Marijuana and Cannabis Product News, Reviews and Views
The story of Richard Kirk allegedly killing his wife after eating a pot cookie has spread like wildfire. But what news reports aren't telling you (or are burying at the bottom of their stories) is that the guy was also potentially on prescription painkiller drugs. But apparently people will still believe that marijuana is somehow more dangerous than prescription painkillers.
One of the most talked about new brands at the American Glass Expo (A.G.E.), held this past January in Las Vegas, was HIVE Ceramics and their gleaming white depictions of everyday dabbing tools typically made from quartz or titanium. Domeless ceramic nails in all sizes, glossy white ceramic "Flower Bowls", dabbers, hash screens, and, of course, they figure you must have the "HIVE Medical Grade Ceramic Carb Cap w/ Dabber".
For all the publicity that the new product cultivated, from the A.G.E. show in January to a targeted social media marketing campaign, nobody seemed to know where to get one, or anyone who had actually tried one. For every new fan of the brand, or "Like" on the Facebook page, there have been an equally growing number of skeptics who can't help but wonder what has happened to all the hype.
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.
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.
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.
Jack Daniel. ZHO flyer from CHAMPS.
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.
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.
>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.