Reggae on the River

Reggae on the River

Can the Changing Cannabis Culture Breathe New Life Into the Event and the Community Center Behind It? Reggae on the River’s roots run deep in Northern California. What started in the early 1980s as a rebuilding fundraiser for The Mateel Community Center in Redway, California has become one of the longest running, most well-known reggae festivals in the world. Rising to its heights throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Reggae, as it is affectionately referred…

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Healing Oakland with Terryn Buxton

Healing Oakland with Terryn Buxton

When it comes to healing with cannabis, many people have found relief. But the community, culture, and lifestyle isn’t just about just getting high.   Terryn Buxton is a cannabis activist, entrepreneur, and political figure in Oakland, California. He’s been a consumer since the age of 15 to combat his insomnia. Since then, Terryn knew there was something special about this plant. Terryn is also helping heal the damage done by the War on Drugs…

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The Apothecarium

The Apothecarium

Healing the Community One Patient at a Time Apothecarium is renowned for their elevated design, which features velvet upholstery, marble counters and prominent crystal chandeliers. In fact, the company’s original location in the Castro was recently named one of the best designed dispensaries in the country by “Architectural Digest.”   The Apothecarium, which opened its third location in the beautiful Marina district in San Francisco, is about more than beautiful design. This is a dispensary…

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Aging Into the Industry

Aging Into the Industry

A Look into Why Seniors are Leading Cannabis into the Future Seniors are at the forefront of the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry.   Those ages 50 and above are among the largest growing demographic in the industry — yet, stigma and lack of access prevent many from seeking holistic approaches to healthcare.   Senior outreach programs have become prevalent in the 29 states that have legalized medical marijuana in the U.S. In Washington state for…

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Lessons in Herbal Remedies

Lessons in Herbal Remedies

In Redcrest, California, the view of the sky is wide open in nearly all directions; a hard sight to find in the Emerald Triangle. As one of the flatter areas of Humboldt County, this distinctive microclimate is ideal for farmland in a county known for its mountainous roads and sloping hills. On a late August day, the sun gently rose above Chrystal Ortiz’s farm as she prepared for an afternoon of medicine making.   Chrystal…

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Alpenglow Farms

Alpenglow Farms

“Plants will talk to you. Start looking at the signs. It’s like when you go to the beach. You show up, and you’re facing the sun. Before you know it, you’re looking away from the sun. Then, you’re covering yourself from the sun, and finally walking away, retreating. Plants do the same thing.” Craig Johnson’s words filter through the phone and echo in the sun. I commit them to memory. My house plants are dying,…

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In a Time When Flowers are Finally Legal, Cannabis Clothes Could Be the New Contraband

In a Time When Flowers are Finally Legal, Cannabis Clothes Could Be the New Contraband

  The morning sun shone gold upon the meadows and hillsides of River Txai Farm. Echoes of small engine airplanes and ravens cawed overhead. Bugs hummed the summer buzz, flitting through the legal cannabis gardens. After major infrastructure remodels, hours of city hall and community meetings, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in permitting fees, this farm was a model of compliancy. California state legislators just need one more thing from small cannabis farmers… the…

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Vital Hemp

Vital Hemp

Fashions to Preserve the Planet Written by Art Cosgrove Ron Alcalay founded Vital Hemp in 2003 with the ambitious goal of saving the world. Well maybe not quite that lofty a goal, but he certainly had his eyes set on a cause beyond fashion. “My dad told me to stop worrying so much about what you want to do with your life, and think about what the world needs, and how you can best fulfill…

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Wine + Weed: A Budding Future

Wine + Weed: A Budding Future

Northern California’s natural resources are legendary.               The frothy whitecaps of the Pacific, towering coastal redwoods, cellar-worthy wines and the most heady, emerald nugs in the world. To the perception of tourists, wine and weed might hail from the same breadbasket. But for Cali natives and those working “in the industry,” the worlds of wine and weed couldn’t be more disparate. Geographically, 200 miles connect Napa to Garberville —…

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Molecular Gastronomy Meets Cannabis

Molecular Gastronomy Meets Cannabis

The opulent Chef, Michael Magallanes, brings new meaning to elevated dining. By Laura Matise He pulls from his years of experience in professional kitchens — most notably the Michelin-starred restaurants, Aziza and Mourad — where he worked alongside internationally renowned, and critically acclaimed, Chef Mourad Lahlou.   It was in these kitchens that Magallanes met Barron Lutz, founder of NASHA extracts. The two eventually developed a partnership, and now, deliver some of the finest cannabis…

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