The Art and The Leaf with Julia Krase

The Art and The Leaf with Julia Krase

Written by Art Cosgrove   Cannabis and artistic expression go hand-in-hand. Now that the industry has come out of the shadows, so have the genres of art it inspires.   Julia Krase is riding this wave. She primarily works as a sequential artist, a medium that uses images to tell a story, and supplements her income as a bud-tender at the popular dispensary in northeast Portland, Oregon’s Best Buds. Krase, 28 moved to Portland one year…

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2017 National Cannabis Industry Association Summit & Expo

2017 National Cannabis Industry Association Summit & Expo

The Cannabis industry’s occupation rainbow was displayed in its full spectrum on June 12-14 at  the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Cannabis Business Summit and Expo. As the organization’s largest meeting yet, 4,500 people gathered at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Medical experts, attorneys, technology and software specialists, and public policy advocates were only a sliver of the array. From seed to sale to recycling soil, and making it legal at every step, the heart…

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Backcross PR

Backcross PR

BUILDING CONNECTIONS and EMPOWERMENT Through Cannabis   Angelica Tellez is on a mission to connect the power of cannabis with people. She is the founder of Backcross Public Relations, a firm that works exclusively with clients in the cannabis industry.   Though she is now an active force in many facets of the industry, it took her awhile to come out of the “green closet,” she explained.   “That first time that I smoked, I had the most…

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Emerald Scientific

Emerald Scientific

Emerald Scientific is re-approaching the science of cannabis and helping to set standards along the way. The multi-faceted company is the first and only of its type. The California-based business was founded “to bring specific products to the market that no one else has,” said Emerald Scientific’s Director, Ken Snoke. Snoke, who has more than 25 years combined experience in the biotechnology industry as a scientist and researcher, turned his sights to organic farming. While…

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Glassblowing: An Ancient Artform with a Future of Innovation

Glassblowing: An Ancient Artform with a Future of Innovation

From the stained glass featured in the gothic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, to the windshields in our cars and the pieces we smoke cannabis from — the significance of glass cannot be understated when it comes to form or function. It protects us, it beautifies our surroundings and it certainly plays a role for the cannabis connoisseur. Glassblowing is an ancient artform. The earliest recorded use of the material was by the Egyptians in…

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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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(De)Construction: Hempcrete, The Walls Between Us and Its Mass Utilization

(De)Construction: Hempcrete, The Walls Between Us and Its Mass Utilization

In the 1970’s, Hunter S. Thompson was originally sent to Las Vegas to cover the Mint 400 for Sports Illustrated, a less-than-stellar and mildly unimportant stock car race, and instead returned with a novel length screed on the death of the American dream. I, too, have been inspired similarly by the deluge of information that came to light as I attended a hempcrete building workshop in the Trinidad Rancheria, located in Trinidad, California. I thought,…

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The Whoopi & Maya Synergy Line — Innovative Relief for Menstrual Discomfort

The Whoopi & Maya Synergy Line — Innovative Relief for Menstrual Discomfort

A small group of male writer colleagues chuckled wholeheartedly when I told them I’d be interviewing Maya Elisabeth, the co-founder of Whoopi & Maya Synergy, a line of medical cannabis products designed to ease menstrual discomfort. I found myself, once again, explaining how the medicinal attributes of cannabis are beyond effective when it comes to relieving the cramps, nauseousness and extreme moodiness that accompanies menstruation for many women. When another man in the room chimed…

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Expert Joints: On The Pulse Of Pot

Expert Joints: On The Pulse Of Pot

“He aims to showcase that the industry is as diverse as the many different strains of cannabis found around the world.” There are so many different people in pot today, it’s hard to showcase them all. However, this is exactly what one individual named Craig Ex is doing. Every Thursday at 4:20 p.m. PST, Craig showcases the many individuals throughout the cannabis community by broadcasting their stories to the world on his weekly YouTube show,…

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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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