San Francisco medical cannabis patients, especially on the south side of town, have more options this week with the soft opening of Herbal Mission, at 3139 Mission St. off of Cesar Chavez. The newly permitted dispensary opened Tuesday, March 27 after years of planning, permitting and construction — not to mention the ongoing crackdown by the federal government. There's no Herbal Mission signage yet, but we couldn't miss the pastel green exterior and fisheye cameras.
"Martin's possible experimentation with pot should be no threat to his reputation. The research on marijuana and violence shows clearly that the drug either reduces aggression or has no effect - findings that fall in line with pop culture's mellow image of stoners. The idea that marijuana makes people dangerous is as absurd as the claim that wearing a hoodie is suspicious," TIME writes.
"On 4/20 of last year, Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg were smoking weed and singing tunes. Around the same time four years ago, they did it in Amsterdam. Now, Willie Nelson has announced that they'll be working together again," The Daily Swarm reports.
"The new track featuring Snoop is entitled "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die," likely an ode to smoking marijuana until one's life end," ALLHIPHOP astutely reports.
From the LAT: "I put everything into this ... When you're a grower, you're in a cave mostly. I'm like a monk," says San Francisco "Master Breeder" "Nova".
We hope Nova's not putting everything into it when he's Master Breeding alone in a cave, like a monk.
Jesus, the Los Angeles Times' Joe Mozingo really dug in with "Big Wes", "Wally", "Nova" and the gang in this wide-eyed, March 25th piece on the state of professional cannabis cultivators. Mozingo proves more curious than critical, which is refreshing for a mainstream publication.
The embattled City of Richmond used to be a hub of the world's finest wine - until alcohol prohibition choked that off. Almost a century later, the city's fine medical cannabis seemed like it would be next to succumb. Dispensaries like Seven Stars Holistic Healing Center and Ken Estes' GDP Collective won serious awards, only to be shut down or chased out of town on pain of lawsuit.
Water under the bridge, as they say.
In December, Richmond approved business permits for three dispensaries: Compassionate Care Collective DBA Greenheart; Green Remedy Collective; and Greenleaf Natural Wellness. On Wednesday, March 21, the council approved three more. With a population of 103,701, that equals one dispensary per 17,283 people, meaning Richmond residents, per capita, will have some of the best access this state can offer to some of the best medical cannabis in the world; a life-saver of a drug for those with cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, M.S., epilepsy, chronic pain and other serious problems.
From the L.A. Times: "At the time, Martin was suspended from high school after he was found to be in possession of an empty marijuana baggie ... Martin's school has a 'zero-tolerance' drug policy."
Surely this will be handled with all manner of decorum and proportionality. Surely.
Just over fourteen years old now, The Big Lebowski is probably one of the greatest movies of all time, in addition to being a stoner masterpiece. The pop culture lovers at Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco re-embrace Jeff Bridges' character, The Dude, in a line of new t-shirts, a first for the gallery. Designer Oliver Barrett created a limited run of these Lebowski-inspired prints from Spoke Art's 2011 "Quentin vs. Cohen" art show. "All shirts are hand silk screened by us using only water based inks and American Apparel shirts for a super soft and comfortable fit," Spoke writes. Now available in the Spoke Art store. Check out Oliver Barrett's website. T-shirt designs below.
"After a tooth-and-nail campaign to determine the fate of retail pot in Fort Collins, the day of reckoning has finally come," Nat Geo writes. The Colorado city ended up banning dispensaries, and the run-up to that ban is main arc of the National Geographic series. Here's a video from Episode 1.
The Discovery Channel's Weed Wars is no more. According to a post on the Harborside Health Center website, "Nothing would please us more than to be able to continue with future episodes of Weed Wars. Unfortunately the Discovery Channel has made a much different decision and will no longer continue with future episodes. We do not know why, nor do we understand why, they made that decision." (via CelebStoner)
SoMa's High Times Cup award-winning, former-check-cashing-facility-turned-dispensary The Green Door is still bulletproof, but friendlier. As the club's management wrote in their March newsletter: "You spoke up, and we listened. We know, you've been telling us for years that you couldn't hear the budtenders well enough. That is now changed. Our new windows are designed with conversations in mind so that you can consult with the budtenders and get exactly what you ask for. Not to mention, check out that tile!"