The first ever Indiana Cannabis Awards were handed out on
Tuesday, April 19, at the Vogue. Hosted and Organized by ReLegalize Indiana,
the event recognized individuals and companies throughout Indiana rallying in
support of our favorite herb. Categories included lifetime achievement,
professional endeavors, media, corporate, music, and community service awards.
Though no solid gold bong trophies were handed out, the evening's winners were
highly praised for their work in marijuana reform and legalization.
NUVO was proud to sponsor the 2011 awards. Here are some
of those to receive the highest of praise at last night's event:
Lincoln Award: Rep. Tom Knollman
Representative Tom Knollman (R-Liberty) represents Indiana
district 55.Though marijuana
reform goes against his fellow conservatives, Knollman is pushing for medical
marijuana for personal reasons. As an individual with multiple sclerosis, he
feels that medical marijuana is a safe, natural, and cost-friendly way to help
mitigate his condition.
Democratic Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) has taken the
issue of marijuana reform to a new level, proposing a bill in Indiana Senate
that required a re-evaluation of the state's criminal law and sentencing policy
regarding whether or not marijuana should continue to be illegal. The bill
passed with a 28-21 vote in March. The bill will not legalize
marijuana—it only commissions a study committee aimed to critically
analyze money and resources the state allocates to prosecuting
Franklin Award: Councilor Ed Coleman
This former Republican left behind his right wing roots to
join the Libertarian Party, the most vocal political advocates of marijuana
reform. Running on a platform of personal choice and liberty, Coleman was
elected to City-County Council in 2007, where he represents District 24. Coleman is one of the highest-ranking
Libertarian officials in the United States.
As Executive Director of ReLegalize Indiana, Joh Padgett could
be considered the poster boy of marijuana reform in Indiana. Padgett has been a
community and political activist for over two decades, with his involvement
including congressional, state and local political campaigns. Padgett works to
raise awareness about cannabis reform in other states, and what problems and
obstacles could also occur in Indiana. Joh is the owner of Layman Media, a
multimedia production and internet consulting company.
Education: Neal Smith
Indiana Hemp Historian Neal Smith makes rounds of the state
to educate Hoosiers about the history of hemp. He calls his seminar Indiana
Hemp History 101, and he has been asked by The Young Americans For Liberty at
both Indiana University and Purdue University to present his seminar. Smith has
also made his voice public when it comes to hemp-based fuel and the oil
industry's hesitance to utilize the natural and abundant hemp product. With his
history seminar and foretelling media pieces, Smith is educating citizens about
both the past and future of marijuana.
Law: Steve Dillon
Steve Dillon specializes in criminal defense and
constitutional law while in the courtroom, but it is his work in marijuana
legal reform that earned him the award. As a graduate of Indiana University
School of Law, Dillon is heavily involved in the political aspect of marijuana
advocacy. He is a chair person for NORML, a not-for-profit public-interest
group that lobbies for legislation in favor of responsible marijuana smokers.
He is an active libertarian and has ran for several offices under that party,
including Secretary of State, Governor and Senator.
Medicine: Dr. Clark Brittain
Doctor Clark Brittain is a Bloomington-based medical
professional specializing in total healthcare for women. However, it is his
press attention that got him noticed by the 4/20-friendly community. He is a
crusader for medical utility of marijuana, having experienced firsthand
patients that severely need the drug. He has authored scholarly articles about
his mission for marijuana reform, making him a public enemy for anti-marijuana
individuals and a public hero for their counterparts. Dr. Brittain's arguments
are backed by scientific data, demographic studies and personal experience,
making his voice a strong one in this debate.
Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Louis Lemberger
Having served over a decade as Director of Clinical
Pharmacology of the Eli Lilly Laboratory for Clinical Research. Lemberger
focused on actions and roles of biogenic amines in the treatment of
psychological and neurological diseases. He was the first to administer
Nabilone, a cannabinoid drug, to counteract the side effects of chemotherapy.
As a cannabinoid, Nabilone has traces of cannabis, making it a working example
of medical marijuana. Thanks to Dr. Lemberger, medical marijuana has proven to
be an effective treatment.
Tesla Award (radio/podcasting): Time 4 Hemp with Casper
Every weekday at noon, Casper Leitch takes time to discuss
benefits and uses of marijuana, giving a voice to marijuana users. His podcast,
called "Time 4 Hemp," is sponsored by Marijuana Dispensaries, Medical Cannabis,
The West Coast Leaf and other organizations looking to give marijuana a legal
place in society. He often has guests join him for the podcast, including
Willie Nelson. "Time 4 Hemp" has spurred a strong web presence, offering links
like The Weed Tracker (where and how to secure medical cannabis) and Hemp
Farming (information about, what else, hemp farming).
Pyle Award (journalism): David Hoppe, NUVO
David Hoppe is
a multi-talented writer who contributes to NUVO both as a columnist and an
editor. His March 2 column "Say Yes To Pot" praised Senate Bill 192, saying
that Senator Karen Tallian's (D-Portage) efforts to study state law on
marijuana was "encouraging to anyone who has ever wondered at the bizarre,
utterly irrational approach our governments have chosen when it comes to pot."
Hoppe notes that today, over seventy years after the war on marijuana began,
the government still spends large sums of money on this minor
crime and fuels prison overcrowding, at a time when the government's energy could be spent elsewhere.
Social Networking: CJ Parker
CJ Parker is a bio medical marijuana advocate and a hemp
advocate, as stated on her twitter page where Parker regularly shares world
news regarding marijuana reform and progress. With new media taking over the
world, CJ's utilization of social networking to spread the word and marijuana
reform is nothing short of ingenious. CJ also hosts ReLegalize Indiana's radio show, The Seedling, with fellow
ReLegalize Indiana members Joh Padgett and Bill Levin. CJ has personally
experienced relief from medical cannabis, having suffered multi-symptomatic conditions commonly referred to as the Gulf War Illness." @HempCJNews.
Album of the Year: Rich Hardesty, Culturally Insane
Rich Hardesty brings the Caribbean to the Midwest with his
latest album, Culturally Insane. Hardesty's clean-cut suburban look would lead
one to believe he or she was about to endure another Jason Mraz, but that
V-neck sweater is misleading. Featuring songs like "All My Friends Are Stoners"
and "Back To Jamaica Mon," Culturally Insane is the perfect background music
for a laidback chill session. Culturally Insane is Hardesty's third album,
following his self-titled debut and Ganja Plantation, both released in 2005.
Song of the Year: The Gitmos, "I Wanna Grow Weed"
The Gitmos are a politically charged rock-and-roll band that
cover hot-button issues, ranging from gun control to Hugo Chavez. Their song, "I
Wanna Grow Weed," is about growing in your own backyard, but also delves into a
deeper issue: how weed can benefit our government and society. The banjo
picking in the background is reminiscent of front porch mountain music, but The
Gitmos blend it perfectly with a hardcore rock sound.
Solo Performer of the Year: Andy Salge
Indianapolis Native Andy Salge is a mixture of something you
might hear at a cabana, dive bar and coffee house. That is to say, he does not
conform to a particular genre. All of his songs are different, from the funky "People
Power," to the folksy "Outside Looking In." Though most of his tracks are
lengthy (due to instrumental breaks), his music is upbeat and easy to listen
to. What makes Salge worthy of
this award, though, are his lyrics, steeped in political and social commentary, philosophy and ideology.
Musician Activist of the Year: U.S. Hemp/Arlin Troutt
Tennessee native and former Hoosier Arlin Troutt has been on
a musical rollercoaster since his start in a gospel quartet at the age of six.
It wasn't until his move to Arizona in the 1960s that Troutt got swept up in
the political issues surrounding the Vietnam War and, subsequently, drug use.
Troutt's music is his vessel for communicating his political and social views.
The song themselves are elevator-esque in sound: relaxing and easy to dance to.
Hemp is Indiana Award: Foods Alive
Foods Alive is known for its organic, vegan, kosher, and
gluten-free products. Their first and most popular item is the raw flax
cracker, which is available in eight different flavors. It is the hemp oil salad
dressing that earned Foods Alive the Hemp is Indiana Award, specifically the
Sweet & Sassy variety. The hempseed found in the dressing contains over 90 percent
unsaturated fats, including the six essential fatty acids. It is raw, gluten
free, soy free, nut free and dairy free, and has been certified organic by
Indiana Certified Organic, kosher by Chicago Rabbinical Council, and vegan by
HEMPTech Award: FlexForm Technologies, Inc.
FlexForm Technologies, Inc., could be the key to Elkhart,
Indiana's revitalization, thanks to its revolutionary technology in non-woven
natural fiber composites. Making a name for itself in the automobile and office
panels industries, FlexForm's all-natural products are strong, lightweight,
flexible, moldable, and a huge step forward in the union of manmade and
organic. Although FlexForm is boosting its hometown of Elkhart, the
advancements it has made is forwarding the entire state in natural product
Consumer Product of the Year: Zephyr Ion Vaporizer
Although marketed as an aromatherapy tool, the Zephyr Ion
Vaporizer is a smoker's best friend. It's digital display and stainless steel
structure create a sleek outward appearance, but it's the new age technology
that makes thisworthy of an Indiana Cannabis Award. It's quiet, fast (2-3
minutes prep time), has digital temperature and airflow control, can be hooked
up to your laptop if an outlet is unavailable, supports two
valves—meaning multiple bags can be filled back to back—and comes
with a whole slew of goodies, including basket seal washers, replacement bags,
replacement screens, and extra air filters.
The go-to shopping destination for anyone looking to dance with
Mary Jane, 20 Past 4 and More sells myriad items designed to make your toking
experience unforgettable... or completely forgettable, depending on your stuff.
Cigars, rolling papers, incense, water pipes and porn are all sold at 20 Past
4, but guaranteed to catch your eye are the bongs that look straight out of a
Dr. Seuss book ("Green Leaves and Hash"). 6513 N. College Ave.
Cosmic Harvey's<</a>/p> This head shop in Kokomo is all about the cannabis counterculture. Featuring new-age herbs,,art, magazines, music, and clothing, Cosmic Harvey's is the kind of place you would expect to find in a college town — Kokomo's biggest tourism attraction is a covered bridge, so it is a much-needed commodity.
This head shop in Kokomo is all about the cannabis
counterculture. Featuring new-age herbs,,art, magazines, music, and clothing,
Cosmic Harvey's is the kind of place you would expect to find in a college town
— Kokomo's biggest tourism attraction is a covered bridge, so it is a
much-needed commodity.Dragon Slayer
This Muncie haven for tattoos and piercing offers the gamut
of body modification. Whether you want some tame ink of your name in Chinese or
studs up and down your back, Dragon Slayer is at your service. The only
downside is that you don't actually get to slay any dragons — but no
one's stopping you from getting a tat commemorating the fantasy conquest.High On The Hill
Chillums, blunt wraps, blunt splinters, vaporizers, hoodies,
bajas, incense, gravity pipes, books, water pipes, books, lung-friendly
ErboPipes and more — no wonder High On the Hill is considered the
one-stop hippie shop. Tie-dyed merchandise and counterculture bumper stickers
are the preferred décor, complete with peace signs and rainbows. High On The
Hill seems to shout a clear message: chill out — everything's cool. 3729
W. 16th Street.Karma
Potheads love to talk about two things: the state of
political and cultural affairs, and music. If they aren't attempting acoustic
versions of Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jimi Hendrix, they're lamenting the downfall
of the music industry and how come no one can jam like the legends anymore,
huh? Karma peddles albums, posters, t-shirts, tickets, and paraphernalia to
help satiate their hunger for quality music.The Magic Bus
The Magic Bus may lack Ms. Frizzle, but it does have almost
everything a ganja-loid could desire. From Frisbee golf discs to baby hats made
out of organically grown cotton, the store is kind of like the stoners'
embassy. Its Broad Ripple location has been instrumental in building the Village's
Boho identity. 1073 Broad Ripple Ave.Ultra Oil for Pets
Comprising a healthy ratio of hempseed, fish, grapeseed, and
flaxseed oils, this pet food additive gives your furry comrade some of the most
essential nutrients. It's gluten-free, herbicide- and pesticide-free, and rich
in omega fatty acids, giving your pet a balanced and healthy diet. And unlike
the healthy foods you feed your kids, Ultra Oil for Pets actually tastes good
(or so we've heard).
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