The biggest surprises in recent weeks came from our trip to San Bernardino, CA for Kaya Fest. Organized by the Marley Family, this awesome music festival was a modern-day love-in – a tribute to the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s legendary Kaya album, education about hemp and sustainable living, and the first time the Marley Brothers appeared onstage together in a decade. We were inspired by the ideals of oneness that the Marleys encourage, by their revelatory musical performances (grandsons Skip and Bambaata are artists to watch), and by their dedication to the Rastafari principles of universal love. As granddaughter Donisha Prendergast said in her opening remarks, “We are all together on this planet. Each one, teach one.”Throughout the festival, thanks to our sponsor Your CBD Oils, we interviewed key experts in the sustainability and wellness fields. Keep checking our social media feed for videos with figures like organic cowboy Doug Fine (author of the bestselling Farewell My Subaru), Lifetime’s Dr. Jenny Wilkins on the endocannabinoid system, Elevated Naturally founder Ewket Assefa on the spirituality of cannabis, EvoHemp founder Ari Sherman on hemp nutrition, and NoCo Hemp Expo founder Morris Beegle on incorporating a miracle plant into every facet of our lives. (If you remember the Hemp Woman from our NoCo trip, you’ll even find an update from PureHemp Technology founder Jeff Cole about her world tour!)
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HIGH ON SUSTAINABILITY
Research for our sustainability issue is taking us deeper into consciousness than we ever imagined. You’ll discover so much in its pages, from Scandinavia’s geothermal power sources to Sunstrand, a company manufacturing drop-in building materials. Read about Eco Firma, the country’s first wind-powered cannabis farm, and America’s organic agriculture movement as detailed by Arran Stephens of Nature’s Path Foods.Learn why volcano expert Jess Phoenix is bringing Star Trek values to Congress, and how Dr. Kiki Sanford, host of the award-winning podcast This Week in Science, deals with reductionist versus holistic thinking as a scientific communicator.Get the scoop on regenerative agriculture from acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell in their new documentary KISS THE GROUND (executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio). And what roles do NASA and the UN play in determining the future of our planet? Stay connected with us for the answers!
DISTRIBUTION IN DC & THE NATIONAL CANNABIS FESTIVAL
Jake Plowden of the Cannabis Cultural Association at the Honeysuckle booth at the National Cannabis Festival in DC
Over the 4/20-4/21 “high holiday,” our adventuring brought us to the heart of Washington, DC for the National Cannabis Festival. We spent a day getting woke at their first-ever Policy Summit, listening to powerful testimony from DC’s Attorney General Karl Racine and criminal justice advocate Niambe McIntosh (daughter of reggae legend Peter Tosh and sister of Jawara McIntosh), among many others. After the policy primer, we rushed to RFK Stadium for a festival like no other. Our booth, filled with magazines and Sticky Fingrs grinders, was in the center of constant activity.
Exhibitors ranged from CBD oils and hemp products to cannabis-inspired fashion and custom-made bongs, to grow lights and dispensary consultations. Renowned experts gave great advice at educational and advocacy panels, while those moving to their own drummer could rock out on an afternoon of music, capped off by the iconic Cypress Hill. It was lit.A big shout-out to our readers in DC and Maryland: You can now find our CANNABIS issue closer to home! Many thanks to our new distribution partners at the National Holistic Healing Center (run by Dr. Chanda Macias of Women Grow) and the Remedy Columbia dispensary, which began as one of Maryland’s first alternative medicine schools in 1974. Stop on in!
CANNABIS ON PARADE
This weekend marked the 19th annual NYC Cannabis Parade, where gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon (of Sex and the City) headlined alongside our favorite activists. Huge congratulations to our friends at the Cannabis Cultural Association, who announced their new collaboration with the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML), at the event. We can’t wait to see the leaps and bounds they’ll take in advocacy with access to this nationwide network.Many incredible speakers at the Cannabis Parade had already been honored a couple weeks prior at the inaugural CannaGather (4)20 Awards. We were privileged to attend the black-tie award ceremony, which featured a keynote address by Lifetime Achievement recipient Ethan Nadelmann, the founder of the Drug Policy Alliance. Read all about it – and watch video of Ethan’s speech – here.
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