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Contents

Editor:

Stephanie Shehan editor@vegascannabismag.com (702) 622-8001

Publisher:

Bill Shehan bill@vegascannabismag.com (702) 589-1282

Contributing Writers:

Anthony Newman Danielle Vitale O’Brien Dr. Aseem Sappal Dustin Amato Jason Sturtsman Miggy Fourtwenty Pamela Jayne Sharon Letts The Happy Chef

Design: Advertising:

Dispensary Map

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Events

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Resources

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Nurse Jenn

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Cultivation Spotlight

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Voices of the Cannabis War

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Physician Spotlight

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Medical

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The Other Oils

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Dispensary Spotlight

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Legal

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Higher Education

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Tokin with the Infamous

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Vote

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The Ruckus Rant

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Dustin Amato

Product Reviews

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Jason Sturtsman jasonsturtsman@gmail.com

Word Choice Matters

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Johnny McNazty Interview

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Nevada Dispensary Products

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Happy Chef Recipe

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Becca Nichols Derek J. Connor Dr. Kit Hopper Stone Jennifer Shepherd Mindi Griffiths Rob Ruckus Shelly Berkowitz Willie Spearmint

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editor’s note This month brings a few improvements to Nevada’s medical cannabis program. Until recently, the process for Nevada residents to obtain their medical card was long and drawn out. Patients were required to mail in $25 to the State to request their initial packet which they would bring to the doctor for completion. Next, the patient or the physician would mail the completed packet back to the State with an additional $100 fee and await the approval letter before heading to the DMV to pay yet again for their hard card. Today, we are one step closer to complete automation of this process. Patients and/or physicians may now apply for the packet online instead of mailing in a request and the complete process should take approximately 30 days instead of the 3-month process we experienced in the past. For out-of-state visitors, Nevada dispensaries no longer require that the state ID match the state the recommendation or medical card was issued from. The new State policy now allows out-of-state visitors with a valid medical recommendation to shop at any local dispensary simply by showing an out-of-state ID or passport along with the medical recommendation. Nevada residents who have a Nevada ID must however have a medical card issued by the State of Nevada. These are welcomed changes. In reality though, having a medical program in place should mean that if your doctor recommends medical cannabis, you should be able to shop in a dispensary, no questions asked. It is a medical decision that should be left between the patient and physician. On a lighter note, the infamous“420” holiday brings plenty of fun this month. For the 2nd year in a row, Red Dragon Brotherz will hold the Las Vegas Cannabis Championships on April 20th. Local dispensary, Sahara Wellness is also celebrating their grand opening on 4/20 which is more than perfect as they are located at 420 E. Sahara Avenue. If that isn’t enough, we also have a local 420 Comedy Special and the WECAN 420 Weekend Emerald Garden Gala. Looking to get out of town? The High Times Cannabis Cup is holding their 420 celebration close by in San Bernardino, CA. Check out these events and others inside this month’s issue. Lastly, Vegas Cannabis Magazine welcomes reader input. If you have a topic you would like to see covered in a future issue or an event or resource you would like to see listed, please feel free to shoot us an email and let us know.

Happy 420!

Stephanie Shehan

editor@vegascannabismag.com





events ONGOING: NEVADA CANNABIS NEWS HOUR: Every Tuesday, 3pm-4pm, www.vegasallnetradio.com, call 844-WECANLV for more info. “WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER”: Movie screening, 4th Thursday of each month at Herbally Grounded, 4440 W. Charleston Blvd, 7pm, www.cannabiscures.org.

APRIL: 2ND ANNUAL LAS VEGAS CANNABIS CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4/20, location to be announced, live graffiti, glass blowing, DJs, raffles, competition, www.reddragonbrotherzproductions. com.

Interested in having your event listed in Vegas Cannabis Magazine?

Send listing via email to editor@vegascannabismag.com SAHARA WELLNESS GRAND OPENING: 4/20, grand opening party, vendors, displays, food & music, 420 E. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas.

THE GREEN: 4/17, Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, www.brooklynbowl.com/lasvegas for details.

THE 420 COMEDY SPECIAL: 4/20, private location to be determined, RSVP: 420comedyshow@gmail.com, 18+ with dr. rec and ID.

OREGON MARIJUANA BUSINESS CONFERENCE: 4/25, www.oregonmbc. com for more info.

JUST A MINNESOTA THANG WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: 4/20, TRU Nightclub, 1700 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas 2ND ANNUAL NORML FORE20 DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT: 4/23, Mt. Crest Disc Golf Course, Las Vegas, lasvegasnorml702@gmail.com for info.

MUSIC RECAP: Kid By: Anthony Newman

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HIGH TIMES CANNABIS CUP: 4/154/17, NOS Center, San Bernardino, CA, www.cannabiscup.com for more info. WECAN 420 WEEKEND EMERALD GARDEN GALA: 4/16, 4:20pm-11pm, 21 and over, tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door, bring a dish to share, Boulder City, NV, to prepay for tickets search 420 WEEKEND EMERALD GARDEN GALA on Facebook. WASTED TALENT 2 ART EXHIBITION FEATURING TROG: 4/15-417, Aurora, CO, www.cannabisrevivalcolorado.org.

MAY: FLO RIDA: 5/28, The Foundry at SLS, doors open at 8pm, 18+, $39.50, www. foundrylv.com. J BOOG & HIRIE: 5/22, Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, www.brooklynbowl.com/lasvegas for details.

JUNE: LAS VEGAS HEMPFEST: 6/4, 11am3am, Craig Ranch Regional Park, 628 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV, www.lasvegashempfest.com.

In Las Vegas, there’s no shortage of live entertainment venues. What sets The Foundry at SLS apart is the very intimate atmosphere where you can listen to some of the best artists in Vegas and feel like you are in the front row from anywhere in the house. Last month, I had the chance to take in the Kid Cudi show over at The Foundry. Just thinking about Kid Cudi in concert brought back memories of my youth, headphones blaring, my mind drifting to far away places. Cudi’s music invokes feelings of youthfulness and preaches the lesson of living life to it’s fullest. As adults, we lose sight of that from time to time and life becomes more about struggle than happiness. Kid Cudi’s performance was one of the most energetic concerts that i’ve attended and that energy flowed throughout the entire night. Witnessing the entire crowd singing along to his cult classic Pursuit of Happiness was without a doubt an unforgettable moment capping off an incredible night that left the crowd chanting his name. Cudi! Cudi! Cudi! Located inside SLS Las Vegas, The Foundry is a live entertainment hall that funnels the energy of Las Vegas’ top concert venues into an intimate space. Designed to bring a carefully curated experience to The Strip, the venue boasts state-of-the-art technology including cutting edge acoustics, a custom built 25-foot by 65-foot stage, impressive lighting techniques, full-motion graphic production capabilities and more. Complete with three full bars, VIP booths and reserved seating, The Foundry holds up to 2,000 people, allowing for a wide range of opportunities featuring talent of the highest caliber. The Foundry at SLS is located at 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Visit www.foundrylv. com for more information.

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REGGAE IN THE DESERT: June 2016, www.reggaeinthedesert.com for more info. SUBLIME WITH ROME & TRIBAL SEEDS: 6/25, 9pm, Mandalay Bay Beach, www.mandalaybay.com for info. A WEEKEND OF CANNABIS KNOWLEDGE: 6/11-6/12, LVCIC, free mixer, seminars and classes, new location to be announced, vendor space available, call (702) 761-6770 for details.

JULY: CHALICE CALIFORNIA: 7/8-7/10, San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, San Bernardino, CA, www.chalicecalifornia. com. SLIGHTLY STOOPID, SOJA, THE GROUCH & ELIGH & ZION I CREW: 7/1, 7:30pm, Mandalay Bay Beach, www.mandalaybay.com for info. 311: 7/2 & 7/3, 8:30pm, Mandalay Bay Beach, www.mandalaybay.com for info. UB40: 7/30, 8pm, Mandalay Bay Beach, www.mandalaybay.com for info.

AUGUST: SEATTLE HEMPFEST: 8/19-8/21, 25th anniversary, www.hempfest.org for info. REBELUTION: 8/18, 7:30pm, Mandalay Bay Beach, www.mandalaybay.com for info.



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resources PATIENT SUPPORT & INFORMATION:

WECAN: Wellness Education Cannabis Advocates of Nevada, Meetup.com/WeCan702/ is free to join and provides a platform for people to post and discuss ideas in a controlled environment, www.WeCan702.org or https://www.facebook.com/wecan702. LAS VEGAS NORML: The world’s largest organization working to reform marijuana laws. Membership: www. lasvegasnorml.com/membership, Information: www. lasvegasnorml.com, Contact: staff@lasvegasnorml. com. LAS VEGAS CANNABIS INFO CENTER: Provides referrals for all your cannabis needs including doctors, lawyers, legal dispensaries and classes, (702) 7616770, www.lvcic.com, www.CannabisCafeTV.com. COMPASSION NEVADA CONSULTING: Assistance with obtaining a Nevada medical marijuana card, 2800 S. Highland Dr, Las Vegas, NV, (702) 506-6379. NEVADA MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM: For information about obtaining your Nevada Medical Marijuana card visit http://health.nv.gov/ medicalmarijuana.htm.

DOCTORS:

GETTING LEGAL: No medical records required, 99% approval rate, 2619 W. Charleston Blvd, #100, Las Vegas, NV 89102, (702) 979-9999, www.GettingLegal. com. DR. GREEN RELIEF: Affordable evaluations, 7200 Smoke Ranch Rd, #120, Las Vegas, NV 89148, (702) 707-2414, drgreenrelief.com. ULTIMATE “U” MEDICAL: Medical recommendations and renewals, 8660 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 101, Las Vegas, NV 89117, (702) 353-9777, www. ultimateumedical.com. CAM CARE: Registration services & 2 physicans on staff 5 days a week to help patients obtain their cards. Also offering a variety of services to promote complete wellness, 2923 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89102, (725)777-3631. LAS VEGAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONSULTANTS: Visit any Diversity location or call

Have a company, organization or website that could benefit medical marijuana patients? Email your info to editor@vegascannabismag.com. (702) 313-7273 for more information, www.LVMMC. com. 420 EVAL: $199 all inclusive, (702) 420-3825, 3131 La Canada, Ste. 110, Las Vegas, NV 89169, www. lasvegasmedicalmarijuana.com. COHEN MEDICAL CENTER: (702) 564-6420, 3650 S. Decatur Blvd, Unit 23, Las Vegas, NV 89103. THE HEALING CENTER MEDICAL CLINIC: (702) 280-7755, 1550 E. Tropicana, Ste. 1, Las Vegas, NV 89119. CANNABIS CARE LAS VEGAS: VIP packages & state recommendations available, (702) 8522420, info@cannabiscarelasvegas.com, www. cannabiscarelasvegas.com. KARMA HOLISTIC HEALTH FOUNDATION: 9111 W. Russell Road, Suite 120, Las Vegas, NV 89148, (702) 388-1119, www.khhf.org.. GOLDSMITH HEALTHCARE LTD: 5375 S. Ft. Apache, Las Vegas, NV 89148, (702) 425-5191.

ATTORNEYS:

AMANDA CONNOR: Connor & Connor PLLC, provides legal services to medical marijuana patients and medical marijuana businesses, 2450 St. Rose Pkwy, Ste 120 A, Henderson, NV, www.connorpllc.com, (702) 750-9139. CHRISTOPHER TILMAN: Tilman Law Office, 1211 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89104, (702) 2144214, www.christophertilman.com.

GROW:

GREENSPOT HYDROPONICS: 3355 W. Lake Mead Blvd, North Las Vegas, (702) 463-6000, Open Mon-Fri, 10am-7pm and Sat 10am-6pm. MEDIGROW NV: Professional cultivation education, (702) 606-9059, www.MediGrowNV.com. Also provides in home grow consultations. AAA INDOOR GARDEN: 2 W. Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, (702) 450-4769, www. vegasindoorgarden.com.

BEST HYDROPONIC SUPPLY: 6818 W. Cheyenne Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89108, (702) 750-9300, www. besthydroponicsupply.com.

EDUCATION:

OAKSTERDAM UNIVERSITY: Coming soon to Las Vegas, www.oaksterdamuniversity.com, (510) 2511544. NURSE JUHLZIE: Certified cannabis registered nurse providing nursing-based information and educational services for patients, organizations, medical professionals, and corporations, (406)748-2624, www. AskNurseJuhlzie.com. UNCONVENTIAL FOUNDATION FOR AUTISM: (714) 805-8342, Resources for special needs families, www. UF4A.org.

INSURANCE:

FARMERS INSURANCE-THE VENUTO AGENCY: (702) 458-1475, 7965 S. Rainbow Blvd, #100, Las Vegas, NV 89139, vFi1.com, jeff@vfi1.com.

DISPENSARIES: SEE MAP

LABS:

DIGIPATH LABS: (702) 209-2429, info@digipath.com, www.digipathlabs.com.

SECURITY:

GREEN SHIELD SECURITY: (800) 236-3132, sales@ gsguard.com, www.gsguard.com.

CULTIVATION/PRODUCTION:

GREEN THERAPEUTICS: Coming soon, www. GTNevada.com. GREEN LIFE PRODUCTIONS: Sustainable, organic, cannabis cultivation, located in Pahrump, NV, www. GreenLifeProduction.com. EVERGREEN ORGANIX: Cultivation & production, (702) 550-4855, www.evergreenorganix.com. HIGHLAND MEDICAL: (702) 385-2312, www.highlandmed.com. NEVADA MEDICAL GROUP/BAM QUALITY MARIJUANA: www.BaMmarijuana.com. SILVER STATE TRADING: info@silverstatetrading. com, located in Sparks, NV, www.silverstatetrading. com.

WEBSITES:

www.dpbh.nv.gov www.lvmmn.com www.allbud.com www.leafly.com www.SafeAccessNow.org www.Parents4Pot.org www.AskNurseJuhlzie.com www.norml.org www.mpp.org www.420insight.com www.lvmma.org www.nvmma.org

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nurse jenn Building Tolerance to Cannabis Oil By: Nurse Jenn

Building tolerance to the potent cancer “killing” oil is something I discuss with people on a daily basis. Many patients have lots of questions and are seeking alternative routes to treating cancer. Now that the government cancer institute admits that cannabis can inhibit cancer cells and cause apoptosis, many people are opening their eyes to the possibility of treating cancer without chemotherapy and/or radiation. Many of these patients are people that have never considered even consuming cannabis because of the negative stigma “marijuana” has. So when they attempt to try too potent RSO or FECO for treatment, the effects of the oil are too much for people to handle. The terms “Rick Simpson Oil – RSO” and “Full Extract Cannabis Oil – FECO” refer to extremely potent, decarboxylated extracts produced from strong sedative indica strains, which have THC levels in the 90% range. According to Rick Simpson, this harmless, non-addictive natural medication can be used with great success to cure or control cancer, MS, pain, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, infections, inflammations, blood pressure, depression, sleeping problems, and just about any other medical issues that one can imagine.

visit: www.EssenceVegas.com Taking cannabis oil for the first time is like an out of body experience- even for the most experienced cannabis user- the smallest amount of oil can go a long way. Half the size of a grain of rice or smaller for the first dose. I would recommend to someone that has never consumed cannabis, or for whom it has been a while, to try another form of cannabis first. Start out with a 2-5 mg edible or a flower that has around 10% THC first. Then build up to using the oil. Acquiring a tolerance for cannabis takes some time, and a little effort. I recommend consuming cannabis throughout the day to help build your tolerance. Start out small and work your way up, kind of like doing push ups - no one can start out at 100 push ups a day. You have to build up the ability to consume this potent oil. Starting with other first allows a person to get used to having cannabinoids in his or her system. It lets the patients slowly adjust to putting this wonderfully natural substance into their body. One bad experience for a patient could turn them off to the idea of trying cannabis ever again. This is what I don’t want for patients. I want patients to enjoy this experience even though they are sick, I want them to be able to smile and laugh. Let the cannabis work for you. I know it seems silly but having a positive outlook towards this medicine changes everything. Even getting cannabis into your body a little bit might make a world of a difference. Again, slowly increase the amount you are consuming! If you happen to consume too

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much, remind yourself that it will be okay. Take a nap, watch some TV, and try to relax. If you are on blood pressure medications or diabetic medications, please monitor your blood pressure and/or blood sugar. Consuming cannabis can potentially reduce both naturally, and if you are taking medication to control blood pressure or blood sugar, cannabis could make your levels too low. Keep a journal for your primary care physician and log your blood pressure and blood sugar. I recommend also keeping a log of how much cannabis you are consuming. This will help you figure out how much is too much. If your medication needs titration, please refer to the prescribing physician. Currently, there are not many options in Las Vegas dispensaries for cannabis oil and I do want people to know that if they are obtaining oil from a source other than a licensed dispensary here in the state of Nevada, they are buying products that have not been tested for pesticides, molds, or mildews. Our local production facilities and dispensaries are working really hard to make these options available to patients, so be patient. Help is on its way. If you would like to set up a free 30-minute consultation with Nurse Jenn at one of the three Essence Dispensary locations, please call (702) 998-2191. Essence Cannabis Dispensary has three locations to serve patients: Essence West 5765 W. Tropicana Las Vegas, NV Essence Strip 2307 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV Essence Henderson 4300 E. Sunset Rd. Ste. A2 & A3 Henderson, NV


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If you wish to request a medical marijuana patient registry application packet, please click on FORMS in the column on the right and select “Application Request Form.” Print, fill out and send or remit in person the Request Form, with $25 to: Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health ATTN: Medical Marijuana Division 4150 Technology Way, Suite 104 Carson City, Nevada 89706 Approved Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Nevada • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) • Cancer • Glaucoma • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) • Cachexia (general physical wasting and malnutrition from chronic disease) • Persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis) • Seizures (including epilepsy) • Severe nausea • Severe pain (the most commonly reported condition) For additional information, please call (775) 687-7594.

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cultivation spotlight Cultivating Excellence at Nevada Medical Group Recently, we had the chance to tour Nevada Medical Group’s local cultivation facility. Founded in 2015, Nevada Medical Group focuses on the needs of Nevada patients. Offering a full line of quality products and a variety of strains that have been carefully developed allows Nevada Medical Group to cater to medical marijuana patients treating a variety of conditions. Touring the facility gave us the chance to see the cultivation team in action. Everything is handcrafted and produced in small batches to ensure quality products. With single-strain flowering rooms, master growers are able to customize the nutrients, lighting and climate for each individual strain. The grow team hand waters plants and once harvested, everything is hand trimmed. It is this individualized attention that will clearly give Nevada Medical Group an edge in spotting plant pests and potential problems. Nevada Medical Group’s brand, Body and Mind (BaM™) embodies strains grown from long-time cultivator Don Decatur and his Sin City Seeds team. Don, the founder of Sin City Seeds, has fifteen years of experience crossbreeding marijuana in Nevada, Colorado and California. His carefully developed strains have won multiple awards including: SinMint Cookies - High Times Top Ten Strain of 2014, SinValley OG, top placing OG at the 2014 Emerald Cup, Tangerine Power – first place at Secret Cup NorCal in 2013 and Gorilla Glue #4 – first place winner at the LA Cannabis Cup in 2014. Currently, patients can find the following strains in local dispensaries: Sequoia Strawberry, Tangerine Power, Blue Power, Sin Valley OG and Sin Mint Cookies.

visit: www.BaMmarijuana.com Gorilla Glue #4 will be available soon, this particular strain is flowered for 10 weeks creating an extra push on the THC which is something that other facilities have yet to offer. These strains will be available as flower, vape cartridges, pre-rolled joints and solvent-free concentrates. In addition, patients will be happy to hear that BaM™ is also currently growing Thunderstruck, a high CBD strain with little THC. They are awaiting finalization of a partnership with a CO2 company and will soon be producing a quality Thunderstruck cannabis oil. Keeping patients in mind, all BaM™ concentrates are solvent-free and their popular, 100% pure rosin is made with only heat and pressure. Nevada Medical Group also holds a production license and is in the process of building their kitchen in which they will produce a variety of edibles and topicals. They are also busy building hybridizing rooms for cross-breeding in order to produce new and exciting strains high in certain terpenes which can facilitate the

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By: Kristin Flor, Mindi Griffiths, Miggy 420, Danielle Vitale-O’Brien & Becca Nichols PRISON OUTREACH

April, the month we get to officially write 4/20, the day known as the marijuana holiday - but who’s celebrating? Only the people who get to go to festivals or spend the day with friends and get to experience all the other things that four cold stone walls don’t offer. Prison is more than a place where bad guys are sent to learn to be good, but a place where good people are accepting their death, not their life. This is another horrible side effect of the drug war. On 4/20 think of those that brought you that quality bud you smoked earlier and remember that everyone from your farmer/grower friend to your buddy the delivery man, is guilty of a horrible ‘crime’, which shouldn’t be a crime at all. This month we would like to highlight some of the various organizations who offer websites where one can find information about cannabis prisoners. Hope, the thing you can bring to many - that’s your weapon, that’s our tool, and we have no stake in this drug war game except to see it end. Hope can help make the incarcerated feel human again. Granted, it can be overwhelming and as a pot loving advocate there will be many names you may recognize, but our advice to you is pick one. Just pick one to love and make feel human again, pick another after that and say, “High” - most importantly PICK ONE. The following are some of the places POW information can be found: • •

Life For Pot: http://www.lifeforpot. com Can-Do Clemency: http://www. candoclemency.com

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Marijuana Lifer Project: http://www. marijuanaliferproject.org POW420: http://www.pow420.com The Human Solution International (THSI): http://www.thsintl.org

The Voices of the Cannabis War respectfully requests that you consider writing to POW, Ferrell Scott. Ferrell is a father and grandfather. He was sentenced in 2008 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a marijuana conviction he received in Texas. A jury of his peers took a mere four days to sentence this man to a life time away from his family and friends because of a plant. Contact from supporters on the outside is an easy way to help make his time less painful. Ferrell Scott # 27797-177 USP Allenwood US Penitentiary PO Box 3000 White Deer, PA 17887

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Portland, OR- According to recent reports, the trouble has not ended for Joy Graves nor the Oklevueha Native American Church (ONAC). As previously reported, Joy is facing charges for driving infractions and a cannabis induced DUI after being targeted by police following a protest Graves organized against the U.S. Postal service in Portland, Oregon. The protest was in response to the confiscation of church sacraments, ie. cannabis. Attorney Matthew Pappas has since filed a lawsuit on behalf of the church. The latest news is that Linn County Oregon has issued a warrant for Graves arrest due to failure to appear for a March 2nd hearing. Graves apparently provided the court with a physician’s note indicating she was not medically capable of work due to influenza type symptoms. The court ignored the doctor’s orders due to the use of the word “work” and issued the warrant. Joy remains very ill and fears

she will be re-arrested and thrown in jail. For the full story please visit, http:// onackmoregon.wix.com/news-and-currentaff#!Linn-County-Oregon-victimizingONAC-KM-Sachem-Joy-Graves/ cjds/56ddc0330cf24ad9ec23acd1. To add insult to injury, just days prior to Joy’s scheduled court date, elder church member, Crockett Bain Anderson, of Blue River, Oregon was pulled over in Summit County, Utah. He was on his way to deliver the “Mother Sacrament” (cannabis) to other church members in need. He identified himself as an ONAC member and explained his sacred mission to law enforcement, only to be arrested and charged with marijuana offences. News about ONAC and its member’s plight for personal and global freedom of the plant is changing daily. For full details and the most up-to-date information please visit, http://onackmoregon.wix.com/newsand-current-aff. Tacoma, WA - Washington native, Chad Latham continues to acclimate to his unexpected freedom after receiving clemency from President Obama just a few months ago. Since his release, Chad has been transferred from prison in Sheridan Oregon to a halfway house, and then to his family’s home with an ankle monitor. He is currently waiting for his last step towards freedom, the removal of the ankle bracelet and the beginning of his probation, within a few short days. We continue to wish Chad well as he gets back on his feet and we look forward to hear about his future success. Tacoma, WA - The nightmare continues for Lance Gloor, a caregiver who has been awaiting sentencing since he was found guilty of manufacturing 73 plants and conspiracy to distribute 1,000 grams (roughly 2 lbs. and 3 oz.) of cannabis in January. In the meantime, Lance has been on 24-hour lockdown at home and has not been allowed to work, with the exception of urine testing and medical appointments. Regardless of Lance’s negative, regular urine tests, and drug evaluation his PO has been insisting he has a problem with cannabis and alcohol and has ordered a mental health evaluation, which if he refuses, he could be arrested and taken into custody. Lance is waiting for his PSI (pre-sentencing investigation) report that will give the judge an idea of how much prison time to sentence him to. We cannot let Lance go to prison for our plant, please


vow mark your calendar for his sentencing on April 15th. This date may change, so pay attention to Facebook for announcements. Lance needs your presence in the courtroom and help in the form of letters to Judge Leighton requesting that he be as lenient on Lance’s sentence as possible and that he remain free from federal custody while the appeal is pending. Letters can be emailed to leg2323@yahoo. com voicing your opinion on Lance’s case. Every letter counts, so please let your voice be heard. This is a federal case, so you don’t have to be a Washington resident to write a letter, letters can come from all over the nation! Please help end federal prohibition and write your letter! Bellingham, WA - Members of The Kettle Falls Family are still waiting for the outcome of their appeal. United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit continued their case briefs to June 2016. Their case is separated from other cases at the Ninth Circuit, because of Section 538, which prohibits the US Federal Government from using federal funds to prosecute those in states where marijuana is legal. If the appeal does not work in their favor, the family will be forced to serve their prison sentences. For more updates about their case on their Facebook page or visit their website at www.kettlefallsfive.com Southern CA - We would like to highlight an ex-POW - one who never forgets the people she left behind in prison, Stephanie Landa, founder of the non-profit, Freedom Grow. Stephanie works tirelessly to raise money to put on the commissary accounts of cannabis POW’s. In the last few months, Stephanie has raised enough money to send over 50 prisoners much needed money. Everything from bar soap and toothbrushes to shoes and socks must be purchased by the prisoner despite the fact that they work for just pennies an hour. If you would like to help a POW, please visit http://www.freedomgrow.org/home. html. One hundred percent of your donations go directly to cannabis prisoners in need and Freedom Grow makes it easy with just a click of a button. From there, Stephanie personally makes sure the funds are put on commissary accounts across the nation. We want to thank Stephanie for all of her sacrifices, including those from when she was behind the razor wire and

from the freedom side of the fence. San Diego, CA - On March 3rd, John Mazula, was found not guilty! The charges were cannabis related, after 10 minutes they came up with a not guilty verdict! After two years of fighting his case, the worry is over for the Mazula family. Please remember, if you are called to jury duty, you have a right to not only judge if the law has been broken, but to also judge the law. If you believe the law is bad, you cannot be punished by delivering a not-guilty verdict. This is called jury nullification. Sacramento, CA - Dr. David Allen is in jeopardy of losing his medical license as the medical board is scheduling a hearing to take it away. He believes they are trying to suppress doctors who teach the science of cannabis (the endocannabinoid signaling system). In efforts to bring cases against “pot doctors”, Dr. Allen is being accused of not doing a good faith exam on three medical board investigators who were posing as patients. Dr. Allen says there is no definition of a good faith exam and prop 215 “protects doctors who approve of patients uses of cannabis.” Dr. Allen needs your help! He is looking for legal representation and support from cannabis activists who want to protect a doctor’s right to recommend cannabis. “The medical board protects the pharmaceutical industry by suppressing doctors who spread this new science of the endocannabinoid signaling system. Suppression is taking the doctor’s career and making them impoverished. Their efforts won’t help the drug war, but it does prevent me from supporting society with taxes from my now closed business.” ~ Dr. David Allen

If you would like to help, please e-mail Dr. Allen at cali215doc@gmail.com Terre Haute, IN - Listed under inmate rights in the FCC Terre Haute Prisoner Handbook it states, “You have the right to health care services, based on the local procedures at your institution. Health services include medical sick call, dental sick call and all support services.” Despite the claim of dental care being a “right”, inmates at Terre Haute are being denied even potentially lifesaving dental care. According to Craig Cesal, who is currently serving a life sentence with no chance of parole via email, the dental department has five employees, a dentist, a dental assistant, two oral hygienists, and a clerk. Last November 27th, 2015 a suction pump died. The patients were told to leave, and as of today no patients have been treated by dental.” Craig further stated that there are many inmates with swollen faces due to abscesses which are not only dangerous but very painful. Health care as well as dental care should be basic rights for all, whether you are a federal prisoner or not. Please help those suffering by lending your voice to those without one. Call the BOP at (202) 3073198 and ask to speak to the warden or his executive assistant of Terre Haute or email THA/ExecAssistant@bop.gov and voice your concerns regarding inmates being denied dental care. With our voices joined we will be heard!


physician spotlight Putting Patients First at Dr. Green Relief

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One way Dr. Green Relief likes to give back is by participating in Vegas Cannabis Magazine’s Medical Marijuana Assistance Program which helps locals in need Dr. Green Relief is the patient’s choice cover the costs associated with obtaining for Las Vegas marijuana doctors! Their their medical marijuana card. Interested With patient care and education remaining friendly and compassionate staff strive individuals who have a qualifying condition a top priority, Dr. Green Relief works to make the process of obtaining your are able to visit www.GetYourMedCard. closely with industry professionals that Nevada Marijuana Card both affordable com and fill out a short form indicating the share similar values to better serve and educational. Evaluations are provided qualifying condition and their financial in a professional medical setting hardship. Once a month, individuals by a well-qualified physician that are selected and sent to participating “I’m a strong proponent in the many providers such as Dr. Green Relief. understands the benefits and risks associated with recommending medicinal values of cannabis, and The participating providers not only medical marijuana for your condition. waive the office visit fee for the chosen I’m proud to assist my patients Patients are then guided through the individuals but also pay the state fees state registry process and assisted for them as well. Additionally, Dr. in achieving long term health with filling out their required state Green Relief is working independently and wellness through the use of paperwork for no additional charge. on a program for veterans as Dr. Patients only pay for the visit with the Weingrow is passionate about giving cannabis.” doctor and the state fees, which are back to the community. -Dr. Craig Weingrow, MD payable directly to the state. There is also a licensed notary on staff. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (702) 707-2414 or the patients of Nevada. Same day Although the process of becoming a visit www.drgreenrelief.com appointments are available and they patient in Nevada is slightly different than also provide annual renewals. The prices neighboring states such as California, The clinic is located at 7200 Smoke Ranch are some of the most competitive in Las patients shouldn’t be discouraged. The Road, #120, Las Vegas, NV 89148 Vegas. It’s easy to see that they are about State of Nevada is working diligently helping patients, not taking advantage of to simplify and shorten the process of them. enrolling in the state registry program. Patients can now print their registry packet at the office at the time of the visit, significantly reducing the amount of time it takes to become legal.

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medical A Puff in Time: Cannabis as Medicine through the Years By: Dr. Kit, Pharm.D, RPh.

Cannabis has been used for millennia around the world as a spiritual aid, to treat ailments, and for relaxation. From its origins in central Asia approximately 12,000 years ago, it was used to make clothing, rope, and pottery, and paper. However, it was not until 2700 BC when cannabis was recognized as a potential medication. Throughout history, people have used cannabis as medicine in a variety of ways for many different diseases.

Ancient Chinese texts from 2700 BC record the first documented use of cannabis as medicine. Emperor Shen Nung, considered the father of Chinese medicine, reported success in the use of a tea made from cannabis leaves to treat rheumatism and gout, in which painful crystals of uric acid are deposited in the toes and feet, resulting in sharp pain and discomfort. The first comprehensive reference to the use of cannabis as medication is from approximately 1500 BC, when it was added to the Chinese pharmacopoeia (a listing of medications and their uses). Cannabis was also used later (around 200 AD) by the Chinese as an anesthetic (mixed with wine) for surgeries and also to treat infectious diseases such as malaria. Ancient Chinese records document the use of nearly all the cannabis plant: the roots for medicine; the leaves and flowers for medicine and psychoactive effects, the stem for rope, paper, and clothing; and the seeds for oil and food.

Korea, who used the plant for similar uses as the Chinese. India incorporated cannabis into all aspects of Indian life. Indians used cannabis leaves and flowers, but also created products with cannabis. Bhang, a mixture of cannabis, spices, and milk, was used much like we use alcohol: to celebrate, to relax and unwind, and to encourage social interaction. But bhang was also used as an anesthetic, to treat leprosy, to enhance sexual intercourse, and to communicate with the gods. Indians also made two other preparations: ganja, made with the upper leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant; and charas, made from the flowers of the cannabis plant at their peak. Charas contains a lot of resin and is similar in strength to hashish. Both were smoked in pipes

Cannabis was brought by Chinese farmers and nomads to other countries throughout Asia, including

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and would be used as medicine, in social situations and religious rituals. Cannabis was brought out of Asia and spread to the African and European continents. Scrolls unearthed in Egypt show cannabis use dating back as far as 2000 BC. Cannabis was used to treat glaucoma, pain and inflammation, and was even made into an enema to treat constipation. Around 200-500 BC, ancient Greeks recorded the use of cannabis in a vapor bath for breathing disorders, inflammation, swelling, and for relaxation. And cannabis was believed to have been brought to Germany by Indo-European nomads over 2800 years ago. Irish physician William O’Shaughnessy is credited with introducing medical cannabis to much of the western world in the 1830s. Hemp had been widely cultivated throughout Europe and North America, but it was not until Dr. O’Shaughnessy returned from time spent in India that cannabis became widely used as medicine. He first experimented on animals, and then showed people that cannabis could effectively treat muscle spasms and nausea. Queen Victoria’s physician even prescribed a tincture of cannabis to be taken orally to treat her menstrual cramps. O’Shaughnessy’s work inspired physicians in the United States to begin research on medical cannabis. In 1850, cannabis was added to the United States Pharmacopoeia (listing of medications and their uses). Many pharmaceutical companies began producing patented medications containing cannabis. Bromida contained cannabis


medical and chloral hydrate, and was used as a sedative. Da-Ka-Ta was one of many cannabis tinctures developed to treat corns. Another product contained zinc phosphide, cannabis, strychnine, and sodium arsenite (derived from arsenic) and was used to treat pain, sciatica, and muscle spasms. Perhaps the most interesting of these patented cannabis medications from the 1800’s was Dr. Macalister’s Cough Mixture, made up of cannabis, chloroform, and alcohol. It was given to both adults and children (even as young as 1), and its label states that “the medicine is best taken at bedtime hours”. Pharmaceutical companies continued to patent and manufacture cannabiscontaining medications well into the 1900’s, even as lawmakers moved to regulate cannabis as well as other medications. Cannabis grown for the pharmaceutical industry in the United States peaked at 60,000 pounds in 1918. Parke-Davis, now a part of Pfizer, had as many as 27 cannabis-containing medications on the market; Eli Lilly, maker of insulins, cancer drugs, and other drugs), had 23 cannabis-containing medications on the market. These two companies even combined to develop a strain of cannabis called Cannabis Americana, a domesticated indica. Squibb (now part of Bristol-Myers-Squibb, who manufactures vaccines and other drugs) had a product called Chlorodyne, which contained morphine and cannabis. And Grimault and Company (no longer in existence) even marketed cannabis cigarettes to treat asthma. However, starting in 1915, lawmakers began to enact increasingly more strict regulation of cannabis until it was eventually outlawed in 1937. Cannabis was removed from the United States Pharmacopoeia shortly thereafter, in 1942, removing any perception of legitimacy for medical cannabis. Legal restrictions and prohibition of cannabis, as well as the negative perception of cannabis, did not stop either use or research on medical cannabis. In the 1960’s, separate groups of researchers in the Czech Republic and Argentina discovered the antibiotic properties of cannabis. In 1964, THC was first discovered and synthesized, leading to the development of Marinol, a synthetic form of THC used for appetite stimulation, in the 1980’s. And in 1968, the University of Mississippi was designated as the

official cannabis grower for the federal government. Meanwhile, hippies in the United States were increasingly using cannabis to alter their perception of the world, smoking it as marijuana and hashish, and infusing it into teas and brownies. Soldiers were introduced to cannabis while at war in Vietnam. Upon returning from the war, they sought to continue treatment with cannabis for PTSD and muscle spasms incurred there. The modern medical cannabis movement in the United States began with the passing of California Proposition 215 in 1996, authorizing the use of medical cannabis. Initially only providing for patients to grow their own cannabis, provisions were developed for cannabis dispensaries throughout the state. By the end of 2000, seven more states, including Nevada, voted to approve medical cannabis. Currently, 23 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico all have some type of medical cannabis program in place. These dispensaries, as well as an increase of cannabis for recreational use, have led to the increase in both variety of cannabis products available, as well as an increase in the potency of medical cannabis. According to an analysis done by the University of Mississippi, THC potency in samples obtained from police seizures has increased from ~4% in 1995 to ~12% in 2014. THC:CBD ratios in these samples have gone from 14:1 to 80:1. Many cannabis strains recently tested for dispensaries have THC concentrations of 25% or more. Medicated edibles have gone from just brownies to full lines of cannabis-

infused candies, beverages (including alcoholic beverages), canna-oils and canna-butter, even full meals cooked with canna-butter. Cannabis can be inhaled with an inhaler device, vaporizer, or vaporizer pen, in addition to the traditional pipe, joint, or bong. And cannabis has been infused into products such as lotions, ointments, skin patches, even lubricants, in addition to the traditional oils, salves, and tinctures. While cannabis products and potency, as well as cannabis perception, have changed over time, cannabis remains as a medication with the potential to treat or alleviate several types of ailments. Along with its non-psychoactive partner hemp, it has medical, nutritional, and industrial applications throughout the world. Dr. Kit, Pharm.D, RPh, is the co-owner of Medigrow, a Nevada grow school, established in 2008. She has also been a licensed, practicing pharmacist in Las Vegas since 2004.

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the other oils Spring, Eucalyptus Oil & Respiratory Support By: Shelly Berkowitz

Reflexologist & Holistic Health Counselor SPRING IS HERE! With the change of the weather, our allergy and cold season kicks in to high gear. Have you ever had a cold? Do you have one now? They seem to take forever to invade your body, set up camp, wreak havoc and then leave. All the while making you cough, have sinus headaches, giving your body aches, pains and an overall general feeling of the cruds. You might even remember or have used something called “Mentholatum” or “Vick’s Vapor Rub.” I remember those petroleumbased, camphor-smelling products being globbed onto my chest or feet or both when I was little, in order to help me sleep and quiet that annoying cough. I also remember hot water with lemon & honey to help soothe my throat from all of the irritation. And I remember my awesome mom caring for me, late into the night. Fast forward to today. The last few days I was blessed with some kind of upperrespiratory creature that only a mother could exercise out. (Too bad she was out of town!) It came attached with some form of eye fungus too. Oh how I love a challenge! Because of their camphorus-

type aromatic properties, my go-to in this situation was Eucalyptus & Rosemary oils in the diffuser, both day & night. I also rubbed these two oils (diluted with coconut oil) into the sinus and chest areas too. I made up Oregano capsules to help support the immune system in eradicating the intruder(s) and also used some lemon & clove oils in hot water to help soothe my very irritated throat. And for the eye, a little lavender & melaleuca mixed with fractionated coconut oil and applied to the outside of the eye. The eye was better the next day. The respiratory issues are almost gone. (Yay!) If you are reading this and wanting to use these oils on children or babies, talk to your doctor first, then also remember that not all oils are created equal. Due to the cheesy industry standards, adulterated oils are everywhere and cheap. These are NOT the oils you want to put on your children. I will say that again. THESE CHEAP OILS ARE NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO PUT ON YOUR BABIES OR YOURSELF! Please do your research and find oils that are pure, therapeutic grade, have third-party testing and are scrutinized for quality. Also, make sure to add fractionated or regular coconut oil as a carrier oil when applying to skin. A patch test for sensitivity should be done to avoid allergic reactions. Some oils can also leave you with sun sensitivity, so be careful when applying some citrus oils and your sun exposure time. I also DO NOT suggest using oregano oil on small children and babies as it’s REALLY hot and can burn the skin/eyes/sensitive parts if not diluted heavily and used carefully. Here’s a little history lesson on Eucalyptus: According to Wikipedia, Eucalyptus oil is readily steam distilled from the leaves and can be used for cleaning and as an industrial solvent, as an antiseptic, for deodorizing, and in very small quantities in food supplements, especially sweets, cough drops, toothpaste and decongestants. It has insect repellent properties (Jahn 1991 a, b; 1992), and is an active ingredient in some commercial

mosquito repellents (Fradin & Day 2002). Eucalyptus globulus is the principal source of eucalyptus oil worldwide. In the 20th century, scientists around the world experimented with eucalyptus species. They hoped to grow them in the tropics, but most experimental results failed until breakthroughs in the 1960s-1980s in species selection, silviculture, and breeding programs “unlocked” the potential of eucalyptus in the tropics. Today, eucalyptus is the most widely planted type of tree in plantations around the world, in South America (mainly in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), Australia, India, Galicia and more. if you are looking for a high quality Eucalyptus oil to use for respiratory support, you will find that if it’s sourced in one of its’ most indigenous areas of Australia, goes through the outside, third-party testing, says that it is pure, therapeutic-grade and comes with no WARNING or CAUTION type labels, you probably have a winner. For future reference, to maintain daily feelings of clear airways, I suggest using: Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa and Cardamom, as they are a great examples of a supportive blend that can easily be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet. Respiratory support is a beautiful thing so that you can go out and have fun in the Spring! For consultations or more information about how to use or purchase essential oils, please contact Shelly Berkowitz, Reflexologist & Holisitic Health Coach at (714) 514-3737. Shelly can also be reached via email at ahealthyresidual@yahoo. com and her website can be viewed at www. mydoterra.com/shellyberkowitz. You can also find her on Facebook at A Healthy Residual FDA Disclaimer: The information, advice, statements, and testimonials made about the essential oils, blends, and products mentioned on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on this site and the products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, nor are they intended to replace proper medical help. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any regimen with essential oils. User submitted



dispensary spotlight Empowering Patients at Medizin By: Bill Shehan

They have produced the monthly centerfold that many of you collect and up until now have been a bit of a mystery. But not any longer. On March 25th, Medizin held an elaborate grand opening celebration at their new facility. Opening to the public on April 1st, Medizin is a one-of-a-kind, Las Vegas inspired dispensary whose executive team is comprised of longtime Las Vegas residents Robert Groesbeck, Larry Scheffler and Chris Wren. Recently, I had the chance to sit and chat with my friend and VP of Operations, Chris Wren. Here is what he had to say: VCM: Tell us about Medizin and your team. CW: Medizin is the realization of a dream for everyone involved. We set out to create a top tier brand and provide the people of Nevada with affordable, world-class cannabis. VCM: Medizin just opened a dispensary on Sunset and Decatur. Which products will you carry? CW: Our acquisitions expert, Dereck Reyes, has scoured southern Nevada in search of the finest flowers available. That’s all we want on the shelves. AAA. On opening day, we will have some Deep Roots, some Green Life Productions, and some BaM™. We anticipate that our Medizin­branded strains will be available to customers over the course of the next several months. We also intend to offer strains from other affiliated growers in the region and plan on having their products in our stores within the next 50­60 days. We have chosen Evergreen Organix as our infused products provider, and

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follow: @medizinlv on Instagrm & Twitter & @Medizin on Facebook we look forward to working with them. Together, we will market a wide range of edibles, such as chocolates, cookies, and brownies. We will also have a wide selection of Medizin­branded smoking accessories and apparel available in the dispensary, and also in the apparel store which will be coming soon. VCM: You guys have produced some awesome posters in the mag. Now that your cultivation is fully approved, when can we expect to see your budporn in stores? CW: Soon, very soon. We just planted our first round of cuts and should have some flowers on the shelves by July. Although we think very highly of our trusted partners’ strains, we are also very anxious to get our own stuff on our shelves. Thank you, yeah. We’re really happy with the posters. We’re more excited to see the transition from cool pictures to incredible products. It can’t happen fast enough for us. VCM: Tell us about some of your favorite strains that you will cultivate. CW: That’s not a fair question. That’s like picking your favorite kid. All of our varieties have something special to offer - if they don’t, we won’t keep them in rotation. Right now I’m a big fan of Irene. She is great for insomnia. For flavor, I like the OG family and our cookie varieties. What I’m most known for is Chloe. Speaking of kids, she’s actually named after my daughter. She’s truly world-class, and I’m very proud of her. Dry sift Chloe is about as good as it gets in my opinion. VCM: Medizin also has a production license. What kind of concentrates can we look forward to? CW: This will be a slower rollout than our flower varieties, but we plan on producing a complete Medizin line. We’ll have everything from concentrates, to capsules, balms, and lotions. Really anything that

isn’t an edible is on the agenda. We are big non­solvent fans, so we have built most of our lab around that methodology. That being said, we know that BHO is a fine product and also very popular and effective, so we have enlisted the help of the JD Ellis, aka Gray Wolf. He’s the founder of Wolf Wurx, he’s a real pioneer in the industry. As I’m writing this, he and his team are working away in our lab assembling a piece of engineering beauty that we like to call The Medizin Maker. We plan on making small­batch artisan concentrates of the highest quality, both solvent and solventless, as our initial line. VCM: Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) and full extract cannabis oil (FECO) are the most medicinal forms of cannabis. Will you have a FECO or RSO for patients? CW: Yes, The Medizin Maker is designed to create a whole­plant extract free of waxes, Chlorophyll, and other long­chain carbon substances. It’s all about using the right methodology for the right end product, to target a specific patient’s needs. VCM: You also have a retail store next door to the dispensary. Tell us about a few products you plan on stocking. CW: Again, we are getting into future territory, but I do know a few things that we will have on day one. We’ll definitely have Medizin­branded Errlectric Concentrate Stations, a UL certified device, for proper enjoyment of the best concentrates. We’ll also have the Magic Flight Launch Box for the on­the­go vape sessions. And we’ll definitely have Santa Cruz shredders, the greatest grinder ever. We’re really excited for the retail store. Be on the lookout for new products over the next few months. Medizin is located at 4850 W. Sunset Road, #130, Las Vegas, NV 89118 (on the corner of Sunset and Decatur.) For more information, visit them online at www. MedizinLV.com.



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Nevada Dispensaries Can Sell to All Patients By: Derek J. Connor Esq.

Nevada is one of the few states in America that recognizes reciprocity with other state’s medical marijuana patients. This means that out-of-state patients can travel to Nevada for business, or to hit the tables, all while confidently continuing their marijuana treatment program. Currently, Nevada is one of only six (6) states that allow non-residents the ability to purchase at state licensed facilities. The other states are Arizona, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Nevada now has dispensaries open and selling to patients throughout the state. Out-of-state patients (and resident patients) can get safely cultivated products from state-of-the-art, state regulated facilities that they can trust. Out-of-state patients only need to fulfill a few requirements in order to legally obtain medical marijuana in Nevada. An out-of-state patient must be able to: •

show a valid, non-expired medical marijuana card or letter of recommendation from any state that recognizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes

complete an attestation affirming that he/she is a medical marijuana patient and will abide by Nevada’s medical marijuana laws while in the state

show a government issued ID or passport to verify his/her identity

Most notably, Nevada simply requires out-of-state patients to present ANY government issued ID or passport and a non-expired medical marijuana card or letter of recommendation from ANY state

that recognizes medical marijuana. The purpose of the government issued ID is to verify the identity of the patient and not the residence of the patient. Therefore, a patient who may have recently moved could have a medical marijuana card from one state and utilize a government ID from another state - so long as the

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identity matched, the medical marijuana card was valid and the patient completes the attestation, the patient could purchase from a Nevada medical marijuana dispensary. However, all patients (whether in-state or out-of-state) must abide by Nevada’s medical marijuana laws while in the State of Nevada. This includes the purchase and possession limit of 2.5 ounces every two weeks. It is irrelevant whether a patient’s home state allows cardholders to possess more medical marijuana than Nevada. Patients are also only permitted to utilize their medicine in private places. Nevada has several dispensaries throughout the state and those dispensaries are able to sell to Nevada patient cardholders and outof-state patients alike. The dispensary will simply need to see a valid patient card or letter of recommendation, a government ID to verify the identity of the patient, and have the patient complete an attestation. This process is intended to allow out-of-state patients the same access to medicine as Nevada patients. Derek J. Connor Esq. is the co-founder of Connor & Connor PLLC along with his wife, Amanda N. Connor Esq. Derek practices primarily in the areas of medical marijuana, civil litigation, business law and criminal defense.



higher education Nevada Cannabis College Student of the Month By: Willie Spearmint

Last March meant one thing for all college students in Nevada. SPRING BREAK! After mid-terms, spring break is a welcomed lull in academic activity for most. During this time it’s important that Cannabis Awareness Network student leaders stay sharp and focused. Spring break is a signal warning of impending final papers and exams. Spring break also means scholarship and graduate school application deadlines are near or have passed. The most important thing that spring break signals for student leaders on college campuses is the passing of the baton. Now is the time that student organizations begin nominating next year’s leadership. This delicate process will determine the fate of the organization. By now those interested in leadership next year should be sufficiently trained for those roles. In many instances students find themselves nominated into leadership positions without being prepared. The Scorpion’s Cannabis Awareness Network (CAN) and the Nevada Student Cannabis

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like: Nevada State College ScorpionsCAN Coalition (NSCC) will remain active throughout the summer months to provide leadership training for ALL students interested in starting a CAN organization on their campus. The goal is to have the required documents filled out and filed for official recognition at NSC, CSN and UNLV before Aug. 24th 2016, exactly 1 year from the founding of the first and only student cannabis organization in Nevada.

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This month we introduce a new section to our Higher Education column called “Nevada Cannabis College Student of the Month”. This section will recognize students who incorporate cannabis (topics) into their academic curriculum or educational experience in anyway. Each month we hope to feature students representing different campuses of southern and northern Nevada in different fields of study to show the diversity of graduates interested in working with the cannabis industry. April’s Nevada Cannabis College student of the month is CSN/UNLV student Andrew Lea. Andrew Lea grew up on the east side of Las Vegas and attended Basic and Valley High School before graduating from Chaparral. As a young man, Lea witnessed the lives of neighbors, friends and family dramatically impacted by legal troubles regarding cannabis. The lives of those people inspired Lea to get involved in campus activism at CSN. After successfully starting a Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter at CSN Lea began spreading his activism off campus. In 2015 Lea played an integral role in the establishment of the Nevada State College Scorpion’s Cannabis Awareness Network, the 1st

and only student cannabis organization in Nevada. Although Lea was attending CSN during the 2015 fall semester he spent time on the Nevada State campus raising awareness about the war on drugs and providing resources to mobilize students and get them involved. When the Scorpion’s CAN organization was voted off campus by the NSC student government, Lea hosted late night strategizing sessions at his home and encouraged them to continue exercising their rights on campus. “The support he gave us was invaluable and after working with Andrew for a short time I became a dues paying member of YAL,” said Scorpion’s CAN executive director Deuvall Dorsey. On October 23, 2015 when the Scorpion’s CAN received full recognition at the college Lea was present to testify and record the proceedings. At this time, Lea is making the transition from CSN to UNLV where he will be studying history and philosophy. After serving as a YAL state chair for the past academic year Lea has graduated to local politics. On March 18th 2016, Lea filed to run for Assembly District 18 in an effort to take his passion and activism all the way to Carson City. Regardless of the elections outcome Lea plans to remain a student at UNLV and graduate in 2018. “Now my life is geared around ending the incarceration of individuals who consume marijuana and other illegal substances,” says Lea. There’s no doubt that he will play an essential role in the establishment of the UNLV Rebel’s Cannabis Awareness Network. “We have certainly come a long way, with the legalization of recreational marijuana use being set in front of Nevada voters in November. However, the fight does not end with IP1” says Lea, “We will still have prisons full of non-violent offenders and a criminal justice system in need of reform. These are the issues I will continue to fight for at every level, as an activist, as a student, as a candidate for office and as a member of my community.” Thank you Mr. Lea for all the work you do. We salute you. Andrewlea.nv@gmail.com facebook.com/andrewlealv



Tokin’ With the Infamous

This month, I toked with the infamous William Riley of Sprung Monkey, a band known worldwide for their contributions to movie soundtracks, extreme sports, and general SoCal culture. In San Diego, the band’s home base, we kicked back, lit up a joint of Mafia OG provided by Red Dragon Brotherz, and talked about the old days when we toured the world, and the new stuff on the horizon. I’ll admit, it’s kind of weird to interview someone you’ve been friends with for 25 years. I wish there was room to tell all of the road stories, but I guess we’ll just start with this… Hopper: How’s it goin’ brother? William: It’s good, it’s good. Chillin’, man. Hopper: Vegas Cannabis Magazine readers want to know what’s new with Sprung Monkey. I know you’ve been doing a bunch of shows, and the new album is super heavy. Also, didn’t you guys recently have a craft beer named in your honor? William: Yeah, it’s called Sprung 4 Life IPA by 3 Punk Ales, so we have shows coming up to support that. Our new album, ‘Dead Is Dead’ was so much fun to record, and now to perform. We got back to our heavier roots. It was so rad! Hopper: Speaking of ‘Dead Is Dead’, didn’t Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies) do some vocals on the album? William: Yeah, he heard the album when we were first working on it…Steve, our lead singer, is also the tour manager for Suicidal Tendencies. Mike heard our recordings and ended up doing vocals on ‘Save Me’. It is such a rush to have a legend be a part of your album. There’s not much more I could say about that… we were truly honored as a band to have him as a part of our record.

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Hopper: That’s a good thing. William: Yes, yes it is!

Hopper: How does cannabis enhance your music? William: Smoking cannabis helps me relax, and it also helps me focus and be creative when I’m writing riffs.

Hopper: So what’s next, what’s coming up for Sprung Monkey? William: We’re writing songs…

Hopper: Like a more cerebral high, where you get in tune with the music?

Hopper: You guys are going heavier I noticed.

William: Man, I’ve been smoking so long. It’s like second nature. It’s just one of those things man. It definitely helps, it definitely opens doors.

William: It’s definitely not going backwards. It’s gonna be rock and roll, man. Hopper: I’m liking what I’m hearing! You guys have always done everything across the spectrum. William: Yeah, it’s a good thing to be creatively open. Hopper: It is! I don’t know about you, but I’m pie eyed right now. Let’s go grab some grub before we go meet the rest of the guys at practice.

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Hopper: Yeah, yeah. Before we go though, are there any shout outs you wanna give?

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Hopper: You have been known to step on stage with a joint in the mouth… William: Yeah, yeah. I have! I like to take a couple of pulls off a pipe before I get on stage. Hopper: We go back 25 years. We’ve toured the world…been to Europe, Japan, all across the US. What’s your craziest or favorite tour memory? William: Our first tour in Australia really sticks out. And our very first tour ever with Pennywise, that was insane. We did sixteen countries, man.

Hopper: How do you like this Mafia OG we’re smokin’ on?

Hopper: Those were good times, I remember them well.

William: It tastes really good, man! I’m pretty baked.

William: Yeah, great times, great times.

William: Absolutely. 3 Punk Ales, all the guys in the band- Steve, Mike, Ernie, Ryan. You Hopper definitely, much love. Emerald Triangle Genetics. Everybody who has supported us throughout all these years. There are so many people to name, I couldn’t name everybody who’s been a part of this, so I’ll give a general thank you to everybody- all of the clothing companies, especially SRH. Also, Black Flys and Dragon Glasses. That’s real shit when companies believe in you and support what you do. We can’t thank them enough. Hopper: Right on! I think that’s a great note to wrap this up on. Let’s go grab some tacos and meet up with the rest of the guys at the practice room.

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vote Bet It All On Green: Cannabis Catalyst for IP1

Television news and print media are a few of the mainstream ways that a good percentage of the population over the age of 30 gets their information. Many print media outlets also have the same article online, so consider leaving comments online that are favorable to cannabis or disprove their bias against cannabis. There are many opportunities to write emails to television news stations telling them you appreciate a positive story on cannabis or don’t appreciate negative coverage on cannabis. You can also write letters to the editor, letting other members of the community know cannabis can help improve the lives of others, including beneficial taxes to help with the Las Vegas community and reducing crime.

By: Jason Sturtsman

You can absolutely be a “Cannabis Catalyst” from the comfort of your couch, with your pipe in one hand and a keyboard in the other, opening minds to legalization. Initiative Petition One (IP1), or the initiative to “Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol”, would remove criminal penalties for adults possessing an ounce or less of cannabis and allow them to purchase cannabis from licensed facilities, with the taxes going toward the Nevada education system. As a cannabis catalyst, it can be difficult to tell if we’ve influenced someone in a positive direction toward cannabis, but the collective consequences of our action measured by the current public opinion in favor of cannabis - would indicate that we have. What has changed in the last few years is that 20 years of home internet use has allowed individuals to disprove the idea of “Reefer Madness” from the convenience of their homes. Starting with your local government, it is easy to find out when the next city council meeting takes place. If you can attend a meeting in person with a topic related to cannabis or law enforcement, you can educate the city council and community on how cannabis is beneficial to you or to others. If you feel nervous, you can always write what you are going to say ahead of time and read this statement. However, you can always contact individual council members via e-mail and phone, expressing your view about what is on the upcoming agenda.

Consider creating a YouTube, Periscope, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook page for the purpose of educating your local community and world about the benefits of cannabis. Start with your personal story and then share other people’s positive experiences you’ve read as well. Use these mediums to inform those who have been fed misinformation in the past. Feel free to use gentle humor, especially when you have heard for the millionth time that cannabis is a gateway drug to harder substances. There are a multitude of online methods enabling you to assist the cannabis movement: from a simple “Like” to a polite comment correcting someone’s misinformation.

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There have been many great cannabis catalysts through the years in Nevada who continue to fight for patients’ access to safe medicine, their right to medicate, and their right to grow. I believe that, without them, we would not be where we are today in Nevada: with access to medical cannabis through dispensaries, and everyone soon will have the right to purchase cannabis safely with the passage of Initiative Petition One. Jason Sturtsman is a Nevada Independent Cannabis Laboratory Advisory Committee Member (ILAC), the Wellness Education Cannabis Advocates of Nevada (WECAN) Vice President, Nevada Marijuana Council Member, owner of Healthcare Options for Patients Enterprises (HOPE) (Cannabis Cultivation and Processing Facility), and a Manager at Las Vegas Releaf, a Las Vegas Dispensary. He can be reached at JasonS@wecan702.org for comments or questions.






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We all look forward to the day when cannabis is legal across the United States. As advocates, we work to promote change. But have you ever considered the power words hold, especially surrounding cannabis? I sat down with Oaksterdam University’s Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones to talk about this subject; it is one she discusses in lectures and is mindful of every day.

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“The truth is that our words carry enormous weight,” said Jones. “Words shape our thoughts, feelings and attitudes, which dictate our actions. That’s why how we talk about cannabis is so important today.” Lots of words in the English language are used to refer to cannabis: locoweed, weed, grass, dope, pot, marijuana, ganja, maryjane, and others. At one time in America ‘cannabis’ referred to the plant and was used by pharmaceutical companies in medicine to treat insomnia, migraines and rheumatism. Not until the early 1900s—when Mexicans legally immigrated to America to escape the Mexican Revolution—that we learned the word ‘marihuana,’ which in-and-of itself is not a bad word. However, the stigma associated with ‘marijuana’ took hold in the early 1930s when Harry Anslinger specifically used the term in propaganda and linked its use to minorities in an effort to racialize the plant. The War on Drugs was declared by former president Nixon in 1971, soon after the Controlled Substances Act became law and classified cannabis as a schedule I controlled substance illegal federally. At this time in history, America was experiencing youthful rebellion, social upheaval, political dissent and an elevated presence of federal drug control agencies. Generations of children learned about the dangers of drugs including marijuana through programs like D.A.R.E., which perpetuated negative information and attitudes related to cannabis. Today, even as cannabis is more accepted by the general public, Jones maintains that the cannabis industry is still a movement. “No other industry in America produces and trades a product that is federally illegal,” said Jones. “Until this changes, the cannabis industry is a movement.” Movement implies work-in-progress and that’s exactly how Jones sees it. “Some of the obstacles still in our way are mental, perceived, and emotional. These are all very real and the words we use must be specific to change perceptions and stigma.” So, what words do we need to drop from our vocabulary as cannabis advocates? “Stop using the word ‘recreational,’” said Jones. “It’s a dangerous word because it conjures up images of stereotypes or images of children playing, both of which don’t help us move forward.” Other words to consider include: • Adult, Commercial, Retail … instead of Recreational • Cannabis, Medicine … instead of Pot, Weed, Marijuana • Consume and Consumer … instead of Use and User • Overmedicate … instead of Overdose • De-schedule … instead of Reschedule “Advocacy requires education and responsibility,” said Jones. “Choosing our words wisely advances our goal.”





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