Marijuana and Cannabis Product News, Reviews and Views

Top marijuana-related gifts for the 2013 holiday season
Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

With marijuana now legal in Colorado (if you're 21 and above and the amount is an ounce or less), odds are good that you've got a stoner on your holiday gift list.

Or maybe two stoners. Or possibly ten.

Wondering what to get them this year? We're here to help, with our "Dear Santa" suggestions for the cannabis consumer in your life.

Below are some of the top pot-related must-haves for the 2013 holiday season.

L.A. City Council proposes banning e-cigarettes in public
Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

Hold onto to your e-cigarettes and vape pens while you can, people, because using them in Los Angeles might soon be banned in the same places that prohibit lighting up regular smokes including beaches, bars and restaraunts.

The L.A. City Council today will consider a new motion to be introduced by Councilman Mitch O'Farrell that would treat electronic devices the same way that cigarette smoking is regulated in town. LA Weekly has more.

Fallout builds from marketing by "non-flammable" solvent maker ZHO
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

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ZHO flyer from CHAMPS.
Last week, CHAMPS Trade Show and B2B Expo landed for the first time ever in Denver, Colorado, bringing with it hundreds of vendors and thousands of buyers from all over North America for a 3-day meet and greet at the Convention Center downtown. Those fortunate enough to gain entrance to the event were treated to amazing wholesale deals on everything from old school handcrafted artwork, to the hottest cutting edge technology, and cannabis ambassadors Tommy Chong and Bob Snodgrass could be seen perusing the various booths, undoubtedly amazed at how far the scene has come.

But amid the rows of apparel, functional glass, e-cigarette and/or herbal supplement booths stood two gentlemen behind a long, nondescript table littered with eye-catching but similarly nondescript flyers, repeatedly doing a demo where it appeared that they were "blasting" butane through a tube - indoors at the Denver Convention Center.

Stoner MacGyver marijuana product review: vaporizer finder
Friday, July 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

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Stoner MacGyver.
Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games to books. We'll be showcasing them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver.

The latest? This week, we're helping you find the best vaporizer with

Denver High Times Cannabis Cup 2013 photos, video winners and wrap-up
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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>em>High Times Magazine threw arguable the biggest private pot parties in the nation over the weekend, drawing tens of thousands of people over two days to the Exdo Events Center in Denver for the magazine's third cannabis contest in as many years. Past events were all medical cups. But this year's was billed as the first true Cannabis Cup that was open to everyone.
And apparently, that word got out to everyone. In our two days at the festival, we met dozens of folks from Texas, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and even a few awesome Kiwis from New Zealand - including the owner of New Zealand's only hemp store. All were blown away by the open use around them - which is completely understandable when you come from places where marijuana isn't as tolerated as Colorado. Shit, it was even impressive in scope for those of us used to such spectacles.

Road Trip: In Search of Good Medicine - Pure Life, West L.A.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:52 am
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All photos by Sharon Letts
Pure Life Wellness is located on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles

By Sharon Letts

On the heels of continued raids by the DEA of four legally run dispensaries in Los Angeles, West L.A. dispensary owner Yamileth Bolanos is pretty much at the end of her Hemp rope, so to speak.

Bolanos, who is founder and owner of Pure Life Wellness, has been at the forefront of cannabis activism in the city of Los Angeles, where recently dispensaries were threatened with closure by city officials.

With the creation of GLACA, the "Greater Los Angeles Cannabis Alliance," Bolanos, with other longtime dispensary owners, banded together to create their own entity in order to deal with the powers that be, driven by the philosophy that "strength in numbers" matter.

"We founded GLACA in 2006 to help create ordinances on how dispensaries should behave, because the city would not instate ordinances until 2010," Bolanos said. "Those who were operating safely and were respectful of their neighbors needed a way to differentiate from profiteers who did not care about patient safety, or were otherwise problematic in their behavior."

420: A Comic About Weed
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8:20 am
In the interest of entertaining you and provoking a discussion, please enjoy "420: A Comic About Weed,"  brought to you courtesy of cartoonist Greg Farrell.

In "420," Farrell creates an autobiographical comic detailing his life on weed. 

Online Voting Starts For Worldwide Cannabis Cooking Contest
Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:20 am
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Online voting has started for what is being called the first worldwide cannabis cooking contest, the 2013 Medicated Chef Contest, hosted by iBAKE TV.

Contest videos will stay up on YouTube at until January 10. The top three videos with the most YouTube "Likes" will joint contestants Slick Chef of Nebraska and Trang Ngo of Denver on Saturday, February 16, at the contest finale in Denver at The Oriental Theater.

All of the final videos from contestants are uploaded and are live for voting. The videos will stay online until January 10 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. The top three videos, as measured by YouTube "Likes," will compete in an "Iron Chef"-style contest.

Pot-Growing School 'THC University' Opens In Denver
Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

With Colorado currently being the only state in the U.S. which legally allows recreational marijuana users to grow their own plants (since the passage of Amendment 64 by voters in November), a new cannabis cultivation college has opened its doors.

THC University, founded by 24-year-old entrepreneur Matt Jones, aims to teach people how to grow marijuana at home, reports Nick McGurk of 9 News. Jones plans to offer the courses out of a classroom he's renting at Auraria Campus in Denver.

Jones will offer an "Associate's," "Bachelor's" and "Master's" degree -- with the latter two providing 24-hour assistance for aspiring cannabis cultivators.

Cannabis Indica Volume 2 Released
Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm
The first volume of S.T. Oner's lush Cannabis Indica examined 100 strains from 100 leading marijuana breeders. Now it's time for another trip through the dankest, fattest buds this side of the Hindu Kush, featuring information about the genetic history, growing traits, taste and effects of some of the very best cannabis grown across the globe.

The second book of the Cannabis Indica series (there's also two volumes of Cannabis Sativa already out) continues the exploration of indica strains. From Afghan Mountain Black to Zindica, 100 more indica strains are showcased in all their glory with full color photos and encyclopedic information. (The planned series will eventually include six books, presumably three volumes of Indica and three of Sativa.)

Master cannabis grower and Cannabis Cultivation author Mel Thomas provides the introduction to Cannabis Indica, Volume 2. But Mel's contribution is far more than a typical introduction; it's title "What the Kush? A History of the Cannabis Indica Plant" lets you know the ambitions considerably exceed that humble appellation. Thomas's quest to find pure indica at its source -- as he had done for pure sativa in Thailand, a few years before -- makes for some eye-opening and informative readcing.