On Friday, Sister Bar in downtown Albuquerque hosted the release party of the city's new marijuana magazine, The Chronicle.
The publication, which covers topics from cannabis legality and politics to strain reviews and medical use, celebrated its premier issue with writers, friends and directors in attendance.
The Chronicle is the brainchild of John Delgado and Jen Montaño, the founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine, respectively.
“The original idea was a shared passion, basically. Everybody in this industry needed an avenue, and myself, I’ve always wanted to do a publication,” Montaño said. “I met John — he had it in the back of his head to do it also, but we just didn’t find each other at that moment. So a few months ago we found each other and had the similar ideas that we had, and we decided to publish The Chronicle.”
Montaño said that while The Chronicle isn’t the first cannabis magazine in the state, it’s going to be the first magazine that focuses on cannabis culture, arts and politics.
“It’s going to be focusing on advocacy, law, regulations, information that’s going on in other states and basic information that, here in Albuquerque and New Mexico especially, people need to know about,” Montaño said.
Delgado said that The Chronicle will also be a tool to bring awareness to the medicinal cannabis movement in New Mexico.
“It’s the awareness of culture with medicine, and to let people know that there is an outlet that is acceptable and brings people into the medical cannabis industry, too,” Delgado said.” To help them get their (medical marijuana) card, but also to add culture into it, which emphasises that part of the culture that we’ve seen for so long but that’s just never been brought out there in New Mexico.”
Montaño and Delgado are both proud of The Chronicle after the hardship of bringing their project to fruition. Delgado said that the main challenge in achieving a print publication was letting people know about the magazine.
“The challenges were making a presence known and getting awareness out there,” Delgado said. “Without having a physical and tangible copy out there, it’s really tough to sell at first. But with the contacts that I know and being into the industry, it was still a little tough. But we did it all and formed new relationships, just trying to build the relationships that had already existed.”
Delgado said he was over the moon now that The Chronicle is in print.
“It’s something that’s been a long time coming,” Delgado said. “To see the actual, physical copy, it’s crazy. It’s an unreal experience, just to see it in your hands.”
As for the future of the publication, Montaño and Delgado are looking for contributors to The Chronicle.
“Anybody who wants to inquire about working for us is welcome to,” Montaño said. “I’m not going to close any doors; I’m very open to new ideas.”
The Chronicle is a quarterly publication, and seeks writers who are willing to contribute new ideas but who are also willing to be edited, Montaño said.
Delgado has high hopes for The Chronicle and sees it as an opportunity to give writers and other advocates a forum to express their ideas.
“We’re giving the whole industry a platform to discuss every topic, any type of question that might be out there,” Delgado said. “We’ll touch on different subjects, from the illegal issues to the legal issues.”
The Chronicle can be picked up at medical marijuana dispensaries, tattoo parlors, barbershops and medical cannabis doctors’ offices.
“Pick up a magazine, read it with an open mind and keep picking it up,” Montaño said. “This is a free publication. If anyone has a great idea that hasn’t been done yet, we’re open to it.”
Fin Martinez is the culture editor for the Daily Lobo. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @FinMartinez.