Browsing: Dispensaries

Here’s some news that will add a delightful lift to your Monday: There’s a Tommy Chong’s meet-and-greet contestcoming to Denver. Yes, you can hang with the legend himself when he comes to town for the official release of his Chong’s Choice cannabis line, selling now exclusively at these eight dispensaries.

Not only will you get to meet him, but the winner of the contest has been promised his or her very own toking session with Chong. You will be smoking Chong’s Choice line of cannabis grown by Verde Natural.

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Baker started out like most startups: with an idea.

Roger Obando had already been in the startup world for nearly twenty years when he started thinking about marijuana and how new technology could improve the industry. He was living in New York in 2014 when a medical marijuana law passed in that state, and he began to research what would soon become a booming industry.

Joel Milton and David Champion were working on a different startup at the time. The three had discussed working together, but it wasn’t until Obando overheard a conversation they were having about the marijuana industry that they realized they shared a passion. They immediately sat down and started brainstorming, Obando recalls.

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It’s always fun to analyze a classic and try to understand how it passed the test of time. My parents grew up listening to Ray Charles and the Rolling Stones, and so did I. If I ever have kids, they’ll grow up to “Hit the Road, Jack” and “Sympathy for the Devil,” too.

A few months back, Isa Jones wrote about the whirlwind of emotion she felt during a Bruce Springsteen concert because her father was such a big fan. All of our dads liked Bruce. Millennials probably shouldn’t — he’s in his late sixties and still rocks tight denim and a soul patch — but every time “Born in the USA” comes on, we think of a barbecue or Sunday morning with Dad.

los-angeles-marijuana-delivery-legalizationTimothy Norris/L.A. Weekly

Unless you’re a legit home nurse or other “primary caregiver” bringing medicine home to your patient, pot delivery is illegal in the city of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force is hoping to change that.

The group, which represents marijuana industry interests in L.A., is challenging another advocacy organization, the United Cannabis Business Alliance, to expand on some of the proposals included in its initiative to allow the city’s legal dispensaries to be granted permits once statewide medical marijuana regulations — known as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) — kick in in 2018.

The TAG program tests marijuana for things like fungus and mildew.Kate Simmons | Toke of the Town

The TAG program tests marijuana for things like fungus and mildew.

Starting today, you can purchase weed that’s been given a quality-assurance grade.

Created by the Trichome Institute, a Colorado-based company dedicated to science, education and certification, the Trichome Assurance Grade (TAG) system analyzes potentially unhealthy, even dangerous, parts of marijuana for which the government doesn’t require testing.

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Want to take your weed-snob knowledge to the next level? Under president Max Montrose and CEO Jim Nathanson, theTrichome Institute offers a series of cannabis courses, culminating with the “weed sommelier,” or interpening, class.

In his interpening — technically “interpreting terpenes” — class, Montrose regularly guides cannabis enthusiasts through the ins and outs of cannabis. For four solid hours, everyone from managers of dispensaries to growers, budtenders and owners learns how to pick up a plant and detect everything they need to know about the cannabis from its smell, bud structure and leaves. If you pay attention and pass a test at the end of the class, you’ll win official certification as a weed sommelier.

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Medical Marijuana is legal in 19 states — not including Florida. But that hasn’t stopped one Fort Lauderdale tech company from reaping the benefits of the booming cannabis industry. BioTrackTHC, a 6-year-old software firm, devised a comprehensive “seed-to-sale” marijuana inventory program that uses an identification number on barcodes to track marijuana from plant to dispensary.

It started off with only 20 customers, but BioTrackTHC has expanded as one by one, states begin legalizing medical and recreational marijuana. In just a few years, the company has grown to serve 1,800 licensed businesses in 24 states, in addition to D.C. and Canada.

Travis and Samantha Mason in a photo from her Facebook page.Facebook

Travis and Samantha Mason in a photo from her Facebook page.

Young couples are frequently encouraged to write wills and make estate plans that will be ready in the event of unexpected death — but few of them do so.

Such a tragedy seems too unlikely for most of them to undertake such a sad task.

But Travis and Samantha Mason were an exception to this rule. Why? One reason, Samantha says, was Travis’s past as a Marine — a service in which risking life for country is one cost of membership.

“We’d talked about what to do if anything was to happen — what his wishes were and what my wishes were,” she acknowledges. “And he just wanted everybody to be happy. He didn’t want anybody really mourning.”

Keeping this pledge will be difficult for Samantha and his friends, family and loved ones — not to mention what Samantha refers to as “his brothers and sisters” in the military. Because while Travis survived his stint in the Marines, which ended in February 2016, he was killed on June 18, at the age of 24, when he was shot while working as a security guard at Green Heart, a dispensary at 19005 East Quincy Avenue in Aurora.

Budtender Jason McDaniel behind the counter at Sticky Medz in Los Angeles.David Futch

Budtender Jason McDaniel behind the counter at Sticky Medz in Los Angeles.

Behind every counter at L.A.’s medical marijuana dispensaries is an expert who knows what strains are best for pain relief and which brownies best quell nausea caused by chemotherapy.

These experts are called “budtenders,” and their profession is a new career choice, whether they’re stocking the shelves and studying labels or learning medicinal properties and caring for the afflicted.

To get to know this quirky group, read more about California’s budtenders via L.A. Weekly.

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The amount dispensaries charge for an ounce of cannabis in Colorado varies radically from place to place.

As evidence, check out the latest Colorado numbers from PriceofWeed.com, which uses a crowdsourcing approach to gathering its data.

The priciest figures for high-quality marijuana are more than twice as hefty as the lowest ones — and the farther a buyer is from the Denver metro-area (or, in one instance, Colorado Springs), the likelier he or she is to pay a premium price.

Of course, the term “high-quality” is imprecise, and costs vary from place to place in any community with multiple dispensaries. But the digits still indicate that importance of location, location, location.

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