High Times NorCal Cup and NCIA Oakland Recap, then off to CHALICE!!!

Summer starts tomorrow but honestly, we’re in full swing already out here in the Bay Area with world class cannabis and the good times that come with it!

A big catalyst for all the summer fun is the event circuit with things like the High Times NorCal Cannabis Cup earlier this month, the National Cannabis Industry Association Summit in Oakland last week, and the festival scene. Events like Sierra Nevada Music Festival and Reggae on The River are synonymous with great pot and the communities that produce it.

The weekend escapes are a big deal for those who spend the summer producing some of the world’s best outdoor cannabis.

The month started strong with the Cup in Santa Rosa. I had the privilege of covering it for the San Francisco Chronicle’s new cannabis lifestyle site GreenState.com. I got my first bigger media gig the weekend of the cup some years back and it always has held a special place in my heart and that of anyone on the hunt for the world’s finest cultivars.

My task this year was strain-specific, as in the hunt for the best ones! I hit every table searching for what had the best nose on it, trichomes, flavor, and general effects. The outdoor tables I was not as thorough with due to the time of the year featuring last season’s offerings. Everyone else I asked what their best offering was. From there, I determined if I wanted to check out the rest of their spread, much of the time I did because of all the killer growers in attendance.

The stuff that made it home!

You can read all my favorites right here on GreenState.

Generally speaking, the photo to the right featured a lot of what I considered the best cannabis at the cup and I wasn’t far off, that Wedding Cake OG from Alien Labs on the right was runner-up in the hybrid category. Sherbinski brought some Mochi, one of the most developed lines of Gelato and far more elite than the bag seed phenos regularly being passed off as the real deal. Kyle Kushman’s Blueberry Cookies was also a great time.

The concentrates on display were equally fantastic. Some of the big standouts were the Alien Labs collaborations with Moxie, Gold Coast Extracts Strawnana, and the very unique Peach Fuzz collaboration from Jahnetics and Critical 710.

Here are some more shots from the cup!

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Reverend Eddy Lepp receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from Kyle Kushman

This was great.


Gold Coast Extracts regularly ranks among the finest extract craftsmen in California as the case shows.

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LA Kush took home Third Place in both the Indica and Hybrid flower categories.


The Wailers!

311 a week shy of their 27th anniversary.

After a quick break, it was off to the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Summit and Expo in Oakland. The Friday before the summit began I decided to have a cannabis contest because I figured it would have a funny “best pot in the industry ” vibe. Sometimes in the fast moving world of cannabiz, people forget what really matters after the social justice and community building, who has the best pot.

Adding to the fun of everything, our hometown Golden State Warriors won their second NBA championship in three years.

The contest went awesome, we got great entries from Tahoe Wellness Collective, 3C Farms from SoCal, and elite Bay Area delivery service C.R.A.F.T. You can read all of the results from our contest and the rest of my three days of NCIA coverage over on Cannabis Now. 

Needless to say, it’s always a pleasure to talk to the thought leaders in this emerging industry about the recent developments in their areas of expertise. NCIA does a fantastic job getting them all in the same room, and sometimes even the same rotation! Keep an eye for stories emerging from the summit in the weeks ahead.

Next month I’m finally heading down to CHALICE!!! I’m looking very forward to covering all the glass and dabs! Let me know if you’re an artist or a company that’s going to be out there. I would love to check out what you’re up to!

Til next time champions!

Go Check Out My Facebook Page & Summer 2017 Looks Lit

Hi all!

I’m posting all the things I’m writing these days to my facebook page. I’ll be posting content from all the different places I’m writing for over there and as always appreciate your support.

Also, I’m very excited for the next couple of months. June will see the NorCal Cannabis Cup hit Santa Rosa, it’s absolutely one of the best cannabis events in the world, and I argued last week in Cannabis Now Magazine that it’s the true Cannabis World Championship having taken the title from Amsterdam.

In July we have Chalice in SoCal. Chalice without a doubt has evolved over the years as the greatest hash/glass/music festival in the world. I’ve been trying to make it down for years and it looks like there is a good chance I’ll be there.

Finally, I’m in the process of getting the wheels moving on a major glass writing project. If you’re a photog or glass artist that wants to get in the mix reach out, we’re definitely trying to find some hidden gem glassblowers to give some love.

Happy New Year Champions!

Hope everyone made the best of the tail-end of 2016!

I had a great time covering the cannabis industry for some amazing new publications this year including Cannabis Now Magazine, 7×7, Marijuana.com, and The San Francisco Chronicle. What a ride it was watching the battle for cannabis progress unfold over the year, eventually seeing major action at the polls and in state capital buildings.

Next year I’m excited to watch the largest marketplace in the world, and its greatest producers, develop into something special. It will be a rocky road for sure,  be it NorCal vs. Socal, wholesale prices on outdoor demanding less than a buck a gram, or the hill vs. the valley. These are only a few of the puzzle pieces of the tale of 2017 yet to be penned, I look very forward to seeing how it all comes together!

If you want to keep up to date with what I’m writing you can follow me on twitter @JimiDevine, or check out my author page on Cannabis Now where I’m currently a Staff Writer putting up a few things a week.

Have a great 2017!



Quick Prop 64 Fact Sheet

Hi all,

I probably won’t post much for a few days, catching/following up from a conference weekend can be atrocious. Nevertheless, I really like this basic fact sheet for prop 64 from Chris Conrad and wanted to share. If you have the time, head over to Ballotpedia for the full breakdown and links to all the lovers and haters. Please have more faith in these resources than anime characters on Instagram, bless their hearts.


I’m Moderating Two Panels At New West Summit This Weekend!

Hope Thursday is treating you fantastic!

Tomorrow I’ll moderate my first of two panels at New West Summit. It’ll focus on the social impact of lab testing which can’t be underestimated. Back in the day a big softball argument on the pro-prohibition side was, “We don’t even know what’s in the stuff, chemicals, toxins.” Thanks to labs like Steep Hill, SC, and CW, we no longer have to hear that long winded argument. Diving into the different aspects of lab testing and where they’re going will be fantastic.

On Saturday, I’ll be moderating a Tech to 420 panel following up on the one I hosted last year. Keith McCarty from Eaze returns for his second year on this one, he’s been up to a lot since the last New West Summit so it will be great to hear the recap from him. The other panelists on this one are also great and I look forward to diving down the weed tech rabbit hole with them


Go check out the rest of New West Summit 2.0, it’s sure to be a great time and very informative.

I hunted down the origins of Bruce Banner

So last month the usually hip Oregon decided to ban about 20 strain names, this set in forth a motion of events that led to me getting the facts on Bruce Banner.

I had personally always been a fan of the strain, so when the Cannabis Now editorial squad hit me up to write about it I was amped. It actually worked out funny, I missed the email notification and the homies grabbed a bunch of strains I would have jumped at. It worked out.

Here is the write-up from Cannabis Now.

As far as the strains of the moment, Bruce Banner was at the top of the mountain flying first class for a few years, and now still enjoys generous leg room in economy coach. I was surprised by the amount of inaccurate info on the strain, mainly in regard to how open many reputable breeders were in getting down to detail.

Anyway if you want the full scoop on one of the greatest medical cannabis strains ever to come out of Denver, or at least launch there, go check out the article.

Big thanks to the Dark Horse Genetics for filling me in.

Following others, LA will look to cash in on CA pot biz

With other California cities looking to jump on the cannabis cash bandwagon, a recent report from L.A. Weekly proves that despite forcing their dispensaries in to a legal gray area LA is ready to make a buck.

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson is planning on introducing a motion that will direct city staffers to explore a ballot measure that would ask voters to amend marijuana dispensary rules and possibly legalize back-end cannabis businesses in town.

Herb has been hearing it a lot. SoCal municipalities are lining up to get their hands on a piece of the industry. Places like Adelanto are putting on there racing goggles, as of February they had distributed 27 permits for the large scale industrial cultivation of cannabis. This could lead to over 300,000 pounds of indoor marijuana, even at the top end of the outdoor price spectrum these days you would be looking at roughly $360,000,000. The town is primed to take a fat chunk of that in taxes, and create the jobs and other revenue to replace its fading prison industry.

The Council President is also hearing it from an industry desperate to be brought into the legal fold. Almost half of the 135 businesses allowed under the Prop D permitting structure from 2013 have joined to form the United Cannabis Business Alliance. The trade organization was put together with the purpose of pressuring LA lawmakers to rectify the situation prior to 2018’s enforcement of Governor Jerry Brown’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, in what very well could be a post legalization world pending the Adult Use of Marijuana Act outcome on election day.