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Archive for March, 2015

What Would You Do?

And for our next round of “What would you do you?”…in Colorado, the marijuana industry is obviously poppin’, and the tax dollars are parceled out to not only to industry regulators, but also to things like school construction. However – and why this was just now recognized, we’ll never know – the state of Colorado has a provision in its Constitution that has everyone scrambling.

According to the New York Times, Colorado may have to refund that $60 million in tax revenue. A provision of the state Constitution requires any overage in expected tax revenue to be refunded back to the taxpayers. The state actually expected $70 million in revenue from marijuana, so it isn’t that they’re experiencing an overage from that particular revenue stream, but that’s not how it works. ANY overage across the board requires this…it’s just that the marijuana revenue will be the first to go.

The New York Times states that this would really only amount to about $11 per taxpayer, but you can imagine the controversy the situation has sparked. People are pretty opinionated about taxes, for good reason. Lawmakers are trying their darndest to get the bill turned around, or to come up with a provision in order to keep the $60 million. They hope the voters will be on their side.

What would you do? If you were a tax-paying Colorado marijuana consumer, would you vote for the state to keep the tax dollars? Share your thoughts on Facebook or in the Comment section below. Check out more details at the New York Times.

Best Vape Temp?

Purchasing your first flower vaporizer can be an intimidating task, especially because the options multiply daily. At The Glass House, for example, you can find a vape pen small enough to fit in your pocket, a tabletop vaporizer with balloons to share with friends, and everything in between.

When you’ve decided what style piece works best for you – a choice we’re happy to help you with – it’s then time to learn the mechanics of the vape. Especially with pens, the key to the perfect vaporizer experience is temperature. At what temperature do you get the most bang out of your bud?

To answer the question, High Times conducted an experiment. They used an Herbalizer, which fills up balloons. They weighed the sample of bud before and after vaporizing to see the most “effective” temperature at which to get lit. And what did they find?

The higher the temperature on your vaporizer, the more likely all that good stuff is turned into vapor for your enjoyment. But, the lower the temperature, the longer the vaping experience will last. It seems that the sweet spot for most is between 350 and 400…at least, according to High Times. Check out their whole study here.

Obama Tells Us About Marijuana

Marijuana legalization is an issue we feel pretty passionately about here at The Glass House. Duh. And it quietly impacts so many areas of society, it becomes all the more frustrating to deal with dissenters. As medicine, cannabis wins. It would be great for the economy and has already made bank in Colorado. We know the Drug War in America is a complete disaster. The population truly suffering at the hands of this drug? African American males, who are the most likely to be incarcerated on non-violent drug charges. In fact, the number is so disproportionate it’s embarrassing.

With all of these facts on the side of legalization/decriminalization, what is taking so damn long? Oh you know, politics.

In a recent interview with VICE magazine that you can watch in its entirety here, President Obama opens up just a bit on the future of cannabis in this country. Here’s what we gleaned:

  1. Only one-third of eligible voters actually voted in the last election. How do we legalize ANYTHING if we don’t VOTE?! Even if legalization is popular in public opinion, the majority of the public doesn’t bother to do anything with their opinons. Are you getting it?
  2. Americans care about the War on Drugs. It was the number one question VICE received from its readers to pose to President Obama. He didn’t love that, and he said that young people should pay more attention to things like, you know, climate change. Okay, okay. But just because there are other problems doesn’t mean that the War on Drugs ISN’T a problem.
  3. Obama sees decriminalization as a good thing, but encouragement of marijuana use as a bad thing. He believes we need to think about consequences of legalization on society, “particularly vulnerable parts of our society.” We’ve heard this before from other politicians worried about substance abuse. The thing is, we have watched A LOT of A&E’s Intervention and never seen an episode about weed addiction. That might sound like a ridiculous argument, but there are A LOT of seasons of Intervention. Seriously. Someone please enlighten us.
  4. If enough states decriminalize marijuana, it is likely that the federal government will reschedule the drug from its current status.

So we learned a little but not a lot. Thanks, VICE and Obama. Anyone care to share their thoughts on the marijuana portion of the interview? Please do! Find us on Facebook or let loose in the Comment section below.


Medical Marijuana for Pets?

Forget about medical marijuana for people. What about pets?!

Although we’re still working to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over in ALL states, medical is legal in Nevada. Maybe this is what prompted Nevada State Senator Richard “Tick” Segerblom to submit a proposal to let owners obtain medical cannabis for their pets as long as their vet confirms it might help relieve the symptoms of a chronic or debilitating illness.

This leads us to ask, “is that a thing?” Medical marijuana for pets, that is. Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago that the DEA warned against legal marijuana for the very reason that it might HARM pets? Ohhh, that was another one of their intimidation tactics? IT’S SO HARD TO TELL SOMETIMES.

Yes – medical marijuana for pets IS a thing. In fact, Canna-Pet was established in 2013 as the first legal and safe medical marijuana supplement designed for animals. And no, it wasn’t invented by some rando trying to get his dog high. Veterinarians Sarah Brandon and Greg Copas, together with MIT-educated Dan Goldfarb, spent fifteen years between the three of them conducting research and clinical trials. The result? Canna-Pet, which contains less THC than the human stuff, and can help pets with slew of medical issues, including anxiety, excessive aggression, cancer and the effects of treatment, cognitive issues, diabetes, digestive problems, marking, seizures and pain relief.

Dank Hops

Even if you’re just a casual beer drinker, you’ve probably heard hops referred to as “dank,” and maybe smelled a beer or two that reminded you of weed. This week, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, DC Brau Brewing Company in Washington D.C. released a green beer called “Smells Like Freedom.” Well, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and also in honor of decriminalized marijuana in DC!

This just reminds us of how much we love dank hops and the brewers who do too. Beer geeks look no further. Stoners, you check this out too. Our top 6 cannabeers:

  1. Lagunitas Censored (Petaluma, CA) – Lagunitas first tried to name this copper ale “Kronik.” Much to our dismay, the BATF didn’t like the marijuana reference and forced them to change it. Now there’s a “Censored” sticker slapped over it. Good enough?
  2. Dark Horse Smells Like A Safety Meeting (Marshall, MI) – Released on 4.20.14, Smells Like a Safety Meeting was also federally censored – the beer was once named “Smells Like Weed.” Will it be released again this year? Someone find out for us.
  3. Stone Enjoy By 4.20 (Escondido, CA) – Stone brews a new batch of their Enjoy By IPA every few months, so as long as you drink it by the date on the bottle, you know it’s fresh. We love Enjoy By 4.20 because…there’s just something extra dank about it.
  4. Sweetwater Hop Hash (Atlanta, GA) – This Double IPA out of Atlanta promises to contain as much “hop hash” as the brewers could possibly scrape out of those beautiful Yakima hops. Two meanings, we get it, we get it.
  5. Pizza Port Carlsbad Chronic (Solana Beach, CA) – A quiet little beach town in Solana Beach houses the brewery Pizza Port, who is brewing an amber ale that the federal government apparently WILL allow to use “chronic” in its name. It’s a session amber, so you can pretty much drink it while getting stoned all day.
  6. Pipeworks 4 Hands Square Grouper (Chicago, IL) – Another Double IPA, this one by Pipeworks, and we understand why IPA’s are the dankest of all the beers. The red-eyed grouper blowing smoke out of its fish-lips on the bottle art explains everything.

Find these beers and drink them! Or, tell us your favorite dank beer – find us on Facebook or in the Comments below!

Federal Decriminalization Gets Closer

Tuesday marked a big day for marijuana legalization advocates as three Senators (Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky, Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey and Democrat Kirsten Gillebrand of New York) presented a proposal to federally decriminalize the drug. This would make each state responsible for their own cannabis laws.

Given that the states are clearly already making their own cannabis laws, this proposal has been a long time coming. Although President Obama’s administration turns a blind eye to “legal” cannabis operations within the states, and although Obama has expressed his opinion that the drug is a vice no worse than alcohol, marijuana remains federally classified on the same level as extremely hard drugs like heroin. For better or worse, we’ll be looking at a new administration soon. There are no guarantees that the lenient attitude will continue.

Not only would the state vs. federal problem be solved with federal decriminalization, but businesses in the industry would have the opportunity to obtain bank loans, scientists could begin conducting research without jumping through a thousand hoops, and marijuana could be used more widely as a pharmaceutical.

Only time will tell how the proposal plays out in the Senate. We’ll keep you posted!

Most Surprising Marijuana Advocates

While we think of marijuana legalization as completely reasonable, we have to admit we’ve been surprised to hear certain others express their approval. People distanced from the drug – those who have never truly been exposed to it – often view legalization advocates and cannabis users as low-life losers who don’t DO anything with their lives. We know this is a fallacy and do everything we can to fight the stigma.

The stigma goes both ways, though. You’d be surprised to hear who some of the drug’s advocates are.

Broken Pipes Aren’t Broken Dreams

Picture it now. You’re standing at your kitchen sink, rinsing your water pipe. You grab some 420 cleaner, you’re shaking it around…and fuck it all if you don’t drop the thing and break a piece off. We can see your face now.

Your trusty water pipe is busted. Maybe you life-hack it and can keep using it, but maybe not. Maybe you feel like it’s time to start fresh. So you make a trip to The Glass House and we hook you up with an even better one. But now what do you do with your old piece? Just trash it?

Don’t do that to your trusty old pipe! That’s what she said? But seriously, if your piece has sentimental value or if you’re feeling creative, you can absolutely repurpose your pipe into something new and usable. For instance:

1. A lamp! Check out this one featured in the television show Life Unexpected.

2. A vase! This actually comes in handy when clueless parents drop in unexpectedly. A quick Tumblr search produces plenty of ideas.

3. A steamroller! Then you can still smoke with it too. Check out this how-to video, and also…please be careful. If you need some help, there are pretty amazing glass artists right here in DFW.

4. A fish bowl! Sounds crazy, right? Just please clean the damn thing.

5. A piggy bank. Just start throwin’ your loose change in there. Soon you’ll be able to afford a new one.

6. Any piece of art you want. Put it in a plastic bag and bash it with a hammer. Those gorgeous glass pieces are perfect for jewelry-making, for mosaics, for picture frames – grab your hot glue and go nuts.

See? We’re so helpful. The next time you break a piece, don’t freak out! Visit us, and turn your old pipe into something way cool.

Stoned Animals?!

Utah is afraid to pass a medical marijuana bill because WHAT IF THE ANIMALS GET HIGH?! Seriously, folks. They’re telling stories about little bunny rabbits who lose the desire to run away once developing a taste for the ganja.

Little known to many, the DEA sponsors a program called the Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program. As part of this program in Utah, the DEA is clearly advocating against Utah’s proposed medical marijuana bill, stating that they deal in “facts” and “science,” and that we just don’t know enough about its effect on flora and fauna to start legalizing it.

A few thoughts on this…

  1. Aw, stoned bunny rabbits! Let’s hold them and feed them and kiss them.
  2. The federal government didn’t ban cannabis for reasons that had ANYTHING to do with science. They can’t try to backtrack now and say they deal in science and facts. They deal in politics, politics, politics. And greed, greed, greed. If, however, the federal government would like to begin dealing in science, we’d be thrilled.
  3. Not enough information? Excuse us, DEA? We JUST covered the massive problems with getting federal approval on cannabis-related research. Again, if the federal government would like to start dealing in facts, they could begin by approving cannabis-related research. And they can do that for the bunnies.

Anyway, sure, some animals do develop a taste for bud. If you blow smoke in their faces a lot. And sure, it’s harmless in small quantities but harmful in larger ones, so it’s best not to give your pets a bunch of weed. Do you know how animals are really being harmed? How about plastic in the ocean, killing our sea life? How about cigarette butts being consumed by adorable little puppies on the sidewalks? How about every teenage boy trying to get their pets drunk?

Yes, if you were wondering, the DEA continues to grasp at straws. Probably plastic ones that they’re throwing into the ocean. And, the Utah Senate will see the bill this week.

Weed at (okay, near) the White House

HOUSE OF CARDS SPOILER ALERT… okay it’s not really that big of a spoiler but did y’all catch Frank Underwood saying that his first job as a kid was on a marijuana farm? He was “good with the scales” (okay, weirdo) so he was in charge of packaging the product. And he didn’t even partake! And that’s because the farmer fertilized his plants from his own septic tank.

SPOILER OVER. You’re safe to read on. But House of Cards Season 3 was released on Netflix last week so there’s really no excuse not to be caught up.

In other, BIGGER news, Thursday marked a historic moment in Washington D.C. when they officially implemented Initiative 71, which legalizes recreational marijuana.

But the question remains – how the hell can weed be legal in the District of Columbia, the federal government’s backyard, where weed is prohibited and criminals will be punished?! Well, it’s still illegal to possess on federal land, of course. But where can you even GET weed in D.C.? You can’t sell it. There aren’t any dispensaries. You can grow it, or you can give it or receive it as a gift.

Pay attention, everybody. We don’t know yet how D.C. will model their marijuana industry without dispensaries, but it’s sure to be creative. We’ll keep our ears to the ground.