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

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$2,495

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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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$79.95

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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

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$199.99

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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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Not All Stoners Sleep Til Noon: A Guide to Productive Waking and Baking

Let’s smash the stereotype of stoners sleeping till noon, and getting nothing done. It’s just not true. People who use cannabis do more than just play video games, eat pizza, and discuss the nuances of jam bands (not that there’s anything wrong with all three). So, before you stare at screens all day—

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—here are things to do, and consume, for early risers that want to squeeze the most out of 24 hours.

Not All Stoners Sleep Til Noon: A Guide to Productive Waking and Baking

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What you’re smoking: Blue Dream
What you’re doing: Morning Meditation

It makes sense to combine early-morning mindfulness with a legendary sativa-dominant hybrid. Blue Dream’s relaxing body high helps you sink into our collective consciousness while elevating your mind (and mind’s eye) in a soothing way that’ll make for an enlightened day. If you’ve never tried meditation, download a free app like Headspace, and give the OHMMMMM a go.

Not All Stoners Sleep Til Noon: A Guide to Productive Waking and Baking

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What you’re eating: Kiva Terra Bites
What you’re doing: Hiking

Before you hit the hike toss some Kiva’s 5mg dark chocolate covered espresso beans into your favorite trail mix for an infused energy boost. Nothing’s better than exercising outside while jamming to your favorite new album (I high-key recommend Pusha T’s Daytona) to start your day. The beauty of this move is by the time you reach the summit the beans will kick in, and your view will be more magnificent than you can imagine.

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What you’re smoking: Durban Poison
What you’re doing: Morning Pages

I do Morning Pages everyday, and it’s changed my life. You write three pages longhand, whatever comes to mind, and just dump it on the page. It shakes off whatever’s eating at your brain so you can hit the day hard. My favorite way to feel the flow is with Remedy’s Durban Poison. I peeped Remedy’s grow when I was in Vegas, and it was the only choice I made that weekend I didn’t regret. They cultivate a spicy D.P. that tastes like citrus, and feels like jumper cables for your creativity.

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What you’re vaping: Dosist Bliss
What you’re doing: Yoga

My friend Alexis is a Yoga Jedi Master. She’s the type of person who’s so tuned into the universe she doesn’t walk into a room, she glides, as the air around her says, “excuse me, Sensei,” and swirls out of her way. I asked her how she starts her day, and she swears by this mood-boosting four-minute yoga routine. Mix it with a few piney hits of 9:1 THC to CBD from your Dosist pen, and rocket your chakras into bliss.

Not All Stoners Sleep Til Noon: A Guide to Productive Waking and Baking

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What you’re drinking: Infused Cold Brew Coffee
What you’re doing: Crossword Puzzle

Pour some ice-cold infused coffee into your “World’s Greatest Dad” mug, get a sharpie, cross out the word Dad, write Dab, chuckle at this awful joke, then crack open a crossword puzzle. Whether you complete easy, medium, or hard puzzles (screw you, Friday New York Times puzzles, one day I’ll complete you) sipping a cold brew is a chill way to zing your brain into beast-mode.

Not All Stoners Sleep Til Noon: A Guide to Productive Waking and Baking

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What you’re smoking: Sour Diesel
What you’re doing: Morning Chores

Sour Diesel is the Tom Hanks of cannabis: a universally beloved celebrity that makes everyone feel great. Take a few hits to tackle those dishes sitting in your sink since winter. You claim they’re ‘soaking’, but come on, even the flies are avoiding them by now. Nothing feels better than coming home to a home that, like Tom Hanks, is Oscar-winning.

BONUS: After you make your bed and sweep the floor, you’ll still be soaring on Sour D, and it’s the perfect pairing with a nice hot shower. That’s living the high life!

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Oklahoma Votes in Favor of Medical Marijuana

Oklahoma voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in a statewide election yesterday. Votes in favor of State Question 788 (SQ 788) totaled 56 percent of the ballots cast, while 43 percent opposed the measure. SQ 788 legalizes cannabis for medicinal use and establishes a regulatory framework for a legal supply chain.

Unlike medicinal cannabis legislation in many states, SQ 788 does not include a list of specific qualifying conditions. Instead, the initiative allows doctors to decide if their patients might benefit from cannabis.

Chip Paul is the chairman of Oklahomans for Health, a cannabis advocacy group responsible for SQ 788. He told High Times that the measure is a victory for patients.

“With the passage of SQ788, Oklahomans have passed perhaps the most unique medical marijuana law in the nation.  With no qualifying conditions, the law will put accountability squarely in the hands of physicians and under the same state regulatory controls as prescription medications.  We are pleased that Oklahomans have seen our vision and have adopted the state question into law.”

Is SQ 788 Recreational Pot in Disguise?

But that provision mobilized the opposition, who believe that the initiative is really a guise for recreational marijuana. The group SQ 788 Is Not Medical spent $500,000 on a media campaign against the measure. Dr. Kevin Taubman is the chairman of SQ 788 Is Not Medical and the former president of the Oklahoma Medical Association.

“This is a bad public health policy that does not resemble a legitimate medical treatment program,” Taubman said.

The opposition drive seems to have struck a chord with some voters. Connie Givens voted against the initiative. She told reporters that the initiative is too broad and would lead to recreational cannabis use.

“I think it’s not written right. I think it’s just so people can get marijuana,” Givens said.

Pollster Bill Shapard has surveyed Oklahomans about medical marijuana for five years. He said that attitudes are changing in the traditionally conservative state, especially among young people. Before the election, he predicted that the opposition would have a difficult job defeating SQ 788.

“I’ve found almost half of all Republicans support it, so that’s going to take an awful lot of money and an awful lot of organized opposition for this to lose on election day,” Shapard said.

Can Pot Taxes Save a Cash-strapped State?

But some who voted for the measure saw a new revenue stream for a state mired in economic difficulty. Earlier this year, Oklahoma teachers walked off the job to protest low pay and poor conditions in public schools. After a nine-day strike lawmakers relented and passed teacher raises of about $6,000 each, depending on experience. But the walkout failed to gain additional funding for schools. Robert Pemberton from Oklahoma City said that he voted for SQ 788 because medical marijuana legalization has helped other states with financial woes.

“They’ve got excess money, and we need that, especially for our teachers,” he said. “I think we need the revenue from it. I think we need the money. Our state’s in trouble financially and I think it would really help.”

The Oklahoma State Board of Health is already busy working on regulations for the implementation of SQ 788. Application information for patients will be available by July 26, and the state will begin accepting applications by August 25.

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10 People Fighting for Cannabis Legalization You Need to Know

As more states go green, enjoying unprecedented access to decriminalized cannabis, it can be easy to forget the legion of outspoken voices that have publicly battled to get us to this encouraging point. Activists in a multitude of realms continue to dig in and fight for those in the U.S. who are still under the threat of arrest or imprisonment for simple possession of a plant that can be therapeutic and recreational. They oppose a system that doesn’t care about people—or worse, profits from their pain. So today we’re raising a big spliff to a handful of critical cannabis activists you should be familiar with. They are generals leading the charge for legalization, justice reform and widespread access to the herb that we love. Giving them our support is the surest path to victory.

10 People Fighting for Cannabis Legalization You Need to Know

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Who: Steve DeAngelo
What: CEO, Harborside; Co-founder, Steep Hill Labs; President, ArcView Group; Author, the Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness
How: With over 40 years of activism and open support for the therapeutic virtues of the plant, DeAngelo may be the most widely recognized of modern canna-campaigners. Harborside is the world’s largest dispensary and a lynchpin in the fight for safe access to lab-tested medical marijuana for a range of income groups. From creating his own concentrate to raising the bar for dispensary standards, DeAngelo remains a crucial force in advocacy and activism.

10 People Fighting for Cannabis Legalization You Need to Know

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Who: Dr. Sanjay Gupta
What: Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN, a.k.a. the guy who got your mom to try edibles.
How: Gupta lends his medical expertise and public credibility to advocate for safe access for cannabis patients in a variety of telecast programs and published editorials, acknowledging the efficacy of cannabis as a potential pain treatment for millions. The good doctor, once an outspoken foe to marijuana legalization, apologized for his past maligning of the herb, and is striving to change national perceptions. He even recently penned an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions telling the guy to stop being such a dick. Essentially.

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Who: Dina Browner
What: Proprietor, Alternative Herbal Health Services; Founder, Freedom Grow; rumored to be the inspiration for Nancy Botwin’s character on Weeds.
How: Dr. Dina, as she’s known, helped launch L.A.’s first medical cannabis physician’s office, with additional locations helping to further patient access, spurred by a friend’s cancer diagnosis and positive reception to cannabis. She even got Snoop Dogg, who originally introduced her to herb, his first medical rec. Dina’s public advocacy for marijuana as a safe and necessary medicine takes her everywhere from your mom’s morning news show to Vice’s show Most Expensivest Shit with 2 Chainz. In 2015, Dina also launched Freedom Grow (http://www.freedomgrow.org/), which is committed to raising funds for and helping liberate those who have been incarcerated for cannabis.

10 People Fighting for Cannabis Legalization You Need to Know

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Who: Cory Booker
What: U.S. Senator, New Jersey; Future President of the United States, hopefully.
How: Booker, along with California Rep. Barbara Lee, introduced two bills in Congress calling for an end to marijuana prohibition. The legislation would remove cannabis from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, pave the way for resentencing of marijuana crimes, address racial disparities in drug sentencing, expunge federal convictions for possession-specific offenses, and create a community reinvestment fund for areas affected by the botched War on Drugs, among other things. In an era where many officials are honest about the failure of the War on Drugs, Booker is the rare politician who understands the urgency of the problem and is not afraid to speak up.

10 People Fighting for Cannabis Legalization You Need to Know

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Who: Kyle Turley
What: Veteran NFL offensive lineman; Founder, Gridiron Cannabis Foundation
How: Turley’s non-profit organization advocates for cannabis as a safe, effective therapy for current and former NFL players who have been physically and/or mentally traumatized on the field, in an effort to convince a heretofore resistant Roger Goodell to sanction its use. Its aim is to explore safe and legal medical treatments for NFL vets for a variety of football-related ailments like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), brain cancer and Parkinson’s, with the eventual goal of starting a neurological research facility. Doing similar work, an organization named When the Bright Lights Fade has a comparable mission and enjoys support from players past and present.

10 People Fighting for Cannabis Legalization You Need to Know

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Who: Ethan Nadelmann
What: Founder, Drug Policy Alliance
How: Arguably the biggest force in pushing to enact and shape some of the country’s most progressive drug policy and criminal justice reforms, the Drug Policy Alliance helped pass Prop. 64 in California (love it or hate it), with Nadelmann at the forefront as a relentless, outspoken veteran of the War on Drugs. The organization has also been acknowledged for pushing the industry to be more inclusive of minorities, women and others who helped pave the way to legalization.

10 People Fighting for Cannabis Legalization You Need to Know

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Who: Tom Angell
What: Chairman and founder of cannabis advocacy non-profit Marijuana Majority; Journalist and Editor, Marijuana Moment newsletter.
How: Angell tenaciously reports on complex, up-to-the-minute nationwide and regional policy developments, including incoming threats to existing cannabis protections and opportunities for political action. A dogged champion of access, one of Angell’s successful objectives has been to shine light on the widespread acceptance cannabis has attained among the U.S. public, in opposition to the widespread disinformation and propaganda campaign that keeps it a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

10 People Fighting for Cannabis Legalization You Need to Know

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Who: Rick Steves
What: The lovably nerdy travel expert from PBS.
How: A fierce advocate for decriminalization who sits on the board of NORML, Steves doesn’t even use cannabis himself. But having seen the world first-hand, he supports a more European approach to cannabis laws that doesn’t throw people’s lives away for mere possession of a “soft” drug. Today, he uses his very visible platform to fight marijuana prohibition and push for drug policy reform, penning editorials, giving speeches, and shooting series about cannabis prohibition. He even recently proposed a European itinerary to bring Jeff Sessions over to tour safe, responsible sites thriving from decriminalization.

10 People Fighting for Cannabis Legalization You Need to Know

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Who: Jane West and Jazmin Hupp
What: Founders, Women Grow
How: West and Hupp’s Denver-born Women Grow is said to be the industry’s largest cannabis networking organization. Eyeing the end of pot prohibition, the networking, speaking events and educational programs it organizes across North America seek to encourage, instruct and empower female ganjapreneurs (and male entrepreneurs committed to inclusivity) in over 30 U.S. and Canadian cities. Uniting various satellites as a combined force, Women Grow strives to ensure women their well-deserved place in the green rush.

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Who: Bill Maher
What: Stand-up comedian; Host, Real Time with Bill Maher
How: They may not have name a strain for him like his friends Woody or Willie. He hasn’t done time for the cause like Tommy Chong. And he’s not nearly as omnipresent as Snoop (who is?). But he does make stoners look deadly smart in front of millions of viewers each week, refuting the popular misconception of the slow, out-of-touch pothead. Maher’s platform is continually offered to alternative voices in the world of medicine, justice and social reform, giving a premium cable audience to advocates against racist institutions, corporate medicine and insane drug and sentencing laws. An outspoken, longtime donor and supporter of NORML and other anti-prohibition causes, he’s also the only person we’ve seen spark a joint up on live TV.

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The Best Bud & Breakfasts in America

On your next vacation, make a getaway to a hospitable bud and breakfast in a canna-legal state where you can enjoy one-of-a-kind accommodations with a local mom-and-pop vibe. Since being officially 420-friendly is prohibited in a hotel setting, this lends itself to a not-so-underground network of homestays that allow visitors to exist in a supportive atmosphere, stay in a customized room, connect with nature and/or add some other level to their canna-tourism experience.

Find a wealth of these bud and breakfasts, from places that simply offer a smoke-friendly patio to accommodations that are all-out nature retreats or offer dispensary tours, on websites such as TravelTHC, Kush Tourism, The Travel Joint and Bud and Breakfast. Lucky for you, we’ve narrowed down the cream of the crop for you right here.

Hicksville
Idyllwild, CA

Make a quaint escape to the mountains of Idyllwild at Hicksville, which boasts 10 uniquely themed rooms, a communal teepee for making friends over a session and rec room with free arcade, ping pong, shuffleboard, darts, and more. Room motifs range from Dolly Parton to Jack White’s Third Man Records and even director John Waters, though only one allows smoking inside (aptly named the 420 Room). Rates are some of the most affordable anywhere, starting at just $100 per night.

The Best Bud & Breakfasts in America

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Feeling Groovy at Eagle Creek Ranch
Trinity Center, CA

You won’t miss smoking inside at Eagle Creek Ranch, where you’ll experience a most idyllic getaway in one of two guest houses set on 116 acres of private mountain property. Rise for morning yoga before sitting down for an organic breakfast. Take a horseback ride, go swimming and enjoy the comforting sounds of the babbling Ripple Creek before joining everyone at the Groovy House for 4:20 happy hour with a colored (yes, brightly so) sheep walk. Rates start at $125 per night.

The Adagio
Denver, CO

Set in a Victorian Home in a historic Denver district boasting one-of-a-kind hospitality, The Adagio aims to please, with six custom rooms and a communal living room that consistently creates instant friendships. If a wake-and-bake breakfast with bottomless mimosas and all the munchies you want throughout the day aren’t enough, you can add a package to your stay. Add full transportation, romance with Champagne and roses, a wide variety of cannabis tours and more. Get a treatment at the spa where you can enjoy it to the fullest. Smoking is only in designated areas and room rates start at $300 per night.

The Best Bud & Breakfasts in America

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Potleaf Treehouse at Mountain Views B&B
Monroe, WA

It’s hard to underestimate what a true getaway the Potleaf Treehouse is, as it’s an actual naturally constructed house for two in a tree, built by Washington legend SunRay Kelly. Set in the forest along with two tiny caravans in the complex, you’re surrounded by nature in its purest form (that is, with WiFi) and accommodated by an outdoor shower and separate but pristine outhouse. The fire pit and hot tub are all you need to enjoy the nighttime country views over discounted purchases from a nearby dispensary. Animal lovers will enjoy the company of the resident horse, donkey and miniature pig. Smoking is allowed indoors and out — and room rates start at $225 per night.

The Funky House
Spokane, WA

Step into one of the most unique and eccentric houses you’ll ever see. Spiral staircases, round rooms and three stories of quirky interior features — even hidden rooms — will ensure your stay is a trip. The rooftop yields majestic views of the mountains while green memory foam mattresses give way to easy slumber. Take a soak in the hot tub. Smoke inside or out, as you’ll have easy access to dispensaries in-town — the host is also able to provide some. Take a trip to one of many nearby waterfalls in the area to realign with nature. Rates are $420 per night.

Alaska Cannabis Retreat
Wasilla, AK

Just outside Wasilla is a full service 420 getaway with cozy cabins set on a 40-acre ranch that will fulfill all of your cannabis needs. Choose from their wealth of receptacles from which to enjoy your bud, which is to be enjoyed both indoors and out. There’s also a private kitchen (one meal per day comes with your rate), where they’re available to infuse your food with weed. There’s also a game room, Russian bathhouse, and wood-fired hot tub. Room service is available and you can schedule your meals at whichever times you like. Go fishing, hiking, boating, biking nearby; the best thing is that all transportation can be arranged by the retreat. Rates start at $250 per night.

The Best Bud & Breakfasts in America

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Tender Bud Acres
Hubbard, OR

Alongside gorgeous countryside views, tons of wineries, and the Oregon Coast sits Tender Bud Acres, the perfect getaway for your canna-vacation. They have as much paraphernalia as you could want to help you consume your cannabis, though smoking is available only in the outdoor areas. Enjoy a delicious breakfast made with eggs from the chicken outside — their kitchen is free for use — or have the mother-and-daughter team prepare your meal for you themselves. Roam the five-acre farm to reconnect with nature. Rates start at an affordable $100 per night.

Delta 9 House
Portland, OR

Stay in one of three rooms named Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid at the Delta 9 House in Portland, where smoking inside isn’t only allowed, “it’s encouraged.” Homemade breakfasts featuring eggs from their own hens and coffee are included with your stay, as are all the tools you need for enjoying your bud. It’s a prime location for facilitating all your needs, cannabis and otherwise, and is owned by a couple of pioneers in the legalization fight. Be charmed by their dogs and the endless bud & dabs, but most of all by Russ and Lori’s utmost hospitality.

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Meet Margo Price: Americana’s Queen and Willie Nelson’s Weed Muse

A few miles west of the high-rise corporate offices of Nashville’s many major record labels, and the glitz of the tourist trap honky-tonks along Broadway, the trip to Margo Price’s house takes you off the interstate onto a quiet two-lane road. Before long it begins to feel like you are traveling through a Smoky Mountains town in eastern Tennessee, as the only landmarks seen are the steep drop-offs into thick forest where sidewalks would normally be, and you realize this would be the perfect place for the highest-profiled proponent for legalized marijuana in modern country music to light up comfortably without fear of being busted.

Well, not as much fear, anyway.

“Yeah, its kinda reached a point where I’ve started wondering if my house is going to get raided,” Price admits with a laugh when asked about her public love of weed. Through both mainstream and social media, the singer isn’t shy about partaking, with pictures of the performer lighting up with the help of a magnifying glass posted next to tour stop announcements.

“I look forward to a day when I can be completely open with preferring to just smoke.”

“Does it feel a little ‘extra’? It is seriously so good, because there’s no butane,” Price explains with zeal. “Butane is terrible for my voice, and sometimes—depending on the batteries being used – vaping irritates it, too.  With the magnifying glass, all you taste is the weed, which is a bonus as well.”

If the makeshift use of the glass as a lighter feels a little too much like a Twitter gimmick, it would be the only aspect of Price’s life — whether personal or creative — where the singer did something less than genuine for the sake of someone’s approval. 2016 saw the release of Price’s solo debut record, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, which finally catapulted the singer from the trenches of Nashville’s music scene onto Billboard’s Top 10 Country Album charts in its debut week.

With Jack White’s Third Man Records promotional team behind the first country artist signed to their roster, she was seemingly everywhere for much of the year, from being invited as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live — still a rare occurrence within country music — to winning Emerging Talent of the Year at the Americana Music Awards.

Meet Margo Price: Americana’s Queen and Willie Nelson's Weed Muse

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She returns to the Americana Honors & Awards event this September as a multi-nominee on the strength of her latest disc, All American Made. Nominated in the categories of Artist of the Year; Album of the Year; and Song of the Year (“A Little Pain”), the three nominations cements Price firmly within the upper echelon of roots-based talent, not that the singer believes mainstream country is putting up much of a fight to have her within their family; when she is asked if she has any CMA Fest (the Country Music Association’s music festival that brings in country music fans from around the world to take over downtown Nashville’s streets each year, and occurring at the time of our interview) appearances scheduled, she notes that the pairing hadn’t gone terribly well in the past.

“I played CMA Fest a couple of years back, and it just wasn’t my vibe. I got the feeling I wasn’t their vibe, either, so it all works out,” Price admits. “I moved here about 15 years ago, and one of the first things that I did was go to CMA Fest because I was dragged there by a guy who thought it would be a good spot to busk. We played in the street all day for something embarrassing, like $24.”

Price’s failure to be embraced by the gatekeepers of the modern country genre is mirrored by the side eye she gets from some Nashville performers toward her pot usage. Many of the same entertainers who have scored big hits built around their love of getting drunk on truck tailgates down by the river become teetotalers once a joint is lit at a party.

“Nashville is just such a drinking city,” she explains. “It honestly feels like if you don’t drink, you’re just not going to be considered ‘cool’ by a lot of the performers here. I do drink, but I practice really strong moderation because it makes me feel like shit, but I look forward to a day when I can be completely open with preferring to just smoke. I think it makes everyone completely peaceful, along with all the other benefits. There’s just such a grey area for it around here: I feel like it’s pretty socially accepted, but it’s really not in certain circles here. That’s why I mostly hang out with musicians; they’re outsiders and weirdos, anyway.”

Among the musicians Price has had the honor of befriending over the past few years is Willie Nelson. She has performed with him on many of his yearly outings, like Farm Aid and the touring Outlaw Music Festival. Nelson’s cannabis brand, Willie’s Reserve, has announced in an exclusive to High Times that later this year they will be releasing a new strain chosen and named by Price (though a date and name haven’t been officially decided yet).

Says Elizabeth Hogan, lead brand developer for Willie’s Reserve, “It’s a natural extension of Margo’s love of Willie and weed, and our love of Margo’s music and outlaw attitude. This started where a lot of collaborations do – as an idea backstage, around a joint. She’s been a regular at Willie’s festivals since before the Willie’s Reserve brand launched, with us first meeting her in March of 2016 at the Luck Reunion in Texas. Margo has been so enthusiastic, curious and outspoken about cannabis legalization, eventually it just made sense to make it happen.”

“I mostly hang out with musicians; they’re outsiders and weirdos, anyway.”

“It’s been a long time in the making,” explains Price. “At the Luck Reunion, my manager came up to me and said that [Willie’s Reserve] was inviting a few people to test some of their weed, and there was the chance that they may offer someone the opportunity to name their own strain. I immediately wanted to do it, but a huge tornado came through on the day we were originally supposed to go, so it kind of fell through. So I just kept writing them afterwards, asking about the naming offer; it was like, ‘Guys, some [musicians] want to sell clothes on the Home Shopping Network, but I want to sell weed.’ I just wanted to do it legally this time.”

Price elaborates on her strain, “It’s an indica, which is great for my insomnia, as well as back pain. I hope that it’s just the first of a venture that will lead to my being more involved in weed [retail]. I have found that a little taste from a weed gummy will put me right to sleep. It’s so much better for me than taking melatonin, and I hate taking NyQuil or Tylenol PM. We don’t know what those are really doing to us, but if I can take a tiny piece of weed that tastes like a strawberry gummy bear and go to sleep, count me in.”

For what it’s worth, Hogan is open to continuing the Reserve’s relationship with Price, as the singer continues to fight for cannabis within Tennessee.

“Musicians supporting cannabis is nothing new, and artist voices are incredibly powerful for building support, but it takes an extra dose of boldness to speak up about cannabis in a pre-legalization community like Nashville. As a badass woman living and working in a more conservative place, Margo definitely helps shine a different light on the topic.”

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Cannabis Business Owner Permit Patty Calls Cops On 8-Year-Old Selling Water

A video of a woman since identified as Alison Ettel calling the cops on an 8-year-old black girl selling water on her stoop went viral with the hashtag #PermitPatty last weekend. Jordan Rogers was hoping to sell cold bottled water to baseball fans heading to AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants vs. the San Diego Padres last Friday. The girl’s mother, Erin Austin, was outside their apartment building with her daughter and captured “Permit Patty” making the call to police to report the child selling water without a permit. Ettel ducks behind a wall while on the phone to try to avoid being recorded. “You can hide all you want. The whole world gonna see you, boo,” Austin says. Ettel comes out from her hiding spot, saying, “Yeah. Illegally selling water without a permit? Yeah.”

Make this bitch go viral like #bbqbecky she’s #permitpatty would you rather my daughter be out here getting into shit Fr cuz an 8 year old selling water in front of her apartment building where she’s lived her whole life is NOT a reason to call the Police 🤬🤬🤬

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The whole world responded with a firestorm on social media. Given recent events of black people having the cops called on them for sitting in a Starbucks, BBQing in a park, napping in a dorm room while studying for finals, or just not waving, collective outrage at what The Root described as “Calling Police on Black People For No Damn Reason” is at an all-time high. Heavy was quick to report on the story with an article titled “Alison Ettel, ‘Permit Patty’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know,” which identified Ettel as co-owner of a Bay Area cannabis company, TreatWell, which peddles cannabis tinctures for people and pets.

The irony of a white woman who sells marijuana calling the police on a black child for selling water was not lost on anyone. Especially given the fact that Ettel stated herself to SFGate.com in an article titled “Pot For Your Pup?” that her cannabis business was growing despite the fact that, under federal law, her products are illegal. “It’s kind of like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” Ettel said. “We haven’t gotten any pushback yet.”

Speaking to HuffPost, Ettel insisted that her calling the police on a child for selling water was not racially motivated. She also claimed she only “pretended” to call the police. She told HuffPost that the incident began because Rogers and Austin were “screaming about what they were selling. It was literally nonstop. It was every two seconds, ‘Come and buy my water.’” Ettel said she had the windows of her office open. When asked why she didn’t close the windows, she said it was too hot, and closing them would not have stopped the noise.

The backlash from the cannabis community was swift, with at least three Bay Area retailers announcing that they will no longer carry TreatWell products because of the #PermitPatty incident. Magnolia Oakland announced in an Instagram post that it would donate all profits from remaining TreatWell inventory to a local non-profit that provides opportunities to young women of color. Ettel was also dropped from a documentary currently in production about women in the cannabis industry due to her “racist and divisive actions,” film producers stated in an Instagram post.

One good thing to come from all this? Some pretty great memes—and a very good skewering of the situation from SNL’s Cecily Strong.

@rashidasheedz and I made a biopic tonight #permitpatty

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How to Feed Your Trichomes: 5 Lessons in Crop Nutrition

Look closely at your developing buds and you will notice small cat-claw to mushroom-like, jelly-filled protrusions coating the surface. These are trichomes—protective structures filled with what are referred to as secondary metabolites (SMs), which include terpenes and cannabinoids. These compounds give cannabis the powerful psychoactive and medicinal characteristics that make it a prized species of the plant kingdom. These structures begin to form in the early stages of the flowering cycle, but it’s not until the last few weeks that they really begin to swell. If you want your plant to fill these trichomes to capacity, you need to understand how your nutrient feed affects their development.

Understand Your Product Label

Every nutrient company gives you a different recipe and rarely explains why. There are 13 major nutrients plants use to grow, but most of the time it comes down to the three primary macronutrients: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K). Let’s start with one frustrating detail about nutrient labels: P and K values as listed on the package do not indicate what is available to roots. These values are inflated by outdated labeling laws, and represent a theoretical amount of potassium oxide and phosphorus pentoxide. It will give you a headache trying to understand why they are labeled as such, but you should know that less than half the P listed is available to roots.

Get Acquainted With Your Water

Tap and well water contain a tremendous amount of minerals that complicate your ability to maintain pH levels and provide a balanced feed. Minerals carry either a positive or negative charge. Those that are positive share the same uptake channels and ports on the root surface, which can lead to competitive uptake. Calcium, magnesium, and potassium all have a positive charge and therefore when one is present in excess, it can restrict uptake of the others. Contact your municipal water supplier or get your well-water tested so that you know what minerals your plants are receiving in addition to your nutrient feed. Another option is to use a reverse osmosis water filter.

How to Feed Your Trichomes: 5 Lessons in Crop Nutrition

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Macronutrient Requirements Change As Buds Mature

When you’re growing a seedling, a heavy dose of nitrogen (N) is good because it will encourage accumulation of leaf area, which allows more light interception to produce the real food: carbohydrates. Potassium (K) is critical during this time because as the stems and leaves grow, K forces water into these tissues causing them to expand rapidly. However, once you reach the later stages of bud development, your buds aren’t expanding anymore. Now they are accumulating SMs which requires a moderate amount of N to maintain photosynthesis and a small amount of phosphorus (P). Most know that Cannabis needs a lot of P during the later growth stages. However, plants are inefficient at taking up P so if you dump a huge dose into the roots, most of it will either flush out or become bound with another nutrient and become unavailable.

How to Feed Your Trichomes: 5 Lessons in Crop Nutrition

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Grow Trichomes, Not Leaves and Stems

The primary (vegetative growth) and secondary (cannabinoids and terpenes) metabolism of plants share the same energy resources and your nutrient feed largely decides which one takes the lead. As nitrogen concentration increases, there is an exponential increase in growth and SM accumulation. However, there is a point when more N increases growth, but SM accumulation begins to decrease until it ceases altogether. In order to focus growth on trichomes, you should feed a moderate amount of N and P to sustain photosynthesis without deviating energy into vegetative growth.

Bud Quality Is Destroyed by Over-Fertilization

If electrical conductivity in your feed solution or root zone is too high, your plant’s ability to draw water into its roots by osmosis is restricted. One thing that happens far too often is a high nutrient dose in the second half of flowering. This encourages a straw-like flavor, reduced cannabinoid and terpene content, and a high chance of having bugs or mold attack your plant.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no secret sauce when it comes to nutrient formulas for crops. There are countless ways to bring a plant from the seedling stage to fully ripened buds so long as you stick to some of these central concepts.

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FDA Approves GW Pharma’s Epidiolex

According to a press release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved GW Pharma’s drug Epidiolex for the treatment of rare forms of epilepsy. Just a few months ago, news broke of a very encouraging FDA panel assessment, which indicated a positive outlook for the drug’s approval.

In the press release, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D appeared to indicate an open willingness to explore the medical benefits of cannabis. “This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to important medical therapies,” says Gottlieb. “And, the FDA is committed to this kind of careful scientific research and drug development.” He went on to add:FDAlogo

Controlled clinical trials testing the safety and efficacy of a drug, along with careful review through the FDA’s drug approval process, is the most appropriate way to bring marijuana-derived treatments to patients. Because of the adequate and well-controlled clinical studies that supported this approval, prescribers can have confidence in the drug’s uniform strength and consistent delivery that support appropriate dosing needed for treating patients with these complex and serious epilepsy syndromes. We’ll continue to support rigorous scientific research on the potential medical uses of marijuana-derived products and work with product developers who are interested in bringing patients safe and effective, high quality products. But, at the same time, we are prepared to take action when we see the illegal marketing of CBD-containing products with serious, unproven medical claims. Marketing unapproved products, with uncertain dosages and formulations can keep patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies to treat serious and even fatal diseases.

According to the press release, the drug was studied in three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials with 516 patients who have either Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome, the two rare forms of epilepsy the drug is now approved to treat. Epidiolex is an anti-epilepsy drug, taken in a syrup form, with the main active ingredient being cannabidiol (CBD), and less than 0.1 % THC.

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