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Cannabis Goes Beyond Organic in California’s Wine Country

DAVID DOWNS January 11, 2019 More and more consumers want cannabis grown under full sun, in the soil, using organic nutrients. They think it tastes and feels better than lamp-grown, synthetically fertilized plants grown indoors. Meeting that demand is a new generation of so-called “Demeter”-certified “biodynamic” cannabis farms. They submit to repeat inspections and pay […]

Sonoma County’s 2018 cannabis harvest small, but much better than last year

JULIE JOHNSON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | November 27, 2018, 9:27PM   A cloudy summer and an early rain hampered Sonoma County’s 2018 outdoor cannabis haul, but the mood remained optimistic among growers one year after major wildfires marred the newly regulated crop’s harvest. By this time in the growing season, the marijuana plants have been […]

THE FUTURE OF SONOMA VALLEY AG?

 VOMMAG NOVEMBER 16, 2018VOL. 4 ISSUE 6 Story Jonah Raskin Photos Steven Krause   There isn’t a family in Sonoma Valley that doesn’t have a family tree, though some families have deeper roots than others. The Gordenkers’ family history in Sonoma Valley goes back to 1885, when Olga and Vladimir arrived from Russia, rolled up their […]

SPARC TO RELEASE DEMETER CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC BLACK LIGHT AND PURPLE PUNCH CANNABIS STRAINS FROM THEIR GLEN ELLEN FARM, ON NOVEMBER 19

Rohnert Park, CA. – November 14, 2018 – A leader in California cannabis known for its dispensary outlets as well as for its farming practices, SPARC is pleased to announce the release of its first Demeter Certified biodynamically farmed strains. Biodynamic agriculture is an ecological farming system that views the farm as a self-contained and […]

A Day in the Life of a Cannabis Lounge

David Downs September 6, 2018 The morning sun barely clears the Berkeley hills east of the San Francisco Bay today, yet the Volcano vaporizers are already warm at the public cannabis lounges across the region. Over at Barbary Coast Collective on Mission St. in San Francisco, the staff sets out cleaned ashtrays and psychedelic silicone […]

Cheap cannabis products available before new California rules kick in

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  Christine Brizendine buys products from Dannie Holzer (right) at a Sparc dispensary in San Francisco. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle A bonanza of cheap marijuana is flooding the market this week as growers, manufacturers and retailers unload excess cannabis in preparation for the enforcement of strict testing and packaging regulations that are […]

Back to business as usual for pot farm

Timing is everything. It was the worst kind of timing on Oct. 8 when the Nuns Fire raged through the Gordenker Ranch property where SPARC, a San Francisco-based marijuana collective, leases growing acreage. In October, a good percentage of the crop had been picked and stored on site, awaiting transport to East Bay processing facilities […]

The Dawn of a New 420

To celebrate California’s first fully legal 420, San Francisco dispensaries turned to vinyl and drag queens. Zack Ruskin Wed Apr 25th, 2018 2:15pm Chem Tales For many pot enthusiasts, 420 will always be a day to gather with hundreds of fellow stoners and smoke a truly staggering amount of cannabis. However, for dispensaries, the occasion […]

SPARC X JAZZ DISPENSARY: PRIVATE STOCK SERIES

April 18, 2018 · by fleamarketfunk · in 45 RPM, Vinyl Records This year 420 falls on a Friday, which is good for lots of people. It’s also good for this collaboration between SPARC and the Jazz Dispensary, which looks to be a wonderful match for a day like this, not coincidentally the day before RSD 2018. For those not in the know, […]

North Bay pot farm presses forward after devastating fire

By Laura Anthony Wednesday, April 11, 2018 GLEN ELLEN, Calif. (KGO) — The North Bay fires were devastating for homeowners and businesses. That includes some of the area’s cannabis growers. “This barn went twice as far, all the way down to that hay and then there was a whole ‘nother barn over here the same size.” […]