WeedWeek spent a piece of February in Northern California, talking to non-compliant growers and ancillary entrepreneurs and observing a marijuana landscape that can appear under siege. Gov. Newsome's announcement that he would divert California National Guard resources to shut down illegal operations set more than ears to burning; the psyches of these farmers -- some of whom birthed American cannabis -- are on fire.
Not just growers, but also their families. Government officials talks of going after illicit grows, but hardly mention these families who not so long ago were their rural region's affluent alternative-culture stars.
The overwhelming majority of farms in Humboldt County are illegal, for various reasons doomed to non-compliance status and left out of the Green Rush. One Humboldt County advocate spoke of an encroaching tension as "the choppers are back."
"There are so many MH (mental health) issues that all derive from oppression, fear, and lack of being able to honor oneself," she said. "It's a dignity issue."
South of Humboldt in Butte County, where "everybody is pretty wiped out from the fires," many low-key east side growers lost everything and, unlike their neighbors, have no recourse for financial recompense. Reportedly cannabis hbeen planted on the edges of what shrub remains, as that's all some desperate growers have to work with.
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MedMen has the clout and track record to dazzle Manhattan media types, who are dazzled by dispensaries that don't look like George Bush II might still be president. (Full disclosure: The L.A.-based company sponsored the WeedWeek ReCharge event.) Even so, the dispensary chain continuse to contend with a slew of PR challenges.
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In anticipation of legalization, Mexico's Congress issued a report that looks into international regulatory models. Then the government then put a set of questions to the public, as a means of developing the national framework.
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On Friday morning, sports writers on Twitter began passing around a video featuring Don Nelson and the quote "I've been smoking some pot." The legendary Golden State Warriors coach looked quite a bit like he'd been smoking some pot. Possibly all of it. In the storied history of sport's most progressive franchise, this was a special moment: The author of the insanely innovative Run-TMC offense, on weed.
Of course, the all-time stoner coach is Phil Jackson, who won championships with the Chicago Bulls and L.A. Lakers. At the height of his success in the early aughts, the six-time champion Jackson would call into his evening sports talk slot sounding more indica stoned than most of us would feel comfortable sounding in an Uber transaction.
The NBA differs dramatically from the NFL and MLB in how it deals with pot. The biggest "scandal" is a star showing up in media, consuming. For every Michael Beasley who smokes himself into irrevelence, there's a team like the Warriors that shows what an amazingly artful game it can be.
The NBA is good, with weed.
Vape pens account for 58 percent of all cartridge sales. Upcoming WeedWeek podcat guest Ngaio Bealum, who's set to host the International Cannabis Conference next month in Berlin, wants you to consider the benefits of disposible vaping apparatus.
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