10th Annual American Glass Expo Dates: 1/16/2018 – 1/18/2018 Written by Kenzo
With the closing of 2017 came the tenth annual American Glass Expo show held in Las Vegas. There was much anticipation for this show as many glass artists from around the world had made their way to the the Vegas strip to take part in the well regarded AGE show. Much like the previous AGE shows, there was an awards ceremony held during the second to final evening of the expo. Contestants underwent a nomination process back in October and November of 2017 before official votes are cast by community members in December leading up to the awards show in January.
There was a good representation of Southern Californian glass artists whom took part in the expo; their names include Hoobs, Hops, 7TEN Glass, Nerv, Pyro and Illso, just to name a few of household glass names. One particular piece which caught our attention was the Pirate Air Boat vassal designed by a stacked twelve member collab. “This piece was designed and assembled at Ziggy’s in HB” shared Nerv. “Majority of the piece was put together by Hops, but Hoobs, Rocko, Bose Oner, Robertson, Gateson, JD Maplesden, Icke, Sean 5050, Preston Hanna, Doc and I (Nerv) contributed elements to the Air Boat piece as well.”
Collaborations tend to bring out the best of artists, yet solo pieces are what define an individuals’ true essence. One notable award recipient was Peter Muller; People’s Choice Winner for the Atlantic Region for 2017. Muller is the back-to-back award recipient for very good reason. The combination of various glass blowing elements and techniques utilized by Muller to create his unique style is just as important as his artistic influences of fairy tale caricatures with an underlying tone of graph art. Please refer to the AGE website for a complete list of award recipients.
What’s next for AGE? They will be hosting their Spring event on May 1st & 2nd at the Pontchartrain Convention Center in New Orleans.
With much buzz around the upcoming changes expected to impact Californian’s medicinal and recreational cannabis framework, the Blazers Cup provided the final encore for Cannabis Festival goers for 2017. Hosted by non-other than the pop-culture grandfather of The Stoner Nation, Tommy Chong combined his love for cannabis and the arts and put together a far out event and the rest was up in smoke.
Being the super chill and down-to-earth-celebrity, Chong took the time during the event to meet and greet with each and every festival sponsor & shaker on a one-on-one basis. While bringing smiles and laughter to those he touched, Chong’s presence and engagement with the cannabis community represented so much more than good times and clean meds; it was a celebration of the continued progress being made by real advocates of the green movement. Many reciprocated by sharing memories and even gifts with the legend, but none were as thought out as the fully customized one-of-a-kind ‘TOMMY CHONG’ Sasquash Rosin Press. “Chong had no idea that we had built him a custom Sasquash press that we personalized for him.” said Matt from Sasquash Rosin Press. When presented with his very own pimped out rosin press, Chong’s humble reaction was priceless.
Good energy, good vibes and zen flow throughout the festival, the headliners included The Game, B-Real, RJ Mr. LA, Berner, Scott Storch, Kill Lil G, Dizzy Wright, Riff Raff, Demrick and special appearance by Famous Dex. Unlike most concerts, many of these superstar musicians hung around and made an appearance at many of the premiere cannabis brand booths. It was evident that music, particularly Hip-Hop, continues to impact and serve as a key outlet for the normalization and advocacy of cannabis.
On this autumn evening in Southern California following the thanksgiving holiday, it was cold and the Santa Ana winds were strong. We had planned on linking up with Ital Vibes at The Federal Underground venue in Long Beach where they were the opening act for Reggae Superstar & Cannabis Advocate, Jesse Royal. This historic landmark was once a bank and now converted into a dining and bar establishment gleaming with Speakeasy vibes. Walking into the massive open cathedral style building, there was a bank teller cage lining one side of the hall and an old school speakeasy style bar on the other. Having not seen a stage of any sort, we weren’t quite sure if we were at the right place. Soon we were greeted by the hostess who pointed us to a door which led us to underground playing hall; “they’re setting up downstairs”.
As we made our way through the winding stairwell, a calm came over us when we began to hear instruments being tuned and the guys from Ital Vibes making small talk as they prepped their stage for their performance. We kicked backed and watched the guys perform a few warmup tracks before we went backstage with them for a session. Fittingly, the venue had converted the Bank Vault into the back stage dressing room and lounge. Adam Kovalsky, Tour Manager, and lead-singer - Kennedy Peneueta-Peapea got things situated as the dab mats and heady rig from @leisureglass and carb-cap from @averyyork colored the table top and prepared the gang for a proper sesh.
As the evening progressed and we got to catch up with a few of the other Ital Vibes band mates before hearing that Jesse Royal had just entered the building. Soon enough, Jesse enters the backstage lounge with herb in-hand as he greets and twists one up. Everyone backstage was excited to see Jesse Royal, and the fans in all of us begin to engage him. When Jesse was asked about his musical influences, he didn’t hesitate to name a few of his inspirations;
“Thomas Anchor, real leader, you know what I mean, Gong, Tosh, Super Cat, Yellowman, Junior Cat, Nicodemus, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Bounty Killa, Sizller Lusha, Bruno Mars… Don’t get it twisted, it’s a music on music thang, so you notice Sean Mendes bad too, you know what I mean, it’s not like you have to look a certain way to…” said Jesse Royal
Showtime approached and we began to hear the crowd through the bank vault walls. I could see the guys from Ital Vibes were getting in the zone as they performed a final mental prep before their performance. Introducing the 7-piece Roots band starting with Kennedy as lead vocalist, Jeremy ‘Levy Dozier’ Kary as vocalist and insane lyricist. Evan Hein on the bass, and Andy Deemer on the guitar. We have Juston Sanchez on rhythm keys, and percussionist, Jacob Sanchez. Last but finally not least, we have Aaron Valdez on the drums, who also agreed to rock our 710 beanie for the evening; appreciate you, Brother!
The Ital Vibes show was sweet! They performed some of their upcoming tracks on their Roots Run album, as well as their classics Move Slow and Tuff. The band rocked hard, Kennedy spread mad love with his deep roots and melodious vocals followed by strength and fire by Levy Dozier spitting nothing but flame. Let me say this again, Levy Dozier spits nothing but flame, and he brings an incredible element allowing the group to connect with today's Reggae Rap fusion fans.
Time came where the crowd was introduced to the headliner, Jesse Royal, who opened his set giving praise to none other than Jah Rastafari. Spreading a message of love and peace, Jesse gave the crowd what they came for and more;
“More Justice. This is the Generation my friends. We will put People over Money. Love over Fear. Peace over Wars. Overstanding over All.” said Jesse Royal
Be on the lookout for the upcoming Ital Vibes 'Roots Run' album release in February 2018.
Special thanks to: Ital Vibes FAM Jesse Royal Adam Kovolsky (Tour Manager) Kennedy Peneueta-Peapea (Lead Vocalist) Jeremy "Levi Dozier" Kary (Rapper/Vocalist) Aaron Valdez (Drums) Evan Hein (Bass) Andy Deemer (Guitar) Juston Sanchez (Rhythm Keys) Jacob Sanchez (Percussion)
Video Production by Mac from OG Rascal Music by DJ Quads - Good Vibes Written by Kenzo
The VG team invited us to join them for the festivities of the 2017 Harvest Cup hosted by High Times Magazine at the National Orange Show Center in San Bernardino, California. The 2-day event showcased many of the top tier cannabis brands who they made their presence known, starting with the multi-level Brass Knuckles building hosting a lounge area and Cookies pop-up on the rooftop. If that didn’t impress you, perhaps Moxie’s dope converted shipping container made you feel like you had just stepped into a retail joint off Fairfax. Either way you look at it, the Harvest Cup came correct and gathered many of the elite Californian brands onto one blacktop for the weekend.
Our weekend started off right when we ran into the Zkittlez FAM and had a chance to check out the exclusive release of their ‘MelonHead sauce’ collab with Humboldt’s Finest Raw & Uncut and Primo Farms; super terpy and heavy on the slump! We also had an opportunity to stop by the Pau Hana booth where they were serving up mad sauce; appreciate it fellas!
Walking through any High Times event and you’re bound to run into some real OGs, and we ain’t talking Ocean Grown. Nuggs was honored to meet OG Steve, who’s Tangerine Cookies strain won the cup for Best Hybrid; tastes just like you’d imagine, just louder! Last but definitely not least, making it down all the way from Seattle, Washington, Guru of Genetics, Mr. Sub Cool himself had a meet & greet with his fans while he promoted his latest publication; Dank 2.0.
We had a chance to catch up with Vincent Gordon and brother Isaiah Gordon during the 2017 Harvest Cup hosted by High Times at the National Orange Show Center in San Bernardino, California. The 2-day event showcased many of the top cannabis brands from all over California, and the VG crew came in heavy with new collaborations with renown artists Robertson Glass, Aaron Brooks and Zane Kesey, heir of Ken Kesey, father of the Merry Pranksters!
You should have seen the looks on peoples faces when they saw the blotter art collab pieces with Zane Kesey; are those real tabs?!!! If that didn’t get your curiosity brewing, perhaps the Multi-Beast 5 panel Grassroots strap-back hat grabbed your attention #LITAF. Either way, you had entered the Metly Bros zone and many festival goers reciprocated their love and appreciation by taking their sweet time while browsing through the VG collection.
What’ next on the VG radar? The VG experience will be back in SoCal for the Blazers Cup on December 2nd & 3rd. Also, look out for upcoming VG collabs with Sasquash Rosin Press, Zkittlez and your crew at NUGGS.
Nuggs TV & RöC got to spend a day with Hip Hop star, ADIOS. Check out the episode and see how Adios is rockin crowds across Southern California. Special thanks to Rascals on Camera, All Flavor No Grease and Shots by Digital.
Video Production by Mac from OG Rascal Written by Kenzo
Dr. K and the Kush Stock FAM did it again. Having given out over 50,000 tickets to patients across California, #KUSHSTOCK4 was the larger than kushstock 3 & 3.5 combined!
As the crisp cool morning began to warm and the sun began to bake the blacktop, thousands of cannabis advocates waited in line to enter the fully converted NOS center. Kushstock was pimped out with an Indoor/Outdoor Cannabis Brand Galleria, Skate Park, Professional Wrestling Ring, Food Truck Alley and FREE water stations throughout the fairgrounds to keep you hydrated whether coming off a heavy dab or a session on the half-pipe. The Skater’s Paradise Skate Park was lit with Pros like Shuriken Shannon hitting the half-pipe and local skaters like @BlackBobbyTee shredding the park.
Activities were endless and the Main Concert Stage hosted headline artists Juicy-J, Kurupt, The Luniz, Adios, Don Carlos, Pato Banton, and OG Mango. The stage was freaking lit and you already know Vader Extracts and LA Kush had you laced with free gifts throughout the day and during the concert.
Kushstock wouldn’t be kushstock without some fire KUSH! Land of the OG Kush, SoCal is home to some of the best, if not the best OG cultivars available worldwide. So you know it’s on when you see Zkittlez and the TerpHogz crew bringing down their fire genetics from Northern California. Looking for concentrates, hopefully you didn’t miss out on Exclusive Melts or Guild Extracts, both held it down with real scientific concentrate offerings. At the end of the day, it was LA Kush who took the stage, literally, with a stage setup front and center with Adam Ill on the mic as he kept his fans laced with LA Kush merch. Don’t forget to check out LA Kush’s Strawberry Blondie and ill OG by Adam Ill @gethigheverywhere, both #fuego you don't want to miss out on.
We are all looking forward to the next Kush Stock will be held on March 31st, 2018.
Thanks again to Dr. K, Kushstock FAM, OG Rascals, and last but not least, Meen Green, for making it happen for us. Blessings.
A crucial amendment measure for the 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill was advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee last Thursday. Despite recent efforts by Attorney General Sessions’ to lift the Department of Justice budget restrictions to enforce federal marijuana laws, the House and Senate leadership have approved the crucial amendment that will continue the Obama-era directive which limited the interference of the DEA and federal agencies from the development and enforcement of cannabis laws established at the state level.
“The federal government can’t investigate everything and shouldn’t, and I don’t want them pursuing medical marijuana patients who are following state law,” said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). “We have more important things for the DOJ to do than tracking down doctors or epileptics using medical marijuana legally in their state.”
Although the movement continues to be held in a precarious state under the current administration, there seems to be a bipartisan view on the positive impacts of cannabis reform. “The number of states that are legalizing at least the medical use of cannabis is overwhelming now. Public opinion has always spoken on this issue.” said Senator Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) “I think people will listen to their own constituents rather than Sessions” Dana added.
Continued protection of medical cannabis patients and caregivers have led many states and their respective government officials to develop a bipartisan policy to be exercised at the state level. Now that the majority of states* have implemented medical marijuana laws, the tides may have shifted to expose the inaccurate rhetoric that has plagued the plant with negative stigmas. The debate is continuing to take place and the cannabis community's voice is being heard.
Amidst non-circumstantial evidence attempting to tie cannabis to the 'historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime', opposition suggests that “if Congress wants to tell the DOJ to stop enforcing the medical marijuana laws, then it should change the authorization within the Judiciary Committee, not through an appropriations provision.” said Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alas.)
*29 states + District of Columbia [Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia & District of Columbia]
Among many cannabis community enthusiasts, Chalice Festival has been regarded as one of the premier cannabis shows that the state of California has to offer. For the second consecutive year, Chalice was held at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, where mother nature was unforgiving and the blazing sun kept festival goers in search of something, anything, to escape from the relentless elements of the desert. One way or another, festival goers managed to find a way to survive the heat waves and torching rays.
Champion brands from all over California came out to show support during the 710 weekend. Zkittlez, Jungle Boys, Terp Hogz, Vader Extracts, Cali Plug, Slactavis, Crown Extracts, Critical 710, Alien Labs, Str8 Organics, Cookies, Exotics, OM Farmers, Kushites, Higher Heights Gardens, Nameless Genetics, Platinum Genetics, Natures Lab, Kush Co., Gas House, Blackleaf, Slab House, Wook Flame, BAMF and Hitman Farms; these were just a few of the premier brands showcasing the latest and greatest cultivars as flower and in various concentrate forms, particularly the #sauce. A field of dreams for connoisseurs’, it was crucial that they got in early to stock up on the latest and greatest strains or terp profiles before they sold out.
A wonderland of sorts, the Chalice festival is known to be more than an exhibition of Cannabis brands. Speak to anyone who spent time browsing the eclectic table tops in the glassblowing terrace or walked the through the many booths hosted by renowned artists and cannabis activists and they’ll let you know that they experienced something magical. Each evening, as the sun began to set and the weather began to cool, the festival lights began to illuminate the vibrant colors and warm the mood. As you cruised down the pathways, you may have witnessed works of wall art by artists like Vincent Gordon, Aaron Brooks, Mear One, Chris Dyer, Ellie Paisely and Toxic Mind. If that wasn’t enough of a sensory overload, perhaps the dope lineup of music performances may have done the trick.
“What’s up man, it was fucking tight, I got a bunch of high muthafukas to have a mosh pit, it was fuckin awesome! I want to say one thing though; OUTKAST is the greatest rap duo of all time. Big Boi, if you ever see this, I really loved your set, I know I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve seen you like a thousand times, I love you man, Andre, I love you man, OUTKAST G.O.A.T.” shared Pouya.
Many thanks to Hitman Dougie & Chalice Festival FAM for the memories, and we hope Chalice will find a home closer to the coast in 2018.
Las Vegas, Nevada, grown-up entertainment capital of the world takes a huge step towards the decriminalization of cannabis as the state launched its recreational market only 6 months after the voter legislation passed in November of 2016. Fanatic locals and excited tourists formed lines outside dispensaries the night before July 1st in anticipation of midnight when cannabis businesses were expected to open their doors for recreational cannabis sales. It was Tick Segerblom, Nevada State Senator, who helped champion the cannabis bill turned legislation, was among the first individuals to legally purchase the plant under the newly implemented state law.
Befitting of a Vegas production, this celebration was marked with green fireworks, connoisseur couples’ weddings, and cannabis consumer loyalty wait lines that rivaled the iPhone and Tesla releases. “This is the first day of recreational cannabis sales in the state of Nevada. I’m beyond excited, there are hundreds if not thousands of people here and we appreciate all of the support and love. Thank you” said Matthew Morgan, CEO of Reef Dispensaries, during this premiere midnight. Reef Dispensaries located is home to award winning cultivars with roots from Cali. Find Phenom’s from Wiz Khalifa OG, The Exotiz & Cookies FAM when visiting Reef.
“It beats gambling, that’s for sure” said an unnamed Vegas tourist “it’s another bonus Vegas can get into economically.” Sources estimate that $60+ million tax revenue will be generated from the sale of recreational cannabis in Las Vegas alone.
Much like many of the other ‘adult’ attractions of Vegas, you must be over the age of 21 and have a legal form of ID to enter. Under the current framework, cannabis sales are restricted to dispensaries located off the strip, and you’re expected to medicate in your residential home or private property. Possession is limited to 1 ounce, and a $600 fine can be issued for any person found partaking in their highlife ritual in a public setting, including but not limited to Casinos, Restaurants, Bars, Stadiums, Hotels… hotels too, what about the tourists?
Sen. Segerblom to the rescue as he and fellow representatives drafted Senate Bill 236 which would offer cities and counties the authority to license businesses looking for permits to allow for cannabis use on premises. Cities and Counties would be directly involved in drafting their own application process and framework specifics pertaining to their jurisdiction.