Culture

Grass, Glass, and Gear: Las Vegas Champs Trade Show 2017

The Champs trade show held this week in Las Vegas was an absolute blast, at least for most. A premier counter-culture event held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the long-running trade show provides head shops, dispensaries, and other 420-retailers their seasonal supply of bongs, oil rigs, assorted paraphernalia, and alternative lifestyle attire. While there’s no weed at the show, recreational marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas are alive and well. With recreational marijuana now legal in Nevada, this week’s event hosted more than 420 vendors under the convention center’s massive roof. Featuring artisan glassblowers demonstrating their craft, this year’s industry-centric trade show had a little something for everyone. On a personal mission to pick up a few new strains for …

Read More »

The Haymaker: Living Large in Mooch’s ‘Zombie Apocalypse’

‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott’s weekly column on cannabis politics and culture. If you caught new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci’s debut press conference today, you know a few things about the Mooch. He is: Slick Articulate Confident A sharp dresser Reassuring in tone Handy with the quip and joke A big fan of President Trump Fox News’ idea of a devilishly handsome gentleman No longer available for that role as the third Shark in “West Side Story” Say what you will about the man’s employment choices and his boss’s behavior: Mooch is a three-step upgrade for the shop that brought you Shrub-Hiding Spicey. Not ten minutes into Scaramucci’s Briefing Room debut, though, the indefatigable Tom …

Read More »

Americans Are Smoking Weed at Highest Rate in Recorded History, According to Gallup Poll – News

More Americans are coming out of the shadows and owning up to their past marijuana use than ever before, according to a new report from highly respected research firm Gallup. Not only are more people saying they’ve lit up in the past, but the new poll also suggests that legal weed and relaxing attitudes across the country have led to the highest percentage of current cannabis users since researchers began collecting data almost 50 years ago. The poll, conducted earlier this month with over 1,000 respondents from all 50 states, found that 45% of American adults said that they had tried marijuana at some point in their lives, while 12% said that they are current users. Despite threats from the …

Read More »

Colorado Reaches Marijuana Milestone by Generating $500 Million in Tax Revenue – News

While a number of states have decided to jump on the recreational marijuana bandwagon over the past few years, the movement would be less emboldened without the proven success of Colorado. Nowadays, a number of lawmakers are turning to the Rocky Mountain region for advice on how to implement cannabis legalization the right way. Thanks to the legalization of recreational cannabis sales in 2014, an incredible amount of tax revenue and economic opportunities have been created across The Centennial State. Earlier this week, canna-centric government relations and strategic communication firm VS Strategies published an analysis revealing that retail marijuana sales have generated more than $500 million in tax revenue for Colorado. According to publicly available data released by Colorado’s Department of Revenue, this milestone …

Read More »

Feds’ Secret Meetings in Colorado on Cannabis Policy May Foreshadow Federal Crackdown – News

Secret meetings taking place this week in Colorado involving some of the federal government’s leading agencies against the drug culture could be an indication that it is just now just a matter of time before U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions launches a full blown attack against the legal cannabis trade. According to a recent report from CBS affiliate KKTV 11 News in Colorado Springs, some of Uncle Sam’ top hammers, including the Department of Justice, the DEA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) have been meeting this week with local officials to discuss the issue of marijuana enforcement. An anonymous figure close to the situation apparently tipped off the news source prior to the meeting, …

Read More »

Podcast: What Are You Smoking?

Premiere: The Old Slurpee-in-the-Bong Question Simmer down, now: Leafly’s first podcast has finally arrived. What Are You Smoking? features cannabis experts Jeremiah Wilhelm, Bailey Rahn, Will Hyde, and Brett Konen reviewing strains, test-firing products, offering up pro tips, and answering your questions. In this episode: We put the Pax III and Firefly 2 vaporizers head-to-head and answer the age-old query: Is it really a good idea to use blue raspberry Slurpee in your bong? Hosted by: Jeremiah Wilhelm is a strain researcher and subject matter expert at Leafly. A former budtender, Jeremiah is the site’s reigning beard champion and self-proclaimed Office Garden Gnome.   Bailey Rahn is an editor at Leafly specializing in cannabis strains and health. When she’s not at Leafly, you’ll likely find …

Read More »

Home Growers are still Criminalized

In 2015, Chile legalized medical marijuana and now residents of the country are increasingly growing cannabis for medical purposes as the nation begins to loosen prohibition during the implementation process.  Advocates of the cannabis plant are working hard to ensure Chileans with chronic pain have the skills and understanding about how to grow marijuana, even though doing so is still a legal gray area. Movimental, or “The Movement”, is a non profit organization who is an autonomous, democratic, participative and self-funded organization that includes both users and non-users of cannabis, and their principal objective is to end the prohibitionist policies that have not provided any positive results in recent history.  According to the organization, the past and current policies have generated more problems than solutions, incarcerating …

Read More »

Canadian Dollars Are Funding Global Cannabis Expansion

Anyone who has grown up in Canada is well aware of the international stereotypes that exist about the Great White North. We are known to be a peaceful, polite country that supplies the world with maple syrup, hockey, and poutine. Although that’s all correct, Canada, like other countries, tries not to be pigeonholed with blanket labels based on its culture and exports. Now in the 21st-century, marijuana is finally getting its due as an incredible medicine. To that end, Canada is building upon its reputation as a pot-loving country by funding the international cannabis industry. “We are not going to be dipping our toes into international waters,” said Cam Battley, Executive Vice President of Aurora Cannabis, in an interview with …

Read More »

Dutch Cannabis Social Club Applies for Legal Cannabis Cultivation

The Tree of Life, Amsterdam’s first and only cannabis social club, recently filed a request for an exemption from the Dutch Opium Act to the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The club applied to grow cannabis for scientific research purposes. The association of recreational and medical users believes this can be accomplished in compliance with the Opium Act because the law states that the production of narcotics can be allowed for “medical and scientific purposes.” “We want to study the needs of users as they know the composition of cannabis due to it is being listed and labeled,” club president Rosaria Ricci told the Dutch media. “The research is aimed to document the health of its (the club’s) members. …

Read More »

DEA reports no overdoses related to marijuana

Despite the Drug Enforcement Administration’s stance against marijuana, the federal agency concedes that nobody has ever died from taking too much. In their 2017 resource guide titled Drugs of Abuse, the DEA details cannabis as a Schedule I substance that carries a high potential for abuse with no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. They ultimately admit, however, that “no deaths from overdose of marijuana have been reported.” The guide’s pot entry continues to extol the benefits of cannabis while trying to demonize it at the same time. The DEA notes the common effects of pot use, which includes “merriment, happiness, and even exhilaration at high doses,” as well as “enhanced sensory perception, giving rise to increased …

Read More »