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Smokditrots Gas Mask Hookah

Smokditrots Gas Mask Hookah

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Smokditrots Gas Mask Hookah Straight Hose Red Pipe Complete Set(Gift Bronze Skull Grinder)

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* Descriptipn
Black Full Face Gas Mask with Adjustable Straps and Tobacco Pipe.
Transparent red straight pipe.
Durable and can be used repeatedly for a long time with Proper care.
Gas Mask & Pipe, two in one, you can just use tobacco pipe or use both gas mask and pipe together.

* Essential information
Material: Acrylic + Silicone.
It is easy to assemble/disassemble, clean, and store away, perfect .
Gas mask bong size:
Full Length 17 inch(43cm).(Contains the full length of the mask and straight pipe combination)
Pipe Length 10.2 inch(26cm), Diameter :1.5 inch(3.8cm), Filtration ball diameter 2.9 inch (7.3cm)
Gas Mask Length 7 inch(18cm), width 6.3 inch(16cm), Adjustable Straps

* Bronze Skull Grinder :
Material: zinc alloy
Size: Height 2.95″,The maximum diameter: 1.85 (7.5cm x 4.7cm)
Double sided magnetic grinding compartment which can be screw-off the skull has a mesh screen bottom that automatically collects pollen
The bottom compartment can be used to store your grounded herb or simply to hold & collect your pollen
Easy to use, easy to carry and easy to clean.

* Package Content:
1 x Gas mask
1 x Red Straight pipe
1 x Bronze Skull Grinder

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Dear customers, thanks for your business. we will always strive for 100% customer satisfaction. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly, we will response in 24 hours, your positive feedback and review will be greatly appreciated, many thanks!

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Published at Tue, 13 Dec 2016 04:11:14 +0000

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How Cannabis Helps Smart People Get Ahead In Life

How Cannabis Helps Smart People Get Ahead In Life

How Cannabis Chilled me out – Cannabis the Exit Drug

I’m going to tell you the story of how Reginald Reefer got into the entire drug game. When I was thirteen, I smoked my first joint. I liked it from the get go.

Then, after about a year or two, I started experimenting with other drugs. Now I know some people will look at this and say, “SEE, cannabis is a Gateway drug!” However, I’d respond with…I drank alcohol before I smoked weed…so if anything is to blame for the progression of drug use…it’s definitely alcohol.

The fact of the matter, is that unlike the gateway theory suggests…I wasn’t looking for a “better high”, I was rather curious about the different affect drugs could have on me. If weed makes me feel like this, what would MDMA feel like? What about cocaine? What about LSD?

You see, for me it wasn’t about getting ‘higher’ because the ‘weed high’ wasn’t enough. It was more about the curiosity of exploring my options and understanding that ‘weed was nothing like the PSA claimed it would be”, so perhaps they were lying about the rest.

Making a long story a bit shorter, eventually I had done a buffet of drugs and was getting high every week. Sometimes I’d go on month long benders, making cocktails of drugs from Peyote to Coke, mixing it with acid and whatever else I could find.

This stint lasted for about five years. After my father died, I realized that my current use of drugs was not the ‘healthiest’ thing I could be doing.

I entered into a short religious phase where I cut out all my drug use except the sanctioned alcohol.

When I realized Drugs were cognitive tools

It was after my religious stint that I re-introduced cannabis into my life. This time around, cannabis wasn’t a novelty action I used to ‘have fun’ but rather a tool for alternative cognition practices. I understood that drugs in general are just that…tools.

Eventually I re-introduced psychedelics into my life, yet with cannabis as my teacher, I now knew how to use it in moderation. No longer was I a weekend thrill seeker, but understood that if used correctly, I could vastly improve my cognitive functions.

You see, when you’re younger…you are in a constant state of self-realization. You explore options and do things in excess…testing your limitations.

However, with time you begin to learn what you can and cannot do. You learn the limitations of yourself and learn to regulate your consumption of other substances.

Everything can be “bad for you” when used in excess. Even weed can be ‘bad’ if you let it control you. However weed + age can equate to wisdom.

Cannabis helped me realize that I could use substances to empower my thought processes. I use things like LSD when I need to break paradigms or explore options from a different perceptive stance. Cannabis is my constant. I don’t smoke all day, in fact, I smoke a lot less than I used too when I was 15.

I don’t need to smoke that much anymore. I like to play around with my state of mind to achieve different things.

Thus, cannabis actually did the opposite for my drug use. I hardly drink alcohol anymore, I do psychedelics maybe once or twice a year, I smoke way less than a gram of cannabis per day. (I dab)

Not only has alcohol curbed my drug use in general, it has given me the perspective to utilize drugs in the right way.

Cannabis helping with Addiction

Now, straying away from the personal perception of how cannabis helped me, let’s stroll down the paths of history for a minute.

During alcohol prohibition, cannabis ‘clubs” were erected to help people wean off alcohol addiction. Many people use cannabis to break stronger addictions and even today we can see how cannabis legalization has affected prescription pain killer overdoses.

This indicates that cannabis is indeed an exit drug or at least can be. We have to understand that drug use has a lot to do with your personality as opposed to your physical response to any drug. The idea that cannabis leads to harder drugs have been disproved a long time ago, in fact, the opposite might be true.

I was a crazed youth, seeking drug filled adventures for many years, however with time and understanding I discovered that there was a better way. My teacher; Cannabis, has helped me come to the right conclusions over the years.

My question to you guys is the following; has cannabis chilled you out? How has cannabis taught you to be a more responsible drug user? I’d love to hear about it so leave your comments below.




Published at Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:00:00 +0000

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Rituals - 1

Why a Cannabis Ritual?

People engage in all kinds of different, personal rituals every day. Even the smallest rituals are paramount to how we function. If we didn’t practice a daily personal hygiene ritual, we’d probably offend others. Likewise, if we chose to ignore the ritual of waking up at a decent hour and getting dressed, we’d feel uncomfortable and exposed.

Recent research shows that rituals, in all their forms, may be more rational than they appear. Combine this with Cannabis (known for its stress-relieving and anti-anxiety effects) and you can enjoy the benefits of both as part of your wellness routine.

Setting Your Intentions

So let’s consider using cannabis as a ritual act. Allow the ritual act of consuming cannabis with intention help bring meaning to everyday life. In the moment it takes to reflect and re-centre yourself before meditating, or smoking a bowl, give yourself a positive intention. Let go of what no longer serves you on an exhale and on the next inhale, hold it and know that you’re bringing happiness to yourself.

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The Vedic priests believed consuming bhang (a marijuana infused almond milk drink) without intent was foolish.  If you enjoy enjoying the ‘wake and bake’ ritual, then set an intention that will resonate with you for the rest of the day. A quick simple one from A Course in Miracles is, “What will you have me do, what will you have me say and to whom?” Cannabis is known to allow you to see things from a different perspective, and this can set a positive and receptive tone for you to enjoy the rest of your day. At the end of the day, take time to let go and better understand any problems or emotions that you felt. Why not think about the intent of your action and manifest some good, while you’re loading up your evening bowl? For some, this is the only action or time to reflect.

Rituals help us stay grounded. A practice that is repeated over and over becomes easier as time passes and gives us normality. When everything seems to go wrong and off kilter, a ritual helps you pull back into yourself and become centred as you give your focus to one action and nothing else. There are plenty of times when I forget my practices and have to start over. I often have to refocus and remind myself that these seemingly silly rituals will bring me balance. Rituals take time, that’s the point, but during that time you’re able to reset and recenter. While they make take time to get used to and time out of our already busy lives, rituals bring us a brief moment of simplicity and allow a shift to occur within ourselves when needed.

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Sativa or Indica?

There are many cannabis strains you can use in your ritual. In small doses, indicas won’t be overwhelmingly sleepy. Indicas are best for night reflections and for those who suffer from high levels of anxiety. Sativas are more for creative or outdoor activities during the day but be warned that some strains can be overly energetic and racy. Hybrids are a perfect combination, some leaning more sativa or indica heavy, so ask your budtender what they’d recommend for you specifically. I enjoy high CBD strains because they elevate pain but for some it makes them tired. Everyone is different, ask questions and research what consumption methods are right for you.

I have a simple ritual I use for very bad days, or days when I’m overwhelmed and need to get my head straight. As someone who is very accustomed to the depths of my subconscious, I’ve had to learn a few tricks over the years to stop myself from sinking, but it may take some time to get used to.

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First, I intentionally load my pipe or vaporizer while I think about what I’m doing and why. Why am I smoking? How can cannabis help me? Do I need to let go of something that’s holding me back from my fullest potential? Then, I focus on the question as I inhale and exhale.

Remember, not everything is going to go away after you finish. Acknowledge any feelings that come up even if they’re tears, pain or a soft sense of peace. There’s no one to judge you on your response because it’s needed in order to move past what’s pulling you down. A ritual has many components, so feel free to incorporate this quick ritual into your own practice.

Click to read ‘Rituals: Part One – Origins
Written by Aleecia Head / Images by Canna Curious Club

Published at Thu, 02 Jun 2016 21:14:16 +0000

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Top 5 Marijuana Recipes You Can Try This Weekend

Top 5 Marijuana Recipes You Can Try This Weekend

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016


Top 5 Marijuana Recipes you can try this Weekend

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With the various marijuana recipes available today, you don’t have to smoke cannabis any longer. There are better ways to consume your weed if smoking is not your cup of tea. Today, there are different ways that enhance the effective use of cannabis.  To make marijuana consumption more enjoyable and convenient, you can now try out different marijuana recipes and get same benefits as you have always had with smoking. The most interesting thing is that, marijuana can be infused into other conventional foods and drinks and still provide you with an awesome relaxing experience. If you have been wondering about this possibility, here are some of the common marijuana recipes that will leave you mesmerized. Try any of them over the weekend for a first-hand experience.

  • Weed Ice Cream
    Try this great recipe for a weed ice cream over the weekend. Here is how to go about it: Heat 18 ounces of cream in a saucepan. Make sure that it boils. Using a second pan, heat a ¼ of butter stick mixed with about 75 grams of sugar and a portion of salt together. Next, take the melted butter and mix it with a ¼ ounce of marijuana. After that, whisk the cream into the butter mixture. Take a few bananas and mash them thoroughly in a bowl before adding honey and rum. Now, blend the banana paste with the butter-cream mixture and pour out the resulting muddle into a big container. Place this container in a freezer for some hours before using it. After that, you can eat it!
  • Marijuana Brownies
    Marijuana brownies can easily be prepared from the comfort of your kitchen. For the best tasting cannabis brownies, make sure you have cannabutter with you or maybe you could choose pot-infused butter. Cannabis oil can also be used. For this pot brownies recipe, you will need 2 ½ grams of marijuana per serving, Canola oil and boxed brownie mix. For the full pack of boxed brownies, a ½ ounce of marijuana ground completely into powder will be needed. Use a coffee grinder or a marijuana grinder to make this powder. To get started, add the already ground marijuana and oil into a pot. Simmer this mixture on low temperature for a period between 2- 4 hours. Stir quite often using a wooden spoon during the simmering process.  Strain the oil mix using a weed filter and use it following the instructions on the brownies box. In the end, you should be able to get very tasty marijuana brownies.
  • Legendary Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
    Here is another marijuana recipe for you: the legendary chocolate-dipped strawberries. Ideally, these are strawberries prepared by dipping them in marijuana-inculcated chocolate. You obviously would want to try this recipe if you want to take your choice of dessert to new levels. The legendary chocolate-dipped strawberries produce the magic of marijuana and it is something that is worth trying. To make 4 serves of these legendary chocolate-dipped strawberries, you will need 1 ½ cups of chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons of canna-coconut oil and 12 strawberries attached to their stems. Use a medium, microwave-safe bowl mix the coconut oil and the chocolate chips together. Microwave the mixture on high for about 30 seconds. Take it off and stir. Repeat the microwaving and the stirring in intervals of 15 seconds until they are all melted and smooth. Allow the mixture to settle until the chocolate gets to room temperature.  Next, dip your berries into the already melted chocolate. Set your berries on a parchment paper and leave them for about half an hour. As you have seen, your strawberries don’t take too long to prepare. This is one of the best cannabis recipes that you would love to prepare from the comfort of your kitchen.
  • Marijuana Tea
    Most people take tea as a stimulant. Well, have you ever heard of “marijuana tea?” This could be the thing you are looking for an inspiring weekend. Marijuana tea gives you a chance to enjoy another easy weed recipe. Marijuana is an herb, just like tea and can also be made into a hot drink. To prepare marijuana tea, start by boiling water and then pour it over your marijuana. Allow this hot water in, to seep the weed for about one and a half hours. You need to be patient to get a good marijuana extract for your tea. You will really love it. Next, add a table spoonful of cannabutter or regular butter. Your drink is now ready for drinking. You can choose how you want to take it, either cold or hot. The choice is all yours.
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
    The peanut butter cookie is yet another marijuana recipe to try out. Carefully follow this procedure and you will get yourself a great snack. Prepare a mixture of ½ a cup of melted weed butter, ½ a cup of peanut butter, a ½ cup of wheat flour, ½ cup of local sugar, ½ teaspoonful of baking soda, ½ cup of brown sugar, an egg, 1 teaspoonful of vanilla and a ½ teaspoonful of baking powder. Using thoroughly mixed paste of all these ingredients, make small bowls and place them on a greased cookie sheet. Next, preheat your kitchen oven to about 375 degrees Celsius. After that, use your already-preheated oven to bake these bowls for about 7-10 minutes. Allow them to cool prior to eating them.

There you have it! If you have challenges smoking your weed, you got options here with these marijuana recipes. They range from marijuana drinks to marijuana-infused candies. All these are DIY products and most of them can be prepared without much hassle. All you need is patience and carefully follow the procedures given using the right ingredients. You can try any of them over the weekend. Taking your marijuana doesn’t have to be challenging any longer. You can make this happen with if you consider making use of these simple recipes. Some are quick to make while others will take you some time to prepare. Either way, they are worth the effort. Make your weekend the best by trying out these marijuana recipes with your stash. You will have a story to tell others!

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Published at Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:43:11 +0000

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The Famous Reef Dispensary, Las Vegas – Take The Private Tour

The Famous Reef Dispensary, Las Vegas – Take The Private Tour

Are you going to Las Vegas soon and looking for a great dispensary close to the Strip?  Reef Dispensary, right behind Treasure Island, is the place to visit! got a sneak peek at Reef Dispensary as well as their MASSIVE grow facility they are building out.

Check out our tour below:

What is Reef all about, and remember, they have multiple facilities in multiple states:


We are setting new standards in the medical cannabis industry. Beginning with our state-of-the-art, large scale manufacturing facilities we breed and cultivate a vast selection of medicinal strains. Our medical grade processing laboratory uses the plants we grow to create the purest and most potent medical cannabis products available.

Our extracts, concentrates and other infused products provide targeted relief for many of the symptoms from which our patients suffer. Once our manufacturing facilities have created our exceptional medicines we then provide them to patients in our clean, safe and comfortable clinics. We staff our dispensaries with well-trained “patient-consultants” who assist patients in the selection of medicines that will be the most effective in treatment of the symptoms from which they suffer.

Our organization is dedicated to the betterment of the communities in which we operate by giving back to the community through outreach and educational programs. Our company is dedicated to providing our team members with a supportive healthy and safe work environment, paying living-wage salaries and providing the best benefits of any company in our industry.

Thanks a ton to Reef for all their kindess!  They are full of great people, go check them out!




Published at Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:00 +0000

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Former AFN chief Phil Fontaine to lead new medicinal cannabis company

Former AFN chief Phil Fontaine to lead new medicinal cannabis company

Phil Fontaine, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is teaming up with Cronos Group to create a new business called Indigenous Roots that aims to grow new jobs in aboriginal communities across the country.

The plan is to build licensed production facilities that employ First Nations members and provide medical cannabis to the community’s patients.

“Indigenous Roots sought a reputable partner that demonstrated a commitment to supporting First Nations and other indigenous peoples at a socially conscious level,” said Fontaine. “Cronos was selected because they believe in the same core values and understand that our people need access to the best medical treatments available. We are committed to working with First Nations agencies in every region towards developing a solution that provides our patients access to insured cannabis medication.”

Fontaine’s third term as AFN’s National Chief ended in 2009. The newly minted CEO of Indigenous Roots has first-hand knowledge of the unemployment crisis facing many First Nations communities and said the company has spoken with indigenous groups across the country but discussions are still in the early stage.

Cronos, formerly known as PharmaCan Capital, owns Peace Naturals Project in Ontario and In The Zone Produce in British Columbia, which between them produce about 260 kilos (5,700 lbs) of cannabis each year. Under the agreement, Cronos will build the first Indigenous Roots facility on land it owns in the Okanagan Valley. It will also provide intellectual property, engineering and training. Indigenous Roots and Cronos say they will split the profits 50-50.

The federal government has promised to legalize the recreational use of cannabis in 2017 and a report from a special task force on how best to move forward is expected to be released to the public later this month. The report from the nine-member panel is expected to key questions surrounding the minimum age for consumption, restrictions with advertising, as well as taxation and pricing.

At least one First Nation band is already getting ready for the end of pot prohibition. The Siksika First Nation in Alberta is looking into becoming the first medical marijuana producer on indigenous land in the country. The band has partnered with the LDI Group and applied to Health Canada for a license to grow medicinal cannabis in a 25,000-sq.-ft. facility planned for industrial park east of Calgary.

Published at Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:03:13 +0000

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Where things stand on weed in the workplace

Where things stand on weed in the workplace

The Columbian / Associated Press

Farmworkers inside a drying barn take down newly harvested marijuana plants after a drying period Oct. 4, at Los Suenos Farms, America's largest legal open air marijuana farm, in Avondale, southern Colorado. Newly approved laws in four states allowing the recreational use of marijuana are seen as unlikely to change rules regarding use of the drug in the workplace. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press)

BOSTON — Changing marijuana laws aren’t necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace.

For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are keeping a close eye on the still-evolving legal, regulatory and political environment.

Voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted Nov. 8 to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, where it had previously been legalized. (A recount of Maine’s close result is scheduled.) More than two dozen states have medical marijuana programs.

But the drug is still against federal law.

A closer look at what it all means for workers and businesses:


Bottom line: You can’t come to work high. You can still be drug tested. And you can still be fired — or not hired — for failing a drug test even if you’re not the least bit impaired at work.

All the states with legalized recreational pot have exemptions for workplace drug policies.

In Massachusetts, for example, the law includes language stating that “the authority of employers to enact and enforce workplace policies restricting the consumption of marijuana by employees” is not changed.

“Yes, you may be able to have (marijuana) at home, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK in the workplace,” said Edward Yost, an HR specialist with the Society for Human Resources Management.


Advocates for marijuana legalization said it was never their intention to compromise safety, a central reason offered by employers for drug testing.

“We don’t want anyone to come to work impaired on any drugs,” said David Boyer, campaign manager for the ballot initiative in Maine.

A 2013 survey by the employee screening firm HireRight found 78 percent of employers conducted drug tests either randomly, as a condition of employment, after accidents or for some combination of those reasons.

The federal government requires drug testing for some workers, including truck drivers and others in transportation.

Quest Diagnostics, which performed nearly 11 million laboratory-based drug tests for employers in 2015, said the percentage of tests coming back positive has shown a modest increase in recent years. Nearly half of all positive tests showed evidence of marijuana use.


THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis, can stay in a person’s system for days or even weeks, experts say — long after the buzz has subsided.

“It’s the equivalent of firing somebody who drank a glass of wine on Friday evening and then came to work on Monday,” said Tamar Todd, legal director for the Drug Policy Alliance, who believes employers should reconsider zero-tolerance policies in light of changing laws and attitudes.

A number of efforts are underway to develop an accurate method, akin to the Breathalyzer for alcohol, to measure actual marijuana impairment. Such a test might be useful not only for employers, but also for police and prosecutors trying to determine what constitutes driving under the influence of marijuana in states where recreational pot is legal.


At a minimum, companies should review their current polices, make sure their managers are trained and make clear to employees that marijuana use on or off the job can still land them in trouble, said James Reidy, a New Hampshire-based attorney who advises clients around the country on drug-testing issues.

Tina Sharby, chief human resources officer for an Easter Seals affiliate with about 1,700 employees in New England, said the organization, which provides services for people with special needs, is monitoring the evolving legal and regulatory environment but is sticking with its drug-testing protocols for now.

“We have a drug-free workplace policy, and we believe that the current policy we have is effective,” Sharby said.

But drug testing and zero-tolerance rules can also make it difficult for businesses with a need to recruit young professionals who may harbor more liberal attitudes toward pot.

“We have ski industries out here, and if they really took a hard line on marijuana use, they would have to shut down,” said Curtis Graves, information resource manager for the Colorado-based Mountain States Employers Council.

After Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, surveys showed an uptick in workplace drug testing, Graves said, but that trend has begun to shift in the other direction.

“Employers who have a zero-tolerance policy maybe shouldn’t apply that to nonsafety sensitive workers, because if they do testing on them, they run the risk of inviting an invasion of privacy claim,” suggested Amanda Baer, a Boston-area attorney who specializes in labor and employment issues.


Adding to the uncertainty is the scarcity of legal precedent in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. But several cases involving employees with permits to use medical marijuana have reached the courts, and most have been decided in employers’ favor.

The most widely cited case is a 2015 Colorado Supreme Court that upheld Dish Network’s firing of a disabled man who used medical marijuana and failed a drug test. The court ruled that a state law barring employers from firing workers for off-duty behavior that is legal did not apply because pot remains illegal under federal law.

Similar rulings have been issued in other states including California, Montana and Washington.

As medical marijuana programs become more common even in states where recreational pot remains outlawed, some companies have begun to weigh accommodations for workers with permission to use marijuana for an existing health condition.

Published at Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:05:24 +0000

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Annual Emerald Cup lights up Santa Rosa Dec. 10-11

Annual Emerald Cup lights up Santa Rosa Dec. 10-11

This year marks the 13th time cannabis connoisseurs from across North America will gather in the so-called Emerald Triangle — an area in Northern California comprising the counties of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity – famous for producing top-quality medical cannabis.

But it will be the first since California voters decided last month to approve Proposition 64 allowing recreational use along with medicinal.

Founded by Tim Blake in 2003 at Area 101, the Emerald Cup celebrates the passion of California’s best cultivators, breeders, artisan hash makers, edibles creators, and topicals makers. Now hosted at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa and running Dec. 10-11, the Emerald Cup has grown from a few hundred people to ten thousand attendees. As a world-famous competition, the event pits California’s top growers head to head as experienced judges test the fruits of their labours.

Each valid entry will receive a full spectrum test (potency, microbiological, and pesticide) from SC LABS. Included is the Terpene testing (on all flower and concentrate entries) in recognition of the extremely important role terpenes play in how we interact and are drawn towards cannabis. Also included is the microbiological and pesticide testing for every entry to ensure judges don’t have to partake in any medicine that could possibly harm one’s health.

The event features a wide range of live music, speakers, workshops, pre-parties and more. Click here to find out more.



The Top 20

Breeders Cup Award

Best Terpene Profile Award




Dry Sieve


The Top 5 C02 Extracts


The Top 5 Topicals


The Top 5 Edibles


The Top 5 Tinctures







Awarded to the farm that demonstrates the most regenerative and sustainable farming practices.


Awards to be given to recognize people who have done exceptional work to advance the cannabis community, awareness, and industry.

Published at Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:16:13 +0000

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This major Alaskan city is straggling behind as other cities charge ahead with pot shop openings

This major Alaskan city is straggling behind as other cities charge ahead with pot shop openings

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Marijuana shops have started to open up for business in Fairbanks, Juneau and Valdez, but Anchorage is still weeks away from having its first open pot retailer.

Enlighten Alaska co-owner Jane Stinson said the business in Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood has experienced some setbacks. She said thieves stole about $5,000 worth of equipment over the Thanksgiving holiday and the business has had problems with getting the building it rents up to city code.

“We have to come up to compliance, and it’s costing a lot of money to make sure that we have enough parking, snow removal, gates around our dumpsters and those kinds of things,” Stinson told the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Under Anchorage’s building code, a property that goes through a change of use has to be updated so that out-of-date design features are removed.

The so-called “Title 21” rule has also held up Dankorage, another Anchorage pot shop that’s close to opening.

Anchorage Assembly member Dick Traini has been leading efforts to add regulatory steps for potential marijuana businesses since voters legalized pot statewide in 2014. After a recent meeting on pot shop licenses at the Planning and Zoning Department, Traini said these types of prerequisites are “just the cost of doing business.”

“Because we’re the largest urban area in Alaska. The dynamics that come with an urban area requires us to be a little more precise than say Fairbanks, or Valdez or any other place,” he said.

Erika McConnell, the city’s marijuana coordinator, said many pot shop owners have been forced to move into older buildings, which require more work to be brought up to code.

“They can’t get finances from banks, can’t get investments from out of state, from larger companies, (so) they presumably don’t have very much capital available to them,” McConnell said. “So they have to look for these properties that are older, or vacant or less well-kept-up.”

Of the retail shops close to opening in Anchorage, Dankorage and Alaska Fireweed say they’ll be ready for customers later this month.


Information from: KSKA-FM

Published at Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:50:26 +0000

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