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The VG team invited us to join them for the festivities of the 2017 Harvest Cup hosted by High Times Magazine at the National Orange Show Center in San Bernardino, California. The 2-day event showcased many of the top tier cannabis brands who they made their presence known, starting with the multi-level Brass Knuckles building hosting a lounge area and Cookies pop-up on the rooftop. If that didn’t impress you, perhaps Moxie’s dope converted shipping container made you feel like you had just stepped into a retail joint off Fairfax. Either way you look at it, the Harvest Cup came correct and gathered many of the elite Californian brands onto one blacktop for the weekend.
Our weekend started off right when we ran into the Zkittlez FAM and had a chance to check out the exclusive release of their ‘MelonHead sauce’ collab with Humboldt’s Finest Raw & Uncut and Primo Farms; super terpy and heavy on the slump! We also had an opportunity to stop by the Pau Hana booth where they were serving up mad sauce; appreciate it fellas!
Walking through any High Times event and you’re bound to run into some real OGs, and we ain’t talking Ocean Grown. Nuggs was honored to meet OG Steve, who’s Tangerine Cookies strain won the cup for Best Hybrid; tastes just like you’d imagine, just louder! Last but definitely not least, making it down all the way from Seattle, Washington, Guru of Genetics, Mr. Sub Cool himself had a meet & greet with his fans while he promoted his latest publication; Dank 2.0.
We had a chance to catch up with Vincent Gordon and brother Isaiah Gordon during the 2017 Harvest Cup hosted by High Times at the National Orange Show Center in San Bernardino, California. The 2-day event showcased many of the top cannabis brands from all over California, and the VG crew came in heavy with new collaborations with renown artists Robertson Glass, Aaron Brooks and Zane Kesey, heir of Ken Kesey, father of the Merry Pranksters!
You should have seen the looks on peoples faces when they saw the blotter art collab pieces with Zane Kesey; are those real tabs?!!! If that didn’t get your curiosity brewing, perhaps the Multi-Beast 5 panel Grassroots strap-back hat grabbed your attention #LITAF. Either way, you had entered the Metly Bros zone and many festival goers reciprocated their love and appreciation by taking their sweet time while browsing through the VG collection.
What’ next on the VG radar? The VG experience will be back in SoCal for the Blazers Cup on December 2nd & 3rd. Also, look out for upcoming VG collabs with Sasquash Rosin Press, Zkittlez and your crew at NUGGS.
Nuggs TV & RöC got to spend a day with Hip Hop star, ADIOS. Check out the episode and see how Adios is rockin crowds across Southern California. Special thanks to Rascals on Camera, All Flavor No Grease and Shots by Digital.
Video Production by Mac from OG Rascal Written by Kenzo
Dr. K and the Kush Stock FAM did it again. Having given out over 50,000 tickets to patients across California, #KUSHSTOCK4 was the larger than kushstock 3 & 3.5 combined!
As the crisp cool morning began to warm and the sun began to bake the blacktop, thousands of cannabis advocates waited in line to enter the fully converted NOS center. Kushstock was pimped out with an Indoor/Outdoor Cannabis Brand Galleria, Skate Park, Professional Wrestling Ring, Food Truck Alley and FREE water stations throughout the fairgrounds to keep you hydrated whether coming off a heavy dab or a session on the half-pipe. The Skater’s Paradise Skate Park was lit with Pros like Shuriken Shannon hitting the half-pipe and local skaters like @BlackBobbyTee shredding the park.
Activities were endless and the Main Concert Stage hosted headline artists Juicy-J, Kurupt, The Luniz, Adios, Don Carlos, Pato Banton, and OG Mango. The stage was freaking lit and you already know Vader Extracts and LA Kush had you laced with free gifts throughout the day and during the concert.
Kushstock wouldn’t be kushstock without some fire KUSH! Land of the OG Kush, SoCal is home to some of the best, if not the best OG cultivars available worldwide. So you know it’s on when you see Zkittlez and the TerpHogz crew bringing down their fire genetics from Northern California. Looking for concentrates, hopefully you didn’t miss out on Exclusive Melts or Guild Extracts, both held it down with real scientific concentrate offerings. At the end of the day, it was LA Kush who took the stage, literally, with a stage setup front and center with Adam Ill on the mic as he kept his fans laced with LA Kush merch. Don’t forget to check out LA Kush’s Strawberry Blondie and ill OG by Adam Ill @gethigheverywhere, both #fuego you don't want to miss out on.
We are all looking forward to the next Kush Stock will be held on March 31st, 2018.
Thanks again to Dr. K, Kushstock FAM, OG Rascals, and last but not least, Meen Green, for making it happen for us. Blessings.
A crucial amendment measure for the 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill was advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee last Thursday. Despite recent efforts by Attorney General Sessions’ to lift the Department of Justice budget restrictions to enforce federal marijuana laws, the House and Senate leadership have approved the crucial amendment that will continue the Obama-era directive which limited the interference of the DEA and federal agencies from the development and enforcement of cannabis laws established at the state level.
“The federal government can’t investigate everything and shouldn’t, and I don’t want them pursuing medical marijuana patients who are following state law,” said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). “We have more important things for the DOJ to do than tracking down doctors or epileptics using medical marijuana legally in their state.”
Although the movement continues to be held in a precarious state under the current administration, there seems to be a bipartisan view on the positive impacts of cannabis reform. “The number of states that are legalizing at least the medical use of cannabis is overwhelming now. Public opinion has always spoken on this issue.” said Senator Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) “I think people will listen to their own constituents rather than Sessions” Dana added.
Continued protection of medical cannabis patients and caregivers have led many states and their respective government officials to develop a bipartisan policy to be exercised at the state level. Now that the majority of states* have implemented medical marijuana laws, the tides may have shifted to expose the inaccurate rhetoric that has plagued the plant with negative stigmas. The debate is continuing to take place and the cannabis community's voice is being heard.
Amidst non-circumstantial evidence attempting to tie cannabis to the 'historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime', opposition suggests that “if Congress wants to tell the DOJ to stop enforcing the medical marijuana laws, then it should change the authorization within the Judiciary Committee, not through an appropriations provision.” said Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alas.)
*29 states + District of Columbia [Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia & District of Columbia]
Among many cannabis community enthusiasts, Chalice Festival has been regarded as one of the premier cannabis shows that the state of California has to offer. For the second consecutive year, Chalice was held at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, where mother nature was unforgiving and the blazing sun kept festival goers in search of something, anything, to escape from the relentless elements of the desert. One way or another, festival goers managed to find a way to survive the heat waves and torching rays.
Champion brands from all over California came out to show support during the 710 weekend. Zkittlez, Jungle Boys, Terp Hogz, Vader Extracts, Cali Plug, Slactavis, Crown Extracts, Critical 710, Alien Labs, Str8 Organics, Cookies, Exotics, OM Farmers, Kushites, Higher Heights Gardens, Nameless Genetics, Platinum Genetics, Natures Lab, Kush Co., Gas House, Blackleaf, Slab House, Wook Flame, BAMF and Hitman Farms; these were just a few of the premier brands showcasing the latest and greatest cultivars as flower and in various concentrate forms, particularly the #sauce. A field of dreams for connoisseurs’, it was crucial that they got in early to stock up on the latest and greatest strains or terp profiles before they sold out.
A wonderland of sorts, the Chalice festival is known to be more than an exhibition of Cannabis brands. Speak to anyone who spent time browsing the eclectic table tops in the glassblowing terrace or walked the through the many booths hosted by renowned artists and cannabis activists and they’ll let you know that they experienced something magical. Each evening, as the sun began to set and the weather began to cool, the festival lights began to illuminate the vibrant colors and warm the mood. As you cruised down the pathways, you may have witnessed works of wall art by artists like Vincent Gordon, Aaron Brooks, Mear One, Chris Dyer, Ellie Paisely and Toxic Mind. If that wasn’t enough of a sensory overload, perhaps the dope lineup of music performances may have done the trick.
“What’s up man, it was fucking tight, I got a bunch of high muthafukas to have a mosh pit, it was fuckin awesome! I want to say one thing though; OUTKAST is the greatest rap duo of all time. Big Boi, if you ever see this, I really loved your set, I know I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve seen you like a thousand times, I love you man, Andre, I love you man, OUTKAST G.O.A.T.” shared Pouya.
Many thanks to Hitman Dougie & Chalice Festival FAM for the memories, and we hope Chalice will find a home closer to the coast in 2018.
Las Vegas, Nevada, grown-up entertainment capital of the world takes a huge step towards the decriminalization of cannabis as the state launched its recreational market only 6 months after the voter legislation passed in November of 2016. Fanatic locals and excited tourists formed lines outside dispensaries the night before July 1st in anticipation of midnight when cannabis businesses were expected to open their doors for recreational cannabis sales. It was Tick Segerblom, Nevada State Senator, who helped champion the cannabis bill turned legislation, was among the first individuals to legally purchase the plant under the newly implemented state law.
Befitting of a Vegas production, this celebration was marked with green fireworks, connoisseur couples’ weddings, and cannabis consumer loyalty wait lines that rivaled the iPhone and Tesla releases. “This is the first day of recreational cannabis sales in the state of Nevada. I’m beyond excited, there are hundreds if not thousands of people here and we appreciate all of the support and love. Thank you” said Matthew Morgan, CEO of Reef Dispensaries, during this premiere midnight. Reef Dispensaries located is home to award winning cultivars with roots from Cali. Find Phenom’s from Wiz Khalifa OG, The Exotiz & Cookies FAM when visiting Reef.
“It beats gambling, that’s for sure” said an unnamed Vegas tourist “it’s another bonus Vegas can get into economically.” Sources estimate that $60+ million tax revenue will be generated from the sale of recreational cannabis in Las Vegas alone.
Much like many of the other ‘adult’ attractions of Vegas, you must be over the age of 21 and have a legal form of ID to enter. Under the current framework, cannabis sales are restricted to dispensaries located off the strip, and you’re expected to medicate in your residential home or private property. Possession is limited to 1 ounce, and a $600 fine can be issued for any person found partaking in their highlife ritual in a public setting, including but not limited to Casinos, Restaurants, Bars, Stadiums, Hotels… hotels too, what about the tourists?
Sen. Segerblom to the rescue as he and fellow representatives drafted Senate Bill 236 which would offer cities and counties the authority to license businesses looking for permits to allow for cannabis use on premises. Cities and Counties would be directly involved in drafting their own application process and framework specifics pertaining to their jurisdiction.
Tucked away in the hillside of Sonoma County, this Cannabis Cup was similar to a wine country experience with a Northern California oasis backdrop buzzing with chill vibes and heady herb. On this bright and sunny June weekend, Cannabis Cup goers were treated to headline performances by The Tahoes, Fortunate Youth, Sublime with Rome and The Wailers. You could also find yourself immersed in one of the many panel discussions covering a wide range of cannabis related topics. In addition to the Veteran’s panel discussion, there were industry experts discussing the future of concentrates, cultivation & extraction technologies, as well as a live cannabis edible cooking class.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and by being in NorCal amidst some of the most exotic flower strains in the world, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to find yourself in the presence of a Master Cultivator. This particular cup brought out a few masters, starring off with the legend, Mr. Crockett, followed by Mr. Sherbinski and The Cookie Monster. As for the flower, Blueberry Jack by Crockett Family Farms, Strawnana by Alien Labs, Biaco Sherbert by Sherbinski, and some classic Lemon Tree and cOokies by The Cookie Monster. Had the pleasure to chief one with the Cookie Monster and fellas behind Artisan Canna Cigars; hand rolled Californian cigars.
The 2017 Northern California Cannabis Cup took place on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, which is home to the annual traditions of grape stomping competitions as well as the upcoming Emerald Cup planned for December 9th & 10th, 2017. As for the High Times Cannabis Cup circuit, they’ve planned stops in Michigan, Rhode Island and are looking to make appearances in Oregon, Jamaica and Canada… Big ups… Jamaica Cup sounds so dope.
Think about how glass plays a roll in your life. For many, it’s been a consistent medium between you and the elevated head-change you’re lighting up to. Glass pieces are convenient, especially if you’re not one to roll-one to blaze-one. With that said, not all glass is created equally. For starters, all production glass pieces be excluded; we’re here to celebrate the legacy of heady American glass.
Rewinding back to the 80’s to introduce a gentleman, artist, and cultural icon by the name of Robert Snodgrass who singlehandedly pioneered the heady glass movement. He knew no borders as he and his crew traveled the country to share his functional glass art. After traveling for some time, they chose Oregon as home for many reasons including quality herb. It was the originality of Snodgrass pipes and his early glass blowing techniques which influenced other glass artists to gravitate west in search of understanding and learning the rare art form. It was apparent that the younger generation of glass artists would help push the movement to incorporate new and innovative artistic styles and functionalities for herbal consumption.
As lustrous bongs, bubblers, and intricate glass pipes made their way into American homes in the 90’s, the heady glass artists were beginning to see the fruits of their investments. Much of the movement, credited to the cannabis community, was the functional application of the pieces which gave birth to the new artistic perspective of heady glass. Glass artists continue to test the limits of art & functional glass, and from the untrained eye, it seems limitless. “The feeling of competition without threat or consequence or anything helped us develop new styles at just incredible speeds, from the first one layer outside silver fume to the first layer encasement, to the two-layer double layer patterning, to the inside out, each time something new has developed making the old thing obsolete.” said Jason Lee, Great American Glassblower.
“There is no doubt in the world that this color would not be here without the pipe industry.” said Abe Fleishman, Owner, Northstar Glassworks, “the palate has grown dramatically, when we had 12 to 20 something colors in the industry and now we are looking at roughly around 200-300 colors available to us as artists, it’s like a collaboration, it’s definitely the artists that have driven this to where it is.” said Fleishman. Northstar Glassworks and Glass Alchemy, two of the largest art glass manufacturers that call Portland home, have been working hard to supply the Heady Glass movement and in-turn, “we have seen a huge revival in lamp working because of the pipe movement. Because we made color readily available, we started seeing growth in color take place. Any advancement you have seen in the [glass] sculpture world, all came from the advance in the pipe.” said Henry Grimmet of Glass Alchemy.
The American documentary, Degenerate Art, written and produced by M. Slinger, gives an unprecedented glimpse into this sub-culture. Narrated by glass-blowing icons, this film captures the essence of the movement and how cannabis influenced the evolution of the art, as much as the art elevated the experience of cannabis. As much as functional art has a purpose, some of the heady pieces being crafted today are clearly art over function, as these masterpieces should never be smoked out of. Yet for very good reason, the very bowl and functional mechanics of the artistic glass pieces signifies the very reason the illustrious heady art pieces exist in our world.
Born on June 16th, 1971, Tupac Amaru Shakur’s time on earth was profound and eclectic. He shared four solo-albums and one final studio solo-album under the pseudonym, Makaveli, and countless studio recordings for which there’ve been edited collaborative mixtapes and single releases. Pac’s art also included works of poetry & theater, which later transitioned into his first starring role in the film, Juice. He then went to star in Poetic Justice, a film directed by acclaimed director, John Singleton. Additional films by Pac included Above the Rim, Bullet, Gridlock’d, and Gang Related, where he co-starred with Joe Belushi.
True performer at heart, Tupac celebrated his love for art & music by translating his understanding of the world and personal experiences as it relates to the social issues that exist in American society. Beginning with his solo-debut album, 2pacalypse Now, released in 1991, fan’s are able to appreciate the focused delivery of his skool of thought and inspirational insights expressed through remarkably deep and heady lyrics.
Fast forward 25+ years where much has changed, yet society continues to observe social racism, acts of police brutality, poverty based structural inequalities, and lack of access to basic social institutions like hospitals and schools.
Communities across the country are forced to take a stand as increasing numbers of police brutality cases and blatant depictions of persons-of-authority misusing their civil control by aggressively, and in some cases, fatally executing the hate-crime victims. “There is a narrative that the Black Lives Matter movement is about protest and anger and and not much else," Scott Roberts, Senior Campaign Director for Color of Change, who was involved in developing the united movement. "I think from early on, the movement has been about the systemic issues facing black communities." As tensions continue to rise and occurrences of hate-crimes begin to become more frequent, "I think it's a mistake to frame issues like economic justice, educational equity, voting rights, as being disconnected from the issue of police violence. Our view is that the real solution to most of the issues we're facing, including policing, is rooted in investment in our communities." said Scott.
Celebrating the life and legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur on his birth date, or on-a-daily through his music steadily playing over the stereo; it can be said that Tupac’s art and legacy is timeless and will continue to leave an impression on people throughout the world on this day, and for time to come. Whether you were blessed and knew Pac personally or were introduced to him through his art and music, we appreciate that we were all given an invitation to understand and became intimate with him through his lyrics. We love you Pac.
Death is not the greatest loss in life; the greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. 2PAC