Giggle Butter

Giggle Butter

Roller derby gets rough. That’s part of its charm, right? But when Ilana “Sugar” Laytart tore her MCL, a ligament in the knee, she needed relief. She couldn’t sleep, felt like she wasn’t healing well. Her husband suggested she try medical cannabis. She began using topicals and edibles, and was amazed at the experience. “I had never been happier,” Sugar said. After a lot of injuries in the rink, “I felt like I was getting…

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The Emerald Cup Runneth Over

The Emerald Cup Runneth Over

Twenty-one thousand cannabis lovers poured into the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to get their taste of The Emerald Cup this year. Some say the sheer size has changed the event’s character. But for me, The Emerald Cup will always be a family reunion and coming-out party for a long-hidden tribe of freethinking, earth-loving self-reliant outlaw farmers. As survivors of raids, rip-offs, early rains, and other hazards of farming a quasi-illicit yet supremely beneficial plant, the core…

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Redneck Hippies in Sonoma County

Redneck Hippies in Sonoma County

Redneck Hippies in Sonoma County Jennifer Molidor I love Sonoma County, where guns&ammo stores are located next to medical marijuana dispensaries. As the photographer of the image above notes “we’re a little bit redneck and a little bit hippie.” The Treehouse Having recently returned here from a decade of living in the Midwest, I am both a native and an exile. With excitement and dread, I drove across the county for days, noticing how people…

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Leaving Oz

Leaving Oz

Leaving Oz   By Jennifer Molidor Humor Columnist   I’ve just moved from the Heartland to Sonoma County. I’ve taught college courses in the Midwest for twelve years, but I was raised in the land of redwoods and fog, happy cows and drunken vineyards. My Midwestern students have suggested that people in Northern California live in trees, smoke marijuana, voted for Obama and thinks Kansans are a little too familiar with their farm animals. Well,…

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