Emerald Grown and Proud

Emerald Grown and Proud

“We are farmers, and proud of it.” How the Emerald Grown Co-operative and a visionary documentary film project are championing the dignity of cannabis farmers in Mendocino County. Emerald Grown Co-operative How can we protect small-scale, sustainably oriented, organic, craft cannabis farmers now that Proposition 64 has passed? For that matter, how can Emerald Triangle farmers cope with the piles of paperwork and stipulations generated by the California Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA),…

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Emerald Pharms Dispensary Review

Emerald Pharms Dispensary Review

Driving through Mendocino County on U.S. Highway 101 gives you a chance to see what this California region is best known for — wilderness, waves and wineries. You can now add “weed” to that list of highlights available right off the 101 as the cannabis community has begun to step out of the shadows. In the heart of Mendocino’s wine country, Emerald Pharms in Hopland is a medical cannabis dispensary that offers an educational and…

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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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Humboldt’s Craft Beverage Highlights

Humboldt’s Craft Beverage Highlights

Humboldt County gets a lot of tourists coming to Northern California this time of year.  Many come to get away from the heat, while many come to get away from general urban madness.  As I like to tell folks who have never visited the area:  “There’s not a lot of people or traffic, and we have loads of free parking.” We also produce loads of hand-crafted wines, hard ciders and micro brews.  The following are…

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The Life and Career of Renowned Horticulturist and Author Jorge Cervantes

The Life and Career of Renowned Horticulturist and Author Jorge Cervantes

“Cannabis is no longer a subculture, it’s pop-culture. It’s an industry worth billions, and as a movement it’s global.” As cannabis normalizes it’s easy to forget about the days when cannabis enthusiasts were outsiders. We’ve come a long way as a culture, movement, and industry. Some, including myself, can’t remember when popular strains didn’t exist. When cannabis was just pot or grass no one knew much about it, let alone how to cultivate it. Weed…

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People on Pot — Woman on Fire — Amber O’Neill

People on Pot — Woman on Fire — Amber O’Neill

Amber O’Neill is a lead farmer at HappyDay Farms in Mendocino County, California, just north of Laytonville. HappyDay is a diverse and beautiful farm with terraced gardens of produce, flowers and cannabis. The revolutionary ranch is built on community and eco-conscious methodologies. And O’Neill is a revolutionary personality — a woman who is taking a stand for her community of small farmers and for her homestead. HappyDay provides cannabis to qualified medical marijuana patients and…

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Rain Grown Cannabis

Rain Grown Cannabis

Rain-grown cannabis represents salmon safe, fish friendly farming, with many other benefits to the watershed and our communities! For plants to grow, air and water need to flow. Soil (and its microbiology) provide a happy medium, and the sun provides photons to power photosynthesis. These elements all come together to form life on earth, the redwood forests, and our farms and gardens. When we harvest rain, we harvest abundance at the time when it is…

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The Green Rush

The Green Rush

Do ya smell that? No, I’m not talking about the scent wafting from someone’s bong of Death Star (19.9% THC), but rather the cannabis industry becoming mainstream legitimate.   Ted Simpkins, the former CEO of Southern Wine & Spirits is now the CEO of River Distribution. The company models the ABC’s (Alcohol Beverage Control) process where middlemen purchases products from the growers and in turn, sell to the dispensaries throughout California. River Distribution is using…

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The Casual Cup

The Casual Cup

Trim Scene Solutions hosted Southern Humboldt’s First Annual Casual Concentrate Cup. With the publics vote, entries in the BHO, CO2 and Solventless Extracts categories were voted upon with one rosin taking the lead.   Southern Humboldt was blessed with a vigorous rainstorm on the day of the first Annual Casual Concentrate Cup, a fresh event hosted by the local cannabis processing supply and functional glass shop Trim Scene Solutions (TSS). The event took place in…

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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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