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Hello Hello and Happy 4-20 everybody!
Once again we come upon that special time of year when an overwhelmingly growing number of our population chooses to simultaneously shift their state of mental being to that of a calmer and more peaceful nature through the enjoyable consumption of that wonderful herb we all love so much.
This year will be my first Multi-National 4-20 and I’d like to bring you all along with me on my journey.
My celebrations began last night when the clock struck twelve and I was lucky enough to be able to try some fine PK Hash from one of the Bay Area’s newest cannabis clubs the Purple Elephant down in San Jose. I wish I had been able to visit the dispensary myself and give you guys the run down, however due to my severely lacking transportation situation a friend of mine picked it up and made the trip to hook me up with a delicious 420 midnight toke. We settled in to the night and had a few beers and being that it was getting late I was forced to hit the hay and get some rest in before my trip back to the perfect scene for a 420 day of fun, Vansterdam.
As I type this I’m waiting for my plane to board at SFO International airport and I think I’ll recap on the herbal highlights of my past week in California. The biggest development since my northern migration is the number of cannabis clubs springing up in the Bay. More and more counties have been legalization the operation of clubs within their jurisdiction and what this means for my San Jose family and all you south bay dwellers is that instead of making the 30-60 minute drive (depending on traffic) out to either the San Francisco, Oakland, Berkley or Santa Cruz clubs, You can now visit one of the fine cannabis “retail” outlets in the south bay or whichever side you happen to live on!
Oakland’s Harbourside opened a second club in San Jose and continues to uphold their excellent standard of profesionalism and quality. From this particular club I was able to sample a few different strains. From the Midgrade shelf we tried a very sweet tasting “Chem Dog #4” and of course toasted back some grapes of danky, danky “Grand Daddy Purple”. I was also lucky enough to get a taste of one of their top shelf strains called “Champagne” this one we took through my brother’s new digital box vaporizer made by Natural Goods.
A quick side note on this particular vaporizer, It worked great but the temperature was a bit hard to regulate and I feel that with the jump in temperature when you draw through the mouthpiece could potentially be degrading the THC. The digital temperature readout showed close to a 30-50 degree jump in temperature which seems excessive to me. I see now why Volcanoes work so well due to their consistency in keeping your herb heated to that perfect 374, or whatever your magic number may be ;).
Well I am just about ready to board my plane back to Vancouver so wish me safe travels and I’ll be reporting back on the festivities in Vancouver as soon as I make it back to the city!
More to come along with pictures after the festivities!
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So guys its been a little while due to me being real busy finishing up school and living the life up here in Vancouver. The sun’s been shining and I’ve been out enjoying the gorgeous pacific northwest so I haven’t been inside with the computer much.

But for this news I am sitting and hacking away at the keys to spread the news that Oakland has passed a new ordinance that raises the tax paid on the sale of medical marijuana. This is great news for the simple fact that it brings a solid legitimacy to the sale of marijuana. Oakland is now the nation’s first city to directly tax the herb and support the sale of medical marijuana.

The city set at 1.8% tax on medical marijuana sold in the city. This tax is expected to raise at least $400,000 and perhaps more that $1 million annually according to the wall street journal. The city of Oakland is currently suffering from a 83 million dollar shortcoming on a $455 million budget.

About 80% of voters backed the marijuana tax and with the backing of the oakland city council, this legislation shows just how widespread the acceptance of the normalization of cannabis really is.

With the polls showing  56%  of californians in support of legalization and taxation, this experimental tax of cannabis is exactly what other politicians need to show them that legalization and taxation can really help with the state deficit.

Legalize 2010

Legalization 2010!!! For AB390 to pass californians are going to have to band together and gather enough signatures to get it on the ballot.

Lets go fellow Californians!!! I wish I could be down there doing my part alas I am living up here in the north and can’t.

Check out news on CNN Politics HERE

Peace, and keep blowing that smoke proud.

~ The Hempen Journeyman

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I am excited to see this for the first time. An athlete and positive role model who shows his full support and is even sponsored by MediCann!!

Inspirational stuff, check it out.

Peace and keep blowing that smoke proud,
Kid Kulture

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The DEA continues to bring the ideals and practices of the Nazi SS to North America.

The DEA continues to bring the ideals and practices of the Nazi SS to North America.

The following is quoted from Salem-News.com HERE

In spite of recent announcements by the Attorney General that the days of federal agents raiding legal medical marijuana dispensaries are over, the Sheriff of Kern County, California utilized agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency Wednesday in its raid of a medical marijuana dispensary in east Bakersfield Wednesday afternoon.

Local TV station KGET 17 News reports that the search warrant was served on the Green Cross Compassionate Medical Marijuana Co-operative at 319 Bernard Street in Bakersfield.

The station’s Website stated that their calls to the sheriff’s department were not immediately returned. They did contact the DEA who reportedly stated that the agency was there only to assist, insisting that the lead agency on the case was the sheriff’s department.

The story is taking place a couple of hours east of Morro Bay, California, where lawful medical marijuana dispensary owner Charles Lynch was singled out by the local sheriff who also used the DEA to conduct their raid.

Medical marijuana is legal in California and Attorney General Eric Holder recently said federal agents will no longer be utilized to raid dispensaries unless they are violating both federal and state law.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood told KGET 17 News that his office will not interfere with the operation of non-profit medical co-operatives run by patients for patients. But, he said dispensaries that sell marijuana for a profit should be expected to be treated like other drug dealers.

This is absolutely infuriating. How can law enforcement be allowed to abuse their power in such an obviously illegal way? The statement made by Attorney General Eric Holder is now officially meaningless.

“Dispensaries that sell marijuana for a profit should be expected to be treated like other drug dealers” This is the most ignorant statement I have heard in the media in the past month. This tops Glen Beck’s Singaporean drug law statement. How can a legal business be required to operate for no profit when one of the most profitable industries in America is pharmaceuticals. These two industries, marijuana and pharmaceuticals, are providing the same services and providing health care and medicine for sick people. Why is there a double standard for these two industries which are essentially providing the same service?

This sheriff in Bakersfield is acting on his own in order to push his own moral ignorance on the subject of marijuana. This can not be allowed to continue! Call your legislators and DEMAND that they change their policies of attacking law abiding citizens for doing when they (AND CALIFORNIA LAW!) believe is legal.

Peace and keep blowing that smoke proud,
Kid Kulture

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So yesterday I went down to the Vancouver seed bank for their 420 after party. I got there a bit early, despite the fact that I took the wrong bus and had to kick rocks a few blocks to get there. The dispensary wasn’t opening till 1:30 because of some traffic issues or something like that so I hung out with some guys in front and waited it out. I met a cat named leigh who told me about the current state of the music industry and the direction in which he thinks it should head. This older gentleman was spitting some solid advice and just before he left he told me to check out his blog, Advice for Young People at blogspot which I have been sadly unable to locate, I could really use some advice. Kiweed popped his head out the window and said whats up for a minute before heading back in to the lounge. When the dispensary opened at 1 I stopped in and picked up a couple grammes of their newest shipment, Kootney Hash Plant. This was some of the tastiest weed I have had in a long long time. Bright green in colour, dense nugs with and a smooth fruity taste. the buds themselves were some of the nicest little trees I have ever seen at the dispensary. Its now a toss up between the purple kush, one batch of lemon hash plant they had, and the new Kootney hash plant.

When I finally headed in to the lounge DJ Kiweed was spinning in the the kitchen window and by far this could have been the most diverse session I have ever had.  My first couple jays I shared with two older gents and the guy who built the pond in the seed bank garden, one guy that left shortly after for a quest to find the cannery restaurant along the water in east van. Before he left though we shared some interesting conversation about technology which led to self learning robots and what can be considered sentience. Interesting and intelligent conversation come few and far between. one of the girls was walking around giving out complimentary hash tokes from all the kief they collected on 420 which IMO is pretty special on its own. When the first guy left we adopted a few new comers to our cipher. Two younger people, one interested in the movie business and another who I assume just likes smoking weed. I am currently studying entertainment business so I gave the girl all the advice I had before going on to talk to another guy about hemp oils and the possible medical benefits such as its application in the fight against cancer. Later a few people came in who could have easily been good friends of my parents. They bummed a paper off me and proceeded to try and roll a jay. I found this hilarious and yet so cool.

At the 20 of every hour there was a door prize raffle for a gramme of cannabis, around 3:20 I won a gramme of cherry that I twisted up and shared with the current cipher that had greatly grown in size by this time. Much to my surprise  the Tallbrothers showed up and did a live show which was amazing and got the whole crowd jiving. The Tallbrothers are a reeferjazz band who’s not so subtle message of “Jive up” can be heard here on their myspace. They started off their set with jive up, went on to sing about their favourite kind of rolling papers “Club Papers”. Later in the set they played the famous theme of Marc Emery “Prince of Pot” that was featured in his documentary on CBC  that you can check out online or purchase from the Cannabis Culture website.

The band took a short break for the bong hitting contest which in retrospect I should have joined in on, maybe next time. For a $5 entry fee the contestants each had to burn a full gramme out of a large gear bong with an ash catcher and double bubbler on the stem. all of the contestants got water after their rip and a free cookie. The winner won an eighth of some 007 who happened to be, with no surprise the older gentleman with the long grey beard. He had a beard, he had to be good.

Right after the contest they had the big draw at 6:20 for the big prizes of an ounce, a half, a quarter, and an eighth. I won nothing but then again I only bought 3 tickets. Next time, now that I’m aware of how it works, I’ll be dropping a 20 or two on an arms length of tickets in hopes of winning that ounce. $40 for a good chance to win an ounce or a half or even a quarter is pretty good. So right around this time just before the big raffle the place flooded with people, a few of which looked like small time dealers who hung out in the back with a bunch of tickets in hopes of winning a new shipment. I saw one girl who in some of the worst most obvious dealing I have ever seen took out a large ziplock packed with filled dime bags. Can anyone say “Intent to Distribute”? Oh well… She’ll learn when a cop searches that bag.

My favourite part of the whole event was the house. The house can only be described as what I imagine an old booze running stash house might have looked like. There were people everywhere. The big boss guys from the cannabis culture HQ, including Dana Larsen, Jacob Hunter and Michelle Rainey were all hanging out on the uppermost balcony of this ancient structure. Everyone was “jiving up” all day, I adopted a bong for the day and burned off more than a few jays that seemed to come from every direction. The House upstairs of the Seed bank had an internet room with two computers and wireless internet. There is a chill room with an N64 and a second room with full black lights and a projection tv for all kinds of trippy visuals. The DJs were set up in the kitchen and the barbecues were set up out on the balcony and working hard to feed all the munching patrons of the afternoon. When I had had a few bottles of water I headed down to search for the washroom and was directed to the moon door. This was the smallest, albeit rather cool, washroom I have ever been inside. I couldn’t stand up straight and It was quite the effort to pee in the tiny toilette, but I managed. The Walls were plastered with newspaper clippings of everything from Peter Tosh calling for legalization to the Vancouver 3’s exploits against the US.

At the end of the party, after the final raffle i was chilling out with a hamburger when an extremely large man flipped out beside me and started claiming that his clan of vampires was the best, something about facebook, his battle cry and I dunno what else but I took that as my cue to leave. So a picked up my salad and headed for the bus.

I stopped by the grocery store on the way home and picked up some oreos, ginger-ale and taco seasoning which later turned out to be fajita seasoning. I didn’t really realize how stonery this was until the chick working the check-out took one look at my choices, glances at my eyes and burst in to laughter. Oh well, no shame in my game.

Definitely an interesting day, check out some of the pictures.

Peace and keep blowing that smoke proud,
Kid Kulture

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So I was excited to see DL visit Harbourside. When I was still down in California I used to visit Harbourside as one of my clubs of choice. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but inside it is one of the most professional experiences you’ll ever get from a medical dispensary.

Heres how it works

You approach the front door and hand your paperwork/Patient ID Card to the armed security guard out front, he confirms that you are a legal patient and radios inside to open the door and let you in. You head up the steps and enter the front door where you walk through a metal detector and get a quick pat down.

Once you’re through all the formalities of confirming your paper work and registering as a member of Harbourside, the rest of your visit is as if you were at a bank for Cannabis! The professional staff waits behind the glass display counter full of different strains and products.

The First Strain I tried from this club was called “Dragon” It was a Sativa heavy herb, bright green and the bud looked wispy like fire. Back then their selection of edibles wasn’t amazing, but I’m sure they have improved their menu by a  hundred fold. This was however the first time I had “The Greenie” Cookie which has been my inspiration for every baked good I have produced since that day.  For those of you patients lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, go check out Harbourside in Oakland!

1840 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606, United States
(510) 533-0146

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