone the most extensive safety testing required anywhere in the world. While some may see rigorous safety testing as a burden and unnecessary expense, it is critical to prevent situations such as the one previously described in California. All legal pharmaceutical products undergo rigorous safety and potency testing to ensure they are fit for consumption so it only makes sense to apply stringent testing requirements to medical marijuana products. For more information about Ace Analytical, visit aceanalytical.com or call (702) 749-7429.


and will speed up the breakdown of cannabinoids and terpenes, thus lowering the quality of the flower. Yeast and Mold: Mold is a ubiquitous organism meaning that it is present almost everywhere. High humidity and elevated temperature provides the right environment for mold to grow and thrive. Mold is a common cannabis contaminant and its presence is a significant concern. Mold exposure can lead to respiratory problems like coughing, wheezing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, and respiratory infections. EnterobacteriaceaeSalmonella is included in this family. Salmonella causes dehydration and diarrhea and can last 4-7 days. While Salmonella is usually not fatal, hospitalization is often necessary to rehydrate the patient. Coliform Bacteria- E. coli is one form of Coliform and results from poor sanitation. E coli is most often found in fecal matter. Clean facilities and good hygiene practices can ensure that Coliforms do not end up on a product. Some symptoms of E. coli exposure include abdominal cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea, fatigue, and fever. Aerobic Bacteria- Bacteria that require oxygen to survive. They are most often blamed for opportunistic infections. This test measures a wide array of bacteria including Tuberculosis and Staph, which are aerobic bacteria that can cause significant illness. Heavy metals: All cannabis flower and trim are tested for heavy metal levels. Heavy metals are


Our Nevada Medical Marijuana Program Keeping in Mind the Best Interest of Patients



As of December 31, 2016, there were 25,358 registered medical marijuana patients in the state of Nevada. Currently, Nevada medical marijuana cards are valid for a period of one-year. Now however, with recreational marijuana dispensaries possibly opening this year, state officials are discussing extending the renewal period for patients to two or more years. Owner of The+Source medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas and current president of the Nevada Dispensary Association, Andrew Jolley, has been a huge advocate for extending the life of patient cards. I recently had the chance to speak with Mr. Jolley about this and other issues affecting local patients. According to Jolley, the goal of the Nevada medical marijuana program is to ensure that medical patients are able to access clean, lab tested medicine at an afford-


able price. One of the costs incurred by local patients are the fees associated with obtaining and then renewing their card. A patient pays one fee to the recommending physician and then another fee to the State of Nevada for processing. Extending the renewal period to two or more years would remove what has become a burden to many of our sick, low-income and elderly patients. When asked if the State had considered creating a special card for terminal patients that would not need to be renewed, Mr. Jolley indicated he was unaware whether that type of card was considered but did feel it would be beneficial for certain patients. Another issue affecting local patients is edible safety. In my opinion, there is more to safety of edibles than simply stating that edibles in certain shapes or colors could be appealing to children. Jolley agreed

stating “What we need is more consumer education.” Patients that have children should be provided educational information when purchasing product at dispensaries. The fact of the matter is that cannabis-infused edibles could be appealing to children no matter the shape or color. Cookies, brownies, rice crispy treats, what’s not to love. Parents, please be mindful when purchasing cannabis-infused edibles, and store them in a locked bag or the bag received when purchasing product at your favorite dispensary if child-proof. The last thing discussed with Mr. Jolley was the recent bill that Senator Segerblom introduced which would allow businesses and event venues to apply for public consumption permits. If passed, Nevada could soon see cannabis lounges, coffee shops and juice bars. In addition, it would be possible for promoters to coor“I would like to see our society treat medical dinate concerts and other events that allow cannabis like any other type of medicine. Policies and ordinances should allow patients public consumption of cannabis. “I would to use discretion about when and where to like to see our society medicate as long as doing so would not treat medical cannabis endanger or be obstructive to the public.” like any other type of medicine. Policies and ordinances should allow patients to use discretion about when and where to medicate as long as doing so would not endanger or be obstructive to

the public,” says Jolley. In addition, Jolley feels that public consumption permits are necessary in instances where medical patients travel in from other states, shop our local dispensaries, and then find themselves without a proper place to medicate. Regulating cannabis like alcohol should include provisions for public consumption. Many of our Nevada cardholders have chosen cannabis as medicine after utilizing traditional pharmaceuticals to no avail. We have terminal patients and patients with non-curable diseases for which doctors have nothing left to recommend. We also have quite a few elderly patients that are simply tired of being handed prescription after prescription to treat their ailments. These patients are finally finding relief without the harmful side effects that pharmaceuticals present. We should welcome an adult-use market, as Nevada is in dire need of the tax revenue and quite frankly, recreational cannabis has been alive and well in this state for decades. But as we do, keeping our medical marijuana program intact and keeping in mind the best interest of our patients should be a priority to local lawmakers and industry professionals.

Extracts: A New Method for Consuming Cannabis

Cannabis Extract, Concentrate, Wax, Shatter, Dab – What are They and What’s the Difference?




Extracts refer to high potency cannabis products. While acceptable flower ranges from 15-25% THC, extracts range from 50-90% and the resulting effect is typically far stronger. There are many types of extracts available in legal adult-use states. There’s the original hashish, which is typically black or brown in color and has been popular in the United States since the ‘60s. Since around 2000, there are three newcomers in the concentrate circle: CO2, Butane Hash Oil (BHO), and Ice Wax. The quality of all four types depends on the cannabis plant matter used. If the flower had mold or was grown using pesticides or herbicides, then the extract will have a concentrated version of those chemicals. This can be dangerous because ingesting pesticides can affect the user’s nervous and immune systems. However, if the extract is made well using top shelf flower, the result will be a pristine, high quality cannabis extracts. CO2, BHO, and Ice Wax are consumed slightly differently than normal dried flower, although they can be used in edibles as well. One of the most popular methods today is the use of a vape pen, especially with a CO2 concentrate. The other mode gaining steam in the cannabis community is to use an “oil rig”. Oil rigs look like regular water

“If the extract is made well using top shelf flower, the result will be a pristine, high quality cannabis extract." bongs, but there is no bowl. Instead, there’s a “nail rig” which is heated with a blowtorch. Then, users place a small amount of extract, or “dab”, onto the heated surface. This causes the dab to vaporize, which the user then inhales filtered through the water pipe. Because some users feel uncomfortable handling a blow torch, “electric nail rigs” have also recently become available. Overall, it’s quite a safe process, the only problems occur if the nail rig is not made of titanium or quartz. If you use a lower grade metal, you run the risk of the metal oxidizing or flaking. Inhaling oxidized metal is toxic and could cause metal fume fever with symptoms such as chills, nausea, headaches, fever, and muscle pains. Let’s explore the three most recent types of extracts in more depth. CO2 extracts are the most accessible and popular. Vape pen cartridges are generally made of CO2 extract, making it one of the most discreet options as well. The extract is made with a piece of machinery called a Botanical Extractor, which uses pressure and carbon dioxide to reduce cannabis flower to its essential

oils. The same process is used to make decaf coffee. Extracting in this way retains the plant’s terpenes, giving CO2 oil its smell and taste. CO2 extracts can produce an oil with 60-70% THC. Prices vary, ½ gram typically goes for $30, while a full gram goes for $60. Butane Hash Oil (BHO), also known as shatter, wax, dabs, or budder ( just to name a few), is stronger than both CO2 and regular flower. That’s because it’s THC content ranges from 70-90%. It also costs about $60 per gram, but can be lower depending on the quality of flower used. BHO has a bad reputation because it’s the most dangerous type of extract to make. Butane, a volatile and extremely flammable substance, is the main solvent used. Meaning, if everything isn’t done perfectly, it can explode. The potential threat has kept the production of BHO illegal in the state of California under the same statute that outlawed meth labs in the 80s. The tricky part is it’s still legal to buy in CA, making the law seem dated to many. In fact, it’s not illegal to make BHO all across the country, with exceptions in Colorado, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

BHO is consumed using an oil rig and has somewhat of a cult phenomenon on social media. It has a great full flavor but it all depends on the temperature of the nail rig. Keeping it relatively low results in a more pleasant vapor, but heating the rig too much could burn the terpenes and cause irritation to the lungs. Ice Wax, named for the use of ice in the extraction process, is for the cannabis connoisseur where money is no object. That’s because it’s the most expensive concentrate mentioned, costing $8090 per ½ gram. It’s the most expensive because it’s the most natural and least manipulated during the extraction process. It doesn’t need a solvent and instead uses ice, water, and bubble bags; when the water is drained, only the trichomes remain. It has an amazing smell and taste and ranges from 50-80% THC. Like BHO, it’s also typically consumed using an oil rig. Cannabis extracts are popular with consumers across the country, but they’re not for the faint of heart. They’re gaining momentum in pop culture and even made an appearance on Comedy Central’s Broad City. In fact, “Dab Bars” are becoming popular options for cannabis weddings and other 420 friendly events. Dr. Aseem Sappal is Provost & Dean of the Faculty at Oaksterdam University.



With a fresh new album “Packboys", BLAZE1 delivers his 2nd solo album! Coming with some strong features including Berner, Young Gully, Iamsu, & Big Omeezy, the album is sure to set some speakers on fiyah! Roll up a phat one and give it a burn! DUSTIN AMATO: Last time we met up, you had just finished opening up for a sold out Tyga show, the crowd was feeling some of the new tracks, which song do you think they liked the most? BLAZE1: You know "Party


Girls” go crazy, the high energy trap/hip hop mix with Berner &’ Iamsu gets the crowd wild every time. We got this new hit "She Gone Break It” featuring young artist Nsmokiee, another dope joint. A lot of the new productions got


real high energy, real wavy, make you wanna go dumb at a party, club, hotbox, baptism, wedding, all that. DUSTIN: How many tracks you got on this album, what's your favorite song and why? BLAZE1: This album has 12 tracks on it. Choosing what songs made the cut was its own process. Can’t say which tracks are my favorite, we put so much into this album, but if I had to choose maybe “PackBoys” ft. Berner, "Pull Out” ft. Young Gully, or the new radio single "Classy Monster" with Berner. We weren’t even aiming for a radio single but after our listening party, we was like damn we got one.

You did some regional tours with Berner and Devin the Dude, any DUSTIN:

more tours with them coming up in the near future? Been almost two years since the tour with Berner n Devin the Dude, alotta smoke, the “Buds n Suds Tour” was great. Touring with the legend, Devin he’s a true entertainer. Also for Big Bern it's crazy to see his fan base blow up from then to now, big ups, Bern is killing it. Talked to Devin & the crew not too long ago, we are both ready, we just need to choose the right time to get it going. BLAZE1:

DUSTIN: That song with Junior Reid titled “Block is Hot” is fire, what was it like working with him in the studio? BLAZE1: Working with the

legend was crazy, blessed to have this track, this another one the fans love when we do it live. This track has the lineage with Junior’s sons Water & Young Jr, a real hard core boom-bap trap song produced by Big French, Mad Bull Productions producer and Harlem native. The three of them never been on a track together before I was lucky enough

to make history with the legends. DUSTIN: What you been smoking on lately? BLAZE1: Been smokin the

Dosi act like you know me, but i stay on that OG Kush, Cookies, & Sour Diesel. Rollin fat raw cones, smokin heady BLAZE1 bongs, and hitting that OG Skunk Rosin. DUSTIN:


Any tours coming

BLAZE1: We just got a

tour with bay area artist, "Lil Debbie” Feb-April, 20 States, 30+ shows, 2 countries, including artist 1ton from Humboldt, & Demrick. Looking forward to releasing my album with the tour, no better way to promote the new music.

DUSTIN: Where can fans find you? BLAZE1: On instagram @ b1themc, @blaze1glass, or @blazenjs. At BLAZE1. com for all the gear, news, music releases, etc. On my Youtube channel BLAZE1 records, at Facebook.com/ Blaze1music, on Soundcloud at BLAZE1, and on Spotify and iTunes. #BLAZE1 #YOUKNOWDAT #HOWDOYOUBLAZE1

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Super Kale Salad


INGREDIENTS: • ¼ cup organic blue agave syrup • 1/2 cup vinegar • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil infused with 1 gram distillate • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped • 1/2 (16 ounce) package frozen shelled edamame, thawed • 1/4 red onion, sliced thin • 1 cup shredded carrot • 1 cup purple cabbage shredded • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries • 1/2 cup toasted cashew pieces • 1/2 cup shelled, roasted sunflower seeds DIRECTIONS: Whisk agave syrup, vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil together in a bowl until emulsified; set aside. Toss all other ingredients with vinegar mixture.

Grilled Asparagus and Artichoke Salad INGREDIENTS: • 1 large shallot, sliced thin • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice • 2 pounds thin asparagus • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided • Salt • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes • 1 15-ounce jar of good quality marinated artichoke hearts, quartered or cut in half DIRECTIONS: Soak the sliced shallots in the lemon juice as you get ready to make the rest of the salad. To grill the asparagus, prepare your charcoal or gas grill for high direct heat. Coat the asparagus with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Grill them until charred and fork tender, between 5 to 10 minutes. Put the asparagus and all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and mix to combine. Add as much of the marinating liquid from the jarred artichokes as you like. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Ambrosia INGREDIENTS: • 1/2 cup heavy cream • 1 tablespoon sugar • 4 oz sour cream infused with 2T pure cane sugar syrup infused with 1 gram distillate • 6 oz homemade mini marshmallows, approximately 3 cups • 1 cup clementine orange segments • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple • 1 cup freshly grated coconut • 1 cup toasted, chopped pecans • 1/2 cup drained maraschino cherries DIRECTIONS: Place the cream and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whip until stiff peaks are formed. Add the sour cream and whisk to combine. Add the marshmallows, orange, pineapple, coconut, pecans and cherries and stir to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.

Roasted Cajun Potatoes

INGREDIENTS: • Whole chicken • Salt, pepper, onion powder

INGREDIENTS: • Potatoes • Oil, shallots, garlic, salt, paprika, cayenne & pepper

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place chicken in a roasting pan, and season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Sprinkle inside and out with onion powder Bake uncovered 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees

DIRECTIONS: Cut each potato lengthwise into eight wedges. In a large bowl, combine the oil, shallots, garlic, salt, paprika, cayenne and pepper; add potatoes and toss to coat. Place in a greased roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 45-50 minutes or until tender and golden brown, turning every 15 minutes.


Roasted Chicken


will be called “Too High To Remember I Forgot.”

Awwww yeah!

cream of the crop right there. Speaking of the cream of the crop, last week when we were at the Stoners Cup, I got some of the Handcrafted Flower Rosin in your hands. What did you think of that?

Hopper: Yeah, the old

Stoner Rob: Oh my God!

Hopper: Haha! That is

awesome. I have an idea for part two, we could call it “The Bong Remains The Blame.”

Stoner Rob: Haha!

Zeppelin roots. But back to the subject, I love the idea of a two-disc release.



WITH HOPPER THE CHRONISSEUR Comedian Stoner Rob is a staple on the cannabis event circuit, hosting multiple events and cups annually. I’ve been running into him for years now at various events, and recently we finally both got the time to do an interview about his comedy, his new album, and his favorite strains. It was a pleasure to sit down and toke up with such a down to earth person. There are a lot of people who talk big in this industry, but Stoner Rob actually walks the walk.


Hopper: So, I’m here at


the San Diego Cannabis Farmers Market with Stoner Rob. Great to see you again brother. Glad we finally got a minute to tell Vegas Cannabis Magazine readers what you’ve been up to.

Stoner Rob: Always good

seein’ you, Hopper.

Hopper: I just saw you

last week at the Stoners Cup in Van Nuys. You’re everywhere these days! Stoner Rob: There’s a sesh every day now.

Hopper: You have your

Stoner Rob: Yep, it has a bonus DVD in the second CD. Because everybody always gets to see the great comedy and the improvs at the comedy clubs, but it’s all the funny dumb shit from on the road that you don’t get to see.

own sesh, the Blacklist Sesh, every week, right? It goes off! I know people who drive from all over SoCal to get meds there.

Hopper: All the behind the

Stoner Rob: Yes! Every

Stoner Rob: It’s hilarious.

Sunday from 4pm til midnight in San Bernardino.

Hopper: I highly

recommend everyone come and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Stoner Rob: Yes, come on

out. We accept Nevada recs too!

Hopper: You’ve been doing

all kinds of events, and not only that, you have a new album about to drop. Tell VCM readers about that.

Stoner Rob: Yes, sir. It’s called “Stoner Rob’s The Hellway To High”. It’s part one of a two-disc release. It’s my comedy CD and it’s being released April 20th. Hopper: Nice! I can’t wait. Stoner Rob: Part one is

a 45 minute disc. Part two

Hopper: Yeah, that is the

scenes stuff, that’s where it really gets good. Just having a fun time with life. Road stories are the best stories.

It’s about how much we smoke, and where we smoke. Because, I often get asked if I really smoke as much as I say I do on stage.

Hopper: I know you do,

I’ve seen it with my own eyes and experienced it with my own lungs!

Stoner Rob: Yep, and everyone can see it on this DVD. Hopper: So, what’s your

favorite strain to smoke on right now?

Stoner Rob: I’m really in love with the Clementine right now. It’s on point! It’s like seven different flavors- you’ve got Tangie, Blue, OG, Strawberry, and Blood Orange. And when you make it into wax it is absolutely insane!

Seriously, that Wedding Cake Rosin looked like a piece of wedding cake. It was that color, it was damn near white!

Hopper: This event is

poppin’ off and we have booths to hit up and dabs to do, so before we wrap this up, are there any shout outs you wanna throw?

Stoner Rob: Definitely. A big shout out to Tommy Chong, who gave me the opportunity to come into the industry. Hopper: Oh hell yeah.

Straight legend right there.

Stoner Rob: Also, a big

shout out to the whole Vegas community. They’re on the right track, you guys are doing amazing!

Hopper: Right on, brother.

We’ll wrap it up on that note and go in and hit up some booths. Which one do you want to hit first?

Stoner Rob: Actually, we’re gonna hit up my booth. We’re gonna dab on the Tata OG, it’s our house strain that we grow. Hopper: Hell yeah, that

sounds dope. Let’s do this! IG: @stonerrob facebook.com/ TheStonerRob


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DISPENSARIES The Dispensary:

440-7777, silverstaterelief. com. MYNT Cannabis Dispensary:

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Holistic Health Center of Reno:

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Green Life Productions:


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EDUCATION Nurse Juhlzie:

Certified cannabis registered nurse providing nursing-based information and educational services for patients, organizations, medical professionals (406)748-2624, asknursejuhlzie.com. Unconventional Foundation For Autism:

Resources for special needs families, (714) 805-8342, UF4A.org

Reno Hydroponics:

5635 Riggins Ct, #21, Reno, NV, (775) 284-8700.

MMG Agriculture:

Full Circle Soils & Compost:


fullcirclecompost.com, (775) 267-5305.

PATIENT SUPPORT Nevada Medical Marijuana Program: For

information about obtaining your Nevada Medical Marijuana card visit health.nv.gov/ medicalmarijuana.htm

WECAN 775: Wellness

Education Cannabis Advocates of Nevada, Free to join and provides a platform for people to post and discuss ideas in a controlled environment, wecan775.com or meetup.com/wecan775

MMJ KIOSKS: Nevada medical card, job training & dispensary locator, located inside The Vapory, 218 N. Arlington Ave, Reno, (775) 501-9512.

mmgagriculture.com matrixmmj.com

LABS Digipath Labs:

(702) 209-2429, info@digipath.com, digipathlabs.com. 374 Labs:

(844) 374-5227, 374labs.com.

ORGANIZATIONS Nevada Medical Marijuana Association:


The Cannabis Network:


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