Jack Herer would be so proud. Thanks to the forward thinking, skate-friendly team over at iPath Footwear, never was a hemp shoe so beautifully envisioned and made. The geniuses over at iPath have been including stash pockets in the tongues of their shoes since 1999—a great amenity when you need to discretely store your . . . loose change and laundry list. CULTURE was fortunate to try out several pairs of these socially-conscious kicks, including the Langston Coffee Hemp 3IA29 hi-top. We were impressed by the clean, uncluttered design and the little details, like the tasteful white stitching that runs up the back of the shoes and the logo that’s nearly camouflaged near the ankle. Superbly comfortable and fitting for skaters, patients and anyone who enjoys wearing a cool pair of shoes. Check out http://web.ipath.com for the latest info. (Matt Tapia)
OCB Rolling Papers
Move over Daft Punk, there’s a new French import heating up the States. Vanilla LA Inc. is now distributing OCB rolling papers, one of the world’s most popular smoking accessories. These ultra-thin papers, produced by the Bollere Company for nearly 100 years, use all-natural gum from Africa and include pure filters with every pack. Of course, you’re still welcome to make your own filters from crap you scrounge off the street, but why not smoke in style with OCB. Visit www.ocbusa.com for store availability. (David Jenison)
First, the Sony Walkman that revolutionized portable music player technology. Decades later, the iPod did the same thing—and introduced the world to those omnipresent white earbuds. Now the Kube is set to make a quantum jump for your private listening pleasure. This tiny (about the size of an ice cube) MP3 player holds up to 8,000 songs and comes in a variety of funky pastel colors like pink, green and yellow, plus black and white. Bite-sized, but with big sound (six hours of continuous music on a single charge), The Kube is an instant conversation starter for your next tech-geek soirée, and the smallest thing we’ve ever seen delivering decibels from the palm of your hand. This player goes for $34.99 and you can get more specs at www.thinkgeek.com. (Matt Tapia).
Soil be damned—hydroponics has been the method of choice for many cultivators. In fact, the earliest published works on soil-less growing goes back to 1627 by Sir Francis Bacon. Enter the Hydrofogger, a new hydroponics system with a 3.5-gallon reservoir that makes growing plants and herbs easier by misting the roots directly, which means the nutrients are more easily absorbed. Whether you’re growing one plant or up to 12 clones, it’s a set-it-and-forget-it operation that comes with a water pump that can be controlled by a timer. This is an all-in-one system (it goes for $99) that will definitely get your green thumb itchin‘. Go to www.growthponics.com for more information. (Michael Carlos)
OK, I’ll refrain from the obvious “cycle-delic” wordplay and remain content to tell you that the Cyglo Tyre is the sort of why-didn’t-I-think-of-that invention that will make your nocturnal bicycle jaunts that much safer. And trippier. Bright LED bulbs (triggered by a motion sensor) are imbedded into the walls and tread of the tires to form a circle of light that will alert motorists, passersby and other cyclists—and give rave types a flashback or two. Different colored lights are available so, go ahead and call yourself a glow stick on wheels—and set the latest eye-catching trend. Go to www.nightbrighttyre.com for further details. (Matt Tapia)
Some items just don’t hold up well in the summer heat—tubes of ChapStick, sunscreen, chocolates and . . . your friendly neighborhood edibles. The Cool-It Caddy is the perfect new product to store such items effectively and discreetly. The patent-pending design features lightweight insulation layers and an integrated chemical coolant that provide protection from mercury-busting temperatures. Guys will likely opt for the black Caddy and leave the zebra stripes for the ladies, though each is compact enough to fit in a purse, backpack or other such carrying case. Check out more at www.cool-itcaddy.com. (David Jenison)
Top Shelf | Washington
13724 Canyon Rd.
E., Puyallup, 98373
Phone: (541) 389-1043
Owners, Management and Staff
the story behind the name of your access point? The whole thing behind the name
is we just wanted to have a place that lives up to its name and reputation of “Top
Shelf.” With my conditions, I have to consume clean medicine. It has to be
grown properly, flushed properly . . . the whole nine yards. If it isn’t, I can
have extreme allergic reactions to the nutrients and/or pesticides still left
in the flower. It’s just one of those things where I wanted to provide
consistent, quality, proper flowers for both myself and our patients.
Whatdoes your access point offer patients that they can’t find anywhere else?
Here at Top Shelf, we provide a down home, easy feel to the place. Our patient interactions are never
rushed, and all of our patients comment on how comfortable and relaxed they
feel at our shop. We even have male patients that come in and say “Ok, I’m
going to bring my girlfriend/spouse here now, I always go in and check out
these places first to make sure it’s safe. She’ll like this place, I’m bringing
her in.” We hope to offer educational classes/seminars for those who want to
learn more about cultivation, cooking with cannabis and more.
Howhas the cannabis industry changed since you’ve been here? Where would you like
to see it go? I
would like to see us do more of something like Colorado where if you want to be
on the medical side you have to produce your own product. This would eliminate
a lot of the middle men out there, if you want to do this—and you need to know
what you’re doing (e.g. cultivation of cannabis). We would like to see mandatory
testing of all medicinal products on shelves, which is something we feel will
be mandatory soon anyway. We encourage all vendors to have their products
tested if they are going to be consumed by patients. We would also like to see
a fair market price on medical cannabis, and not see medical cannabis taxed out
of affordability for low income patients that need clean, safe and effective
Whatis the most important thing you hope to accomplish in the industry?
Helping people; hoping
to make a positive impact in the lives of the patients that come to our access
point. Also trying to get patients off a lot of these pharmaceuticals that are
so toxic and damaging to our bodies with long term use. Creating natural
remedies daily, offering a safe, alternative pathway to healing for our patients.
Sweet Leaf Illusions | Oregon
Collective Name: Sweet Leaf Illusions
Address: 8434 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, 97266
What’s the story behind the name of your dispensary?
trying to figure out a name that no one else had. We didn’t want to do the same
thing that every other company has done. And so we came up with Sweet Leaf
Illusions, me and Ian, one of our employee budtenders here. And the next thing
we know, after we got our license, four days later, there were a whole bunch of
Sweet Leaf companies. I guess they liked the name too.
How has the cannabis industry changed since you
have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go? I think the testing
companies should be held liable for their testing results. As it is now, if a
patient gets sick on a product that had been tested but still had contaminants,
it is the dispensary that is liable.
What are the biggest challenges you face in this
industry as a dispensary? . . . Biggest joys?
Trusting the testing companies results that are coming out. They are saying that the
product is clean when you know that they haven’t tested for, probably, about 15
other pesticides. I want them to be in compliance, like dispensaries have to be
with the state. And have the state going after them to see that they are doing
their job, so they keep putting it all on the dispensary owner to verify that
the products are clean. Our biggest joy is really just helping the sick people
that come in. I can’t leave the patients I’ve gotten to know.
What is the one thing you want patients to know
about your dispensary? I pretty much quiz all of our vendors to verify that their product is
clean. I only take the few vendors that test and I try to ensure that they are
the cleanest products you can get.
What is the most important thing you hope to
accomplish while in the MJ/MMJ community?
needs to start doing inspections of the testing companies. They should spray
flowers with poisons and send them through (like a control test), to at least
verify that they are in compliance with the state law that the state put in,
that they are supposed to test for all pesticides. They need to find out that
they are not testing for pesticides that we all know have been around for
Available at Point Loma Patients Consumer Cooperative in Point Loma.The Tokyo OG from PLPCC is a real stand out due to its darker green coloring and dark red hairs. The nose is slightly earthy, a
Available at Point Loma Patients Consumer Cooperative in Point Loma.
The Tokyo OG from PLPCC is a real stand out due to its darker green coloring and dark red hairs. The nose is slightly earthy, and very skunky and oily. Its flavor is really earthy and pungent, not at all sweet. Just a few hits provide an instant head change. The effects are not only cerebral though. The body effect provides complete, long lasting relaxation. Tokyo OG is ideal for muscle pain, sleep and appetite stimulation.
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