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Michael J. Smith
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How to Make Good Feminized
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TDOG the Artist Creates Tribute
Art for Cannabis Nation
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New Faces, New Priorities
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Holland will always be famous for the Cannabis culture that originated there, with Amsterdam
Europe got started, their strains, cup successes, new projects and their thoughts on the
CAN YOU TELL OUR READERS MORE
ABOUT HOW DUTCH PASSION FIRST
Dutch Passion were formally established in
1987, but the founder Henk van Dalen had
been collecting cannabis genetics since the
Amsterdam were often heavily seeded. This
gave Henk the chance to save the best genetics,
as well as cross and select new varieties.
That was really how Dutch Passion
market for cannabis seeds really started to
WHAT WERE THE LAWS IN HOLLAND BACK
THEN REGARDING CANNABIS?
The Netherlands has had some interesting
times with cannabis laws. Even now it
liberal, famously so, with many cannabis
cannabis culture. Since then there have
tolerance of cannabis. On the other hand,
There is now a strong movement for controlled
and licensed commercial scale Dutch
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HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE COFFEE SHOP CULTURE THAT ONCE EXISTED
in the early days.
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE OLD SCHOOL ORIGINAL
BREEDING LINES THAT WERE USED IN YOUR
seeds was a huge kick-start for cannabis breeders in
Cannabis came from all over; India, Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Thailand, South America, North America etc. We
would look at cannabis lines from all over the world.
results when crossed.
COULD YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT HOW DUTCH
PASSION STARTED THE FEMINIZED SEED
MOVEMENT IN EUROPE?
veg but not cannabis.
Dalen, the Dutch
Passion founder, began
his research into the
cannabis seeds. Henk
studied Biology at University
so the science
behind genetics and
breeding was relatively
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Henk was that, if left for several weeks beyond
normal harvest date, some mature
most fondly remembered for being the ones
WHAT CUPS HAVE DUTCH PASSION BEEN
over many years and have been fortunate
seeds, CBD seeds and outdoor seeds.
CBD DOMINANT HYBRIDS AND HOW
POPULAR ARE THOSE IN EUROPE?
nothing like it was today.
In the early days we found that it was some
WHAT ARE DUTCH PASSIONS' BEST 3 OLD
SCHOOL VARIETIES YOU WOULD RECOM-
MEND TO A GROWER?
classics in our collection. Just 3? Well, Or-
HOW MANY STRAINS DO YOU HAVE UNDER
THE SEEDBANK NOW AFTER ALL THESE
available only in regular seeds. We think we
a large regular seed focus.
winning indica and sativa varieties. Strains
rich in THC and/or CBD. Indoor and outdoor
in research. If these come to fruition we will
WHEN DID YOU FIRST START WORKING ON
Mazar Resin Profile is on Par
with Modern Day Strains.
ange Bud would have to be one.
Skunk with a great citrus taste and
classic which is still tough to sur-
with afghan genetics and a
massive smoke this is a best seller
forget Power Plant either, we like
to think that our original version
is still one of the best old school
classics available today. Easy to
WHICH 3 NEW DUTCH PASSION
STRAINS WOULD YOU
RECOMMEND TO A GROWER?
Some of the recent USA variet-
a sweet tasting hybrid of Animal
Cookies and Wedding Cake. Crusted
with resin it's a THC rich beauty
THC levels to the limit She uses
genetics from an elite cutting of
We should mention another great
variety too, Auto Lemon Zkittle.
She grows under 20 hours of in-
from seed to germination. With
the intensely strong Zkittle genetics
this has become a recent best
HOW DO YOU THINK THE
AMERICAN STRAINS ARE
INFLUENCING THE EUROPE
SCENE RIGHT NOW?
Mokum's Tulip is our
Latest Hybrid from
now, and has been for several
DO YOU THINK AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS PLANTS WILL BECOME AS POPULAR
IN THE U.S., AS THEY ARE IN EUROPE?
cannabis seed out there waiting for the unwary buyer.
discover how good the very best auto genetics are. The main
indoor or outdoor harvest from autos faster than from
YOU ARE ALSO WORKING ON A LARGE PROJECT IN
CANADA. CAN YOU TELL US MORE?
that Dutch Passion has been heavily involved with many
of the large licensed Canadian growers.
Of course, many use our genetics for their own growi-
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YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND FINE OUT MORE
ABOUT YOUR WORK AND FUTURE VENTURES?
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How to Make Good
As a passionate breeder, I have been making
seeds for many years, as well as trying out
seeds from all kinds of seed makers, and teaching
others how to do what I do. I am obsessed
with breeding plants because I love it, and not for
load of fun for everybody. I believe every grower
should have the experience of making seeds.
for growers and breeders. While I also love regular
seeds, there is a time and place for both. I do
a lot of work with regulars and a lot of work with
seeds, and teach you how to make your
own special feminized seeds.
Plants from feminized seeds will be 99.9% fe-
great for growers with limited space or number
of plants allowed. Starting from feminized seeds
means you are pretty much guaranteed all female
plants, whereas regular seeds will give
you both males and females at random (approx
50/50) like having a child.
Not all feminized seeds are created equal. Some
growers have had bad experiences in the past or
hear rumors about high rates of hermaphroditic
plants (plants which may have mostly female
plant, creating a potential disaster) however
these occurrences are due to platitudinous improper
breeding practices and overly sensitive
rushed plant selections which created inferior
seeds that have been properly produced by a
trusted breeder, or ones you have made yourself
with the proper techniques!
Seeds Developing in a Seeded Star Pupil Bud
Because I am so into producing the best possible
Feminized Seeds here at Mass Medical Strains
for years now, I have a lot of experience with
best of the best, the seeds which when grown out
pass all my stress testing and truly perform even
you guys a few of the techniques so you can try
Star Pupil - Feminized
making your own stable feminized
seeds as well. Seed making is an important
skill every grower should have
for self sufficiency reasons. It’s a great
experience to have as a grower!
The most important thing is the plants
that you start with. In addition to
checking all the boxes (effect, flavor,
yield, and whatever else is important
to you as a grower and smoker)
the parent plants need to go through
extreme stress testing and be proven
stable females. The plants you wish to
breed with must be flowered both from
seed and from clone with as many
stresses as you can both rounds, and
only plants which will NOT hermaphrodite
under the most extreme stresses
can be considered to use as parents
for your seed lines. Any plants which
do hermaphrodite under stress, will be
a terrible candidate for use in breeding
and will likely create offspring with the
same or worse hermie problems in the
seeds you make. They must be discarded
in any breeding program.
For stress testing, please note that
sometimes a specific plant may herm
a bit on the first run flowered grown
from seed, but not hermie on the run
from clone, this plant still holds hermaphrodite
genetics! It cannot be
used. It must pass these stress tests
both from seed and from clone. Also,
plants which put out late bananas at the end of flower or if taken longer, are also very poor candidates
for breeding with in general and these problems can get worse (earlier, more frequent, etc.) in
the next generation. That’s why it is key to only breed with the most stable phenotypes. In my breeding
programs, if a specific gene pool has a high rate of hermies, even if I find one stable female that
doesn’t herm, I will generally avoid breeding with that line as it’s often got an underlying hermie gene
too. In the end, when you do make your cross, you have to grow the seeds you made and see how
stable they end up being because every combination of parents, even stable ones, is unique, and
some will work good and some may not. But when starting from stable plants you have a way higher
chance of creating a truly successful stable feminized seed line. I do the same stress testing on potential
parent plants when creating regular seeds as well.
A few recommended stress tests to use are as follows. Rootbound, overwatering, underwatering,
heat, cold, light intensity stress, pruning, topping, light leaks, changing light cycle by 12 hours every
week or two, intense defoliation, etc. etc. All the things you don’t normally want to do, are what you
Bubba Pupil Seeds Growing Inside a Bud.
want to do for your rounds of
stress testing to find your truly
stable female keeper plants.
Once you have found the plants
that will NOT hermie under ANY
stress, you can use them to
make some good seeds! Please
note that any seeds made with a
hermie plant will produce more
hermie plants. You must use
truly stable plants to start with.
Pay extra attention to the lower
nodes where hermie balls tend
to form, especially week 2-4 of
bloom. You must check every
Grape Pupil (PuTang x Star Pupil, Feminized)
I find that a stable keeper plant
that checks all the boxes (due
to my picky preferences) is
usually about 1 in 100 plants
when working with “good” genetics.
This ratio may be lower
or higher depending how picky
you want to be. If you have a
plant you like, try it out. To me,
the most important thing is if the
effects of the smoke are truly
unique and memorable, if it is
high quality stuff. Not only if the
flavor is good, but the way it
makes you feel has to be truly
special, euphoric, trippy, medicinal,
or otherwise enjoyable.
The feminized seed is created by “reversing” a truly stable female using Silver during the beginning of
flower which blocks production of Ethylene (female flowering hormone within the plant) and forces the
plant into becoming a “male” which grows pollen sacks. Inside these ballsacks is the feminized pollen
which will be used to fertilize another female plant and get it pregnant with seeds. You will need multiple
clones of your stable keeper plants to achieve this, and you will need at least a veg and a flower
area for timing purposes. Having an additional tent or space to do your reversals helps too, because
you’ll need to start to flower them two weeks earlier than the plants you’ll be pollinating.
You can reverse the plant you wish to get pollen from, and use that pollen on an identical clone of
that plant, to get pure “S1” (selfed generation one) seeds of just that strain with no outside genetics
crossed in. You can also use the pollen on any other clones you wish, to make a cross! For example,
if you reversed a Heavenly Sativa plant and put that pollen on your Grape Pupil plant, you would get
seeds of the cross “Grape Pupil x Heavenly Sativa” and if you put the Heavenly Sativa pollen on an
identical clone of the Heavenly Sativa plant you would get “Heavenly Sativa x Heavenly Sativa” aka
The process of the reversal is as follows. You
must make the Silver Thiosulfate solution yourself,
as it only lasts a few weeks once mixed.
You can easily get the ingredients online. It must
be kept in a cool dark place. Plants must be
sprayed in the dark, as the solution can deteriorate
in the light, faster than a plant can absorb
it, and so spraying the silver when lights are on
or sun is out, your reversal will often fail. You
must spray at night/lights off. In addition, reversals
are not easy. I usually reverse multiple
identical clones at once to make sure one works,
because occasionally some plants will not, for
some unknown reason, even when they all get
the same treatment. Plants which are difficult to
reverse are often the best ones to use for breeding
stable female plants.
Star Pupil Reversal
“First, a stock solution is made. It consists of
two parts (A and B) that are initially mixed separately,
then blended together. Part A is ALWAYS
mixed into part B while stirring rapidly. Use
distilled water; tap water may cause precipitates
Part A: .5 gram silver nitrate stirred into 500ml
Part B: 2.5 grams sodium thiosulfate (anhydrous) stirred into 500ml distilled water.
The silver nitrate dissolves within 15 seconds. The sodium thiosulfate takes 30-45 seconds to dissolve.
The silver nitrate solution (A) is then mixed into the sodium thiosulfate solution (B) while stirring rapidly.
The resulting blend is stock silver thiosulfate solution (STS).
This stock solution is then diluted at a ratio of 1:1 to make a working solution. For example, 100ml of
stock STS is added to 100ml of distilled water. This is then sprayed on select female plants.
The STS working solution is sprayed on select female plants until runoff. Do the spraying over newspaper
in a separate area from the flower room. You probably won't smell anything, but ventilate anyway.
You now have what I call a "F>M plant"; a female plant that will produce male flowers.
After the F>M plant dries move it into 12/12 immediately. This is usually done three to four weeks
prior to the date that the target (to be pollinated) plants will be ready to pollinate. Response times
may vary slightly depending upon the strain. More specific times can be determined by trial with your
own individual strains. A second, or even third application starting 1 week after the 1st app will aid in
reversing tough strains (recommended).”
To use the pollen, simply collect some and use a paint brush to apply it to female flowers anytime you
see white hairs, usually week 3 is best. If you keep your reversed plant in the same space as the flowering
females you will get a lot more seeds, but it can be messy. To avoid contamination, please note
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that pollen moves far with moving air and wind,
as well as on clothes and skin. Water can be
used to deactivate pollen. Shut off all fans. The
pollen will take within a few hours and then
plants can be sprayed down with plain water to
deactivate any stray pollen. You can pollinate
just a single branch or two if you like, or pollinate
Through years of making feminized seeds, I
have created some of my most amazing
(healing, potent, and famous cup winning!)
seed lines and stabilized some amazing traits.
I’ve also made some crosses which were so
bad I threw them all away and didn’t let anyone
else grow them! Seed making is always an
incredible journey. Please put a lot of thought
into your actions. Intentions go a long way.
Every seed is a gift, and holds unlimited potential
within. The more seeds you grow and
make, the more amazing things you will see.
Some plants when bred with will create consistent
offspring, and some will open up a world of
unique variation in every seed! There is endless
detail to the breeding experience, this article
was just a basis on the technique of creating
a feminized seed so you can try it yourself. A lot
more goes on in “professional” breeding but these
basics are essential to doing it proper. Have fun!
My Feminized strain “PuTang” which I first completed
in 2017 has recently been named first in High-
Times Magazine’s Top 10 Strains of the Year 2019,
and won first Place Flower at Commonwealth Cup!
Lots of amazing strains come from feminized seed,
and I highly recommend the Grape Pupil right now
which is one of my personal favorites, it is a feminized
backcross of my PuTang and it’s Star Pupil
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The balancing act of intricately cut pieces of paper on the sides of the trash, can nearly
resemble an Alexander Calder mobile, as I walked up to Todd’s desk to empty his
trash. Always the stray orange peels and fancy looking paper cut sharply that guaranteed
a paper cut especially when trying to empty the can after another hardcore night
of LSD and bud we affectionately nicknamed Rance Muhammitz after the character in the
Frank Zappa movie “200 Motels”.
It was 1997 and I had just turned 20 and I remember
thinking that this nearly 40-year-old dude who I
met through my Mom was ancient and just another
Designer working in the office building I cleaned for
a night job.
At the time, Todd (as we now know as TDOG the
Artist), was renting office space in Detroit. A graphic
designer/brand developer, having just relocated back
from Los Angeles. He was spinning his wheels like
the rest of us in the mid to late 90’s. I remember not
thinking much of him because he had the patience
to talk to my Mom the owner of the company that
cleaned his office, and because I was a young punk
who had yet to learn the lessons and benefits that
come when you find a way to respect your elders.
Little did I know that now nearly twenty-three years
later our paths would take us on a journey
that not even a true
Dead Head could
deny has been a long
strange trip into a totally
Had that initial
where we both
shared the nearly 9,000-year-old custom of cannabis
consumption, who knows where we would be today?
This creative ‘Strain Brain’ known to family and childhood
friends as Todd Pearl but to the masses as Tdog
the Artist, came back to his home state of Michigan
in 1997. Having been born and raised in the Detroit,
Todd had roots in Michigan but like most people of
his talents; after college he had California dreams,
and this led him to the City
of Lost Angels, LA, after a
short stay in Santa Cruz,
CA in 1979. Staying away
nearly 20 years this talented
designer built a reputation
and a client list that produced
design work, from
Springsteen to Snoop Dog. Contracted by the
top record companies (Columbia, Epic,
Capitol, Polydor and Interscope/
DeathRow), radio stations,
colleges, law firms, to
restaurant chains, and
yes, even illustrating
children books,... and
every fun, creative
Inset: National print ad debuting
Snoop’s fi rst single; designed by
the Tdog/T.Pearl in 1993.
photo: Sly Vegas Photography
Left: TDOG with Frenchy Cannoli and the Mendodope Band in Seattle at the Hempfest
2018, Pictured right: Commissioned art to honor and pay tribute to their signature strain.
project, in between. Tdog’s art doesn’t take
long to find someone who requires is distinct
skills. He’s maintained a steady flow of work
with clients throughout the global cannabis
community and beyond. His choice to dive
in fully and take on this vision-quest and
pay tribute to every worthy strain known to
mankind is his path realized. This idea bubbled
up from the primordial ooze of his 40
year advocacy of weed, and he’s been at it
now for over three and half years, destined
to never stop drawing.
Breeders and Dispensaries all over the
country and yes, globally, have been utilizing
TDOG’s art. Not only for promotional
purposes, but also for personal commissions,
packaging design for Mother Earths finest
herbs, cannabis event posters. His latest
venture, an apparel line, TDOG ® Brand
(tdogbrand.com) launched this past August,
and coming this 2020; 2tokes by TDOG.
Diving into the Cannabis Industry in 2016
nearly twenty years after California became
the first Medical Marijuana state had put
Todd a little behind momentum that was
occurring. No problem, the cannabis gods
have bestowed some mad creative mojo on
this talented artist, got him in the groove,
and he hasn’t stopped since. Given that
TDOG tends to be a “people magnet” typeof-person,
the success with his Cultivar/
Strain tribute designs have quickly taken
off and are much in demand, so it seems.
His first website whatzyourstrain.com took
off in 2017 and the pictures of Tdog alone
explain who he is and why this marriage of
Art and Cannabis is perfect for him.
In some ways I am responsible for Todd’s
demise or success in his quest to draw a
unique strain design for every known worthy
Cannabis variety on the planet. While the
original idea was limited to strains in my own
garden, when presented to Todd, the idea
flowered quicker than my plants. The idea
came early in the spring of 2016. The original
intention and concept of strain design was
Cannabis strains like
Gorilla Glue #4 are having
to change their strain title
due to trademark or copyright
infringement with the
glue company. TDog has
purposely stayed away from
marketing or merchandising
names that might cause a
confl ict, regardless of the
legitimate tribute aspect.
Logo design for HaenepOGKush of WA state; and poster art for
Uncle Stoner’s USA Squashoff Solventless live rosin events
that patients and dispensaries, where growers took
their overages, would be able to visually see the
Growers unique label tied not only to his or her garden
but also to the strain
itself. Labels on containers
were almost non-existent
at the time in Michigan and
not very visually appealing
yet anywhere in the industry.
Todd quickly got his
foot in the door at dispensaries
across Michigan and
beyond with his energy and
TDOG’s fi rst strain tribute design
knowledge of the plant and
its benefits for medical patients.
The first two drawings Todd did were of the popular
strain Girl Scout Cookie and the lesser known
Pink Panties. Todd had been known to draw some
crazy illustrations and characters as he added the
necessary flare to one of my own personal tattoos,
but strain designs on cans and jars for the everyday
cannabis farmers and dispensaries seemed like
an easy way to identify product and its growers.
Because of new recreational laws taking off at
the time too, labels were becoming mandatory in
the industry for tracking and testing results to be
displayed so it seemed like a win-win for Tdog and
the industry where good branding is needed. The
business of Brand Development has been slow to
date for Todd, but the promise and possibilities of
the burgeoning cannabis culture not only in America
but also abroad, seem like far too much fun to
pass up for the artist, both then and now.
Love more, Fear less...
the TDOG philosophy
Sitting here at Starbucks waiting for Todd to make his
appearance, I tried to reflect on our time together
and what his mojo is. Walking into Starbucks with a
smile almost as wide as his eyes, I knew I was in for
a treat. “Love more fear less ® ” is a phrase that Todd
actually owns the trademark to, and seeing him
on what looks to be a bit more than a micro dose,
I start to understand. As with most artists, Todd
finds the indulgences of life and time with people
to be his reason for existing. He seems to have this
TDOG at the Emerald Cup 2017 with
The Soil King, Patrick King. Pictured on
the right is the custom piece he created
as thank you for all his volunteer work
to the community after the 2017 Santa
Rosa fi re. The strain design pays tribute
to his signature cultivar honoring his
mom who had passed. It’s this sort of
passion that attracts TDOG’s interest in
what he’ll draw.
clients make his art very personal to the beholder. His
art reflects that almost symbiotic relationship he finds
in the ether of the client’s requests. Paying tribute to
cultivar/strains in the Cannabis Industry has been a
Durban Poison, one of his first strain designs. “I draw pencil to paper. I use a
very fi ne graphite, so I can do all my detail. I do a high res scan of the sketch
and use that as my template to complete on the computer.”
unending stream of ideas that are prevalent in his
art, but when you actually hang out with him the
energy becomes almost stifling for some. I remember
at Hemp Fest 2018 walking up to Jinx Proof and
Ms. Rose who have known Todd for a while. Todd
was in rare form with all the Cannabis Celebs he had
worked for or known for years in close proximity. I
remember having to pull Ms. Rose aside and let her
know that Todd had just drank some mescaline tea
I had made for the day. As the laughter rolled out
of her, she slowly backed away too. The eagle had
landed and she just let him spread his wings and fly.
The Tdog is a good dog!
Be that as it may, Todd will always seem to find time
for his clients, friends, and family. His busy nature is
probably the one thing that keeps him in this game
and doesn’t let him fall victim to “Stoner Laziness”
that sometimes is prevalent in the Cannabis Industry.
As mentioned before too, his ability to listen and
match made in Heaven for Tdog’s art and proves to
have a very interesting future. His first run at a Cannabis-themed
apparel and merchandise brand is on!
You can see his tribute art come to life and is now
available for his loving fans to wear loud and proud.
Check out the story the background and process of
how this mad artist, You have to see the time-lapse
videos he does of the drawing of his art.:
whatzyourstrain.com and definitely visit the e-commerce
site tdogbrand.com I was just checking it out
and damn, if he’s now selling bud
hats. As the man says, “Aw Hell
Yeah”. His love for the cannabis
nation and community beyond is
evident. In his artistic chops and
definitely in his friendship with
the community. Educate, elevate, celebrate is his
motto. I couldn’t agree more for the true soul of the
culture and the access to Mother Earth’s finest herb.
Cannabis will heal the planet, TDOG won’t stop
drawing, as long as we all keep growing. Cheers!
learn from not only the outside world at large, but his
About the writer:
Self-described Psychedelic Renegade, Mike Smith entered the Cannabis industry at a
young age of 15 in 1991. From the beginning Mike has had a passion not only for the
Cannabis Plant itself, but the enormities of benefits that came from his responsible use.
Mike grew his first two plants in 1994 in his dorm room at Ferris State University. Since then
he has had many successful small grows and in 2016, he started his first big professional
grow to supply two Dispensaries and three Patients in the Detroit area. Starting PST Farms in
St. Clair Shores, Michigan with his lifelong friend in 2016, Mike found a lot of success in the
Detroit area and inspired Tdog to draw every strain known to man or at least in my gardens.
Recently finding himself working in the Commercial Cannabis Industry; Mike thought he
found his dream job. Unfortunately, though, because of the quantity over quality issue that
seems prevalent not only in Detroit, but in a lot of the American Commercial Cannabis Industry,
Mike left the Commercial side of Cannabis. He is now back in the mix setting up a new grow space to concentrate on growing and breeding
unique hybrids and boutique flowers more closely resembling what you would find in Amsterdam. Mike’s motto is “you’re only a drop away
from true happiness” which is inspired by his use and love of psychedelics. He is a firm believer in the idea that psychedelics hold the answers to
all the mysteries of the universe and our evolution as a species. He is a graduate with Distinction from the University of Michigan with degrees
in Anthropology and Psychology.
Based in Michigan, just outside of Motown, when
he’s not drawing, and making us smile with his art,
he’s traveling around the cannabis nation, bringing
40 years of fun-loving advocacy to help educate,
elevate and celebrate the cannabis community.
Mike: You say you’ve designed over 80
known cannabis strains so far. How do
you go about illustrating each strain?
TDog: Only ‘worthy’ cannabis strains!
(he’s smiling) First and foremost, I do my
research, I have my reference books like
The Cannabible by Jason King, I’ll dive
into the internet to get the alleged facts
to the country of origin, the genetics and
its travels, the breeder/growers. I’ll make
my notes, I’ll take a nice bong rip, and
the real fun begins. I still draw with a
pencil on paper. I use a very fine graphite,
so I can do all my detail. I then do a
high res scan of the OG sketch and use
that as my template in the virtual world.
It feels like the cannabis gods have
tasked me to document this amazing
journey this herb has taken. it’s important
for me to experience the benefit of the
cultivar before I start creating.
you are! Those who love the plant, who
live true to their soul, and simply want
to make a decent living, take care of their
family and friends, and have Mother
Earth’s healing medicine be part of that
journey. Let’s do this right! Being true to
our ‘roots’ (He’s smiling again) I tell the
‘nation’ and the people I meet. I’m not in
this to just get high. I’d like my art to educate,
elevate, and celebrate the Cannabis
community and beyond. It’s time to end
the double standards, decriminalize our
lifestyle, have a level playing field for all,
and let this amazing plant, Save our world.
Aw Hell yes! Happy Holidaze and healthy,
prosperous new year to all.
Mike: What has been the most unexpected
part of this creative journey of yours?
TDog: Definitely, the new friends I’ve
made, the old friends reunited, and the
new friends I can’t wait to sesh with and
learn from. I’ve made some very special
friends along the way. You know who
Follow the mad artist on instagram: @tdogtheartist
Pictured: TDOG visiting
C-dub at Detroit Diesel
OG, Sharing bong rips
with Weed Boggs at the
Boston Freedom Rally
2018, and me with
my wife, Lisa, before
heading to Capt Kirk’s
New Faces, New Priorities
On our live-streaming
show and podcast The
Young Jurks, we recently
interviewed the faces of five
winning municipal campaigns,
four of whom were first-time
candidates, about how they
won their seats and what
they hope to achieve in office.
Below are some of their
responses; they’re in no particular
order, we just thought
they were the most relevant
comments for our politically
“I didn’t take anything for
granted,” Cambridge City
Councilor-elect Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler
said. “I knew we
had a lot of support. We did a
lot of door knocking, but I was
blown away on election day.”
by Mike Crawford
Social justice, housing are priorities for freshly elected city
pols: “You can’t speak up on the development issue if you are
taking a lot of money from developers”
What made you stand out?
Sobrinho-Wheeler: I’m a renter like two-thirds of
Cambridge residents, and now we have a representati[ve]
on the City Council. I walk, bike, and
take public transport living in a city where the T
is dysfunctional. The Red Line broke down and
caught fire in the last six months, buses are constantly
getting caught. While the City Council has
free parking behind City Hall.
Boston City Councilor-at-Large-elect* Julia Mejia:
As a first-time candidate with no political background,
I didn’t have the big heavy-hitters on my
side. That we have come this far speaks volumes
to what is possible; it goes to show that anybody
can do this. I think we are changing the face and
look of what politicians look and sound like.
What made the difference for you to win a
seat in your first-ever campaign?
Sobrinho-Wheeler: The movement for sure,
Boston [Democratic Socialists of America] DSA,
they had so many door knockers for us, and [the
Sunrise Movement], we had 30, 40 with Sunrise
come out door knocking, pushing a Green New
Deal in Cambridge, and now we are going to
bring these movements more into City Hall.
Mejia: This has been about activating folks to
participate. A lot of people who had never voted
voted for the first time and felt that their vote really
mattered; people who have never worked on
campaigns before who volunteered, I really want
to keep that energy going.
Malden City Councilor-elect Amanda Linehan:
We made a huge effort to reach out to renters,
the Chinese community, other folks that traditionally
What helped you get back in?
Cambridge City Councilor Quinton Zondervan:
It was about justice, it was about
taking action on climate change, and it was
about housing. … We need rent control
and I think voters have clearly indicated
that is a priority right now.
How do you plan on following through
Boston City Councilor-elect Liz Breadon:
People are very concerned about the
housing issue and that was my number
one issue. Back when I started in January,
and it really resonated with people on the
streets and on the doors, I made a decision
to run a grassroots campaign that was
largely funded on the local level and not to
take money from big developers, that also
resonated with people. You can’t speak up
on the development issue if you are taking a lot
of money from developers.
Mejia: It wasn’t so much about winning but how
we win. That really mattered to me; we set out to
engage the least likely and we have, and I feel
really good about our work.
Linehan: I have a slate of affordable housing
items that I’d like to get done, like finally adopting
an inclusionary ordinance in Malden, starting
down payment and security deposit assistance
program, setting up an affordable housing trust
fund for the first time.
Making sure that this gets done the right way is
my top priority.
*Mejia unofficially beat Alejandra St. Guillen for
the fourth at-large Boston City Council seat by 8
votes. A recount is underway at the time of this
Mike Crawford is a Massachusetts medical cannabis patient,
founder of The Young Jurks and midnightmass.substack.com.
You can listen to The Young Jurks atanchor.fm/theyoungjurks or
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Drop the Suit, Boycott Rev
Mass Cannabis Community to Gather to Boycott Big Cannabis
On Friday, December 6th, city councilors, consumers, small business owners, and equity proponents will gather to announce
a boycott of Cambridge and Somerville based dispensary group, Revolutionary Clinics with a demand that they
drop their lawsuit against the city of Cambridge.
From the Drop the suit: Boycott Rev Clinics event page:
“Revolutionary Clinics (a corporate RMD) is trying to sue to stop a first in the nation priority period for equity applicants in
Cambridge (unless corporate dispensaries are allowed into the priority queue).
We, the consumers, small business owners, and equity proponents of Massachusetts this grotesque lawsuit, which clearly
seeks to put corporate profits ahead of communities who have been most impacted by the war on drugs.
For context; in a milestone Massachusetts victory for small business, the Cambridge City Council granted local entrepreneurs
certified as “Economic Empowerment” applicants a 2-year priority period to recreate wealth within their community
following a September 2019 vote.
However, because corporate profits would be impacted by that proposal, Revolutionary Clinics (and their lawyers) are
demanding a Judge rule that no town or city in Massachusetts should ever be able to have another such priority period
going forward (unless corporate RMD’s, who never suffered at the hands of the drug war, are included).
As such, we are calling a collective BOYCOTT on Rev Clinics UNLESS:
-Rev Clinics drops the lawsuit against social equity”
On the latest episode of The Young Jurks, an interview with the lead organizer of the “Drop the Suit” event, Joseph Gilmore,
President of Mass Recreational Consumer Council (MRCC), we’ve selected pertinent quotes from the guest, host
and listener call-ins.
Joseph Gilmore, President Massachusetts Recreational
“We are calling for a collective boycott against Revolutionary
Clinics, which is the dispensary currently engaged in a
lawsuit against the city of Cambridge for their involvement
with the Cambridge Equity Ordnance (which is meant to
benefit people who have been incarcerated by the war on
drugs and really create a market exclusively for people who
have economic empowerment status).
That equity ordinance gives a two year priority period, for
those seeking recreational cannabis licenses in Cambridge,
to applicants who are designed by the state with “economic
empowerment” status. That status is meant to reflect the
disproportionate harm that certain communities suffered as
a result of the war on drugs, and Cambridge followed the
guidance laid out by the Cannabis Control Commission as
to implementing a priority period, reasonable in length, for
That proposal, at the core of Cambridge’s equity ordinance,
is important because this is the first time that any City in the
entire country put this together, but Revolutionary Clinics
believes that the city of Cambridge shouldn’t be able to
have this priority period. In fact, they believe that no town in
the entire state should be able to have an equity period of
I personally know a lot of advocacy groups (and a lot of
people in the community) who fought really hard for the language
in MGL chapter 94 G section 484; it was in that law,
created when marijuana was legalized, that mandated that
we create meaningful participation in this industry among
communities that were harmed by the war on drugs. Out of
that law, in turn came Economic Empowerment and Social
So, if the state created this status for communities harmed
by the drug war, and if we haven’t seen more than 1 or
2 applicants from those communities granted licenses in
Massachusetts, then creating the kind of exclusive market
for those applicants (as was done in Cambridge) is one
pathway to ensure those people are the ones to get licenses.
However, Revolutionary Clinics believes they should be on
an equal footing with those who are in those social equity
programs…that they should be prioritized because they got
there first. They’ve maintained their monopoly on medical
cannabis sales since medical passed. These were the
people who had enough money to get in to that market, and
now they’re in a position to transition to recreational use
and attempt to monopolize that market. As such, we believe
that the adult use market should reflect the social justice
goals of Question 4 rather than giving priority to the people
who have had the money all along (such as these RMDs).
Fundamentally, this is where we’re drawing the line; if
groups like these RMD’s are going to fight against the people
who were designated to benefit from this recreational
law, and if those RMD’s want to put their profits ahead of
those people (and equity on the whole), we’re drawing the
line in the sand and loudly saying no.
These RMD’s want to protect their investment. They want
to continue their monopoly even if its at the expense of
The Young Jurks Host, Mike Crawford:
“So, just to be clear what we’re talking about here; the City
of Cambridge decided that existing RMD’s (registered medical
dispensaries) that are already open should not get the
leg up in priority licensing for recreational cannabis. In turn,
the City of Cambridge has decided to make those RMD’s
wait two years and instead they gave an exclusive window
for the first two years to those with Economic Empowerment
status. So now, the big dispensary in town, Revolutionary
Clinics, is suing the City of Cambridge that could
put programs/priority periods such as this at risk (as just
happened in Boston where the fear of this kind of lawsuit
resulted in that city choosing not to have a priority period
for those EE or SE applicants).
This group, the Commonwealth Dispensary association
members, has made a lot of money already. We know
that there is a lot of money involved here because of the
campaign that these dispensaries waged against this equity
ordinance in Cambridge. They spent money on the big time
lobbyists, they spent money to “rent” medical cannabis
patients to come out in “patient t-shirts”, etc.
So people need to show up Friday night, I know I’m going
to be there; 6pm, 45 Mt Auburn St in Cambridge.
People are really quite interested in this; this is about doing
a boycott of Revolutionary Clinics (a medical dispensary
in Somerville and Cambridge) because they are suing the
city of Cambridge because Cambridge put forth an equity
ordinance that says, “you know what big cannabis, you
have to wait two years before you can open your recreational
store, because we’re going to try to let the small
guy, the local, the people who have been most harmed by
the drug war, have an opportunity here. To actually have a
The reality is that these big dispensaries are already open,
they already have a leg up on location, they have a leg up
on money, they have a leg up on relationships, they have a
leg up on every aspect of the permitting process. If it wasn’t
for this moratorium in Cambridge, those big companies
would simply monopolize in Cambridge just like they do in
other localities with this kind of priority period. Cambridge
decided to do something different, to try to give the small
guy and opportunity, and for that they have decided to sue.
They have tried to scare every other city and town by doing
that and, as I was saying, it should be the opposite.
If these guys had any sense they would expand the market,
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because they are taking a hit right now; they are not taking
that hit from social equity or by economic empowerment
applicants. Their profits right now are taking a hit because
of the traditional market, and because of the state of Maine,
and they are never going to have a chance if they continue
this big cannabis cartel.
As we have seen, most of the callers who have been
calling in have been engaged in, effectively, a boycott
already. That’s not even because of this specific lawsuit, it’s
because of the prices, because of the mindset, and because
of the business practices. The reason why this is so
obvious to so many of us is that we’ve seen this behavior
occurring over a period of years. We’ve seen who these
“This Cambridge situation actually goes to a much larger
issue; the priority period that was passed in Cambridge
for Economic Empowerment applicants is really a crucial
program because, for those who are not aware, on the
state level there are not a lot of economic empowerment (or
social equity) businesses that have been licensed. I think
out of every single approved state level license, only 1 of
them, right now, is an EE applicant (and they are not even
The reason why this is happening is that, although these
Economic Empowerment applicants have priority status
on the state level, there are so many municipal hurdles
involved in the process that only the big corporations are
really getting through that process.
Therefore, in turn, as to this priority period in Cambridge,
I’ve heard from a local Economic Empowerment applicant
that her lawyer advised her that, after the priority period
was signed into law in Cambridge, the big companies
started pulling out of Cambridge. As a result, her lawyer
now feels she has a far better chance of getting through the
municipal permitting process in Cambridge and, eventually,
obtaining her state license. “
“I just wanted to say that I support the boycott; one thing
that annoys me about Revolutionary Clinics is that its located
where the old “Out of the Blue” art gallery used to be in
So, because of that, when I walk by the Revolutionary Clinics
property in Central it reminds me of gentrification. These
big business dispensaries coming out and kicking out the
little guy. I would much rather some local shop open up in
that space if they have to kick someone local out (like the
Out of the Blue gallery) they should at least try to bring in
someone local to replace them.
As a result, I am behind what you guys are doing and I
appreciate you very much for taking the time to let people
know about this issue. I support the boycott 100%.”
“I’m an artist from Boston and I just wanted to call in; I hear
you guys talking about equity and everything, man. I just
wanted to say I support MRCC and Dark Media Matters;
those guys are the man, they really put on for the community.
There is not really a lot of support for black people
out there, so I really appreciate what MRCC is doing. Its
hard for black and brown people, and we really just want to
stand up for the community. Joe, MRCC, Dark Media Matters,
these guys are doing this kind of thing all the time and
they’re really the biggest people in the community.”
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Let Patients Grow
By Peter C. Bernard
Hardship medical marijuana cultivators face new obstacles
Cultivation for medical cannabis patients
has been, to date, something
that anyone with a medical cannabis
card has been able to do without a numerically
defined plant count. Under
a hardship provision in the law, never
enforced by the Department of Public
health, allows for a cardholder to cultivate
more than the 6/12 limit adult use
The problem is, the DPH never
wrote any regulations around hardship
cultivation. Instead they issued a memo
stating that anyone with a card could
cultivate under hardship. This was
done before Question 4 was anything
but a dream. Law enforcement railed
against it and continued to bust people
cultivating under the law. I personally
know some folks who were subjects in
these kinds of cases. Their grows were trashed. Their houses and lives were turned upside down. They got the opportunity
to help some lawyers make Porsche payments.
Then Question 4 came along and allowed even more people to grow weed. Walpole Chief John Carmichael must
have had a throw down scream out loud temper tantrum over that one. Question 4 made it worse for hardship cultivators.
Law enforcement started using the adult use limits to trash medical grows, completely ignoring the still-in-effect DPH
memo. You see, people like our good friend Chief Carmichael would take away everyone’s home grow rights, no matter
what the reason you’re growing. Got cancer? Tough luck. Got epilepsy? Too bad, so sad. Got chronic pain? Shut up and
go eat your opiates.
The Cannabis Control Commission is looking at something that would effectively end hardship cultivation for medical
patients. You probably haven’t seen it, because mostly only nerds like me actually read the regulations, but there’s
some interesting language in the newest set of cannabis regulations released this fall. There is a whole section on hardship
cultivation for patients, and it isn’t pretty. You start off with a $100 license fee, annually. Yes, I said license. You have
to submit a grow plan. You have to let someone from the Commonwealth inspect your grow space. You have to agree to
inspections whenever the Commonwealth feels like making one (but hey, they give you notice so its all right). Oh and you
get to let the police into your house any time they feel like maybe you’re selling weed.
Did I mention that Chief Carmichael is on the Cannabis Advisory Board and helped develop the language? Oh
yeah. There’s that.
Hardship cultivation should be as simple as registering with the CCC. Considering financial reasons will ultimately
be the only qualifier left, a license fee is stupid. For that matter, trying to regulate a home grow like a licensed cultivation
facility is stupid, too. These regulations seem to be designed to nullify medical hardship cultivation. In this way, prohibitionists
can destroy medical hardship via unreasonable and impractical regulations. It puts Chief Carmichael one step closer
to his dream of eradicating all home grows.
What can you do, you ask? You can let the CCC know how you feel about it. You can drop them a line end let
them know that they can’t regulate a home grow like it was a licensed commercial grow. Remind them that hardship cultivation
isn’t a license type. Most of all, remind them that thousands of people rely on hardship cultivation for their medication.
Remind them that the people voted, and the prohibitionists lost. Remind Chief Carmichael that he is a law enforcement
officer, not a legislator. Here is how you can reach the CCC. Tell them I said hello!
Peter C. Bernard is a medical cannabis patient, the president of the Massachusetts Grower Advocacy Council, and a
contributor to midnightmass.substack.com and The Young Jurks. You can listen to The Young Jurks on itunes or wherever
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Breeding For Heavy Resin Production.
Breeding Cannabis plants is a joyful experience that is often highly rewarding. In a world
with the best genetics around, wanting to tweak an old clone, or create a new strain
entirely is easily done in the comfort of your own home.
Below are my top tips to consider when it comes to breeding Cannabis.
Before you have decided on the fancy name of
your new strain, you should consider what desired
traits you actually plan to bring forward. Are
you making the strain for yourself or others? Or
is your project based on enhancing growth structure,
yield capabilities, terpene profile, overall effects,
resistance to pathogens and plant disease?
My top tip here is find two strains that are compatible
to your criteria of desired traits. Often
times a Cannabis plant will display hybrid vigour
when it is paired with another similar in one of
these categories mentioned above.
Grow Many Small Plants In The Early Stage
No matter what size your growing space is, from
a small tent to a converted basement, growing as
many seeds at once will allow you to work with a
higher number of plants. Ultimately, the chance to
find a wider of expression of genetic traits, both
good and bad is much larger with a higher plant
My top tip here is to grow small plants in little
pots, until you able able to visually notice certain
keepers based on growth structure, or you are
able to sex the plants. You will only need to find
2-3 male keepers and 2-3 female keepers from a
50 plant pheno hunt.
Use Regular Seed Lines
If you are new to growing Cannabis and this will
be your first attempt at breeding, then use regular
sexed seeds to start with. Femenised seeds were
created as a way to preserve the Cannabis plant
in a female form. They have many advantages
commercially, however for breeding, you will want
to use male and female parental lines and work
into an F1 line that also offer male and female
My top tip here is to invest in regular lines only from the top seed banks. Not all of them will offer
regulars as the demand for femenised seeds in comparison to enormous, however the price will be
almost half of the femenised line and you will be able to plant 20-30 regular seeds without breaking
Label Pots Correctly
This is one of the most important things when keeping organised and working with multiple plants at
once. Depending on how many strains you are growing you will need to label them accordingly with a
name and number. An example is “ Grandaddy Purple #1 “ until you get to “ Grandaddy Purple #20 or
whatever the number you have is.
Use a permanent marker pen to write on the side of pots, or white sticky labels to show the number of
each. This is important to get in the practice of this now, so when you narrow down the keepers, you
will refer to that number throughout the project, and later write male or female.
Mothers and Fathers
Once you get to the stage of growing out your plants and have a good idea of which you want to bring
forward, you should take a clone of each and label it the same # number. The reason is to revert back
to these are parental lines, incase you plan to remake the seeds, or to backcross the same male later
My top tip here is to keep
the clones under a CFL,
LED or low powered HID.
The aim of the game is to
keep the plants growing at
slow speed until you need
to come back to them. If you
decide to turn one female
into a large sized mother
then this is easily done,
however keeping small cuts
of males and females early
on will keep your options
open as you progress with
Pollinate Using A Paint
When you look at pollen
under a microscope, it will
buzz and vibrate around.
Pollen is designed to find
a female flower and it only
takes one spec to cause for
the development of a seed.
Many growers are unaware
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of how much pollen a male Cannabis
plant can produce, and how
easy it is to cover an entire crop
My top tip here is to carefully use
a small clean paintbrush, to gather
dusty pollen from the male pollen
sac, and to gently dust the female
pistil. Within a day all of the white
hairs that were touched with pollen
with turn to a mature brown. This
technique saves an entire crop being
cross pollinated and allows you
to designate certain branches, and
to grow flower at the same time..
Clean Up and Label Seeds Properly
Once your seeds begin to pop out
of the calyx and reveal their mature
and ripe shells, you can hang
the plants up to dry and to leave
for around 5 days. It won’t take
long for the plant to become totally
dry and for the seeds to fall out in
abundance as you begin to handle
My top tip here is to clean up your
seeds properly and to get rid of all
the bits of plant matter. A good way
to do this is to blow over the seeds
with a hair dryer and allow the
heavy seeds to sit and the lightweight
bits to blow away.
Working With Different Generations
Once you have found the parental
lines (P1), now you will be able
to create first generation seeds
(F1) and second generation (F2)
and so on. As far as what will be
found once you venture into these
lines in terms of desired traits,
will showcase the best and worst
My tip here is to focus on stabilizing
your chosen seed line and
work hard to create solid progeny.
Once you do pheno hunt inside the
F2-F4 generation, be prepared for
months and months of work and
often times coming straight back
to the drawing board. Creating a
proper line takes time and dedication,
as well as lots of resources
The Floor Plan and Plant Training
Applying plant training techniques
during the vegetative state can
promote large canopies and
increase yields. However, many
growers will have a system that involves
vegging for a short time and
flowering the plants closely together
in a Sea of Green formation.
Our top tip here is no matter which
way you choose to grow your
plants from veg to flower, some
strains will be much better suited
for plant training than others, in
the same way others will be best
suited for S.O.G and others for
SCROG. Usually a seed bank will
explain in the description about the
strain, or you will have a general
idea gathered from the genetic
lineage. Afghani and Kush hybrids
will always work well grown closely
together, whilst sativas are more
prone to excessive plant training
and require much more growing
Autoflowering Strains For The Win
It seems that the popularity of
automatic Cannabis strains in the
U.S, is catching up with the European
market now autos have
earnt a solid reputation. Basically,
automatics do not depend on a set
photoperiod such as 18/6 or 12/12
and as the name suggests will
Given the right environment, autos
can produce some high grade
Our tip tip here is to grow automatics
both indoors and outdoors. If
you have a separate vegging room
where plants are kept under 18/6
until transplanting into a flowering
room, then adding automatics in
the room will ensure a ready to
harvest crop as you are working on
your photoperiod plants. Outdoors,
the possibilities are endless with
automatics and one reason why
they are so popular in South America
High Priced Seed Packs
The price of a boutique Cannabis
strain has never been so high,
with a ten pack ranging from
$100-$200 with no guarantee of
anything insane coming through.
Often times growers are left highly
disappointed after cashing out an
entire month's wage on multipacks
hoping to find the Holy Grail of
Our top tip here is to also think
about the other breeders who
work extensively hard behind the
scenes. There are so many talented
and up and coming breeders
out there, who may not have
the deepest pockets, or training
when it comes to marketing and
branding yet are breeding some
next level hybrids. Just because a
pack of seeds does not have the
most attractive packaging, or the
biggest Instagram following, don’t
always assume you need to hand
over $150 and more to feel you are
getting the fire.
Good luck growing your next
Cannabis strain, and do
plenty of research
beforehand about the
breeder, seedbank, which
growing format is best suited,
aroma, flowering time,
resistance and cannabinoid
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Legalization leaders Call Vape Ban
“microcosm of historic cannabis prohibition”
by Mike Crawford
Urge Cannabis Control Commission to Lift Moratorium
The leaders of the 2016 Massachusetts cannabis
legalization campaign today urged the Cannabis
Control Commission to end the moratorium on
legally-manufactured cannabis vape devices,
calling the ban an “unnecessarily broad, scientifically
unsupported measure that is driving consumers
toward dangerous products and diverting
tax dollars to other states.”
“The vape ban is a microcosm of historic cannabis
prohibition, comprising all of the factors that
made prohibition a vast failure. It guarantees
illicit market domination via unsafe products peddled
by unregulated sellers, it snubs consumer
protections offered by licensed testing labs, and
it hurts the Massachusetts economy by pushing
buyers into other states,” said Jim Borghesani,
former communications director for the legalization
Borghesani also urged regulators to evaluate
recent information released by the state Department
of Public Health with “justified skepticism,”
citing the slapdash rollout of the information and
the agency’s blemished history regarding cannabis
“It should be recognized that the DPH oversaw
the most problematic rollout of any medical cannabis
system in the nation. Now we see them
releasing vague findings they then quickly retract
under intense public scrutiny. It should also be
recognized that this is Gov. Baker’s administration
providing—and then backpedalling from—information
favorable to and supportive of the ban
he originated,” Borghesani said.
Will Luzier, former legalization campaign manager,
pointed out that no legally produced vape
product manufactured and tested in Massachusetts
has been found to contain Vitamin E acetate,
the substance identified by the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention as a likely
cause of vape-related lung ailments.
“One of the central objectives of legalization is
ensuring product safety and consumer protection
through testing performed by regulated, licensed
labs. It is counterintuitive, and dangerous, to
bypass the safety system put into place by voters
and to send consumers straight to the illicit devices
that researchers deem to be causing these
health problems,” Luzier said.
MCR Labs, a licensed cannabis testing laboratory
in Framingham, used high-performance liquid
chromatography to test 105 samples of marijuana
vape cartridges from both the regulated and illicit
markets. While some illicit products returned results
with more than 50 percent Vitamin E acetate
by weight, there were no positive screens from
samples submitted by producers licensed by the
Cannabis Control Commission.
While numerous states have enacted restrictions
on tobacco and cannabis vape products, none
have approved the broad ban originally ordered
Baker co-founded the official legalization opposition
campaign committee in 2016.
“As it assesses this moratorium, which has not
been duplicated in any other state, the commission
should not only recognize the danger it
poses, but also the absence of supportive science
and the historic anti-cannabis stance of the
person who originated it,” Borghesani said.
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