BRINGING SUSTAINABILITY TO YOUR STASH: Understanding How to Keep Cannabis Cultivation Green

Contrary to popular belief, cannabis culture isn’t just about the consumption and effects of marijuana and its byproducts, but rather about the cultivation, science and environment of the industry. However, many inside the cannabis world still do not realize the environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation and how to bring sustainability into their own stash. Hakuna Supply, in conjunction with DOPE Magazine, researched this subject to bring our readers information on the environmental impacts of cannabis, as well as ways for growers, consumers and advocates to help reduce them.

Let’s bring it back to November 8, 2016, when 4 states passed the recreational use of cannabis, raising the total number of rec states to 8, meaning “20% of the U.S. population lives in a state where it is legal for people aged 21 and over to buy marijuana for recreational use” (Trends eMagazine Feb 2017). This effectively created a new industry in the United States that rivals some of the largest corporations. For example, revenue sales in Colorado have reached almost $1 billion, which is equal to some of the largest farming commodities in the state. As the cannabis industry continues to grow and amass profits, the amount of cannabis grown will increase, as well.

So, what does this have to do with the environment? Let’s first look at cannabis cultivation  in general. To create a potent, high-demand product, a grower will require “hot temperatures, intense light, highly fertile soil, and large volumes of water” (Ashworth 2017). These factors can produce excessive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. It has even been estimated by the Marijuana Policy Group that legal & illegal indoor grow operations account for 1% of the average energy usage in the U.S. Additionally, illegal grow operations often generate their power off the grid to avoid raising red flags. To create enough energy to power their lights, these illegal growers rely on generators, which often “produce more than three times the CO2 of facilities powered by the grid” (Ashworth 2017). The potential impacts on air quality is another rising concern. As reported by J. W. Martyny in the “Potential Exposures Associated with Indoor Marijuana Growing Operations,” a sampling carried out in conjunction with law enforcement raids on illicit grow operations have measured concentrations of highly reactive organic compounds. These findings present a pressing issue, as experts predict the consumption and cultivation of cannabis to steadily increase until 2050.

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THE CANNABIS RENAISSANCE: Is The Pinnacle of Cannabis Creativity Now?

Nestled in the rolling Italian hillsides lies the home of the greatest emergence of art known to mankind: Florence. In the 15th century, the town brought us the likes of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Donatello…and that’s just the starting lineup. Historians, sociologists, psychologists and even geologists have tried to understand how and why a renaissance happened in this tiny town.

I say this renaissance because there have been multiple, despite historians forgoing the official title. The musical renaissance in 17th century Vienna, the philosophical renaissance of 15th century Edinburgh, the technological renaissance in Silicon Valley; all sudden bursts of profound creativity, defining their fields for centuries to come.

Examining the commonalities in past cultural epicenters, it would appear we are at the forefront of a cannabis renaissance in places such as Denver, Portland, Seattle—even Anchorage. Creativity steams from every corner in legalized states. The Cannabis Renaissance is upon us, and here’s why:

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MESSING WITH MONTANA’S METHODS: Setbacks for Medical Cannabis in Big Sky Country

Montana is a sweeping vista kind of state, with a diverse group of both liberals and conservatives, including some Hollywood-types, who have decided to carve out a bit of the state for themselves. They seek a calm, natural, healing life.

When it comes to legalizing medical cannabis, however, the back and forth between lawmakers, patients and business owners has been as unsettling as a Montana gully-washer for years. Lawmakers are still discussing details of the November, 2016 victory, where 57 percent of voters voted to expand the state’s medical marijuana system.

This passage came about after years of challenges in the courts and polls to limit or kill the bill, forcing some patients out of the program. Voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in 2004, which was then repealed in 2011.

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ZEST FOR LIFE: Invigorating Canna-Coconut Lemonade

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Lemonade from scratch is a real treat, and you can heighten your enjoyment by making a refreshing batch with cannabis-infused simple syrup. If you like, double the syrup recipe and keep it in your fridge—it’ll be waiting for whenever you get a craving. Very handy.

You can also make limeade, if that’s more up your alley, or a super chill granita: freeze the mixture in a 9×13” baking pan, then run the mix through your food processor for a highly refreshing treat.

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I’M A FRIEND OF DENNIS

Dennis Peron is a hero in the cannabis community. He opened the Cannabis Buyers Club (the first dispensary in the US), coauthored Prop 215 and has dedicated forty years of his life to helping others. Here in California, his impact can be seen in person. He still advocates and helps those in need, every single day. Having recently received a lifetime achievement award from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, DOPE Magazine decided to similarly honor the amazing things Peron has done, not just for the pro-cannabis movement, but for the LGBTQ+ community as well. His dedication to healing and helping, becoming family for thousands of AIDS patients who no longer had support, as well as his personal sacrifices have all led to a better world for those in need of medicine. And, according to Peron, anyone who smokes cannabis is using it to medicate mind, body or soul.

, BrDuring the Vietnam War, Peron saw unfathomable pain and suffering. When he returned to the states, he decided to bring back a desire for peace and compassion for those going through hard times…and about two pounds of cannabis. During the 1970s and ‘80s, Peron sold cannabis out of his living room, with the phrase “I’m a friend of Dennis” becoming a sort of password for entrance. Peron could more effectively challenge authority, feeling he had nothing to lose—a gay man with no spouse, no children, no house. They couldn’t bully or blackmail him. He was arrested over a dozen times, and was even shot in the thigh by an officer during a raid. The officer was later quoted as saying that he wished he had killed Peron, so that there would be “one less f*ggot” in San Francisco. Yet even throughout the terror and persecution, Peron continued to supply cannabis to those in need.

Peron didn’t just challenge the laws by breaking them—he made his own. He drafted and collected the needed signatures for Prop W, which made the possession of an ounce or less of cannabis in San Francisco legal. He worked alongside Harvey Milk in both his 1973 and ‘74 campaigns, and eventually tipped the vote for Milk in his historic 1977 victory by encouraging all those hippies in the Haight to register to vote. Peron’s greatest achievements would come years later, however, during and after the wake of terrible tragedy.

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THE GOLD STANDARD OF OIL

Jetty Extracts has carved themselves out as one of the most trusted concentrate brands in the California market, and for damn good reason. Not only is their product consistently fantastic on all ends of the spectrum, but their cause is something everyone can get behind. With their Shelter Project, which donates oil to cancer patients on a one-for-one basis, Jetty carries extraordinary clout when it comes to ethical business practices.

Their new line of wood tip glass cartridges are catching fire around the state. With the same pristine-level gold oil, rich in terpy flavor and abundant clarity, the outdoorsy Jetty campfire vibe is brilliantly embodied in these new cartridges, making them a guaranteed must-have for the connoisseur’s smoking library.

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THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS

When you read headlines about the economy, the subject matter usually relates to whether the markets are up or down, the changing value of currency, oil prices or job market statistics, and a deeper inspection of the overall economy will often cite GDP results. But what does all this translate to in our day to day lives? Does it make us all more content when the market is doing well? Does a growth of 10,000 more jobs in a month mean that 10,000 more people are doing a job that brings them satisfaction? Can a thriving economy accurately fulfill our aspirations? Is growth making us happy?

Even GDP’s creator, Simon Kuznets, stated that “[t]he welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income” in 1934. Do we need to find new economic indicators, ones better suited to providing contentment and a feeling of prosperity?

The GDP you’ve likely heard of is an acronym for Gross Domestic Product. GDP represents the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period. For simplicity’s sake, let’s say if in 2016, as a country, we produced $100 worth of goods and services, and in 2017 we produced $103. Economists would tell us our economy has grown three percent. Obviously, the United States of America aims to produce far more than $103 worth of goods and services—in 2015, the GDP reached a record high of $18036.65 Billion.

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2,500 YEARS OF MEDICAL CANNABIS

Sri Lanka, the resplendent teardrop of the Indian Ocean, is well known for its abundant, bountiful riches—fine silks, jewels fit for royalty, hand-plucked tea and spices to delight the palate.

But what far fewer people know about is the rich history of cannabis use within the tradition of Sri Lankan herbal medicine. Similar to Ayurveda, yet a distinct school of thought in its own right, Sri Lankan Indigenous medicine has been practiced on the island for over 2,500 years. I’ve traveled to Sri Lanka to meet with Indigenous doctors who specialize in cannabis use to discuss their work and traditions in more detail.

First on the list is Dr. Hasitha Kothalawala, a dynamic man in his early thirties. Dr. Kothalawala comes from a prominent family of Indigenous doctors, and his father, Dr. P.S. Kothalawala, was chairman of the Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation—the agency responsible for supplying Ayurvedic and Indigenous doctors with the plants required to make their medicines.

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END 4/20 SHAME: THE HOOD INCUBATOR:

The legal marijuana industry is booming. In 2016, it was worth an estimated $7.2 billion dollars and, according to a new report from New Frontier Data, it’s projected to grow at an annual compound rate of 17 percent, which makes it one of the fastest growing industries in America. That’s great news for anyone invested in the cannabis sphere, but there’s just one problem: there’s a huge disparity when it comes to who has entry into the industry.

Cannabis and Race

Photo by Gracie MalleyThe war on drugs was created based on racial bias. While marijuana use is roughly equal among blacks and whites, the ACLU reveals that Black Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. And when it comes to ownership in the cannabis industry, the race divide is even greater.

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