Marijuana and Cannabis Product News, Reviews and Views
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.
Photo by Timothy Norris.
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.
Getting arrested for marijuana can ruin your life in Arkansas. Unless you are the governor's son, that is.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe.
Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced yesterday that he plans to pardon his son's 2003 felony marijuana charges. Kyle Beebe was convicted of marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Mike Beebe has pardoned nearly 700 nonviolent offenders in during his tenure in office and says his son deserves the same second chance as all the other people he's let off.
Too lazy to get off the couch to pick up your pot? Soon, you'll be able to order your weed with the tap of a finger.
The app Nestdrop, which already delivers alcohol on demand, is expanding to marijuana with a soft launch in L.A. at the end of October. Co-founder Michael Pycher says the app will offer delivery, within the hour, for valid patients in a broad area between Downtown, Manhattan Beach and Encino/Tarzana.
"We want the general public to be able to tell a marijuana cookie from a Chips Ahoy cookie just by looking at it."
That's the intent behind the edible work group currently hashing out recommendations for future edible packaging. And one recommendation submitted yesterday would solve that problem by eliminating pot cookies entirely from the landscape. Eleven recommendations were submitted yesterday by members of the edibles work group regarding how to regulate recreational cannabis edibles in the future.
By far the most extreme recommendation came from Jeff Lawrence of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, who suggested that Colorado completely ban all production of any retail cannabis products except for simple lozenges or hard candies -- and, oddly, tinctures, which "users can add to their products at home" to create their own (unpackaged, unmarked, unregulated) edibles.
The rapid rise in the popularity of 3D printers in recent years, paired with how affordable they have become, has led to a long list of crazy, deadly, useful, and sometimes downright delicious creations being spit out by these incredible machines. Anything from firearms, to body parts, to pizzas, and in a move straight out of a Terminator movie, we even have 3D printers printing out more 3D printers.
So, of course, it took no time flat for folks to start pumping out 3D-printed plastic accessories for the cannabis crowd - everything from cheap grinders to entire bongs shaped like popular video game characters.
But a research and development firm out of Israel has taken the technology to a whole new level with a 3D-printed vaporizer that they believe will change the way the world looks at medical marijuana.
There isn't a lot of preaching happening either way in Cannabis Pharmacy. Instead, the book briefly overviews the historical use of medical cannabis before delving into how cannabis is absorbed and removed from the body, potential adverse effects and a look at the endocannabinoid system.
The science in the book isn't exactly college-textbook level, but there are chemical diagrams of various molecules found in cannabis for those who might find that interesting. There's also quite a bit of information about extracts and proper storage of cannabis, plus dosing and delivery.
The concept behind The User's Guide to Colorado Marijuana Law, a guidebook penned by Robert M. Linz, the associate director and head of public services at the University of Colorado School of Law, is a solid one. But the paperback format almost certainly ensures that this resource won't be relevant forever.
Linz has arranged his book into two major categories: "Part One: Personal Use of Marijuana," and "Part Two: Commercial Use of Marijuana." The guide lays out information in a simple Q&A format. For example, the opening section contains questions such as "How old do I need to be to legally consume marijuana?" and "How much marijuana may I possess?" -- the types of inquiries that dispensary owners are probably tired of answering. Linz cites appropriate legislation in his answers for readers and consumers.
"I have no idea what you are talking about, officer."
If you live in a state where marijuana is illegal - like, say, Florida - the smart thing to do is to keep your cannabis plants out of view of the general public. That means parading them around town in the back seat of your car with the top buds sticking out the rear window should be avoided at all costs. And if you do, don't break other blatantly obvious laws like driving at night without your lights.
Apparently, Clearwater, Florida's Justin Goodloe, 20, and Allen Barnes, 19, completely missed that memo.
Most potheads would say that weed makes sex better, but few have applied the stuff as a lubricant. That is, until last month in Los Angeles, when Mathew Gerson, 40, launched Foria, which he claims is the first THC-infused lubricant for women.
Gerson, who has in the past peddled vegan condoms, says he made the first batch of Foria (taken from the word euphoria) right in his kitchen in Southern California. His first round of test subjects? They included his sister and his mother.
Lawyers have been known to use some pretty outlandish gimmicks to promote themselves. But one Denver DUI attorney is taking a route that has some people rolling up in laughter.
Or just rolling up.
Jay Tiftickjian of Tiftickjian Law Firm has been giving away packs of rolling papers featuring the phrase "Enjoy the trip, but don't drive high" to smoke shops, dispensaries, record stores and anywhere else he thinks might take them. The packs also have his office's contact information and tips on how to avoid a DUI under the cover.