Q&A: 2017 Emerald Cup Winner 2017 Best Overall Strain and Best CBD Strain, Molecular Farms’ Steve Haba

Growing award-winning cannabis may be complicated for most, but the cultivators at Molecular Farms have made it look easy for the second year in a row.

After coming out of seemingly nowhere in 2016 by winning the Emerald Cup award for best CBD flower, the cultivators from Monterey County crushed the competition in 2017 by earning a resounding amount of first place votes in the best overall flower category with the creation of the terpene-packed Lemon Crush.




NEW LA Strains & Joint Packs from LAPCG Dispensary




One of Los Angeles’ true original retail dispensaries, the 13-year-old Los Angeles Patients Care Group doesn’t mess around when it comes to heirloom cannabis. The activist-founded collective has spent years nurturing relationships with SoCal’s best cultivators and building its own genetic stock. LAPCG’s line of flowers, The House Collection, features great representations of classic old-school strains like OG Kush and a terrific take on vintage NorCal Purps. Most notably, their super-potent Classic Trainwreck is arguably the best commercial version of the strain and is definitely not for those with anxiety or a low tolerance.



Leafly List: Southern California, Fall 2017

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Southern California. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere.

Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group may be the oldest operating cannabis collective in Los Angeles county, but their practices are anything but antiquated. Patients love LAPCG’s generous rewards program, which offers points with each purchase that can be exchanged for a variety of quality products.




LAPCG is a not-for-profit medical cannabis dispensary in the heart of West Hollywood that has been serving legally-qualified patients since 2004. LAPCG pride themselves on provide safe access to medicine for patients in the community suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and a range of other illnesses. We caught up with a few of the women behind the scenes who are helping make a difference in community. 




With far more dispensaries than any other region of the country, the Los Angeles area represents the epicenter of medical cannabis sales. Kush strains and terpy concentrates rule the roost, while hundreds of edible and topical creators fuel a strong market for quality meds at competitive prices. Now that the LA City Council’s moratorium on dispensaries has been ended thanks to Measure M, and with recreational adult use awaiting full implementation in 2018, the sky’s the limit for what the pioneers of SoCal can achieve. Here are 10 of our regional faves.

Open since 2004, this pioneer facility provides an incredible selection of flowers and concentrates for patients in need, including some of the best brands in cannabis: Marley Natural, Whoopi & Maya, hmbldt, Apothecanna and Chong’s Choice.



KINDLAND: Marley Natural's Birthday Blends Are Bob Marley's Latest, Greatest Hits

The signature cannabis brand's one-year-anniversary offerings get herb right. The Marley Natural One-Year-Anniversary Limited Edition Herb Collectionaccomplishes everything the brand’s namesake could have hoped for when the company launched 12 months ago. Excellence is spot-on from package to product. The Africa-inspired design elements— including hand-drawn illustrations by Bob Marley’s former collaborator, art director, and friend, Neville Garrick––perfectly augment the earthy, colorful, bold herb within the jar.



L.A. TIMES: From album art to cannabis containers, L.A. graphic artist Neville Garrick has designs on preserving Bob Marley's legacy

Los Angeles-based graphic artist Neville Garrick, whose work appears on some of Bob Marley’s most well-known albums, has been tapped to help package a different side of the late reggae singer’s legacy — limited-edition jars of cannabis.

Designs by the Jamaican-born UCLA graduate and longtime friend of Marley appear on the glass jars of Marley Natural’s Anniversary Herb Collection available starting this weekend at five Los Angeles-area medical marijuana dispensaries and four in the Bay Area. (Although California recently legalized adult recreational use, it can’t yet legally be bought or sold in the state outside of the existing medical marijuana system.)



LEAFLY: We Ride Along as Marley Natural Descends on L.A.

To Bob Marley, cannabis wasn’t cannabis — it was herb. Herb was universal, binding. It brought people together and facilitated community and focus. “Herb is the unification of mankind,” he once said.



KINDLAND: We Smoked Marley Natural Weed So You Don't Have To

Sampling the marijuana brand worth millions.

When Privateer Holdings, the Seattle-based private equity firm betting big on cannabis businesses and weed startups, announced Marley Natural, the news met mixed reactions from the cannabis community and beyond

Marley Natural is based in New York. Its weed is grown in California. And the brand is one product of a 30-year licensing deal between Privateer and the Marley family estate, in Jamaica.