Cannabis Culture

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Super Bowl 420 on Colbert and Daily Show

by David Downs
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

On February 2, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos face off in the Super Bowl, while representing the two most progressive marijuana law reform regions in the country. The match-up has led to no small amount of joking, puns, and more. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart had the first crack at it Monday night on Comedy Central, but focused on the fake Velveeta shortage and porcine diarrhea virus. Gross.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SPARC Winter Madness Sale Has Crazy Deals

by David Downs
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

The award-winning, immensely popular SPARC dispensary in San Francisco is in the middle of their 12 Days of Christmas Winter Madness sale, and we’re getting reports the deals are awesome-sauce.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Harborside Celebrates First Place in Emerald Cup for Lemon Skunk

by David Downs
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

A grower for Oakland’s Harborside Health Center bested 260 other growers to win first place in Northern California’s premier pot competition — The Emerald Cup.

Billed as the "only outdoor organic medical cannabis competition in the world," The Emerald Cup drew 130 entrants from the pot-growing epicenter in Northern California known as the Emerald Triangle, as well as 130 entrants from further south.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Choose the Bay's Best Medical Weed in Patients' Choice Nov. 15-25

by David Downs
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The 7th annual Patients’ Choice San Francisco - a medical weed contest and celebration - is shaping up in the Bay Area this week. The deadline for dispensaries to enter strains and products to win one of sixteen awards was Tuesday. Judge’s Packets filled with samples from contestants are nearly sold out at $300. They ship tomorrow and are quite the bargain.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Filmmaker JoAnn Schuch to Screen and Discuss Pot Regulation Documentary

by Oscar Pascual
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

With such a vast imbalance between state and federal marijuana laws, filmmaker JoAnn Schuch decided to take the issue head-on in her new documentary, Tricky Bidness.

The film explores the state legality of medical marijuana in contrast to the illegal grow houses set up in the Humboldt County's town of Arcata. Known as the American homeland of marijuana production, Humboldt County is a perfect microcosm for every decriminalized state's struggle to maintain its laws in opposition to the federal stance against legalization.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Author Michael Castleman Slings 'Killer Weed' at Oakland's Diesel Book Store Next Wednesday

by David Downs
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Bestselling author Michael Castleman - a Bay Area resident since 1975 - released a new murder mystery this week titled Killer Weed, and he's signing copies next Wednesday at the Diesel book store in Oakland.

"Killer Weed hooked me on page one and I savored the references to San Francisco in the 1960s. A fascinating story with a strong ending,” stated Grace Slick, vocalist for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wall Street Journal Puts Bong on Front Page Today

by David Downs
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Woah, heady Piper 'Salt' is on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Ana Campoy from the Journal writes today that glass pipe blowers, or pipers, are getting more respect than ever before with the legalization of marijuana.

Twenty-thousand-dollar pieces, international recognition, museum exhibits - "These pipers are not just a bunch of dumb stoners," said piper Ryan Harris. "We know our art."

Mainstream glass artist Robert Mikelsen is piping under the name RAM.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Emerald Cup Moves South to Sonoma County Fairgrounds Dec. 14-15

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Northern California's Tolkien-esque gathering of hairy hill people and their fragrant psychedelic herb will move further south than ever before this year to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, the Emerald Cup organizers report.

The 10th annual Emerald Cup — billed as the world's only outdoor organic cannabis competition — will be held Dec. 14-15 at the spacious Sonoma County Fairgrounds, according to Cup founder Tim Blake.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Video Game 'Grand Theft Auto V' Includes Dispensaries

by David Downs
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

The major, new open-world video game "Grand Theft Auto V," which will be released by Rockstar Games September 17, is a "sprawling, satirical re-imagining of modern Southern California" according to gameplay footage released today online.

And of course, no sprawling, satirical re-imagining of modern SoCal would be complete without a medical marijuana dispensary. At minute 2:03 of the video, we see a character exit a shady Venice Beach "pipe shop" — which are notorious for their lax observance of state law — with some type of drink, which likely confers increased health upon the character.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Berkeley Patients Group Takes Top Honors at SF Cannabis Cup

by David Downs
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Berkeley Patients Group, as well as new Oakland dispensary Magnolia Wellness, took home top honors Sunday night at the fourth annual High Times Medical Cannabis Cup San Francisco, held at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.

The beloved, besieged Berkeley dispensary took home a first place trophy in the Best Indica category for Girl Scout Cookies, which patients report using for stress. GSC is a vanilla and mint-smelling combination of OG Kush, Cherry Pie, and Durban Poison launched at The Hemp Center in San Francisco.

A flower bud of Girl Scout Cookies

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