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42 Keep Law Enforcement of Your Tail
The ins & outs of running a legitimate medical marijuana dispensary in the city of Los Angeles. An analysis of how to run a legal collective under Prop 215.
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omeone recently asked us, what is the demographic for medical marijuana patients in Southern California? So we decided to answer by creating the cover of the current issue. Medical cannabis users come in all shapes, sizes, nationalities, races, and ages. In fact a relatively new dispensary in Seal Beach is run by a group of senior citizens that live in a retire community and was set up as a safe and comfortable haven for golden–age cannabis cardholders. At the other end of the spectrum is the Cypress Hill fan- type patient that runs the gamut from professionals in suits and ties suffering from stress overload syndrome to blue collar workers with debilitating muscle pain from their daily grind. All of these people have at least one thing in common, and that of course is they feel cannabis improves their respective quality of life. These various patients comprise legal marijuana users in the State of California. In fact this demographic is now so prevalent that for the first time ever a substantial, albeit silent majority, favor legalization. We will have to wait and see if our demographic rises to the occasion and comes out to vote for full legalization when the issue is put to the voters this fall.
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So who is the demographic of the medical marijuana patient? It is you and me!
In the meantime patients and dispensaries await and question the implementation of controversial medical marijuana ordinances throughout Southern Cal. LA has a new ordinance pending one final decision from the City Council about how much money the city will charge as license fees for those few collectives granted the privilege to stay in business. Cities throughout Orange County are in flux as moratoriums prohibiting dispensaries have been enacted to try and prevent new ones from opening, and trying to give some credence to closing down the ones that are already in existence. We have a serious issue in this state that is continuously compromising patients’ rights to safe access to their medicine. Although Prop. 215 was passed by a majority of California voters over 14 years ago, instead of our cities passing legislation to insure the will of the people, they are instead running scared and avoiding the issue by stalling or passing laws that are more likely then not unconstitutional. One thing is for certain, our already over crowded courts are now being subject to further inundation with medical marijuana cases. So who makes up the demographic of the medical marijuana patient? It is you and me! Please join us at www.dailybuds.com and converse with like minded people who are the demographic. Spread the word, legalization is the answer! Kush Editorial Board, www.dailybuds.com
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Apparently the store clerk who sold me this eighth was really stoned and did not give a damn about technicalities. So while I was excited thinking about toking up when I got home, this guy was thinking about the Brady Bunch. Completely in his own world. While a sativa may cause anxiety and increased heart rates, indicas will put you to sleep and help you ignore that annoying voice in your head. It’s more of a body high that leads to extended periods of inactivity than you’ll get with any sativa or hybrid. Indica plants are short, plump plants, compared to sativas. They tend to produce much more dense, thick buds with higher THC levels. Aromas are clean and sweet, often lingering around for hours after smoking. The taste of Purple Grape would be best described as “sweet skunk”... tickling your taste buds until your appetite tells you it’s ‘munchies time.’ Common medical uses of indica are relief from intense pain, insomnia, nausea, anxiety, and muscle spasms. Patients can expect full satisfaction from Purple Grape. My constant back pain sud-
This lack of attention to detail is the true beauty of Purple Grape/P. Gregr. It can be wonderfully debilitating, both physically and mentally. When you are in need of a medicated night of relaxation or inactivity, this is the go-to bud. The Purple Grape strain is a pure indica, which is generally regarded as a calm, serene high compared to pure sativa strains.
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denly went unnoticed, and my night-time tossing and turning became an eight-hour, uninterrupted sleep. I actually felt refreshed in the morning! And the anxiety that sometimes takes over my body had vanished. “P. Gregr” quickly became Peter Gregr. Purple Grape transformed into the man that is Peter Gregr - a middle-aged family man living in Pleasantville, USA, in the early 1980’s. The seemingly forgettable mistake of renaming my pot ended up adding a whole new element to my journey with this strain. Peter also responded to: Pedro, Petey, P. Diddy, Pistol Pete, Mr. Gregr, and ... Kevin. And he didn’t mind all the names. Pedro is a pretty flexible dude. The general vibe of a night hangin’ with Pete is chill. Random 15 minute naps and waking up at 8am on the couch with the TV still on is pretty standard. Being lazy and taking in your surroundings is what it’s all about. That whole ‘don’t-give-a-damn feeling’ the store clerk showcased speaks volumes to the relaxing nature involved with a Peter Gregr high. One recommendation for this and all indicas is a mixture of getting stoned and drinking some coffee. The negatives of each cancel each other out, and you end up in a highly relaxed, but, alert state. A simply delightful way to enjoy a sunny day. You can pick up Purple Grape for around $45/eighth at most dispensaries. If your store doesn’t carry it, ask for another purple pure indica strain, or Grape Ape, and you’ll be on your way to P. Diddy’s house in no time.
WHO IS SHELDON BLACK?
by JOSH KAPLAN
f Sheldon Black has crossed your path, than you already know of his design genius. If you’re one who’s in search of “the perfect hit”, than Mr. Black has your answer. Diffusion. With the use of multiple chambers, and fixed and removable stems, these intricately designed glass water pipes provide as smooth of a hit as you could ever ask for. With countless designs of bongs with diffusers, the technology has come a long way. Over the years, claims about the smoothest hit have become legend. The bongs that Sheldon Black has designed, have taken design of diffusers, and water pipe technology to a new height. Bringing the latest technology and experience together with integrity and pride in their product, is what makes Sheldon Black’s Bongs the first choice for the smoking aficionado. Design innovations like five arm removal systems, six arm fixed stem systems, and simple diffusion chambers are all part of the water pipe science that Sheldon Black has mastered. His new line of bongs are made from the highest quality German glass, and through the annealing process, these bongs have superior strength. The process of kiln firing the bongs are done three times to insure that Sheldon Black Bongs are made to last. After countless attempts to track down this Diffusion Guru, we were called by Black’s Consigliore, Richard Melograno, a major pioneer in bong technology since the 80’s. Richard’s experience in the industry, combined with Sheldon’s designs, have put Sheldon Black
Bongs at the top of every smoker’s wish list. After bringing a no-named German bong company from complete obscurity, to a household name, (you know the one...) he is doing the same for Sheldon Black. KUSH Magazine got the pleasure of testing out the new product line, and the opinion was unanimous - “the perfect hit” is out there, and it’s through a Sheldon Black Bong. Richard described to KUSH just how much time, effort, and innovation has gone into the latest line. He further described how counterfeiting has plagued the industry, with cheap knock-offs from China being sold as real products. The German company he once worked for is the most counterfeited smoking devise in the world, and preventing this in the new line has been a main focus. Using the latest technology, Black and Melograno have figured out a way to make counterfeiting their product impossible, embedding the SB logo in multiple spots. It shows up in the bases, and drop stem system, also pioneered by Melograno. With the highest quality and scrutiny of design, Sheldon Black has produced the Ultimate Water Pipe. With countless models, ranging in numbers of chambers and diffusers, to size and stature - no matter which Sheldon Black Bong you choose, you are in for the smoothest of hits. Although Sheldon Black the designer seems to be somewhat of a mystery, finding his new line of Diffusion Bongs is thankfully not as difficult. To purchase this ultimate piece, check the top shelf of your local smoke shop, and know that for now, you’ve found “the perfect hit”. kush 23
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I remember watching the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles on television. I was fifteen years old, and being too young to drive yet, was unable to attend any events. Since then I’ve been a big fan of the Olympics, both Summer and Winter. When I heard that the Winter games were going to be in Vancouver B.C., I started saving in hopes of attending.
With only a three hour flight, and an exchange rate closest to our U.S. Dollar, heading to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games seemed to be my best shot to attend an Olympics. Thankfully I have friends who attend them regularly, so with an open invitation to sleep on the couch, I booked my flight and was off to the Great White North. Having only been to Toronto as a child, these memories of an incredibly clean, beautiful city were my only references for Canada. What I found in Vancouver was a beautiful, bustling downtown, with shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. Vancouver is a sweet blend of Europe, and the United States. With picturesque views of the water, bridges, and cityscapes, Vancouver reminded me a bit of San Francisco, with the European flare of Lucerne Switzerland. Knowing that B.C. was a 420 friendly city, gave me the extra inspiration to attend the Games. Finding good B.C. buds was easy in Vancouver, (it pays to know people), while finding it in Whistler was just as easy. Thanks Brandon from the Yukon. So with a satchel of B.C bud in my pocket, and a bit of Cali sunshine over my shoulder, I hit the streets of Vancouver in search of some games and some good times. With Alex Bilodeau winning Canada’s first on-soil Gold, the party began on the streets of Vancouver. With the fervor of a Laker’s Championship, continued over a two week span, Canada hit the streets hard. There were as many Maple Leafs billowing on the downtown streets as any mountain top in all of Canada. The town’s energy was amazing. The people of Canada are as proud of a group as we Americans.
They worked very hard to prepare their city for the world to visit, and it was evident in every little detail. At every turn in the city there were people from around the world, taking part in everything from ice skating to shopping. People were a buzz in Robson square as people zip-lined above the busy plaza. They would gather in the streets nightly, and watch the games projected on the sides of buildings, causing enormous roars to howl through the streets as the Canadian athlete’s would take the lead, or score a goal. The camaraderie on the streets was infectious. The friendly atmosphere extended up the mountain in Whistler. Leaving Vancouver over the Lion’s gate Bridge is only the beginning of the most amazing mountain drive. With unrivaled coastal views, it was hard not to get caught daydreaming. Once up in Whistler, it was more amazing views, of snow capped mountains, and blue skies. With Whistler Village pumping with music and people all day long, the energy on the mountain was a cultural melting pot from around the world. With nightly concerts at the Medal Ceremonies, people had events to attend all day long. Between the perfect weather, and the kind of friendly rivalry that only happens during an Olympics, it’s something special to be in a host city during an Olympic Games - much like my memory of the buzz of L.A. in 1984. This winter Games had it’s tear-jerking moments. From the death of Georgian Luger Nodar Kumaritashvili sadly kicking off the Games, to the untimely death of Canadian Figure Skater Joannie Rochette’s mom, passing just hours after arriving in Vancouver to share her daughter’s Olympic dream. Rochette’s tearful performance took Bronze, but raised the bar in athletic heroism. Although there were many highlights for the USA team, it was hard not to get swept up in the Canadian team’s wave, and their Olympic quests. The Canada team took Gold in Ice Hockey, their National pastime, bringing the Canadian medal count to 26, 3rd in the Games. Although I was only able to attend one Hockey game and a Luge event, I feel lucky to have been a part of something so worldly. It is a treat to take part in the Olympics, and Canada in general had a great understanding of their hosting task, meeting the challenge with flying colors. On the train to the airport, I overheard a local thank another traveler for visiting Canada. It was a random gesture, but it sent me home with a comfortable feeling. Our northern neighbors are truly kind people, and they revel in their athletic accolades just like Americans. For two weeks, the world comes together to play games against each other. It’s almost like for two weeks every two years, there’s world peace - it’s kind of refreshing. I hope that future Olympics are as accessible and friendly as the 2010 Winter Games were, and I hope this wasn’t my last.
Spring is an incredible time of year. Fresh vegetables and garden plants peaking through and bringing us sweet and fresh flavors; some of the most crisp and tender tastes of the year from our gardens…. And keep an eye out for those bunnies!
ROASTED GARLIC LAMB LEG WITH ROSEMARYPOTATOES
1 Australian leg of lamb, bone-in 2 heads garlic, halved 3 tablespoons THC olive oil salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons Rosemary, chopped 3 pounds small red potatoes, halved grilled asparagus or preferred vegetable, to serve Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut off the tips of the heads of garlic and brush the cut sides with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Set garlic cut-side down on a sheet pan and roast until it is soft to the touch, about 30 minutes. Let garlic cool for 5 minutes, then squeeze the roasted cloves out of the garlic and into a bowl. Mash with a fork and spread over the top of the lamb (see tip). Meanwhile, place the lamb in a large roasting pan and season with salt, pepper and half of the rosemary. Allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour. Place the potatoes in an ovenproof dish and toss with the remaining oil and rosemary. Set aside. Roast lamb for about 1 hour 40 minutes, until it registers 130-135°F on a meat thermometer for a medium-rare roast, or until the juices
run clear when a sharp knife or skewer is inserted in the thickest part of the meat. When the lamb has been roasting for 40 or 50 minutes, place the potatoes in the oven and bake until well browned and tender. Transfer the lamb to a warm platter and let rest for 15 minutes. (It will continue to cook as it rests.) Carve and serve with the potatoes and asparagus. TIP: The garlic can be roasted and mashed the day before. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator. You could also spread over the lamb the day before and marinate overnight for a real garlic flavor. Just remember to cover well, and bring lamb to room temperature before roasting. Serves 6-8.
4 tablespoons THC olive oil 1 medium leek, 5 ounces , white part only, cleaned and finely chopped 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 small carrot, 2 ounces , chopped 4 ounces sugar snap peas, stems trimmed 4 ounces fresh asparagus spears, woody stems removed and cut into 2 inch pieces freshly ground pepper, to taste 3 1/2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth 1/4 cup California dry white wine olive oil cooking spray 1 cup Arborio rice 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Directions: In a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoon THC olive oil over mediumlow heat. Add leek and sauté until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in mushroom and continue to look, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add carrot, sugar snap peas, and asparagus. Continue to cook, stirring, for another minute. Remove from heat, season with pepper, and set aside. In a medium saucepan, bring broth and wine to a boil. Reduce heat and keep broth mixture at a slow simmer.
In a large pot which has been lightly coated with cooking spray, heat remaining 2 tablespoons THC olive oil over medium heat. Add rice and stir well until all grains of rice are coated. Pour in 1/2 cup of the hot broth and stir, using a wooden spoon, until all liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the broth 1/2 cup at a time, making sure the rice has absorbed the broth before adding more. Measure out 1/4 cup of the broth and combine it with the reserved vegetables. Once all broth has been added and absorbed, add the vegetables mixture and continue to cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Rice should have a very creamy consistency. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and Parmesan. Stir well to evenly combine. Drizzle a little of THC olive oil over each plate that you serve and sprinkle just a touch of cheese over and enjoy your risotto
WILD RICE, ASPARAGUS CHICKEN
1 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed 2 cups wild rice, cooked 1/2 pound fresh asparagus 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce 3 tablespoons peanut oil & 1 Tbls. THC oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar Directions: Cut asparagus into 3/4 inch to 1 inch pieces, discarding tough bottoms of spears. In a small bowl, mix together the hoisin sauce and brown sugar and set aside. Prepare rice OR reheat cooked rice and keep warm. Heat wok over medium high heat. When hot, dribble 1 tablespoon of Peanut oil around the rim. Stir fry asparagus for approximately 2 minutes. Remove from the wok and keep warm. Heat wok to high heat. Heat wok to high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and the chicken pieces and stir fry until the chicken is no longer pink. Add the reserved asparagus and hoisin/sugar sauce and stir fry all together until pieces are coated with sauce. Serve over the hot rice and finish by drizzling 1 Tbs. of THC oil.
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1 (14 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15.5 ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1 (14 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 1 (15 ounce) can white corn, drained 1 cup finely chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil 1/3 cup THC olive oil 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or amount to taste Directions: Stir the black beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans, white corn, onion, garlic, parsley, and basil together in a bowl. To make the dressing, mix the THC olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, dry mustard, and hot sauce together in a small bowl until well blended. Pour over the bean mixture and toss to mix evenly. Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.
Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat THC butter on medium until melted. Add radishes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 10 minutes or until tender-crisp. Transfer to bowl; keep warm. To same skillet, add asparagus, snap peas, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2 tablespoons chives. Transfer to serving bowl; arrange radishes around edge. Sprinkle with remaining chives
TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN BEET SALAD
Beets, diced and cooked -- 2 cups Potatoes, diced and cooked -- 2 cups Carrots, diced and cooked -- 2 cups Peas, cooked -- 1 cup Dill pickles, diced -- 2-3 Onion, diced -- 1/2 Scallions, chopped -- 3-4 Fresh dill, chopped -- 1/4 cup Red wine vinegar -- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard -- 1 teaspoon Sugar 1 teaspoon Salt and pepper -- to taste 1/3 cup THC Olive oil Directions: In a large, non-reactive bowl, mix together the beets, potatoes, carrots, peas, pickles, onion, scallions and dill. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk the oil slowly into the vinegar mix to lightly emulsify it. Stir the vinaigrette into the vegetables, adjust seasoning and serve well chilled.
SPRING GARDEN SAUTÉ
2 pound(s) asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces 8 ounce(s) sugar snap peas, strings removed 3 tablespoons THC butter 1 pound(s) radishes, each cut into quarters Salt and pepper 4 tablespoon(s) snipped fresh chives Directions: Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling on high. Fill large bowl with ice water; set aside. To saucepot, add asparagus and snap peas; cook 4 minutes. Drain vegetables; cool in bowl of ice water. Drain vegetables well.
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9” pie crust, baked and cooled 2 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 3 Tbsp. flour 2/3 cup water 1/3 cup orange juice 4 Tbsp.THC butter pinch salt 1/3 cup lemon juice 1-1/2 cups white chocolate chips 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 cup fresh raspberries Directions: Make your own pie crust or purchase one deep dish pie crust and bake per instructions, then cool completely. Beat egg yolks in a small bowl until smooth. Combine sugar, cornstarch and flour in a heavy saucepan. Using a wire whisk, stir in water and orange juice until smooth. Cook this mixture over medium heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir 1/3 cup of cooked mixture into egg yolks and blend with wire whisk until chip-lemon filling mixture and beat well. Spread over cooled crust. Spoon remaining lemon mixture over the cream cheese layer and spread evenly. Refrigerate 4 hours to set. Top with raspberries, then slice to serve. 8 servings smooth. Return egg yolk mixture to saucepan and cook 2 more minutes, stirring constantly with whisk. Remove from heat and stir in THC butter, salt, and lemon juice. Transfer 1/2 cup of the cooked lemon filling to a small microwavesafe bowl with the white chocolate chips. Set rest of lemon filling aside. Microwave the chip mixture on low 1-2 minutes or until chips are melted, stirring until smooth. Beat cream cheese and add vanilla 1/4 cup THC butter, softened 1 cup creamy style peanut butter 1/4 cup egg substitute 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup Splenda Granular 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Heat oven to 350?F. In a large bowl, beat THC butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer until creamy, approximately 1 minute. Add egg substitute, honey and vanilla extract. Beat on high speed for approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Add Splenda and beat on medium speed until well blended, approximately 30 seconds. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture, beating on low speed until well blended, about 1 1/2 minutes. Mixture may be crumbly. Roll level teaspoons of dough into balls and drop onto a lined sheet pan, about 2 inches apart. Flatten each ball with a fork, pressing a crisscross pattern into each cookie. Bake 7-9 minutes or until light brown around the edges. Cool on wire rack.
CHEF HERB whose nickname is Mota, which is Spanish for marijuana, knows the benefits of medical marijuana and has decided to incorporate his two passions: cooking for people’s pleasure and creating gourmet medicinal food. In the Basics, Chef Herb teaches us how to create THC butter and oil that can be used in countless recipes from party food hors’dourves to sweet desserts.You can contact him at his web site WWW.COOKWITHHERB.COM or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
by GARY HILLER
or over a year, LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and his senior staffers have repeatedly maintained that sales of medical marijuana are illegal under California law. This view was expressed repeatedly by Chief Deputy William Carter, Deputy Heather Aubry, and Special Assistant Jane Usher during the LA City Council’s deliberations on the LA medical marijuana ordinance throughout 2009. The City Attorney’s office sought to include language in the LA ordinance explicitly forbidding sales. After the City Council rejected such language, the City Attorney’s office did not retreat and continued touting the validity of its position. “Our duty is to advise them on what the law allows for,” said David Berger, special assistant to Trutanich. “They decided to go a different way.” The City Attorney’s office may have been unable to include a clear prohibition on sales of medical marijuana in the LA ordinance, but this hasn’t stopped it from advancing its narrow reading of state law in the media, on the streets, and in the courts. In a March 4, 2010 Daily News Op-Ed, entitled “Existing Laws On Pot Must Be Enforced,” Trutanich wrote that state law “does not allow collectives or so-called ‘dispensaries’ to sell marijuana . . . .” In February 2010, the City Attorney’s office charged a dispensary operator with 24 felonies including selling marijuana, filed civil lawsuits against a number of other dispensing collectives for illegally selling and distributing marijuana, and sent letters to 18 landlords warning that the dispensaries renting their properties are violating state and local drug laws and that the landlords could face legal action. These actions came on the coattails of LA Superior Court Judge James Chalfont’s adoption of the City Attorney’s restrictive view of state law, when he granted the city’s request for an injunction in People v. Hemp Factory V. In his ruling, a preliminary version of which was released December 1, 2009 and the final version of which was released on January 29, 2010, the judge ruled that the targeted dispensing collective “shall be prohibited from selling any marijuana.” With such rampant prosecutorial activity, the City Attorney’s position should not be ignored. Rather, it should be studied, analyzed and understood. Although we may believe that the City Attorney’s (and District Attorney’s) broad, no-sales interpretation may hit a brick wall one day inside a state appellate court or the state Supreme Court, we must recognize that today, it is an interpretation that looms threateningly over the operation of many dispensing collectives. Let’s look at three key excerpts from Judge Chalfont’s ruling in the Hemp Factory V matter for guidance on distinguishing “sales” from “non-sales.” “There is no immunity for a cooperative or collective to sell or distribute marijuana. Obviously, a cooperative or collective must have some ability to distribute marijuana; it must be able to distribute marijuana to its own members in order to operate. But this does not mean that a cooperative can sell marijuana to its members.” In the excerpt above, the ruling distinguishes permissible distribution from prohibited sales. Distribution is “obviously” permitted, Judge
Chalfont wrote, yet such distribution cannot take the form of a sale. Moreover, the language demonstrates that that fact the recipient of medical marijuana is a mere member of the entity is not, by itself, the distinguishing factor between permissible and prohibited conduct. “Whatever the viability of a cooperative whose members cultivate marijuana and receive it in exchange for services or based on fees intended to reimburse the entity for certain costs, a storefront dispensary may not operate as a retail outlet selling marijuana to its members.” Here, we learn that the exchange of money is not necessarily a problem. Equally, if not more importantly, a key distinction is made between cultivation (that may entail the exchange of fees to receive medicine) by, and retail sales to, members via a storefront operation. Logically, a person does not purchase what he or she had a hand in creating via a joint effort with a ‘partner,’ but would reimburse such ‘partner’ who facilitated or assisted in the item’s creation. Similarly, “sales” are made to those who had no prior interaction with the item being transferred, and not to a joint venturer who participated in the creation of the item being transferred.
The cooperative must pursue
a common purpose, which under section 11362.775 can only be the cultivation of marijuana. A marijuana cooperative organized to cultivate marijuana generally means that qualified members perform a portion of the labor necessary to cultivate and harvest marijuana for the group’s benefit. A cooperative which is a retail storefront sales operation is not a cooperative for the cultivation of marijuana; it is a cooperative for the sale of marijuana. Such an entity is not immunized by section 11362.775. Except for its non-profit nature, it is indistinguishable from Costco, which requires membership to purchase its goods and is not a cooperative.”
This last excerpt drives home the key point that member participation in cultivation efforts is required in order to immunize the entity from charges of criminal sales activity. Back in January, during a City Council session at which the discussion turned to distinguishing permissible conduct from illegal conduct when prices for medical marijuana are advertised by, and money changes hands in, dispensing collectives and cooperatives, Jane Usher from the City Attorney’s office said that “every instance is a fact-based consideration as to whether the conduct complies or doesn’t comply.” At the time, she didn’t identify what those factbased considerations might be. However, when viewed in light of Judge Chalfont’s decision and in light of state appellate decisions, we can begin to piece together the puzzle. kush 43
Properly organized storefront dispensaries have been sanctioned by high-level state courts. In the August 2009 case of People v. Hochanadel, for example, the Fourth District Court of Appeal held that “storefront dispensaries that qualify as ‘cooperatives’ or ‘collectives’ under the Compassionate Use Act and Medical Marijuana Program Act, and otherwise comply with those laws, may operate legally . . . .” This position was first posited in the August 2008 Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use (the “AG Guidelines”), in which California Attorney General Jerry Brown wrote that “a properly organized and operated collective or cooperative that dispenses medical marijuana through a storefront may be lawful under California law.” What does it take to “qualify” as a cooperative or collective under the Hochanadel decision, or to be “properly organized and operated” under the AG Guidelines? First, such an entity should take the form of a statutory cooperative organized under Section 1220 et seq. of the California Corporations Code. (See Section IV(A)(1) of the AG Guidelines.) This corporate form provides many features that if utilized properly, will discourage law enforcement from interrupting operations or patient care. (The issues related to proper corporate form and governance are not the focus of this article and will be addressed separately in a subsequent article.) Second, such an entity should facilitate its members’ pursuit of a common purpose, which, under the City Attorney’s analysis of Section 11362.775 of the Health and Safety Code must be the cultivation of medical marijuana. Under Section 11362.775, “[q] ualified patients . . . and the designated primary caregivers of qualified patients . . . who associate within the State of California in order collectively or cooperatively cultivate marijuana for medical purposes, shall not solely on the basis of that fact be subject to state criminal sanctions” under the state’s criminal possession, cultivation, possession for sale, transportation, sale, manufacturing, storage, or distribution statutes. The City Attorney’s office has long argued that cultivation is the key to the immunity granted by Section 11362.775. Unless and until an appellate court rules otherwise, cooperatives should make every effort to incorporate member cultivation into their operations model as this will serve as the best insurance against the prosecutorial activity described above. This does not mean that every member needs to participate in physical cultivation. In July 2009, for example, in County of Butte v. Superior Court, the Third District Court of Appeal upheld a trial court decision in which the trial court concluded that the State “legislature intended collective cultivation of medical marijuana would not require physical participation in the gardening process by all members of the collective, but rather would permit that some patients would be able to contribute financially, while others performed the labor and contributed the skills and ‘know-how’.” 44 kush
Similarly, in June 2009, in People v. Newcomb, the Second District Court of Appeal tried to balance a requirement that members of a collective all participate in cultivation with the impracticality of such a requirement and consequently said that “other than merely purchasing marijuana, not every member must contribute to some aspect of the collective of cooperative; . . . Because some patients may be too ill to contribute to the collective or cooperative, requiring them to do so, in order to be a part of the collective or cooperative, would be impractical. On the other hand, when the number of those who merely purchase marijuana without any contribution to the day-to-day activities of the collective or cooperative becomes too great, the potential for abuse arises.” (Note that People v. Newcomb is an “unpublished” opinion that pursuant to California Rules of Court 8.1115(a) cannot be cited or relied upon in any action or proceeding, except in limited circumstances specified by rule 8.1115(b).) We have repeatedly seen that the exchange of money in connection with receipt of medical marijuana is not, per se, a problem. In September 2005, in People v. Urziceanu, the Third District Court of Appeal affirmed the legitimacy of properly organized and managed collectives and cooperatives that receive reimbursement for medical marijuana provided to qualified patient members and for services provided in conjunction with the provision of such medical marijuana. As we saw above, the courts in County of Butte v. Superior Court and People v. Newcomb also explicitly, or at least implicitly, affirmed the permissibility of money flowing from patient to cooperative in connection with receiving medical marijuana. The AG Guidelines also specifically say that marijuana “grown at a collective or cooperative for medical purposes may be . . . [a]llocated [to patient members] based on fees reasonably calculated to cover overhead costs and operative expenses.” However, unless member cultivation plays a significant role at the cooperative, such financial transactions may be characterized as illegal sales transactions, rather than permissible reimbursements. Therefore, it would be prudent, in the current environment, for dispensing cooperatives to involve patient members in the affairs of the cooperative in general and in the cultivation of medical marijuana in particular. This involvement should be discussed clearly and openly at the time a new member seeks to join the cooperative, should be specifically enumerated as an obligation in the cooperative’s terms of membership and governing bylaws, and should be enforced as is necessary and appropriate by the cooperative’s management. Given the sophistication of current cultivation techniques, member participation can, and should, take many different forms depending on the circumstances surrounding a particular cooperative. The City Attorney’s office has demonstrated in recent months that it will uphold its promise to take on dispensaries that are engaged in the illegal “sale” of marijuana in contravention of its interpretation of state law. When viewed alongside members’ properly structured and documented legal relationship with a cooperative, a cooperative’s adherence to well-recognized corporate formalities and standards of governance, and proper record keeping, patient members’ participation in cultivation will go a long way towards insulating the cooperative’s relationships with its members from unwarranted intrusion and disruption by law enforcement.
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YOU VS. THE EVIL, Dreaded Powdery Mildew!
by JESSE MARTIN
The importance of humidity control is that if the levels get too high or too low, pests and diseases like to poke their crummy little heads out and bask in the moisture, often using your plants as a lawn chair. One of the more common annoyances is powdery mildew. At first sight, it seems like a simple enough problem. Maybe you spot a leaf or two with a spattering of white powder on it and think it’s no big deal—you can just pull the dusty leaves. Wrong. Imagine how hard it is to clean up coffee grounds when your fumbling morning hands spill the bag of ground coffee all over the counter. You think you have got it all, but really the crevices of your sink and counters are infested. The same goes for powdery mildew. It spreads like wildfire and unless you treat it properly, your entire crop can be destroyed. Powdery mildew is a very common fungal disease that can seriously damage or destroy both indoor and outdoor crops. It can infect during both the vegetative and flowering stages and can coat the entire plant in fungus. Powdery mildew typically thrives in cool, damp, shaded and poorly ventilated areas. Airborne spores brought into the grow room land on leaf surfaces and will germinate given favorable conditions. High night humidity levels often trigger the growth of mildew spores. Powdery mildew can attack indoor crops year round. Powdery mildew is almost impossible to stop in late flowering, so early detection and control is essential. Perpetual harvest, dense scrog/sog systems, and damp basement grows are particularly vulnerable to powdery mildew. Note: strains vary in their susceptibility.
Identification, Symptoms and damage:
Early signs of powdery mildew include white powder/fuzzy patches on leaves (usually low in the canopy) and a fuzzy white coating on lower stems. Note: powdery mildew can be wiped off the leaves for a quick visual check. These fuzzy mycelium patches produce airborne spores that rapidly attack adjacent plants; mildew will eventually coat leaves and entire plants, reducing photosynthesis, plant vigor and bud quality. Plants on the edge of a garden, in corners and under stress are attacked first; infection usually starts in the lower canopy where conditions are optimal. As infection progresses, mildew will spread to the top of the plants and finally attack the buds. Infected buds may appear normal; but are internally dusted with white powder (which cannot be removed by drying), and have a stale, musty/ moldy smell when dry. Smoking or trimming infected buds can cause sickness and lung infections, and is not recommended. Infected leaves should be discarded. Lower buds are the most susceptible. Powdery mildew is difficult to 100% eradicate; control requires prevention, early detection, and pro-active measures.
Preventative gardening techniques can be effective in defending against powdery mildew. Maintain healthy plants. Stressed plants are often attacked first, so it is important to monitor and remove unhealthy plants. Detection. Inspect corners, edge and lower portions of the garden frequently. Remove infected leaves, or move infected plants out of the main garden. Don’t water plants at night. Reduce or stop watering before the lights have gone out to help evaporate and reduce room humidity. Reduce plant density. Spread plants apart to improve air circulation. Don’t place plants directly against walls or into corners, typically areas of poor air circulation. Pull plants 6”-1’ away from walls or reflective surfaces, and blow air to these areas. Pruning. Remove the lowest leaves as the plants mature and prune the bottom 1/3 of the plant during veg to increase airflow inside the lower canopy. Remove all unnecessary growth. Put an oscillating fan down low to blow through this pruned area.
Foliar feeding. Foliar feeding can sometimes cause excessive nighttime humidity levels. Discontinue if mildew appears. Harvest early if mildew is a problem.
spray looks similar to mildew. For best results, prune plants in veg/early flower, then spray lower stems and foliage. Warning: can give a sulphur taste if sprayed directly onto buds! Foliar spray: 15-20ml sulphur powder/Liter water. Keep well mixed when spraying. Note: will not wash off buds. Re-application may be necessary. Neem Oil: Protects and kills mildew by inhibiting respiration; also protects against mites and may improve plant vigor. Results are noticeable in a couple of days. Pro-silica: (Soluble Silicon) “… increases resistance to pathogens by accumulating in…(leaf and root) cells of plants, providing a barrier against penetration by invading fungi such as powdery mildew and Pythium. Foliar applications leave deposits of silicon…on the leaf surface that promote effective physical barriers to…infection.” Pro-silica is alkaline. Foliar spray: 1 part in 5 SM90: A natural plant extract in a vegetable oil base. Foliar spray: 10ml/liter Copper Sulphate: “Copper ions inactivate some fungal enzyme systems, killing the mycellium.” Effective one-shot application, but production may be discontinued. Benomyl: Apply in veg only. Malatox: by the chronic: … “This is a wonder cure. Mildew completely vanishes for up to 7 weeks! Make sure you spray before the first week of flowering.” Foliar spray: 2.5ml per liter of water.
Improving grow room conditions is an excellent way to passively prevent and minimize damage by powdery mildew. Monitor humidity levels. A quality humidity gauge should be used to monitor day and night r.h levels. Avoid prolonged high humidity levels: 5060% r.h is ideal. Humidity must be kept below 70% during the night; levels over 80% will almost guarantee infection within 48 hrs. Ventilation. Constant air movement inhibits mildew, and lowers humidity. Use oscillating fans on all sides of a garden to circulate the air. Ventilate air out of the grow room periodically during the night cycle to reduce humidity from irrigation and transpiration. Note: Once mildew is established, oscillating fans may actually spread spores throughout the garden. Stop fans, treat infected areas, and then resume airflow. Heat night air. Warm air holds more moisture than colder air. Heat helps dry the air and lower humidity during the night cycle. Heat the room at night and exhaust the room periodically to remove this warm/moist air. Dehumidifier. Very effective in preventing mildew from spreading. Set controls for 40-60% and let run during night cycle. Hepa filter. Filter the intake with a Hepa filter to eliminate spores from entering room. Inspect and change filter frequently. Ionizer / Ozone generators. Leak some output to kill airborne pathogens and spores.
Chemical control should be considered a last resort. Chemicals should be sprayed only in veg or early flower to prevent absorption into the buds and burning bud hairs. Chemicals may have to be applied repeatedly to be effective, and may take a few days for noticeable results. Use a surfactant to help adhere chemical to leaf surface. Some chemicals are more harmful than others; follow label directions and observe precautions. Always spot spray first. Spraying individual leaves can be an option. Note: many chemicals will leave a residue that appears similar to powdery mildew! Baking soda: Sodium Bicarbonate “Sodium collapses the powdery mildew cell wall”. Baking soda leaves an alkaline residue on the leaves, which should be washed off with water before more is applied. Foliar spray: 15ml / gallon Potassium Bicarbonate: “Collapses and desiccates the mildew hyphae. Very safe, very effective contact fungicide”. Kaligreen and Armicarb100. Garden sulphur: A common non-toxic spray, sulfur interferes with mildew cellular respiration. Spray young plants weekly before hairs form (or spray lower leaves only), then discontinue. Do not wash off. Note: dried sulphur
AQ10: A biofungicide. Ampelomyces quisqualis is a fungus that “parasites the powdery mildew organism. It offers control over a long period of time.” Effective only in initial stages of infection. Plant Shield: Plant Shield is a foliar spray (General Hydroponics), which kills many types of leaf and root fungus. Trichoderma harzianum strain T-22. Safe to use. Takes 2-10 days. Serenade: “The fermentation product of a bacterium, bacillus subtillis, that inhibits cell growth of fungi and bacteria. It is effective and easy to spray or use as a dip”.
Sources: maximumyield.com, cannibisculture.com, 420 Source, Wikipedia
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When asked what he does during winter when there’s no baseball, legendary manager Rogers Hornsby replied, “I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Well the wait is finally over. The boys of summer are ready to wind the watch to long days and warm nights and take their places on the diamond of immortality. Baseball reminds us that the world is only as big as the left field wall. It reminds us that it is entirely possible to live the life of childhood whimsy for 162 games a year. As the hours until opening day crawl by, it’s a good time to assess the talent and start managing the lineup, because really, isn’t that what we all do so brilliantly? The West is full of sparkling talent this season and Southern California baseball fans everywhere should look to cheer and curse their way all the way into October. Last season was bad déjà vu as the Dodgers danced their way into the NLCS and went home early as the Philadelphia Phillies once again trounced the boys in blue in 5 games. Looking to get past the NLCS curse, the Dodgers made a few moves in the off-season, but 60 kush
nothing shocking. The Dodgers let pitcher Randy Wolf and second baseman Orlando Hudson become free agents. They also traded fourth outfielder Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox, saving them $3 million, which is fantastic for the White Sox but might come as the bonehead move of the season if Manny keeps on being poststeroid-scandal Manny. The Dodgers also signed Vicente Padilla, Jamey Carroll, Ronnie Belliard, Reed Johnson and Brad Ausmus. And then there was number 38. After having played in Texas, Boston, Milwaukee and even Canada, Eric Gagne is back in blue, which is sort of like having your favorite ex call after 5 years to say you still hold a place in their heart. You were very much in love once, but the injuries and the heartbreak still linger. Gagne signed a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp.
by HEATHER GULINO
Postseason heartbreak doesn’t live far away, in fact just head south of the 5 where the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (still the dumbest name EVER) are putting their championship series loss behind them and looking to recover. 2010 looks well, weird for the Angels. No Vladimir Guerrero, no Chone Figgins, no John Lackey, no Rex Hudler. The big news down south is that the club signed 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui who has been in Yankee pinstripes since he got off the plane from Japan. The Angels should remain contenders so long as everyone is able to settle in to their new roles. Rather than try to understand who is doing what these days (even the announcer was replaced), here’s the projected lineup: (1) SS Eric Aybar (2) RF Bobby Abreau (3) CF Torii Hunter (4) DH Hideki Matsui (5) 1B Kendry Morales (6) LF Juan Rivera (7) 2B Howard Kendrick (8) C Mike Napoli (9) 3B Brandon Wood. The rotation may be: Weaver, Saunders, Santana, Kazmir, Pineiro. So have the Dodgers done enough to make them NL champs? The obvious absence of a true ace might be the one thing that makes kush 61 the magic 8-ball reveal Outlook Not So Good. On the other hand, with Loney, Ethier, Furcal and Kemp providing the nucleus of an already very good team, there’s hope to roll an It is Decidedly So. Do the Angels repeat or is this a rebuilding/readjusting sort of year? So far, Outlook Hazy but fortunately, we have 162 games to figure it out. So here we go, baseball fans—a new season, a clean slate. Everyone is in first place and the outlook is good. However, when your team is up by three runs in the bottom of the 8th and the relief pitcher comes in and gives up a walk, hits a guy and throws a grapefruit over the plate that is whacked to another zip code, remember that the very wise A. Bartlett Giamatti once said, “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.” So sit back and dream of Vin Scully’s lullaby voice reminding us that we are all “day-to-day.”
By J.T. GOLD
UC STUDY SHOWS CANNABIS AS AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR
The researchers found that the extracts worked well and were tolerated well by the participants, although some doses had to be adjusted. Further, patients reported some relief in muscles spasticity and mobility improvement. The researchers noted, however, that they did not find these spasticity results from objective assessments, rather they were only present in the subjective observations of the participants. Due to many of the variables in the study and the small amount of participants, the researchers noted that further study was necessary to truly understand the effects of the cannabis compounds. Additionally, the researchers studied the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis in relation to MS. The researchers concluded that the therapeutic benefits of cannabis extracts may provide great relief to those suffering from MS.
Those who have multiple sclerosis are often plagued by spasticity, which is an involuntary muscle tension or contraction. This unpredictable muscle movement makes it difficult for individuals to drive, engage in daily activities, or even hold a job. They are difficult to control and often result in a person having to stop working, driving, or enjoying certain activities. Due to the disabling effect of MS, people are often forced to apply for social security disability benefits because the recurring spasticity makes it impossible for them to control their movements, and may pose dangers to themselves and others. Although therapies exist to combat this common symptoms of MS, most are difficult to come by, ineffective, and expensive. Due to the limitations that MS spasticity produces, a new therapy to combat these difficulties might provide necessary relief that is currently lacking. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common chronic and disabling diseases of the nervous system. Caused by loss of the insulating sheath surrounding nerve fibers, the disease usually begins in young adulthood. Although it may initially wax and wane in intensity and be of mild severity, it often steadily progresses, causing fatigue, loss of balance, muscle weakness, and muscle spasticity. Affecting up to 70% of people with the disease, muscle spasms lead to pain, inability to walk, and difficulties with self-care, causing most of the everyday life disability from this disease. There is as yet no cure for MS. Treatments for muscle spasticity are only partially effective and have side effects which are not easily tolerated, making the search for new therapies of high importance. Given this background, the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) at the University of California identified MS spasticity as an additional target for therapeutic research. As with all CMCR studies, the research used the most rigorous scientific approach to testing therapies, a randomized clinical trial, supplemented by modern measurement of muscle spasticity, everyday function, life quality, and side effects. Results to date have found a significant improvement in both an objective measure of spasticity and pain intensity in patients whose standard therapy had provided inadequate relief. CMCR is the result of a bill sponsored by former state Senator John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) – the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 1999 (SB 847) – that commissioned the University of California to establish a scientific research program to study medicinal cannabis. CMRC was established in 2000 with nearly $9 million in state funding. Participants were assigned to an experimental treatment, in this case cannabis, or to a placebo (an inactive treatment). The placebo in the study studies was a marijuana cigarette, made with cannabis from which the “active” ingredients, for example delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), had been
removed. The cigarette therefore had the appearance and the aroma of a marijuana cigarette, but without the psychoactive ingredients. Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom of UCSD conducted a study to determine the potential for smoked cannabis to ameliorate marked muscle spasticity (chronic painful contraction of muscles), a severe and disabling symptom of multiple sclerosis. Thirty patients with multiple sclerosis were enrolled and some were given marijuana cigarettes while others received the placebo. Patients were allowed to continue their usual treatments for spasticity and pain while participating in the research. Compared to placebo cigarettes, cannabis was found to significantly reduce both an objective measure of spasticity, and pain intensity. This study concluded that smoked cannabis was superior to placebo in reducing spasticity and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis, and provided some benefit beyond currently prescribed treatments. Shaheen E. Lakhan and Marie Rowland of the Global Science Initiative Foundation in Los Angeles studied six placebo-controlled experiments to determine the effects of marijuana on MS. In particular, the researchers wanted to test the effect of two compounds from cannabis. The first is THC, which is attributed with providing the “high” associated with marijuana, while the second is CBD, which appears to lower THC in the brain. The combination of both of these extracts, it is opined, provides anti-spastic relief in muscles, while preventing the “brain fog” often characteristic in marijuana use. The researchers found that the extracts worked well and were tolerated well by the participants, although some doses had to be adjusted. Further, patients reported some relief in muscles spasticity and mobility improvement. The researchers noted, however, that they did not find these spasticity results from objective assessments, rather they were only present in the subjective observations of the participants. Due to many of the variables in the study and the small amount of participants, the researchers noted that further study was necessary to truly understand the effects of the cannabis compounds. Additionally, the researchers studied the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis in relation to MS. The researchers concluded that the therapeutic benefits of cannabis extracts may provide great relief to those suffering from MS.
The full CMCR report is available at www.cmcr.ucsd.edu. Sources: Center for Medical Cannabis research, University of California San Diego (www.cmcr.ucsd.edu); msdisability.net
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If you know him for his music, rather than tabloids & twitter, then you understand that John Mayer is an amazing guitarist, songwriter, and singer. You also know that he lives for music and his live performance. With Michael Franti helping out, you know this show is going to be amazing. It won’t be very intimate or touching in the Staples Center, but it will still be a great show. His new album, Battle Scars, may not be his best, but with reasonable expectations it doesn’t disappoint. Get tickets asap. www.johnmayer.com
3.28.10Ê @Ê WaltÊ DisneyÊ ConcertÊ HallÊ (Downtown)
The worldly French-based group come back to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for another beautiful performance. And the word beautiful is the perfect descriptor for the band’s style of mellow electronic music. Their name Air is a backronym for “amour, imagination, rêve” which translates to “love, imagination, dream” (thanks Wikipedia!) Their most recent release, Love 2, has been called their best yet by many critics. Debatable, but certainly a quality output from these folks. en.aircheology.com
3.26.10Ê @Ê TheÊ PalladiumÊ (Hollywood)
Metric’s April 2009 release, Fantasies, has been a big international seller with the help of hit songs “Help, I’m Alive” and “Gold Gun Girls”. And while they’ve been touring heavily since the release, this is a part of a short 6 date west coast tour. The veteran Canadian indie rockers have been together since the late 90’s, and lead singer Emily Haines’ sharp, penetrating voice is really a joy to hear live. www.ilovemetric.com
4.6.10Ê @Ê ElÊ ReyÊ (Wilshire)
His live set is one of the funnest shows around, usually involving a plethora of instruments and equipment, sometimes performing alone and sometimes with a full band. It’s quite a visual spectacle; watching him run around on stage only adds to the delicious sound coming from the speakers. The last year has been big for Rjd2, seeing the launch of his label, RJ’S Electrical Connections, and the release album “The Colossus”. Be sure to catch this one. www.rjselectricalconnections.com
3.27.10Ê@ ÊElÊR eyÊ (Wilshire)Ê
Thizz Nation stand up! Andre Nickatina, the Bay Area legend that made us go Ayo for Yayo, is coming to the El Rey in March. After not releasing anything since 2005, Dre Dog pumped out 3 releases since 2005. Nickatina’s good friend Mac Dre died in late 2004, which likely contributed to his absence. This will be a solid hip hop show, period. www.myspace.com/andrenickatina
4.7.10Ê @Ê TheÊ WilternÊ (Wilshire/Vermont)Ê
Clarence Greenwood is such an intensely mellow dude that even if you don’t get stoned before this show, you’ll feel like you did. And just when you think you might melt into the Wiltern crowd, the vocals and guitar will pierce your soul and leave you feeling all warm inside. Great live set that all music lovers should see at least once. His latest album, The Rainwater LP, was released in early March. www.citizencope.com
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4.9.10Ê@ ÊS taplesÊ CenterÊ (LAÊ Live)
Michael Bublé has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, received two Grammy awards, and has captured millions of women’s hearts. After performing at the winter Olympics in Vancouver, he will bring his show to LA on April 9th. Don’t miss it! www.michaelbuble.com
4.15.10Ê@ ÊS taplesÊ Center
Kanye may have dissed her at the VMA’s but, Taylor Swift got the last laugh. T-Swizzle came home from the Grammies with 4 wins, including Album of the Year and Best Country Song. And she’s not slowing down, with her next album set for a late 2010 release. This show, part of her Fearless Tour, will certainly sell out so start asking around for tickets! www.taylorswift.com
4.16.10-4.17.10Ê @Ê HollywoodÊ Bowl
The Eagles kick off the Hollywood Bowl’s spring/summer concert season with this weekend doubleheader, followed by another show on April 20th. Always a treat, these American rock legends are guaranteed to deliver good vibrations to your ears. www.eaglesband.com
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Finally, it’s here!! Coachella’s long anticipated kickoff to the summer music festival season rolls into Indio for 3 glorious days in April. This year’s lineup is simple ridiculous - Jay-Z, Muse, Gorrillaz, Thom Yorke, Phoenix, Them Crooked Vultures, LCD Soundsystem... just to name a few. Car camping + festival in & outs have been added this year to improve the experience for everyone. A few notes from a 4-year veteran: bring unopened water bottles and reuse them, don’t get too inebriated early in the day, remember sunscreen and a hat, and camp for the full Coachella experience. We’ll see you all there! www.coachella.com
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If you’re looking for a reasonably priced getaway this spring, consider loading up the car, grabbing some friends and taking a road trip to Moab, Utah. With an average temperature of 76 degrees in April, Moab is a great way to prep for summer and shed the winter blues. Plus, if you go after April, Moab tends to get really crowded and super hot. Like fire hot. April though, is perfect. And with so much to do--hiking, camping, mountain biking, white water rafting, sightseeing, applying sunscreen—a long weekend would probably do you good. Before I delve into all that is wondrous about Moab, remember that Utah only sells 3/2 beer. Remember Footloose?
Arches National Park
A red rock wonderland containing some of the most scenic and inspiring landscapes on Earth, Arches National Park contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Although over 2,000 arches are located within the park’s 76,518 acres, the park also contains an astounding variety of other geological formations. Colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and spires dwarf visitors as they explore the park’s viewpoints and hiking trails. Geologic faulting has exposed millions of years of geologic history within the park. Exploration of Arches National Park is as varied as the formations within the park. If you’re just passing through the area you can get a great introduction to the park in just a few hours. Those wanting to experience some of the park’s hiking trails can easily spend a full day or more. If you have a couple of days, you can explore the huge assortment of varied terrain within the park. Popular activities include auto touring, hiking, photography, and biking. Whether you have a few hours, or a few days, Arches is worth the time and easy enough to navigate as paved scenic drive takes visitors to all of the major viewpoints within the park.
Rafters and drifters may select river environments that range from the wilderness settings of Cataract and Desolation-Gray canyons to the more easily accessible sections of the Colorado and Green Rivers. While the area is known for its whitewater float trips, there are also several scenic calm water segments suitable for canoes and small powerboats. Although the Colorado River often conjures images of wild, churning rapids and heart-stopping near capsizes, the rivers of the Moab area have a softer side as well. For miles at a time they are simply wide, quiet streams that, on clear days, reflect a mosaic of rock cliffs and sky. Calm water float trips in canoes, kayaks and rafts are available. That Sounds Like a Lot of Work- Guide Me! Outfitters take passengers down all of Southeastern Utah’s rivers. River Outfitters offer part-day, one-day, and multi-day trips. Most outfitters conduct trips in more than one river area and provide a wide variety of tours. Some outfitters conduct specialty tours such as selfpaddle trips, jet boat tours, executive training sessions, women’s trips, and kayak instruction. Many outfitters will also provide shuttle and pick-up service.
APRIL IS THE COOLEST MONTH TO GO TO MOAB
By JANE QUENTIN
suited to even the largest Recreational Vehicles and five campgrounds feature group sites suitable for large groups that do accept reservation. Reservations for river trips with an outfitter should be made as far ahead as possible, especially for multi-day trips. Trip prices vary by factors such as length, services provided, group size, and river segment. Outfitters generally provide boats, boating equipment, safety equipment such as life jackets and first-aid kits, waterproof bags for storing equipment, watertight boxes for cameras, food, nonalcoholic beverages, ice chests, and return transportation from their office or a prearranged meeting place to the river. Again, remember Footloose. Check out www.discovermoab.com to get the names of outfitters and the different types of trips they offer.
Canyonlands is the largest national park in Utah, and its diversity staggers the imagination. It is divided into three districts by the Green and Colorado Rivers - the Island in the Sky, the Needles and the Maze. Named for their most prominent geologic characteristics, these districts are quite varied in what they have to offer.
Island in the Sky
This section of the park sits atop a massive 1500 -foot mesa-- quite literally an Island in the Sky. 20 miles of paved roads lead to many of the most spectacular views in Canyon Country. From these lofty
Get the Lead Out!
If big tires, speed and dirt are your thing, Moab is world-class for 4-wheeling. There are literally thousands of miles of jeep trails in Grand County. Most are unmaintained relics from mining or prospecting for minerals such as uranium, vanadium radium copper, gold, and oil. Yet, except for the trails themselves, there are few scars on the landscape. Some trails are used in current mining and grazing activities, and major access roads receive some maintenance from the county. Others are repaired just enough to get through. Camping is the only way to go Moab sunrises and sunsets display colors you can barely name. Camping is the best way to truly experience the true beauty and awe of the desert playground. There are dozens of camping options, from rugged wilderness to comfortable KOA with showers. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains 25 campgrounds in the Moab area. While individual campsites cannot be reserved, visitors can usually be accommodated at one of the campgrounds. Many of the campgrounds are located close to Arches National Park, along the Colorado River. These campgrounds offer views of spectacular red rock cliffs amidst a green ribbon of vegetation. Several of the campgrounds are particularly
viewpoints visitors can see nearly 100 miles in any given direction, resulting in panoramic views that encompass thousands of square miles of canyon country.
A ten mile paved scenic drive gives visitors a wonderful taste of what The Needles was named after - beautiful sandstone spires that jut out of the ground creating an unforgettable spectacle. For those willing to venture off the paved roads, however, this section offers an amazing diversity of terrain. Arches, canyons, grabens, and beautiful sculpted rock formations await hikers, backpackers and 4WD enthusiasts.
Definitely considered the wildest district in Canyonlands National Park, the Maze ranks as one of the most remote and inaccessible sections in the United States. There is, in the Maze itself, a perplexing jumble of canyons that has been described as a “30 square mile puzzle in sandstone”. If you crave solitude and are ready for some serious backcountry travel and hiking, the Maze may be just what you’re looking for. Moab promises to be the best time you will ever have in Utah.
When it’s time to clean up, shave, hit the showers or freshen up those pearly whites, there are loads of organic and green friendly products made for the task.
by PUMPKIN ESCOBAR
If you want your personal hygiene products to be certified organic, sweatshop and cruelty-free and made in the USA? Lucky you! Organic Grooming by Herban Cowboy is a men’s line of vegan personal care products. From cologne to deodorant, the stuff is packaged in biodegradable and recyclable containers and contains ingredients you’d likely see in a salad (carrot and cucumber, anyone?). $5 to $25 at drugstore.com
Want high-shine hair without a single drop of mineral oil, petroleum and waxy stuff that stays in your hair? Enter Woody’s Headwax Hemp. The water-soluble, non-greasy formula with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, offers total control and style with a firm-yet-flexible hold. “Clean, green and brilliantine.” What’s not to love? $13 at folica.com
BE FUR FREE
Don’t you agree that there’s something funny about the term “cruelty-free razor blades?” It means that the company who manufactures them doesn’t test its non-razor products on animals. If this is a concern of yours, check out Hoke2 and their Wally Triple Blade Rubber Shower Razors. The Wally suctions to the wall, has three blades (and you can buy replacement cartridges for it) and comes in two colors. Bonus: Hoke2’s award-winning razors are on display in the Smithsonian Museum of Design. $7 at ebubbles.com
What if your grooming products are free of harsh chemicals yet are still strong enough to keep you clean? And what if they feature Satan and a few sins? Red Devil Grooming products are paraben and sulfate free with no artificial fragrances. They’ve recently introduced Triple Packs that include a shampoo, body wash and shave gel. This could lead to you being absolved of the seven stinky sins. Let us pray. $9 to $25 at reddevilgrooming.com
GUARD YOUR GRILL
H2Ocean has been a secret of tattoo and piercing aftercare for a few years now. But H2Ocean’s natural oral rinse is great for everyday use. Two flavors refresh your breath and keep your mouth healthy. Sea salt, xylitol (a sweetener) and lysozyme (an antibacterial enzyme) keep your mouth’s natural defenses up to snuff. It’s alcohol and fluoride free so it’s safe for all ages. $10 at h2oceanstore.com
Between the smoking and the coffee/tea and the irregular brushing habits, those pearly whites have lost more than a little of their luster. Kiss My Face Whitening Aloe Vera Toothpaste should be able to help. Icelandic moss is a natural whitening agent (who knew?!) and tea tree acts as an antiseptic. You also get tartar protection with your wholemouth freshness. I predict kisses in your future! $6 at Whole Foods or kissmyface.com
MOTHER NATURE’S MANICURE
At first glance, Norm Polston seems like your average guy on the street. Then you notice his brightly colored fingernails painted in a rainbow of shades and you might want to take a second look. Polston invented Go Natural Nail Polish. This odor-free, water-borne, hypoallergenic, nontoxic lacquer comes in 70 colors from creams to metallics. Polston claims your manicure should last about a week and, for color changes, he also makes an all-natural polish remover. $6 at gonatural.biz
We’re in a recession. Who can (or wants to) spend a fortune on salon visits and their pricey products? Not you. Giovanni Organic shampoos and conditioners are salon quality, all natural, very concentrated and affordably priced. All Giovanni products are salon tested and are made from a vegetable protein base, unlike so many animal proteinbased hair products, and the products also contain nonPABA sunscreen and are gluten free. They offer certified organic botanicals alongside affordable style. $8 at Target or giovannicosmetics. com
Have you ever thought about what you put in your eyes? More specifically, what goes into making the juice you store your contacts in? Sterilized without radiation, Clear Conscience Multi-Purpose Solution can be used for daily cleaning, rinsing, disinfecting and storing your soft contact lenses. Finally -- a multi-purpose solution for soft contact lenses that is cruelty-free, thimerosal and chlorhexidine free. FDA approved and packaged in 12-ounce or travel-ready, 3-ounce, recyclable spill-proof plastic bottles. $6 to $10 at Whole Foods or clearconscience.com
You probably already know about EcoTools and their ecofriendly cosmetic brushes. Now the company has created a body care line and its Sustainable Softness Body Lotion claims to be “98 percent from nature.” Featuring nourishing shea butter it easily absorbs into skin and leaves it feeling silky and smooth. In addition, EcoTools has joined with 1% For the Planet to donate 1 percent of their annual sales from this product to environmental organizations that create a healthier place to live. $5 at drugstore.com
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It was during that time that I learned how much I was capable of, which proved useful in 2001. That was the year I became active with the Personal Responsibility Amendment (PRA), a statewide ballot initiative in Michigan to legalize medical marijuana, adult use, and industrial hemp; ambitious to say the least! I collected signatures, learned the history of cannabis hemp, and became familiar with the drug policy reform work that was happening across the country. I was inspired and felt I finally found a purpose in life. It seemed to make my surprise leadership in the honor society make sense – training for what would come next. At the time of working on the PRA initiative, I was waiting to start Wayne State University (WSU) where I had a full-ride scholarship to finish my degree and again graduated with honors. While at WSU, I joined the debate team where I learned the meaning of such words as “hegemony,” “existentialism,” and “zero-sum gain.” Common words for some, but had me saying, “hege-who?” It was all new to me. My parents weren’t politically active or college educated; they barely followed the local news. I grew up in the 80s in the “Just Say No” campaign of the Reagan Administration. I had no concept that our drug laws weren’t always the law. I took it for granted that was just the way things were; it never even dawned on me to question the governing policies of our nation. As a teenager, I knew more drug dealers than any other profession. Many of my friends were in and out of jail. When I learned how useful cannabis hemp was, and moreover, how accepted it was pre-1937, I realized my friends didn’t have to lose hope of a promising future from the convictions on their criminal records. I was activated, energized and spent countless hours working to change the law. I was coming into the understanding of the pervasive impact our local, state and federal laws have on our everyday lives – and that laws are malleable, changeable – that they reflect both the wisdom and the ignorance of our forefathers and those who have led this nation since. My debate training was invaluable. Not only did I learn the jargon that kept me from understanding meaningful discussions (or the lack thereof) on governing policy, I learned how to critically consider all sides of an issue to get closer to the best policy option; one that can bring us out of this mess, and most important, how to get there. It’s easy to see the hypocrisy of our history when one reviews the facts; it’s less easy to navigate the pathways to change, to something sensible, to something that works. I’m certainly not an advocate for children growing up like I did. The reality is that many children grow up similar, or worse. This is something we need to face as a society if we are to ever offer our children a better future. And we have
to be honest. It was really less about drugs and more about unhealthy relationships and a lack of coping skills in my family. The hard truth is that our current policy has failed and left our children more vulnerable and at greater risk. After 40 years since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act and 73 years since the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, we have failed our children. Today, we are more invested in building prisons than schools; murderers and rapists go free to make space for nonviolent drug offenders; state budgets are being cut – services that provide for the health, education and care of our children are disappearing; and the list goes on…We call this saving our children?! We cannot afford to continue with the antiquated reefer madness of the past. Genuine and honest discourse is needed in our policy debates and scientific research. We owe our children solutions and hope for the future. Thankfully, an ever growing number of people are dedicated to change, to sensible policies, to righting the failures of the past. I am grateful to count myself as one among them. Over the years I’ve had the pleasure to work with many groups starting with local NORML chapters and the Drug Policy Forum of Michigan, later with Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), the November Coalition, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), and now Oaksterdam University. From when I started, we’ve come a long way as a reform movement and we’re picking up momentum. We are at a critical juncture and if everyone who is inspired by the benefits of ending cannabis prohibition gets active, engaged and takes action, we will change the laws. Regardless of your background, beliefs, or skill level –change is possible and you can help make it happen. In fact, the only way change is going to happen is if We, the People, make it so.
ANSWERING THE CALL TO RECYCLE OLD CELL PHONES AND BATTERIES
By CHARLOTTE CRUZ
Cell phones and batteries are a part of our daily lives and we would be lost without them. In the modern world of mobility and electronic communication, it’s no surprise that cell phones are the fastest growing e-waste in the nation. When it’s time for an upgrade, what do you do with your old cell phone? There are many options that many of us ignore.
According to Earth Talk, “the average North American gets a new cell phone every 18 to 24 months, making old phones—many that contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, cadmium, brominated flame retardants and arsenic—the fastest growing type of manufactured garbage in the nation.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans discard 125 million phones each year, creating 65,000 tons of waste. Fortunately, companies like Call2Recycle®, the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America, announced a 6.9 percent increase in overall collections, driven by major national retailers, municipalities and communities with a strong presence in the United States and Canada. Call2Recycle collected 6.1 million pounds (2.8 million kilograms) of rechargeable batteries in 2009.” The rise in battery collections is attributed to increased efforts by major retailers, including The Home Depot, Apple Computer, RadioShack, Lowe’s, Interstate All Battery Center and RONA. Together, these organizations collected 20 percent more batteries for recycling in 2009 than in 2008, despite a lingering recession. Retailers, communities and other businesses participate in the Call2Recycle program to support corporate sustainability initiatives that promote a commitment to environmental quality and an environmentally friendly workplace. “Despite last year’s lower sales of batteries and the products that use them, we’re recycling more batteries than ever thanks to retailers that have embraced their role as environmental stewards,” said Carl Smith, president and CEO of RBRC, which operates Call2Recycle. “By using our recycling program to divert millions of pounds of solid waste from local landfills, businesses and consumers alike are making a statement that environmental sustainability is a priority, regardless of the economy.” Rechargeable batteries are the power source in numerous electronic devices, including cell phones, digital cameras, laptops, power tools and more. A typical rechargeable battery is an eco-friendly power choice that can be recharged up to 1,000 times, but once they lose their charge, they should be recycled. So the next time you think about upgrading, remember that you can do your part to reduce waste. Recycling or donating cell phones helps the environment by saving energy and keeping usable materials out of landfills. Cell phones and PDAs are made of precious metals, copper, and plastics—all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Recycling not only conserves these materials, but prevents air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Alternatively, donating your working cell phone or PDA also benefits your community. When cell phones and accessories are in good working order, some programs donate them to worthy charities or sell them at a discount to those who need them.
MAJOR RETAILERS SPUR 6.9 PERCENT RECYCLING GROWTH IN 2009
A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU RECYCLE:
* Terminate your service. * Clear the phone’s memory of stored information. * Conduct a factory hard reset by following instructions from your wireless carrier or the product manual; or * Use data erasing tools that are available on the Web. * Remove your SIM card.
For more information, contact your network provider, cell phone manufacturer, or the recycling program you plan to use.
n 1980, somewhere in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a couple of teenage friends decided to start a band. Guitarist Brett Gurewitx, bassist Jay Bentley and singer Greg Graffin took their inspiration from The Adolescents and The Germs—two local bands doing their part to revive the declining punk scene. 30 years later, not only is Bad Religion credited with being a vital part of that punk revival, they continue to inspire and influence musicians half their age. After having been dropped from Atlantic records and then signed to indie label, Epitaph, the band’s sound lives on. The band has gone through several player changes, but since the addition of Greg Hetson (1984-preseent), Brian Baker (1994-present) and drummer Brooks Wackerman (2001-present), the band has remained solid and continues to push social and music boundaries. 2010 marks the 30th year of the punk pioneers and to celebrate, the band embarks on a yearlong tour. In addition, because apparently 14 studio albums are not enough (not to mention the countless global tours and community of fans who stitch, tattoo and sketch the crossbusters emblem) Bad Religion is back in the studio this year to record album number 15. The tour rolls through the Southland this spring, making stops at the House of Blues Anaheim, San Diego and Los Angeles. Tickets are available online at www.hob.com
Tour Dates at the House of Blues: Mar 17 – 18, Mar 31 Anaheim, CA Mar 19 – 21 Apr 1 - 2 Mar 24 – 25
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ANAHEIM Anaheim Herbal Healing Center
126 No. Brookhurst St. (714) 860-4080 Anaheim
Herbal Solutions of So Cal
5746 E. 2nd St. (562)434-5075 Long Beach
Downtown Patients Group (D.T.P.G)
1753 Hill St., #8 (213) 747-3386 Los Angeles
Mardi Gras Health & Nutrition (p. 50)
8578 W. Pico Blvd (310) 289-0177 Los Angeles
Traditional Herbal Center, Inc. (p. 40)
4800 S. Central Ave., #B (323) 233-8533 Los Angeles
Herbal Solutions of So Cal
East LA Caregivers
1905 S. Santa Fe Ave. (323) 770-9319 Los Angeles
Premium Organic Treatments (p. 73)
3148 E La Palma Ave, Unit J Anaheim
4311 Carson St. (888) 993-HERB (4372) Long Beach
Melrose Compassion Center (p. 5)
654 N. Manhattan Pl. (323) 466-8700 Los Angeles
United Discount Collective (p. 10)
2703 W. 8th St. (213) 739-7038 Los Angeles
King’s Club Global Herbal Medicine (p. 58)
555 E. Ocean Blvd. #101A (562) 432-5400 Long Beach
Grateful Meds (p. 96)
744 N. La Brea Ave. (323) 939-9111 Los Angeles
Mr. Greens Collective (p. 51) Western Discount 3740 W. Sunset Blvd. 2nd Floor Center (p. 99)
(323) 913-0668 Los Angeles 1570 S. Western Ave. 2nd Floor #212 (323) 445-0164 Los Angeles
DANA POINT The Point Alternative Care
34213 S. PCH #B (949) 248-5500 Dana Point
Herbal Solutions of So Cal
4333 Atlantic Ave (562) 424-4535 Long Beach
735 N. La Brea Ave. (323) 933-HERB (4372) Los Angeles
Rampart Discount Center
Cannabis Clinic 10700 W. Katella Ave Ste F (714) 590-9025 Garden Grove
Hot Box Collective
(323) 460-6410 Los Angeles
Sunshine Holistic Care (p. 68) 143 N. Western Ave.
(562) 434-5010 Long Beach
264 S. Rampart Blvd.Suite 272 B (213) 925-8962 Los Angeles
MARINA DEL RAY Marina Caregivers (p. 11)
730 Washington Blvd. (310) 574-4000 Marina Del Rey
Garden Grove Medical (p. 93) 678 Redondo Ave.
1903 Hyperion Ave. (323) 665-4867 Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES 314 Olympic Herbal Center (p. 26)
314 West Olympic (213) 744-0036 Los Angeles
HOLLYWOOD Eden Therapy (p. 80)
67571/2 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 463-8937 Hollywood
4911 Melrose Ave. (323) 463-3920 Los Angeles
Westside’s Finest Collective (p. 88)
3995 Inglewood Blvd. (310) 619-3350 Marina Del Rey
420 W. Pico (213) 747-KUSH Los Angeles
Infinity Medical Alliance
1151 S. Robertson Blvd. (310) 246-2399 Los Angeles
MIDWAY CITY The Beach Quality Caregivers
7852 Bolsa Ave #A (714) 899-KUSH Midway City
The Bluegate Collective
Evergreen Compassionate Collective (p. 15)
1606 N. Gower St. (323) 466-2100 Hollywood
Adams & Hill Discount Center
2602 S. Hill St. (213) 440-8595 Los Angeles
Kelly’s Collective (p. 80)
8638 W. Pico Blvd. (310) 854-5874 Los Angeles
3428 Whittier Blvd (323) 263-3009 E. Los Angeles
The Green Easy
7948 W. 3rd. St. (877) 321-5874 Los Angeles
Synchronicity Street (p. 72)
15112 Adams St. (714) 421-6605 Midway City
710 N. Van Ness Ave (877) 466-0709 Hollywood
California Herbal Healing Kush Korner Caregivers (p. 46) Center (CHHC) (p. 28)
1437 N. La Brea (877) 420-KUSH Los Angeles
2214 S. Vermont Ave. (323) 733-2581 Los Angeles
The Healing Center
6614 S. Broadway (323) 753-3422 Los Angeles
NORTH HOLLYWOOD California Compassionate Care Network (C.C.C.N.)
LONG BEACH Belmont Shore (p. 64)
5375 2nd St., #5 (562) 987-0210 Long Beach
8777 W. Pico Blvd. (310) 724-8124 Los Angeles
L.A. Wonderland Caregivers (p. 76)
4410 W. Pico Blvd. (323) 936-4410 Los Angeles
The Olive Tree
643 Olive St #415 (213) 627-2940 Los Angeles
4720 Vineland Ave. (818) 980-6337 North Hollywood
Herbal Solutions of So Cal
1206 E. Wardlow Rd. (562)997-2929 Long Beach
5830 Bonsallo Ave. (323) 750-4420 Los Angeles
Living Earth Wellness Center
4207 W. Pico Blvd. (323) 936-5000 Los Angeles
Green Miracle Healing
The Rainforest Collective
12515 Venice Blvd. (310) 391-0011 Los Angeles
7503 Laurel Canyon Blvd (818) 232-8684 North Hollywood
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NOHO 5656 5656 Cahuenga Blvd. (818) 762-8962 North Hollywood
Medical Herbs 4 U (p. 52)
7122 Reseda Blvd #207 (818) 342-8889 Reseda
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Greenleaf Remedies (p. 89)
14915 Burbank Blvd. (818) 788-0558 Van Nuys
Cannabis Card Center
4344 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 2 (310) 889-5648 Studio City
True Healing Collective (p. 29)
7329 Reseda Blvd (818) 705-6780 Reseda
7215 Whitsett Ave. (818) 982-6699 North Hollywood
13425 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 100 (818) 995-5755 Sherman Oaks
Happy Medical (p. 52)
7353 Melrose Ste B (323) 944-0437 Los Angeles
SILVERLAKE Sunset Junction Organic Medicine (p. 17)
4017 W. Sunset Blvd. (323) 660-0655 Silverlake
7123 Sepulveda Blvd. (818) 453-8085 Van Nuys
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Kushism (p. 4 & Back Cover)
7555 Woodley Ave. (818) 994-3446 Van Nuys
Natural Choice Healing Center (p. 64)
6006 Vantage Ave (818) 358-2620 North Hollywood
H*wood Herb Medical Center (p. 27)
1103 N. El Centro Ave #A (323) 463-5000 Hollywood
Lake Balboa Collective
17616 Sherman Way (818) 609-0119 Van Nuys
Medical Advisory Center (p. 20)
4221 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 170-15 (323) 965-0420 Los Angeles
Patients & Caregivers (p. 2)
6141 Vineland Ave. (818) 588-1307 North Hollywood
Harbor Area Collective (p. 80) South Gate Herbal 600 S. Pacific St., #104 Healing Center (p. 62)
(310) 514-1556 San Pedro 13194 Paramount Blvd., #B (562) 634-1354 South Gate
13655 Victory Blvd., #205 (818) 782-7641 Van Nuys
Sherman Way Holistic Collective (p. 9)
12736 Sherman Way (818) 582-9400 North Hollywood
SANTA ANA Go N’ Green
1905 E. 17th St (714) 766-0420 Santa Ana
Medical Marijuana Evaluations (p. 58)
8424 Santa Monica Blvd. #G (323) 848-2167 West Hollywood
STUDIO CITY IVXX
11222 Ventura Blvd. (818) 985-4899 Studio City
Red Moon Inc.
14350 Oxnard St. (818) 997-6912 Van Nuys
NORTHRIDGE Dragon Chewer
(213) 973-DRGN dragonchewer.com Northridge
OC Medical Center (p. 27)
2050 W. Chapman Ave. Ste 177 (714) 366-9129 Orange
Kush Kingdom (p.57)
722 S. Main St. (714) 881-7054 Santa Ana
TARZANA Reseda Discount Caregivers (p. 7)
6102 Reseda Blvd. (818) 757-0434 Tarzana
Universal Caregivers (p. 68)
13611 Sherman Way (818) 988-9333 Van Nuys
Woodvic Medical Care and Clinic (p. 40)
13653 Victory Blvd. (818) 988-9825 Van Nuys
Green Valley Collective (p. 53)
17017 Roscoe Blvd. (818) 881-4821 Northridge
Santa Ana Organic Caregivers
1800 East Garry Ave. Ste. 221 (866) 575-5430 Santa Ana
VERNON Best Quality Herbal Medicine (p. 40)
1833 E. Vernon Ave., #105 (323) 233-1779
Reseda Wellness Center
VALLEY VILLAGE Dr Green Meds (p. 66)
4741 Laurel Cny Blvd Suite 101 (818) 985-6337 Valley Village
18527 Roscoe Blvd. (818) 727-7297 Northridge
Santa Ana Patients Group
1823 E. 17th #209 (714) 568-0041 Santa Ana
LEGAL SERVICES/ COMPLIANCE
Law Offices of Bruce Margolin (p. 68)
WOODLAND HILLS The Hills Collective (p. 63)
20000 Ventura Blvd. Suite B (818) 999-3265 Woodland Hills
The Strain Station
17317 Saticoy St. (818) 457-4219 Northridge
SANTA BARBARA The Healing Center Santa Barbara
1437 San Andres St. (805) 845-4156 Santa Barbara
TLMD (p. 18)
12458 Magnolia Blvd. (818) 761-8973 Valley Village
Thegapp.com Medical Marijuana Compliance Team
(888) 958-7452 Ext 7
RESEDA Happycation Collective
6740 Reseda Blvd., Unit C (818) 757-3574 Reseda
VAN NUYS Green Club Pharmacy (p. 46)
13647 Vanowen St. #B (818) 779-7962 Van Nuys
Woodland Hills Treatment Center (p. 19)
5338 Alhama Dr. 2nd Floor (818) 884-8338 Woodland Hills
SANTA FE SPRINGS The Springs Alternative Care
11703 Los Nietos Rd. (562) 699-8960
Tomzulfi.com (p. 76)
Graphic Design/Bus. Services (310) 295-2085
Herbal Valley Caregivers
420 Medical Evaluations
17718 Sherman Way (818) 342-0420 Reseda
Green Dragon (p. 81)
7423 Van Nuys Blvd. Ste C (818) 442-0054 Van Nuys
2622 S. Robertson Blvd. (310) 237-1277 Los Angeles
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