Marijuana and Cannabis Product News, Reviews and Views

Road Trip: In Search of Good Medicine - Pure Life, West L.A.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:52 am
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All photos by Sharon Letts
Pure Life Wellness is located on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles

By Sharon Letts

On the heels of continued raids by the DEA of four legally run dispensaries in Los Angeles, West L.A. dispensary owner Yamileth Bolanos is pretty much at the end of her Hemp rope, so to speak.

Bolanos, who is founder and owner of Pure Life Wellness, has been at the forefront of cannabis activism in the city of Los Angeles, where recently dispensaries were threatened with closure by city officials.

With the creation of GLACA, the "Greater Los Angeles Cannabis Alliance," Bolanos, with other longtime dispensary owners, banded together to create their own entity in order to deal with the powers that be, driven by the philosophy that "strength in numbers" matter.

"We founded GLACA in 2006 to help create ordinances on how dispensaries should behave, because the city would not instate ordinances until 2010," Bolanos said. "Those who were operating safely and were respectful of their neighbors needed a way to differentiate from profiteers who did not care about patient safety, or were otherwise problematic in their behavior."


420: A Comic About Weed
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8:20 am
In the interest of entertaining you and provoking a discussion, please enjoy "420: A Comic About Weed,"  brought to you courtesy of cartoonist Greg Farrell.

In "420," Farrell creates an autobiographical comic detailing his life on weed. 

Online Voting Starts For Worldwide Cannabis Cooking Contest
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:20 am
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Online voting has started for what is being called the first worldwide cannabis cooking contest, the 2013 Medicated Chef Contest, hosted by iBAKE TV.

Contest videos will stay up on YouTube at www.youtube.com/medicatedchefcontest until January 10. The top three videos with the most YouTube "Likes" will joint contestants Slick Chef of Nebraska and Trang Ngo of Denver on Saturday, February 16, at the contest finale in Denver at The Oriental Theater.

All of the final videos from contestants are uploaded and are live for voting. The videos will stay online until January 10 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. The top three videos, as measured by YouTube "Likes," will compete in an "Iron Chef"-style contest.


Pot-Growing School 'THC University' Opens In Denver
Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

With Colorado currently being the only state in the U.S. which legally allows recreational marijuana users to grow their own plants (since the passage of Amendment 64 by voters in November), a new cannabis cultivation college has opened its doors.

THC University, founded by 24-year-old entrepreneur Matt Jones, aims to teach people how to grow marijuana at home, reports Nick McGurk of 9 News. Jones plans to offer the courses out of a classroom he's renting at Auraria Campus in Denver.

Jones will offer an "Associate's," "Bachelor's" and "Master's" degree -- with the latter two providing 24-hour assistance for aspiring cannabis cultivators.

Cannabis Indica Volume 2 Released
Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm
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The first volume of S.T. Oner's lush Cannabis Indica examined 100 strains from 100 leading marijuana breeders. Now it's time for another trip through the dankest, fattest buds this side of the Hindu Kush, featuring information about the genetic history, growing traits, taste and effects of some of the very best cannabis grown across the globe.

The second book of the Cannabis Indica series (there's also two volumes of Cannabis Sativa already out) continues the exploration of indica strains. From Afghan Mountain Black to Zindica, 100 more indica strains are showcased in all their glory with full color photos and encyclopedic information. (The planned series will eventually include six books, presumably three volumes of Indica and three of Sativa.)

Master cannabis grower and Cannabis Cultivation author Mel Thomas provides the introduction to Cannabis Indica, Volume 2. But Mel's contribution is far more than a typical introduction; it's title "What the Kush? A History of the Cannabis Indica Plant" lets you know the ambitions considerably exceed that humble appellation. Thomas's quest to find pure indica at its source -- as he had done for pure sativa in Thailand, a few years before -- makes for some eye-opening and informative readcing.


iBAKE University Launches New Website, Offers $99 Enrollment
Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 9:20 am
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iBAKE University
The online cannabis educational program iBAKE University has announced the launch of its new website, www.ibakeuniversity.com. Thurlow Weed, CEO of No Excuses Entertainment, LLC, also announced that iBAKE University will continue their $99 enrollment for the month of January 2013.

"If you're interested in growing, cannabis law, or if you're interested in starting up a new CannaBiz, iBAKE University is the program to get started with," Weed said.

Contest Announced: Best Cannabis Picture of 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11:20 am
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Steve Elliott ~alapoet~
Pictured: "Holland" strain from CannaRx in Seattle

No Excuses Entertainment, LLC's iBAKE TV and Mj Spectator Team Up For Best Cannabis Picture of 2012 Contest

Now you can turn that killer cannabis photo into cold hard cash.

No Excuses Entertainment, LLC,  iBAKE TV & Mj Spectator have teamed up to bring the cannabis industry the Best Bud Picture of 2012 contest. First place will receive $1,000 cash, Second Place will receive $500 cash, and Third Place will receive $250 cash.

Entries must be uploaded by February 10, 2013, according to the sponsors, and the winners will be announced at the 2013 Medicated Chef Contest, February 16, 2013 at The Oriental Theater in Denver, Colorado.

Tokin' Road Trip: Humboldt County's Emerald Cup
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:43 am
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All photos by Steve Elliott ~alapoet~
The glass entry case contained all 200 flower entries, and a couple dozen concentrate entries in the center wheel

The ninth annual Emerald Cup medical cannabis competition -- a Humboldt County, California-based event in which only outdoor, sun-grown, organic marijuana and concentrates are allowed -- was held this past weekend in Redway, and Toke of the Town was there.

The winning strain (left), entry #47, Chem Dawg, from Cannabis Aficionado
Two hundred strains of marijuana were entered (compared to last year's 108 entries), as well as a couple dozen concentrates. Winners were selected, and the Grand Prize winner -- entry #47, ChemDawg Special Reserve, grown by Leonard Bell and Elenah Elston (first female to take the top spot in this cannabis competition) -- was announced. A very happy Leonard and Elenah, who together run the company Cannabis Aficionado, won an all-expenses paid trip to Jamaica for seven days and nights.

The winning strain, according to the lab results posted on Facebook by The Emerald Cup, contains 18.4 percent THC and 0.9 percent CBD.

Entrants in the Emerald Cup are judged by entry numbers only. It's a completely blind judging process, i.e., the judges have no idea who grew it, what strain it is, or anything else about it. Entrants are judged on the high, appearance, smell, taste, and potency, with the high counting twice as much as the other components (and rightly so).


Book Review: Medical Growing - A Garden of Peace
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm
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My friend Daniel Boughen has a green thumb, and he comes by it naturally. With a family history of organic horticulture, this British Columbia resident had a solid foundation when he began growing cannabis, the world's most medicinal plant.

Medical Growing: A Garden of Peace begins by ably pointing out the evil folly of the tragic War On Drugs, contrasting that with the numerous social, medicinal and economic benefits of cannabis and industrial hemp. Boughen shows a keen consciousness of the forces currently impacting the marijuana community, including the impending danger of corporate control.

In what I personally believe to be one of the most crucially important sections of the book, Boughen contrasts the corporate model of legalization with a more community-centered model. Daniel spares no words in condemning those who would make marijuana just another tool for big corporate profits.


One Good Year: Film Examines Humboldt County Pot Growers
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm
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Kym Kemp
"Humboldt pot farmers maintain one of the last remaining small farming economies in the country, the last of a tradition where people working the land with their hands could still sustain themselves and their families." ~ Mikal Jakubal

By Kym Kemp
Redheaded Blackbelt

"In Humboldt County, everyone has sticky stuff on their fingers...Every business in this county relies on the marijuana business," proclaims a subject in One Good Year, a new documentary nearing completion that is based on the cannabis growers of this area.

To outsiders and, even to some who live here, the scope of the marijuana business in this community is unimaginable. Local documentary maker, Mikal Jakubal, examines that world by moving intimately through the lives of four local marijuana farmers (see the trailer below.)

Jakubal, who in addition to film-making owns a nursery, is a volunteer firefighter, and writes a blog in Humboldt County, began production on One Good Year in February of 2010--just in time for Prop. 19 which attempted to legalize marijuana in California.  He followed his subjects through their growing season and through the political upheavals that Prop. 19 brought.  In the process he tells the story of many in Humboldt County.