Archive for March, 2014
Today we return to our own little March Madness tournament to determine the best stoner movie of all time! We’ve finished another round of eliminations, and the competition is getting tougher.
First, we see Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke against Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. This was a tough pairing, but as expected, Cheech & Chong rise above. Why? Because at the end of the day, no matter how much weed Jay and Silent Bob smoke, Cheech and Chong will always smoke more. This can’t be denied. Is that worth a win? We think so.
Our second match-up is less stereotypically stoner. True Romance is a classic on many levels, and it’s definitely not an exclusively weed-centered film. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas meets True Romance with an equally compelling cast and similarly high ratings. The two things to keep in mind about this particular pairing – True Romance features one insanely high character (Brad Pitt), and ALL of Fear & Loathing’s characters do ALL of the drugs. Unfortunately, for this reason, we have to classify Fear & Loathing as more qualified to hold the “stoner movie” title. But we highly encourage you to watch them both and decide for yourselves!
Next up: Dazed & Confused vs. Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Gonna be honest with you guys, we chose Dazed & Confused because we like it better. They’re both great, typical high school movies from “back in the day,” and we just enjoy watching Dazed & Confused more. Does that diminish the objectivity of this tournament? Sure does. But that’s the beauty of fake tournaments, am I right? Alright, alright, alright.
DAAAAAAAAAMN!! Chris Tucker, you are a gift from God. When it comes down to How High vs. Friday, Friday wins. The soundtrack. The humor. The story. It’s just one of the best out there. How High – we appreciate the effort! But take a hint from Friday and do better next time. Or, cast Chris Tucker.
That’s it for ROUND ONE! Are you ready for the ELITE 8?
Before moving on to the next half of our first round of MARCH MADNESS: STONER STYLE, let’s look at a few of our favorite stoner scenes from this week’s winners.
1. Super Troopers
The opening scene of Super Troopers is an obvious choice, and we posted it on Monday. But here’s a shorter version where this poor soul eats a bag of weed to avoid getting busted by state troopers.
Apparently a LOT of Americans keep weed-related secrets. We’re going to interrupt our March Madness Stoner Movie Tournament to find out more about them.
Are you familiar with PostSecret? People all over the world mail anonymous postcards to founder Frank Warren in Germantown, Maryland to purge their deepest, darkest, and sometimes silly secrets. Warren selects a few each Sunday morning and posts them on postsecret.com. You can find compilation books in pretty much any bookstore.
For 3 months in 2011, there was an app version of PostSecret, but it had to be shut down because of abusive content. Now, a new app has appeared on the market – Whisper.
As kind of a combination of Facebook and PostSecret, Whisper allows users to share their secrets anonymously, express themselves, and share via social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Whisper has also found a way to tremendously cut down on abusive, threatening, or pornographic content by implementing more security measures.
But what we’re interested in here at the Glass House is something The Huffington Post just covered in a recent article. Apparently Whisper has seen a number of doctors, teachers, preachers, computer programmers, firefighters, police officers, and soccer moms admitting to smoking pot on the reg. And they aren’t confessing because they feel guilty – they’re confessing to say, “Hey – it’s okay! I defy stereotypes!”
According to the article, at least 14 million Americans admit to smoking pot regularly. Professions like the above still have a strong stigma attached to marijuana use, but maybe anonymous sharing will lead to less anonymous sharing. Maybe eventually, everyone will be a little less afraid to talk about it, and the stigma will slowly disappear.
Round 1, Part 1 of March Madness Stoner Style sees a few CLASSIC movies eliminated…
First, we saw Half Baked up against Super Troopers.
Half Baked is an amazing stoner movie, it truly is. But do you know how it ends? SPOILER ALERT – one Mary Jane sticks around for main character Thurgood (Dave Chappelle), and the other does not. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch! But next to Super Troopers, it just didn’t make the cut.
With its victory, Super Troopers prepares for the next round – but will it be challenging Cheech & Chong, or Jay & Silent Bob? Either way, it’s bringing with it its best characteristics:
- THE CAST! The same guys who brought you Beerfest and Slammin’ Salmon can do no wrong.
- Cop shenanigans. We need some cops to root for.
- This scene:
Next, we’ve got Pineapple Express defeating This is the End.
This was a tough choice, because they are both legit fantastic movies with some of our favorite players – James Franco and Seth Rogen. Plus, while these movies are similar in tone, This is the End features an incredible cast of characters, all hilarious, and a million cameos. But in the end, Pineapple Express won out as more appropriately labelled as a “STONER” comedy.
Third, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle absolutely CRUSHED Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, pitting it against Pineapple Express in the second round. We’re not going to explain this one, because we think you’ll probably understand. But if not, feel free to make your case.
And finally…The Big Lebowski took down Grandma’s Boy. This was admittedly a sad pairing, because we feel that Grandma’s Boy deserves to go further. At the same time, The Big Lebowski is considered by many to BE the Ultimate Stoner Movie, and for good reason. Its cinematic perfection is rivaled only by a few, and we’re excited to see if it will truly maintain its status throughout the tournament.
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It’s March Madness, y’all! Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you know what that means. All of a sudden, everyone you know is a college basketball fan – and they aren’t just fans, they’re EXPERTS. Everyone’s an expert.
Well, we know our customers, and we’re gonna make a pretty safe bet that even if they’re college basketball fans, there’s at least one thing they like more. In celebration of you, our loyal customers and friends, we’ve created our own little March Madness Tournament…to determine the TOP STONER MOVIES of ALL TIME!
We’re starting with 16 picks of some highly regarded ganja-related movies. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll pit these movies against each other and determine the true, ultimate stoner movie.
As happy as we are to run these classics back for ourselves, input from our customers and friends would be greatly appreciated! We’ll take your opinions and arguments into consideration, and this will be an amazing community effort. Find us on Facebook, get to brushing up on the movies you haven’t seen in awhile, and LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Interested in checking out homegrown art from right here in Dallas Fort-Worth? Look no further than right here at The Glass House. We’re currently featuring artist Shahla Yma, and you’ll know immediately which paintings and prints are hers by their bold, vibrant colors and pop culture references. Shahla’s artistic focus is on illustration, painting, and branding.
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4/20 is almost a month away, y’all – what are your plans? If you have the option to travel to Denver, by all means, you should absolutely do it.
World Cannabis Week starts on April 17 and leads up to the High Times Cannabis Cup, all culminating in one big 4/20 celebration. It’s funny to think that the city of Denver will be smoking joints while the Mecca for Evangelical Christians (aka Colorado Springs) is less than 100 miles away. Did we mention 4/20 is on Easter Sunday this year?
In the words of Jason Blevins of the Denver Post, “The big day will blend celebrating dope smokers, jubilant skiers, Easter-egg hunters, the world’s largest cannabis competition and Christians extolling the resurrection of Jesus. The colorful cultural swirl of Colorado gets a little pot added to the melting pot on Sunday, April 20, 2014.”
We need to create a new COEXIST bumper sticker just for the occasion. There’s no reason why all these things can’t be combined. We like to think Jesus would totally smoke a blunt with us.
Cannabis Culture recently featured an article about the natural link between marijuana and Easter which we found to be pretty interesting. We know that Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and the most sacred Christian holiday. Author Ellen Komp shares that the holiday originates in ancient Babylon, where people celebrated the resurrection of their god Tammuz around the time of the spring solstice. Tammuz was brought back from the underworld by his mother/wife Ishtar (pronounced “Easter” in most Semitic dialects). The symbols of Easter (flowers, painted eggs, and rabbits) were also the symbols of their celebration.
Ishtar was known as a compassionate, healing deity. Her worshippers practiced burning incense (thought to be cannabis) as part of their religious rites. In the Old Testament, when prophets warn the children of Israel to cease their idol worship to gods and goddesses like Ishtar, the women tell him they will “continue to secretly burn incense to the Queen of Heaven”.
No matter where you celebrate 4/20 or Easter this year, remember the history of the holiday and light one up in honor of the ancients.
Not that any of our readers are cannabis users (at least not local ones anyway, wink), but just in case . . . don’t you associate the drug with an elevated state of mind? It’s almost religious in nature, fostering creativity and connecting you with something larger than yourself, even if it’s just that 90% of the brain you don’t use every day. So while ganja may be thought of as spiritual, we don’t typically think of it as religious, and it clearly hasn’t been embraced by most of the world’s religions.
In fact, many religions – like Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism – consider it to be “off limits” just like alcohol (unless you’re Presbyterian, in which case, bring on the booze but not the illegal substances). One religion in general, though, has close ties with cannabis, incorporating it into their worship and traditions.
The earliest reports of cannabis as a sacred substance come from the Atharva Veda in India and Nepal. In it, cannabis is mentioned as one of the five sacred plants. The three types mentioned are bhang, which would be the leaves and plant tops made into a tea; ganja, the leaves and plant tops smoked; and hashish, the buds or extracted resin. Bhang is the most commonly used in Hindu tradition.
According to Hindu tradition, when the elixir of life (amrita) was produced from the churning of the ocean, the deity Shiva created cannabis from his own body to purify the elixir. Another legend suggests that the cannabis plant sprang up when a drop of the elixir touched the ground. Either way, cannabis is now believed to cleanse sins, unite a person with Shiva, and avoid misery in the afterlife.
So, there’s your history lesson for the day. One man’s vice is another man’s key to heaven. Do you have other knowledge of cannabis and its place in religious tradition? Share it with us!
Will the nation’s capital break federal law?
Maybe you saw the article we posted on our Facebook page last week about Washington, D.C. decriminalizing the possession and consumption of small amounts of marijuana. Last week, the D.C. City Council voted to eliminate laws that made possession of up to an ounce of marijuana a criminal offense punishable by a fine of $1,000 or a six-month prison sentence. This summer, new regulations go into effect that will make possession only punishable by a $25 fine. Public consumption will remain a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500 or 60 days in jail.
But wait! We have more good news!
Yesterday, the D.C. Board of Elections cleared a ballot measure that could put them right in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington. The board’s decision allows a band of activists to begin gathering the 25,000 signatures needed to get the measure on the November ballot.
According to the Washington Post, if the signatures are collected and the ballot measure passes, it will allow adults 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for recreational use, and to grow up to three plants in their homes. Things are looking good – a recent Washington Post article assures us that if activists can get the measure on the ballot, it has a pretty strong chance of passing.
The most humorous part of this process is that if the measure passes and recreational marijuana use is legalized in Washington, D.C., the very CAPITAL of the NATION will be in conflict with federal law. Isn’t it ironic? (Don’cha think?)
Questions have already arisen about how overlapping local and federal jurisdictions would affect enforcement – what if you’re smoking in a national park? On the Mall? What if Obama feels like lighting up? Who knows?
What do you think of decriminalization in Washington, D.C.? Do you expect the measure to make it onto the ballot? Let us know in the Comment section or on our Facebook page!
Whether you’re an advocate for marijuana legalization, a doctor with the ability to prescribe medical marijuana to patients, a grower, or just a consumer of the bud, you could likely benefit from having more industry information at your fingertips. And with a smartphone, you certainly can!
The following apps are 4 of the best out there for various information about cannabis news, reviews, and how-to’s:
Leafly.com is an online resource and free app that allows users to rate and review different strains of cannabis and cannabis dispensaries. It helps medical marijuana patients determine which strain corresponds with specific symptoms, and then directs the patients to dispensaries where they can purchase. Leafly also contains brief descriptions of the “type” of high, as well as user reviews. Think of it as the Yelp of cannabis!
The first ever marijuana commercial will hit television networks everywhere over the next couple months! Okay, by everywhere, we really mean just a few states. And by “first ever,” we mean “first ever that isn’t a political ad.” But hey, it’s a start.
Surprisingly, though, this marijuana ad isn’t about legalization. It’s by MarijuanaDoctors.com, a company that connects people seeking medical marijuana with doctors who can provide them with prescriptions.
The commercial goes a little something like this…
Enter a street dealer pushing sketchy-looking sushi, hanging from strings inside of his trenchcoat.
“Yo, you want sushi? I got sushi. I got the best sushi….I got the finest sashimi this area’s seen in years.”
Cut to the female narrator, who asks the question, “You wouldn’t buy your sushi from this guy, so why would you buy your marijuana from him?”
The alternative? MarijuanaDoctors.com – a simple, confidential, and safe way to obtain your medical marijuana prescription.
According to the press release, the commercial will be on the Comcast system and the networks that will air the commercial include: A&E, AMC, FOX, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Bravo, Discovery, ESPN, FX, Food Network, HGTV, The History Channel, and several others. Don’t worry – it won’t appear on Disney or Nickelodeon. We could hear the concerned parental wails from here.
After New Jersey sees the commercial air this month, we’re not sure what states will be next. But stay tuned for updates! And for your viewing pleasure, the full commercial is below.
Is legislative change possible here in the great state of Texas, even without our governor backing us? Maybe the answer is “yes” after all.
Please join us in welcoming the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) to Texas! The MPP will be setting up shop in Austin this month, giving themselves five years to legalize marijuana here. They’ve helped pass similar laws in 19 other states, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do right here in our hometowns.
What kind of plan does the MPP have up its sleeve? They aren’t being too specific, but did share that they hope to start by passing medical marijuana laws and then eventually more flexible laws where adults 21 and over would be able to buy the drug in smaller amounts. They will work in a step-by-step fashion, aiming to pass legislation over the course of elections in 2015, 2017, and hopefully clinching the ultimate victory in 2019. Unfortunately, we don’t have the ballot initiative that many other states have so the process will be tougher here.
The MPP’s efforts have already begun, starting on March 1 with the hiring of lobbyist Randal Kuykendall and a commitment to spend $200,000 a year to push for change. MPP Executive Director and co-founder Rob Kampia is dedicated and ready to commit the organization’s focus and attention to the great state of Texas over the next five years, and we’re honored to have them here.
We’ll leave you with some encouraging words from Kampia himself:
“People in the state in question believe change is not possible in their state, but is possible in other states. We’re in—and we’re in for the long haul. We’re ready to go.”
Are you ready for change in Texas?
After last night’s ceremonies, we’ve got the Academy Awards on the brain. Matthew McConaughey stole the show with his moving speech, and it reminded us of that time before his big comeback (you know, before True Detective, Dallas Buyers Club, Magic Mike, and all the other non rom-coms) when he was found dancing around naked and playing bongo drums in his Austin, Texas home. He was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and resisting transportation. Oh, Matthew. We’re glad you’ve learned to handle your weed since then.
We’re sure there are plenty of Oscar-nominated celebs who enjoy toking every now and then. Who might they be?
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