The Emerald Exchange: California Green Lit Weed and Farmers are Ready with Open Jars.

The Emerald Exchange: California Green Lit Weed and Farmers are Ready with Open Jars.

The Emerald Exchange hosted its second ganja farmers market at a private ranch in Malibu, California on Nov. 12. Our team left from downtown Los Angeles that Saturday afternoon with our 215 recommendations in hand. Our first mission: fight through the mobs of presidential protests. The 101 freeway was gridlocked in both directions. Cops blocked the on ramps. Cars sat surrounded by “Not my president” chanters. Determined to shop this fall’s crop, we skirted through…

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Southern Humboldt Royal Cannabis

Southern Humboldt Royal Cannabis

The road twists and turns, winding through a forest of ancient redwoods. We climb out of the forest and ascend switchbacks, eventually cresting atop a golden hill. The landscape opens up and we see the majestic King Range in the distance. Turn left here. Then it’s down a dirt road, up a dirt driveway and into a different world. Gate’s open, we’ve arrived. It’s a clear October day at the Southern Humboldt Royal Cannabis Company’s…

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Artisan Glassblowing with Good Glass Humboldt

Artisan Glassblowing with Good Glass Humboldt

A new piece of glass isn’t just the mere acquisition of a new piece to smoke from, it is, without sounding poetic, inviting a new sidekick into your life. It’s a beautiful tool that will be with you for as long as you are able to keep it safe. It will go with you on road trips, to events, and in some cases, it’ll even take on a character unto itself. One of the first…

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RAMZ Glass: Another Fine Product from Southern Humboldt

RAMZ Glass: Another Fine Product from Southern Humboldt

Valuable nuggets aren’t the only similarity between California’s gold and green rushes. Both endeavors brought flocks of people to the northern hills in search of riches. The allure of change and ability to craft brought craftsman to the region. David Rivera, founder of RAMZ Glass, is one of those crafters. He has been creating handmade glass pieces for 16 years. As a Bay Area native who’s lived in Humboldt for 23 years, Rivera considers himself…

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Baked in Humboldt by Rachel Schmidt

Baked in Humboldt by Rachel Schmidt

“Some people really do rely on having that chocolate at the end of the day,” Schmidt says. “It’s no different than someone who has their beer, cocktail, doobie, whatever.” Gazing across an array of meticulously decorated medical candies produced by Rachel Schmidt, you’d never guess her first food job was in a butcher shop. Her knack for creative sugary confections is innate amid her diverse background and deep understanding of food. She just can’t help…

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Q&A With Renowned Visionary Artists Alex and Allyson Grey

Q&A With Renowned Visionary Artists Alex and Allyson Grey

Alex Grey’s work, including Sacred Mirrors, and album art for the band Tool’s Lateralus album, among much more, have gathered much acclaim. Allyson’s sculptures and paintings, including Secret Writing, have earned her much success. Individually, their careers have flourished, and jointly, they share success through collaborations such as their long-term exhibition and church, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM). Together, the internationally renowned, multi-media visionary artists have shared their passion and success. The Emerald Magazine spoke…

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Mendocino Generations Collective

Mendocino Generations Collective

Autumn is a time in the Emerald Triangle when artisan ganja farmers delight in the sparkling colors and aromas that emanate from cannabis flowers ripening throughout their gardens. Organic sun grown purists like myself once counted down the days when these fresh buds would at last be ready for toking, since the prior year’s aging harvest had lost much of its fragrance, sheen and robust effects. Those lean days are a thing of the past,…

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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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POT TALK – Redwood Roots: Your Humboldt Strain Station

POT TALK – Redwood Roots: Your Humboldt Strain Station

  “I feel like they fell out of the sky. And it’s the first time that’s happened to me… I’m extremely blessed.” All aboard the Redwood Roots strain train where heavenly volunteers and influential life moments have crossed to create some miracle blends in this month’s edition of Pot Talk. Redwood Roots is a medical cannabis collective based in Southern Humboldt. Chris Anderson, founding member and president, grew the two strains featured in this edition…

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Keeping It Local with Humboldt Beverage Company

Keeping It Local with Humboldt Beverage Company

“Medicinal influences also play a part in the beverage recipes. Some of the drinks will include cannabis, and new recipes with cannabis are constantly in the works.” Local is the name of the game for Humboldt Beverage Company. The Arcata, California, based drink merchant ran by Jess Nelson, Keil Cronin and Jeri Vigil provides an array of local brews and elixirs that showcase the native flavors of Northern California. With the reputation of being within…

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