Cannabis Guide

Green Space

Cultivating cannabis cognizance

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What: Kula Meditation

When: 6 pm Mon., Mar. 27

Where: Center for Mindful use

Cost: Donation

Info: http://www.mindfuluse.org

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Although the days when I pulled down five-foot tubes of OG Kush on the regular have long since evaporated, I still partake in a well-placed toke (or three) now and again.
More than ever, getting high outside is the way I roll. A forest. The mountains. A beach. Even my own backyard. The deeper into the natural world I can get, the better. It’s all about stony adventures for me.
Sometimes it’s a hike. Sometimes it’s a bike. Sometimes it’s a multi-day backpack/fishing trip/rock-climbing expedition/spelunking ordeal. Or sometimes—like last weekend, for instance—my cannabis cognizance takes the form of an extended landscape project.
Clearly, the old cedar fence out front needed some love. Several slats were broken and some had gone missing completely. All three posts were rotten and a single rogue plum tree was the only thing holding it up.
So right after breakfast I threw on my work duds, gathered the necessary tools and threw myself into refurbishing that sad, sagging spectacle.
First, I set about removing the moldering mound of branch- and garbage-strewn soil that had been allowed to accumulate along our property line for decades. It was basic pick-and-shovel work, so I made sure to start slow and work my way into a nice stony rhythm.
Inevitably, even in this neglected, seemingly inconsequential part of the front yard I began to unearth all sorts of important bulbs, corms and tubers that had already been planted there. In order not to damage them, I downsized from a shovel to a hand trowel and dropped to all fours.
Making a successful transition from shoveling dirt into a wheelbarrow down to surgically probing the soil for delicate rhizomes might not be a problem for natural-born ornamental gardeners. But for a lumbering squarehead like me it requires a quantum shift in focus, body position and mindset—a process that I have found goes much more smoothly with the aid of a freshly rolled pinner.
Once I salvaged as many tulips, daffodils, irises and lilies that I could find it seemed necessary to trim some of the overhanging branches that had been allowed to run rampant all over the fence. So, before I transitioned back to shoveling again, I un-holstered my trusty pruning clippers and set to taming our unruly Indian plum.
Showers of ice-cold droplets dribbled down my neck as I wiggled my way through the dew-soaked greenery, ducking and diving from one extraneous stem to the next. As dancing suckers slapped my arms and branch tips poked my face, I became increasingly entangled in this jungle to the point where I could no longer wield my clippers effectively. I had to vacate.
I retreated all the way to Gruff Brewery, where, after enjoying a couple of refreshing pints, I walked outside to discover that I’d been sitting on top of another fine establishment located in the basement of the Old Foundry building—Satori Cannabis Boutique.
While perusing the delectable display of green buds and medibles in Satori, I had a chat with Mike Hiestand, the cofounder and director of the Center for Mindful Use—a stoner-friendly organization with a separate space behind the boutique that seeks to help those who choose to partake in cannabis by offering classes and educational forums designed to promote mindful use.
Although I was bummed to hear I’d missed the first offering of their 2017 programming season—a forum called “Roll, Roll, Roll Your Joint,” where I could have learned to roll better joints under the tutelage of Bellingham “Spliff Queen” Claire Poulos—I plan on attending some other interesting events that I found on their schedule. I’m always up for expanding my mind, and this green space seems like it could help me do so.

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