April 19, 2017 Issue


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As cities like Lemon Grove grapple with marijuana policies, they’re finding something strange: The most effective way to crack down on illegal dispensaries might be to help legal marijuana businesses thrive. Read more



Photo by Torrey Bailey

In 2015, women made up 36 percent of leadership positions in the cannabis market, toppling the 22 percent national average for women in senior management positions in all other industries, according to Pew Research Center. Read more


Magazine writer and novelist Mike Sager has smoked weed in a staggering, strange variety of places: at 14,000 feet in the Nepalese Himalayas and on the beach of Marlon Brando’s private island with a topless Tahitian translator. Read more



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"I don’t just say things; I make them happen, too.” With those words, Ginger Shulick Porcella introduced herself to CityBeat readers back in May of 2014. Read more

Seen Local


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Shot on color-rich super 16mm across New Zealand, Samoa and a remote astrophysics observatory in the middle of Oregon’s high plain desert, APPLE PIE merges psychedelics with science. Read more

Seen Local

All right, I can see how a bad example or a bad experience could make a really long-term effect on us [“If he builds it, will they come?,” April 5]. I personally think that maybe we should give a camping site for the homeless. Read more

Letters to the Editor


Photo by Jim Cox

Moxie Theatre co-founder Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, one of the best directors in town, is at the helm of a new co-production between Moxie and the Old Globe Theatre. Read more


A recurring feature in which we ask local musicians, promoters and others about the music they’ve been digging lately. This time, we focus on the trippiest, stoniest, most psychedelic records they’ve been spinning of late. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio

Record Store Day returns to local music retailers on Saturday, April 22, filling independent shops with a long list of exclusive, limited edition singles, reissues, picture discs and other vinyl curiosities. Read more

Notes from the Smoking Patio


Photo by Angelina Castillo

Beach Slang are the rare indie rock band that actually looks like they really want to be onstage, playing music for you, instead of hopelessly aloof. Read more

If I Were U


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She’s prodding me to say “I love you” repeatedly throughout the day, and she blows up at me for not doing it enough. Though I do love her, the required affirmations feel hollow. Read more



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Astronoid frontman Brett Boland is a perfectionist. He acknowledges this readily when talking about the songwriting and recording of his band’s first full-length album, Air. Read more

Music Feature


Aidan Monaghan

The Lost City of Z portrays a good man who decides that honoring this sentiment is paramount to family and country. One could label this a selfish choice. But it remains the only one imaginable for someone so thoroughly enamored with transcendence. Read more


Even more troubling is the tacked on feminist ending, which reinforces the film’s “flexible outlook” toward violence that Hammer’s character promotes right before the first round is discharged. Read more


Make no mistake, legalization has not been a disaster in any of the states that have chosen to legalize it. Read more

From the Editor


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The last year has been monumental but nonetheless tough for Chicano Park and the residents of Barrio Logan. Read more

Short List Event Picks


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Minor delays aside, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. (1501 E St.) is opening in East Village. Depending on who you ask, it is either the end of something great or the beginning of something greater. Read more

The Beerdist 4 Comments

For anyone who’d like to learn more about this fascinating subculture and check out some cool cars, cruise on over to Barrio Logan for Chicano Park Day on Saturday April 22. Or, at the least, pick up a copy of San Diego Lowriders. Read more

The Floating Library


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“Hey there! You ever tried CBD oil?” I told her no, that I don’t really smoke weed. I’m more partial to alcohol. I’m a writer. I said that as if she knew writing and alcohol are bedfellows. Read more

There She Goz 1 Comments


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But of them all, it was the first time I ate marijuana that was the most horrifying, bizarre, intense and—as you will soon learn—unbelievable episodes of them all. Read more

Sordid Tales 1 Comments