Jr. Gong Brings Even More Heat With Cannabis Activism

To promote his upcoming ‘Stony Hill’ album, Damian Marley is releasing a video series featuring testimonials from medical cannabis patients.

Bob Marley’s youngest son has significantly turned up the notch on his cannabis activism lately. Not only has Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley made recent waves with his announcement to transform a former prison into a facility to create cannabis extracts, earlier this month he was also announced as one of the new owners of High Times Magazine. The son of one of the greatest reggae stars the world over is releasing his new album ‘Stony Hill’ on July 21 and, as a co-promotion, is debuting a series of Youtube videos highlighting testimonials from prominent cannabis activists and patients who have successfully utilized medical marijuana on their path to healing.

The videos, titled “Medication” in line with the name of Marley’s recent single, feature cannabis advocates telling both their own stories and sharing insights on the grassroots legalization movement as well as the fledgling cannabis industry. One testimonial features Cannabis Now’s own Sara Payan — a stage 3 colon cancer survivor, director of education at The Apothecarium and member of the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force — speaking about her discovery of the benefits of medical marijuana and her work to share the knowledge she’s learned with others.

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QUICK HITS: Smoking Devices 101

This Episode: As technology advances, so do our smoking devices. Pipes and bongs have been around for quite a while now. But another device is gaining popularity and beginning to overshadow these two classics, due to its portability and versatility: vaporizers have become one of the most popular smoking devices available today.

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Watch: Episode 5 of ‘Growing Exposed’—Medical Marijuana Miracle

In this 5th episode of Growing Exposed, we start out with a tour of a top-notch, federally licensed, 100 percent organic medical growing facility, followed by one man’s battle and how one remarkable plant literally saved his life.

Creator of the show, Jeremy Deichen, reminds us that many of the tours are so exclusive that you would never get an inside look except through the lens of Growing Exposed.

This is one of those facilities.

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Review: ‘Highland: Thailand’s Marijuana Awakening’

New documentary highlights cannabis culture in Southeast Asia.

Netflix recently released “Highland: Thailand’s Marijuana Awakening,” a documentary mini-series produced by Coconuts TV, a subsidiary of digital publishing house Coconuts, all about cannabis in Thailand. The online news and lifestyle publisher specializes in telling in-depth stories about what’s going on in Asia and chose to capture the evolving state of cannabis in a country known for severe punishments and looming social stigma against any form of the plant.

The documentary, named after a Thai cannabis magazine, is hosted by Sebastian Perry, who is also a producer for Coconuts TV. He travels through Thailand, talking with people who live there to get their perspective on the past, present and future of cannabis in their country.

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Lori Ajax Speaks to Female Industry Leaders

Female cannabis business owners gather to hear updates from the chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.

Female leaders from the cannabis industry gathered in Oakland last month to hear Lori Ajax speak about the upcoming regulatory changes for California. Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, discussed the shifting regulatory landscape in California, what to expect from the ongoing process and where to go for updates and information. The event, called W Empower, was held at the Gateway Incubator, and hosted by HelloMD, Sava and Garden Society. During the event Ajax was joined by a panel of experts, Julie Mercer-Ingram from Beck Law, Tawnie Logan of Sonoma County Growers Alliance and Ellen Komp, deputy director of California NORML.

Ajax’s overall message was hopeful that regulators could come together with the cannabis community to create a functional regulatory system. However, she also acknowledged the unique complexities of regulating cannabis.

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EVENT RECAP: B.A.D. Northern California 2017

The very first annual Northern California Budtender Appreciation Day was held this past weekend in beautiful San Francisco. The B.A.D. Party has been part of the DOPE Magazine tradition for years and it was finally the NorCal community’s time to shine! DOPE paired up with Presenting Sponsor Northern Emeralds to give back to both budtenders and cannabis professionals who work day in and day out to defend our plant spreading relief and joy in all who they meet.

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