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The U.S is certainly dominating the scene in terms of genetics, branding and marketing. However,
across the ocean there are some breeders who have been putting in the work since the early days.
Green Leaf Magazine sat down with Haze specialist and purveyor of the best of the best...O.J.D
from Connoisseur Genetics to find out more about his genetics, breeding projects and much more!
Can you tell our readers more about how you
got started in Cannabis and when did
Connoisseur Genetics begin?
I first started smoking Cannabis as a young
kid around 13 and it instantly felt right, and
I've been heavily involved with Cannabis my
whole life since that first day. Connoisseur
Genetics the company began around 2007
officially, but I've been making seeds since I
started growing in 1999.
What are some of the strains that you have
Some of the strains I made include Lemon
N Lime Jones, Cheese N Chong, Cheesedog
Haze, Strawberry Cookies, Diesel Dipped
Cookies, Chem D Cookies, Triangle Kush
Cookies, Old School Haze, and Australian
How much do you work with the old school
I work with a lot of Haze as they are some of
my favourite varieties with that exotic high
and flavour you just can't beat. I use cuts and
seeds that are from old school Haze and exotic
hard to source Hazes, not the new Haze
varieties that I find have become watered
down these days.
Can you describe the Haze scene in Europe
and how much of a player was Neville
The Dutch scene was originally a Haze mecca
20 years back when Neville Schoenmakers
used to dominate the whole scene. Making
seeds for many companies including Greenhouse
Seeds and Sensi Seeds, and many
more plus also supplying many coffeeshops
with Haze buds. Neville also won many cups
with Greenhouse coffeeshop and really put
them on the map 20 plus years back.
Do you think the U.S plays a big role in the
direction of the current market place?
Yes...the American scene plays a huge roll
on how our industry evolves including trends
of strains etc. Most of my customers are in
the USA, as they have the biggest market for
seeds greater than any other country worldwide.
What are your top 3 personal favourite strains
you like to smoke?
My top 3 Strains ever to smoke are Soma's
old famous New York City Diesel (red grapefruit
cut), Neville Haze (the old original cut
from Holland 20 plus years back) and Triangle
Kush USA clone. My top 3 seed strains I like
to smoke from my seed lines are Australian
Dead Head (Mullumbimby madness x Nevil
Haze x Casey Jones), Triangle Cheese Dog x
OG Chem and Strawberry Cookies.
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Can you tell us more about your recent
O.G Kush breeding lines?
My new OG Kush project uses an OG Kush
S1 (the first ever OG kush offered in seeds
around 15 years ago) made by Orgnkid
many years ago, and was called OGers
kush. A friend had a pack and hooked up
the cut back then, and I made a cross with
Chemdog bx2 Male from Reservoir seeds
and sold the strain as Ukem a decade
Last year I worked with the Ukem and
picked the most OG Kush dom looking
male. I hit some of my best cuts for the OG
Kush dom project, including a bunch of
old rare OG Raskal Seeds and other rare
exclusive genetics you can not buy anymore
from a decade plus back.
Did you use to make lines for Reservoir
Seeds back in the day?
Yes, I used to make seeds for Reservoir
seeds including SSSG, SSSDH (multiple
batches he sold as different runs), Chemdog
IBL and other Chemdog batches and a
Sour Diesel IBL run.
What do you look for when starting a new
When starting a new breeding project, I'm
trying to bring my special clone into seed
form for everyone to taste that flavour and
effect. If making feminized seeds then I will
use 2 of my favourite clones and reverse
one onto the other to make a feminized
hybrid, or the same clone reversed on to
the same variety to make S1 selfed seeds.
When making regular seeds, I will pick the
strongest smelling male that has the same
terpene profile and growth structure of the
female clone I'm looking for in the line.
Which is your preferred method to pollinate
plants, and how do you store male or
I prefer to pollinate with fresh pollen from
live plants every run to guarantee good
seed set, instead of using stored pollen.
You can store pollen in the freezer for long
term use but I don't advise that unless that
is your only option, or it is some rare pollen
you have saved. Moisture kills pollen
so it needs to be vacuum sealed to stay
Which Connoisseur Genetics strains
would you recommend to fans of gassy,
fuel and straight dank terps?
Feminized loud dank strains include Dead
Chem Head, which has a very loud Chemdog
funk, Strawberry Cookies for her
delicious strawberry dank flavours, Girl
Scout Haze Cookies because of the strong
Cookie flavour with a touch of Haze. In
regular form Triangle Cheesedog x OG
Chem (Triangle Kush clone x Cheesedog
Male x OG Chem) for her pungent, strong
greasy kush terps, Wood Green (Fuel cut
x Church/GSC Male) due to the loud sour
fuel dank and OG Chem (Pisces Genetics
Motorbreath) x Chemdog bx2 Male for its
meaty Chem/kush profile.
Which Connoisseur Genetics strains
would you recommend to hash makers
My Top 3 strains for making Hash are
Triangle Cheesedog x OG Chem, Diesel
Dipped Cookies and SSSDH OJD cut (Super
Silver Sour Diesel Haze).
Which Connoisseur Genetics strains
would you suggest for anyone in search of
the old school heart thumping Haze?
Which Connoisseur Genetics strains would
you recommend to hash makers and extractors?
My Top 3 strains for making Hash are Triangle
Cheesedog x OG Chem, Diesel Dipped
Cookies and SSSDH OJD cut (Super Silver
Sour Diesel Haze).
Which Connoisseur Genetics strains would
you suggest for anyone in search of the old
school heart thumping Haze?
Strains I suggest for that heart thumping
Haze in feminized form Australian Dead Head
(Mullumbimby Madness x Nevil Haze x Casey
Jones Reversed), Silver Nevil (Silver Nevil
clone S1) and Dutchie Jones (Nevil the G
x Casey Jones Reversed). In regular form,
I would suggest Dangerous Dog (Mullumbimby
Madness x Nevil Haze x Super Silver
Chemdog Haze), Nevil the G (Nevil Mango x
G13 Haze Male) and Dutch Dog (Nevil the G x
Super Silver Chemdog Haze).
Swiss Thai x Nevil Haze
(Nevile Schoenmakers) Fully
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Finally...where can our readers find out more
about your work on social media?
Thank you very much Green Leaf
Magazine for your time. Your readers
can follow me on Instagram under
@connoisseurgenetics, where you can
see my work and latest projects. Also
on Icmag.com under Connoisseur Genetics
breeder forum , which has many
grow logs, pictures, smoke reports. It
has a lot of my info from the birth of
Connoisseur Genetics up until now.
My seeds can be found on Puresativa.
com, who is my official UK distributor
for shops and websites to stock my
brand. Any retailers wanting to stock
Connoisseur Genetics, can hit up Pure
sativa for pricing enquiries.
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The 420 Comic
I t would be easy to dismiss someone calling
themselves "The 420 Comic" as a stereotypical,
pot-themed, one-trick act. Surely they're bound to
pigeon-hole themselves into oblivion, right? Well
Jeffery Peterson is anything but stereotypical and
his niche becomes more cultural/political nuance
than cheap schtick. His ideas on entertainment
as activism are simple and powerful. The kind of
ideas that are liberating for an activist, allowing
for expression in many creative ways. As I chatted
with Jeffrey, I quickly understood just how
difficult it is to peg the man down. He really is all
over the map, literally and figuratively. Only
somehow, in his case, it’s in all the best ways!
I was as impressed by his eclectic resume as I
was surprised at his steadfast commitment to
the cannabis community as a whole. So whatever
your mind conjures up when you hear "420
comic" probably isn't completely wrong (let's be
honest here) but I invite you to save a little room
in that stony noggin to be surprised by a solid
dude who's bringing people together, fighting for
the cause -- and having a damn good time doing
it -- Jeffery Peterson, The 420 Comic
For a guy who says he’s “in the business of fun,”
he’s surprisingly serious about his pot politics.
He has been fighting the good fight since before
“medical marijuana” was made legal in California.
Not only that, but living in L.A. at the time, he had
a front-rowseat for the gateway that victory would
eventually become. Long before that though,
Jeffrey was an east coast kid. Being born in Connecticut
and spending his early years there instilled
that community-centered, east coast mindset
in him that he’s carried with him ever since.
As we will see soon, field parties are in his blood!
Before long, he carried that mindset from coast
to coast and found himself in Southern California.
That may sound like a dream come true to
some, but probably not so much to a young white
kid who was suddenly thrown into the projects
with his two lesbian moms. He may have gotten
his ass kicked on the way to school, at school,
and on the way home from school -- but he was
cultivating a fighting spirit while collecting comedy
gold as life experience.Not least of which is the
fact that he has carte blanche on lesbian jokes,
funnier too. In
him that would
change his life
mary jane. As
he was a bit hesitant but after some not-so-subtle
encouragement from friends, he turned to his older
stoner brother for guidance and became a life
long partaker of this powerful plant. What kind of
a Christian smokes pot you may ask (and people
did). Jeffrey’s answer was simple and elegant:
“the kind that smokes pot”. There was no conflict
to him between his faith and his newfound past
time and in fact he found an inherent value added
by his experience with the herb. He couldn’t
put his finger on it but even though he was just
getting stoned and having fun, he felt like he was
getting into something bigger than himself. In
1991 he would find out far more than he expected
and his journey as an activist would take off.
Entertainment as Activism
Jeffrey was no stranger to entertainment. Raised
by illustrators and animators he had an edge and
the talent to ride it out. He started working as
an animator when he was still a teenager. I was
surprised to find out that I had grown up watching
a lot of the shows he’d worked on right up till I
was a teenager myself. Shows like Sonic Underground,
The incredible Hulk, Batman, X-men,
Johnny Quest and even obscure titles like Biker
Mice from Mars! The cartoons he animated
brought my childhood to life. During this time he
worked with greats like Stan Lee, who is well
known for including political and civil dialogue in
his widely read Marvel comic books. It may have
been Stan, or any number of other influences,
but one thing was for sure - Jeffrey Peterson was
going to use entertainment as a form of activism.
Why yell at people with a megaphone when you
could scream at people over bitchin guitar riffs?
That’s just what he was going to do. Now all he
needed was a cause. Enter Jack Herer.
After watching a TV documentary in 1991 based
on Herer’s book, “The Emporer Wears No
Clothes”, Jeff was intrigued. He found the book
for himself and set out to read what would become
his manifesto to action. He had sensed the
value in cannabis up to this point but suddenly
his eyes were open to the vast usefulness of this
one plant from health & diet to industrial applications
and beyond. He was hooked. He had the
great fortune of meeting Jack shortly after and
the two became friends. As Jeffrey puts it, he
would play “court jester” for Jack and in turn Jack
would school him on all things cannabis and the
injustice of prohibition. I can only imagine the
thought process of a rebellious Christian kid with
an unconventional upbringing that not only found
pot, but now found out we'd been lied to He had
sensed the value in cannabis up to this point but
suddenly his eyes were open to the vast usefulness
of this one plant from health & diet to industrial
applications and beyond. He was hooked.
He had the great fortune of meeting Jack shortly
after and the two became friends. As Jeffrey puts
it, he would play “court jester” for Jack and in turn
Jack would school him on all things cannabis
and the injustice of prohibition. I can only imagine
the thought process of a rebellious Christian
kid with an unconventional upbringing that not
only found pot, but now found out we'd been lied
to about it for decades! What would Jesus do?
You know what he'd do? He'd fucking rock, man
-- HARD! So hard he'd make Iron Maiden look
like Billy fucking Ocean. In the words of Señor
Quintana: "NO ONE fucks with the Jesus." This is
only speculation on my part, of course, but nevertheless
Knightriot was born. I can't know for sure
if he had visions of a Jewish carpenter decked
out in KISS army boots with nine-inch nails for a
necklace, but Jeffrey did figure out exactly what
the world was missing - a Christian heavy-metal
band. Knightriot made their debut on the sunset
strip later in ‘91 and their library included the
aptly named "Ballad of the Unsung Hero". No
it isn't about Jesus. There are literally 1000s of
songs about Jesus as a hero. This unsung hero
was cannabis! Honestly, it's one of the best pot
ballads I've ever heard. Gotta love youtube!
It’s a funny story...
After a while in the music scene Jeffrey branched
off on his own to explore stand up comedy. He
quickly realized how he could sprinkle in cannabis
activism much more easily when people were
laughing. Not only that but people enjoyed it! He
could set the crowd at ease and once their guard
was down he could educate them however he
saw fit. It may have been hazy and smoke-filled
but it wasn’t an easy transition. Jeff was doing
weed jokes when it was still somewhat unpopular.
He certainly wasn’t the only one but he was
new to it. Even still, there was something bold
about the handful of people that were going out
and making jokes about something that people
were going to prison over and he was no exception.
This is a fact that he has never taken lightly.
While he gets laughs for a silly pot joke in one
breath, he advocates for the rights of those who
have been locked up because of this insane drug
war in the next. People who are still behind bars
today despite the changing laws. This would go
on to become a central pillar of Peterson’s activism,
just as important as legalization itself. At
first he second-guessed himself and what he was
doing but lucky for us he found encouragement
in a good friend, George Lopez, who told him not
only to keep going in comedy - but specifically to
keep doing the pot comic thing. The 420 Comic
was born! He took the advice to heart and stayed
focused and before long he was opening for
some of his personal heroes, Cheech & Chong,
and doing impressions for them in the back room.
been very vocal about this kind of “cannabis opportunist”
and even outed Whoopi Goldberg as a
stoner to TMZ. It’s not out of jealousy or a sense
of “I did it first” as much as it is loyalty to the
cause. Too many celebrities are banking off the
image of being a stoner but don’t stand with the
community and fight for the little people who have
been stepped on and affected most by years of
unjust prohibition laws. While Jeffrey continues
to build his comedy career, during this time he
also begins channeling his rock & roll energy into
something other than music. One of his many
side projects, an adult-themed pot periodical
called Cali Chronic X. If heavy metal stoner rock
was a magazine, this was it. With this publication
he would widen his audience and continually
push the envelope, giving zero fucks along the
way - always the steadfast cannabis crusader!
The biggest difference between Jeff and other
contemporary cannabis acts is that you can find
them both at big-name festivals with massive
turnouts BUT you can also find Jeffrey at a small
town, 500-head, potfest in the middle of a field
somewhere in rural USA (You can take the kid
out of Connecticut but you can’t take the Connecticut
out of the kid.) You might be able to get
an autograph from some of these guy but ask
them to smoke your stuff with you and they too
often show their elitist colors. Jeff will not only
Besides the weed and lesbian jokes, Jeffrey has
a rather impressive repertoire of impressions. He
does one of the best Obama impressions I’ve
ever seen, hands down - and he’s a white guy!
He is definitely talented but his work ethic is also
off the charts. He does small clubs and headlines
shows all over the country while also organizing
and fighting for key turning points in the cannabis
battle. As cannabis becomes more and more
normal and legalization sweeps the nation, other
celebrities have been quick to jump on the bandwagon.
Suddenly people that only ever smoked
pot in private were openly starting pot product
lines and comedians that previously shied away
from cannabis comedy were changing their whole
image and becoming commonplace. Jeffrey has
Jeff Peterson, 420 Comic & Tommy Chong
ff will not only sign your blunt, he’ll SMOKE IT with you too.
You can find more than one example of him expressly and
emphatically stating, “I WILL SMOKE WEED WITH YOU!”
Back in the day there were the "acid kool-aid" tests and
while those days are sadly gone, today its the "stab and
dab" test - you're not real unless you're dabbin’ out with
the many grassroots geniuses in the community. Of course
it doesn't hurt to have blown trees with godfathers like
Cheech & Chong or Willie Nelson, among others. Jeffrey is
as real as they come and he stands out for the hard work
he has put in with the cannabis community and his downto-earth
approach to being forever a part of it.
Shark Tank for Stoners
By now his experience in comedy and print had reached an
apex and a new idea was brewing; an idea that would take
Jeffrey right back to his roots in illustration. In a weird sort
of self-replicating way, the 420 comic gave birth to the 420
comic. His new idea was to make pot-themed comic books.
He wanted to bring cannabis out of the realm of simple
comic material and solidify it as its own genre. The cannabis
comic book. Whoever said superheroes couldn’t smoke
weed AND save the day?
In 2014 Jeffrey took his new idea, Cali Chronic Comix, to
a brand new reality “ganjaprenuer” web
series, The Marijuana Show. Think Shark Tank meets Half
Baked. Out of hundreds of initial applicants, hewas chosen
as one of the final ten who got to put their ideas before potential
investors on the show. The biggest difference in his
approach was the questions he was asking. Questions like
“What do you do onceyou’re high?” Stoners need something
to do and putting a funny, 420 friendly comic book in
their hands just made perfect
sense. In contrast to
the other contestants, who
were pitching the usual
growing gear, glassware
or ganja laden grub, Jeffrey’s
comic books stood
out as fresh and unique.
So much so that he was
the ONLY contestant
awarded an investment.
King of Quality Productions
partnered with Peterson
and gave him $25k as
seed money. Since then
Cali Chronic Comix has
grown to include several
titles including “The
Achievers”, the flagship
“Superstoners” and even
The jump from printed
comic to animated series
is already underway. I told
you - this guy is anything
but stereotypical with a
work ethic and drive that
is to be admired for anyone
but especially for a stoner. You could say Jeffrey’s a bit
of a super stoner himself.
More recently Jeffrey has been kicking around Sin City,
keeping himself busy as ever. While he continuesto work
on his various projects, he’s still racking up the laughs and
continues to be a prominent voice in the ongoing fight for
cannabis. Las Vegas, now being dubbed the “New Amsterdam”,
is one of those rare places where the crazy never
ends. Best of all you can smoke weed openly there so and
its become a whole new attraction for visitors. Maybe it was
his unconventional upbringing or the 12 years of Burning
Man, but somehow The 420 Comic just fit into the Vegas
crazy like a glove. Now he’s living a comedians dream,
doing his unique canna-comedy shows in the heart of Las
All of sudden people are coming to vegas to get high. You
can openly consume which is a complete head trip for anyone
used to living under paranoia-inducing prohibition. Jeffrey
once asked, "How often does Vegas get a new vice?"
Not often and never quite like this! The timing really couldn't
be better for a ganja guerilla-warrior like Peterson. Vegas is
the El Dorado for creative performers and now Jeff is now
is finally reaping the comedy gold he was collecting as a
young kid constantly going against the grain. Few people
can claim to be a staple in the cannabis world and even
fewer are as vocal an advocate for pot as Jeffrey is. Other
comics would give anything for what he has accomplished
and he deserves every bit of it. Right down to the very last
Q&A with the man himself:
1. How did you first get into cannabis and the culture around it?
In 8th grade, after some peer pressure, I was encouraged to hit the bong. That was all it took. I found
My happy place. Pot. I went out and bought a bag the next day. Fortunately, my big brother Dan was
a huge Stoner and taught Me the ways of the weed. I'm never not high now and that has kept Me
2. What made you take the leap from stoner to activist?
In 1991, I watched a show called "Hemp For Victory with Richard Marcella" on LA cable access. The
guest was Jack Herer, speaking about His book The Emperor Wears No Clothes. I was fascinated. I
never knew pot had so many attributes or such a rich history. I met Jack shortly after and He and I
became great friends. His book influenced My metal band Knightriot to record a Cannabis/Hemp
song, "Ballad of the Unsung Hero" in 1991. From that point on, I was a Cannabis Activist.
3. Why do you feel that entertainment makes for good activism?
As a kid, I went to acting school briefly, but it was Rock n Roll that really inspired me to Perform. I
started singing in Hollywood with Knightriot in 1988 and later with The Justice League in 1993. Both
bands were Cannabis advocates and songs like 'Dope" from 1994 reflected that. I had known an up
and coming comedian at that time named George Lopez and in 2003, I got the courage to do stand
up and on George's advice, do Pot Comedy. We remain friends to this day. There is a strong message
about the many benefits of this super plant that I deliver through Humor. Making people laugh
gets them thinking and that way I can slip in some truth between one-liners and Celebrity Impressions.
4. Who has been your biggest inspiration(s) along the way and why?
I am highly influenced by stand up comedy and sitcoms. Seinfeld and Carlin are some of My Favorites.
The SNL guys: Eddie Murphy, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Jim Breuer and Adam Sandler. The
Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski has greatly inspired me but more than anyone though, it's the
movies and the records of Cheech and Chong. I would listen to their albums as a kid and try to mimic
them. George Lopez told me that I could be like them if I stayed focused. In 2014 thanks to King Of
Quality Productions, I opened for them in Denver. In My 18 year career, I have worked with Legends
in comedy in music such as Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, Joe Rogan, Doug Benson, Mike Epps, Afroman,
Wayne Newton, Louie Anderson, Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Too Short, E40,
Twiddle, Fishbone, Ozomatli and many more greats.
5. What has been the biggest change you've seen in the culture over the year?
It's astonishing to see something so vilified become so acceptable. No apologies, just CBD at 7-11,
Hemp at Walmart, 24-hour dispensaries, billboards, TV commercials, celebrities becoming spokesmodelsfor
Cannabis. Meanwhile, thousands of pot POWs rot in jail or suffer in the system for Cannabis
offenses. What is weird to Me is that I used to be kind of disrespected as a Pot Comic when I
started in 2003. Now, in 2020 there are 420 comedy shows everywhere and every comic is up there
6. What's the worst change you've seen?
The worst part about the Green Rush is definitely
the Greed. Corporate weed and Celebrity
opportunists taking advantage of the struggle
We were in and they did Nothing to help. That is
why I outed Oscar Winner Whoopi Goldberg as a
pothead to TMZ in 2011. These celebs start CBD
companies and grow operations yet never caring
about the incarcerated pot POW or Legalization.
Free the prisoners, then get rich.
7. Is there anything that concerns you
about the direction the industry is heading?
My concern about the industry is that there is no
loyalty. Money is the central focus and not the
Food, Fuel, Fiber, Medicine and Joy that Cannabis
brings. This plant is special among all others
on this planet and has been a major part of all of
humanity. Cannabis gives me a purpose.
8. What advice would you give someone
looking to step into the spotlight within the
My advice to anyone looking to get into the Cannabis
Spotlight so to Speak: Read The Emperor
Wears No Clothes. Know about the plant, it's
history and the modern players in the industry.
Social Media has become a vital tool to build a
following. Much to my surprise, Social Media Influencers
smoking weed on camera has become
a form of popular entertainment. I tell pot jokes in
front of live audiences so this perplexes me.
9. What are the 3 things you are most
proud of throughout your years of fighting
for the cause?
3 things I am most proud of in my many years in
420 comedy would be #1. Opening for comedy
idols Cheech and Chong and doing impressions
for them backstage at their request. The only other
comedian that has opened for them is Shelby
Chong. #2. Winning Season One of the Marijuana
Show (Amazon Prime) and getting an Investment
from King Of Quality Productions. I was an
underdog but my Cannabis themed Comicbook
idea proved to be the winner. I tried out for Last
Comic Standing, The Voice and Who wants to be
a Superhero. In 2014, this Reality Show, I won.
#3 Smoking Weed with Willie Nelson and talking
about the time I got to perform at The Buddha
Fest in LA with Him in 2011. He is beyond cool
and that was a magic moment.
10. What's next for the 420 Comic?
Lots of stuff in the works. New Comicbooks, An
Animated Series. Kushstock and Neon 420 Las
Vegas in April, Bringing The Dopest Show On
Earth to Portland in May, Oklahoma Cannabis
Expo in August and Wasteland Weekend in September.
--If you could only have one strain for
the rest of your life, what would it be?
One Strain? If I had to choose one strain it would
probably be an indica, Grandaddy Purps or Blueberry
--You mentioned that you were an animator
for some of the older cartoons.
What did you work on and where can
people see them? Cartoons?
I was an Animator for 18 years in LA, starting with
working for Stan Lee in 1990. My resume includes
X-Men, Batman, Iron Man, The Incredible
Hulk, The Fantastic Four: Sonic Underground, My
Little Pony and dozens more. These shows live
on every day on Disney Plus, DC Channel, Tubi,
Pluto and YouTube and I love that.
--What’s your go-to snack when you get
Go to Snack - Blueberry Pop-tarts can be enticing
but frankly I curb my appetite with pot like I did in
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Young Jurks, we recently interviewed Small,
about the issues that are blocking cannabis economic
empowerment (EE) applicants from receiving
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission
(CCC) and local approval. We also discuss
the campaign that Micro-cannabis applicant Ed
DeSousa has started to have Small appointed to
Below are some of his comments from the sitdown.
by Mike Crawford
Horace Small for Massachusetts cannabis
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Why are applicants still not being treated fairly?
What has hurt us tremendously has been our
inability to communicate to communities around
the state. The Bay State Banner refuses to write
articles about cannabis, the black dispatch if you
will, the average black person has nothing to read
the same is true for latino papers. So there’s no
information getting out.
If there was? There would be a lot more accountability
than right now.
On local cities and towns being allowed to decide
which applicants receive a host community hearing?
What did you hope for with your work on the CAB
and what actually happened?
For the first time in essentially 400 years, it’s the
first time poor black and brown people have had
a seat at the table...but what really happened was
a lot of monied interests came through the door,
there’s Mike Costello, a friend of mine, a lobbyist,
Mike Ross went from being a city councilor to
becoming a millionaire, a lot of people got paid...
people got paid and the people who have not got
paid have been the equity applicants.
I feel like we’ve let equity people down we haven’t
given them sufficiently a voice and a seat at
the table...We have to rethink this.
What’s lacking currently on the Commission?
You have to experience a level of oppression to
really understand social justice and this has been
my whole life.
What I’ve noticed is that the people who seem to
get priority are the ones who have names, friends
of mine but Billy Johnson has to wait his turn,
while the former Secretary of Public Safety got
approval right away.
We have to develop a game plan, we have to be
thinking of this industry as the opportunity we all
dreamed of and fought for. I feel like it’s being
usurped from the people, there are weed lobbyists
who have access, our people don’t, poor people
don’t, working people don’t, veterans don’t,
we have to create that space. I think Shaleen
(Commissioner Title), did as good of a job as she
possibly could by herself.
Question we posed to our callers, “Would you like
to see Horace Small appointed to the CCC?”
Chauncy Spencer, EE applicant in the city of Boston,
“Absolutely, but I'd also like it after you serve
a quick term on Boston’s new board.”
Ed DeSousa, micro-applicant, Newburyport, MA, “We need somebody like him, I’m so behind
Goldie Piff, EE applicant, Rochester, MA, “I’m all for Horace for the CCC, absolutely, all the way, we
need Horace there, I’d also like to see Grant Smith appointed.”
Ominique Garner, EE applicant, Rochester, MA, “Of course Horace for CCC.”
Mike Crawford is a Massachusetts medical cannabis patient, founder of The Young Jurks and midnightmass.substack.com. You can
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NETA Fires Workers to Slow Down
Took advantage of people’s fears during a pandemic, using it to drastically change the
composition of their workforce in order to win an election
Jonathan “Bambino” Martins didn’t expect to get fired from his job in the kitchen at the Franklin location for NETA,
New England Treatment Access, a registered legal and medical dispensary chain owned by multi-state operator, Parallel.
Martins was fired, days after appearing on our “The Young Jurks” live show and podcast to discuss a UFCW
union campaign. Returning again to the show a few days after being let go, Martins recalled, “I figured they’ld be
kind of upset but not that upset.”
The United Food and Commercial Workers International
Union (UFCW) is a labor union representing
approximately 1.3 million workers in
theUnited States and Canada.
Just a few weeks before on July 1st, Boston Business
Journal reported “that 60 workers at NETA’s
cultivation facility in Franklin cast votes to unionize.”
Martins said he would do it all again because,
“There are people there (at NETA Franklin) that
signed the (union) card that day after I got fired.”
Two employees at NETA in Franklin emailed
about the firing of Martins, we are withholding
their names to protect their jobs.
The first wrote: “I'm disappointed and infuriated
by what they did to him. All he wanted to do was
make NETA a better place for everyone to work
and they chose to make a martyr out of him. It
is exactly how you described it in your follow up
podcast with Bam, they wanted to make an example
out of him because they are desperate and
they know they are losing. They spread misinformation
about the ongoing struggle of other union
efforts at Brookline almost weekly and have since
told Leads in Franklin that speaking about the
union efforts in Franklin is a punishable offense.
We are being silenced from having any positive
outlook on union efforts while people in charge
can send out mass emails to every employee to
not only discourage unionizing but make it seem
like it is the more damaging of the two options.
While they hold group meetings in each room and
tell us what is appropriate to talk about and how
unions are bad.’
I wholeheartedly believe that what they did to
Bam has "rallied the troops" so to speak. As
much as I hate what they've done, they have shot
themselves in the foot doing it. People I never
thought would even consider unionizing before,
as I do my best to ask people about it and force
conversations on it despite what they try to do to
us for it (I refuse to be made silent in this), are
now more open to the idea than ever. Even people
who are actively against unions are furious
over what they did and know something needs
to change and that is at least a good start. I miss
Bam at work, but I know that he is still working for
the rest of us in this. I know that NETA is going
to regret what they did and that at least in some
ways, they already do. It’s up to the rest of us to
finish the job now.”
And the second employee noted the same exact
management behavior: “To quote an email from
a NETA manager, ‘If a union represents you, you
will, in essence, lose your individuality. You cede
the power to advocate for yourself. The union
will speak for you and make all decisions about
your working environment on your behalf. If a
union tells you things can only get better, they
aren’t telling the truth.’ If that doesn’t convince
you about NETAs integrity as a fair company I
don’t know what will. Jon was fired for speaking
on behalf of employees and the union yet senior
management can denounce the union as free as
We’ve been covering mold, worker health and
safety issues at NETA for two plus years.
In January 2018, we reported NETA employees
who were speaking out on awful working conditions,
one of them filed an OSHA complaint,
“Mold was an issue at both [NETA’s] Franklin cultivation
center and the Northampton dispensary,”
Anne Hassel wrote in her complaint to OSHA.
In May of this year, we spoke to a new group of
employees about the same mold issues at NETA
Franklin and noted other worker safety issues.
One employee saw the near future, “There were
more fires when I worked there than fire drills
because we never had fire drills and we did have
a fire.” The employee predicted that there would
be more fires at the NETA Franklin location.
And sure enough, just a few weeks ago, NETA
had yet another fire at the Franklin location.
When employees successfully predict there will
be more fires on a very public podcast, and it
comes true in less than 60 days time, it’s definitely
a moment to do more than union bust. But
that’s exactly what NETA management has done.
In Brookline with a mail-in union election happening,
we’ve heard from many union supporting
employees that were laid off or furloughed under
the context of COVID-19.
UFCW organizers have indicated that as many
as 50 Brookline employees were initially let go to
stop the union from winning in Brookline as it has
in Franklin. It seems to have worked for now.
NETA President Amanda Roisatano emailed her
employees, “The Brookline team members voted
against UFCW representation by a vote of 30 to
9.”She noted that the union has 7 days to contest
the election. It seems that’s likely.
She noted that the union has 7 days to contest
the election. It seems that’s likely.
UFCW Local 1445 Secretary Fabricio DaSilva,
“The entire election has been tainted with Union
busting activities by NETA”, he also noted that
NETA “took advantage of people’s fears during
a pandemic, using it to drastically change the
composition of their workforce in order to win an
election”, which he labeled as “both deceptive
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7 Top Tips On How To Silence The Growroom
Acoustic Ducting Works A Treat
One of the easiest ways to reduce noise created
by air being blown through ducting, is to insulate
the ducting. Sound proof ducting can be purchased
a long side the standard commercial aluminium
ducting most growers use. What is great
about using acoustic ducting is the noise of the
air being sucked through by the negative drag of
the powerful exhaust fans is relegated to a very
light blowing noise.
Acoustic ducting can cost nearly five times as
much as the normal aluminium version, however
the investment will go a long way. By eliminated
the loud blowing sound from the ducting exiting
the grow room, air displacement will not be affected,
as neither will the performance of the exhaust
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Passive Cooled Lights
One of the best features about modern LED
lighting is how manufacturers have incorporated
passive cooling into the engineering of lights.
The advantages of this are removing the need for
cooling fans, meaning that the lights will power
up with no noise. HPS or metal halide grow kits
require a ballast to power the bulb.
Adding a Silencer Can Seriously Reduce Noise
Unfortunately ballasts can displace a great deal
of heat energy, which ultimately affects the overall
efficacy of the ballast and spectrum. By using
passive cooled technology, you are able to focus
all of the energy into light energy, without very
little heat and minimal sound from internal cooling
Adjusting Fan Speed Controllers
You may not think that adding a speed fan controller
will make much difference, however when
dimming the power of a loud inline fan or exhaust
fan can help reduce the loud noise. By simply
lowering the output of the fans, you will lower the
Hanging Equipemnt using Bungee Cords Reduces
Passive Cooled SANlight LED Reduce the Need for Internal Fans.
amount of air that is being recycled in the tent or
room every hour,.
It may pay off in terms of keeping close by neighbours
happy. They are not expensive to buy and
having many upsides also from allowing you to
choose the power output by hand, as well as
Be Careful How You Hang Equipment
A big reason why some grow tents are so loud
and noisy can be down to the way the equipment
was originally set up. Using chains on metal
poles can often lead to an annoying buzzing
sound, which can actually elevate overtime. Any
equipment that requires moving parts such as
fans should always be mounted securely and allowed
to hang from the top of the tents restriction
The difference by allowing an RVK fan to hang
in the air, incomparrison to tying with chain to
the tent poles can make a big difference. Avoid
placing sound proof boxes, and large intake fans
directly on the floor or screwing to a fixed wall. Of
course this can be done, yet better with a private
facility away from residential areas.
Soundproofing The Exhaust Fans
Building a wooden soundproof foam lined box
that can fit over your exhaust fan, will ensure that
the noise being created will pass through into the
foam, meaning there will be no external noise.
You can even buy acoustic boxes ready to buy,
or building one may be more practical. All that is
required is a wooden box and acoustic foam that
you would typically see in a recording studio.
Once you have made these boxes for the exhaust
fans and have your acoustic ducting attached,
then the best thing to do is to hang the
box in the tent. The reason why is to prevent any
reverberation passing through the tent poles and
down through the floor boards or walls. By this
point the noise that you can hear should be almost
nothing, and as long as you place the sound
proof box in the right place, then that loud industrial
noise will be
a thing of
It is essential
a good consistent
and in the
fans and wall fans, alternating at different times is
an excellent way to keep air flow as fresh as can
be. However, the fans will be making a noise and
one way to reduce the noise and reverberation is
to place the fans on a foam bed.
Using wall fans are different, but if you are going
to install them, make sure that the people living
on either side of you do not pick up on the buzzing
noise the fans will emit through the wall. A
good tip is to use more smaller fans, instead of
large ones, which can allow the amount of noise
and vibration to dramatically reduce and ensure
the air flow is kept consistent and there is no
build up of stagnant air.
A brilliant way to kill the noise of the air passing
through the ducting before it exits the grow room.
Silencers work by attaching them to the closest
part of the top, and due to the acoustic foam
lining the noise is instantly muffled. If you have a
really noisy extraction unit then using two silencers
either side of the exhaust fan quieten things
down a great deal.
Good Luck silencing your indoor garden.
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