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RI brings drama to the Maine medical marijuana expo

March 1, 2011

Dana Johnson AKA DJ Stone with Portland Police photo by Ryan T Conaty

Last weekend was the “Expo Cannabis” in Portland so I drove up to learn more about the state’s recently licensed dispensaries.  I wasn’t the only Rhode Islander there- more than a handful of folks from the Ocean State made the trek, including the creators of two magazines, both called 1000 Watts.

I first met a man who calls himself “DJ Stone” ( real name Dana Johnson) in the lobby of the Fireside Inn and Suites the night before the conference.  He handed me his most recent edition of 1000 Watts and claimed it was the real version- he’d fired some guys that had worked on the magazine and now they’d stolen the name and the website. They were also due to arrive at the conference, peddling a magazine called 1000 Watts.

A man who will only identify himself as “Drew” ( he says he does not want his last name associated with the marijuana magazine)  says DJ Stone is  his ex business partner who abandoned the project and never registered the company as an LLC.  Drew says he continued on with the magazine, only to discover that DJ Stone has decided to make his own version.

Drew says he had been helping the medical marijuana conference organizers with the graphic design and publicity for the event.  He says he only learned that DJ Stone was coming to Maine the night before the conference.

That night the medical marijuana community was buzzing about the conflict- what would happen when the two groups met up in the same room?

In the morning, DJ Stone set up his 1000 Watts table with his name spray painted in black on a white bed sheet.  Drew’s group arrived and spread out its versions of 1000 Watts across two tables.

Drew says DJ Stone’s group started harassing him and then refused to leave the conference.  Eventually he called the police.  They arrived and threw DJ Stone out of the conference.  DJ Stone says the police told him he had to leave because although both groups registered and paid for a table, Drew’s group had registered first.

Either way, it was remarkable to see the police at a medical marijuana expo not to raid or inspect but because a member of the conference asked them to come.

A thread on calls the confrontation the “ debacle” and the comments don’t make RI look good.  Someone with the handle “Oceangrown” says-

A really great portrayal of RI’s MM community.  Why didn’t all you guys just stay home if that’s how you rep our community… You guys publish 2 different versions of 1000watts? Then take all your drama in public in another state! Why not just call your mag a different name and get over it?

Drew says he doesn’t regret the actions he took and maintains that he was professional and followed the advice of his lawyers.  He has no plans to change the name of his magazine and is pursuing the matter in court.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Yep permalink
    March 1, 2011 7:53 am

    How embarrassing.

  2. Jim Fowler permalink
    March 1, 2011 1:58 pm

    I was there. Even though it was culture shock to see the police come to a marijuana event, I do applaud them rather loudly for being extremely professional while they were there!

  3. March 1, 2011 2:22 pm

    Nice to meet you, Megan ~
    Come on up again when the weather’s better.
    Love and peace,

  4. ryan permalink
    March 1, 2011 3:18 pm

    i picked up one of each of these magazines at the confrence, only to almost imediatly trash dana’s magazine. the magazine is clearly not the original, which are marked issue 1-2-3. dana’s looks like most of the pages were photo copied from the real 1000watts. i cant believe they would spray paint a sign too, lets look really fake! what an embarasment…

  5. March 1, 2011 4:36 pm

    Unfortunately, this situation has occurred. 1000 watts started back in October of 2010, formed in an alliance by DJ Stone, Drew, Carlos, and one other partner. Within a month, the fourth member decided to go silent, requesting DJ to represent him in business. DJ, himself, owns 1000watts publication as a sole proprietor.
    DJ wanted to pause production pending a meeting amongst the contributing members of the project, Carlos and Drew. The other parties viewed this as him pulling out of the group, and continued production.
    At this crucial split in partnership, the company and its employees were forced to, for lack of a better term, “choose-a-side.”
    Drew and Carlos, partnered with the original graphic designer to form 1000watts LLC in January of 2011, and DJ Stone continued production under the original name of the company, 1000watts publication, established in October of 2010.
    DJ, being the original founder of the company, possesses the rights to the 1000 Watts logo, which is where the lawsuit stems from, in addition to the sale of to DJ followed by the theft of that site.
    So ultimately, yes, there are 2 publications currently, until this has been settled by both of the companies’ lawyers through legal proceedings.

    As for the quality of some of the prints, the original designer still has possession of the digital copies, so lower quality graphic image files were used to supplement the stolen advertisements.

    Email inquiries regarding this matter will be addressed if submitted to

    • ryan permalink
      March 2, 2011 5:39 pm

      quite untrue,
      if you are the original publisher of 1000watts, why did you not continue your issue by marking it issue #3? why dont you guys have any advertizing other the a spray painted sign? if you owned how come you dont run it? it’s hard to steal an entire website, especially if you can proove ownership. best yet, why were you asked to leave the confrence? is it because you tried to bully out the real 1000 watts magazine? i think so. you can put as fancy a twist on the story as you want, and even post as 1000watts editors, but the bottom line is you have been served with cease and desist order and have no march issue coming out. bottom line is you tried, you failed. just make a new magazine with a new name. i wish the real 1000watts would post up on here and give the real story, but i do respect their silence as in they are bigger for not coming on here to lie and defraud people..

  6. Cat permalink
    March 1, 2011 9:02 pm

    “” is spelled wrong in this article!

    Now THAT is embarrassing….

  7. March 1, 2011 10:50 pm

    Glad nobody got arrested. This kind of crap works itself out. Not that big a deal all in all…

  8. March 1, 2011 11:44 pm

    Typo, shypo. Both called 1000 watts. One should change to 600 watts. More efficient. Lol

  9. March 1, 2011 11:45 pm

    I am wondering what sorts of medicinal pot are there. I hope that I get medical weed that will last for an extended period of time without getting discomfort.

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  11. rastaman permalink
    March 2, 2011 6:37 pm

    i dont claim to be a smart man, but this dude dana’s magazine looks about as fake as you can get. picked one of each up at the hydroshop the other day after reading comments here. as posted in ryans comment, dana’s so called 1000watts didnt have issue 3 on it??? strange ! also the hydro store i was in in northprovidence “HYDROEARTH” the owners of the store laughed about it also refering to it as a bootleg 1000watts. not to mention he said everyone has been passin on those copies, for the one with george washingtons face on it, which to me cleary looks like an original magazine that was not photoshoped from the other magazine (unlike this guy dana’s copy)

    to me it just looks like dana’s company is riding the coatails of the original 1000watts to get his stuff seen. prolly would have worked alot better for him if he was more professional and came up with his own name. i am glad i did not attend the confrence, spray painted signs, thuggery, and cops. extremly embarrased they claim to be from r.i.. makes us look bad. they should go start up in their own state instead of making r.i. look bad. we got enough problems without crap like this!

  12. the truth shall set you free permalink
    March 2, 2011 7:54 pm

    dj stone’s copy of 1000watts is definatly a fake, jus saw it jus trashed it! pages look copied. i know its a free magazine but, damn if you are gonna try and steal someone elses idea atleast improove the original. articles are boring and pointless not really a magazine for patients in my eyes.

    atleast the real 1000watts had stuff to help patients out like perpetual pete’s homegrown gadgets. where as dj. stones has an aritcle on how to build a keef collector. i mean really 1. who needs a keef collector that big (we aint growin pounds)? 2. dont you thinks its a lil more helpfull to show patients how to grow their medicine before showing them what to do with keef? dj stone clearly has the wrong idea on what patient need and want to read about.

    kudos to the real and thank you!

  13. March 2, 2011 10:53 pm

    First and foremost we would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the 1000 Watts name and brand. We at 1000 Watts LLC deeply regret that some of our dirty laundry has been aired. We apologize to everyone for any confusion or inconvenience. Unfortunately we cannot directly comment on any of this as we are currently involved in legal affairs pertaining to this matter. Though we do encourage open debate and words of encouragement for our team we humbly ask that everyone please stop with the accusations and slandering of Mr. Stone. Our affairs with him are just that and we are confident that the legal teams on both sides are doing their best to resolve this matter expeditiously. Once again we would like to thank all of the people of Maine for their hospitality, love and support and look forward to bringing everyone the March issue of 1000 Watts next week.
    Thank You All and God Bless.
    Carlos R Reyes
    1000 Watts LLC
    Public Relations Director


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