4 Cannabis-Infused Wines Worth Buying

That supposedly healthy glass of wine a day might now be even more appealing to those that stay away from alcohol. Late last year, a new trend started brewing in states where recreational bud is legal — Cannabis-infused wines hit the market, offering its consumers an alcohol-free, cannabis-potent alternative. It may be more costly than the convenient and cheap box o’ wine. But try something even more daring than the spout, something that won’t cost the wicked hangover one usually has to survive after a night of savoring red vino. No matter what, get to wherever you can legally buy these wines before the state you live in starts banning these bud-infused beverages. Stock up while it’s still possible, and then pop the cork on these 4 cannabis-infused wines worth buying.

4 Cannabis-Infused Wines Worth Buying

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CannaVines in California, USA

Unfortunately, these delicious wines are not yet available outside of Cannabis Tours, a must-see wine and weed pairing tour there in the golden state. This tour takes millennials, wine-os, and the classiest of agro-tourists on a culinary and cannabis adventure, matching food and marijuana to wine. But luckily, soon CannaVines will offer up a diversity of wines all infused with classic favorite strains. Soon residents of California will be able to make an online purchase of a red blend infused with Headbead to alleviate stress. Or perhaps a Chardonnay combined with an uplifting Sour Diesel for a general euphoric feeling. Red and white don’t quite satisfy the tastebuds? Try on their rosé blended with CBD and Grand Daddy Purple to relieve stress and ease anxiety. Once these guys finally hit the market, their options can suit any mood or soirée.

4 Cannabis-Infused Wines Worth Buying

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Rebel Coast Winery in California, USA

Like CannaVines, this company offers an aromatic blend of THC and alcohol-free wine. In fact, Rebel Coast Winery began the hoopla when cannabis-infused wines became a new product in early 2018. Currently, you can only pre-order your $59.99 bottle of cannabis-infused Sauvignon Blanc. Even then, you must be a California resident. For those not in California, Rebel Coast hopes to keep consumers updated on when their worthwhile product will become available to other states with recreational marijuana. Nonetheless, they promise 20mg of THC in every bottle, roughly about 5mg of THC in each glass. Soon, they also plan to release a cannabis-infused rosé and a sparkling. And furthermore, their website advertises these cannabis-infused wines aim to make its drinkers just want to “get giggly and naked with someone.” Yes, please.

4 Cannabis-Infused Wines Worth Buying

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Mary Jane’s Magical Hemp Wines in Canada

Take a trip to the land of maple and poutine, and Mary Jane’s Hemp Wines becomes available. This hemp-infused wine comes in many tastes. Try Magic White, BC Buddy White, BC Buddy Red, and a traditional Canadian classic: a BP Hemp Ice Wine. Unlike the cannabis-infused wines in the USA, these luscious libations are hemp-infused and alcoholic. Feeling like you need something heavier than alcoholic hemp-infused wine? Try Mary Jane’s premium hemp-infused spirits, like this hemp-infused gin, which can be ordered online, through their website from Black Prince Winery.

4 Cannabis-Infused Wines Worth Buying

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Greenway “Know Label” Wine Tinctures in California, USA

Like most of the wines on this list, these cannabis concoctions are only available to cannabis card carriers in California. And like most of the other products on this list, you must add your name to a long waiting list of hopefuls yearning to swish and sip on these vinos. Unlike Rebel Coast Winery, these bottles look like they’ve come from someone’s backyard and each are completely unique. They have no label, like the punny name “Know Label” suggests, but each bottle comes with a small tag which notes the strain used, the year, and the type of wine. So each experience is different. Additionally, this wine is backed by cannabis advocate, cancer survivor, and singer Melissa Etheridge.

Cannabis-Infused Wines Abroad

Maybe instead of residing in North America, you live in the more relaxed European Union. Try CannaWine. With its choices of Spanish reds and whites, these options not only offer CBD-infused aromas and tastes, but they’re also alcoholic. If still holed up in a US state where these delectable bottles cannot be purchased, take a stab at a DIY approach and make your own. Or maybe you prefer suds laced with sativa instead? These beers infused with cannabis have made as much of a stir as cannabis-infused wines. And they also face new regulations and possible bans. Moral of the story? Get your cannabis-infused wines and beers wherever and whenever you can… and while the getting is still good.

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All the Obstacles to Marijuana Legalization in New York

Long a bastion of social progress and cultural experimentation, New York State — home to New York City and the birthplace of High Times — lags painfully behind when it comes to legalized weed. The winds of change are undoubtedly blowing in the right direction. The governor recently commissioned a study by the State Health Department, which endorsed full legalization when it reported its findings. Although that’s a seismic shift in the right direction, the Empire State still faces a maze of obstacles, challenges, and opposition as it slogs toward legalizing marijuana and reclaiming its status as a progressive blue state committed to social justice and common sense.

The Governor is a Wishy-Washy Opportunist

When it comes to legalization, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have the final say in whether or not the Empire State finally catches up to the entire West Coast, Colorado, Alaska and its neighbors in the Northeast. The problem is, Gov. Mixed Signals has long been an opponent of legalization. The man who recently pretended that he suffered politically for boldly taking the just but unpopular move to codify marriage equality (he actually didn’t budge until gay marriage was widely popular and politically expedient) is apparently now experiencing a similar awakening on legalized weed — conveniently just as the bulk of the electorate is clamoring for it.

According to the New York Times, Cuomo recently stated that when it comes to pot, “facts have changed.” No, governor, the facts have not changed — and Cuomo’s position has not changed with nearly enough expediency or authenticity. As recently as 2017, the Democratic governor called weed a “gateway drug.”

New York City’s Mayor Wants it Both Ways

It’s true that New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is just a lowly city official and not a state lawmaker. His city, however, happens to be the largest and one of the most important in America, and the beating heart of New York State — the mayor of the Five Boroughs wields heavy clout in Albany. Like fellow Democrat Gov. Cuomo, Mayor De Blasio’s positions and rhetoric are inconsistent and full of mixed messages. He took steps to reduce the number of low-level pot arrests in the city and — at least in his speeches — prioritized racial disparity as it pertains to pot enforcement.

He is now and has always been, however, a vocal opponent of full legalization. Out of step with the City Council and the majority of his constituents, De Blasio’s half-measures with law enforcement and progressive talk on the issue of racial targeting can’t be reconciled with the fact that, at the end of the day, he believes it should be illegal for law-abiding, tax-paying adults to smoke pot.

The State’s Medical Marijuana Law is a Smoldering Dumpster Fire

When it “legalized” marijuana for medical purposes in 2014, New York became the 23rd state to decriminalize medical use. That’s right, nearly half the country beat the home of Woodstock to the punch — and the authors of the law put on a clinic of how to write terrible, self-defeating legislation. The 2014 Compassionate Care Act was anything but what its name implies. One of the country’s most restrictive medical marijuana laws, the act was so narrow, so complicated, and excluded so many New Yorkers that opponents believed it was intentionally designed to fail.

To be fair, the law has evolved over time to include more ailments and loosen its original draconian restrictions. But its legacy is a labyrinth of state statutes would have to be amended in order for full legalization to proceed. Among the areas of Compassionate Care Act-related damage that would need to be undone include business, finance and human rights law, tax law, Alcoholic Beverages Control Law, penal law, vehicle traffic law, and public health law.

Locking Up Tokers is Big Business

Proponents of common-sense legalization often cite the prospect of hefty tax windfalls and full government coffers. The problem is, by altering the status quo the state would be trading a potential source of income for one that’s guaranteed. Since Mayor De Blasio instructed the NYPD to issue $100 tickets for most low-level possessions, arrests have dropped, but tickets and summonses — and the revenue they generate — skyrocketed by a whopping 58 percent. And that’s just in New York City.

According to the Drug Policy Alliance, the state has spent the last 20 years earning the title of the “marijuana arrest capital of the world.” Among the 800,000 pot arrests recorded in New York during that time, 23,000 were in 2016 alone. That’s an increase of 2,300 percent from 1990. For law enforcement, pot truly is a gateway drug — the gateway to inappropriate searches, seizures, and arrests. The process of arrest involves being handcuffed, booked, photographed, fingerprinted, arraigned, and forced to return to court — for multiple appearances, in many cases. Virtually every single one of these incidents concludes with the victim cutting a check to the state for their troubles.

Sheriff Barry Virts, the Human Embodiment of Drug War ‘Logic’

Barry Virts is the sheriff of Wayne County and president of the New York State Sheriff’s Association. He’s also a dyed-in-the-wool drug warrior who believes there are just a few degrees of separation between marijuana and all of society’s ills. In January 2018, he testified before the Assembly Health Committee, which, despite Virt’s best efforts to the contrary, recommended legalizing weed for recreational use.

Virt testified that the present is “an inappropriate time to consider any type of decriminalization of marijuana in New York State.” He went on to say that most of his department’s arrests are drug related and cited the country’s ongoing struggle with opioids, which are addictive, dangerous and deadly poisons that doctors are legally allowed to dole out like Advil while men like Virt make a living locking up otherwise law-abiding citizens for smoking pot. Without submitting any evidence to back up his claims, Virt tied marijuana use to opioid addiction, fretted about a hypothetical epidemic of pot-related DUIs, and worried that acceptance of pot could lead to hard drug use, “especially for our youth.”

Conservative Orthodoxy and Republican Power

In New York, Democrats, who are generally receptive to legalization, control the Assembly. Republicans, however, control the Senate, albeit by a fragile margin. Legalization is not high on the list of priorities for Republicans, particularly among the more conservative figures who hammer out the party’s platforms — even when they’re not members of the party.

The New York State Conservative Party wields considerable influence over state Republicans, and the group is chaired by an old man with old ideas named Michael Long. Long’s position on pot reflects the no-nonsense (or common sense) law-and-order orthodoxy espoused by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and harkens back to “Reefer Madness”-era paranoia. Like Sheriff Virt, Long claims to be driven by a not-at-all-disingenuous desire to protect the kids. A local news station, Pix11, reported that Long believes “… legalization is the wrong signal for our young people.” In the end, Long stated that, “We as a party will do everything in our power to oppose the legislation.”

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Hot Pot Products: Lights, Grinders, Journals, and Pipes

Whether you’re a grower or a casual consumer, there’s bound to be at least a dozen pot products that you would be interested in. Here are four accessories that might pique your interest.

A Simple Plan

Hot Pot Products: Lights, Grinders, Journals, and Pipes

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The best growers take meticulous notes on every aspect of their gardens in order to learn from their successes and mistakes. Chronicle your cultivation efforts with the useful and stylish Grow Planner from Goldleaf, a journal that helps you track your progress day to day and week to week. Document your feeding schedule, pest-control routine, harvest notes and much more, all on acid- and chlorine-free cream-colored paper.

Mother of Dragons

Hot Pot Products: Lights, Grinders, Journals, and Pipes

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LED (light-emitting diode) technology has made leaps and bounds in the last few years. By focusing on increasing yields instead of just on power-cost savings, the makers of the Dragon-LED XL120 have created a grow light that penetrates deep into the canopy for strong, healthy growth. The unit is fully tunable across a broad spectrum and projects an enormous amount of light where plants need it most.

Genius Pipe

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We’re always seeking innovative and discreet ways to smoke up. The pieces from Genius Pipe are made with sleek anodized aluminum and feature a patented dimple design that filters and cools smoke so you can taste the flavors without burning your throat and lungs. They’re easy to clean and available in a wide variety of colors, and the magnetic sliding cover ensures they won’t spill or smell. The Genius Taster attachment even allows you to do dabs!

Shred It

Hot Pot Products: Lights, Grinders, Journals, and Pipes

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Grinding weed can be quite a chore. The new E-Shredder from Aux Tools is a handheld, battery-operated unit that takes just three seconds to grind buds to the perfect texture for smoking or vaping. For cooking, pulverize longer for a finer grind. The shredder comes with an odor-proof bag and a USB charger with a light gauge that indicates battery life. It’s made in the United States and is 100 percent BPA-free.

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“Permit Patty” Steps Down as CEO of Cannabis Company

Alison Ettel, now better known as “Permit Patty,” has announced that she is stepping down as CEO of TreatWell Health, a cannabis company specializing in CBD edibles and tinctures.

Ettel’s announcement comes just days after a video of her reporting an 8-year-old girl to the police for “selling water without a permit” went viral on Instagram, prompting widespread outrage and condemnation. The move is an effort to recover the business TreatWell has already lost over the incident and prevent the company from losing even more clients as the video continues to generate anger on social media.

TreatWell CEO Resigns Amid Outrage Over “Permit Patty” Video

Erin Austin, the mother of the young water-selling entrepreneur, had some prophetic words for Alison Ettel as the TreatWell CEO attempted to duck behind a wall after realizing she was on camera during her call with San Francisco police.

“You can hide all you want. The whole world gonna see you, boo,” Austin told Ettel. And by Wednesday, they had.

Austin’s video of Ettel calling police on her daughter has so far generated more than a million views and thousands of angry comments.

And that’s because the video shows Ettel attempting to get police to shut down the 8-year-old girl’s water stand. The young girl, Jordan Rodgers, was selling bottled water to raise money for a family trip to Disneyland. Her mother had just lost her job.

But from Ettel’s perspective, Jordan was breaking the law for “illegally selling water without a permit.” And the day after Austin posted the video to Instagram, #permitpatty was already trending.

Unimpressed by the fact that the CEO of a successful cannabis company would call the police on an 8-year-old entrepreneur, vendors of TreatWell products immediately began distancing themselves from Ettel.

So far, six cannabis retailers have dropped their contracts with Ettel. The first company to do so, an Oakland dispensary called Magnolia Wellness, has been selling off their remaining TreatWell edibles and tinctures at a deep discount. They’re also donating all proceeds from those sales to a non-profit benefiting young entrepreneurs of color.

Many View TreatWell CEO’s Actions as Racist

With backlash against Ettel and TreatWell mounting, Ettel resigned from her position as chief executive of the company on Tuesday. According to TreatWell spokesperson Cynthia Gonzalez, Ettel decided to step down to shield the company and its employees from the consequences of her actions.

“TreatWell, its employees, and patients should not have to suffer because of a situation that occurred in an escalated moment,” Gonzalez said in a statement.

But many are saying that the “escalated moment” was the result of Ettel’s racism. Jordan Rodgers, the 8-year-old girl who was selling water, is black. Alison Ettel is white.

Erin Austin’s Instagram post immediately drew the connection between Ettel’s calling the police and the “BBQ Becky” video that went viral in March. “BBQ Becky” refers to the white woman who called Oakland police on a black family for barbecuing in a park area supposedly off-limits to grilling.

The similarities between the two incidents were undeniable for many viewers of Austin’s video, who began calling Ettel out for also being racist.

NBC’s Saturday Night Live even took their shots at Ettel with a parody sketch featuring actor Cecily Strong. Now utterly vilified for her actions, it’s unclear whether Ettel’s resignation can keep TreatWell afloat.

Vendors Drop TreatWell Products, While Jordan and Her Family Get Tickets To Disneyland

Ettel recently told The Huffington Post that racism did not motivate her to call the police. In fact, Ettel claims she was only pretending to call the police to get the attention of Jordan and her mother.

San Fransisco police are corroborating that part of the story. They say they did not receive a complaint about anyone selling water illegally.

Ettel says she repeatedly asked Jordan and her mother to quiet down. She said their “sales pitch” was too loud and preventing Ettel from doing business inside her apartment.

Ettel has since apologized and said she’s not proud about the incident. She also said she’s receiving thousands of hateful messages and threats online. Austin says she is not prepared to accept Ettel’s apology.

In addition to Magnolia Wellness, five other companies will no longer do business with TreatWell. Though it’s unclear whether Ettel’s stepping down as CEO will prompt them to reconsider.

Jordan is still selling water bottles to raise money for her family. But after news of her efforts made the rounds on social media, Jordan and her family received four tickets to Disneyland from a “good samaritan”.

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