‘I Can Still Do That Foundation’ & Tom Pacheco Premiere “Freida’s Secret Garden”

Shot in Humboldt County, the video uses local talent and filmmakers to promote cannabis legalization

NEW YORK: The I Can Still Do That Foundation, a New York City-based non-profit whose mission is to connect people so they can share information and empower each generation to teach the others, launched “Freida’s Secret Garden “  a pro-pot music video based on a song by legendary Woodstock singer-songwriter Tom Pacheco.

“The time to end irrational prohibition of cannabis is now,’  Dan Schneider, Executive Director of the Foundation, announced. “With 33 States now recognizing the benefits of medical cannabis and another 11 States legalizing recreational cannabis, a majority of Americans are in favor of legalization and the end of the irrational and Draconian laws which have stifled research on the potential benefits of cannabis. These laws have had a disparate impact on people of color and restoration of civil rights to those who have been adversely affected is also required to promote equity. The patchwork of irrational and inconsistent federal and state laws must end and the federal law must allow these now legal business to access the federal banking system to that black market producers of questionable products can be replaced by healthy and tested, legal cannabis and CBD products.”

“We want to thank advisor Lelehnia DuBois and her friends in the Humboldt County for helping us make the new music video,” Schneider said. “You can see the new video here in a sneak peek. Please share it with friends. We are trying to help Tom get the recognition he deserves as a legendary singer/songwriter who has written songs for Bob Dylan, The Band, Jefferson Starship, and others. He has a music publishing catalogue of more than 500 songs; “Freida’s” is just one of many great ones.

Still Do That advisor, Curved Papers Founder Michael O’Malley, said, “This song and video bring together the West Coast and East Coast hippie vibes – from Humboldt County to Woodstock – that have given rise to the contemporary cannabis legalization movement. Call it Cannafest Destiny. The fun, the healing compassion and sensible restoration of marijuana’s rightful place in society are all captured humorously in Tom’s lyric and rocking rhythm.

David Rheins, founder of the Marijuana Business Association and Still Do That Advisor agreed: “Marijuana has gone mainstream, and the mainstream media is now getting hip to the power of the plant and the amazing possibilities that legalization brings.  Through the work of artists and activists like  Tom Pacheco,  we are raising cannabis consciousness, and dispelling the dangerous myths and harmful policies of prohibition.”

Still Do That Advisor Melissa Gibson, founder of Hemp and Humanity said, “This folksy and campy musical send-up to the authentic cannabis lifestyle pays homage to the plant, place and people who have championed it for generations. As marijuana use reaches a tipping point in mainstream acceptance, and the cannabis industry has attracted big business, Tom Pacheco take us back to the root(s) of this plant and its essential spirit of connecting humans with one another. What Frieda and her happy, hippy grandson Paul know, is that cannabis has the power to heal, clothe, feed, house, fuel and sustain human’s ability to live on this earth. And that’s worth singing about.”

Still Do That Advisor Lelehnia DuBois, cannabis community advocate and Sensi Magazine publisher, who co-produced the video and played the title role of Freida added, “I come from a culture of Frieda’s. It felt like she was my own mother. It was an honor to play the role”

According to Schneider, an entertainment lawyer by trade, the Foundation plans to produce a weekly TV news series called, “High Hopes”,  to educate people on the history, legal issues, health issues, science and finance surrounding the booming legal cannabis industry.  “We may even use Tom Pacheco’s song as a theme song for our TV series,” Schneider said. “We are currently looking for partners and sponsors for the series and are particularly interested in pro-cannabis celebrities to help demystify the stigma surrounding cannabis.”

WATCH: Alexa And Siri Star In Hilarious New Parody.

Campaign Promotes the National Day of Unplugging 

What if, instead of answering every command, Siri and Alexa encouraged you to try and figure out a few things…yourself? That’s the premise of the humorous new parody which encourages us to rely less on our digital devices, and “Use It Or Lose It.” Award-winning filmmakers Michael Stusser and Marty Riemer (“Sleeping with Siri”) collaborated on the video to coincide with the National Day of Unplugging (March 1st).

“We wanted to do something fun to bring attention to the National Day of Unplugging,” notes Stusser. “I think the notion of having our “Smart Devices” push back a little bit – “Stop asking so many stupid questions!” is a crack-up. It’s the idea that, If you Google everything, you won’t remember anything.”

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In the faux-commercial, a man (Stusser) is gently coaxed by his various Digital Assistants to try and use his own cognitive skills – so as to continue to sharpen his memory, math skills and sense of direction. The video pokes fun at how reliant we’ve all become on our newfangled smart “assistants” for even the most simple tasks, and warns of the potential for “digital dementia.”

“The main goal of these projects – tech timeouts and digital blackouts – is just to get people thinking about ways to find balance,” states journalist Stusser. “It’s fine to use Siri to call for reservations, or have Alexa order more toilet paper. But, every once in a while, calculate a tip on your own, or try and remember your Mom’s phone number. If you want to go really crazy – how about committing to a device-free dinner?!”

The filmmakers’ documentary “Sleeping with Siri” illustrated the importance of finding balance in an era of digital madness, and won a variety of film festival awards (including The American Documentary Film Festival, Big Easy, and Hollywood Film Fest).  After the success of the doc, the team created The Tech Timeout Academic Challenge, a program which asks young people to set aside their digital devices for up to a week in order to understand and appreciate concepts like using the library, playing board games, and finding your own way home. The program has been conducted in over 1,000 schools across the country, and is the basis for an upcoming follow-up documentary.

Journalist Michael A. Stusser has written for mental_floss, the New York Times, Village Voice and Seattle Weekly. His “Digital Madness”column appears in the Good Men Project. He is also the author of The Dead Guy Interviews (Penguin USA). Marty Riemer, who did the post-production and direction for the video, runs Twisted Scholar, an educational production company. The cinematographer for the “Use It Or Lose It” video is Mark Goodnow, of The Production Foundry.

“Use It Or Lose It” drops in advance of The National Day of Unplugging – which is on Friday, March 1st and 2nd. Now in its 10th year, this tech-free holiday consists of a 24 hour period from sundown to sundown, to unplug, unwind, relax and do things other than using technology, electronics, and social media. The idea is to disconnect (for a while) from digital devices, and connect with ourselves and our loved ones in real time. 

In the real world, of course, Siri and Alexa will not encourage you to unplug anything. Finding tech-free moments, digital blackouts and screen-free time will only come about by creating those moments for ourselves, one hour at a time, one day at a time. So, why not start now? Why not try the National Day of Unplugging? The mind is like a muscle: Use it… or lose it.

Cannabis Industry Ambassador-At-Large: Jake The Professor’s Weekend Unlimited

By Jake The Professor

I am so privileged to be able to attend some of the cannabis industry’s top events.  As a rule, Cannabis Industry professionals are eager to support of our industry, our peers,  and even our competitors to some measure. We attend events honoring outstanding individuals, and enjoy participating with our industry associations, like the MJBA and Cannabis Alliance. These grassroots events more often than not turn into a big party. We see the best events as happenings — reunions of industry leaders and professionals coming together to learn, celebrate and plan our next battle. 

As I mentioned in my last Cannabis Industry Ambassador-At-Large column, the Seattle 4/20 Celebrations were the most spectacular ever. It was a weekend unlimited in its grandeur to be sure. 

Weekend Unlimited is a lifestyle brand. Bridging lifestyle with Cannabis. Weekend Unlimited is about life's highs, anytime and anywhere.

Weekend Unlimited is a lifestyle brand. Bridging lifestyle with Cannabis. Weekend Unlimited is about life’s highs, anytime and anywhere.


Jake The Professor was honored to be a featured presenter at last weekend’s Bongzilla event in Seattle.   Showcasing amazing glass art — including huge Godzilla sized bongs by Jason Harris of Jerome Baker Designs — the gala was sponsored by Weekend Unlimited and Leafly. 

The 420 weekend event included lots of fire

The 4/20 weekend event included lots of fire

The 4/20 weekend event was filled with fire (the kind that melts glass), and some things called Glory Holes and Kilns. There was plenty of open flames, with fire shooting from the torches used to shape and temper the glass.  The thing about Glass Artists is that they all move very quickly in a orchestrated chaos of fire. The nature of the glass artist is to move in a hurry. For one thing, the glass they are working with is extremely hot. From when we were children, we all learned to move fast when fire is involved.  But the main reason is that hot glass cools quickly, and must be shaped hot before it cools and won’t form correctly, or worse breaks. 

Come see Big Green and Jake The Professor at Diego Pellicer Seattle

Come see Big Green and Jake The Professor at Diego Pellicer Seattle

The conductor overseeing the organized chaos of this active working industrial hot glass shop was Jerome Baker Design’s Jason Harris.   Jason invited artists from around the West Coast, who gathered Friday in a rented studio in the shadow of the Space Needle in a collaborative effort to build a 24-foot bong, nicknamed Bongzilla.

“Essentially this is the Freedom Bong,” head glass blower Charles Lowrie told me. Once assembled this larger-than-life Art Glass exhibit will displayed in Las Vegas at the new Cannabis Museum in July. It’s creators believe Bongzilla to be the world’s largest functional bong.


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Our good friends from Cannabition were on hand with video cameras to document the scene. Also on hand were the local press, including The Seattle Times, KING 5, Northwest Leaf and DOPE Magazine.

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One of the more interesting things I witnessed was a an artist who had lost his daughter when she died giving birth. He incorporated her ashes into a 24 foot memorial bong. It was quite moving for all of us who witnessed this.

Another highlight for me was when Chef Jeremy Cooper arrived with a couple of boxes of his delightful artisan chocolates. These delicately-crafted confections are made with the very best chocolate — and for this occasion were made with CBD and terpenes for a unique and effective product. They were a big hit and fit right in with Weekend Unlimited’s, unlimited weekend event. 

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The Dab Doctor was in the house, and really big impression with all who participated.  Accompanied by Chef Jeremy Cooper, the Dab Doctor showed up with a slab of shatter about the size of a pizza! In fact that’s how it was presented — in a large size pizza box. The Dab Doctor soon set up two electric dab rigs and we were Unlimited Dabbing all the do da day.

Many of the industry professionals I see routinely stopped by to get a gander of real Dale Chihuly style big glass art. There were a dozen glass artist actively working very hard for 12 hours strait four days in a row. If you are thinking about becoming a glass artist, start small. This “Big Glass” is definitely not for the beginner. Many of these professional glass artist work with Dale Chihuly. 

It was great to see so many industry friends turn out for the “Big Bongzilla Event.”  Everyone it turns out likes big bongs.  We even put one of the Giants on display at Diego Pellicer.  I call it “Big Green”. 

Big Green On Display at Diego Pellicer Seattle

Big Green On Display at Diego Pellicer Seattle

Please come  by and check out Big Green at Diego Pellicer, 2215 4th Ave South,  Seattle Washington, and snap an Instagram with Jake The Professor.

Hip-Hop Artist Trae Tha Truth Brings Original Animated Comedy Series To 420TV

CALIFORNIA: 420TV, a cannabis news, entertainment and lifestyle VOD channel set to launch in early 2018, has announced a programming deal with hip-hop recording artist Trae tha Truth to develop 10 all-new episodes of the original animated comedy series based loosely on the rapper’s own life. 420TV has also acquired the library of 30 existing episodes.

“Trae tha Truth,” produced by White Oak Music Group, follows the adventures of Trae as he dispenses his unique brand of comedy and wisdom to a clique of colorful insiders – Grey, Jay’ton, Boss, Purpa and Birdfeed. The series is voiced by Trae, along with help from his influencer friends and fellow rappers. Among the VIP guest voices are Snoop Dogg, Marlon Wayans, Riff Raff, Omar Epps and B-Real.

“After my team and I met with the 420TV team, we knew that a partnership with them would be a great thing,” said Trae. “We look forward to continuing this amazing ride on the Cannabis movement wave. Thankfully, I’ve been given a lot of freedom with my show, and fans will be rewarded with more Trae tha Truth content that they love, back at it, in a fresh, all-new season.”

“Beyond the hilarity of Trae’s adventures is the story of a true survivor who overcame challenge after challenge navigating the streets of Houston on his way to greatness,” said Alex Nahai, a 420TV partner, who facilitated the deal. “This series is really funny, but also from the heart of an incredibly talented, creative and generous man. We are thrilled at the chance to work with Trae in bringing his series to 420TV.”

Jerrick Media Launches Marijuana Lifestyle Vertical “Potent”

NEW JERSEY: Jerrick Media, a digital media and technology company focused on the development and marketing of branded digital content and e-commerce properties, announced today the launch of Potent, a new marijuana themed vertical.

Potent is a platform exploring the marijuana lifestyle and cannabis culture in an educated and informative fashion. The launch of Jerrick Media’s fourth vertical on its CMP Vocal, Potent has premiered Baked: Cooking with Mary Jean as its first digital series.  Baked, which was produced in Canada by LadyPants Productions, features Vancouver personality, pin-up model, and cannabis expert, Mary Jean Dunsdon, in a cooking show with one special ingredient: cannabis. This is the first digital series released through the Jerrick Media and LadyPants Productions collaboration. Baked is exclusively sponsored by Phant Extracts, aVancouver based company specializing in premium extracts.

Jerrick Media also released Baked: A Marijuana Cookbook in conjunction with the release of the digital series on Potent. The cookbook is the third in Jerrick Media’s canon of publishing, following The Mind’s Eye: The Art of OMNI and No One’s Pet: The Autobiography of Sheila Kennedy.

Commenting on the launch of Potent, Jerrick Media CEO Jeremy Frommer said, The launch of Potent, coupled with the premier of Baked, is another significant step forward for us in demonstrating the power of our platform and the value of our growing portfolio of digital media properties.  The Baked project has already paid for itself through presold advertising and sponsorship, placing us in a solid position with unlimited future upside from the start.  We look forward to building the Potent vertical as we continue to create a unique C2C platform with our thought provoking digital content.”

Jerrick Media is a digital media and technology company co-founded by former RBC Capital Markets Executive and Wall Street veteran, Jeremy Frommer, and his long time friend and business partner, movie and television producer, Rick Schwartz, whose credits include Black Swan, The Departed, and the Spike TV Series Lip Sync Battle.

Soap Lake, WA Resident Petitions Council To Embrace Marijuana Culture

WASHINGTON: A Soap Lake resident is petitioning the city council to embrace marijuana culture and bring marijuana-related businesses into the city.

Gary Gregg spoke to the council Wednesday night, asking the council members to consider taking advantage of legislation that permits and regulates the production, distribution and possession of marijuana for people 21 and over in Washington State.

“What I would like to talk to you guys about is the opportunity that Soap Lake has that, quite frankly, it will never happen in any of our lifetimes, if ever again. That is the chance to get this place into a bustling town. A place that we all envision it to be,” Gregg told the council. “And that is the idea of embracing something that would not cost us virtually any money. And that is the marijuana culture that is going on in this state, Colorado and across the country.”

Vancouver City Council Passes Controversial Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulations

CANADA:  Vancouver City Councillors voted in favour of new rules to regulate the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries today, despite threats from the federal government and controversy about certain provisions in the regulations.

Councillors – who unanimously supported the concept of legal medical marijuana storefronts – voted 8 to 3 in support of the new rules that, if enforced, would mean the closure of many of Vancouver’s estimated 100 dispensaries.

Medical marijuana patients, caregivers and activists who spoke to City Council in public hearings over the last two weeks raised numerous concerns about the new regulations, which would also ban baked marijuana edibles and create a $30,000 licensing fee for stores that make a profit. An amendment to the rules means not-for-profit dispensaries will be charged only $1000.

Some councillors raised concerns about proximity rules that would see many of the current stores shut down and the rules against edibles, but none of them proposed any further amendments, instead voting for or against the rules the way they currently stand.

‘Prince Of Pot’ Website Recommends Marijuana For Pregnant Women

CANADA:  Marc Emery‘s online magazine, Cannabis Culture, encourages marijuana use during pregnancy for relief of nausea, loss of appetite and to help get emotions under control.

“Most studies say cannabis is perfectly safe during pregnancy, but it’s controversial, of course,” said Jodie Emery, Marc’s wife, a well-known marijuana activist who failed in her attempt to run for the Liberal Party.

In an online article, Dr. Kathy Galbraith, known as “Dr. Kate,” writes: “Pot can be safely used during pregnancy, and can help with several of the discomforts/problems associated therewith.

“These types of herbs are special friends to women, because they bring the feminine reproductive system into the correct balance, which definitely helps her pregnancy, and state of mind in general.