POT FICTION

POT FICTION

Forever Flowers Gets Fresh with the Cannabis Community   Forever Flowers is a film project created and directed by Erin Granat, a Nor Cal transplant living in Los Angeles. The movie portrays pot and the public in a realistic light, a standalone from the token stoner comedies or hard hitting crime dramas. Blending elements of Virtual Reality (VR) and old-school storytelling, Forever Flowers offers a look into family, community, and dealing with legal weed, with the…

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Chronic Relief

Chronic Relief

A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill      It was a warm spring day in Austin, Texas three years ago when I was meeting up with Nishi Whitely and Chad Gouge. I sought them out as I began my journey of research on this plant and was thrilled to find her in my own backyard. She’s a lovely, tall, blond farm girl with a slow southern drawl and Chad is the…

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Environment, Community and Cannabis with Emerald Genetics

Environment, Community and Cannabis with Emerald Genetics

Emerald Genetics isn’t just a cannabis collective, it’s a “revolutionary solution to major sociological and economic problems [that] many depressed communities face,” explains founder, Matthew Smith-Caggiano. In 2014, Caggiano established the hyper-local medicinal marijuana collective with the intent of creating a unified effort to support the Northern California economy. The company is a collaboration of professionals including; veterans, doctors, real estate agents, biologists, business owners and educators. “We’re a collective of veterans and community members…

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Today’s Art, Yesterday’s Paraphernalia: Remembering Operation Pipe Dreams

Today’s Art, Yesterday’s Paraphernalia: Remembering Operation Pipe Dreams

“Jason had no idea his arrest was apart of the nationwide until Tommy Chong, who would become the trophy of the operation, reached out to him.” In 2003, hundreds of businesses and homes were raided across the nation in what was code named “Operation Pipe Dreams.” The operation targeted large-scale pipe and bong distributors. Most remember it for the arrest and conviction of cannabis celebrity, Tommy Chong, but the multi-agency sting indicted 55 other people…

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PROP 64: To Weed or Not To Weed?

PROP 64: To Weed or Not To Weed?

Californians have another opportunity to legalize marijuana on November 8, 2016 with Proposition 64: The California Marijuana Legalization Initiative. If passed, adults over age 21 can purchase, possess and propagate plants for personal use. Recreational marijuana would be available in licensed stores for taxable sale and consumption. The proposition includes specific restrictions and safeguards to protect children, employers, drivers, consumers and growers. Voting “no” keeps recreational marijuana use, sale and cultivation illegal, but wouldn’t change…

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Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition 2016

Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition 2016

The Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo brought the biggest heads in the industry together at the annual conference in Los Angeles and the Emerald Magazine was there to catch it. In September the 2106 CWCBExpo came to the Los Angeles Convention Center and with it four days of seminars, expositions and networking all about the cannabis industry Here attendees learned everything from a glossary of the the medical cannabis industry to the finer points…

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Another Trip Around The Sun

Another Trip Around The Sun

Since 1828, Merriam-Webster has been giving definition to words. August is amongst us, marking the anniversary of the Emerald Magazine. This month is a fitting time for this special occasion. The word August according to Merriam-Webster has a short definition: having a formal and impressive quality, and a long definition: marked by majestic dignity or grandeur. August and the Emerald Magazine pair together like fine wine and flowers, providing an impressive quality to the cannabis…

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Covering Cannabis with Awarding Winning Journalist David Downs

Covering Cannabis with Awarding Winning Journalist David Downs

“Academia and the media have come to embrace this newly formed landscape — Forbes, the Washington Times, the Economist, and VICE are among the many publications that regularly feature cannabis content.” As the cannabis industry continues to flourish and build bridges between industries, the topic is becoming more relevant across fields including business, technology, medicine, finance, and of course, journalism. Our views of marijuana are changing, and its scope is only widening. The majority of…

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Compliant Cannabis: The “Green Rush’s” Looming Deadline Towards a Better Future for Generations to Come

Compliant Cannabis: The “Green Rush’s” Looming Deadline Towards a Better Future for Generations to Come

The Green Rush is full boar, land values have skyrocketed, out of area investors have come in and vagrant growers have ultimately dipped out and cashed in their chips. It’s the local farmers and landholders versus new investment interests. With a looming deadline of August, 23, 2016 to pre-register your EXISTING farm with the Humboldt County Planning Department, it is game on. Dozens of compliance workshops have been held over the past 18 months and…

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The Medical Patients’ Voices Must Be Represented In Cannabis Legalization

The Medical Patients’ Voices Must Be Represented In Cannabis Legalization

  A review of recent headlines pertaining to cannabis legalization in a number of states, and even within some of the biggest national cannabis advocacy groups, reveals an emphasis on huge financial gain. There is a conspicuous absence: the voice of medical patients within the cannabis community are missing or underrepresented. Recent coverage highlights the discussion surrounding legalization, regulation and the combined interests of everyone from big pharma and big AG, to recreational users, growers…

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