Mean Gene: Making Marijuana Masterpieces

With a lifetime of knowledge and a genetic archive reaching back decades, the award-winning Mendocino breeder spreads the foundational flavors of cannabis seed by seed.

Breeding a new strain of cannabis is like painting a picture: the end result is a culmination of the medium and colors you used, the techniques you applied and the vision you had when you sat down at the canvas.

And many of the strains you find on the market — even some of the top-shelf offerings from boutique dispensaries — are the cannabis equivalent of landscape paintings by students of Bob Ross; competent reproductions and variations on the same theme with minor stylistic flourishes.

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Move Over Marijuana: Hemp Had a Good Year Too

More states than ever are opening up to industrial hemp.

Eight out of nine cannabis decriminalization ballot measures passing during the 2016 general election — it was a banner year for cannabis. But while pot puns proliferated in the headlines, marijuana’s botanical cousin saw decidedly less coverage.

Nonetheless, hemp had its milestones too: four states passed some sort of hemp-specific legislation in 2016, several hemp programs were enacted, and three out of four successful adult-use initiatives included hemp in their texts.

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Bolder Business Strategies

How two young entrepreneurs navigated stringent state regulations and built their brand.

Consider the multi-phase evolution of Colorado’s cannabis industry: the illicit marketplace gave way to a relatively unregulated medical marketplace, which developed into a regulated medical industry, which opened the door for adult-use legalization.

Now, constantly shifting regulation in both the state’s medical and recreational industries creates a minefield of obstacles and hazards for aspiring cannabis companies.

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Snoop & Martha: Best Buds

How an unlikely friendship budded into TV magic. “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” VH1

Here’s a promising candidate for understatement of the year: Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg were both a pretty big deal in the ’90s.

The decade witnessed the launch of the now-famous Martha Stewart Living magazine and television program, which catapulted Stewart’s already-rising profile to full celebrity status. By 1995, her picture graced the cover of New York Magazine, which declared her “the definitive American woman of our time.”

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Blending Styles & Strains with Beats Antique

Experimental musical group discusses investigating CBD and how marijuana factors into their creative process.

For over a decade, the Bay Area trio Beats Antique has been carving out a niche for themselves by blending a dazzling mix of far-flung styles — often from eras long past — with inventive grooves that, on stage, are accompanied by Zoe Jakes’ riveting dance performances.

Their tenth album, ‘Shadowbox,’ released in October 2016, further celebrates their adventurous spirit through a series of ambitious collaborations recorded across the globe: from Moscow to Tel Aviv, London to New Orleans.

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Legalization in Trump’s America: Skating on Thin Ice

With an aggressive executive branch openly defying constitutional checks on its authority and installing noted prohibitionists in key positions, will the Trump administration make America raid again?

The cannabis industry’s general policy seems to be avoidance of “bad vibes” at all costs —  even when that means ignoring the pounding vibrations of an oncoming freight train.

The first few weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency have revealed an unprecedented disregard for the constitutional checks and balances on the executive branch. That doesn’t bode well for an industry already precariously balanced on a tenuous high-wire of precedents, amendments and memos.

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Left Behind by Clemency

What’s beef? Beef is when a rap video means the difference between a four-year sentence and 20 to life as a “cannabis kingpin.”

Jane Scarmazzo isn’t positive when her younger son started smoking pot, but she knows for sure how she found out about it.

Luke was in his early 20s, a few years out of high school and working with his father Nick Scarmazzo — a union carpenter — on bridges and overpasses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Pinkleberry – Pretty in Pink

Green Source Gardens grows luscious, pink outdoor cannabis from seed using sustainable cultivation techniques.

Amidst the forested foothills at the junction of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges, a steeply terraced hillside garden sits resplendent with row after row of dazzlingly vibrant cannabis in magnificent full bloom.

On this south-facing slope in southern Oregon, chuffy colas gleam with vigorous vitality as they bask in the midmorning sun. A kaleidoscopic array glows in vivid shades of green, splashed with bright yellow fennel and dotted with plush purple buds radiating florid fuchsia pistils.

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Cannabis for Cancer

Marijuana has long been known to ease certain cancer symptoms and alleviate the painful side effects of pharmaceutical cancer treatments. With the growing availability of concentrated and refined cannabinoids, treatment options are expanding and improving for patients seeking relief from a disease that touches the lives of billions.

Cancer is the great equalizer: it does not discriminate by gender, age, race or socioeconomic background — it touches everyone, whether you have endured it yourself or supported a friend or family member’s journey.

Along with HIV, cancer was one of the first illnesses identified as benefiting from the therapeutic effects of cannabis. Early on the plant was found to be particularly effective for alleviating side effects caused by harsh pharmaceutical treatments like chemotherapy.

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Hawaii Cannabis Patients Are Feeling the Love

From the eight dispensaries approved by the Aloha State’s department of health in the last year to a once ominous home grow ban now languishing in legislative limbo, Hawaii’s cannabis patients have a handful of reasons to feel warm and fuzzy this spring.

On the “mainland,” the Hawaiian islands are largely associated with newlyweds taking honeymoon strolls on picturesque beaches, surfers hanging ten on glistening waves and tourists drinking mai tais at hotel luaus.

It’s also tied to legendary strains like Maui Wowie, and that connection between cannabis and America’s slice of the Pacific is nothing new. Hawaii was something of a marijuana mecca by the 1970s and the plant has been medically legal there since 2000.

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