Los Sueños​​ Farms: Not Your Typical Colorado Cannabis Garden

Excitement built as we made our way down south from Denver to Pueblo knowing that we were about to tour the largest licensed cannabis grow in the nation. The Los Sueños Farms crew had warned us prior that we’d smell the facility before we saw it and oh boy, were they right! After being checked in through the high-class security system we quickly made our way over to one of the many small buildings on site at Los Sueños. Camille DeGabrielle, the farms Marketing Director, and Ketch DeGabrielle, the Director of Operations, both gave us a warm welcome along with a breakdown of exactly what happens here at the beautiful Los Sueños Farm.

Cannabis Plants at Los Sueños FarmsKetch informed us that there are actually four separate individual licenses of which each have both outdoor field space for growing as well as a greenhouse. Greenhouses allow Los Sueños to harvest more than once yearly beyond the typical autumn harvest season. During the 2016 autumn crop there were more than 21,600 plants harvested, with around 55 different strains in the mix. Los Sueños uses all organic practices with much help from the beaming Pueblo sun (it was nearly 90 in October) and best of all, no pesticides!

Our late October visit was welcomed by a harvest season in full swing. I soon caught onto what all of the other buildings scattered throughout the property were for: harvesting, drying, trimming, curing and storage of course! We walked through the massive, dark warehouses surrounded by thousands of huge hanging cannabis plants. Truly weed heaven. I was overwhelmed by the size of the plants and the variation in appearance and smell. Camille and Ketch kindly lead us to the trimming building where we got to experience the amazing machine Ketch had a part in designing and creating. The machine easily separates trimmed buds from the actual trim seperating them into their own separate buckets—a large-scale marijuana cultivators dream!

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Glass Artist of the Month: Steven Hulsebos

Steven Hulsebos started his career operating a Phoenix, Arizona smoke shop, stocking his store with hand pipes. But his goal was to be the artist.

Once he got started, his pipes began appearing on his shelves. And once he was able to support himself solely through glassblowing, he ditched the retail business altogether.

At first, he created patterns to put on the ends of his pipes.

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Geriatric Opioid Use: The Silent Addiction Problem

Senior citizens have an opioid addiction problem and, like any other, it’s not a pretty sight.

According to a report from the Office of Inspector General, 30 percent of our country’s 55 million Medicare patients are taking at least one commonly abused opioid.

The report found an “astounding” number of opioids prescribed to the elderly.

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Houston-Area Man Says Deputies Mistook Cat Litter for Meth

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area man says sheriff’s deputies conducted faulty field tests on cat litter they found in his vehicle, which they believed was methamphetamine.

Ross Lebeau was charged with possession of a controlled substance following the Dec. 5 traffic stop, but court documents show the case was dismissed last week because the material was not an illicit substance.

Lebeau told the Houston Chronicle for a story this week that his father had placed the cat litter in the sock as a way to absorb moisture and keep the car’s windows from fogging.

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3 Beginner Grow Tips of the Week | Jan. 10, 2017

Tuesday’s tips for beginner growers are brought to you by HIGH TIMES Cultivation Editor Nico Escondido. 

1. Cooler water temperatures of below 70°F help cut down on the growth of pathogens in your reservoir. Water chillers can be a garden’s best friend.

2. Mylar is an excellent solution for covering the walls of any growroom. The more light a plant receives—even if it is reflected light—the better it will grow.

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Cannabis Industry Wrestles with Copyrights and Trademarks

In yet another consequence of the disparity between state and federal laws governing legal weed, cannabis companies cannot trademark their products.

But, they’re coming up with clever solutions.

The Los Angeles Times interviewed several people who are directly dealing with the conundrum of how to protect their trademarks with no help from the federal agency that would normally do that.

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FDA Gives Big Pharma Partial Green Light on “Abuse Proof” Painkiller

While the federal government claims to be scheming up a master plan to combat the opioid epidemic currently turning the United States population into a junkie nation, its leading health agency is allowing Big Pharma to capitalize on the illusion of safe painkillers.

It was revealed earlier this week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Egalet Corp’s new time-release opioid, known as Arymo ER and will permit the company to market the drug as an abuse proof medication because it cannot be dissolved and injected. However, the FDA stopped short of giving the company the green light to market its latest concoction as a deterrent for abuse with respect to those people who might chew or snort the drug.

Company officials say the goal of this medication is to provide people with a safer option when it comes to the use of painkillers.

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Can Cannabis Rescue the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in 2017?

2017 needs to be the year we fight back against the opioid epidemic. We will use the greatest weapon—cannabis.

Is this wishful thinking? Is there scientific justification to this speculation?

My wife is a resident physician in Seattle’s trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. Early in her residency, she was musing with her colleagues over their challenging patient interactions. I chimed in, “How many of your patients are just after pain medication?” One of the residents looked down and shook his head. “Too many. And if we don’t give [opioids] to them, they just keep switching their doctor until they find someone who will.”

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#TakeAction – Call the Judiciary Committee Today to Protect Marijuana Progress

On January 10th and 11th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the nomination of Jeff Sessions to become the next Attorney General. Over the course of these two days, marijuana reformers and citizens alike from around the country will be calling members of the committee to have them ask a simple question: Does Sen. Sessions intend to respect the will of the voters in the majority of US states that have enacted to pursue alternative marijuana policies?

The stakes are high.

Senator Sessions is a militant opponent of any efforts to reform marijuana policy who once notoriously remarked that the Ku Klux Klan “was okay until I found out they smoked pot.” He is a staunch proponent of the long-discredited ‘gateway theory,’ and has called on federal officials to return to the ‘Just Say No’ rhetoric of the 1980s. In fact, he was one of only 16 US Senators to receive a failing grade from NORML in our 2016 Congressional Report Card because of statements like these:

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Trichome Tuesday: King Louis XIII

King Louis XIII to the rescue for insomnia!  This ultra heavy indica leaves you feeling sleepy, a true royal treat.  It’s dense nugs are doused in milky trichomes galore.

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