California Votes on Recreational Cannabis

California Votes on Recreational Cannabis

The AUMA (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) is coming to your California ballot in November 2016. It’s one of the 18 latest California propositions the voters will be deciding this November. Besides the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 years and older, the voters will have a say in a ban on plastic bags, increase in cigarette taxes, eliminating the death penalty, increasing California’s minimum wage and retooling Proposition 13, especially as it relates…

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Safe Place for Cannabis in Texas

Safe Place for Cannabis in Texas

“My mother has cancer and I’ve heard cannabis can help.”    This is how many conversations start for me every day. Even in the conservative state of Texas, residents are reading about the healing properties of cannabis and they are searching for a solution. Governor Abbott signed into law last year the Texas Compassionate Use Program. It provides for patients with intractable epilepsy access to a 20:1 ratio cannabis oil. We still have another year…

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The Saltwater Cowboy

The Saltwater Cowboy

How cannabis legend Tim McBride and his crew of Saltwater Cowboys managed to smuggle in over 30 million pounds of pot through Florida’s Gulf Coast during the 1980’s. Tim McBride, a.k.a. ‘the Saltwater Cowboy,’ and his crew of Cowboys are responsible for smuggling 30 million pounds of cannabis into the Gulf Coast of Florida during the 1980’s.   When it comes to cannabis, Tim is as much a part of the industry as they come….

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A Very Humboldt Week

A Very Humboldt Week

Humboldt County is naturally beautiful — and the USDA agrees. A recent study listed Humboldt as the second most naturally-beautiful county in the nation. Judging from the redwoods, rivers and mountains, that is unsurprising for the locals. No one will deny that Humboldt is unique. It’s entirely possible to surf at sunrise, summit a mountain for lunch and kayak until sunset. Celebrity talent graces our shores, intellectual superstars speak at our university and best of…

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About Freedom: Musings from an Interview with Ed Rosenthal

About Freedom: Musings from an Interview with Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal is all about freedom; the freedom of speech, of the marketplace, of personal choice. Think about how he must have had to use the much-touted American freedom of speech as a battering ram over the years to get his words in print and on bookshelves. His more than a dozen books on growing cannabis, its medicinal uses, selecting varieties, and social policy attests to his success. The “Ask Ed” column he began in…

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Seeds Turn Into Amazing Strains

Seeds Turn Into Amazing Strains

Seeds come in many forms. I was very fortunate to find many seeds of vast knowledge on this trip around the sun. When you bury seeds, you may think they are gone because you do not see them any longer. Soon though, those seeds will grow. The more of them you bury, the bigger the garden will become. This is what the government did with cannabis prohibition.  So many seeds have been buried, that the…

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Cannabis & Pain: Soothing A Soft Society

Cannabis & Pain: Soothing A Soft Society

Knee surgery last fall had me thinking about pain, true tolerance, and why so many Americans are bent on being anesthetized. In a June 2011 report titled “Relieving Pain in America” the Institute of Medicine states 100 million Americans suffer from some kind of pain at a cost of $635 billion a year. As ABC News reported on January 30, 2012, 80 percent of the world’s pain meds are consumed in the good old U.S….

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Adventures in Cannabis Evolution with Rob Clarke

Adventures in Cannabis Evolution with Rob Clarke

I’ve interviewed quite a number of people who love cannabis, but Rob Clarke was my first cannabis ethnobotanist. Ethnobotany is an interdisciplinary field that examines the ecology of plants and their cultural, social, and economic significance. Despite the austere-sounding title, Clarke struck me as someone who’s great to have at a party: amiable, genuine, and possessing a great sense of humor. Clarke is currently collaborating with Phylos Bioscience on a project to map the cannabis…

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Philosophy of Passion

Philosophy of Passion

Talking Trees Farms As many of you know, here at the Emerald Magazine we often provide our readers with profiles of local, independent businesses in the burgeoning cannabis industry. At times, the highfalutin tone can distract from the core truth of the people we interview. That being: these businesses, though still fringe and shrouded in lingering paranoia, are normal. That’s right. Normal. Yes, cannabis is still illegal for a little while longer. Yes, it has…

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BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

The biggest state’s rights battle since slavery is going on in America right now, and it’s still all about freedom. Four states have legalized and 23 states plus Guam have adopted medical cannabis laws. None of those places have accessible banking services for these legal operations. Imagine leaving work with your weekly or monthly wages in a bundle of cash in your pocket. Imagine needing to pay $100,000 per quarter to your state in employee…

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