Marijuana and Cannabis Product News, Reviews and Views
|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.
|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).
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.
|"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
"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.
|Morgan Freeman is narrator for "Breaking the Taboo," a brand new documentary which examines the failed global War On Drugs|
Features Interviews with Former President Carter and Former President Clinton on Global Drug Laws
First movie made by indie documentary maker Sam Branson
Sundog Pictures on Wednesday announced the release of their first feature documentary, Breaking the Taboo, which takes a critical look at the global War On Drugs and how it has failed.
|SONshine Organics/Washington Farmer's Market's Sarena Haskins with Toke of the Town editor Steve Elliott at the Farmer's Market's Hoodsport edition|
Now, No Excuses Entertainment, LLC, parent company of iBAKE TV, along with M2j Media Group and a host of sponsors, has announced that Steve Elliott writer/editor of Toke of the Town (that'd be me, stoner) and Sarena Haskins, owner of SONshine Organics (www.sonshineo.com) which hosts their Washington Farmers Market, have confirmed that they will be guest judging at the 2013 Medicated Chef Finale in Denver, CO at The Oriental Theater Saturday February 16, 2013.
Toke of the Town's Song of the Day, "Fire It Up," was written by Don Ray and guitarist Billy Smart at the request of the Florida Cannabis Freedom Festival, which took place last weekend.
The song has also gotten the attention of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Don Ray Band will be performing at the NORML Southeastern Conference concert on December 15 at the Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee.
You can buy "Fire It Up" on ReverbNation by clicking here.
By Cheri Sicard
Here is the quintessential holiday dessert, kicked up with cannabis.
I've designed this recipe to make four mini pies, each containing a single serving and a single dose of cannabis concentrate. (If you prefer you could also make this as a larger 9-inch pie, although this would give everyone a large piece of pie in order to achieve the proper dose).
Conveniently, you can wrap the cooled pies in foil and freeze so you can save some for another time. Just bring to room temperature and enjoy!
The dose below is only a suggestion. Be sure to read and understand Calculating Cannabis Doses in Edibles before attempting to cook with marijuana.
|Zach's Soap Reviews|
Ironically, nothing was donated to Oregon's Measure 80, which has stronger industrial hemp provisions than either the Colorado or Washington voter initiatives. Measure 80, which contains more protections for cannabis consumers and fewer concessions to law enforcement than A-64 or I-502, unfortunately hasn't attracted the kind of major financial support from cannabis organizations and industry figures as the other two.