Friday, March 25, 2016

B-Real, Berner, High Times Alums, Oakland Museum Fuel Heatwave of Bay Area Marijuana Events

By David Downs
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Springtime is here, and with it a heat wave of medical cannabis events.

First off, the stoner holiday April 20 is shaping up spectacularly in the Bay Area. Cypress Hill are celebrating their 25th anniversary at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium as part of "Berner Presents Hippie Hill" with Juicy J, J Boog, Chronixx, Kool John and Dizzy Wright performing. Berner will be shuttling 4/20 partiers from Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium downtown. Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album came out in 1991 and went double Platinum, selling over 2 million copies.

Former High Times editor and Cannabis Cup inventor Steve Hager is hosting the “1st Annual 420 Eve" on April 19 at a gorgeous private home in San Rafael.  A lavish banquet, concert, and awards ceremony for the best Bay Area marijuana strains will accompany Steve’s premiere of the trailer for his upcoming documentary, Treasure of the Holy Grail.

Attention art heads, The Natural Cannabis Company — with award-winning dispensaries in Oakland, Santa Rosa, and Hopland — wraps up its annual High Art 2016 contest on March 30. First place is $10,000!

And don’t forget to grab one of the hottest museum tickets in 2016 for “Altered State: Marijuana in California.” The exhibit opens at the Oakland Museum of California on April 16.

click to enlarge Entertainers from Red Hots Burlesque at a San Francisco medical cannabis event. - DAVID DOWNS
  • David Downs
  • Entertainers from Red Hots Burlesque at a San Francisco medical cannabis event.

Speaking of the arts, on April Fool’s Day Mendocino activist and comedian Sherry Glaser will perform Taking the High Road: Comic Confessions from Behind the Cannabis Curtain at the Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue in Santa Rosa. This show benefits the Sonoma Chapter of Americans for Safe Access.

But before all the 4/20 shenanigans, there’s work to do:

For cannabis industry job seekers, the Fourth SF Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair pops up Sunday, April 10 at City Nights (715 Harrison Street in San Francisco). Sponsored by Bloom Farms, their last job fair drew 1,800 attendees and resulted in 125 people hired by 26 companies, promoters report. This one should be bigger. Bloom Farms, a San Francisco-based medical cannabis company, recently partnered with Oakland dispensary Magnolia Wellness to raise $25,000 for Calaveras County Butte fire relief efforts.

On April 30 the ever-expanding mobile delivery technology company GreenRush will hold a job fair in the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Partners include eCann Media, East Bay Express, SF Weekly, Smell The Truth, CCIA, CANORML, Stokes Confections, Oasis, CULTURE magazine, The Hash podcast, HelloMD, Oaksterdam University, GreenRush and many more.

For North Bay residents looking for more medical cannabis info check out the education group ShareFax's event Independence, which is billed as “a mature perspective on health and cannabis.” Independence will feature NORML deputy director Paul Armentano, and Americans for Safe Access medical professional of the year Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather. The event is Sunday, April 10 from 1:45 to 4 p.m. in Burgar Hall at the Fairfax Community Church at 2398 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Fairfax.

Also in Berkeley, pot farm-to-table delivery app Flow Kana has partnered with the Berkeley Humane animal shelter to donate $1 from every jar purchased to Berkeley Humane

For the industry

The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) will host their 1st Annual Policy Conference on Tuesday, March 29 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.

The ELEVATED Cannabis Compliance Conference comes to the Double Tree Hilton in Rohnert Park on April 16 and 17. This regulatory conference focuses on current changes and future developments to the state's new medical pot rules. Speakers include Jim Wood, Assemblyman and Author of AB 243; Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association; industry pioneer Lynnette Shaw; Amy Poinsett of MJ Freeway and Seed-To-Sale Sole Technology; Casey O’Neill, farmer and board chair of the California Growers Asociation; Jamie Kerr, dispensary owner and CGA member; Lauren Fraser, co-founder of River Collective; Robert Jacobs, former Sebastopol mayor and the founder and executive director of Peace in Medicine; plus others.

On April 7, The Women Grow Sonoma County Networking Event pops up at 1300 Valley House Drive in Rohnert Park. The Women Grow Bay Area Networking Event is also April 7, at 60 13th St, in San Francisco.

Correction: the original version of this article incorrectly spelled Mr. Steve Hager’s name as “Hagar.” And the Bloom Job Fair will be held on April 10, not April 16.

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