The Primo Piece Is The Ultimate Stoner Camping & Travel Buddy

The Primo piece is an innovative take on a common smoking method. It’s a lightweight device that turns a bottle into a satisfying bong. It comes in a sleek black box and when you open it, two panels unfold, one with a straw and the other with directions.

The piece is self-explanatory, put the straw in the slot and secure the Primo piece to a bottle. The straws’ pointed edge is inserted into the bottom of the Primo, while the round end goes into the water. I cleaned the first bottle at the top of my recycling bin and secured the Primo. It forms a tight fit with the bottle. It feels secure and doesn’t seem like separate pieces in your hand.

The bowl is the silver cap. It also forms a tight fit, maybe a little too tight. It makes for a clumsy carb. Upon using it some more, I realized having it partially raised before smoking made carb’ing easier. The bowl is small, so I recommend grinding the weed up so you can pack a flat even bowl. This allows better airflow, making burning a bowl in one hit relatively easy. It smokes just like a bong should. It rips smooth, doesn’t affect the taste of the flower and as long as you fill the bottle appropriately, you won’t get any water into your mouth.

One of my only gripes was that I couldn’t see the bowl when I smoked it. So you’re guessing when the bowl is done. This is why I suggested only loading one-hitter’s so the next person in the rotation doesn’t get a blast of ash.

If you hate leaving home without a bong, this could easily be thrown into your backpack during a road-trip. It’s lightweight and sturdy so you don’t have to worry about breaking it. It looks easy to clean and fits nearly any bottle you’re likely to buy at 7-Eleven on your way out of town. They’re not going to break your bank at $40-$60.

If you only smoke at home there isn’t much need to add something like this to your collection other than novelty. If you’re constantly on the move, this could become an invaluable tool for smoking cannabis on the move. This could become the go-to piece for camping trips and hiking expeditions.

Constructed from plastic and medical grade anodized aluminum, Primo is light-weight, durable, and ready for your next adventure. Simply insert the straw (included), add water to the bottle, attach your Primo, and enjoy

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Washington’s Cannabis Industry Is Still Waiting For LeafData

Respect My Region previously reported that LeafData would black out temporarily during its initial launch on Jan 1. That turned out to be incorrect because LeafData never launched and instead was delayed a second time.

LeafData’s newest projected release is February 1st.

It’s been over three months since the Washington State Liquor Cannabis Control Board (WSLCB ) gave MJ Freeway an estimated $3.1 million to replace Washington’s cannabis traceability system.  With little to show for it, the collective cannabis industry is frustrated.

Some worry the WSLCB  is putting the entire industry at risk during a time when Attorney General Jeff Sessions has increased anti-cannabis rhetoric and rescinded federal marijuana protections, also known as the Cole Memo. Washington’s cannabis industry has generated over $2.9 billion dollars in total revenue since its inception. It’s created thousands of jobs and is funding numerous state programs such as law-enforcement, Medicaid, public health programs and cannabis research.

The WSLCB increased all producer/processor fees to pay for LeafData’s creation. An I-502 producer/processor who wishes to remain anonymous told Respect My Region their annual fee increased by 38 percent. Senate Bill 5130came into effect on June 30, 2017, and increases licensee renewal fees until June 18, 2018.

MJ Freeway is the technology and data consulting company that built LeafData for Washington’s recreational cannabis industry. All cannabis products must be tracked from seed to sale. This means that each product has a strict chain of custody it must go through at each stop on it’s path to retailers. This helps the state prove to the federal government that product is staying out of the black market.

While MJ Freeway and the WLCB finish LeafData, there’s no state provided traceability system in place, but there is a contingency plan in effect. The WSLCB ’s contingency plan consists of manually filling out spreadsheets they generate. The amount of information required for traceability compliance is unrealistic to complete by hand. Some retailers don’t accept WSLCB  generated spreadsheets according to an anonymous I-502 producer/processor. This forces producer/processors to pay for the third-party contingency system.

BioTrackTHC launched the Unified Contingency System (UCS) to help licensees with data collection during this time. The UCS is a completely privatized clone of BioTrack’s traceability system. It was created with cooperation other third-party traceability software providers: WeedTraqr, Greenbits, GrowFlow, TraceWeed, MisterKraken, S2Solutions, and DopePlow. This allows licensees to conduct traceability work on BioTrackTHC without manually filling out spreadsheets. The data is collected and will be transferred to LeafData’s system when it’s ready.  BioTrackTHC is asking for a $50 monthly fee from all licensees using the UCS.

It’s important to note that BioTrackTHC is under no obligation from the WSLCB or anyone to operate the UCS.

BioTrackTHC held Washington’s previous traceability contract. They were replaced by MJ Freeway when they couldn’t come to terms with the state for a contract extension. BioTrackTHC’s CEO Peter Vo wasn’t confident in the newest bidding terms laid out by the WSLCB and pulled out. He wasn’t confident the newest contract followed the Cole Memo’s strict conditions, which could be detrimental to the entire industry.

Vo is speaking about the WSLCB ’s request that MJ Freeway allows for larger “lots” entered into the system. A “lot” is a labeled batch of flower that has been tracked through all its various production stages and is on its way to the retailer.

The Cole Memo allowed a five-pound lot limit. BioTrackTHC’s system wouldn’t allow you to enter lots into the system above five-pounds. The WSLCB  asked MJ Freeway to allow larger lot entries but with the  Cole Memo out of play, it’s possible this might not matter anymore.

When MJ Freeway was awarded Washington’s traceability contract, LeafData wasn’t built yet. A common practice in the technology industry is to build the platform after the contract is awarded. This allows MJ Freeway to build LeafData to the WSLCB’s exact specifications for the interface, tracking, alerts, audits, reports, etc., Jeannette Ward said. Ward is the Global Marketing & Communications Vice President for MJ Freeway.

The original rollout date of Oct. 1 was aggressive and “shorter and faster than any system had been rolled out,” Ward said.

The October 1st goal was set because it was the end date of BioTrackTHC’s contract. The WSLCB  delayed LeafData for further system tests. Around this time, Vo and WeedTraQR CEO David Busby conducted a personal investigation into a suspicious email sent from LeafData to several cannabis retailers. It contained information not publicly available and suggested that LeafData and MJ Freeway’s data security could have been compromised.

MJ Freeway was already dealing with security breachesservice outages and losing a Nevada contract in 2017, leading critics to question if MJ Freeway was capable enough to handle Washington’s traceability needs and if the WSLCB had made a mistake awarding them the contract.

The WSLCB  said the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) assessed the security risks, but Vo says the WSLCB  declined to give him physical proof of OCIO’s check. The date was pushed back to January 1st and was set to allow for three months of additional testing, but that deadline was missed as well.

According to Ward, the WSLCB  pushed back LeafData’s installation to February 1st so third-parties would have more time to integrate and licensees would have more time to train on LeafData. Ward also believes the lack of integration was due to lackadaisical licensees, not LeafData’s system stability. She says their system was ready to go, citing two successful integrations prior to the recent delay.

“Some people don’t do their homework until the night before,” Ward said.

GrowFlow representative Tom Wilson told Respect My Region the reason for the most recent delay was because LeafData, simply isn’t ready.

“There are around 30 outstanding bugs in the system, and the WSLCB  did not want to go live with such a buggy system,” Wilson wrote in an email.

If LeafData does go live on Feb. 1, there is a timeline of events that are supposed to happen. These events break ground for the LeafData installation. One of these events, known as a “code freeze,” was scheduled for January 14th and there isn’t sound proof that happened, per an anonymous I-502 producer/processor. This leads some to fear another delay is inevitable or the system will launch with unresolved bugs.

LeafData might only serve roughly one-fourth of licensees. Around 75 percent of licensees use a third-party traceability providers that are helping with the UCS. Critics argue I-502 producer/processors were forced to pay for LeafData when most won’t use it, to begin with, plus those who want to use it can’t because it isn’t operational.

Diego Pellicer is a Seattle cannabis retailer currently using the UCS, but is planning on switching to LeafData when it launches. Jesse Leach is the General Manager and says the UCS is working fine, although it’s adding more work for the inventory crew.

Leach believes the WSLCB did their best when they were forced to scramble and find a new traceability suitor after their first option, Metrc, didn’t work out. Leach says Metrc bailed on the contract and forced the WSLCB to find a new suitor. An anonymous I-502 producer/processor says they and other producer/processors raised hell and forced the WSLCB to find something better than Metrc. The next closest bid was MJ Freeway.

At the end of the day, the industry is still trudging along. Several budtenders Respect My Region spoke to have no idea there is a traceability problem, to begin with. This means the UCS is working. But, the cannabis industry didn’t pay millions of dollars for a contingency plan, they paid for LeafData. The industry simply won’t know if LeafData will work properly until February 1st arrives, or if it will even arrive at all.

“We’re all just trying to get back to the way it was,” Leach said.

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Vermont and To Legalize Cannabis Despite Jeff Sessions

The United States cannabis legalization movement shows no signs of slowing. Vermont and New Jersey are set to legalize cannabis for adults this year despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ best efforts. At the beginning of the month, Sessions made headlines by putting cannabis legalization in danger by rescinding federal cannabis protections. These protections are colloquially known as the Cole Memo. The Cole memo was set up to keep state recreational cannabis industries culpable for black market activities involving legal cannabis products.

Sessions didn’t outwardly tell federal prosecutors to go after cannabis, but he did remove any restrictions if they choose to do so themselves. Chills traveled down the collective cannabis industries spine, wondering if a bustling billion dollar experiment was about to come to an end. Especially after California opened America’s largest recreational cannabis industry.

Several state governments have held firm in their defense of votes decisions to legalize cannabis. It didn’t take long for Washington and Colorado lawmakers like Cory Gardner, Jay Inslee, and Bob Ferguson to defend their states cannabis laws and encouraged the industry to resist and continue business as usual. Not only has the industry continued with business as usual, other states are still hopping on the cannabis legalization wagon.

Vermont is the first state to legalize cannabis through legislation, rather than leaving it up to voters. The bill was passed by the Vermont legislature last week and Gov. Phil Scott is expecting to sign into law. This would allow adults 21 and over to grow and possess small amounts of cannabis. There’s no talk of a regulated recreational industry at this time, but Vermont senators hope this is a step in that direction.

New Jersey is set to be the second state to legalize weed through the legislature after the inauguration of Gov. Phil Murray. Dubbed the “anti-Chris Christie,” Murray campaigned on promises to make cannabis legal and it doesn’t look like he’s wasting anytime keeping them. This bill could be signed as early as late-January and will allow adults to possess and grow small amounts of cannabis. The bill includes scaffolding for the potential recreational sale of cannabis starting in 2018.

Sessions might be an unlikely ALLY in the quest for full cannabis legalization. It’s apparent state governments would rather listen to the 60 percent of citizens who live in cannabis safe states; rather than help an old man impose his destructively dated moral code. At this stage, the cannabis industry is poised to change state and federal economies. Thousands of jobs will be created and billions of dollars in revenue will be made. Washington has generated over $2 billion dollars in cannabis revenue alone.

Sessions’ attack against legal weed is an attack on the economic growth of the states and the country.

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Jeff Sessions Calls For Federal Prosecution of Cannabis Activity

Trump’s stance during the 2017 election was to leave the states alone when it came to marijuana prosecution, a decision that held with President Obama and Attorney General Holder-era recommendations.

“I’m a states person, I think it should be up to the states,” Trump said.

Trump has been silent since Sessions rescinded the Cole memo on Jan. 4. Trump hasn’t reigned in Session who’s been attacking cannabis since he took his attorney general position. Trump has not kept to his word on many things since he was elected, and the states cannabis rights is another entry on that ever-growing list of lies.

Sessions is putting the entire legal cannabis industry in jeopardy after certain members of the GOP went after medical marijuana protections last month. Sessions wrote a letter to all state attorney generals stating the Cole Memorandum (Cole memo) is to be rescinded immediately and adherence to the Controlled Substance Act is recommended. This means that Obama-era polices of noninterference pertaining to states marijuana laws are no longer in place.

The Cole memo is the document drafted by former Deputy Attorney General James Cole that was the binding set of regulations states recreational cannabis laws we’re to obey. As long as states were in 100 percent compliance with these laws, federal prosecutors would abstain from inference of cannabis related activities.

States like Colorado have shown how serious they are about following the Cole memo’s rules. Last month the state raided 13 recreational dispensaries for state law violations. Colorado did this on its own accord with no prompting or help from DEA or any other federal agencies.

Sessions didn’t outright tell federal prosecutors to go after cannabis businesses, but he removed the  leashes if any decide to do so themselves. In his letter Sessions mentions the finite resources they’re managing to prosecute marijuana cases, but to uphold federal law which still labels cannabis as a schedule-one drug. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said his office would aggressively pursue cannabis related crimes but the states recreational marijuana law isn’t be addressed at this time.

While Lelling seems to be lock-step with Sessions assessment that this is a “return to law,” most-everyone else seems to be unanimously against the move and are standing against Sessions and defending the Cole memo. Washington Governor Jay Inslee suggested the public stand firm and resist while Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said “we’re not messing around” in regards defending the Washington’s cannabis industry.

In Washington consumers have purchased $2.48 billion in cannabis, paid $223 million in sales tax $682 million in marijuana tax. That’s almost a $1 billion budget for Washington to fight Sessions decision. These numbers are as of Oct. 2017, according to 502data.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer of the District of Colorado, Republican Senator Cory Gardner, Lt. Governor of California Gavin Newsome  and the Koch brothers are just some of the law makers and policy influencers that disagree with Sessions attack on the cannabis industry.

It’s well known that the war on drugs perpetuates racial stereotypes dealing with drug use and disproportionately effects black and brown neighborhoods, systematically ruining thousands of peoples lives. For Sessions to restart a drug war that’s wasted billions of tax dollars with no positive impact to show for it; is downright insulting to the critically thinking voters of this country. The majority of whom at minimum support medical cannabis if not complete legalization.

Cannabis needs to be further researched to fully understand its benefits and detriments, but it’s unanimously agreed that it’s safer than opioids, which is plaguing out country. It’s also safer than alcohol and tobacco; both are legal and regulated by the government despite having no medical usage whatsoever.

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GreenRush’s Pick The NFL’s Best Defensive Players Of 2017

To get ready for the Championship Sunday, check out GreenRush’s player awards for the 2017 season. With the leagues, best three defenses remaining of the final four teams, take a look at the best defensive players for the season.

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Inside Linebackers

Bobby Wagner, Sean Lee, Luke Kuechly

Bobby Wagner once again leads the Seahawks in tackles. He carried an injury-plagued unit in 2017 and still managed to make plays week in and week out.

Sean Lee makes the Cowboys defense go. The entire unit played differently when missed time due to injury. He elevates everyone around him to overachieve.

Luke Kuechy plays all over the field in Carolina. Widely recognized as the leagues best middle linebacker in the league. His skills in coverage don’t get talked about enough.

Outside Linebackers

Joey Bosa, Ryan Kerrigan, Chandler Jones, Terrell Suggs

Joey Bosa nabbed 12.5 sacks in just his second season in the league. He’s one of the few players that starts making an impact the second he stepped on the field.

Ryan Kerrigan nabbed 13 sacks on an underachieving Redskins team. He was a half sack short of his career high in 2017.

Terrell Suggs is another super veteran that refuses to bend a knee to father time. He crossed the ten sack mark for the seventh time in his career and his defense was once again one of the best in the league.

Chandler Jones was the 2017 sack leader. The Cardinals couldn’t put it together in 2017 after a string of injuries hamstrung their season, but it’s always fun to watch Jones chase helpless quarterbacks around the field.

Defensive Tackles

Kawaan Short, Aaron Donald, Calais Campbell, Cam Jordan

Kawann Short had 7.5 sacks this season with two forced fumbles. He’s a stalwart in the Panthers front seven and will be for years to come after signing a five-year contract.

Aaron Donald is in the running for the most dominant player in all of football. Getting 11 sacks from the defensive tackle position and living in the offensive backfield all season long.

Calais Campbell was a long time Cardinal before taking a chance on an upstart Jaguars team. That chance paid off with one of the best seasons in his long career. 14.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a touchdown. His veteran presence made that defense a force to be reckoned with during the 2017 season.

Cam Jordan has always been producing at a high level, but it wasn’t until the last couple seasons he’s gotten the attention he deserves. A career-high 13 sacks and a whopping 11 defended passes in 2017 helped the Saints find the post season for the first time in five seasons.

Cornerbacks (Including Slot)

Marshon Lattimore, Xavier Rhodes, AJ Bouye & Jalen Ramsey, Lamarcus Joyner, Patrick Robinson, Chris Harris Jr

Marshon Lattimore is a rookie cornerback, arguably the hardest job in the NFL. Lattimore played like a 5-year veteran, scoring five interceptions and shutting down professional route runners.

Xavier Rhodes should be called “set it and forget it.” You just put him in any corner and forget that dude even exists. He might get 30 yards. He’s big, extremely physical at the line of scrimmage, jamming receivers off their route and out of their minds.

Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye are hands down the best duo in the NFL. 10 interceptions between the duo and a bevy of frustrated offensive coordinators put these two at the head of any cornerback list.

Lamarcus Joyner has to cover receivers like Doug Baldwin and Larry Fitzgerald out of the slot. He holds his own with the all-pros and nabbed three interceptions this season.

Patrick Robinson was one of Pro Football Focuses highest rated corners inside or out. He had a slow start to his career in New Orleans, but has found his place out of the slot in Philadelphia,

Chris Harris Jr. is one of the few cornerbacks in the league that plays inside and out. He can line up anywhere and be effective. This makes him invaluable schematically and a nightmare to plan for.

 Safeties

Harrison Smith, Kevin Byard, Eric Weddle

Harrison Smith ranges the backfield of the best defense in all the land. The Vikings shut down damn near every team this season, a big part of that was Smith keeping the big plays at bay. He was Pro Football Focuses highest rated safety EVER. He rivals Aaron Donald, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Todd Gurley and the like as the most dominant player in football.

Kevin Byard is the league’s leader in interceptions. A pure ball hawk for the Tennessee Titans, Byard scored five of his picks in just two games. He had one hell of an off-season seeing as he had no interceptions his rookie year.

Eric Weddle is a center piece for the Baltimore Ravens secondary. His long white beard sticks through his helmet have he smashes running backs in the box and knock receivers off their feet in the open field. Weddle got a sack and six interceptions in 2017.

Defensive Ends

Damarcus Lawrence, Everson Griffin, Cameron Heyward, Julius Peppers

Damarcus Lawrence came alive in his fourth year in the league. After only nine sacks in his first three seasons, he put the quarterback down 14.5 times in 2017.  He was part of a Dallas front seven that surprised a lot of people by the end of the season.

Everson Griffin came into his prime during his eighth season, compiling 13 sacks for a career high. He helped bring an NFC North championship to Minnesota.

Julius Peppers is an old man by professional athlete standards. In his 17th season, he’s still producing at an elite level, crossing the 1o sack mark for the tenth time in his career.

Cameron Heyward was the sack leader for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. Pittsburgh is known for its linebackers like Ryan Shazier, but their line is full of monsters as well.

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Falcanna Breeds Falcons & Cannabis With The Best Of Them

Bethany Rondeau jogs towards the skirmish and ends the duck’s life quickly, much more quickly than if the raptor were left alone with it. She’s more concerned with the duck’s feelings than the raptor ever would be. It’s just expressing the prehistoric DNA coursing through its veins. Bethany wants to make the death as painless as possible.

Bethany is a master falconer. Along with her husband Justin, they raise, breed, sell, race and hunt with hawks and falcons on the Olympic Peninsula. Together they’re a cannabis- powered, falcon- flying power couple and the youngest falcon breeders in the world.

What Is Falconry?

Falconry is the ancient practice of training, cultivating relationships, and hunting wild animals alongside raptors.. Historians have found evidence of its practice as early as 2000 B.C. in China, with somen reporting that falcons were given as gifts during the Heian Dynasty. Beyond China,  Japanese, Germanic, Spanish and European cultures also have historical evidence of falconry.

In the 15th century, the practice hit the height of popularity in England. Raptors were specifically assigned by social class, governed by strict rules.  Kings flew a gyrfalcon, the largest and most powerful falcon species. Justin said they’re known as the “queen on your hand.” Priests flew sparrow hawks and servants could only hunt with kestrels. Even the famous playwright, William Shakespeare, was a falconer. The practice didn’t fly to America until the 18th century and has remained a fairly niche practice ever since.

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Falcanna Brand

The Rondeau’s owns and operate Falcanna, an I-502 cannabis farm on the Olympic Peninsula. She runs it with her husband and brother. Crippling cluster migraines led Bethany to rely on cannabis as treatment and the couple began cultivating marijuana in 2009 to help others with similar problems. Falcanna transitioned from a small medical operation to a large-scale producer in the recreational market after June 2016, when the recreational market absorbed the medical system.

Through eight years of medical experience, Falcanna has experimented with and grown hundreds of cannabis phenotypes to create their final starting lineup: Orange Blossom, Timber Kush, Dutch Haze, Kush Morale, Diesel Thai, Alien Girl Scout Cookies, Pacific Blue, and Tahoe OG Kush. Genetic potential, environmental factors, and a meticulous curing process, they learned, led to their potent and beautiful cannabis plants.

Falcanna fans are encouraged to find a strain that fits their personal style and desired experience with stickers. Grams and eighths of each strain come with a unique sticker and customers can collect them when they try new strains. The dispensary is easy to spot at vendor events because of their mascot, Sky. Just under two-feet tall with a wingspan of about four-and-a-half feet, the saker falcon is one of the calmest birds they own. Visitors can easily hold him and bud tenders and sales teams love interacting with him. Bethany and Justin’s cannabis farming, falcon breeding fantasy life started with a red-tailed hawk, chipmunks, dandelions and talons.

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Blessing In A Bloody Disguise

Dandelions are like crack to chipmunks, Bethany says. They love them so much that they’ll even run straight into a hawk’s perch to grab them. This makes for an easy kill. It isn’t a problem until you want to take your hawk hunting and they’re already full.  Bethany was planning a hunt with her bird the next day, and she attempted to circumvent the hawk’s chipmunk lunch with a sleight of hand by switching out the chipmunk with a smaller piece of meat. The trade would keep her bird satisfied with room to spare for the next day. But the hawk attacked her after she made a critical error.

“She flew right at my face,” Bethany says.

One set of talons pierced all the way through her lip, which hung off her face. The other set of talons were closed and punched Bethany in the eye. This left her bloodied and scarred, but it never deterred her from falconry. She sought out further training afterward to avoid another face-slicing encounter. It did, however, keep her brother from ever being directly involved with anything of the sort.

“I fly planes and I don’t mess with birds,” Cutler said.

She met Justin through a mutual friend who was giving her some pointers on hawk handling. Their love for birds of prey spawned from a 1959 book they both read as children called “My Side of the Mountain. It tells the story of a teenage boy who runs away from home to live in the woods and along the way he steals a falcon chick and raises it to be his hunting partner. The book led Bethany and Justin to falconry as their life’s purpose, and falconry led them to one another.

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Premier Natural History Lifestyle

Falconers are intimately involved with their birds from the start. Birth, feeding, first flight, first hunting and reproduction; the raptor version of from seed to shelf.

This intense relationship makes falconry the “premier natural history lifestyle,” Justin says. The relationship starts as soon chicks hatch through a developmental process called imprinting. A chick learns species identification during the process. and after it occurs, the bond lasts a lifetime. This allows humans to share intimate moments with a species far separated from it in the evolutionary chain. Witnessing moments like a bird’s first flight and first kill is special but that might not be a powerful enough adjective to describe it.

Justin calls it, “next level epic.”

Hunting is a great example of life and death for a falcon or hawk, because sometimes it’s just as dangerous for them as it is for their prey. Hunting is perilous; hawks and falcons risk their lives every time they attempt a kill. Other animals can intervene during the hunt or your bird can fall victim to their prey’s escape tactics. Birds have been cut completely in half by barbed wire fences while diving towards prey.

Raptors are especially vulnerable to attacks from stray cats, dogs, coyotes and even other raptors as they finish off their prey on the ground.

One day Justin was hunting pigeons with his falcon. His bird chased a pigeon across a field when an amateur red-tailed hawk clamped on to his falcon and landed on it. Justin sprinted over 400 yards to save his falcon, but it was too late. His falcon had been shredded by the hawk and he had to kill his bird to end its suffering.

“It’s the highest high and the lowest low. There’s nothing else like it,” Bethany says.

There’s nothing worse than losing a bird in the field because it’s more than just a bird, it’s a partner, companion, and a friend. It was over a year before Justin got another bird because it takes time to grieve and move on. Despite what some uneducated critics might say, these birds aren’t slaves waiting in cages to do their master’s bidding. Through careful training, these birds are intelligent enough to understand that living alongside humans is a good way to live.

Living With Monkeys

Justin refers to himself as a monkey when describing life with humans from the bird’s perspective. Raptors are smart enough to understand the benefits of living with monkeys. The monkeys provide raptors a safe home perch, a place with no predators that always has food even after an unsuccessful hunt. No matter how bad the weather is, the monkeys always provide shelter.  The monkeys let the raptors fly, hunt, and breed just like their wild counterparts. The difference is they get a safety net that simply doesn’t exist for them elsewhere.

80 to 95 percent of young hawks and falcons die every winter; because it’s hard for them to figure out the right combination of behaviors that allows them to kill efficiently enough to survive the winter,” Justin says. Raptors have to eat 15 to 20 percent of their own body weight daily to stay healthy, Bethany says.

The Rondeau’s birds have plenty of opportunities to leave. Anytime the cage door opens there’s a chance to fly away and never return. Every time a bird leaves their arm during a hunt, there’s a chance it will just keep on flying, over the horizon and out of sight, but it rarely happens.

One of the Rondeau’s goshawks will wait by her perch after a day of flying; she’ll chirp and squawk to be let back in her perch.  If a bird is inclined to leave, it usually comes back when it’s ready. If it doesn’t, each bird has a tracking device that can be followed by GPS so the bird can be safely transported home. It makes for an interesting conversation with border agents when your bird happens to take a trip into Canada.

Not all the birds within the sanctuary stay with Justin and Bethany for life. Many of the birds are being rehabilitated from injury and re-released into the wild. The birds they breed are sold to other falconers who hunt and race with them. Without going into Specific numbers, Justin said each bird is valued the  similarly to a new pick-up truck.

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Sublime Synchronicity

It’s an odd thing for cannabis cultivation to intersect with falconry, but Bethany and Justin bring the two together in a synchronous way through. If you make a mistake in the grow room and ruin some plants, hunting with your bird takes your mind off that. Losing a bird in the field hurts, but the overwhelming aroma of the Orange Blossom grow room at day 60 helps the grieving process.

Both professions take on a level of humility. You must learn from mistakes and learn from people who are better than you. Failure with the birds leads to success in the grow room and vice-versa. Their profound relationship with raptors and cannabis requires discipline and commitment, but that discipline gives them the freedom in life to do as they see fit.

“Somehow in the overall equation we have less fucks to give,” Justin said, “and that’s very important for happiness and understanding.”

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Learn About Low Temperature Dabbing

The Oregonian released a story citing a study by Portland State University chemistry professor Robert Strongin. The article states carcinogens are released when terpenes present in butane hash oil (BHO) are vaporized on nails at temperatures above 750 degrees Fahrenheit and 932 degrees Fahrenheit.  Methacrolein and benzene are the carcinogens in question, respectively.

BHO concentrates are a staple in the recreational scene. Many of the notable extraction companies use butane to extract the THC, CBD, and terpenes from the plant material which leaves the final solvent that is dabbed. The excess butane and other impurities are purged out with heat and what’s left is your concentrate. Slight variations of extraction variables paired with different cannabis strains is what gives you all of your many concentrate varieties. The Oregonian doesn’t specify what brand of concentrates were used in the study, only the terpene profiles and that they were BHO.

“We don’t want to say things like this are just bad,” Strongin told The Oregonian. “It really depends on the user.”

The temperature goal for successful low temp dabbing is between 350 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit, High Times reports. This allows the cannabinoids and terpenes to melt all the way; providing the full spectrum of the strain’s effect without burning your throat and scorching the flavor. The most popular type of equipment used for low temp dabbing is a type of nail called a “quartz banger,” which is a small bucket that you scoop your dabs into. Pair this with carb cap that acts as a seal to retain as much heat in the nail as possible to melt the dab and cut down on waste.  Quartz is the most popular because it heats up relatively quickly and has great retention properties.

Will Linn is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Northwest Cannabis Solutions. He’s an experienced concentrate connoisseur and knows the importance of regulating the temperature on your dab rig nail.

The smaller the dab, the less you will want the nail to heat up, and vice-versa. You will know if your nail is too hot because the remnant oil will be a singed and black instead  warm and brown. It should be  easily cleaned up with a Q-tip. Cleaning your nail after every dab will keep your nail fresh for months and keep your dabs tasting clean. An electronic nail provides an easier way to experience low temp dabs, but it can be costly if you want a reliable set-up. Consistently dabbing a torch and nail at low temperatures is absolutely possible, it just takes research and practice.

“Preference is part of it, but you never want to get any concentrate too hot, Linn said.” “It burns away the terpenes, which in effect takes away from the taste and the potency of the product.”

There are several factors to consider when your cooling down your nail, but the most important part is to have the same starting point for every dab; so heat the nail red hot, until it’s slightly glowing orange. A nail that is visibly glowing orange or red will be around 800 degrees Fahrenheit, per High Times. Let it cool down from this point for anywhere from 45 seconds to a minute and 30 seconds depending on the thickness of your nail and the size of your dab. Linn explains there will be a trial and error period for each nail and type of solvent (rosin, distillate, shatter, etc,) to zero in the heat to maximize the taste and effect.

“Most people take minimally sized dabs compared to some of the dabs I’ve taken,” Linn continued, “it depends on where people are at with their tolerance level.”

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

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Berner – Girl Scout Cookies

Berner has the most popular and successful cannabis collaboration in the game with the Cookies Family. The Cookies Family are the originators of Girl Scout Cookies and other Cookies strains such as Sunset Sherbert, Gelato and Cherry Pie. These hybrids are respected around the world because of their one of a kind terpene profiles. Cookies has become a brand on its own with a full merchandise line. These days, we are hard pressed to find someone who has smoked weed, that hasn’t smoked cookies or at least heard of it in passing.

THC Farms – Rapper Kush

Rapper Kush is an exclusive strain from THC Farms. This Tacoma based farm is designed for the hip hop communities love of dense kushy flower. Rapper Kush is a woody kush that looks like a snow capped Washington mountain, Culture Magazine reports. This strain will put the entire crew on the same level or take you above the rim if you’re smoking solo.

Wiz Khalifa – Khalifa Kush

The real Khalifa Kush might not be available to anyone but the Wiz himself, according to Leafly, but the strains that claim the name usually resemble a OG Kush descendant with pine, earth and citrus aromatics.

Three of RMR’s most seasoned smokers tested the strain in Las Vegas and concluded it wasn’t worth the hype. Quality control matters for agricultural products like cannabis,  given KK that was over six-months-old and cost us over $20 for a “gram” preroll. Sometimes brands just don’t live up to the hype.

 

 

Paul Wall – Satellite OG Kush

Paul Wall is a rapper from Houston, who many know as the “grillz” guy. Wall still sells diamond teeth, but he’s got a few other business ventures now, including his own strain of weed called Satellite OG, per Forbes. This indica will relax your body and boost your mood. The aromatics resemble candy pine, according to Leafly.

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B-Real – Tangie

Tangie is a sativa strain that gained notoriety in the 90’s, Leafly reports. B-Real from Cypress Hill owns his own dispensary in California called Dr. Greenthumb. His version of Tangie took 3rd place at the High Time Cannabis Cup in 2015, The Cannabist reports. Tangie is a citrus lovers dream, with tangerine and orange soda aromas and a fruity flavor. Tangie is the mother to one of GreenRush’s most unique strains, Tangelina Jolie.

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Snoop Dogg – Snoop’s Dream

This is the result of crossing Master Kush and blue dream. This flower produces large yields with a berry-riddled kush terpene profile that even the Doggfather himself can’t resist. One of our favorite Snoop’s Dreams comes from Treehawk Farms in Washington state. Yielding around 5+ pounds per light, this strain is potent, tasty, and worth testing this holiday season. GreenRush has produced a Snoop’s Dream cut that reeked of berry punch.

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GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

Musical Motivation For Your 2018 Workouts

Here is some of my favorite songs in my workout playlist. If you use cannabis as a motivator some days like I do, I suggest Tangelina Jolie, Dirty Girl or Professor Chaos. These are all great sativa-hybrids GreenRush offers. Light up, turn put your earbuds in and just start moving.

You Know My Name

Chris Cornell provides his voice for James Bond Casino Royale theme song. This song just makes me feel like James Bond when I work out, so it works. Cornell’s screaming makes any workout playlist better.

Seven Nation Army

“Seven Nation Army” from The White Stripes features powerful guitar rifts and battle inspired lyrics that will help you power through your last set and throw those weights right through that fucking wall.

Under Pressure

Diamonds are made with pressure. Try something new and get out of your comfort zone this 2018. Nothing but good will come from it. Let Queen and David Bowie rock you into the new year.

 Chase Me

“Chase Me” by Run The Jewels is the Grammy nominated feature track for the film “Baby Driver.” Make sure you get ahead of the pack in 2018 and let all the competition chase you.

Jump Around

If you work hard you have to recover just as hard. This is a reminder to all of the workaholics to take a break and get loose now and again.

Come Together – Gary Clark Jr. & Junkie XL Remix

This song is pure fuel. All the splendor of the Beatles songwriting with Gary Clark Jr.’s guitar-wielding splendor. This is the title track to the Justice League movie and it’s super.

Outlaw State of Mind

“Outlaw State of Mind” from Chris Stapleton is a reminder to give less fucks in 2018. Do you and just get to it, unless that involves robbing bank, in which case for sure relax.

Blockbuster Night Pt 1

Another banger from Run The Jewels. Crank this track to 15 and punch 2018 right in the mouth. It’s your year this year.

Jesus Walks

I’m not the religious type, but this track always gets me going. Sometimes it’s good to just have some faith in something, it your case it may be god, in my case it’s just a reminder to have faith in yourself.

Never Let Me Down

Featuring Jay-Z, this song is a reminder that you’re never defined by your mistakes. Falling down lets us get back up. Fucking up allows us to learn and improve. This is some inspirational shit from Kanye and an absolute classic jam.

Your Soul

This song from my all time favorite duo, The KnowMads. Their music always encompasses chasing your goals with no remorse. Militant discipline towards the arts and living life your way. Anytime I meet a new goal in life, there’s usually a KnowMads song playing in the background.

Ghost

“Ghost” from theKnowMads and producer Harry Fraud reminds you that nothing great is accomplished without sacrifice. Everyone wants to dope shit but very few work to achieve it. Putting in the late nights and overtime is what separates good from great.

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.

The Cannabis Industry Is Striving For Increased Diversity

recent report on cannabis industry diversity was released by New Frontier Data with help from the women activist group  Women Grow. The report surveyed 1700 people. On gender diversity, the report concluded that women have 57 percent majority ownership and 30 percent have complete ownership. These numbers are meaningful and show a huge push towards gender equality within the cannabis industry, according to Green Rush Daily.

Bethany Rondeau is one of these women, she owns and operates Falcanna. Falcanna started as a craft medical cannabis farm and became a tier-three farm, the largest type of cannabis producer in the state. Rondeau doesn’t want her success to be tied to the fact that’s she’s a woman, but thinks it’s great women get to shine in the industry.

“That’s not what I hang my hat on,” Rondeau says.

New Frontier Data’s report concluded racial diversity is something that needs to be balanced. Only one percent of over 3000 owned cannabis dispensaries are owned by black people, according to a 2016 BuzzFeed report. A problem with a majority white-owned cannabis industry is white people are the least likely to suffer from the legal ramifications that surround cannabis.

Pot prohibition started in the 1930’s when Harry Anslinger used misplaced tribalism and racist attitudes dealing with Mexican immigration to fuel anti-cannabis rhetoric. Today, black and Hispanic men are three times as likely to be arrested for pot-related reasons even though pot use is relatively similar between white and black people. Solutions for the cannabis industries’ diversity imbalance are being experimented with in Oakland, California, Rolling Stone reports.

Oakland is rolling out an Equity Permit Program that prioritizes medical marijuana licenses go to communities that have been disproportionately damaged by the war on drugs. To qualify for the program you must have a marijuana-related conviction on your record or have lived in areas that have experienced a disproportionate amount of law enforcement attention. NORML reports. The goal of this program is to knock down barriers keeping minorities from gaining entry into the cannabis industry. These barriers include policy, funding, and education, Jesce Horton told Rolling Stone. Horton founded the Minority Cannabis Business Association.

One example of how the Equity Permit Program will bound these hurdles is through a business incubator to provide applicants with the capital and space needed to launch a cannabis dispensary. Bank won’t deal with cannabis because it’s still federally illegal, so business loans are out of the question. Grassroots movements like the Hood Incubator are aimed at helping usher in new black owners into the cannabis industry as well. It’s basically a finance and business boot camp, designed to give people all the fundamentals, acumen and capital needed to start and run a successful business, Rolling Stone reports. The Equity Permit Program is the first of its kind, but it’s not without its criticisms. There will only be eight licenses handed out in the first year, four of which have to be given to Equity Permit applicants.

That number is too small to let the industry grow properly, Horton says. Oakland’s medical marijuana officials know the program isn’t perfect. All they can do is focus on each problem as it arises and takes solace in the fact they’re allowing scorned cannabis users to step out of the shadows with the rest of the industry.

Read More About Cannabis Prohibition

  • Marijuana Prohibition Was Racist From The Start. Not Much Has Changed via The Huffington Post

  • 60 Years of Prohibition via NORML

Read About Black Owned Cannabis Businesses

  • 17 Black-Owned Cannabis Businesses You Should Know via Official Black Wallstreet
  • 12 Minority-Owned Cannabis Businesses That Are Shaping the Industry via Leafly

More Reading About Diversity Within Cannabis

  • What’s It Like Being Black in the White-Dominated Weed Industry via Complex
  • The case for drug war “reparations” via Vice News

GreenRush Cannabis is a WA i502 producer-processor located in the scenic Snohomish Valley. We produce a clean, sophisticated crop that has become a preferred brand for a number of top shops in Washington state known for our consistent terpene flavor, high quality, and deep impact.