May is upon us and before we dive into anything else, I want to take a moment to say Happy Motherâ€™s Day to ALL the moms out there! I have seen no greater love than that of a mother for her child!
We have an incredible issue for you this month! Included is an article on local artist Chris Konecki. Chris created the cover for this monthâ€™s NUG, an original painting, but took the art in a whole different direction by also making a stop motion photography video of the creation of the painting. When Chris and I discussed the storyboard for the video, I was pumped up and could not wait to see the results. Please look for the video of the creation of the May cover on our website www.nugmag.com.
I also had the opportunity to review the new BOOM RX line of glass and share it with you, the NUG readers! Dion Markgraaff covers the clean-up of the Chernobyl disaster and points out how hemp played a major factor in the cleaning process. Of course, we have some amazing music coverage, including local band Jet West, Bad Neighborz, and The B Foundation. Our regular columns, the Chronisseur and Cooking with Kim, are great as always! And we took some space to shine some light on Parahawking: An unusual way to connect with nature.
In May, we also celebrate Memorial Day, and NUG has partnered with Barfly and FORePlay promotions, IGS Hydro and Dr. Bronnerâ€™s Magic Soap to throw the â€œREMEMBERâ€ Mnemonic Muzic Marathon on May 28th at RTâ€™s Longboard Grill. 11 Bands in 13 hours! â€“ Including NUG Records band Subliminal Trip, and headliners Sprung Monkey! Make sure to check out the ad in this issue and we hope to see you out there!
The debate on MMJ in San Diego and the San Diego City Ordinance is a hot one right now. There are many in the community that are coming together and working on ways to stop this de facto ban! From the newly formed organization of collective directorsâ€™ campaign for signatures to obtain a referendum to the Americans for Safe Accessâ€™s announcement that the City of San Diego is being threatened with a lawsuit if it does not amend the restrictive ordinance. As always, NUG will be covering and supporting all endeavors preserving safe access in our beloved city as it is the patients and the most vulnerable in our communities who would be immensely affected by this new restrictive ordinance. We will be keeping the readers up-to-date with any information on our website and social networking sites, so make sure to log on and get informed and active. There are many ways that each individual can help, and coming together is the most important thing we can do as a community. We must look past all of our disagreements and the things that divide us and stand strong as a united community!