Marijuana and Cannabis Culture

Ten Best Colorado Medical Marijuana Strains of 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Our sister paper in Colorado, The Denver Westword, has been paying your's truly to shop for and toke cannabis for five years running as the nation's first newspaper marijuana dispensary critic (it's a rough life).

And out of the 100+ strains I brought home, there were ten standouts that made the cut for Westword's Best Strains of 2014.

Seth Rogan: How a Stoner and His Movie Started an International Hacking Incident and Threats of Mass Death
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Ryan Orange/LA Weekly.
Seth Rogan.
Sony assumed North Korea would hate the movie. The question was: What would it do? Pyongyang had just tested its atom bomb and threatened "preemptive nuclear attack." And the Supreme Leader with his finger on the trigger was barely over 30, with less than two years of experience.

But Kim Jong-un didn't care about Olympus Has Fallen, even though the violently anti-North Korean 2013 film showed his people strangling women, murdering unarmed men, kidnapping the U.S. president and even executing their fellow citizens. His saber rattlers never mentioned it. That wasn't worth a fight.

A year later, North Korea had a bigger enemy: Seth Rogen.

New MasterCard TV Ad Features Gwen Stefani Weed Song
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:20 am

"Who's got the lighter?! Let's spark the fire!"
There are states with medical and recreational marijuana laws on the books where a person can adhere to all of their specific state laws, pay all applicable local tax and licensing fees, and conduct a safe and honest business in the cannabis industry. But, in many cases, they still cannot get a company credit card with which to conduct the day-to-day merchant services that are essential to any type of business.

So it is pretty interesting to see singer Gwen Stefani, no stranger to some weed, featured in a new MasterCard television ad. It is even more interesting when you hear the song that MasterCard marketing execs chose to represent their multibillion dollar brand.

Confused by Concentrates? This High Times Writer's Book Explains It All
Monday, December 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

If a time-traveling pot smoker from even 20 years ago landed at a social gathering of L.A. stoners circa 2014, he or she would be quite confused. Not by the proliferation of legal weed in California, but by the preponderance of new-fangled tools, equipment and drugs that have largely supplanted the good old buds and blunts of yore.

We're talking, of course, about rigs, dab sticks and the wide world of marijuana concentrates, including hash, wax, shatter, budder, oil and a host of other slang terms that refer to that carefully extracted goo that currently comprises about 30% of sales at dispensaries, fills most vape pens, and gets you ridiculously high.

PSA: Don't Suffer Needlessly from Cannabinoid Deficiency
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 11:20 am

Do you or someone you love suffer from low THC? It's a very real problem brought on by more than 70 years of government prohibition. Kathleen Chippi and the good folks at the and have created this awesome PSA to share around with friends who may be lacking in cannabinoids.

Tommy Chong is About to Be Everywhere (If You Smoke Weed, Man)
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Photo by Timothy Norris.
Now that the era of cannabis prohibition is finally coming to a close, the famous stoners of bygone eras are stepping away from their bongs, wandering out of their man caves and looking to cash in. Bob Marley's descendants may be trying to brand a strain of weed named after the famed reggae singer, but L.A.'s own Tommy Chong is thinking a big more broadly.

Yes, his own strain -- "Chong Star" -- is in the works. But more importantly, the 76-year-old is making a play for a lucrative comeback with a recent stint on the hit show Dancing With the Stars and endorsements of everything from fertilizer and joint-rolling machines to pipe necklaces and Smoke Swipes, a product that supposedly removes unwanted smells from clothing and hair. Amanda Lewis at the LA Weekly has more.

Colorado Dispensary Holds Huge "Green Friday" Promotion, Press Freaks Out
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:20 am
A photo of The Grass Station on Green Friday as shared by CBS4. Additional images and videos below.
Last week, we noted that marijuana businesses were embracing Black Friday, with The Grass Station leading the charge via $50 ounces for the first sixteen customers on November 26-28. And while the promotion was presumably aimed at local customers, the whole "Green Friday" concept definitely got national exposure.

Pat Leborio: The Clown Prince of Addicts
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

This church of ours is open to all. . . . There will be no outcasts," reads a banner looming over comedian Pat Leborio as he struts onto the stage. He's in the church hall of St. Clement's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente, ready to start a set for an audience that seem to be the last people on earth ready to listen to an hour of insults thrown their way: addicts.

"Vape" Is the Word of the Year for the Oxford Dictionaries
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 8:20 am
VVM/Christine Cool.
It's become a common sight in Colorado -- at Broncos games, in movie theaters and malls, in the bathrooms at bars and clubs, even behind high schools and in employee parking lots. People will quickly, slyly grab a device from their pocket that looks like a pen and put it to their mouth. Then, after just a tiny puff and the mere hint of the smell of pot or cigarette smoke, they'll put the device -- which doesn't get hot -- back into their pocket and go back to whatever they were doing.

The use of vape pens and e-cigarettes has been common for a while, but it caught on big in 2014 after recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado at the beginning of the year. So big, in fact, that Oxford Dictionaries chose "vape" as its word of the year for 2014. Denver Westword has more.

Dutch Trying to Shut Down High Times Cannabis Cup
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Thanksgiving week in Amsterdam for the last 26 years or so has been a haven for cannabis users and those wanting to celebrate marijuana culture thanks to the High Times Cannabis Cup.

But it seems that after more than a quarter-century of generally being hassle-free, the Dutch are cracking down on events and have shut down the main expo for the event and are strictly enforcing five-gram possession laws and a total ban on solvent-based concentrates.