Listen to Rob Markman’s First Single Off of His Debut EP

Rob Markman’s done just about everything in the music industry except music. That’s about to change though as he’s soon going to release his debut EP, Write To Dream.

In preparation of the project drop, Rob dropped the first single. Featuring Kirby Maurier, “I Don’t Wanna Wait” is a solid first stab. Listen below.

Peep Out Mobsquad Nard’s “Itz Dat” Video Featuring Boosie Badazz

Mobsquad Nard is preparing to drop his forthcoming Nardo Da’Vinci project and is getting fans more excited by dropping a video for the cut “Itz Dat.” Featuring Boosie Badazz, the visual takes everyone to the Jacksonville neighborhood he reps.

Peep it out below.

D.A.R.E. is Back!

D.A.R.E. your favorite drug counselor is returning! 

Jeff Sessions is really still trying to bring back D.A.R.E., the drug reform and deterrent program established in the 1980s. D.A.R.E. has been almost defunded and for the most part ineffective. Most kids just learned more about what kind of drugs do what.

Everyone in this day and age has at least tried a puff of pot once or twice. The proper information about drugs is readily available through scientific publications and websites. We know that D.A.R.E. was ineffective years ago and it’s ineffective today, a thorough study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that fact to be true

Even D.A.R.E. took down marijuana as a gateway drug from its website. Becoming some what of a laughing stick over the years, it’s not surprising that a joker like Jeff Sessions would be joining forces with clowns like D.A.R.E.

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Here’s 5 Things We Learned Attending Chalice Festival 2017

By: KC Orcutt

Chalice Festival made a triumphant return to the San Bernadino County Events Center this past weekend (July 7-9), with attendees of every color, creed, race, religion and marijuana-intake preference finding solace in live performances from some of hip-hop’s most beloved acts, networking with like-minded folks, checking out impeccable functional glass and vendor displays, partaking in delicious food fare, ice-cold drinks and of course, indulging in the plethora of opportunities to take a free dab.

The fourth annual edition of the festival fondly reputed as the “Coachella of Concentrates” did not disappoint, despite the Mojave Desert heat resulting in some attendees requiring medical attention.

Year after year, Chalice, comprised of the who’s who of the budding cannabis industry, showcases the best in marijuana-based products, vendors and artists, with a top-tier music line-up to match. This year’s festivities boasted headliners such as Ice Cube, STS9, Big Boi, Warren G, Curren$y, Thievery Corporation, The Lox, Cam’Ron & Juelz Santana and more. With three days as gloriously packed as that brand new bowl should be, there was no shortage of entertainment, product to take in and people to enjoy the journey with.

In celebration of 710 today, here are five things we learned attending this year’s annual Chalice Festival.

1) There’s No Such Thing As A Dumb Question About Weed

People, particularly those sitting at the opposite side of the vending table, love to answer questions about weed. It can be a little awkward going up to a random vendor to ask them about their product, but hey, that’s why we’re all here. When it comes to events such as Chalice, learning about what makes one strain, shatter, wax, resins or oil different from the next is not only important but it’s fascinating. Learning firsthand about the care and knowledge that goes into the extraction process is particularly interesting, especially with more and more users gravitating towards concentrates, in addition to or in lieu of flower.

Visiting Rosin Tech Products was a Chalice-must, with their friendly and informative staff leading demonstrations and guiding attendees through the process of making their own rosin. One attendee, a grower in town from Las Vegas, excitedly turned his own plant product into fresh rosin in less than a minute, documenting each methodical step for his friends back at home to bear witness. Rosin Tech is rapidly emerging as one of the industry’s top-tier home presses and we highly recommend checking their company out.

2) Pace Yourself *Mom Voice*

While there’s technically no such thing as overdoing it, we all can relate to learning the hard way what our own reactions to “too much” marijuana can feel like. When you’re in an environment such as Chalice, it is beyond tempting to chase a dab with an edible in the matter of moments, especially when it’s in the form of an ice-cold marijuana-infused margarita on a scorching 100+ degree day. We definitely wish that there were air conditioned nap stations scattered throughout the festival grounds for predicaments such as these, so hopefully organizers will take note of that brilliant suggestion.

Drinking water also is just as important. Vendors were particularly hospitable about sharing their water supplies this year and given the harsh heat of a summer day in the middle of the desert, it was beyond appreciated and necessary.

3) Stoners Love Free Shit

Throughout each performance, various sponsors of Chalice gave away promotional items, such as pre-rolls (thank you, thank you, thank you), t-shirts, lanyards (hopefully no one lost their keys thanks to these), small glass one-hitters (maybe pass these out by hand next year, because, #ouch), lighters and more. At one point, the giveaways dragged on longer than the sets themselves, resulting in a pleased majority of the packed crowd walking away with some sort of souvenir, with many sharing the freebies instead of keeping them for themselves. Special thanks to comedian Stoner Rob and Adam Ill (Getting High With) for making sure that there were more than enough pre-roll joints to go around and encouraging attendees to spark such gifts immediately. There’s no such thing as bogarting at Chalice and for that, we salute y’all. Plus, who are we to front? We love free weed.

4) Hip-Hop And Weed Makes Everything Better

While we personally weren’t able to catch every performer and caught plenty of FOMO as a result, the ones who we were lucky enough to catch reminded us that the combination of hip-hop and weed simply makes everything better.

As the Lox powered through their allotted timeslot early Saturday evening, the blazed-up crowd wasn’t completely dead on their feet, with Jadakiss even riling up the crowd to still have some energy despite smoking since the doors opened earlier in the day. With smoke clouds as prominent as the bass was booming, it doesn’t get much better than hearing gems such as “Wild Out,” “Power, Money & Respect,” “Don’t You Cry,” “I Get High,” and more, with a blunt in hand — outdoors and legally, no less. As the “Mighty Mighty D-Block” chant woke the crowd up, the sun began setting, marking for one of those beautiful festivals moments necessary to capture for the ‘Gram.

Later in the evening, we caught the second half of Cam’Ron and Juelz Santana’s set, with the Dipset dons feeling comfortable and right at home on the Chalice stage. As “There It Go,” “Hey Ma,” “Gangsta,” “Oh Boy” and the “Dipset Anthem” filled through the festival stage’s speakers, it’s safe to say that New York City was properly represented. We really can’t stress this enough — hip-hop paired with weed truly does make everything better.

5) We Regret Going to Chalice – Said No One Ever

With festival season in full swing, the idea that, “Oh, there’s always next year,” is hella commonplace. While we totally understand that festivals like Chalice can put a dent in one’s bank account, especially considering how many dope (literally) vendors there are on the festival grounds to support, Chalice is continuously proving that attendees will get the best bang for their buck. Glancing around and seeing nothing but people blissfully enjoying everyone’s favorite plant truly is a special sight. Shit, we could do this every weekend. If you missed out, don’t let next year roll around with the words “I’ll go next year” leaving your lips. Trust.

Congrats to this year’s winners and cheers to the organizers involved with Chalice that made this weekend beyond worthwhile.

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Smokers Poll: Playing Grand Theft Auto When You’re High

From Coal to Weed in West Virginia?

West Virginia will begin opening up applications to apply for hemp cultivation for commercial purposes. According to Marijuana Business Daily, the state already has 14 hemp licenses dedicated to research only, however, West Virginia has seen the huge tax befits in other states and is ready to jump into the green ocean.

Successful applicants would join members of the West Virginia Farmers Association who hold 14 licenses to farm hemp for research purposes. Those original farmers, who currently are growing 30 acres of the crop over 11 counties, now will be permitted to cultivate commercially.

Hemp plants can be converted into such products as CBD – which is legal in West Virginia – as well as food, oils and various fibers. Still, the bill has no language regarding the resale, cultivation, and consumption of finished cannabis products.

Legalization takes time and is never easy to understand, as W.V. begins its journey with cannabis. One thing is for certain: the plant is starting to pop up in every state like a beautiful weed.

CBD Fighting to Stay Legal

In December 2016 the DEA quietly made a final rule criminalizing marijuana extract. Being hazy in its wording the agency went on to clarify that it was based on the DEA’s own interpretation of what they deem marijuana extracts from mature cannabis, leaving many in the industry scrambling to understand the language in the bill. With such a blossoming industry and so many different avenues of business being opened, especially in the extraction sector, it had people across the landscape of the cannabis industry extremely concerned and tuned with the legal perimeters of extraction.

Lawyers filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Hemp Industry Associations, Century Natural Foods and RHM Holdings LLC, which was intended to protect an American agricultural revival. Attorney Bob Hoban says the entire industry hinges on this. These type of laws that were put in place are not being monitored by the ones who actually resale, cultivate and consuming cannabis. This final rule on the criminalization of cannabis threatens thousands of growing businesses with massive economic expansion opportunities. All trying to conduct lawful business under the existing policy, then having the rug pulled out from underneath them as the DA and federal government decides on how they want to go about changing cannabis law for their own liking.

The DEA’s criminalization law is now up to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals to make a decision whether to determine the hemp industries course regarding the 2014 Obama Farm Bill. Only a handful of states in the western United States would be legally binding to a decision from the Ninth Circuit, but it would clear up the wording of the bill and make clear what is legal and what is not legal.

The industry will carry on and continue to evolve and push the revolution forward. A series of pilot programs have been put in place in American farms showing just how profitable and durable the marijuana crop can be. Before prohibition in 1937, cannabis was the leading crop in the world and ours was considered the best. TheHemp Business Journal calculated last year that the industry brought in $888 million in US sales. That’s in the legal business sector, that’s not including the black make sales in the billions and legal CBD products accounted for $130 million of those sales. While we wait to see what happens federally, the cannabis industry will fight to continue to grow research and legalization.

You Can’t Actually “Smoke” Weed in Florida

Florida just passed medical marijuana and to some it may seem like a victory but to those who dig a little deeper, it gets funny. In a previous article, we mentioned how the monopolization of the cannabis industry is in full effect in Florida. With only 10 licenses beinggonzo usa handed out to a select group of controlling parties, and under those licenses, they will be able to open up to 25 medical dispensaries.

Now that the fine print has come out, it says that medical marijuana patients aren’t actually allowed to smoke the plant, deeming it dangerous to smoke cannabis.

As cannabis becomes more and more politically intwined, the fine print in legislation from state to state, will be cleverly hidden verbiage that keeps the money flowing to the proper places of the 1 percent.

Ohio is About to CASH In

Ohio just opened up the bidding for some very expensive licenses.

Ohio received 185 applications for medical marijuana cultivation licenses by the June 30 deadline; 109 of which are for Level I licenses. This allows grows up to 25,000 square feet, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The other 76 applications are for Level II licenses, which allow sites up to 3,000 square feet in size. After winning a license, cultivators can apply for larger grow spaces.

The application fee for Level I licenses will reportedly cost $180,000 for the first year and $200,000 for annual renewals. Level II licensees will initially pay $18,000 and then $20,00leaf0 in subsequent years.

Get Your Weekend Started with Smoke 2 This Vol. 20

TGIF. It’s time to sit back, relax and smoke one. Burn a huge doobie to our latest edition of Smoke 2 This. Featuring new joints from Pro Era, Flipp Dinero, Boobie Lootaveli, OG Parker, Fat Nick and more, Smoke 2 This Vol. 20 is your gateway to a hazy weekend and beyond. Hit play below.

[#TBT] Smokers Standards: Curren$y ft. Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy – “Roasted”

“The more I smoke the smaller the doobie get / They takin’ shots at the jets on some john woo movie shit.”

D.C. Doing it Right: Giving All a Chance to Work in Weed

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Washington DC is taking a major step in the right direction by giving local minorities the top priority when it comes to applying for local marijuana business licenses.

Race and ethnicity should have nothing to do with, and should be left out of, the process of all job applications. In this case, however, it’s a priority to make sure that there’s a balance in ownership of marijuana businesses. If you are not aware, the cannabis industry is dominated by white men.

The contradiction between the amount of black individuals, especially who are incarcerated due to marijuana and those who actually run marijuana businesses is completely lopsided. Councilmember Robert C White Jr., who sponsored the recent past legislation, told the Washington Post, “We have locked up so many black people for marijuana and it is incredibly hypocritical for those folks to return from prison on marijuana charges to come back to a place that has now legalized an industrialized, and they can’t play any role in.” The city of DC has eight Marijuana Cultivation Centers, five dispensaries and only one black cultivator. Meanwhile, DC is 49 percent black.

Downtown Washington DC has been experiencing a recent economic boom in the past 15 years however, the poorest communities have gone in the other direction. Numbers have shown that they have missed the money boat rolling through the downtown area. On top of that, Washington D.C. also happens to be one of the most segregated cities in the country. This past February, the city lifted the prohibition against felons restricting them from entering the medical cannabis industry. Places like Oakland, California have already set aside half of its cannabis business permits for people arrested for drug crimes in the city or from neighborhoods with many drug arrests.

This is yet again another example of the glaring divided racially, ethnically and economically in our country. With a growing economic sector like cannabis – if we do not include everybody, we are bound to fail like many other institutions established before us. Cannabis has always been an inclusive medicine and one that has no barriers, sees no race or sex, and we should continue to keep it that way.