Cannabis Culture

Friday, June 14, 2013

Best Buds: Harborside Health Center Reveals Entries for High Times Medical Cannabis Cup San Francisco 2013

by David Downs
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

High Times magazine's fourth annual Medical Cannabis Cup San Francisco returns to the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond June 22 and 23. Upwards of 10,000 people will likely attend the county fair of cannabis, and many of the best dispensaries in the Bay Area are gearing up for the expo and cannabis contest this week. On Thursday, Oakland dispensary Harborside Health Center revealed on Facebook its Cup entries for 2013. Here's a sample:

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Is a 'Starbucks of Pot' What Corporate Cannabis Really Needs?

by David Downs
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM

You know it's bad when VICE magazine is wringing their hands.

"Not only have OG NorCal growers and strain connoisseurs long foretold (however sketchily) the coming age of a Starbucks of Pot, wherein deep-pocketed suits and squares swoop in, wiping out a rich history of mom 'n pop bud shops in the name of shilling mediocre product masked as the Real Deal. (Think Marlboro Greens.) Shively's plan, if he can pull it off (see: unlikely), stands to do far more harm than good to America's No. 1 cash crop."

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Illustration: If Pot Was Like Wine

by David Downs
Tue, May 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

"What happens when we take the polarizing issue of cannabis consumptions and frame it as if it was a classy winetasting session? Become a pot afficionado," writes @kyleykim, Global Post's Deputy Social Media and News Desk Editor. Click to enlarge the image below. (via Reddit)

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Monday, April 22, 2013

U.S. Celebrates 420 Peacefully Or Awfully, Depending on Location

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Gather tens of thousands of Americans anywhere and it seems like they can't avoid bringing their guns, preying upon one another, and leaving a trail of filth in their wake. Now, marijuana smokers have officially joined the mainstream in that regard.

An estimated 80,000 folks gathered at Denver Civic Center Saturday for a 4:20 p.m. session, only to have it marred by gunfire at 4:40 p.m. Two were shot in the legs and a third was grazed by a bullet. The suspects are still at large and police want this guy for questioning.

Watch the super-scary video, which reminds us of why we don't like large crowds of people anymore.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

East Bay 4/20 Events Guide: Grass, Brass, and Fantastic Specials

by David Downs
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Fifty-one percent of Americans said they would not feel comfortable being around a person using marijuana, according to a recent Pew Research poll. Let's hope that half of America stays out of the Bay Area this week, where unabashed enthusiasm for the stoner holiday 4/20 has set in. Snoop Dogg is going to be at The Fillmore in San Francisco Saturday, but — meh. The East Bay offers its own set of 4/20 delights, collected below:

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

According to the National Review, Kids Should Be Smoking Tobacco, Not Pot

by David Downs
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

"Yes, tobacco — specifically cigarettes — kills and marijuana doesn’t. But, if you’ll forgive the ultimate political incorrectness, young people would do much better in life if they smoked tobacco rather than weed," writes Dennis Prager in The National Review.

Other gems:

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

MMJ Capital San Jose Provides Relief to Silicon Valley

by Oscar Pascual
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Bay area tech workers have put the vast amount of San Jose's medical marijuana dispensaries to good use, according to a recent report from Bloomberg Businessweek.

San Jose is home to 106 marijuana clinics — four times more than San Francisco — and according to their mayor Chuck Reed, “many more than are necessary to meet the medical needs of our population.”

Local dispensary Palliative Health claims around 40 percent of their clients are tech workers. According to their assistant manager Ernie Arreola, “We’re seeing people from some semiconductors, lots of engineers, lots of programmers."

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Ed Rosenthal Proves to be the Guru of Ganja in New 'Superachievers' Book

by Oscar Pascual
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Oakland's Ed Rosenthal has dedicated his life to his passion of marijuana cultivation and advocacy. He's spent years fighting for marijuana rights and authoring numerous books on how to properly grow the plant.

Unfortunately most achievements in this field have gone largely unnoticed until Rosenthal was recently featured in "The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well," a new book by authors Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield that profiles several individuals who have accomplished nearly impossible feats in their respective crafts.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

When Weed Nutrient Giveaways Get Outta Hand

by David Downs
Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

YouTube user Spannabis13 posted a video Saturday of a Barcelona mob rushing in and grabbing about $30,000 worth of marijuana plant nutrients at a pot party. Spain has become something of a hotbed of global cannabis production, which is why leading North American Advanced Nutrients was there giving out samples of its pot-growth aids — rather poorly might we add.

Watch around minute five as the organizers lose control of the crowd and the booth is overrun like something out of World War Z — only instead of bloodthirsty zombies, we got giveaway crazed potheads. Ya''ll need to chill out. Video after the jump.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Watch 'The Haag' Mock Our Esteemed Local US Attorney

by David Downs
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:44 AM

From HarborsideHealth's YouTube channel on January 26: "The whimsical political satire, THE HAAG, was first performed as a live play at the July 23rd demonstration in front of Oakland City Hall, Calif., protesting federal actions against the state's medical marijuana dispensaries. For the last several years, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern California District, Melinda Haag, has been waging a brutal offensive against medical cannabis patients and the dispensaries in which they go for their medicine. This offensive has closed hundreds of state-legal, locally compliant dispensaries in Northern California and has threatened others like Harborside Health Center. Oaksterdam University in Oakland, Calif., was raided April 2, 2012, by DEA and IRS agents.

THE HAAG is meant to be a humorous meditation on a very serious subject. Originally conceived by activist-attorney James Anthony and inspired by Dr. Seuss, THE HAAG was written and drawn by Goose Duarte, a.k.a., "Dr. Geuss." This animated version of THE HAAG was directed by Richard Parks, narrated by Andrew DeAngelo, and produced by Steve DeAngelo and Harborside Health Center."

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