Sunshine Sessions: Cannabis Events

The best and biggest cannabis events across the country this summer.

The calendars of cannabis industry celebrities must be overflowing — since a wave of legalization began to sweep the country in 2012, it seems as if there’s a Cannabis Cup, festival or conference happening every weekend of the year.

No season is more packed with juicy cannabis events than summer, and as everyone knows, the longest days of the year are best spent with like-minded friends, sunshine and unlimited access to some of the best cannabis products around.

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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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The Mendocino Mating Call

After a decade and a half of herb grinding, we still can’t recommend grinders enough for newbies.

We don’t see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind. More and more cannabis aficionados are grinding their weed before they smoke it, and with vaporization, the trend is getting even hotter. Herb grinders are usually small, palm-sized, puck-like discs that split apart to reveal little grinding teeth. Load in the herb, close up the grinder and twist a few turns to transform the stickiest, densest bud into fluffy, green-white grinds perfect for joints, pipe bowls and vaporizers that take flower.

According to High Times icon Danny Danko, grinders got their global launch in 2001 with the company Sweetleaf.

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The Joint Off

Which Pre-Roll Will Prevail?

Among cannoisseurs, pre-rolls have earned a bad reputation for being filled with bag shake otherwise unfit for sale. However, as other elements of cannabis continue to elevate and evolve, so do the pre-rolls of the legal era. More and more potent, premium pre-rolled selections are hitting the shelves at dispensaries across the nation, providing ultra-convenient ways to get blazed. In the interest of science, we put four pre-rolled selections to the test.

Ed Rosenthal Select– Sativa blend with hints of indica

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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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