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Dear Stoner: I see these scam ads on Craigslist that rip off folks just looking for a little relief. It used to be just regular face-to-face local delivery, but now it’s a constant scam pretending that they’ll ship products out of state. Does any police department ever track down these scammers?
Got the T-Shirt

Dear T-Shirt: There are simply too many scams on Craigslist for local law enforcement to go after everyone, especially if those scammers aren’t on a computer anywhere near Colorado. People get duped by deals on fake used cars, rental-home deposits, entertainment tickets and damn near every other product that can be bought, sold or traded secondhand — and marijuana is no different.

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Ever since he was a kid, Steven Allen liked to take things apart, see how they worked and put them back together again. “He made a computer for his little brother, just by spare parts that people threw out, one year for Christmas,” recalls Nellie Hencerling, his mom. He was a good kid, she says. Sure, he’d had issues with drugs back when he lived in their hometown of Victoria, but after he moved to Houston in 2012, he seemed to put those behind him. He was married, with a young son, a steady job and a home of his own.

Then, over just a few days in February 2014, Allen’s life unraveled completely.

Read on in this week’s Houston Press cover story about how inhalants have torn lives apart.

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“Tastes so good, makes a grown man cry. Sweet. Cherry. Pie.”

Those hair-metal lyrics (by the band Warrant) compare a diner dessert to a woman’s genitalia — but I can’t refrain from singing the line whenever I come across a certain strain. However, I didn’t take the time to explain this to the budtender, who gave me a very judgmental look when I began belting out “Sweet Cherry Lime!” in my best Jani Lane voice when I spotted Cherry Lime Haze in a pot shop early one morning last week. What can I say? That strain just perks me up.

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Marijuana home grows may be “the new meth houses,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In a June report, the DEA’s Denver division compared residential marijuana grows in Colorado to “the meth houses of the 1990s” and warned about the potential threats and nuisances of home-growing operations. “Marijuana grows often cause extensive damage to the houses where they are maintained,” states the report, which names house fires, mold, blown electrical transformers, strong odors and do-it-yourself ventilation as destructive potential by-products of home grows. 

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Dear Stoner: I’m in the midst of a devastating family situation and am so blindsided by grief and stress that I need something to calm me down and help me fall asleep. I don’t wish to smoke, but am open to other suggestions.
Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth: If this situation is temporary, using cannabis to help you calm down and sleep is a great idea — but don’t form a dependency. Marijuana isn’t an addictive substance like cocaine or opiates, but the more you can avoid using it regularly for stress relief, the better. That said, sometimes exercise, hobbies and self-reflection aren’t enough, and when you’re wide awake at night trying to hold back tears, something as simple as a pot cookie can help you fall asleep, regroup and move forward.

The Ingrid strain from French Laundry H2O Concentrate

High above the ocean in Malibu at the Sanctuary, a select few gathered for L.A.’s first Emerald Exchange. With a ticket, and a medical MJ card, guests were whisked up in style to a Mary Jane wet dream. After browsing the wares from all over California, guests were treated to an amazing meal prepared by chef Joshua Fisher and given several choices of infusions for their meal if they wished. A dance floor and DJ Greenseer finished off the night for those who wanted to keep the party going. Want to see more? Check out this slideshow from LA Weekly.

Hosea Rosenberg greets the cannabis-friendly crowd.Lindsey Bartlett

Hosea Rosenberg greets the cannabis-friendly crowd.

A joint of Gorilla Glue makes its way to a guest who trades biscuits, Palisade peach marmalade and butter for a hit. Welcome to Yoga With a View, a cannabis-themed event that has been growing exponentially over the years. Kendal Norris of Mason Jar Event Group says the concept “came to her in a dream” — and now regulars dream about it all year until the next Yoga With a View.

The third edition started on Sunday, August 28, at Shupe Homestead with coffee and sticky buns as well as a nice, cannabis-infused Gentle Green tea from Stillwater, similar to a cucumber-laced Arnie Palmer. A dab bar from Healthy Headie was stocked with a fruit basket of 710 Labs concentrates, playing off the limonole terpine. The Tangerine Haze live resin may be the best way to taste the tangerine flavor profile of this strain, and the highly awarded 710 Labs does it justice.

Love, romance and smoke were in the air for the Simply Cooking class with Scott Durrah.Lindsey Bartlett

Love, romance and smoke were in the air for the Simply Cooking class with Scott Durrah.

Longtime chef Scott Durrah has a strong restaurant personality — and a strong tolerance for cannabis. He showed off both at last Saturday’s Simply Cooking demonstration that combined his love of food with his love of cannabis — and his love for partner Wanda James, with whom he runs Jezebel’s Southern Bistro as well as theirdispensary, Simply Pure. The theme of the day’s cooking demonstration was love and romance — and the pop-up kitchen definitely got hot.

Durrah prepared two dishes that morning: pan-seared scallops salad with grapefruit and cannabis-infused olive oil, and a lamb chop preparation that incorporated his homemade cannabis-infused coconut oil, mint tincture as a mint sauce, bok choy and brown rice. Pro tip: Store your cannabis-infused coconut oil in a hollowed-out coconut. Not only does it improve the flavor, Durrah says, but “It just looks so cool.”

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Dear Stoner: I’ve tried sativas and indicas, and they’re all fine and dandy, but I’m looking for something more in the middle. What are some good hybrids that are actually hybrids?
Happy Jack

Dear Jack: All hybrids are actually hybrids. In fact, nearly all of the strains you’ll find nowadays are hybrids, but it’s easier for people to label something that’s 80 to 90 percent indica as “indica” instead of “indica-dominant hybrid” and then have to explain what that means. But I’m guessing you mean something like a 50/50 hybrid, many of which you’ve probably seen or tried around town.

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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