Archive for November, 2013
As most of us stuffed our faces with turkey this weekend, cannabis growers and their fans enjoyed the 26th annual High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. What an incredible way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday! Over the past four days, judges sampled a number of strains, culminating in last night’s award ceremony where they announced this year’s best of the best.
And the big winners are…
Whitewalker OG – Gold Coast Extracts (Seed Company Indica)
Tangie – Reserva Privada (Seed Company Sativa)
Somari – Soma’s Sacred Seeds (Seed Company Hybrid)
Lemon Cleaner OG Nectar – TCLabs / TerpX / EmoLemon Cleaner OG Nectar – TCLabs / TerpX / Emo (Seed Company Hash)
Cannatonic – Elemental Seeds (CBD Flowers)
CBD Simple – Hemp Company / Seed Company (CBD Concentrate)
Green Place – Rollex OG Kush (Coffeeshop Flowers)
Green House – Lemon Crystal (Neder Hash)
Green Place – Twizzla (Import Hash)
Check out the full list of winners at http://www.hightimes.com/read/winners-26th-annual-amsterdam-cannabis-cup
Be sure to check out High Times’ video recap of the weekend as well! And don’t worry, you don’t have to wait a whole year for another Cannabis Cup. The next one is scheduled for February 8-9, 2014 in Los Angeles. Let us know if you have plans to go!
Happy week of Thanksgiving, everybody! Before we even begin this week, we want you to know that we give thanks for you, our supporters, partners, customers, and friends, now and always. We appreciate you!
Now, you guys know what Thanksgiving is all about: family, friends, and food. And for some, football. And for others, Black Friday shopping. But this is the perfect holiday for tokers, because, well, FOOD.
Today we’re giving a shout out to Grassroots California! We’re excited to carry several of their products, and we know you’re going to love them as much as we do.
Although the name suggests otherwise, Grassroots California is actually located in Denver, Colorado. They are all about making quality merchandise at affordable prices and donating a percentage of all their proceeds to non-profit organizations. We love that instead of becoming sucked into corporate greed, they want to give back to their communities and communities around the world. Some of the organizations that benefit from their donations include Surfrider Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, NORML, and the Humane Society…just to name a few. These are some good folks.
Oh, and did we mention how Grassroots California got started? Ryan, or “Ruga,” its founder, wanted to produce a film about the California cannabis culture. He personally experienced the benefits of medical marijuana after a surfing injury and became passionate about supporting legalization efforts. In the process of marketing the film, he and the former art director designed a hat called “Cali Green.” When it came out, Ruga sold them on the Venice Beach boardwalk and local dispensaries. They sold out within a week.
We love that Grassroots California has come so far in the last few years, and we’re proud to carry their hats in our shops. Come by and check out the selection and know that your purchase is supporting people in need as well as the legalization movement.
For more information, check out their Facebook page at Grassroots Cali.
Today on the Glass House blog, we point you to High Times magazine, who released a new Youtube video that will help you consider some important questions before investing in a vape pen. You’ll notice that these are similar questions to the ones we addressed in our series, Which Piece is Right for Me?
Today marks the second day of the two-day Hemp Industry Association (HIA) Conference held in Washington, D.C. at the Phoenix Park Hotel. The HIA is a membership-based non-profit trade group founded in 1992 to represent the interests of the hemp industry and to encourage the research and development of new products made from industrial hemp, low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of cannabis.
Growing hemp is illegal under United States federal law because of its relation to marijuana. Several states have made the cultivation of industrial hemp legal, but because of the resistance they face from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), they still haven’t begun to grow it. This year in Colorado, farmers brought in the first hemp crop in the U.S. in over half a century when marijuana was legalized.
Enter the HIA. With the United States’ strict hemp laws, the HIA serves a two-fold mission: to educate the public about the positive attributes of hemp, and to assist all those in the hemp industry with the exchange of information and technology.
This is the HIA Conference’s 20th year. Yesterday’s speakers featured representation from a diverse sampling of organizations including Whole Foods, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, and the University of Minnesota. Today is dedicated to hemp lobbying, followed by a presentation of Bringing It Home, a documentary about hemp, healthy homes, and a greener future for America.
For more info on the HIA, check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thehia. As always, we’ll continue to keep you updated on what’s going on in every aspect of the legalization battle!
When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use, they forgot about one thing: that bud is dank, bro! The sweet, sweet smell of cannabis now wafting through the streets of quiet Colorado neighborhoods apparently doesn’t appeal to everyone. The solution? A not-so-little device called – get this – the NASAL RANGER. Sick.
Denver, Colorado literally has an odor ordinance, and citizens are becoming increasingly restless, calling on the city to enforce the ordinance so they can breathe clean air. To detect the scent, Denver is taking it to the streets! According to NPR, Ben Siller, a licensed “smell investigator” from Denver’s Department of Environmental Health, uses the Nasal Ranger to detect the presence and strength of odors, including cannabis. NPR compares the Nasal Ranger to Futurama’s “Smell-O-Scope” with its megaphone shape. (“If a dog craps anywhere in the universe, you can bet I won’t be out of the loop!”)
So far, complaints have mostly revolved around growers, not consumers of the plant. The scent has to be incredibly strong (8:1 clean to dank ratio) to warrant a fine, but the fine is pretty steep – $2,000. It’s been almost 20 years since anyone broke that threshold.
When stores selling marijuana for recreational use open up after the New Year, Siller expects even more odor complaints. Denver is considering making updates to its rules before then. They may define more restrictions around “open and public” marijuana use to prevent people from smoking in their yards or having the scent escape any windows.
Just one more thing to think about when crafting marijuana policies… no one said legalization would be easy!
In 2011, less than half of all violent crimes found any resolution. Less than half. That means more than half of all violent offenders in 2011 are enjoying their freedom. What or who do we have to thank for this little kink in the criminal justice system?
In a video by Learn Liberty that has been floating around social media sites thanks to Upworthy.com, Professor Alex Kreit of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law explains how America’s “War on Drugs” is leaving violent criminals on the streets because law enforcement officers are using so much time and energy to arrest and incarcerate non-violent offenders for drug possession, including marijuana possession. In fact, 81% of all drug arrests are for simple possession.
Kreit then looks at other countries, giving evidence that when the government makes a distinction between violent and non-violent crimes, and treats addiction as an illness rather than a crime, the criminal justice system becomes leaner and more efficient.
The video’s final question: who are the real victims of the government’s war on drugs?
If you haven’t gotten around to watching The House I Live In, which is a documentary addressing the same question, watch this video in the meantime.
We also encourage you to visit the Learn Liberty website, where they provide action steps for individuals and organizations against the drug war. They point you to the Marijuana Policy Project, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. They’re doing great things for the legalization cause.
If you feel strongly about the message of the video, you can also help Learn Liberty make it go viral. On their website, they provide a link to tweet the video to several prominent figures who have made public statements about their support of marijuana legalization and their disgust at America’s drug war.
Consider the age-old question…is all press really good press?
Unfortunately, Miley Cyrus hasn’t asked herself that question, maybe ever. Last night, suited up in silver spandex, she gave the MTV European Music Awards crowd quite the treat, twerking with a dwarf onstage. The world would be a better place if that were just a joke, but no, it really happened.
The MTV EMA’s took place in Amsterdam this year, where Miley was awarded Best Video for “Wrecking Ball.” Given her history, of course the press was all over Miley from the minute she set foot in the city. While marijuana isn’t technically legal in Amsterdam, smokers still won’t be prosecuted for possession of small amounts, and it’s sold in coffee shops. Tabloids report that Miley spent significant time with her friends at the Greenhouse coffee shop, where less embarrassing stoners Snoop D-o-double G and Wiz Khalifa like to get high.
To top it all off, Miley finished her performance at the EMA’s by lighting up a blunt – or, as MTV calls it, “a fragrant cigarette.” MTV was quick to edit this special encore out of America’s telecast.
So, is all press really good press – not for Miley, but for marijuana? Every day, activists, politicians and healthcare professionals work to destigmatize cannabis and educate the public on its benefits. Will support of the cannabis cause from such a controversial figure add one more weapon to the arsenal of anti-marijuana crusaders? Will activists now have to work even harder to overcome misinformation and miseducation?
What do you think? Is Miley helping or hurting the efforts towards legalization, or is she having no impact at all?
(Photo: Sven Hoogerhuis, AFP/Getty Images)
Maybe you’ve noticed some of the incredible glass pieces we’ve posted on our Facebook page recently. You didn’t realize Winnie-the-Pooh could be both adorable and epic, did you? If you haven’t already checked it out, you should “friend” us on Facebook at TheGlass HouseTX. In the meantime, we’ll tell you a little about that Winnie-the-Pooh piece, designed and constructed by Franticus Glass.
Franticus is located in Tucson, Arizona and their mission is simple: to create and provide high-quality, American-made products and to give their clients the best customer service in the industry. We can vouch for them! Their products are absolutely high-end, from their intricately-designed glass pieces to their ceramics, wood, and metal. As they say themselves, this is the stuff dreams are made of.
Once you’ve seen a few Franticus pieces, you’ll be able to pick them out of a crowd. Vibrant colors, fascinating characters, and imaginative designs define their style consistently in one-hitters, water pipes, hand pipes, oilcans, and ceramics. These guys truly take glass and ceramics to a new level, perfecting not just the craft but the art as well.
If you’re looking for a piece to brag about, to set you apart from your friends, to accurately reflect your awesome personality, and/or just to become your new favorite, a Franticus piece might be exactly what you need. Come by either of our two locations and let us show you what we have in stock!
You can also check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Franticus or follow them on Instagram at @franticusglass.
While in Texas we were voting about water laws yesterday, three states saw marijuana reform policies on their ballots.
The first: Colorado. It’s already legal! Last night, though, voters approved Proposition AA, meaning the state will see a 15% excise tax and 10% sales tax on all recreational marijuana sales. The taxes are expected to generate about $70 million in additional revenue in 2014.
In case you were wondering, January 1, 2014 will make history in Colorado, with the opening of the first recreational marijuana shops. Over 100 shops are expected, and that number will surely grow!
The second state voting on reform laws: Maine. Well, Portland, Maine. You may remember the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) that ran on an advertising campaign for Question 1 on city buses and bus shelters. Yesterday, Portland voters passed Question 1, decriminalizing adult possession, legalizing over-21 possession of up to 2.5 ounces, and prohibiting use in public parks, school grounds, and other sensitive locations.
We’ll probably be seeing more policy reform from Maine in future elections. Go Portland!
And finally, three cities in Michigan voted for legalization/decriminalization: Lansing, Ferndale, and Jackson. Now, over-21 possession of less than one ounce on private property will not be penalized. Thanks, Michigan, for another symbolic step in the right direction.
November is a fantastic month for many reasons. It marks the change of season, hoodie weather, football, Thanksgiving and…THE CANNABIS CUP.
That’s right, with the High Times Cannabis Cup right around the corner, Thanksgiving weekend just got even better. The Cannabis Cup takes place annually in Amsterdam, and this year’s is scheduled for November 24-28.
Because marijuana is decriminalized throughout most of the Netherlands, and because Amsterdam is known for its cannabis coffeeshops, High Times couldn’t have picked a better venue for its event. The Cannabis Cup includes an expo for marijuana-related products, live music and comedy shows, and of course a huge cannabis competition. Judges around the world sample and vote for their favorite strains, with winners in best new product, best booth, best glass, best hash, and best Nederhash (local hash). The biggest award is the Cannabis Cup, given to the overall winner in the cannabis variety competition.
The scope of the Cannabis Cup makes it a fantastic opportunity not only for staying on top of the world’s best new strains of cannabis, but also to check out the world’s best new glass, accessories, and other merchandise. Who knows what exciting new products could be rolled out in just a few short weeks?
We’ll keep you posted on anything interesting that develops before and/or after the event. In the meantime, visit us on Facebook!
This past weekend in Denver, over 1,000 drug policy reform activists representing over 30 different countries came together to discuss an exit strategy for the war on drugs at the 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference. The presentation gaining the most attention from the Conference is that of Ethan Nadelmann, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
Nadelmann’s presentation is entitled “We Have a Drug Policy Tipping Point,” and states that the world has hit a “tipping point” on marijuana. He refers to the Gallup poll stating that 58% of Americans support legalization of marijuana usage, and expects to see more states like Colorado and Washington going down that path.
So what states are next? According to an article by Cannabis Culture, Arizona, California, and Wyoming are working on initiatives for 2014, although they have been advised to manage expectations and hope for 2016. Even more likely for 2014 legalization are Oregon, Alaska, and Rhode Island. Others to expect by 2016 – Maine and Montana. Check out the article for more detail on the why’s and how’s, and to hear what other states have plans in the works.
Another fascinating outcome of the Conference comes to us through the medium of photographs. In partnership with Luceo Images, this year’s Conference featured a #NoMoreDrugWar photo booth, an interactive photography project that gave attendees the opportunity to create their own personal message about the war on drugs and share it with the world via Facebook. These messages cover a variety of hot button issues, including marijuana legalization, criminal justice, and health and harm reduction. Check out the project on Facebook here.
Are you doing something right here in DFW to make a statement about the war on drugs, or to advocate for policy reform? Let us know! Post in the comment section below or visit us on Facebook and share your story.
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