Seattle's first cannabis farmers market attracts several hundred Sunday
As at most farmers markets, table after table came stocked with goodies, touted for their locally grown, healthy, organic qualities. Baby boomers in berets mingled with twenty-somethings in dreadlocks, eyeballing potted plants, pasta, pizza, cute little cupcakes and Mason jars full of green buds — lots of jars.
This was not your grandpa's market. It was the first Cannabis Farmers Market in Seattle. And an estimated 600 medical-marijuana patients strolled through the doors of the Little Red Studio in the South Lake Union neighborhood to partake, organizers said.
One patient from West Seattle said she never expected to see anything quite like it, especially at 11 a.m. on a Sunday.
"Not in my lifetime," said Nancy, 61, who didn't want to disclose her last name for privacy reasons. She uses cannabis to ease her chronic back pain and said it was nice to be able to talk to some of the two dozen pot providers on hand about the effects of various strains.
And what strains they were. The purple- and orange-tinged buds sported names such as Dark Vader, Kungfoo Goo, White Widow, Green Queen and God. And vendor names? Among them, the Herban Collective and Delectable Medibles.
Brochures described their qualities in terms that could have been cribbed from a sommelier. The Black Rhino sold at Ken's Medicine Bowl has a "subtle berry scent" and "full bodied fruity flavor." The White Knight features "complex fragrance" with "hints of citrus" flavor.
Proprietor Ken Bell, a patient himself, said he was looking forward to a day when marijuana was legal and he was taxed for selling it.
The idea for the farmers market — first held in Tacoma late last year — is primarily to help patients living in outlying areas connect with providers who tend to run their businesses in larger cities, said Philip Dawdy, a spokesman for the market. Participants were required to provide identification and a doctor's authorization to take marijuana. Because of the vagueness of current state law, and varying interpretations by law-enforcement agencies, Dawdy said, some patients don't have consistent and safe access to medical cannabis.
Market founder Jeremy Miller said he plans to bring the market to Seattle twice next month, while hitting Tacoma and Olympia on the remaining weekends.
Miller said he felt welcome in Seattle, where voters approved Initiative 75 in 2003. The measure made arresting and jailing adults for possessing personal amounts of pot the Police Department's lowest law-enforcement priority.
There was no sign of police Sunday morning at the event. "It's not a big deal," police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said in an interview before the event. "Our priorities are a reflection of community priorities."
Hundreds expected at marijuana expo in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Hundreds of people are expected to attend and 20 to 30 exhibitors will be on hand at this weekend's Maine Medical Marijuana Expo 2011.
The show is being held Saturday and Sunday at Portland's Fireside Inn. Exhibitors include grow suppliers, medical marijuana caregivers, dispensary operators, consultants and a medical marijuana attorney. The expo is billed as an educational and informational event for medical marijuana patients and others with an interest in medical marijuana.
Charlie Wynott of the nonprofit Maine Medical Marijuana Resource Center, which is putting on the event, says there will also be a number of speakers.
Wynott said hundreds if not thousands of people are expected.
Hempfest may not happen in 2011
Seattle Hempfest, the world's largest annual cannabis protestival, is fighting for its life.
Simply Pure Chefs Cooking It Up at Kushcon II Marijuana Lifestyle Convention
DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - December 16, 2010) - Simply Pure, a Colorado grown company with 100% organic and 100% pure bud, no trim gourmet cannabis edibles, today announced that Chefs Scott Durrah, Lauren Gennett and Rachel Wolpo will conduct a series of cooking demonstrations during the KushCon II convention December 17-19 at the Colorado Convention Center.
KushCon, which is being heralded as the "Weedstock" for cannabis enthusiasts, is the world's largest marijuana lifestyle convention and organizers expect as many as 50,000 people to attend. The event is cannabis-free and is open to all ages.
Durrah, Gennett and Wolpo will take center stage throughout the conference, preparing a variety of delectable edibles, from granola and traditional treats to meat dishes and decadent delights. Durrah was the focus of the CNBC documentary, Marijuana USA and the owner and Executive Chef at 8 Rivers Modern Caribbean (www.8riverslodo.com) in Denver.
"I never would have imagined that my love of cooking and cannabis could bring so much comfort and peace to people's lives," said Durrah, who was named 2010 Medical Marijuana Advocate of the Year, along with his wife Wanda James. "We care about what our patients eat, so everything we prepare is 100% organic and tested for potency and purity."
"These demonstrations are all about making medical marijuana delicious and fun," added Gennett. "By using healing plant medicine in conjunction with organic, whole foods, we are honoring our bodies and promoting health and vitality in our community."
Gennett kicks off the demonstrations Friday at 5 pm with a Warm Winter Soup. Other demonstrations include:
Friday, December 17:
- 7 pm, Turkey and White Bean Chili with Chef Scott Durrah
- 9 pm, The Perfect Nightcap: Infused Bud Brandy Snaps with Coffee filling with Chef Rachel Wolpo
Saturday, December 18:
- 12 pm, Kickin' It Off Light: Black Bean and Corn Salad and Quinoa Salad with Chef Lauren Gennett
- 3 pm, Mastery of Meat; Part I: That's a Spicy Meatball! with Chef Scott Durrah
- 5 pm, Traditional Treats: Infused Lemon Bars with Chef Rachel Wolpo
Sunday, December 19
- 2 pm, Starting from Scratch: How to make cannabis butter with Chef Scott Durrah
- 5 pm, European Eats: Mediterranean Mezzo Platter (Bruschetta, Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Zest, Capers, Parsley, Tapenade and Grilled Flatbread) with Chef Lauren Gennett
The Simply Pure Difference -- Lab tested for purity, potency and consistency
Simply Pure's new line of organic edibles fresh from the farm to the kitchen includes peanut brittle, sesame brittle, granola bars, as well as peppermint cups and coconut cups. All plants are pesticide-free and are grown with only organic nutrients. We take extra care to prepare our foods with all natural ingredients, and our medicine is made with the patient in mind. And most importantly, our products are made by trained professionals who love food and love cannabis.
About Simply Pure:
Simply Pure is a Colorado grown company dedicated to the wellness of its customers. Simply Pure's product line of cannabis edibles uses only the highest quality organic cooking ingredients and 100% pure, organically grown Colorado bud. Simply Pure edibles are lab tested for potency, purity, and consistency, and come in a variety of delicious products including peanut brittle, granola bars and peppermint cups. For more information, go to www.simplypure.com
Global Marijuana March
On the 1st of May 2010 the Global Marijuana March help its worldwide event. This multi city event takes place in over 200 cities worldwide with an expected increase for next year’s march, the global marijuana march is organised every year in support of medical marijuana all around the world and all of the patients that need the aiding drug. If you happen to be in one of the 200 cities that celebrate this magnificent event then next time its on in 2011 take the time out of your busy schedule and rally with all of the cannabis supporters in support of medical marijuana.
The Global Marijuana March has many supporters worldwide but unfortunately this year at the 2010 Global Marijuana March, C.A.L.M. One of the largest supporters in the Toronto was wrongfully raided by police, leaving over 2,500 sick patients without their medical marijuana. So, if this is not a good enough reason for you to get your clothes on and take to the streets for a good cause, of course the course is weed, then I doubt anything else is. Stay in touch as well fans as we will be posting the dates and locations for the 2011 global marijuana march in a later post so that you can all be prepared for the festive event.
Kush expo going on right now and this weekend.
**Kush Expo will have a designated 420 smoking area!
The Kush Expo is the biggest Medical Marijuana Expo to hit Orange County, California. There will be hundreds of booths and thousands of giveaways. There will also be a full weekend of seminars and presentations by guest speakers including grow experts, industry leaders, advocates, attorneys and many more.
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