Rolling Papers

The Healer Is In

“Who’s the chica?” my nosy neighbor asked when he saw Natasha Khallouf climb into her car and take off....

Marijuana Measure Divides

In August 2020, after years of dickering, the city of Sonoma finally voted to allow SPARC—which has a marijuana...

Eddie Alvarez Runs for Council

A local environmental group recently endorsed Eddie Alvarez, though it also called him “rough around the edges.” Alvarez is...

Former Agricultural Commissioner Has Island Fever

Tony Linegar retired as Sonoma’s Agricultural Commissioner at the start of 2020. He now lives with his wife, Krista,...

BJ Hughes Instagrams Cannabis

Bobby James Hughes III, known to friends as “BJ,” went online for the first time in 1991. Two years...

Novel Puts Pot Farmer in Dystopia

Alison Stine’s new thriller takes place in a world racked by climate chaos. The main character,...

Cannabis Growers Revive the Hessel Grange

Vince Scholten, 52, is packing his bags. He’s also putting the finishing touches to a half-dozen or so resolutions about...

Rolling 101

I roll joints, though I’m not an expert. So, on a recent Saturday afternoon, I visited Oaky Joe Munson,...

A Farm and a Dispensary Bloom in Sonoma

Mike Benziger has grown many things in his life, but not this.  “We’re not growing placebos,” Benziger tells me at...

Mendelsohn Raises the Bar

Lauren Mendelsohn, 29, grew up back East. She graduated from the UC Irvine School of Law in 2016, the...
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