10 01, 2018

The Value of Terroir and Appellations

By | 2018-01-11T13:47:01+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Swami Says|

It has been reported that there is a movement afoot to claim appellations for Mendocino County Cannabis. The rumor is almost correct! It really is much bigger than just one county, it concerns all cannabis producing regions of California and ultimately the whole country, as cannabis becomes legal throughout the United States. The movement is [...]

4 01, 2018

Happy Legalization, California: Two Longtime Growers Reflect on the End of Prohibition

By | 2018-01-15T22:49:38+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Notes from Nikki, Swami Says|

Happy Legalization, California: Two Longtime Growers Reflect on the End of an Era of Prohibition “Outlaws obeying the law is an oxymoron we never thought we'd see,” write our NorCal columnists in their ode to prohibition. “It truly is the end of an era; our whole way of life is vanishing.” ~Nikki Lastreto & Swami [...]

3 01, 2018

Rebirth of the Light

By | 2018-01-04T18:19:20+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Swami Says|

This year, I tuned deeply into the meaning of the winter solstice. While consulting the Farmer’s Almanac, something dawned on me: from December 22 to December 24, the length of night remains the same. After all, in Latin, “solstice” literally means “sun stands still.” These are the longest nights. Obviously, civilizations have reveled in this [...]

19 12, 2017

It’s Good To Be Home: A Time to Pause, Reflect, Prepare and Plan

By | 2017-12-19T15:15:40+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Swami Says|

Returning home to Ganja Ma Gardens after nine days swirling about the Emerald Cup's whirlpool of cannabis celebration and industry work feels, quite simply, amazing. A bit weary from life on the road, even run-of-the-mill chores mend my mind, body and spirit. Swami and Hank - Real farmin'! Work that gets my hands [...]

15 12, 2017

What It’s Like to Judge the Best Cannabis in the World

By | 2017-12-18T19:50:49+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Notes from Nikki, Swami Says|

What It's Like to Judge the Best Cannabis in the World Our columnists from Northern California have been judging the greatest outdoor-grown flower at The Emerald Cup for 14 years. At this year's competition, they sampled over 200 strains in 10 days. This piece was originally published on Merry Jane on December 15, 2017. "How [...]

13 12, 2017

The Emerald Cup: Bigger and Better Than Ever

By | 2017-12-13T21:46:37+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Swami Says|

The fourteenth annual Emerald Cup at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa was so exhilarating, it's impossible to sum up in a few words. As someone who’s participated deeply in The Cup since it was founded in 2003, I felt this year’s event went above-and-beyond thanks to many improvements in the “little details,” those [...]

30 11, 2017

From a Smoke Filled Room—It’s Emerald Cup 2017 Judging Time!

By | 2017-12-03T11:07:18+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Swami Says|

I know our articles typically post on Tuesdays, and it's now just past midnight on Thursday, but we here at Swami Select have been busy. Nikki and I just finished testing our 15th joint since noon. You know what that means: Emerald Cup 2017 flower competition judging has begun. Tim Blake, Emerald Cup Founder On [...]

29 11, 2017

Emerald Triangle Growers Celebrate “Light Deprivation” Cannabis at the Golden Tarp Awards

By | 2017-12-05T12:12:47+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Notes from Nikki, Swami Says|

Emerald Triangle Growers Celebrate "Light Deprivation" Cannabis at the Golden Tarp Awards Nikki and Swami—reporting for Merry Jane on happenings throughout NorCal's grow mecca, The Emerald Triangle—attended the down-home cannabis competition The Golden Tarp Awards, a gathering that celebrates modern marijuana cultivating methods. This piece was originally published on Merry Jane on November 29, 2017. [...]

21 11, 2017

It’s About The Regs

By | 2017-11-21T17:46:44+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Swami Says|

I’ve almost made it through a first quick reading of the proposed regulations for Cannabis just issued by the various State Departments in charge of Us. It is 278 pages from the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health. If you thought your County Ordinances [...]

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