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Our Top Canna-Crushes of 2017

As we celebrate this Valentine’s Day, it’s once again time to fan ourselves and send a little love to our favorite canna-cuties. These men and women are swoon-worthy advocates who have proven time and again that they’re willing to take a stand for cannabis, no matter the consequences. This year’s batch of canna-crushes are more than just easy on the eyes – they’re strong advocates with knowledge to boot. Don’t underestimate this group – they just might be the future of legalization.

Erin Goodwin

(Erin Goodwin/Twitter)(Erin Goodwin/Twitter)

You might not know her name, but if you’re familiar with cannabis, and particularly with cannabis in Canada, you’ll surely recognize this lady from the now-iconic photo taken of a smiling Goodwin, holding up a peace sign, even in handcuffs. A co-owner of Cannabis Culture in Toronto, Goodwin was on staff when the first of many raids occurred on Queen Street.

Cannabis Culture is part of a franchise owned by Marc and Jodie Emery, known the Prince and Princess of Pot, who have committed to selling cannabis to anyone who is of legal age, regardless of whether or not they carry a medical cannabis authorization. Their commitment is in response to the Canadian administration’s declaration to legalize cannabis – eventually. Legalization is presumed to be on the horizon for this spring, but Cannabis Culture, along with Ms. Goodwin, will continue to defy the law in protest until the government changes its ways.

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Stephanie Heart Viskovich

(Stephanie Heart Viskovich/Facebook)(Stephanie Heart Viskovich/Facebook)

Stephanie Viskovich is relatively new to the congressional scene, having run as a Libertarian candidate for Washington’s District 46a, but this media darling has been on the Washington cannabis scene for years. She was the Senior Founding Director for the Cannabis Action Coalition, co-founder of the Association for Safe Access Points, and a member of MJBA and WA NORML. Not only that, but this state-savvy cannabis activist was also the campaign manager for Initiative 1372, a measure designed to protect medical cannabis patients in the state of Washington during the transition from medical to adult-use. This tireless champion will continue to pursue cannabis rights – right into our cannabis-loving hearts.

Rick Steves

(Elaine Thompson/AP)(Elaine Thompson/AP)

Everyone’s favorite travel guru has been a vehement supporter of cannabis legalization, even going so far as to contribute his own hard-earned cash to not only help his home state of Washington legalize, he forked over $100,000 to help the legalization campaign in Massachusetts. This handsome devil also set out on the road in Maine to spread the good word on cannabis, and he matched donations in the state dollar for dollar up to $50,000. As a dashing and debonair cannabis connoisseur, Mr. Steves has helped paved the way for legalization with class and grace.

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Amanda Reiman

(Amanda Reiman/Facebook)(Amanda Reiman/Facebook)

Amanda Reiman is a pillar of the cannabis community in the best possible way. She worked for the Drug Policy Alliance as the California Policy Manager, and served as Medical Cannabis Commission for the City of Berkeley.

Aside from being high on our list of canna-crushes, Ms. Reiman is an incredibly intelligent and accomplished lady. She has studied racial disparities in cannabis arrests, social benefits of legalized cannabis, controlled studies on the effects of medical marijuana, and her findings have been presented at conferences worldwide. Ms. Reiman is now on the education circuit, spreading her wealth of knowledge at UC Berkeley on Substance Abuse and LGBTQ Studies.

Earl Blumenauer

(Rick Bowmer/AP)(Rick Bowmer/AP)

The squeaky-clean, Mr. Rogers-inspired look might not do it for everyone, but there’s no denying that this legislator is a champion for the cannabis cause. He has introduced countless bills to help shape cannabis policy in his home state of Oregon, and it was his influence that led the state to legalization. Clad in a bowtie and a bicycle pin, Blumenthal’s good-natured and inspired approach to sensible cannabis policy reform is enough to make any cannabis activist weak in the knees.

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Wanda James

(Wanda James/Women Gro)(Wanda James/Women Gro)

Wanda James seems an unlikely cannabis advocate. She is a former Navy Lieutenant and she served on President Obama’s 2008 Finance Committee. And then, in 2009, she and her husband opened the first-ever black-owned dispensary in Colorado.

James’ journey was inspired by a deeply personal motivation – her younger brother. She didn’t meet her brother until she was 35 years old, but discovered that he had been arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the possession of 4.5 ounces of cannabis. He was just 17 years old, but he spent four long years picking cotton in Texas for the crime of cannabis possession. Ms. James was inspired to join the legalization fight and has already made history, and she’s definitely earned a place in our hearts.

George Zimmer

(Ben Margot/AP)(Ben Margot/AP)

George Zimmer is easily the most well-dressed canna-cutie on our list. He was the spokesmen for the Men’s Wearhouse for 40 years, and with a perfectly tailored suit, we listened to his gravelly, pitch-perfect voice as he guaranteed us that we’re gonna like the way we look.

After a split with the company, Zimmer came forward with the revelation that he has been a cannabis enthusiast since the 1960’s and that cannabis helped him beat his alcohol addiction. Now he has joined the legalization movement, speaking at cannabis conferences about his experiences and donating to help legalization initiatives. This is one dapper chap we’d love to chill with – we guarantee it.

Elizabeth Warren

(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Elizabeth Warren has been all over the news lately, and while her political views might be far from your own, there’s no denying that she has been a true defender of cannabis. She maintains that cannabis could help end the opioid crisis in America, and has repeatedly urged Congress to reform federal banking laws to allow cannabis businesses access to banking services.

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With the new administration coming to town, Sen. Warren made it clear that she would not be backing down, asking tough questions of the new Head of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price. Her stance on cannabis legalization has evolved as well, from opposing outright legalization to recognizing the benefits and keeping an open mind. Considering this canna-crush may be a force to contend with in the coming years, it’s a good feeling having her on our side.

420-Friendly Dating Ideas for Valentine’s Day

If you’re tired of the stereotypical Valentine’s Day dinner date, this list of unconventional, cannabis-friendly date ideas is for you! Don’t forget, you don’t have to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. You can pick a different date and celebrate when there are fewer crowds and less overall commercialism. That’s the best part of being a grown up – you get to make your own rules!

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Mild dates are great for new relationships, for people who are more shy or introverted, and for those with a limited budget. Moderate dates are more active and get you out of the house doing interesting activities together. And wild dates include some sexy times to get you away from your typical sexual routine. Without further ado…

4/20-Friendly Dating: Mild Ideas

Pouring red wine in glasses

  • Plan an elaborate in-home dining experience. You might choose to make a small sampling of each of your favorite foods and then have a picnic in your living room, or get more elaborate and make a multi-course infused meal. Go pro and pair specific cannabis strains with each food or course to enhance the flavor and help you both feel relaxed and connected.

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  • Have a Skype/FaceTime/Google Hangouts date. Maybe you live long distance, or maybe you’re in a non-monogamous relationship and your partner is spending V-Day with another lover. Dress up like you’re going out and then get on video chat together! Pair this date with a nice balanced hybrid that’s not overly chatty but allows you to feel more grounded and connected. I like OG Kush for virtual dates.

4/20-Friendly Dating: Moderate Ideas

Strong young couple doing acroyoga workout

  • Attend a sexuality workshop together. Stores all over the country offer free or low-cost workshops, or you can take one online! Passionate U offers paid (but inexpensive) video content taught by some fantastic sex educators. Let each person pick a topic that they want to learn about, and watch it together. Afterward, talk about what you each liked and how you see that new knowledge impacting your relationship. Sharing a joint or puffing on a vape pen beforehand will help you loosen up and think outside the box.
  • Couples ganja yoga. Ideally you’d live close enough to San Francisco to attend Dee Dussault’s tantra-inspired yoga class. It’s BYO bud, so choose something that will help relax your body and quiet your mind so you can be fully present. If you can’t attend a class in person due to proximity, do it at home! There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing basic couples yoga poses.
  • Volunteer, go to a protest, or otherwise do activist work. In trying times, people can feel powerless. Using the “day of love” as a way to tie together your passion for one another and your commitment to the kinds of social change – such as cannabis legalization – that you want to see in the world can be a powerfully unifying experience. Additionally, meeting other like-minded folks can make you feel like you’re part of something bigger.

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4/20-Friendly Dating: Wild Ideas

Chocolate Swirl

  • DIY chocolate body paint. Painting swirls or loving (perhaps naughty) words on your partner’s body with chocolate and then licking it off? Yes, please! Begin by laying down a large sheet or old blanket. This will get messy! Buy new small paintbrushes and melt the chocolate of your choice with a bit of coconut oil (cannabis-infused, if you like) and place in a metal bowl inside a small crock pot to keep it warm and flowing. Take turns painting one another or have a full-on chocolate battle! Be careful not to get chocolate anywhere near the vulva – sugar and vulvas do not mix. Afterward, hit the showers to clean up any remaining chocolate. Pair this with a fun and playful strain like Bubblegum Kush.
  • Have a virtual threesome. This is for the especially adventurous. Together with your partner, get onto a webcam model website. Some examples are MyFreeCams and Streamate. Essentially, you pay someone with a webcam to perform in some way – either with a show, or some kind of specific interaction. Here’s where it gets fun. Instead of watching the model perform, you can ask them to tell you and your partner what to do to each other. I spoke a friend who is a cam model and she said that she gets this request with surprising frequency. She coaches couples through kissing and foreplay and then usually they go off on their own. This can be a fun way to bring another person into the mix in a way that feels safe even for a monogamous relationship. Enjoying an edible beforehand will help loosen you up and heighten the physical pleasure of the experience.

What are some of your favorite marijuana-friendly date ideas? We’d love to hear how you’re going to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember!

Cannabis-Infused Recipes for a Romantic Valentine’s Dinner

If you’ve ever been to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day, you know what a headache it can be. Reservations made weeks (sometimes months) in advance, slow service, crowded parking lots – it’s a chore. It’s no surprise that some couples opt to stay home and cook for each other rather than battling the legions of lovesick couples. If you’re culinarily inclined and in a cannabis-friendly partnership, make your sweetie a Valentine’s Day meal they’ll love (almost) as much as they love you.

As always with edibles, start low and go slow! Microdosing can be as satisfying as going whole hog, so don’t feel like you have to infuse all three courses in order to make it special. One friend of mine suggests only infusing the appetizer so that when it comes time for the entree and dessert, your taste buds will be on cloud nine. And if you find CBD-infused oil at a dispensary (or make your own from a high-CBD strain) you can just as easily enjoy this infused meal without any psychoactive effects.

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To begin, you’ll need to be honest with yourself about your cooking prowess – for instance, if you tend to burn water, you may be better off choosing something pre-made. There’s absolutely no shame in that, and the bonus is that you know you’re getting precise doses (as opposed to trying to calculate the potency of your homemade version, which can be tricky). One great and easy way to do this is with a box of infused chocolates; options such as this sampler from California’s To Whom It May let you choose your own dosage ranging from 2.5 to 45 milligrams, thus customizing your experience.

For those who are confident in the kitchen, one of the simplest ways to add cannabis to a meal is with cannabis-infused cooking oil. Coconut oil and olive oil are the most commonly used and are highly recommended, but canola oil is a good option if you’ll be cooking with higher heat.

The following appetizer and entrée incorporate cannabis-infused cooking oil, while the dessert uses infused dark chocolate bars. To make non-infused versions of any or all of them, simply switch out the infused ingredient for its non-infused counterpart!

Marijuana-Infused Balsamic-Mushroom Bruschetta Appetizer Recipe

Cannabis-Infused Chicken Parmesan with Pasta Entree Recipe

Marijuana-Infused "No-Bake" Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

Note: The amounts of cannabis cooking oil and chocolate specified in these recipes is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your oil and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

Infused ‘No Bake’ Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

For the perfect romantic dessert, I consulted an expert: LA based Chef Keira Sumimoto of The CannabisPot. She says, “This is a fun and easy recipe to make for or with your lover. A ‘no bake’ dark chocolate raspberry cheesecake, with each piece around five milligrams, is the perfect dessert to celebrate the day of love!”

Start to finish: 6 hours (1 hour active)

Ingredients:

  • 20-25 Oreo cookies (pick your favorite flavor)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 ½ cups cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 triangles (40 milligrams) of DÉFONCÉ Dark or your favorite infused dark chocolate bar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon powered sugar (optional, for decorating)
  • 1 ½ cup raspberries (optional, for decorating)

Directions (bottom layer):

  1. Lightly grease a 9-inch springform baking pan.
  2. Put the Oreo cookies in a food processor or blender and pulse until they are fine cookie crumbles.
  3. Melt the butter and add to food processor or blender, pulsing until the cookie crumbles resemble wet sand. Pour the Oreo mixture into your springform pan and press down firmly, forming an even layer. Refrigerate for an hour.

Directions (top layer):

  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl; beat until smooth and creamy.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream until it forms soft peaks.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips and infused dark chocolate for 20 seconds at a time. Stir until smooth. Add to your cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth.
  4. Gently fold the chocolate cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream. Pour the chocolate cream cheese mixture into the springform pan and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  5. Decorating is up to you! You can add a layer of raspberries on top, dust each slice with powdered sugar, top with more melted chocolate, or all the above!

Note: The amounts of cannabis-infused chocolate specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your oil and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

Infused Balsamic-Mushroom Bruschetta Recipe

This easy cannabis appetizer recipe, adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod, combines a holy trinity of qualities: it looks fancy, it’s super-fast, and it’s fuss-free. Enjoy!

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups mushrooms, sliced into ¼ inch slices (I like Baby Portabella)
  • 3 teaspoons cannabis-infused olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Half clove of garlic
  • A loaf of crusty bread, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons non-infused olive oil, for sautéing

Directions:

  1. Heat the non-infused olive oil in large frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Toss mushrooms into pan and sauté quickly, about a minute or two.
  2. Add the balsamic, then stir for another 30 seconds or so to let the balsamic thicken.
  3. Add thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Toast the bread and rub each piece lightly with garlic. Drizzle infused olive oil over each slice of bread.
  5. Cover each slice of bread with the mushroom mixture and serve immediately.

Note: The amounts of cannabis cooking oil specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your oil and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

Infused Chicken Parmesan and Pasta Recipe

For dinner’s main course, go Italian with a personal family recipe I made for my sweetie the other night: chicken parmesan with pasta, modified to incorporate a small dose of cannabis-infused oil.

Start to finish: 3 hours (45 minutes active)

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg, stirred in a wide bowl
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons infused olive oil
  • Marinara sauce (homemade is best but grab a jar if that’s easier)
  • 1 pound pasta (I used penne but choose the shape you like best)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese per chicken breast

Directions:

  1. A few hours prior to the start of your meal, brine the chicken. Combine salt and sugar with cold water, stir to dissolve, and add the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to three hours.
  2. About 45 minutes from when you want to have dinner, remove the chicken from the brine and dry with a paper towel.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  4. Assemble your flour, egg wash, and breadcrumbs. Dip the chicken in flour first, then egg, then breadcrumbs.
  5. Once the chicken is breaded, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick frying pan.
  6. Place the chicken into the hot oil and bring to a golden brown on both sides (this will not cook the chicken the whole way through, you’re just looking for a golden crust). When both sides are golden brown, remove the chicken from the oil and place on paper towels.
  7. Spread ¼ inch of marinara sauce at the bottom of a 9” x 13” rectangular pan. Place chicken breasts onto the sauce and cover with more sauce, then cover each chicken breast with parmesan cheese.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165˚F. While the chicken is baking, cook the pasta until it’s al dente, strain, and set aside.
  9. Remove chicken from oven and serve immediately over pasta.

Note: The amounts of cannabis cooking oil specified in this recipe is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your oil and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.