Beta Glass Labs: Premium Glass When Only The Best Will Do

Beta Glass-Petra XL


I’m a fanatic for museum quality art glass. The kind that begs conversation over glasses of Barolo wine, caked with sediment from years resting in the cellar. Take me to Venice and turn me loose in the historic glass factories in Murano. They have been hand-blowing fine art glass for hundreds of years in Venice, Italy. I see much symmetry in the highest quality glass designed for the cannabis industry as in the very rare hand-blown, Murano glass. The colors may be a bit different from piece to piece in cannabis glass design, but insofar as the curves and bends of the glass, the new styles of glassware for cannabis rigs mimic the fine glass art that I’ve seen in Italy. Do you think today’s glass blowers studied with the old masters in Italy? I wouldn’t doubt that they’d consider my compliment of their craft, one of the “highest” honors. The Beta Glass Rigs that I was sent for review are as intriguing, in my view, as a several-hundred-year-old Murano glass chandelier.

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Alex Pasternack: Ultra-Ambitious EVP Of Binske

Alex Pasternack EVP Binske

Alex Pasternack EVP Binske

I first met Alex through a close personal friend, who like Alex always seems to be traveling at one thousand miles per hour. Time is what you make of it with the experience of a lifetime unfolding in front of you in real time. Alex Pasternack is on to his newest idea with a pragmatic approach to the classic business model which is geared to his growing success. It would appear that his company, Binske is increasing their metric and raising the bar at the same time. Utter quality leads their ethos of making the very best quality products with authenticity as the rudder. When I discovered Alex was deeply rooted in food history,with his chocolates derived from heirloom ingredients in the Slow Food style, I was immediately a fan. As a trained cook, having started my second career in restaurant kitchens, surrounded by talented flavorists, it wasn’t too far of a leap to include the finest artisan products with my favorite plant. Not a house plant, but a very succinctly raised medicinal one named cannabis. The work that Alex is producing at Binske is as pertinent as anything I’ve ever experienced in my entire 58 years. Alex is going places with Binske. I’m deeply honored to be his friend and hope that these questions along with his thoughtful replies will enlighten your day. Should you be in a place where you can buy Binske, the experience should be intellectually bemusing to say the very least. Cheers to your next success, Alex and the ones that will obviously follow.  WB

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Flowers For Your Father’s Day: The Top Of The House

Casa Humboldt Blueberry Muffin Cultivar

Casa Humboldt Blueberry Muffin Cultivar WARREN BOBROW: IPHONE X

I’ve been traveling all over the West Coast recently, save for Washington State, so my list of the top of the house is far from definitive. My apologies for not including Washington State. I haven’t been in some time. Nor to Colorado, although that journey is coming up. Perhaps I’ll have the opportunity to describe their terroir as well as the ones that I’ve selected. Because of the event, Hall of Flowers, I have been entrusted with the information pertaining to the best flowers of the moment for your dear old dad. This list may be heavy on California. Just how it worked out in this regard.  Your dad has been over-worked and under paid. He has endured yet another circle around the sun with barely anything to show for his top of the house business acumen. It’s time to step up to the plate for him and do something for dad that set your apart from the rest. A list of cannabis flowers along with a couple pre-rolls that I just have to shout about. They are all that good.

Casa Humboldt


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Cleveland Jones: Cannabis Entrepreneur-Mammoth Labs

Cleveland Jones


The phone rang the other day. I didn’t recognize the number, but something told me just to answer it. On the other end was Cleveland Jones. He introduced himself to me in an almost apologetic manner. Would I mind if he gave me his elevator pitch. First of all, most of my pitches are self-generated. I don’t usually accept pitches, and when I do, they are on email. But this was different. I felt a kinship immediately and trust. I wanted to do this piece because I felt this person was on a path to entrepreneurial success. He was unafraid of calling someone out of the blue. The simple act that he picked up the phone, instead of sending an email. That takes guts. Cleveland obviously speaks with a smile, because the smile is what you will feel after you finish reading about him. Cleveland is both intriguing and he’s on a path to success. I’m proud to introduce him to you. Cheers!

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Terroir In Craft Cannabis: Emerald Triangle Fashion

Location: Emerald Exchange office in Mendocino, CA Michael Katz on right, Justin Calvino on the left

Location: Emerald Exchange office in Mendocino, CA
Michael Katz on right, Justin Calvino on the left SAGE CALVINO

I am a fanatic for a little thing named terroir, no not terror, but terroir. In the study of wine, it’s a French word that means quite simply, the taste of the place. The characteristics of the soil, the rock and the drainage. The way of the earth. In ultra-high end cannabis it’s also the taste of the place. Hey, wait a minute, didn’t I just say that in wine that terroir is the French word that describes the taste of the place, yet in cannabis it’s the same thing? Well my friends may I suggest drinking wines from the same regions that cannabis is grown. You’ll be astounded, just like I was when we started discussing appellations and the deeply sensual characteristics of the soil. Who knew that rocks would be sexy? (They are, especially with grape vines struggling out of the crushed stones and crystals. The taste of the place in wine is essential. Just like the difference between pretty label wines and true garragist wines. Then, organically our the conversation leaks into Biodynamics. Did you know that Rudolph Steiner developed the theories of Biodynamics in the late 1800’s? Steiner saw himself as a clairvoyant of the earth. That the soil is a living thing and it requires self-regulating utilizing techniques of a purely organic manner? That different types of organic applications give the soil acidity but others make the soil sing its own song of renewal. That  Biodynamics teach me everything that I need to know about growing vegetables and cannabis. Preferably together, along with wild herbs. The taste of the place, the taste of the soil, the way things are grown. No chemical manipulations or augmentations are allowed, ever. We need to have this conversation about replenishing the soil with nutrients that add balance and structure to the growing process. That outdoor grown cannabis naturally tastes better. Less corporate. More passion. You may disagree with me. That’s fine, the massive cannabis conglomerates are not worried about craft cannabis, just like the massive liquor manufacturers are not worried about craft spirits. They aren’t even on the radar. Sure everyone wants to make money in cannabis. But corporate weed has no place at the craft table, just like speed rack quality whiskey can never be called Straight Bourbon. There is a difference in craft spirits as there is in craft cannabis. I’m absolutely positive that all craft cannabis growers want to earn a good living for their talent. By creating a workable format for an appellation,  these mom, and pop cannabis growers will raise their bar. Initially growers may doubt the path of an appellation, but with quality comes success. And organic success doesn’t have to be corporate run to earn a very fine living for themselves. That’s why in France, where appellations have contributed to the quality of life itself. Not a bad way to become known for utter quality over quantity.

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Five Questions With Sarah Harf: Founder Of Mooncloth Designs

Outdoor: Floor-Pillows Artwork by Ethan Lipsitz

Outdoor: Floor-Pillows Artwork by Ethan Lipsitz DANIEL JOHNSON

I love luxury fabrics and linens. It’s a secret passion of mine, finding the best and enjoying the creativity in the home. Sarah Harf, featured in this piece works with luxury materials. But what would you say if I told you that her luxury materials are from Hemp? No, you can’t get stoned on them if they should burn. My late step-father would always lament that the best sailboat lines were made of hemp, but during his lifetime you couldn’t buy them in the United States because Hemp was illegal. He would buy the lines in place that were under a British flag, like the BVI. The nylon ones didn’t hold up, and when they broke they were impossible to fix at sea. Hemp cordage for yachts not only last a long time, but they are extremely durable in salt water conditions. And should a line break, repairing it is very simple, just tie a knot! The natural fibers of Hemp attach themselves like magic, no fire at sea required to repair a plastic line. Because Hemp is natural and sailing vessels have used Hemp lines for hundreds of years. My step dad used to complain in no uncertain terms that if you put some Hemp sailboat line in a pipe, (and) try to smoke it, all that you’ll get is a headache. So why is it illegal?

The answer to that is in timing. Hemp sailboat lines are now legal, no smoking necessary!  And Hemp fabrics? Durable, colorful and robust. They outlast cotton versions of the same product and they retain their color more vividly than their cotton brethren. Natural fabrics, absolutely, but far more durable than regular cloth. Sarah is on to something here with her brilliant Hemp design company, MoonCloth Designs.

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Steve Gormley: All Business In The Business Of Cannabis

Steve Gormley


Steve Gormley is a no-nonsense, pragmatic and deeply interesting guy. He is a real New Yorker, born and raised out in the Rockaways. To those of us who marvel at the real surfers who ply their craft in sub-freezing temperatures and even colder water, this is the place where you don’t complain about how raw it is outside. Growing up here makes people tough.  But fast forward to the ultra-high end of the cannabis business and it’s all sunshine and palm trees out on the West Coast, far from the jet engine roar of Kennedy Airport.

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Honest Pipes: The Path Pipe: Why You Should Own One

Exploded Pipe


There was the rub, I still love a good old-fashioned pocket pipe to smoke my cannabis throughIt’s part of my culture. As many as I own, there is still room for more if they are simple in design and in function. I still enjoy the slow motion activity of grinding a fancy, outdoor grown nug in my ancient hand grinder and then starting a sesh with this nice bowl that graces the ancient tin-topped table. That first hit into my lungs encapsulates the experience of why I like to smoke the finest cannabis in the world. I’m positive that you would love to know about all the marvelous strains I’ve been enjoying, if I could only remember them all. One I do remember is  from Casa Humboldt. This strain is known as Pineapple Upside Down Cake. And when you open the jar, the aromatics of caramelized pineapple rush up to great your nostrils, thrusting themselves deeply inside your memory of what this strain reminds you of. Was it the rum syrup drizzled over the top of the cake? Each bite bursting in small rewards from the sides of your mouth? This strain has the uncanny ability to bring the aromatics of a well-baked Pineapple Upside Down Cake into the periphery of an ultra-high-end, hand- crafted smoking device. You need to find one of these and master it.

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Five Questions With Illmatik Concepts: Two Guys From Jersey



I met Christian Pace and his cousin Luke over at the classic home-spun restaurant named, Argyle Restaurant in Kearny, New Jersey.  These young men are authentic locals to the neighborhood, and over our brimming platters of crisply fried fish and chips, I caught bits and pieces of their often illustrious childhood, always away from the manacles and the eager clutches of the local constabulary. But certainly with good reason did the local law enforcement find bigger fish to fry, for these young men didn’t need to find trouble to find their own success on their own terms. They have ambition in them. And the other part?  They grew up in a tough part of New Jersey, where it’s always been known as “Jersey.” Calling this area New Jersey would make you stand out like a Sussex County farmhand at Gunnison Beach by Sandy Hook in August. (Look it up!) The Argyle Restaurant is certainly a throwback to another era of Kearny, New Jersey when this town was a stop-over point for many Scottish immigrants, most right off the boat from the old country far, far away. Like my family settled in a less-than comfortable part of Newark, as the crow flies just over a couple hills, this part of New Jersey could be another country entirely. And to this day the buildings and the names of the streets call mention to the past and the faded present tense of Kearny, New Jersey.



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