Legal pot industry already bigger than Cheeto industry

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Americans spent more last year on legal marijuana than they did on Cheetos, Doritos and Funyuns combined. The Denver Post reports that the $5.4 billion total includes medical and recreational sales.

But as they also note, plenty of challenges to the industry remain. First and foremost is the vast and growing disconnect between federal policy, under which marijuana is 100 percent illegal, and laws in the states that have legalized it. Because of federal restrictions, marijuana businesses don't have access to banks. They can't take advantage of the tax breaks other industries enjoy. The threat of raids by overzealous drug cops is present, despite congressional efforts to curtail these actions.

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Man attempts to trade fake weed for young boy's fish

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A Chatham-Kent, Ontario man allegedly attempted to buy a 12-year-old boy's fish with fake marijuana. When the boy smartly protested about the unfair deal, the man reportedly hit him in the head. And now, the man is facing an assault charge. From CBC:

The boy went to the man's house Saturday for a planned meeting where the boy was going to sell the man a fish. The man tried to pay for the fish with a bag of what he claimed to be weed, but the boy realized it was actually a bag of dried spices.

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Smugglers disguise marijuana as carrots

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On Sunday, the US border patrol in Pharr, Texas seized 2,500 tons of marijuana stuffed into faux carrots mixed in with real vegetables coming from Mexico. In November, agents there found bricks of marijuana and cocaine in bags of fresh carrots, but based on the image below from the US Customs & Border Protection's Instagram feed, it seems those smugglers weren't as creative with the packaging. Not that it helped this time.

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How to cook a marijuana marinated turkey

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Happy Danksgiving!

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Menorah bong makes Hanukkah a "high holiday"

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The festival of lights, indeed. (Thanks, Jordan Kurland!)

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Snoop Dogg now slangin dope

Rapper and proud pothead Snoop Dogg is launching a line of cannabis products, called Leafs By Snoop.

"It's a true blessing that I can share the products I love so much with y'all today," Mr. Dogg said. "From the flower, to the concentrates, and edibles - it's all hand-picked by yours truly so you know it's the hottest product out there. It's the real deal and you gotta get out to Colorado to try it first!"

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Mexico just took a huge step toward legalizing marijuana

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Mexico's supreme court today ruled that some parts of the country’s health law are not valid, and that growing, possessing, or using marijuana for recreational purposes is perfectly legal under existing Mexican law.

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Federal agents seize 30,000 marijuana plants on Menominee Native American tribal land

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DEA agents descended on Menominee County in Wisconsin last Friday, to destroy what the tribal authorities say was an industrial hemp crop. The DEA says it was “high-grade marijuana,” and they're not apologizing. The chairman of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says the DEA had no right to the cannabis, and the DEA boasts of seizing some 30,000 plants in all.

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The real cause of “Runner's High” may surprise you. It'll surprise you less if you smoke pot.

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Endorphins may have been getting too much credit for “runner's high,” that euphoric lift we get when we exercise intensely. Read the rest

Stoned man who called 911 found surrounded by junk food

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Police responding to a 911 call turned up at an the Austintown, Ohio home to find the 22-year-old man who called for emergency help "laying on the floor, in the fetal position... surrounded by a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, and Chips Ahoy cookies."

According to the police report, the fellow said he “smoked too much weed” and was “too high and could not feel his hands."

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Marijuana falling from the sky

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Earlier this month, a huge bundle of marijuana fell from the sky over Nogales, Arizona, crashing through the roof of a carport and destroying a dog house. Bill and Maya Donnelly turned the 23.8 pound of weed over to police who valued it at $9,500. From the Nogales International:

The Donnellys said the Nogales Police Department officers who responded told them that one of the most likely explanations for the incident was that an ultralight aircraft smuggling marijuana into Arizona from Mexico had accidentally let part of its load go early before dropping the rest further north of the border.

Bill Donnelly said that scenario made sense to him, adding that flying just one bundle seems like “an awful lot of risk for a little reward...”

“Thank God it didn’t land on our house,” he said. “Or over one of the kids’ rooms.”

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That Arctic doomsday seed vault? There's backup copies of cannabis in there, too. Lots.

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This week, the "doomsday seed vault" (as it's known in headlines, anyway) made the news because scientists made the first "withdrawal" from the remote arctic store. But there's another reason to be excited about the underground vault on Norway's Svalbard archipelago. Weed! And when shit gets real, we're gonna need it. Read the rest

New online store for design-minded stoners

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Tetra is a new online shop dealing with pot paraphernalia for people who appreciate fine design. A few weeks back I happened to meet co-founder Eviana Hartman, a well-known fashion and design writer, and really dug her enthusiasm and vision for this project. Congratulations, Eviana and crew! From the New York Times:

The team has lined up an impressive group of designers, who have created devices and accouterments in a wide range of strikingly original materials and styles. “The only unifying aesthetic,” Khemsurov says, “stems from the interest we all share in timeless natural materials like marble, brass and ceramics, plus our determination to make this collection as sophisticated and relevant, from a design perspective, as possible.” To that end, the initial batch of products include two ashtrays and a pipe made by Katie Stout and Sean Gerstley, which utilize the same hand-formed ceramic and gold luster technique as their eye-catching lamps sold through the Johnson Trading Gallery; a polished-copper sphere by Fort Standard that opens into a small snuff box; and, in Wu’s words, “a vibrant dichroic-glass ashtray hand-cast by Andrew Hughes that changes color according to one’s vantage point and the kind of light it’s viewed in.”

"A New Design Shop that Aims to Elevate the Smoke-Filled Room" (NYT, thanks, Jordan Kurland!)

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Nutty vintage ads for drug paraphernalia

Far out vintage ads for drug paraphernalia, from a water pipe that looks like a set of bathroom fixtures to "The Boosters," a brand of additives that moisten weed and act as a desiccant for cocaine. Read the rest

Hungry deer caught munching marijuana plants at Oregon farm

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Oh, deer. Someone has a bad case of the munchies.

Man busted for stealing from pot dispensary has perfect last name

The ideal last name for a pot pilferer in Cowlitz County, Washington.

Marijuana wine the next big thing

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Kathleen Wilcox on the trend for weed-infused wine, here quoting Dr. Carl Ruck… Read the rest

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