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The Spark: How Masked Musician Noise Cans Uses Cannabis to Inspire His Sound

On a sunny summer day in New York City, I met a mysterious masked musician called Noise Cans in a studio in Lower Manhattan. The city, with its eight million characters, bustles around us.

Noise Cans, who describes his sound on Facebook as a “musical experience that is part carnival, part incantation and pure electronic celebration,” hails from Bermuda, and now splits his time between Bermuda and Brooklyn. Relaxed while lounging in a red Adidas tracksuit and soft-spoken behind his signature Gombey-inspired mask, Noise Cans has his go-to sativa strain on hand at the studio. His preference for blunts is apparent in the second-nature way he rolls—quick and concise. Cannabis helps heighten his creativity, inspire his music, and cultivate his rebellious spirit. When we meet, the calmness of his elevated demeanor is almost contradictory to the loudness of his costumes and beat-centric music.

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I’m here to capture Noise Cans in photos as well as learn more about how cannabis inspires him. We begin our afternoon in the heart of the Financial District, where tourists are crowding around the Charging Bull statue. The vibrancy of Noise Cans’s outfit—an homage to his Bermudian roots—causes a few heads to turn, but the city keeps pulsing. Below, learn how cannabis sparks Noise Cans’s sound and unique brand of artistic individuality.

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Leafly: Tell me how you got started in music and what the clothing represents.

Noise Cans: I come from a musical family so I feel it has been in my blood since birth. I grew up playing piano and drums, so it was a natural progression for me and became an outlet and a passion as I got older. I draw inspiration for my music and clothing from my surroundings.

The clothing I wear is inspired by traditional Gombey costumes. Gombeys are an iconic symbol of Bermudian culture that began when black slaves were first brought from Africa to the Caribbean. They are a dancing [troupe] that used to perform solely on days of rest for slaves but now are an integral part of the culture, taking to the streets in color costumes, dancing intricate masquerades and playing drums. Gombey is derived from [an] African word meaning rhythm.

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What role does cannabis play in your creative process?

It really depends on my mood but cannabis definitely helps get the creative juices flowing. It loosens me up, you know. It’s not a necessity as I’m pretty creative already but at times it does offer vibes.

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Did cannabis play a role in working on your most recent release, No War? How so?

Maybe if more people in power smoked we wouldn’t even be at war. No War was definitely inspired by the current climate and state of unrest. It’s my hope that this, like cannabis, can act as an escape that people can enjoy and take a time out from the negativity.

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What was the first time smoking like for you? Who were you with?

First time smoking I think was … with my friends back in Bermuda and [I] had no idea what I was doing. I totally choked a couple of times.

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What is your favorite type of cannabis? Favorite consumption method?

Sativa is my go to. I need to stay active. Not really into the drowsy thing. I’m still a papers guy. I love to roll a spliff.

In NYC, we get everything and anything delivered. Do you get your cannabis delivered? If so, what’s your relationship like with that person—any strange encounters?

Yeah I get delivery. The relationship is chill. I really wish I had something crazy to tell you [but] I keep it really easy. [Laughs] Next time I’ll come to the door in the mask to see their reaction.

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What is the most exciting aspect of being a musician? Do you feel capable of effecting change through your music?

The most exciting thing about being a musician for me is being able to affect people with the vibes and energy that I create.

I would like to think so. As artists we are looked up to and in most cases are a voice for our fans. So I choose to be positive and spread good vibes in hopes of passing on the love and energy that the world needs, especially right now. 

What sorts of things do you seek to change?

Peace, love, unity.

Noise Cans’s latest release, No War, dropped earlier this month and can be found on SoundCloud.


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Watch This: Aubrey Plaza Smokes With the ‘Weed Nuns’

The folks at CUT took deadpan actress Aubrey Plaza to meet Sister Kate and Sister Evie, two of the Sisters of the Valley that grow high-CBD cannabis in Merced, California. The trio smoke, trim buds, and talk about why the “sisters” dress and identify as nuns.

Plaza’s reactions are hilarious, from when she first sees untrimmed bud and exclaims, “Those are real?! Whoa! Whoaaaaaa. This is…the coolest thing I’ve ever seen”:

…to her smelling some homegrown flower the sisters brought for her:

…to her awkwardly blessing the newly trimmed buds alongside Sister Kate and Sister Evie:

My favorite Plaza reaction was her incredulous response to Sister Kate explaining why she dresses as a nun.

Sister Kate: “In 2011 Michelle Obama tried to talk to Congress about how unhealthy our children’s meals are. Congress declared pizza a vegetable.”‘

Plaza: “WHY?”

Sister Kate: “Because it made our children’s meals look healthier than they are. So I declared myself a nun. I said ‘If pizza’s a vegetable, I’m a nun.’”

Later, after having enjoyed some lovely bud for the past 30 or so minutes, Plaza confesses while erupting into giggles, “One time I hid a bunch of weed in my saxophone…aaaaand I think my mom found it.” At the end of the video, she declares, “I wanna be a weed nun.” After watching this video, I’m starting to think most of us wouldn’t mind being one, either.


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5 Awesome Dispensaries to Support During Pride

As we highlighted in our recent article on the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, the LGBTQ community and the cannabis industry have been linked for decades. In honor of Pride Month, we’re highlighting five dispensaries and retail shops that are either LGBTQ owned or co-owned, or running specials or other specific promotions for Pride. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so check with your local dispensaries and retailers to see what kind of specials are available near you!

As Leon Mostovoy, owner of Pride Cannabis and Wings of Wellness Delivery Service, observed, “Queer bodies are biologically the same as everyone else, however, our community endures more physiological stress, financial disadvantage, physical abuse, drug abuse, and emotional abuse. Therefore we look for solutions to cope. I believe cannabis is the best all natural and non-addictive medication we can use to heal our community.”

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Is your favorite dispensary celebrating Pride? Tell us how in the comments!

Washington

Located in: Seattle, WA and Shoreline, WA

Year opened: 2011

Fun fact: Dockside is a member of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), which promotes equality through its member businesses and is the largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce in the world.

Pride specials: All month, Dockside will be running a Pride edition of its Cannabis + Cinema program, which pairs movies with the perfect strains and products. Movie pairings will include the likes of But I’m a Cheerleader and Oleum’s Girl Scout Cookie Honey Crystal; Brokeback Mountain with Spot’s 1:1 CBD Milk or Dark Chocolate Squares; The Kids Are All Right with Doc & Yeti’s Brandywine; The Birdcage with Lazy Bee’s Jillybean; and Milk with Western Cultured’s Cascade Connie pre-rolls.

Located in: Seattle, WA

Year opened: 2014

Fun fact: Uncle Ike’s employs multilingual budtenders.

Pride specials: 5% of all profits from all Uncle Ike’s locations will be donated to Entre Hermanos, a non-profit whose mission is “to promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.”

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California

Delivery locations: Inland Empire, Newport Beach, and Oceanside

Year opened: 2016

Their story: Owner Leon Mostovoy is a trans man and has been an artist, photographer, and activist in the LGBTQ community for over 30 years. He’ll be creating a new art project with trans elders using a generous grant from West Hollywood City this year. He previously created two intergenerational projects with the homeless youth and elders at the LA LGBT Center, where he got to know and love the elders in the LGBT community.

Fun fact: Mostovoy’s product company, Pride Cannabis, gives $1 per sale back to the LA LGBT Center’s Senior Services Department. “The money is to help our LGBTQ elders who created the visibility and rights we have today and are literally dying alone and in poverty,” he says. Another fun fact: Mostovoy’s business partner, Buck Angel, is an internationally known artist as well as a motivational speaker for the LGBTQ community.

Pride specials: None apart from the above.

Located in: San Francisco, CA

Year opened: 2010

Their story: SPARC is proudly gay-owned and -operated by president Erich Pearson.

Fun fact: The dispensary hosts a monthly Dab Bar/Drag Show event (“Dab Queens”) hosted by local drag performers Trangela Landsbury and Punky Pebbles.

Pride specials: Between June 21 and 25, you can buy two SPARC cartridges for $70 total, two SPARC pre-rolls for $20 total, or two SPARC cartridges to get a limited edition Pride battery for $10.

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Oregon

Located in: Portland, OR

Year opened: 2015

Their story: Several years ago, co-owner Melissa Egan (who identifies as queer) worked as a mediator and facilitator, and wanted to build affordable housing for LGBT seniors. She spent time raising money for this goal and wound up working in cannabis.

Fun fact: 100% of Panacea’s profits go to social justice and the community. From the company’s website, “Panacea’s objective is to generate profits from cannabis sales to support projects, organizations or businesses that promote social justice and address problems that threaten people and society—not to maximize profits for a small group of individual investors. Panacea is a no-dividend company. Investors get back only their investment amount plus a small amount of interest. No annual dividend is given beyond that amount.”

Pride specials: None apart from the above.


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‘All Eyez on Me’: Is It Worth the High?

Welcome to “Is It Worth the High?”, where our writers see newly released movies, listen to the latest album drops, and try other experiences while high to determine whether they’re worth your time, money, and most importantly, your cannabis buzz. This week, Dante Jordan ponders whether we should seek out nearby theaters playing the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me and “Hit Em Up” or avoid “Until the End of Time.”


Product Enjoyed Pre-Movie: A good ol’ blunt of a nameless bud. I was told it was “some indoor Seattle shit” upon reception and that’s all I have to go on. My apologies.

High Experienced (1-10 scale): 4. I smoked before the movie but ended up having to switch to a later screening, which lessened my buzz by showtime.

I went to All Eyez on Me with my parents for Father’s Day and boy oh boy, that is one bad movie. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth the high. Even though Twitter spent the entire weekend roasting the movie without mercy, I still went into it with an open mind. I figured Twitter has lied to me about movies before (Hi, Birdman), maybe they’re lying to me again. And even if they aren’t, I’m still going to be high as shit with a plate full of pretzel bites and queso dipping sauce, so it’s a win regardless.

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All Eyez on Me is all over the place with no specific destination. Tupac’s life was way too complex to be fit into a biopic. It seems like they couldn’t decide which storyline to use for driving the movie forward, so they just threw them all in and hoped for the best. The movie will tell one part, like Tupac being an art student in Baltimore, then it’ll flash to the beginning of his career with Digital Underground, then it’ll flash to him being a superstar, then it’ll flashback to scenes of his childhood friendship with Jada Pinkett (which felt random and had no place in the movie, even though it definitely had a place his life), all while the movie is actually being told through his jailhouse interviews.

The result has you feeling like “Okay…so…wait…how’d we get here? Wait…now we’re HERE?!” the entire time, making All Eyez on Me look like a dingy Lifetime movie. The only true positive light of the entire film is Demetrius Shipp Jr. Bad movie or not, he played the hell out of 2Pac and I hope he sees more work in the future.

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Key Takeways:

  • In another life, Tupac Shakur would’ve been the father of Jaden Smith
  • We all should learn more Shakespeare quotes
  • There needs to be a strain named California Love

Is It Worth the High? Yes. Even though the movie sucked as a complete project, the individual scenes were pretty compelling and entertaining (plus you have no choice but to rap along with every single song that plays). Ultimately, despite its flaws, All Eyez on Me will make you want to spark up some cannabis and smoke from the beginning until the end credits roll.


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Check Out These Weekly Cannabis Live Streams on YouTube

When it comes to the tumultuous relationship between cannabis content creators and the social media platforms they use, YouTube has notoriously pinned itself as the surprising exception. Although many platforms label cannabis-related content as a violation of “community guidelines,” the wildly popular streaming site has instead taken a far more progressive approach in responding to the cannabis community. Instead of banning accounts, the YouTube community has been known to reward popular cannabis content creators with such accolades as subscription plaques, even recommending cannabis-related videos through trending lists.

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3 Cannabis YouTubers You Should Check Out

One of those trending lists that has seen an influx of cannabis content is the live stream. Through Google Hangouts, YouTube has ushered a new platform for recurring collaborative cannabis conversations, and the community has taken to this new paradigm in droves. Here are three of my favorite weekend YouTube cannabis live streams to check out.

Hash Church on Sundays With Bubbleman

Hash Church is the one-stop shop for hash hangouts on the internet. This weekly live stream hosted by Bubbleman on his Bubbleman’s World YouTube channel is the quintessential Sunday spot to be for the cannabis concentrate community. With weekly appearances from esteemed industry panelists, special guests, and cannabis educators, the wealth of valuable cannabis and concentrate-related information being tossed around freely on each show is staggering.

After over 140 episodes and counting, Hash Church remains one of the longest-running, consistent, and most popular cannabis-related YouTube live streams to-date, often hailed by other successful cannabis live shows as the standard for quality and consistency. Ranging between 2-4 hours, this show airs live on Sunday mornings. The conversation is very organic, and although some episodes have pre-ordained themes, many of the shows flow smoothly with impromptu industry discussions from the panel.

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Just about every topic ranging from extraction techniques and practices to global policy has been brought to the table and discussed thoroughly. For those looking for an unprecedented wealth of knowledge from industry insiders, you’d better arm yourself with a pen and notebook before diving in to one of these episodes. This is one show you certainly don’t want to miss.

The Weed Nerd Live Show on Saturdays With SubCool420

It would be be a travesty to talk live streams without mentioning the YouTube king of cannabis himself, Subcool420 of TGA Genetics. Created in 2007, Subcool’s channel has been going strong with consistent cannabis-related video content. Along with a plethora of practically daily information, Subcool’s weekly live stream “The Weed Nerd Live Show” (WNLS) airs every Saturday, featuring a panel of knockout regulars all armed to the teeth with cannabis knowledge.

Recently, famed cannabis author and historian Ed Rosenthal made an appearance on the show to discuss cannabis cultivation and the state of the industry. Hangouts on the WNLS tend to flow informally, with discussions hovering around nebulous topics pertaining to home and commercial cannabis cultivation, soil science, organic and no till growing philosophies, breeding, and much more.

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Subcool’s channel is a haven for daily cannabis hangouts, so be sure to tune in on Saturdays to watch these legends show us all how it’s done.

GrowTube Roundtable on Friday’s With Crazy Dago

In the summer of 2016, a freshly minted YouTuber named Crazy Dago decided to start a cannabis-themed Google Hangouts Live Show on his channel. However, unlike other cannabis live streams, Dago’s idea was different. He wanted to create a forum catering exclusively to the growers community. Cue the Grow Tube Roundtable. Airing every Friday night, this live show features a rockstar panel of seasoned cannabis growers (both commercial and home scale) hanging out and discussing a robust range of topics pertaining to anything and everything related to cannabis cultivation and breeding.

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What makes the Grow Tube Roundtable stand out from every other cannabis-related live stream is its incredible production value. Unlike most other live streams that often operate on loose forum topics, unregulated banter, and shoddy audio/visuals, the Roundtable discussions are preplanned with conversation topics and panel guests every week so viewers know exactly what to expect before each live stream.

Furthermore, Dago and his team take great strides to endure every panelist is armed with state-of-the-art camera and sound gear thanks to the power of Google’s new Super Chat function, which allows viewers to actively submit donations to the channel during live streams. Keep an eye out for Dago and his green-thumbed Knights of the Roundtable; this is a weekly live stream you can’t afford to miss!


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The High Score: E3 Video Game Teasers That Have Us Readying Our Pipes

Welcome to The High Score, where we explore the creative, immersive intersections of cannabis and gaming through reviews, product pairings, and more. Check out more installments of The High Score series here.


This week, video game developers both large-scale and small gathered in Los Angeles for E3 2017, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, where they shared exciting projects currently in the works for video game enthusiasts worldwide.

E3 for gamers can be compared to Christmas morning for a 7-year-old; it can be the best or most disappointing day of the year depending on what gets unwrapped. Like when game developer Bethesda hands you an Elder Scrolls VI-shaped box, but inside is just paid mods and yet another version of Skyrim. Or when your sibling with the Playstation gets God of War, Day’s Gone, and Horizon: Zero Dawn…and you get Cuphead (which, to be fair, looks like one of the better Xbox exclusives).

Sure, there were a few lumps of coal in the E3 stocking this year, but there were also some real bangers. Which games have us loading a bowl in restless anticipation?

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Super Mario Odyssey 

Console: Nintendo Switch

Release Date: October 2017

I’ll Be Smoking: Amnesia Haze, to achieve the weird, psychedelic euphoria this game deserves.

Nintendo was the undisputed champ of this year’s E3, dishing out major titles and nostalgic teasers that have everyone’s inner child screaming with delight. Cue Super Mario Odyssey, a game that harks back to the era when Super Mario 64 ruled our adolescent lives. But while the 3D platformer of yesteryear stayed well within the lines of what to expect in the world of Mario, Odyssey looks to be of a more vivid, actively hallucinating imagination as Mario possesses anything’s soul with the power of his hat.

You can be whoever or whatever you want. A T-Rex? Just give him your hat! A business man? You can be him, too. A taxi cab? Sure. Why not. Whatever you need to be to save Princess Peach again. The sky seems to be the limit.

Based on the trailer, I can’t tell if this game takes place in New York, Jurassic Park, Mexico, or a boat in the sky, but one thing I do know: I can’t WAIT to be stoned exploring it all with my sentient hat friend, “Cappy.”

Anthem 

Console: Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC

Release Date: Fall 2018

I’ll Be Smoking: Kosher Kush, to slow down my sloppy, anxious trigger finger.

Anthem, you guys.

In this shared-world RPG, you’re a mechanical bumblebee-human that jetpacks around a rainforest with all your friends. Y’all are leaping off cliffs, flying through ruins, diving underwater among bioluminescent orbs, singing songs over headsets, and generally enjoying the stunning atmospheres lit by soft beams of light squeezing through green canopies. What a great day.

…Until an enormous mechanical Trojan horse-robot charges in carting in a chest full of laser-spitting enemies. Here’s where I pause the game, take a huge rip of the heaviest indica I can reach, and try to hit something–anything–with my little virtual bullets. I’m not huge on first-person shooters, but I’ve subjected myself to worse for breathtaking open-world environments that you can immerse yourself in alone or with a buddy.

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Rocket League

Console: Nintendo Switch (just announced), Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac

Release Date: Winter 2017

I’ll Be Smoking: Chocolope, to enhance focus and to generate more creative insults for my enemies.

If Mario Kart and FIFA had a baby. That’s Rocket League described in a nutshell. The premise is simple: you’re a little car trying to bash a ball into a goal. The fun of it all comes from the chaos, the mayhem, the defiance of gravity, and cursing at your friends.

Rocket League has been around for a couple years now, but the announcement that it’ll soon be released on the portable Nintendo Switch came as a pleasant surprise to those of us who want to take the game with us wherever we go.

God of War

Console: Playstation 4

Release Date: Early 2018

I’ll Be Smoking: Thor’s Hammer, to sharpen reflexes and because Norse stuff.

God of War has been around over a decade and has traditionally been set in the world of Greek mythology. But Sony presents a different God of War this year–a game with two feet firmly set in the snowpack of Norse mythology. Here, you’ll recognize deities like Thor, Odin, Loki, and creatures like giants and the World Serpent, Jormungandr.

Despite taking place in an era of Viking brutality, the fourth God of War shows a different side of the perma-aggro Kratos we all know. “This game is about Kratos teaching his son how to be a god, and his son teaching Kratos how to be human again,” explains the game’s Creative Director, Cory Barlog.

With its breakaway from the static of the previous three God of War games–and also its step into the surreal mythology of Scandinavian antiquity–I easily have not been this excited about game since Skyrim, Breath of the Wild, and Witcher III.

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Transference 

Console: Playstation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift; Non-VR available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC

Release Date: Spring 2018

I’ll Be Smoking: Green Crack, for its mind-melting properties that will make this game as nightmarish as it deserves to be.

Elijah Wood has been up to all kinds of shenanigans since his days of gallivanting around Middle Earth as little Frodo Baggins. Apparently when he isn’t acting or DJing on the weekends, Wood is developing virtual reality games that could easily appear on an episode of Black Mirror (actually…didn’t it?)

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The game is called Transference–developed in collaboration with Ubisoft–and though the trailer leaves us with far more questions than answers, we know that it takes place in the mind of another person. In other words, you are entering a VR world of someone else’s memories, traumas, and thoughts, which is all made possible through uploaded neurological “data.”

I don’t know if I’m excited for or terrified of this game, but traversing the mind of another using immersive virtual reality is a concept I can’t help but be totally intrigued by, especially when you consider its uses beyond entertainment. Could virtual exploration of a traumatized mind eventually change the world of psychology and medicine?

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Console: Xbox One, Windows

Release Date: TBD

I’ll Be Smoking: Northern Lights, for dreamy euphoric effects that ease you into full immersion.

Introduced at E3 with live piano performed by the game’s musical composer, Ori and the Will of the Wisps may have been Microsoft’s most visually stunning reveal of the expo.

With graphics that look painted with magical luminous paints and a soundtrack probably sung by a choir of ghosts, Ori is begging to be paired with your favorite cannabis strain. Its fantastical characters, dreamy landscapes with light leaks, and heartstring-tugging plot entertain all the senses, and I cannot wait for the next rainy day spent with tea, blankets, and Ori. 

What E3 reveals got you most excited (or disappointed)? Let’s talk it out in the comments section.


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Remembering the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, the Nation’s First Dispensary

In the 80s and early 90s, the scariest news reports were not about terrorism, or climate change, or nuclear war—but rather, about AIDS.

As I was pretty young, I don’t remember those news reports personally, and nor will most Millennials, but for many in the LGBT community at that time, they’re hard to forget. Jackie Strano, executive vice-president of San Francisco adult retailer Good Vibrations, can recall seeing scores of friends in The Castro fall victim to the AIDS epidemic. Pictures of the victims of the plague (to use Jackie’s words) papered the walls at the intersection of 18th and Castro. Those pictures are gone now, and the intersection has a Bank of America and a Walgreens to go with its rainbow flags and crosswalks, but the memory of those harrowing times lingers.

As painful as these memories are to the many who lived them, what stands out against the pain is the compassion and care that so many offered—and for innumerable AIDS patients at the time, compassion and care came in the form of cannabis. It is possible that no effort was more integral to the legalization of medical cannabis in California than the founding of the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, the nation’s first public cannabis dispensary. The efforts its founder and allies put towards legalization have helped shape the state of cannabis in California and the whole country ever since.

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What Was the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club?

The San Francisco Buyers Club came into existence in 1992 at 194 Church Street, the location of a previously existing cannabis collective run by Thomas O’Malley, who died in 1992. Dennis Peron, with the help of Brownie Mary (Mary Jane Rathbun), successfully fought for the 1991 passage of Proposition P, which recommended that the state of California embrace medical cannabis. Peron, his husband John Entwistle, and Brownie Mary were also among the co-authors of Proposition 215, the act that ultimately made medical cannabis legal in California in 1996.

Like Jackie Strano, Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence of the Center for Sex and Culture remembers watching the victims of the AIDS epidemic “waste away,” and credits Brownie Mary and the SF Buyers Club with providing necessary care to those in need and being “the root of legal marijuana in the US.” He also speaks of the many other members of the community, himself included, who did whatever they could to help those in need; this often included storing “unknown vegetable matter” for pick-up by patients or others. He describes this period of time as “very exciting and quite scary for all involved,” and notes that while the community remembers those who offered help, these volunteer caregivers did not do it to receive accolades.

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The Legacy of the Nation’s First Dispensary

As has always been the case for those involved in the cannabis community in the United States and elsewhere, the dangers of involvement cannot go without comment, and this is doubly true for the brave souls who founded the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club and fought for the passage of Prop 215 regardless of the consequences—of which there were plenty. Just weeks before California voted on the proposition, state narcotics officers arrested Dennis Peron and had warrants for others involved—a move that is widely considered an attempt to demonize those involved with the Buyers Club and kill the proposition. This, of course, is in addition to the incessant arrests of Peron’s compatriots—Brownie Mary was arrested on three occasions as a result of her lobbying and efforts to provide medical cannabis to those in need.

Now, over 20 years later, that pivotal piece of legislation has paved the way for the slow and steady march of legalization to continue across the country. It is not hyperbole to say that if you are able to enjoy legal cannabis where you live or, more importantly, are able to use cannabis to help manage pain or treat any number of conditions, you owe a great deal of thanks to the LGBT community and its supporters who fought for compassion for all. To quote Dr. Lawrence: “So thank Brownie Mary—and the tens of thousands of LGBT folk who have passed—next time you pass a smoke.”


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Wait, Why Is Dennis Rodman Wearing a PotCoin Shirt?

If you were like me and woke this morning to the sight of Dennis Rodman wearing a cannabis t-shirt while making another trip to North Korea, don’t worry, you were not alone in thinking “What in the hell?”

It turns out the NBA Hall of Famer is headed back to North Korea today on the dime of PotCoin, the cryptocurrency company for the cannabis industry. Sporting a baseball cap, sunglasses, and a black T-Shirt with a prominent PotCoin.com logo on it, Rodman was greeted in Pyongyang’s airport by sports vice-minister Son Kwang Ho and journalists.

The trip marks Rodman’s fifth to North Korea. It has been widely reported that Rodman and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are good friends.

“I’m really looking forward to spending time with the wonderful people of North Korea and of course, visiting with the Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un,” Rodman said. “I want to thank the folks at PotCoin, they realized the importance of this trip and made it all possible for me.”

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Rodman told reporters in China that he is trying to get sports into the country.

“I’m just trying to open the door,” the eccentric ex-Chicago Bulls power forward told reporters at Beijing airport before boarding his Air Koryo flight.

When asked whether he had spoken with President Trump about his trip, Rodman said: “I’m pretty sure he’s pretty much happy with the fact that I’m over here trying to accomplish something that we both need.”

This latest visit comes amid high tensions between the United States and Pyongyang — which is currently holding three Americans — following a series of missile tests by the North, which have triggered tightened UN sanctions.

Just this morning, North Korea released US citizen Otto Warmbier from prison by airlift, as it is reported that he was in a coma for over a year while in prison.


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The 6 Best Documentaries to Watch While High

Firing up a documentary whilst high is hardly a new idea, but it’s usually a good one (hello, Planet Earth). There’s so much to learn and explore via films that showcase unique and mind-bending experiences—especially with a little help from a well-packed bowl. Additionally, the truthfulness of documentaries comes as a breath of fresh air amid the throngs of lowbrow comedies and overly intense dramas that tend to flood the average Netflix queue.

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To elevate this classic cannabis-enhanced activity, we mined the opinions of the staff at the Leafly office and compiled a list of the best documentaries to watch while high. In narrowing from a list that included scores of suggestions, I personally vetted the top picks to bring you the following finalists. From explorations of history to non-verbal spectaculars, there’s a bit of something for everyone below. Spark up a pre-roll or bake a batch of edibles, then get comfortable on the couch and press play—we’re willing to bet you’ll discover a new favorite.

Recently watched a noteworthy documentary? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Famed documentary director Werner Herzog knocked it out of the park—yet again—with his video exploration of the Chauvet Cave of Southern France. Discovered by three explorers in 1994, the cave houses ancient paintings that are the oldest ever recorded in human history, dating back between 28,000 and 35,000 years. The paintings are perfectly preserved—along with the bones of long extinct animals—having never been touched by natural light or exposure to the elements.

Before watching this film, I lit up some Blue Dream and even through a small computer screen (I, uh…don’t own a TV), the paintings, their meanings, and Herzog’s beautifully crafted narrative combined to create a film that was truly breathtaking. Long after the film ended, I thought about the person or people who made these, the gods they may have worshipped, the natural world in which they lived, and the ancient culture to which they belonged.

I doubt sober thoughts would have gravitated toward the essence and deeper meaning these paintings hold in regard to human life and the history of mankind like my Blue Dream-induced thoughts did. I recommend this documentary for the music, the art, the history, the curiosity—everything about it.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Documentaries exploring religious sects or cults are my bread and butter. Documentaries exploring religions that are widely regarded as cults are even better—the extra-sweet jam to that bread and butter. Enter Going Clear, an eye-opening expose of L. Ron Hubbard and his imaginative, interwoven ideals of science fiction and religion that ultimately led to the creation of the Church of Scientology.

In this documentary, we hear stories from ex-Scientologists. These aren’t just “tried it out for a week and left” Scientologists—these people were indoctrinated into the religion for years, even decades, before getting out. Some moved up to the highest levels of the religion before calling it quits.

Sober, this is an interesting journey down the rabbit hole of Scientology. High, this documentary will open your thoughts to science, religion, and how people respond to both in a whole new light. Load a bowl of the buzzy White Fire OG before pressing play.

Samsara

Nonverbal and utterly breathtaking, Samsara is the younger sister to the popular 1992 documentary Baraka (the previous nonverbal narrative exploration of nature and human life). Like Bakara, Samsara was directed by Mond Russell and produced by Mark Magidson, so the quality and feel stay true to the original.

Samsara will leave you in awe of its gorgeous, lingering landscapes, and rich visions of people from all over the world. This colossal documentary took five years to film and spanned about 25 countries.

Throughout this entire spectacular, cannabis will keep your eyes peeled and your mind enamored with this hour-and-a-half film of explosive color and life. Creative strains such as Pineapple Trainwreck or Berry White will let your mind completely soak in this remarkable film.

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Beware of Mr. Baker

The colorful life of Ginger Baker, legendary drummer of the popular rock bands Cream and Blind Faith, is front and center in this exploratory documentary. Rock legends laud him as the greatest drummer who ever lived, but the “behind the scenes” of Baker’s life shows a volatile man with a short fuse and passionate air.

He’s a true character in every sense of the word, having traveled the world and experienced a life that only one in a billion could mirror. Though hard drug use and angry outbursts (mostly fueled by said hard drug use) clouded his legend, his life story remains remarkable in every way.

Regardless of whether or not you know who Ginger Baker is, this film is fascinating and will appeal to everyone—especially lovers of rock music. I recommend lighting up a little Durban Poison as you watch this film.

Into the Inferno

Werner Herzog makes another appearance on this list with his relatively new Netflix documentary Into the Inferno. Much like Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Into the Inferno touches on the history of human life. After delving into the world of volcanic activity, Herzog explores the religions that have developed across cultures greatly influenced by local volcanic eruptions.

In true Herzog style, the documentary approaches these subjects with both historical and artistic flair. Some of the most touching and beautiful points in the film are the sweeping shots of erupting volcanoes punctuated with classical or operatic music.

Juxtaposed with these beautiful shots are scenes of ceremonial activities conducted by worshippers who believe certain volcanoes house spirits of long-dead loved ones and mighty gods. Also wrapped up with all this is the discovery of an ancient human fossil as well as the recounting of the lives of two famous volcano photographers. In short, Herzog does quite a lot with this film, and it’s all compelling.

Yet another amazing documentary that, when paired with cannabis, leaves you contemplating it days after the credits roll. Reach for some Stardawg to pair with this incredible film.

Tickled

For something well off the beaten path in terms of documentaries, I suggest you sit down and watch Tickled. It starts off innocently enough, with the director, David Farrier, simply wanting to explore an interesting subject: the world of endurance tickling. Sure, it’s an odd sport to most, but why not get a feel for something a bit different? No harm … right?

…Right?

Well, much to the filmmakers’ surprise—as well as my own—there is a bit of harm in exploring the unknown. Not to give too much away, the endurance competitions held by professional ticklers are more than just a good laugh.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat while Farrier dives down the deep and twisty hole that goes straight to the mystifying and sometimes terrifying underworld of tickling competitions. To really get into this film, you’ll want to have some Permafrost close at hand—its effects will help take the edge off the strangeness in this documentary.


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