Cannabis Guide

Green Space

Cultivating cannabis cognizance

Attend

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.

More Cannabis Guide...
The Numbers
on Legal cannabis use

9

Percent reduction for low-level marijuana offenses for adults 21 and older since marijuana reform became law in Washington. All categories of marijuana law violations are down 63 percent and marijuana-related convictions are down 81 percent.

$2,000

Estimated amount of a single arrest…

more »
Baked Goods
Getting an edibles education

The first time I ate a pot brownie, I was cautioned by the chef to not consume more than one.
“These are strong, and if you’re not used to the body high, it can be overwhelming,” she said, handing over a medium-sized portion of the sweet treat.
I’m glad I listened to my friend.…

more »
The Form of Reform
New federal directives may challenge state marijuana initiatives

A new administration has restated its opposition to marijuana use and offered an ominous warning about state-level marijuana legalization efforts, suggesting that such policies would open states to potential repercussions from the federal government. Washington’s system of legalized…

more »
Events
Today
Eat Local Month

10:00am|Whatcom County

Vendovi Tours

10:00am|Vendovi Island

Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

Bringing Memoir Alive

5:00pm|Village Books

Art Uncorked!

5:00pm|Windows on the Bay

Jazz Jam

5:30pm|Illuminati Brewing

Pub Run

6:00pm|BBay Running

Healthy Meal Planning

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

Cruisin' the Fossils Coastline with Ray Troll

7:00pm|Village Books

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Zambia Travelogue

7:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

La Cage Aux Folles

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Sh*tty Ted Talks

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

The Wind in the Willows

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

CW Survey 1
Tomorrow
Eat Local Month

10:00am|Whatcom County

Vendovi Tours

10:00am|Vendovi Island

Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

La Cage Aux Folles

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

The Wind in the Willows

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Fall Garage Sale

9:00am|Skagit Valley Fairgrounds

Coffee Tasting

3:00pm|Camber Cafe

Food Not Bombs

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Museum Advocates Tag Sale

5:00pm|Syre Education Center

Family Story Night

6:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Commercial Street Night Market

6:00pm|Commercial Street

International Day of Peace Community Dinner

6:00pm|Majestic

Farm Tunes

6:00pm|BelleWood Acres

Banned Books Week Kickoff

6:30pm

John Whelan, Hayley Richardson

7:00pm|Littlefield Celtic Center

African Children's Choir

7:00pm|Leopold Crystal Ballroom

Anna's Home

7:00pm|Village Books

Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven

Courthouse Comedy

8:00pm|Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse

Internetland

9:00pm|Upfront Theatre

CW Survey2 Trove Web
Saturday
Eat Local Month

10:00am|Whatcom County

Vendovi Tours

10:00am|Vendovi Island

Boating Center Open

10:00am|Community Boating Center

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

The Wind in the Willows

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

La Cage Aux Folles

7:30pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Fall Garage Sale

9:00am|Skagit Valley Fairgrounds

Museum Advocates Tag Sale

5:00pm|Syre Education Center

Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven

Internetland

9:00pm|Upfront Theatre

American Legion Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #154

Anacortes Farmers Market

9:00am|Depot Arts Center

Queens of Dirt Mountain Bike Race

9:00am| Lake Padden Park

Mount Vernon Farmers Market

9:00am|Riverwalk Park

Twin Sisters Market

9:00am|Nugent's Corner, North Fork Library

Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival

9:00am|Christianson's Nursery

Community Cider Press

10:00am|Chuckanut Center

Kitchen Cutlery Class

10:00am|Blaine Library

Blaine Gardeners Market

10:00am|H Street Plaza

From Weapons to Art

10:00am| Gentry House

Lynden Farmers Market

10:00am|Centennial Park

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am| Depot Market Square

Museum Day Live!

10:00am|Whatcom Museum, Lynden Pioneer Museum, Skagit County Historical Museum, and Bellingham Railway Museum

Sumas Writers Group

10:00am|Sumas Library

Fall Into the Holidays

10:00am|Birch Bay Activity Center

Sundial and Mural Celebration

12:00pm|Ciao Thyme

Fall Bunting Workshop

1:00pm|Blaine Library

Lynden Cemetery Tour

1:00pm|Lynden Cemetery

Trial Vineyard Open House

1:00pm|Cloud Mountain Farm Center

The Politics of Conservation

2:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Nooksack River Walk

3:00pm|Horseshoe Bend Trailhead

Artist Talk with Allen Moe

4:00pm|i.e. gallery

Kulshan CLT Community Party

5:00pm|Boundary Bay Brewery

Fall Demo Derby

6:30pm|NW Washington Fairgrounds

Lake Memoir

7:00pm|Village Books

Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven

Contra Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Songs of the Salish Sea

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

The Official Blues Brothers Revue

7:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Stories of the Salish Sea

7:30pm| Lummi Island Library

Catching up with Elwood and Jake

7:30pm

see our complete calendar »

Village Books CW Survey 1 Trove Web Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Blue Brothers CW Survey2