PRIDE

It's Pride Month

We find Pride month to be one of the best months. If you look you’ll see so much color, happiness, and PRIDE around you, but especially this time of year. And guess what? National Best Friends Day is celebrated this month too (June 8th) — quite the duo. Not to mention, all the joy and excitement the start of summer brings. Told ya, one of the best months. See what we’ve put together in this issue to spark togetherness, fun, and good times.

CANNABIS FRIENDS FOREVER

Celebrate Best Friends Day with these products

June 8th is National Best Friends Day, and if you were today years old when you discovered this holiday, don't worry, so were we. But, we're going all-in on our celebrations of the holiday because we think it's pretty cute. A day to show your best friend how much you love, care, and cherish your friendship? Can we get a resounding "awhhh?" 

In our biased opinion, the best of friends are those that enjoy cannabis together. So, we've hand-selected a few products you and your BFF can enjoy together while celebrating! 

Blues Brothers Chillum Pack 

Have three best friends? Aren't you popular and in luck! Enjoy a pre-roll alongside your two best friends because this pack comes in three! 

Grön 1:1 Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Bar 

Break this bar in half, and you and your bestie will have a grand old time! With a 1:1 ratio, you will feel the benefits of THC and CBD working harmoniously. 

Fifth & Root Moonlight Glow Mask 

Friends that mask together stay together — and Fifth & Root’s moonlight mask won’t disappoint

RECIPE

Rainbow Cake

What’s better than a bright, cheerful, colorful, delicious cake? Not much, if you ask us! Celebrate the start of Pride month with this beauty, sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. 

Ingredients

  • Vegetable shortening 
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature (infuse with cannabis, and make cannabutter, if desired
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar 
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature 
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, room temperature 
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple gel food coloring 
  • Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

    Makes: one 9-inch-round six-layer cake
    Recipe courtesy of marthastewart.com

Directions

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush six 9-inch-round cake pans (or as many 9-inch cake pans as you have, reusing them as necessary) with shortening. Line bottom of each cake pan with parchment paper; brush again and set aside.

- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Slowly add egg whites and mix until well combined. Add vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Add flour mixture and milk in two alternating additions, beginning with the flour and ending with the milk. Mix until well combined.

- Divide batter evenly between six medium bowls. Add enough of each color of food coloring to each bowl, whisking, until desired shade is reached. Transfer each color to an individual cake pan. Transfer to oven and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean, about 15 minutes (working in batches if necessary).

- Remove cakes from oven and transfer to a wire rack; let cool for 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto a wire rack; re-invert and let cool completely.

- Using a serrated knife, trim the tops of cakes to make a level. Place four strips of parchment paper around the perimeter of a serving plate or lazy Susan. Place the purple layer on the cake plate. Spread a scant 1 cup buttercream filling over the first layer with a small offset spatula so it extends just beyond the edges. Repeat process with blue, green, yellow, and orange layers.

- Place the remaining red layer on top, bottom-side up. Gently sweep away any loose crumbs with a pastry brush. Using an offset spatula, cover the top and sides with a thin layer of frosting (also use any of the excess frosting visible between the layers). Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

- Using an offset spatula, cover the cake again with the remaining frosting.

CANNABIS AND PRIDE

Cannabis and Pride are uniquely tied together. Here's why.

The LGBTQ community and cannabis have been connected for decades. And not just because studies confirm that the LGBTQ community is more likely to consume cannabis. But instead, because the push for medical marijuana commenced due to the AIDS epidemic. 

 

While several advocates were involved in progressing the legalization of medical marijuana, two are best known for laying the groundwork: Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary. 

The cannabis industry received legalization and is continually growing in acceptance due to the LGBTQ community and advocates like Brownie Mary and Dennis Peron. The significance of their work within the LGBTQ AIDS community cannot be overstressed. Here is what they did and why you should know them. 

Dennis Peron

In the 1960s, Dennis Peron, an openly gay man, was well known in San Francisco for selling cannabis. When the AIDS epidemic hit, Peron found himself with more and more clients: those suffering from the disease came to him for relief. Before modern treatments were available, many infected with HIV and AIDs heavily relied on cannabis to fight off their nausea and wasting syndrome. 

One of Peron's patients was his partner, which allowed him to witness firsthand the relief cannabis provided him in his battle against AIDS. After his partner passed, Peron doubled down on his support for medical marijuana and fully dedicated himself to the fight for legalization. In 1996, he established the Cannabis Buyers Club with the help of cannabis activist Brownie Mary. Peron supported Prop P, which passed and allowed cannabis for medical use in his push for legalization. Additionally, Peron co-authored Prop 215, which authorizes medical marijuana use in California.

Brownie Mary

Mary Jane Rathburn, better known as Brownie Mary, did more than just partner with Peron to fight for medical marijuana.  

Like Peron, Brownie Mary was known in San Francisco for selling cannabis; however, she was best known for selling cannabis-infused pot brownies. In 1981, Brownie Mary was arrested for selling weed. Consequently, she was given community service where she worked with AIDS patients. During her service, she began supplying the patients with her legendary brownies, and at her peak, it is said that she was giving 1,600 brownies a month to AIDS patients in hospital wards. 

ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR BFF

Because there’s no better time than quality time

This list is simple, sweet, and utterly wonderful. Spending time with your bestie is good for the soul, and we’ve put together a list of activities to do together. Taco Tuesday, anyone?

  1. Cook together - try a new recipe or dig up an old favorite.
  2. Plan a movie marathon - add a little cannabis into the mix too! 
  3. Volunteer - do good, feel good. Enough said. 
  4. Get matching tattoos - sorry, mom! 
  5. Go shopping - stock up on goods at Chalice Farms.
Check It Out

Products To Try!

Shop these goods at Chalice Farms (through the month of June) and with each purchase, we’ll donate $2 to the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center in Portland. Note: Moxy’s Mints are not included in our promotion, but they are making their own donation to the Q Center in honor of Pride. 

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