Don’t miss 'High Tea'; C.R.A.F.T. Raspberry Cookies; Middle Earth: Shadow of War this weekend
Your weekend guide to cannabis culture | from the desk of cannabis editor David Downs
Weekend playlist is supposed to an upbeat weekly post, but today our hearts are broken. Ashes continue to rain down on San Francisco as wildfire scorches the North Bay Area and beyond. The state’s largest cannabis harvest in its history has ended in tragedy.
This morning I went out to my lone cannabis plant on the back porch to collect seeds. They’re ripening one at a time, and you can tell when their little seed pod turns brown that they’re ready to fall out. Just the slightest squeeze makes them pop out — I’ve collected about a dozen of these little, brown, tiger-striped seeds and hundreds more are finishing up.
It’s a reminder that a new season will come. This, too, shall pass. Already we’re tracking relief efforts beginning to coalesce. The cannabis community has spent decades relying on itself in the face of a full-scale federal-state drug war. Coming together to help each other is in the community’s DNA. Though the fires are still burning and more damage and loss of life and crop is still to come, this community will rebuild. It will come back as strong and vibrant as ever. The seeds are already in-hand. The time will come to plant again. — David Downs
Here’s what’s trending this weekend in cannabis:
WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT
Curious Cannabis Salon — Get educated on cannabis in a safe, intimate environment. The group Edible Excursions have planned a health, wellness, and culinary-focused afternoon to demystify the emerging world of medical and recreational cannabis. “No bad pot brownies allowed.” Expect classes, experts, samples, seasonal dishes, vapor pens, dispensary gadgets and a generous, take-home "swag bag". Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. $75 per person. San Francisco location will be sent to attendees one day before the event. Medical marijuana recommendation required.
MONEY | POWER | FAME
Canada’s largest cannabis businesses have experienced a rise in stock price after the government announced a tax program of one dollar per gram of legal pot; via Vice News. . . . Also out of Canada, major producer Sunniva is crashing into the California market with a half-million square-foot facility in the desert town of Cathedral City.
British comedian Russell Brand appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher and shared his vast experience with substances, and says his latest is “the drug of connection, of unity, of love.”
Actress Kathy Bates talked to Late Show host Stephen Colbert about preparing for her role as a dispensary owner in Netflix’s stoner sitcom “Disjointed”: “It's fun to do the research. It really is. And pot is so much better now.”
FASHION | ART | DESIGN
Before Bria Vinaite broke out as the star of the highly praised indie drama The Florida Project, she was known for designing weed-themed fashion apparel; via Vanity Fair
Comedian Luenell, also known for posing as Penthouse’s first plus-size, woman of color model, is the focus of a hilarious feature interview with Paper Magazine.
The late comedy legend Don Rickles passed away in April, but thankfully we can see more from the original insult comic in a new web series titled “Dinner with Don.” The premiere episode features rapper Snoop Dogg.
WELLNESS | HEALTH
Patients in Illinois are choosing to use less opioid drugs in favor of medical marijuana; via Chicago Tribune.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
FOOD | TRAVEL
Canada is set to legalize recreational pot use next July, but infused edibles won’t be allowed until one year after legalization; via Vice.
Iconic punk band NOFX collaborated with Stone Brewing Co. on a “Punk in Drublic” brew. There’s a concert tour to go with it; via The Chronicle.
Massive fires devastating Northern California cities are also destroying the state’s outdoor cannabis harvest. Sonoma County, regarded as the epicenter of the legal pot economy, has declared a state of emergency.
The Washington Post reports that the IRS has unfairly targeted non-profit groups with names that include “medical marijuana,” and other left-leaning terms such as “progressive” and “green energy.”
The bored folks over at HerbanPlanet.com decided to launch a pound of weed into space for absolutely no good reason whatsoever.
High Tea: Gracious Cannabis Tea-Time Recipes for Every Occasion by Sandra Hinchcliffe.
WATCH | PLAY | LISTEN
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is complete fan service for Lord of the Rings enthusiasts, allowing players to participate in massive battles between orcs, dwarves, elves, and men. Available on all major consoles and PC.
Martial arts legend Jackie Chan trades in his trademark light-hearted action films for a more serious tone in The Foreigner. Chan stars alongside Pierce Brosnan and the late Charlie Murphy in what feels like a cross between Taken and John Wick.
@emeraldfamily1 -- A partnership between some of the finest cultivators located in the Emerald Triangle, with product available all throughout California
@Yewyewshop — Smoking, simplified. Ceramic pipes made for yew.
@smokiestokecouture — High fashion for your classy cannabis lifestyle.
best wishes for a rewarding, relaxing weekend, david downs + oscar pascual