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June 2017

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MEET DOUG DRACUP—

THE MARIJUANA MOGUL BEHIND

HITMAN GLASS & CHALICE FESTIVAL

WHO JUST OPENED THE FIRST OFFICIAL

CANNABIS COFFEESHOP IN LOS ANGELES


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Brett Cogill

Founder

bcbudz@greenleafmagazine.com

Editors

Kaitlyn Buckley

East Coast Editor

indicaazula@gmail.com

Bobby Black

West Coast Editor

theinfamousbobbyblack@gmail.com

Anna Coletti

Assistant Editor

sparklebudz@greenleafmagazine.com

Photography

Jerry Krecicki Photography

jerry@greenleafmagazine.com

www.jerrykrecicki.com

Sly Vegas Photography

www.slyvegasphoto.com

Jennifer Correia

@JENuimeVISION

jenuinmevision@gmail.com

Writers

Mike “Cann” Crawford

www.mikecann.net

Uncle Stoner

ogunclestoner@gmail.com

Frenchy Cannoli

frenchy_cannoli@mail.com

Eddie Funxta

eddiefunxta@gmail.com

SNAFU

thepotninja@greenleafmagazine.com

Lenny

hailmaryjane@greenleafmagazine.com

Andy Gaus

andygaus@sprynet.com

#HIGHUNDLOW

Brian Johnson

Adela Falk

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What’s Inside

Page 6

Blazin’ With Bobby Black

Featuring Doug Dracup

by Bobby Black

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Page 9

Page 12

Page 16

Page 24

Page 30

Page 36

Page 42

Strain Review: Kookie MOB

by Kaitlyn Buckley

The Tokin’ Truth

A Sergeant’s New Mission:

Helping Veterans Get Off

Opiates With Cannabis

by Mike Crawford

Coffee Talk

An exclusive interview with

Doug Dracup (owner of

Hitman Glass / Chalice)

inside his hot new cannabis

cafe Hitman Coffeeshop.

by Bobby Black

Centerfold: Chalice Festival

Legal Weed

Hemp Hemp Hooray Part 2:

A Victory for Families of Mexico

by Mark M. Ward

From Political Persecution

to Medical Acceptance

by Mike Crawford

Breaking Records

A sitdown with Warren Puffit

from Puffit Family Farms

by Kaitlyn Buckley

Cover and Contents photos by Dave Weems

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Our infamous West Coast

Editor shares interview

highlights from his

potcast each month.

The owner of the Hitman brand and creator of Chalice discusses

what makes his hash, glass, art and music festival one of the

best attended and regarded cannabis events in the world.

BOBBY BLACK: Last year was my first time going to Chalice and I was

really impressed. Quite possibly the best cannabis event I've been to in

a long time. Not overcrowded, a plethora of entertainment and things to

do and see…just a really mellow, chill vibe. Even the police seemed to

get a kick out of being there.

DOUG DRACUP: Absolutely, man. That's my main concern for Chalice: to

ensure the safety of the attendees. We went above and beyond to be compliant

with the local authorities. We were very transparent with them the

entire time—we made sure the sheriff knew the nature of the event, so

when they walked in, they weren't shocked. I've been in scenarios where

they didn't do their due diligence and the place was fucking raided. You’ve

got to communicate with the police from the get-go and they won't be a

fucking problem. When I try to get away with something, that's when we

could have a problem. What it comes down to is just being shown respect,

compensated for their services and not being in the dark. They knew there

were going be patients donating for different kinds of medicine and all the

different booths really just have different flavors of the same thing. It's all

medicine. As long as we present it that way and make sure that underage

people aren't in the medicating area, then hopefully it will open up the

door for us to throw more events like this closer to Los Angeles and major

cities nationwide.

BB: I remember looking at all the branding that you did—the website, the

promotional materials, the talent and the kits—and thinking, “This must

have cost him a fortune,” because it was really well done. I thought, “I hope

he can break even on this event,” because I know from experience working

at High Times that they were very careful about not overspending so that

the event would be profitable.

DD: Contrary to what people might think, Chalice wasn't a profitable festival.

I've put myself in uncomfortable positions financially to get this to where it is

today…I've made a lot of personal sacrifices. Doing this by raising the money

Showing off the

Chalice judges’ kit.

for it the entire time has been a rollercoaster of emotions, but it makes it all

the more of an accomplishment that we're not reaching into a big pot of gold

to do it. I'm taking a risk to try to improve the quality of these events. I've

helped build the trademark, the name, and what they represent, and that is

the true value. I have faith that what we've built is something of value, something

that the industry looks forward to and that will be hard to top. It could

be over a hundred thousand people attending it within two years. That’s why I

don't want to burn it out—I don't want to do it four times a year. It doesn't really

mean anything when you have an event every month.

BB: Glass Village was something that I think really differentiated the

festival from other cannabis events. I've seen live glass blowing at

events before, but not on this scale—not a whole section of top-name

talent from around the country all together in one place on view for

people to check out and buy their merchandise.

DD: Being someone who's collected pipes for over a decade, I know what it

means to get to shake someone’s hand whose art you smoke out of every

single day. Glass pipe culture is very unique and I'm proud to be a representative

of it and a catalyst for these artists to get their names out there. I'm

also really thankful I have [Glass Village manager] Derek White on the

team—he's got a great reach. I also know a lot of artists personally through

my businesses, so together we're able to put together something quite

unique and beautiful.

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Wu-Tang Clan tearing up

the stage at Chalice 2016.

BB: Another thing that was different than most of the cannabis events I've

been to was the absence of competing music and loud noise in the various

vending areas, which makes it hard for vendors who are trying to talk to the

customers and hard for attendees to enjoy the day. Instead of that, what you

had was just all-day entertainment on the stage, so people could hear it

pretty much throughout the festival but it wasn't imposing.

DD: Absolutely. Our event provides an atmosphere where you can talk

to somebody in a normal tone of voice and make a valuable networking

connection with them without getting a headache. Our festival is bringing

it back to the pot and the hash, and the actual connections and

friendships and memories you're supposed to be making—all of those

are more valuable than somebody being able to put their iPod on and

think they're hot shit. I'm over it—I'm sick of having to scream to try to

tell someone how much my products cost, when I spend thousands of

dollars to be there. It’s ridiculous. These other events have lost control.

We're bringing control back—we have rules, it's not a free for all.

We're not letting everybody have a golf cart, not letting everybody be a

DJ and have performers at their stage. I'm not going to let a vendor go

bigger than I am. That's just not happening. That's unsafe and it's creating

a bad name for our industry.

BB: And the music lineup...I mean, Wu-Tang Clan? That's pretty legit.

DD: Right? What an accomplishment, to have bands like Wu Tang Clan and

Cake and whatever. I'm a firm believer that if you spend solid money on a

music lineup, people are coming. We're trying to create a different vibe each

year, trying to outdo what we did this year for next year. We're really our

own competition as far as cannabis events are concerned because these

other guys aren't going to do the little things. At least, it hasn't happened

yet. And I encourage them to do it, because the truth is, they can do it right,

they're just consciously choosing not to.

BB: You're quite the personality up there and stage. You're very genuine—

you speak your mind about the community and the politics and everything

else. That's pretty cool.

DD: Thanks man! That means a lot coming

from you. We just try to put our heart and soul on the

table. It's a great opportunity to let people know who we are, what's important

to my crew and what we're willing to do for this community. I'm proud

of my entire staff and every person that helped make it possible for the

event to be a success—including all the volunteers, the attendees, the vendors...everybody

made it possible.

BB: I always credit you and your late partner, Erik, for being the ones who

got me into dabbing in the very beginning. I’d never even heard of a dab

pretty much before I met you guys and got turned onto it. I got my first true

dab from a Hitman piece and been a devoted fan ever since.

DD: Pretty sure it was in my van, right?

Doug shows off

an artfully crafted

Wu-Tang blunt.

BB: Yeah—in the parking lot by Easy Street Gallery in Brooklyn. And I have

to say, at the risk of being a bit too sentimental...when I was standing on the

side of the stage at the awards, I couldn't help but think of Erik and how

proud he would be of the festival you created and seeing you standing there

in front of all those people. I could almost feel him looking down and smiling

at all of that and I got a little choked up, I'm not going to lie.

DD: That means a lot bro. A big reason why I even have a hustle is because

of that dude. He might be gone, but I feel like his hustle was kind

of breathed into me and I will always give respect to everything that he

represents. I wish he was here to see it, but I feel like he's watching and

he's probably really proud of everything. We're literally making history,

man. I feel like, we could not even throw Chalice ever again, and it would

live on as being some fucking baller-ass dope shit. The mic could be

dropped and left as-is. That's pretty sick.

Excerpted from Episode #23 of Blazin’ With Bobby Black. Listen to the

full, unedited interview on CannabisRadio.com, iTunes, iHeart Radio and

other popular podcast apps. For more info visit facebook.com/Blazin-

WithBobbyBlack. Check out our Hitman feature on page 16 and our

Chalice preview centerfold! For more info visit chalicecalifornia.com.

TRISTAN BELLISIMO (2)

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WORLD'S FIRST


A SERGEANT’S NEW MISSION:

HELPING VETERANS GET

OFF OPIATES WITH

CANNABIS

A SERGEANT’S NEW MISSION:

Helping Veterans Get off Opiates with Cannabis

by Mike Crawford @mikecannboston

Stephen, MA Senator, Elizabeth Warren and his wife, Jessica

during a march in Boston. Stephen had previously met

Elizabeth in DC. The two are currently working together on

the opioid epidemic and marijuana issues in Massachusetts.

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Stephen Mandile was injured while deployed 12 years ago for Operation Iraqi Freedom III.

As the Uxbridge native and sergeant in the US Army National Guard explained to the Milford Daily

News in 2012:

I was the lead vehicle in a convoy driving through Baghdad to bring a prisoner to a courthouse

for a hearing, and there was a car driving erratically trying to get out in front of our convoy,

which they knew not to do because we had signs saying not to do it, and not to get too close … We

were going 50 or 60 (mph), and once he caught up he came to a dead stopped, which is the M.O. of

suicide bombers. I didn’t have time to do anything besides crash into him, and run the vehicle off the

road.

Mandile was seriously injured in the ordeal, and has been recovering since. As was noted in

the same profile: “Mandile suffered a slew of injuries during the crash—including five ruptured discs,

spinal stenosis, damage to the sciatic nerve, radiculopathy in both legs, and a traumatic brain injury—and

was taken to hospitals in Iraq and Kuwait before returning to Fort Dix in Sept. of 2005.”

Following his return, the US Department of Veterans Affairs offered a decade of free drugs to

treat Mandile’s pain; among them: Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Fentanyl,

Benzos, muscle relaxers, you name it. He took them until he started feeling suicidal last year, at

which point his wife stepped in and suggested that he try marijuana instead. It worked, and Mandile

has been on a crusade to help other veterans ever since.

Last year, frustrated by Gov. Charlie Baker’s non-response to a request for a meeting, Mandile

took his advocacy to the people through local media outlets; he picketed and even slept outside of


the State House, then also posted up outside of Baker’s home holding a sign requesting an appointment

(which the veteran never got).

Knowing that Mandile has met privately with many elected officials over the past several months,

I asked him to provide a list of those who have been willing to hear him out. Among those who were

willing to hear what the governor wouldn’t make time for: Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General

Maura Healey; state senators Patricia Jehlen, Jason Lewis, Jennifer Flanagan, Linda Dorcena Forry,

Michael Rush, and John Keenan; state reps Mark Cusack, Mike Connolly, and Kevin Kuros; Secretary of

Public Safety Daniel Bennett; Boston City Councilors Tito Jackson, Michelle Wu, Ayanna Pressley, Michael

Flaherty, Frank Baker, Annissa Essaibi George; and Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung.

Clearly someone who is influencing policies and people in high places, I caught up with Mandile so that

he could explain his invigorated mission and course of action.

MC: What’s your past week been like?

SM: I met with [Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy] Co-Chair Rep. Mark Cusack [and] laid out a formal

plan for veterans collectives. We want the gray market not to be gray, for it to be legal because it [the

gray market] serves more patients than the current operating [state-registered marijuana dispensaries].

We suggested that these collectives would be required to gain local host agreements and be 501(c)(3)

nonprofits for a year, [and] that they be membership-driven with no retail locations.

I also suggested allowing the collectives to sell the overflow of our products and strains to the

dispensaries as well … [and recommended that there be] no criminal restrictions for employment at

these collectives for any [prior] marijuana offense. Rep. Cusack was interested in hearing more, and I feel

he might even co-sponsor a bill we are working on. I am confident [Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy

Chair] Sen. [Pat] Jehlen will sponsor it.

I’m hoping to have my nonprofit, Veterans Alternative Healing, Inc. (VAH) be able to qualify for

this very program. Once they let the veterans do it, it would be only natural to allow other patients to

benefit …

MC: Any other politicians in particular who you have been

communicating with?

SM: Yes, [Boston City Councilor and mayoral candidate Tito

Jackson has been] very supportive, as his district has been hit by

the opiate issue and the marijuana injustice issue.

I’m also communicating with Sen. [Linda] Dorcena Forry

to host a private meeting with the entire marijuana committee,

specifically for veterans, some with PTSD, who might not feel

comfortable testifying [in public]. She gave me her card after I

testified, so I followed up, [spoke] with her for a few minutes in

person in her office, and additionally have been working with

her office. She’s trying to get the entire committee together, or

as many as possible.

Sen. Jehlen is great too, we are emailing back and forth

quite a bit. It feels [surprising that] they are not blowing smoke

up my ass like you expect from most politicians. They really do

want to work together. At least some of them.

MC: Can you elaborate on plans for your VAH collective?

SM: We are hoping to have as many strains as people want, with the lowest cost to our members, and

will offer greater discounts for vets who want to volunteer.

Stephen, his wife, Jessica and two daughters at the Whitehouse.

He was invited there by Megan Smith, Obama’s Chief Technology

Officer and former VP at Google. Megan and Stephen met at her

Opiod Hackathon event.

MC: What kind of work would they be doing volunteering?

SM: Trimming [and] daily activities [at] the grow facility … We would also hope to offer emergency

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Stephen and General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. is the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, and the principal

military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council. This photo was taken at a Memorial Day Service.

support and access to veterans getting off opiates, so that’s a priority. Also peer-support group

programs. [We will] be doing community outreach. Veterans helping other veterans is the focus.

MC: You have tried to get a meeting with Gov. Baker in the past. Where are you with that now?

SM: I stopped reaching out to him because I’m so focused on helping people instead of asking people

for help. I’m positive that eventually our paths will have to cross. Which works out because when I first

called to meet with him, I had nothing to offer. Now I have VAH and another new nonprofit, We are

Allies. I’m the president and founder of both.

We Are Allies started when I was invited to be a mentor at the opiate hackathon back in September—an

event put on by GE, [Gov. Baker], and Mass General Hospital. The group I was in won the

Anti-Stigma Award. Out of that, we got incorporated and now are teamed with doctors from Mass

General, some graphic designers, and another [person] in recovery … We are Allies will [be] participating

at Moving Beyond Stigma, [a forum series] put on by William James College in Boston with Mayor

Marty Walsh. Your boy [is] giving opening remarks on [May 23].

Additionally, I’m personally setting up a peer-support group for homeless vets in recovery from

addiction at New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston next to City Hall—250 homeless

vets sleep there every night.

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Mike Crawford is a medical marijuana patient, the host of "The Young Jurks" on

WEMF Radio, and the author of the weekly column The Tokin' Truth, which is

produced in coordination with the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. He

formerly wrote the column Blunt Truth under the name Mike Cann.


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n an age before Starbucks were sprinkled

across the landscape, hearing the words

“coffee house” conjured images of bohemian

painters and romantic writers scribbling on

napkins in 19th Century Paris, of beatniks

waxing poetic and folk singers plucking

acoustic guitars in NYC’s West Village, of radicals

and revolutionaries exchanging ideas

and manifesting manifestos. And then of

course, there’s Amsterdam—whose fabled

coffeeshops were, until just a few years ago,

the only places in the world to purchase and

imbibe herb and hash in a semi-public place

without fear of ejection or arrest.

Obviously, things have since changed a

great deal here in the States—but while

there may be places in ‘Murica where

cannabis is now legal to purchase, there

still technically aren’t any places outside

one’s home (or the occasional prop 215 area

at an event) where it’s legal to consume.

But that changed on April 7th, when Hitman

Coffee—L.A.’s first official cannabis coffeeshop—opened

its doors. I stopped by the


shop two days prior to the grand opening for

an exclusive sneak peek and sit-down with

the man behind the brand, Hitman owner

Doug Dracup.

As I enter the shop along L.A.’s celebrated

Miracle Mile, I’m immediately impressed

by its sophisticated style. With it’s

smoked glass façade, dizzyingly high

wooden-raftered ceilings, and displays of

glass art, the cavernously comfortable

space reads more as a high-brow art gallery

than stoner sesh spot. Upon my arrival, my

host approaches and greets me warmly. A

self-made marijuana mogul originally hailing

from the suburbs of Boston, Dracup

seems remarkably relaxed for a man who’s

staging a massive grand opening party in

less than 48 hours.The secret to his calm,

however, is soon obvious—he’s radiating

the jubilation of a man watching a life-long

dream come to life before his eyes.

“There’s such an unbelievable energy to

this space,” he beams. “I found the location

about a year ago, but I just wasn't in a spot in

my life to pull it off yet,” he admits. “I'm a

firm believer that everything happens when

it's supposed to, and this is definitely supposed

to be happening now.”

As we speak, the space is abuzz with

eager activity: paintings are being hung on the

expansive white walls, merchandise is being

stacked in the cubby cases along the side of

the room, and a koi pond is being constructed

from stacks of cinder blocks around a pillar

towards the back.

Hitman Coffeeshop’s

balcony lounge.


DAVE WEEMS (2)

The man behind the brand:

marijuana mogul Douglas J. Dracup,

owner of Hitman Glass, Hitman

Farms, Hitman Coffee, the Chalice

and Happy Place festivals, and now

Hitman Coffeeshop.

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“It's coming along,” he says as I take it

all in. “I’m still waiting on some plants, coffee

tables, side tables, a pool table…but it's

getting there.”

He leads me out the back door to a

fenced-in yard lined with benches and a staggered

with wooden picnic tables, flanked on

either side by stone walls—one of which is

currently being spray painted by a cute young

graffiti artist.

“This is the Flower Garden,” Dracup proclaims

proudly, then turns toward her. “And

this is Jules.”

“The Flower Garden”—so named not for

the flowers that grow there (there aren’t

any), but for the flowers that shall be smoked

there. Club policy, I’m informed, will be vapes

and dabs only inside—plant material may

only be smoking in the yard. The reason for

the segregation is twofold: chiefing blunts

and bongs inside would not only stain the

walls and artwork, but also make it uncomfortable

for guests.

“I'm not looking for you to walk in and it

be smoky,” he explains. “I want you to feel

comfortable staying here for a few hours

without feeling like you can't breathe and

need to get out.”

We reenter and ascend the stairs along

the wall to the balcony which overlooks the

main room. It’s a cozy, classy VIP lounge populated

by black leather couches, wood tables

and visually vibrating art on the walls.

“This is going to be more of a private

space… kind of my little area,” says Doug.

Which is what makes it the perfect place to

conduct our interview, naturally. As we get

comfortable, he sets down a rig from Hitman’s

latest series, the Compound Collection:

a network of interconnected glass

bubbles resembling a bunch of grapes, inspired

by molecules and compound elements.

“I try to design pipes that don't look like

other peoples’,” he says. “And I'm fortunate

to have a great team of very hard workers

that help make my designs a reality.”

Hitman’s coffees, teas, mugs and thermoses.

Graffiti artist

Jules hard at

work.

Because Hitman’s pieces are so sought

after, headshops have notoriously been

flooded with cheap knockoffs from China,

which many mistake for actual Hitman products—inspiring

a horde of haters to slag

them online. It disheartens Doug, because

few have supported the glass art community

as much as he has. But rest assured folks,

all of Hitman’s glass is handmade here in the

good old U.S. of A.

“With the Compound Collection, I haven't

subcontracted any of it,” he assures me. “I'm

making it all in house—literally, in the garage

at my house.”

This particular Compound piece is also a

torch tube (aka “Borch”)—a rig with a builtin

blowtorch. Designed by scientific glass

artist Steve Bates exclusively for Hitman

DAVE WEEMS

Hitman’s cold

brew coffee line.

Have a hit, man!

back in 2011, it’s the unique innovation that

helped put the brand on the map. (The fact

that I put it on the cover of High Times’ first

ever dab issue probably didn’t hurt either).

Doug dials up the flame and scoops up a

glob of the Skywalker OG Sauce sitting on the

table in front of us. It’s one of the entries in

the Sauce-Off hash competition he’s hosting

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Is In Our Genes


“Not to be cynical, but it’s like there's

another sesh every weekend,” he says.

“The fact that you can sell weed and hash

in a parking lot is pretty cool…but once

you get past the vendors, why else are you

there? What I wanted to provide was a true

celebration of the culture that surrounds

cannabis and pipes. That's why

I did Chalice.”

Hitman Coffee:

good to the

last glob.

The defunct

Dabuccino.

Chillaxin’ with the bros.

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That’s also the raison d'etre of

this shop—to set an example for the cannabis

community and provide a classier environment

for people to get their smoke on.

“With all these emerging concentrate

brands, cultivators and products being released

in the industry, people need a

place. That's why they go to these little

trade shows and seshes. But we're not

scrubs—this isn’t some warehouse set up

with folding tables and banners. We've

done all that. I've fought my whole career

against the judgments based on cannabis

businesses and people. This is going be

different—this is going to set a new standard

in our society when it comes to

cannabis. This is a place we can all truly

be proud of.”

Having created this elegant venue,

Dracup is now in a position to host a variety

of small-scale events—on a weekly or

even daily basis.

“This place is going to be a

stage for the entire industry,”

he brags. “We're going to be

hosting monthly concentrate

competitions, tastings,

black tie events, banquets, launch

parties, educational seminars…from an art

installation, to cannabis yoga in the morning,

to one-on-one classes on how to use

different equipment…the possibilities here

are endless.”

Obviously, it wouldn’t be much of a coffeeshop

without a full-service

coffee/espresso bar, serving Hitman’s new

branded line of coffees and teas. Sadly

though, that bar is not yet equipped today—

so when that familiar caffeine craving hits

us, we decide to mosey on over to the Starbucks

around the corner, where Doug generously

orders us and his whole crew a round.

The irony here is palpable, considering that

his company was sued by the coffee giant for

copyright infringement over the “Dabuccino”

rig series they released a feww years back—

a fact he’s not kept secret from the baristas

here, who seem to get a kick out of it. Doug

insists the Dabuccino rigs—inspired by the

chain’s Frappacino cups (including a nearly

identical logo)—was merely a parody. The

judge in the case, however, apparently failed

to see the humor

in it—ordering

James Landgraf,

the artist

who designed it, to pay the corporation

nearly half a million dollars in damages. Hitman,

Doug tells me, has managed to settle

out of court for a more reasonable amount.

When asked if he regrets doing the line, he

flashes me a Cheshirean grin.

“Are you kidding? Do you know how

much they’re worth now? Besides—being

sued by Starbucks got my company’s

name into national news. It was the best

publicity I could’ve asked for,” he chuckles,

nodding mischieviously at the barista:

“This guy gets it.”

Choking back a smirk, the barista hands

us our drinks: “Enjoy your day.”

Like a lovable imp, Dougie seems able to

get away with anything. I mean, how does he

get away with opening a cannabis coffeeshop

in the heart of downtown L.A. anyway? According

to him, it’s really very simple.

“This is private property, and I just happen

to be a cannabis-friendly landlord,” he states

as we return to the shop. “This is a private

lounge—it's not open to the public. It's a safe

space where we make sure we do our due

diligence, just like a bar or anything else.”


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A private lounge—meaning you can't just

buy a ticket at the door. To get in, you have to

be 21 or over and a registered member. And

while it sure ain’t cheap ($400 a month or

$4000 for the year), membership certainly has

its privileges. What it doesn’t have, however,

is cannabis. See, unlike the coffeeshops in

Amsterdam, Hitman Coffee doesn’t actually

sell any cannabis or hash (which would be illegal

under current regulations).

“I’d love to sell weed here, but that's not

going to happen yet,” he acknowledges. “This is

a stepping-stone towards that. At a later point,

when there are the right licenses, we can just

plug that in and it’ll be game over.”

In the meantime, though, it’s strictly

BYOTHC: Patrons are permitted to enter possessing

the legal personal amount (eight grams of

concentrate and/or an ounce of herb), grab a

latte, squash some nugs at the rosin bar, and get

their dab on in style.

“The beauty about my business plan is that it

has nothing to do with the selling of hash or

marijuana, and everything to do with the

lifestyle surrounding it,” Dracup says confidently.

“I’m selling an experience. The people

that you're going rub elbows with here are the

who's who in cannabis—they're weed industry

people that you would want to know.”

That claim certainly rings true when I return

on opening night. Among the many fellow

pot stars I blazed with that evening were

reggae singer Marlon “Ganja Farmer” Asher,

Emotek/Giddyup Extracts owner Giddyup, Hive

Ceramics/Madrone Farms owner Herbert Huckabee,

B-Real TV’s Adam Ill and Vice TV’s Abdullah

Saeed, who told me they plan to shoot here

for an episode of their cannabis cooking show

Bong Apettit.

With the incredible turnout and overwhelming

feedback, its safe to say the club

is already a smashing success. But this is

just the beginning: Dracup has plans to

open Hitman Coffeeshops in 10 or 12 more

major cities nationwide within the next couple

of years, starting with America’s original

bohemian bastion San Francisco. It’s

just the next evolutionary step in the long

legacy of creative congregational spaces

known as coffeeshops—one that you can

expect to see me at on a regular

basis, now that Doug has named me

a lifetime VIP guest.

Yes—membership does indeed have

its privileges.

For more on the Hitman brands, visit

hitmancoffee.com, hitmanfarms.com,

and hitmanglass.com.

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a customer at the coffee bar.

Hitman Coffee

partner Chris.

Chilling with Vice TV’s

Abdullah Saeed.

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Hemp, Hemp Hooray Part 2,

A victory for Families of Mexico

By Mark M. Ward

@ReadLegalWeed

It has been 80 long years that the US government has prohibited

cannabis from crossing the Mexican border into its territories.

For nearly a century no expense has been spared by our government,

whether be it monetary, or be it the freedom of our good

citizens. But what if you were to be told, that as of recent the US

is now legally exporting cannabis, in oil form, across its border

into Mexico? Recently, the California-based company Medical

Marijuana, Inc. (MMI) has become the first enterprise to legally

import CBD oil into Mexico and do just that.

I first started chronicling the endeavors of MMI in DOPE

in August of 2016, in “LEGAL WEED: Hemp, Hemp Hooray, a

Victory for Families of Brazil”. In the issue I brought to you the

story of a courageous mother by the name of Katiele Fischer that

risked her freedom by illegally importing CBD oil into the cannabis

barren country of Brazil in order to treat her daughter Anny’s

devastating illness. While successfully treating her daughters

CDKL5, a rare form of epilepsy, Katiele was caught and charged

with illegally smuggling cannabis products into the country. She

then issued a lawsuit back against the federal government and

ANVISA, Brazil's FDA and won making Medical Marijuana, Inc.'s

Real Scientific Hemp Oil the first-ever CBD product approved for

importation into Brazil.

Currently Medical Marijuana, Inc. is the first publicly

traded cannabis company in the US, traded under the ticker

symbol MJNA. The primary business is currently high-concentrate

CBD products made using the hemp plant, which has led to

momentous import authorizations for the company first in Brazil,

and now Mexico and Paraguay, but the company does claim

they also are positioned to move into marijuana (THC) as well.

The announcement came after years of intense scrutiny on

Mexican authorities from medical marijuana activists and advocates

who were pleading on behalf of two families with children who have

severe forms of epilepsy. First of the two girls to receive an import

permit was Alina Maldonado Montes de Oca, a young girl from the

small town of San Andres Tuxtla in the state of Veracruz. Alina

experienced her first seizure when she was just an infant. Almost

immediately Alina’s seizures became more frequent and intensified,

peaking at 25 to 40 mild attacks per day, with grand mal seizures

occurring up to twice per week. Doctors soon found that she had

hypoxia, an oxygen deficiency to certain parts of the body, which

affected her brain development and caused both epilepsy and

infantile cerebral palsy. Young Alina was barraged with 14 different

Graciela Elizalde Benavides, age 10 who suffers

kinds of medication, each one with an array of painful side effects,

from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and is using CBD oil

including liver damage and gastritis.

to combat her symptoms.

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during series of congressional hearings in Mexico

City in January of 2016 fighting for the right to use

CBD as treatment for Graciela and Alina.

Eventually while researching, Alina’s father Abelardo

came across a similar case in the United States that was

treated successfully by CBD. Cannabidiol has been gaining

support stateside as an alternative to harsher drugs after

numerous American studies indicated that it can radically

reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures in small

children with severe forms of epilepsy such as Lennox-Gastaut

(LGS) and Dravet syndromes. The Maldonado family learned of

another Mexican family in Monterrey, Mexico with a child

possessing the same disorder.

Second of the two licenses was awarded to Graciela

Elizalde Benavides, born on July 10, 2007, apparently in good

health. However her parents quickly observed that she

seemed to have difficulty hearing and would cry for extended

periods of time. Graciela was found to be allergic to numerous

Graciela with her father, Raul Benavides

foods and was having many gastrointestinal issues and it wasn’t until after her doctors operated for acid reflux that

they recognized her convulsions were not triggered by intestinal trouble. Graciela was ultimately diagnosed with

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Graciela’s mother Mayela Elizade, had studied as an engineer and worked in economic development, but

caring for Graciela became her life. Once, Mayela had documented 19 anti-convulsive pills and powders that Graciela

had taken in numerous combinations since August 2008 in an Excel spreadsheet. Medications caused side effects such

as damaged peripheral vision, persistent drooling and difficulty chewing and swallowing. Graciela’s parents have

frequented more than a dozen neurologists, orthopedists, gastroenterologists, optometrists and geneticists. They

experimented with homeopathic drops, acupuncture and even homeopathic herbal infusions. Graciela’s father Raul

had even once driven three hours to the border town of Laredo, Texas, and spent $5,147.07 to fill a prescription for

Cortrosyn, just to find it ineffective.

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An alarming percentage of children with her

disorder do not survive past childhood. Saul Garza

Morales, a neurologist in Mexico City, eventually recommended

surgery to split the corpus callosum, the nerve

fibers dividing two hemispheres of her brain, in an effort

to stop the seizures from spreading. The Elizaldes

chanced the procedure, but Graciela’s condition only

worsened. “The girl had so many seizures that her development

couldn’t advance,” said Garza, the chief of the

neuroscience department at the National Institute of

Perinatology. “We have exhausted all known recourses.”

Fearing the worst, the Elizade’s turned to the one thing

they hadn’t tried… cannabis.

The two families joined their efforts and partook

in a series of congressional hearings in Mexico City in

January of 2016. Soon later on February 1, 2016, they


were remunerated when Cofepris, the Mexican health


department, approved permits for the young girls to

receive CBD treatments coming from abroad. These children are finally getting the results their parents have been waiting so

patiently for, and the care these children deserve. With this new CBD medicine Graciela and Alina are finally thriving for the

first time, with dramatically fewer seizures and between them quickly weaning down to only about half of the prescription

pharmaceuticals.

For time being, all cannabis imports into Mexico need be free of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and contain no psychoactive

properties. HempMeds, a subsidiary of Medical Marijuana Inc., has generated the first cannabis-based export partnership

to Mexico with its export of Real Scientific Hemp Oil and its THC-free counterpart, Real Scientific Hemp Oil-X. One of

Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s chief plans is to move on from the zero-THC product and with the senate vote; MMI can start to get

additional products containing THC approved for import into Mexico. This plan is rooted in the belief that not only CBD, but

also THC is medically valuable and with the addition, more families like Alina and Graciela’s will bear witness to a better quality

of life through the plant.

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Kevin Kafka is the founder and CEO of Canna Care Docs, which operates in more than a dozen locations in

Mass, and provides recommendations to patients for medical marijuana. Canna Care, which also offers recs

in Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, is often lauded for its

veterans appreciation events, where vets are offered free evaluations. Nevertheless, the company faced

turbulent times last year, as it was viciously and quite unfairly smeared in several Boston media outlets.

The negative characterizations came as part of a campaign led by Governor Charlie Baker to prevent

the passage of legal cannabis. In the heat of things, the Commonwealth’s Board of Registration in Medicine

(BORIM) suspended the medical license of head Canna Care physician Dr. John Nadolny. Nadolny was later

exonerated by a judge who ruled that he should have never been suspended, but even after that the BORIM

took several months to reinstate his credentials.

Kafka, a cannabis consultant and former commodity broker at the Chicago Board of Trade, is a

resident of Colorado, but was recently in town for a visit. During that time I had a chance to interview him

live on my WEMF show, The Young Jurks, which is partially sponsored by Canna Care Docs. What follows are

some choice quotes from our conversation.


On the Board of Registration in Medicine taking so long to reinstate the license of Dr. John Nadolny …

KK: [I was] quite surprised. We thought after the appeal was won, John would immediately be reinstated

and it dragged on for about another six months—six months of torture for Canna Care and more importantly

[for] John’s family.

On the fear of Canna Care Docs getting shut down in Mass …

KK: We stood up to [the] pressure, but our entire team—over 100 team members—felt it. A lot of gray hairs

… We didn’t know if we were going to make it. Quite frankly it was a blow we didn’t know if we would recover

from. This time last year was hands down the most difficult time Canna Care has ever seen, and [that] John

Nadolny has ever seen, and Nadolny outside of cannabis has been practicing medicine [as an ER doctor] in

the Commonwealth for over 30 years with an unblemished record until this. A political persecution.

On Canna Care Doctors donating nearly half-a-million dollars of free medical recommendations to veterans

and other patients in financial straits …

KK: One of our core principles at Canna Care Docs is to ensure that no patient should stay in the black

market for just financial reasons, and that principle has served us and [the patient] population very well.

I’d also like to call out Massachusetts dispensaries. It’s time for them to step up to start servicing our patients

as well … we’re out here alone in the woods [offering] discounts to veterans … We have to figure out a way

to cover the costs for veterans. (Note: Sage Naturals in Cambridge offered $225 ounces all weekend on three

strains—Rocklock, TheOG18, and White Walker Cush—and also have a year-round 15 percent discount for

veterans. -MC)

On recreational legalization stepping on the medical marijuana market …

KK: It’s different in every state. In Massachusetts, I’m certainly not worried about it. I think medical has a long

shelf life. We’re going to have to adapt; we believe patients in the Commonwealth will continue to be

patients. Naturally we’ll lose a percentage of our base, but we feel medical will be here for the long haul …

Especially with Massachusetts being such a medical state, this is really the forefront for medical cannabis on

the whole, where the marriage happens between mainstream medical society and cannabis …

The evidence is overwhelming at this point … There’s no doubt that narcotic usage goes down when cannabis

usage goes up …

A healthy cannabis market, where patients are [sold] ounces of cannabis for $200, that’s where we are

headed.

Mike Crawford is a medical marijuana patient, the host of "The Young Jurks" on

WEMF Radio, and the author of the weekly column The Tokin' Truth, which is

produced in coordination with the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. He

formerly wrote the column Blunt Truth under the name Mike Cann.

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A Sit Down with Warren Puffit, from Puffit Family Farms.

Recently, we had the pleasure of catching up


him about some of the crazy stuff he has been

up to lately, simply just for fun… These activities

varied from

BREAKING THE WORLD RECORD for the

LARGEST JOINT

(rolled at 7 lbs.), to his involvement with

helping the homeless.

Warren and two beautiful patients posing with his World Record


GreenLeaf: When did you know the Cannabis Industry was something you wanted to be apart of?

My mother was a free spirit, and after unfortunately seeing her pass away of a “cocaine overdose” and always

feeling a lack in trust in the government looking out for it’s people, I felt it my duty to want to aware people

of the non addictive aspects of alternative medicines. Naturally, Cannabis being a major part in that focus.

GreenLeaf: In your activism, we are always seeing and hearing about how much Cannabis you give away.

What drives you to donate so much to others?

The saying, “It’s always better to give, then to receive” is absolutely true for me. I feel to giving is very pure

of heart. And also, in terms of my work I hope that if people are able to enjoy the true nature that the Cannabis

plant provides, they will not feel the need for other, more destructive alternatives like hard drugs.

GreenLeaf: How long have you been providing the homeless with food and free medicine?

I have been providing service work to the homeless since I was a kid. It is just more public now due to

things like social media. I only give out free food and medicine, as long as we make a deal for next time.

GreenLeaf: Really, what kind of deal?

What I do is I put a box of contractor bags in the back of my truck. Then I make plates of food and bag

up about 400 pre rolls of Cannabis Medicine then I head out to the various homeless areas around where I am at

that time. Once I get there I try to get all the people to come gather around me so we can make a deal on how I

can feed them and give them medicine. For example, I will ask them to help me pick up trash on the side of the

roads where they sleep. Cleaning up their own environment might just make things feel even just a little better,

when everything can seem so hopeless at times.

GreenLeaf: Is it true you have been known to travel to see different fans who are ill, to medicate with them all

around the world?

Yes, this is correct. I pay for it all on my own expense with no outside sponsors of any kind. It’s hard to

sponsor someone like me who doesn’t need anything in the material sense.

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GreenLeaf: Tells us about your movement called “Cloud Dedication.”

Well this has been super private so far… It first began as me wanting to do it just to do it, believing I was the

only one to think to do it.. I had a fan contact me, who was dying of cancer. He explained he wished he could have

a smoke session with (at the time) YukMouth of Luniz and myself. While attending an event hosted by YukMouth,

I approached him and explained to him what I was all about, and the wish of then fan. We then did what I now call,

a “Cloud Dedication.” What we did was we took a video for the fan where we pulled a few hits on the blunt we had

rolled, and wished him a very speedy recovery and that we were thinking of him getting well. I then took that same

blunt, put it in an airtight bag, and got on a plane to deliver it and the video directly to the fan. It was such a great

feeling and I knew right then and there we could heal the soul with just a little personal effort. In the future I look

forward to doing “Cloud Dedications” with Snoop Dog as a few special people have requested him.

GreenLeaf: How many joints do you personally roll and give away each year?

Wow. Let me think... Close to about 10,000 per year. I use roughly 23 lbs. for them.

Which doest even included the product I use when I am rolling big boy joints.

GreenLeaf: What was it like to break the World Record for the Biggest Joint ever rolled?

It was very cool.. In fact so cool we contacted Guinness Book of

World Records and i filed the paperwork for it to be registered as an official

world record. My goal was I wanted to keep it a classic style joint,

in paper.

Warren, blazing a blunt with a patient at Hempcon.

GreenLeaf: Was it difficult to roll?

Yes, She had her moments for sure. The hardest

part was trying to get real people actually involved in

the Cannabis industry involved. There are so many

people these days pretending to be something they

aren’t, and adding a negative vibe to the scene. A large

part of that is due to social media. Just because someone

has a lot of followers or likes, doesn’t mean they are

actually doing anything productive or influential.

GreenLeaf: How long did it take to complete the

process of putting this joint together? From breaking

down the Cannabis to rolling, so on and so for?

It took us about 9 hours from start to finish and


she burned for hours once lit.

GreenLeaf: If you could do it all over again, what would you do different?

I would have added more concentrates, or asked Hello Hemp, to make me a custom wrap.

GreenLeaf: What should we expect from Warren Puffit in the future?

Lots of Clouds. We are working on a few things for 2018 and with our new green house sponsor. We will be

dedicating a full green house to beating all the world records for joints, blunts, whatever it may be. I look forward

to seeing what great things we can do here at the Puffit Family Farms!

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