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LACIE HARD DRIVES
Sure, I can lie to you and say I need a new external hard drive for all those Excel spreadsheets I’ve accumulated—but I’ll fess up a

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LACIE HARD DRIVES

Sure, I can lie to you and say I need a new external hard drive for all those Excel spreadsheets I’ve accumulated—but I’ll fess up and say what I really need is something to stash my 12,000-song “Ultimate Miles Davis Fan” playlist. Enter LaCie External Hard Drives with storage capacities from 500GB to 1TB. We dug the silver-colored Rikiki Go drive for its sleek-looking aluminum casing—great for those bumps and spills—and the 10GB of secure online storage it comes with. If you get the 1TB model, a USB 3.0 super fast transfer interface will come with the territory. Your laptop will thank you. Go to www.lacie.com for more info. (James Abraham)

MisterWatches

MEISTER WATCHES

When Meister Watches last year released a limited-production timepiece inspired by the LeBron James documentary film More Than a Game—it was no surprise to us. After all, NBA ball-manipulators like Dwight Howard (Orlando) and Derek Rose (Chicago) haven’t been shy about sporting these artisan-designed watches in the public eye. Who can blame them? The hand-assembled watches from Meister’s Chief, Prodigy and Superstar collections (just to name a few) are ultra-comfortable, made from quality materials and look like you have to drop fistfuls of Donald Trump-type cash to buy one. For a bit of luxury—without the Bernie Madoff voodoo financing—redefine your lifestyle with a Meister watch. Check out www.meisterwatches.com for further details. (Matt Tapia)

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ANARCHY EYEWEAR 420 COLLECTION

Sunglasses have been keeping bloodshot eyes under wraps since, well, sunglasses were invented. But, for something a bit more on the cutting-edge of fashion than your garden-variety pair of Ray-Bans, try Anarchy Eyewear’s 420 Collection. We had the opportunity to try out their Blacken, Rally and Transfer models (each goes for about $65) in the Shiny Black color. All come with polarized lenses (great for keeping your vision sharp when your brain’s not!) and are made of lightweight, super-comfy nylon frames. Go to www.facebook.com/anarchyeyewear for more info. (Matt Tapia)

SneakaToke

SNEAKATOKE

Ah, I remember the first sneak-a-toke I ever used. It was made to look like a half-smoked cigarette that you packed by shoving it repeatedly into a little wooden stash box. Well, the technology of under-the-radar smoking has gotten better by leaps and bounds. Introducing the SneakaToke. It’s designed to look like a simple tube of ChapStick, but it’s the 180-degree twistable mouthpiece that makes this smoking accessory so innovative. Align the mouthpiece a certain way and you’re ready to fire up; twist the mouthpiece the other way, blow the smoke through the product and all that comes out is fresh, scented air courtesy of the built-in filtration system. Who’s ready for stealth mode? Go to www.sneakatoke.com for more info. (James Abraham)

KushKeeper

KUSH KEEPER

Calling the Kush Keeper a lockbox for your medicine does this product a grave injustice. It’s so much more than that. It’s peace of mind. It’s convenience for the medical cannabis patient. It’s an effective way to make sure your meds stay out of the wrong hands. Once it’s programmed with your fingerprint (and this literally takes a second or two), you can literally access your Diesel or OG at the touch of button, plus it comes with a back-up key and security cable for those worst-case scenarios. For added convenience, a warning light blinks to let you know when the 4AA batteries are running low and you can store at least a dozen bottles of cannabis inside the Keeper, made of 17-gauge steel. Selling for $199.99, the Kush Keeper is a wise investment in your safety and the security of your medicine. Go to www.kushkeeper.com for additional details. (Matt Tapia)

Korg

KORG MONOTRON PALMSIZE SYNTH

Don’t call it a trip toy. The Korg Monotron Palmsize Synth is an indispensable mini-instrument that can mimic all those retro-harkening electro artists (Daft Punk, Goldfrapp, Digitalism, Soulwax, et. al.) whose love of analog textures complements their crossover dancefloor appeal. This handheld device channels the big sound of everyone’s favorite Korg MS-10 and MS-20 and boils down all the squealing, squelching fun down to five knobs and one switch. Now, at parties, you’ll be able to modulate with the best of them. Check out www.thinkgeek.com for more info. (James Abraham)

Dispensary Highlight

Top Shelf | Washington

 

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Name:
Top Shelf
Medicinal

Address:
13724 Canyon Rd.
E., Puyallup, 98373

Website:
topshelfmedicine.com

Phone: (541) 389-1043

Interviewed:
Top Shelf
Owners, Management and Staff

What’s
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
medicine.

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.

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Sweet Leaf Illusions | Oregon

 

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Collective Name: Sweet Leaf Illusions

Address: 8434 SE 82nd Ave., Portland, 97266

Website: facebook.com/sweetleafillusionspdx

What’s the story behind the name of your dispensary?

We were
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?

The state
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
years.

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Tokyo OG

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

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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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