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First Annual High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in San Francisco
The first annual High Times Medical Cannabis Cup was held on the weekend of June 19th and 20th at Terra in San Francisco. The two-day event featured a presentation by internationally renowned, best-selling author Jorge Cervantes. It was his first U.S. appearance, and he went without his signature cap, shades and dreads.
In his presentation, Cervantes focused on growing cannabis outdoors and organically. He used Switzerland as a case in point, showing photographs of healthy plants freely growing in fields in the most conservative region of the country. "You can really grow some good medicine in greenhouses and outdoors," said Cervantes. He also stressed that, "You can grow outdoor in many climates. You don't think of Switzerland as a place for growing outdoors, but as you can see it works, and it works well."
Pictured above: Ken Estes holding colas of Grand Daddy Purple, the marijuana strain he founded. Ken has been fighting to change laws regarding medical marijuana since 1990. When paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, he was given many pills that made him sick and he was unable to eat or sleep. While in therapy, he was introduced to marijuana which saved his life. Marijuana lifted his spirit and allowed him to eat and sleep which enabled Ken to have a great recovery. For a short film and video about Ken, and one patient's struggle to survive during the so called War on Drugs, watch Leave Ken Alone.
The first annual High Times Medical Cannabis Cup also featured a two-day expo, cultivation seminars, an activism session with leaders of the medical marijuana movement and much more.
For further coverage, check out The HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup Blasts San Francisco by Jonah Raskin and Northern California takes top honors in first High Times Medical Cannabis Cup by Bud Green.
LED grow lights, and impressive colas, on display by Stealth Grow LED. These grow lights tied for best product at the first annual Medical Cannabis Cup.
CANNABIS CULTURE - Imprisoned marijuana activist Marc Emery has been held in solitary confinement in an American prison for unknowingly breaking an apparently unwritten rule by having his wife record a phone conversation for publication as an online podcast, which was never released.
Greenway's Biscotti was given the top placement for best edibles at the first annual Medical Cannabis Cup.
To those familiar with D&M Compassion Center in Clearlake, CA, it comes as no surprise that their hash oil and Hindu Kush buds drenched in trichomes were well received at the first annual Medical Cannabis Cup.
Medical-marijuana pioneer Irvin Rosenfeld has been receiving pot, just enough to meet his need of 30 joints a day, from the federal government since 1982.
Rosenfeld, Elvy Musikka, George McMahon and Barbara Douglass are the four remaining patients in the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program, which started in 1976 with glaucoma sufferer Robert Randall receiving the first-ever medical-marijuana prescription. The marijuana is grown at the University of Mississippi and processed in North Carolina.
Read more at: http://www.celebstoner.com/200911213275/news/marijuana-news/irv-rosenfeld-smokes-115000-joints.html
A joint rolled with a quarter pound of marijuana made it's way through the crowd on Saturday. Another quarter pounder was passed around on Sunday.
A panel on marijuana activism featured Valerie Corral (WAMM), Paul Armentano (NORML), Kris Krane (SSDP) and Robert Platshorn (The Black Tuna).
Paul Armentano made an impassioned call for people to be honest with their friends and family about the important role of marijuana in their life.
A medical marijuana patient from Michigan fills a 12 foot bag with vapor.
Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided a medical cannabis dispensary in San Francisco on March 25, 2009, just days after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder signaled that the Obama administration would not target patients and providers in the 13 [now 14] states with medical marijuana laws.
During the late afternoon raid, DEA agents entered Emmalyn's California Cannabis Clinic, located in the South of Market neighborhood at 1597 Howard Street, where they removed bins of marijuana plants, growing equipment, cash, and computers. The dispensary was open for business at the time, and witnesses said some disabled patrons had to be helped to the floor.
Mr. Baumgartner re-opened Emmalyn's two days later, on March 27, 2009, but he and the dispensary still struggle to recover from the raid.
You can read more about Emmalyn's and John Baumgartner at: http://www.420magazine.com/forums/international-cannabis-news/91605-advocates-charge-san-francisco-pot-raid-defies-obama-policy-change.html
Quoting the late and great Dennis Hopper, Dan Skye said, "The key to photography is background."
Jorge Cervantes is a global legend among marijuana cultivators. His books have been published in 20 countries, in 10 different languages. Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible will soon be available in Russian.
Russ Belville is the host of NORML's Daily Audio Stash. The show, which is available as a podcast, provides a look at the issues impacting the cannabis community - covering medical marijuana, industrial hemp, and personal private use of cannabis by adults.
Berkeley Patients Group is one of California's largest and most respected medical cannabis collectives.
420 Alchemy and Hansen Organics (a Medical Marijuana Dispensary) are collaborating to create and distribute high quality cannabis tinctures.