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Weekend Playlist: Mill Valley Film Fest; Grape Do Si; 420 B&Bs!

October 11, 2017
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Laura Mulleavy and Kate Mulleavy are photographed on Sept. 18, 2017 at the 'Woodshock' film premiere in Los Angeles. (Buchan/Rex Shutterstock/Zuma Press/TNS)
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Your weekend guide to cannabis culture | from the desk of cannabis editor David Downs

Good afternoon!

We’re just days away from Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and smack dab in the middle of Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year.

I bring it up because legal cannabis and the Jewish religion continue to intermingle in surprising ways. With Rosh Hashanah comes a rash of stories about “Kosher” pot, plus some amazing infused Challah recipes.

We continue to track several Jewish weed gatherings, like Chai Havdalah which took place in Oakland and Denver.

Then you got Israel — which is leading the world in utilizing cannabis in mainstream medicine settings, as well as cannabinoid research. You can use Volcano vaporizers in Israeli hospitals, and Israeli companies are at the forefront of formulating the next generation of cannabinoid drugs.

I am reminded of President Nixon, who hated cannabis users and couldn’t understand why so many Jews endorsed cannabis law reform — chalking it up to Jewish expertise in psychiatry.

And almost no one knows Jewish society has been wrestling with the proper role of cannabis for thousands of years. According to historian Chris Bennet in The Pot Book — cannabis is thought to have been an ingredient in holy anointing oil since the times of Jesus, but its healing properties were undercut by the reality that it was a non-native plant in Jewish culture.

Cannabis and Judaism have histories so deep, vast and globe-spanning, and it's all there right underneath the surface of daily life and ritual. — David Downs

Here’s what’s trending in cannabis:

WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT

Mill Valley Film Festival -- Marin County’s celebration of cinema returns for its 40th anniversary and also includes a cannabis track. Be the first to view upcoming award contenders starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Bryan Cranston, or take in a tribute to screen legends like Sean Penn and Holly Hunter. Oct. 5-15. $9-$2500 (all access).

MONEY | POWER | FAME
Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz left a Fox News panel and viewers alike stunned after suggesting that marijuana can help solve the U.S. opioid crisis: “The real story is the hypocrisy around medical marijuana.”

Russia’s state-controlled news media is blaming Morgan Freeman’s outspoken marijuana use for his narration in a YouTube video calling for further investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Snoop Dogg's investment firm Casa Verde Capital led a $2 million seed round of funding for cannabis software firm Trellis, the company reported this week.

FASHION | ART | DESIGN


The indie art house thriller “Woodshock” stars Kirsten Dunst as a dispensary budtender who laces her joints with something much stronger; via GreenState.

Fashion footwear icon Manolo Blahnik — creator of Rihanna’s #SoStoned line — is the subject of the new documentary “Manolo: the Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards”; via The Chronicle.

VIRAL

BBC'S "Blue Planet II" Prequel features new music from Radiohead with Hans Zimmer and WE'RE FREAKING OUT.


PICKS OF THE WEEK

MZM Coming very soon to SoCal...

A post shared by manzanita & madrone (@manzamadrone) on

STRAIN: If there’s any strain better than the currently ultra-popular Do Si Dos, it would most likely be the flavorful Grape Do Si, available at all dispensaries that carry Jungle Boys genetics. . . . EDIBLE: Revisit your childhood sweet-tooth for ginger ale with a cannabis-infused Ginger Root THC Fizz made by Manzanita & Madrone. . . .TOPICAL: If sports creams and analgesic rubs just aren’t enough for your aching joints and muscles, then maybe it’s time to try Dr. Kerklaan’s Natural CBD Pain Spray.

FOOD | TRAVEL

Our very own Ed Murrieta checks in at a few cannabis-friendly AirBNB locations known for giving the gift of pot.

The San Francisco Chronicle takes a crack at ranking the various flavors of the Bay Area’s favorite ice cream sandwich, the It’s-It.

NEWS
California voters chose to legalize recreational pot in 2016, but it doesn’t look like retail sales will begin any time soon, GreenState editor David Downs reports.

In yet another signal of the massive dysfunction within Donald Trump’s presidential administration, DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg has announced plans to resign from his post; via Washington Post

HIGHLY DUBIOUS
Despite the fact that over 30 states have legalized marijuana in some form, federal data shows that arrests related to possession are on the rise. There were more arrests for weed in 2016 than all violent crimes combined; via Newsweek.

READ THIS
Cannabis for Seniors — By Beverly A. Potter, Ph.D.

WATCH | PLAY THIS

NBC’s smash hit sitcom Will & Grace is back with a reunion lasting a full season; via The Chronicle. . . . Tom Cruise stars as the notorious American drug smuggler Barry Seal in Universal Pictures’ American Made, out in theaters September 29.

FOLLOW

@VaporRoom -- Follow one of San Francisco’s most stories cannabis dispensaries as they try to re-open after the federal crackdown.

@solsticeintimates -- Retro, sultry intimates for 420-friendly women.

@Relvape -- Stylish and discreet cannabis oil vaporizers created for more discerning users.

Have a great weekend, david downs + oscar pascual

TIPS?

Make the best week ever — bester! Send tips to GreenState editor ddowns@sfchronicle.com