The approach being taken by federal and provincial governments, when
it comes to the legalization of marijuana is just another form of
prohibition, says a woman who is a longtime advocate for allowing
unrestricted access to cannabis.
"We're seeing prohibition 2.0," said Jodie Emery, who along with her
husband, Marc, have been campaigning for legalization for more than
two decades. Jodie will be among the speakers taking part in the Grow
Up Cannabis Conference & Expo taking place Friday and Saturday at the
Scotiabank Convention Centre. "It's very upsetting."
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Hundreds of cannabis industry insiders expected to gather in Niagara
With the legalization of recreational marijuana less than a year away,
cannabis is becoming a hot topic of conversation across the country
and interest in one of the biggest cannabis events of the year is
Thousands of cannabis industry professionals and others are heading to
Niagara Falls for the Grow Up Conference and Expo, to be held at
Scotiabank Convention Centre on October 6-7.
The conference will include 40 sessions led by industry experts from
both sides of the border and will feature more than a hundred notable
speakers. Among them is Ed Rosenthal, a leading authority on marijuana
who has written or edited more than a dozen world-renowned books
about cannabis cultivation and social policy, marijuana activist Jodie
Emery and John Prentice. He's president and CEO at Ample Organics, a
widely adopted seed-to-sale solution among Canada's licensed
producers. There will be more than a hundred booths at the expo and
organizers expect about 3,000 people to attend Grow Up overall.
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New Ground Broken by Oregon Agricultural Show Growers Look to
Product's Potential As Cash Crop
This week Nathan Martinez's family will head to the Oregon state fair
to view the prizewinning plants he has hydroponically grown and
lovingly cultivated: both the sativa super sour diesel and the indica
Oregon legalised the recreational use of cannabis by over-21s two years ago
For the first time, the fair, one of the country's most
family-friendly traditions - synonymous with the tilt-a-whirl, funnel
cake and blue ribbon pigs - is to feature marijuana plants.
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What to Read Before-and After-You Get High
HELLO THERE! Do you enjoy reading? How about reading about cannabis?
I ask because if you're reading this column (or if it's being read to
you by a service monkey using typing-to-speech-recognition software),
it seems like you might enjoy some books on cannabis. I certainly
hope so, because this week's column is about four of them. You could
get them all through Powell's or many local, independent booksellers.
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SALEM, ORE. - Marijuana leaves of all shapes and sizes lined a
competition alcove at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Saturday. The
plants were surrounded by hundreds of booths listing technology,
agriculture and business innovations in the cannabis growing industry.
"People say we've 'Microsofted' the cannabis industry," organizer
Mary Lou Burton joked.
The weekend was the first marijuana growers fair in Oregon, hosted at
the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Sponsored by the state
marijuana business council, and with presentations from state
agencies regulating the newly legalized industry, it highlighted a
number of desires from Oregon entrepreneurs and businesses to turn
the state into a go-to region for marijuana.
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SALEM (AP) - People flocked to Oregon's first-ever marijuana growers'
fair on Saturday where a competition for best pot plants was being
held, with the winners to be displayed at the Oregon State Fair.
The inaugural two-day Oregon Cannabis Growers' Fair underscores how
the once-illicit marijuana industry is starting to go mainstream in
Oregon, one of four states to have legalized recreational marijuana
use, along with Washington, D.C.
Ed Rosenthal, known in pot circles as the Guru of Ganja, poked,
prodded, rubbed and sniffed several dozen marijuana plants - some of
which were so big they engulfed him in an exhibition hall on the
Oregon State Fairgrounds. He and other judges were picking nine
winning plants - three in each of three categories - that will be
displayed at the Oregon State Fair for two weeks starting later this month.
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Dream up your legal weed garden with Oakland's celebrity author latest tome.
Legalization is in the wind. Can you smell it? With less than
one-hundred days until a historic California vote on adult-use of
marijuana, many are wondering what they'll do if Proposition 64 passes.
Odds are fifty-fifty that, for the first time in more than a century,
Californians ages 21 and over could be able to legally garden up to
six cannabis plants. No doctor's note needed. Just be 21.
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Marijuana Growers Will Compete for Blue Ribbons in Oregon, Another
Indicator of Cannabis' Booming Reputation As Cash Crop
SEATTLE - To the list of breakthroughs in an ever-changing world
where cars drive themselves, faces are surgically transplanted and
Russian hackers are accused of manipulating the U.S. presidential
campaign, add this development: marijuana growers can now compete for
blue ribbons in the state fair.
That's what Oregon officials say will happen at their fair in Salem
next month. Besides tastiest apple pie and plumpest pig, pot will be
judged for its finer attributes, including color, aroma, leaf
structure and lack of pests.
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It Appears That Only One Flavor of Legalization Will Make the Ballot
This November, and It Might Have a Strange Ally.
For those wondering what's going to happen with the crowded field of
proposals to legalize cannabis in California this year, look no
further than an independent source of information with boots on the
ground: paid signature-gatherers. Thousands of these mercenaries have
fanned out across the Golden State this April, earning an estimated
$2.50 per signature to help place pot legalization on the ballot.
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Doing the holiday shopping. Any good ideas?
- -Quan Za
Oh yes. I love the winter holidays! I feel like people should
practice gift giving year-round and not just when it's cold outside
or someone has a birthday. Anyway, weed is always a great gift.
Giving your cannabis colleagues a nug or a doobie or a nice wax will
make you very popular during the holidays. If you can afford it, look
into the "weed of the month club" at www.potbox.com. It's like Harry
& David, but for pot. I will take a Sweet Island Skunk over a summer
sausage just about any day of the week. If you would rather just give
cool marijuana-themed gear, www.cannabox.com is Loot Crate for
potheads. Here is an idea for a win-win: Maybe you can sign yourself
up for a Cannabox, then give your friends small gifts on a monthly
basis. Frugal yet generous is always a good look.
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Jean Kennedy has a BS in biology and a master's in special education.
Now, she's trying to decide what to do with her third degree: a
certificate of achievement from Oaksterdam University, the Harvard
Business School of marijuana.
"I'm Italian," said Kennedy, 56, a retired high school biology
teacher with graying hair and a heavy New York accent. "You know
Italians, we grow tomatoes. Maybe I'll grow some plants."
Horticulture 102 is one of the many subjects Kennedy studies at
Oaksterdam, whose storefront campus is set amid the hip cafes,
restaurants and cannabis dispensaries of downtown Oakland. Founded in
2007, the school sees itself as a training ground for citizen
advocates in the fight to legalize marijuana.
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After 24 Years, and Several Locations, It's Still Going Strong.
"Not so sure about hitting Hempfest this year, bro," said my biggest
stoner pal TJ, loading yet another fat bowl of black market Blue
Dream. "I mean, we legalized it. What's the point?"
"I'll tell you why," I replied, sucking down the tube. "As soon as I
can remember what the question was!"
Amazingly, Hempfest is celebrating its 24th year this weekend. In
addition to being the world's largest cannabis rally, Hempfest has
always advertised itself as a "protestival," commemorating the
advances of cannabis, and protesting the ongoing War on Drugs-and the
fact marijuana is still very much illegal at the federal level.
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"You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out
for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter
with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?"
That was President Richard Nixon speaking to his top aide, H.R. "Bob"
Haldeman, during a recorded White House meeting back in 1971.
Fast-forwarding some four decades, a new nonprofit in Oregon is
hoping to prove Nixon right. Le'Or, founded about a year ago with
seed funding from a soap manufacturer that uses hemp oil in all of
its products, wants to convince American Jews that ending marijuana
prohibition belongs on the progressive Jewish communal agenda
alongside marriage equality and immigration reform.
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Dear Stoner: I saw something the other week about marijuana not being
good for creativity. It seems like it should have come from The Onion
or National Report, since pot seems to help people be more creative -
but it was real. WTF?
Dear Nutbag: We thought it was a joke, too, but apparently scientists
in the Netherlands claim it's true. Of course, their "study" was
extremely narrow and, ironically, limited in creativity. Scientists
gathered three groups of tokers in a lab and gave each group edibles
- - some had 22 milligrams of THC, some had 5.5 milligrams of THC, and
the losers got no THC at all. Whomp. The test itself was to come up
with as many uses for a pen as they could in five minutes, and to
find the link between the words "hair," "time" and "stretching." (We
posted the answer below so you can test yourself later while stoned.)
That's it. No word on if the test subjects considered themselves
creative types in the first place or even if cannabis helped increase
creativity in people in other realms - like music, visual arts,
dance, coding or writing. And who knows what type of herb they gave
the test subjects? Some strains are only good for melting into a
couch. Of course, we're also not saying that an artist in a creative
slump can do a dab and instantly create a masterpiece - but to deny
the link between cannabis and creativity is pretty absurd.
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Our Writer Goes to Washington to Explore Marijuana Legalization
SN&R's resident cannabis expert goes to Washington-the state-and
dishes on the marijuana-legalization experiment up north
Carl Sagan once said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,
you must first invent the universe." I have a similar observation
about marijuana activists: If you ask them how to make a pie, they
will tell you how to grow a tree. Most of their stories are full of
tangents, sidebars and digressions. It's not that they ramble and are
unfocused, but that they feel you need to have the whole story so you
can form your own ideas. I will try not to ramble too much, but I
have been a pot activist for more than 20 years, so rambling is kinda my thing.
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Hey, I am trying to figure out my travel plans for this summer. Any
- -Norm Madic
I can probably think of a few things. Late August marks the beginning
of hemp-fest season, and the hemp fests this year should be epic.
There's the Seattle Hempfest, a.k.a. the world's largest
"protestival." Last year, more than 200,000 people showed up to party
for pot, and this year should be an even larger turnout. Expect the
recreational-cannabis dispensaries to run out of weed early (August
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Win or lose, Oakland's Coliseum district is now a lot happier thanks
to a shiny new medical pot dispensary, Phytologie.
East Bay medical cannabis patients have a new access point for their
alternative herbal remedy of choice. Phytologie Wellness Center opened
for business late last year on Enterprise Way near the Oakland-Alameda
County Coliseum complex. And the new medical pot dispensary is a model
for cleanliness, security, and professionalism.
While most East Bay cities ban dispensaries because of inaccurate
fears about crime, Oakland is part of a compassionate constellation of
cities - including San Francisco (which has about two dozen clubs),
Berkeley (which has three clubs), and Richmond (which also has three
clubs) - that has embraced medical weed. Oakland began regulating
medical cannabis outlets in 2004 and collects roughly $1.4 million in
annual taxes from them.
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Tips for harvesting your own sustainably grown medical weed.
Spring has sprung, and if you're thinking about growing some medical
cannabis this year, it's time to get cracking. Growing pot
organically in one's backyard can be a safe, rewarding, affordable
way to obtain the botanical remedy. But coaxing decent medicine from
the soil takes plenty of time and attention to detail.
First off, you're going to need to get legal and learn about the
plant. The California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 allows any state
resident with a doctor's recommendation to grow medical cannabis for
personal use. State guidelines call for a maximum of twelve immature
or six mature plants (but check local cultivation ordinances).
Oakland allows home-growers a maximum of twenty plants, while
Berkeley allows ten. But Concord has banned all outdoor medical pot
cultivation, and the City of Martinez may vote to do so this week.
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Sorting Out the Multiple Efforts to Legalize Marijuana
According to the California Secretary of State's Office, six
initiatives to legalize marijuana are currently being circulated for
signature gathering. In reality, there are only four, as two were
early iterations of what's essentially the same petition created by
the same supporters.
That's just one of the reasons this year's legalization efforts are
confusing. Then, there is some talk that those pushing the
initiatives may back off this election year, join forces and aim for
2016, a presidential election year when greater numbers of younger
and liberal voters will most likely go to the polls.
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A Bay Area Mom's Decision to Allow Her Daughter to Sell Cookies in
Front of Medical Pot Dispensaries Made International Headlines.
A progressive Bay Area mom who boosted her daughter's sales of Girl
Scout Cookies by targeting medical pot clubs made international news
this month, after the Express first published a report about it on
its blog on February 19 and the story was picked up by everyone from
Mashable and NPR to KTLA and the Huffington Post.
The idea, by San Francisco mom Carol Lei, was genius: Set up a table
in front of a cannabis storefront to sell boxes of cookies to
marijuana users. (Cannabis is, of course, a powerful appetite
stimulant that works directly on nerves in the stomach as well as the brain.)
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